I am beginning to build up a substantial number of huge panos. I think that the next thing I’m going to do is experiment with the virtual tour of the image. It’s not something that I’m crazy about, but one of the main characteristics of these Giga Pano’s is the amount of crisp details which are absolutely impossible to show on the web unless I make a gallery of 100% detail shots.
For example, you’re looking at an image composed of 36 full size images from the T4i. This shot, without any interpolation, is about 10,000 pixels (height) by 22,000 pixels. It could easily be doubled or tripled by using a good interpolation program like ProZoom. There are about ten people, each one perfectly resolved just stepping onto the stairs from the park’s loop.
Working on files of this size does present a problem though. My MacPro has been great for the last few years for anything I had to deal with, but when you find yourself working on files that are a TB large… you find that one of the first things you do is pull them down from 16-bit to 8-bit. And for the first time you run into error messages saying that a Tiff file has a sie limit, and you’ve hit. Again – not a killer since you just work in Photoshop file format, but when you get an error message that a program doesn’t have enough memory to do the job and will have to quit… you begin to wonder if’s getting time to upgrade your hardware.
Right now I have four internal drives ranging from 2 TBs to 4 TBs.
I’m running Mac OS X, ver. 10.6.8
Processor 2.66, GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory (RAM) 6 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 (is that fast?) Can I / Should I replace the memory with larger memory chips?
I think a lot will depend on whether these large files is something I’m going to stick with or not.