The weather is getting better and I did another attempt working with my 360 camera. To my regret it failed to link the geo-tags yet again… To manually tag and orient 312 images is quite a painstaking piece of work…
Instead of throwing the images away yet again and try to figure out again on how to get this to work… The web-uploader could be fitted with a geo-tag assistant!
As a test I uploaded 28 of the 312 images. I Get the message:
We found 28 images
28 images are missing EXIF data and need to be placed on the map.
When reviewing, you can drag the markers to their appropriate places.
Then I can manually position each image one by one on the map… what if you guys& girls created the awesome “geo-tag assistent” ™ !
Based upon the image names and image dates you can easily determine the first and last image
- In the ‘review’ screen you add button with: "use geo tag assistant" (hence: GTA)
- The GTA askes you to place the first image on the map (hence: position 1)
- The GTA askes you to place the last image on the map (hence: position 28)
- => AUTOMATION! => GTA distributes the other 26 images evenly between the two points!
Then the fun begins:
To make things more understandable (I hope!) I created an image to show my intention graphically:
Position 1 and 28 get fixed (color RED) for their position, the other 26 have status “flex”. When you click the little round marker (with the orientation indicator) you will see the information beloning to that image. One can choose to (un)fix the position and/or orientation and alter the orientation (note, the first and last position must remain fixed! One can off-course always drag any position to an other spot) When the orientation is manually altered, then the orientation will become fixed also. Off-course one can manually alter the “fix/flex” setting.
And then the real fun begins:
When a selected position (15) is dragged to an other spot (fat gray arrow), that position becomes fixed also. And all the “flex positions” move to new positions along the lines between the fixed positions!
Also, Ussualy images get taken in the direction one is moving, this is also true for 360 images, so:
The last location (28) does not have a fixed orientation, so that orientation follows the line between fixed position 28 and fixed position 15 (15-28). Also position 16 through 27 will have that same orientation.
Position 15 also has “flex orientation”, that one will have the average orientation of the two lines 1-15 and 15-28.
Interestingly the first location (1) has a fixed orientation in this example (the red color for the orientation indicator). So pos 14 will have the orientation of the line 1-15 and the orientation of the positions 2 through 13 will evenly change from orientation 1 to orientation 14.
In the example shown it will still be necessary to re-position multiple points. But it will go much, much faster. And when one has a set of images in a straight line (of a road…) then one can work really fast to very nicely geo-tag the images!
I hope you understand my idea, if you have questions, please ask them
PS: “geo-tag assistent” ™ No trademark, just to emphasize that I think this is a great idea (I do expect that the resulting image, tools etc, will (remain) be used and available for the whole internet community)