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Basic pixelray private msg quote post Address this user
I get this warning on almost every single scan. I have made sure everything is tight and stable, yet I get this message on almost every single scan. Does this happen to anyone else? Is there a fix? Thanks,

Patrick Ray
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Tosolini private msg quote post Address this user
It happened to me in the past and I fixed it by aligning the camera correctly to the clamp that connects to the tripod. Since then I double check that it's perfectly in the center
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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
@pixelray hmmmmmmmmmm

I got this message yesterday. Everything was tight; tripod legs set properly too. Just once with this message
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kjoman private msg quote post Address this user
It's happened to me as well and as Paolo mentioned, I had to tighten both the clamp connecting the tripod and camera and also the knob on the bottom of the camera.
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Basic pixelray private msg quote post Address this user
Thank you all...Hopefully one of the things mentioned will do the trick. Will find out tomorrow and let you know. I wasn't particularly worried as the final product came out great - just more of an annoyance I guess.
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Basic pixelray private msg quote post Address this user
This entire scan was done with a camera that wasn't stable - well at least it told me that after each scan...felt stable to me.

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Standard Property3dNZ private msg quote post Address this user
@pixelray - what kind of tripod are you using? Does it have a flat plate or a ball head? When I first started using the camera I was using it on the ball head tripod and got the same message. Once we replaced the tripod I no longer got the message.
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al9901 private msg quote post Address this user
I had this with my old tripod. Although it could cope with the weight of the camera, upgrading to a stronger, more professional tripod seemed to fix the problem.

https://siruiprofessionaltripods.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/new-sirui-t-series-tripod-kits-making-sirui-tripods-even-better/
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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
My shopping list of Matterport Gear and accessories includes a few tripod options; including higher end Manfrotto that we use...

http://www.we-get-around.com/wegetaround-atlanta-our-blog/2014/8/4/we-get-around-matterport-pro-3d-camera-gear-and-accessories

Dan
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Basic pixelray private msg quote post Address this user
I am using SLIK Pro 724 CFL with a Manfrotto 3 way head (MHXPRO-3W) - so a flat head.

Dan - these aren't on your list, but I would love to know what you think.

I had a little more luck this weekend by making sure the camera was directly in center, but still get what I think would be way too many of these warnings. But again, scans seem to be coming out ok.

Thanks.
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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
@pixelray

While the tripod looks great (heavy duty for very busy Pros), I am surprised that you are using a 3-way head. Do the handles show up in the nadir (bottom of the scan)?

I bought a Desmond leveler head (on the shopping list), but have not had a chance to take it for a spin.

Ideally, I use this tool for leveling each scan; rather than adjusting each tripod leg. (I use a level on every scan.)

Dan
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Basic pixelray private msg quote post Address this user
Dan: I haven't had any handles show up (yet) in the nadir. I love the Manfrotto 3way head. I was wondering if my tripod wasn't heavy duty enough. I know it says it is, but I wasn't convinced given all the "unstable scans". Thanks for your feedback.
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Mikesobay private msg quote post Address this user
Have you had any issue with the carbon tripod bowing? I noticed while scanning a restaurant, the legs would bow out slightly from the top while sitting on vinyl floors, which is now a bit of a concern.
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Basic pixelray private msg quote post Address this user
Yes, I have slight bowing out too. That's part of the reason I was wondering if my heavy duty tripod wasn't quite heavy duty enough. But at then end of the day, the end product seems to be good.
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ccctucker private msg quote post Address this user
Other thing to consider:
If on carpet, the weight of the machine turning can cause a dip in plush carpet to sink a little bit, it doesn't take much.
Carbon does bend, and as listed above, it doesn't take much.

If it's a major problem. Try hanging just a little weight under the tripod to balance the shift. There may be a hook there for just that purpose.
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HarlanHambright private msg quote post Address this user
my first test scans were with an old but heavy duty tripod someone had just given me. errors all over the place. i moved to my everyday (but not that big) manfrotto and have not had a not stable issue. my problem is that i move the rig around and it's never level again. what changes? you'd think a $5million dollar house would have level floors.
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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
@pixelray I've been through three tripods since we bought our first Matterport Pro 3D Camera in July 2014.

While I am happy with the Manfrotto 190XPRO3 Pro, I am on my second one.

Since we use a level on EVERY scan, we obviously put a lot of stress on our tripod (adjusting legs).

As I mentioned, I bought a Desmond leveler head to see if that would helpful reduce the stress caused by adjusting the tripod legs. (I have not had a chance to test this.)

While I have included the Matterport recommended "starter" tripod ($119) on our Matterport Gear and Accessories Shopping List, I recommend investing in a better tripod.

(Also, I notice in some of the threads Pros are having various scanning issues that I do not experience (despite doing large, multi-level, complete projects). I wonder if we are not experiencing these scanning problems because we use a bubble level on every scan.)

Best,

Dan
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HarlanHambright private msg quote post Address this user
I use a 2 axis bubble level i bought back in the 1980s that i used for my Globuscope. it is screwed to the matter port and the quick release plate screws to it. Anyone in the market for a non-functioning Globuscope?
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