I received my Z1 and have run a few tests. I understand you are working on Z1 bugs, DNG etc, thought it might help if I shared some of my findings (for you and for users).
I am using my Theta Z1, firmware version 1.20.1, file format: JPG (DNG turned off as I know you’re working on this), sleep timer: 10mins, tested using interface on iPhone X and MacBook Pro (both worked for capturing and download).
Downloaded and installed the plug-in, but the interface doesn’t show the “Merge HDR” check box to turn off processing. Attached is a screen shot of what I’m seeing. Do you know why my interface is not showing it? I’d love that option.
Tested with these settings: Brackets: 5, 7 and 9, Denoise: 1, stops jumps: 2.0.
With 5 brackets it all worked great, 7 brackets sometimes it worked, sometimes it crashed/interface lost connection, 9 brackets always crashed/interface lost connection. From above it sounds like this is a file size/resolution issue.
*To fix after operation crash/connection lost, just restart the Theta Z, and redo (with lower number of brackets)
A quick user tip as I noticed above people having issues with connecting via wifi. When plugged in to USB, the wifi signal is off. Make sure the Theta is not plugged in when trying to connect via wifi.
Another easy user tip. I was using image capture on my Mac to transfer files. However, I started to have an issue. I captured a successful HDR and when I plugged the Theta in to my computer, Image capture said the files were corrupted. So, I instead connected to the Theta’s wifi with my laptop, opened the Authydra web interface on my laptop; 192.168.1.1:8888, and downloaded using the Authydra “manage files” page of the web interface. Much easier and it preserved the folders (which image capture doesn’t do).
After looking at the resulting images, here are my ideals for Authydra for on-set VFX work:
a) download unprocessed, bracketted DNG image sequence, in their raw, 180º fisheye form
b) option to change shooting order of the brackets ie -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, rather than 0, +1, -1, +2, -2.
c) default settings, so that you can activate the plugin and just press the big button (added this one for a complete list, I know you’re working on it).
Again, I wanted to say thank you and say how great your plugin is, I have even more appreciation for it now that I have played with the Z1 and tested it. The Theta app’s Multi bracket shooting method is cumbersome and slow to set up. Whereas Authydra sets that all up automatically, Awesome!
It was simple for me to get working, I love the interface and icon. The ability to watch the capturing/processing is excellent and the “you may now move the camera” message is the cherry on top.
Thanks again and looking forward to the next version!