BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11 released

What’s new in BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11?

This release adds

  • Full size previews from Nikon Z6 and Z7 raw files
  • Higher resolution previews of Canon CR3 raw files
  • Focus point overlay display for Canon EOS R, EOS RP, EOS M50 and Canon EOS 250D/Rebel SL3

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a BreezeBrowser Pro license after 4th December 2017

Customers with older BreezeBrowser Pro licenses need to buy an upgrade to use this release.

Learn more and download BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11 to try for yourself

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Downloader Pro 2.6 released

Downloader Pro 2.6 adds support for downloading directly from the Canon EOS RP, Canon EOS 250D/Rebel SL3 and Canon PowerShot SX70HS. This release adds support for Canon CR3 format raw files in the Adobe DNG converter plug-in and fixes an issue with registering for Windows AutoPlay when installing Downloader Pro.

Downloader Pro minimises the time spent downloading and organising images on your PC, and is often partnered with BreezeBrowser Pro.

Downloader Pro runs on PCs running Windows 10, 8 or 7, and will run as a free trial for up to 30 days.

Download, Try, Buy

You can find details, download and purchase links on the Breeze website here

This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license within the last 18 months. Users with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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Mirror and Pop Art filters in DSLR Remote Pro

Pop Art and mirror effects are a doddle in DSLR Remote Pro. Set up  your booth as usual, copy PhotoboothcreativeFilter.dll into your PhotoboothImages folder, then select the filter you want to use. That’s it!

DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 ships with ten creative filters and six Instagram style filters as standard. This post explains how to use mirror, Pop Art and other filters in still photos, slideshow and boomerang (burst) GIFs.

Set up a basic booth

I ran the Photo Booth Setup wizard to create a working booth, and shared slideshow GIFs instead of the print layout.

Copy PhotoboothcreativeFilter.dll into your PhotoboothImages folder

Copy PhotoboothcreativeFilter.dll from your installation folder (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro) into your PhotoboothImages folder

Copying PhotoboothcreativeFilter.dll from C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro

 

Just paste PhotoboothcreativeFilter.dll into your PhotoboothImages folder

Connect your camera and choose a filter

Start the booth and DSLR Remote Pro will display the default filter (color negative).

Color negative filter (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

Type Ctrl+Shift+C to display the setup page and choose one of the mirror filters:

Drop down list of creative filters. DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 introduces mirroring and an ‘off’ setting.

 

Selecting one of the creative filters in DSLR Remote Pro

You are away! Here are a few examples of mirroring, Pop Art and Posterized effects:

Left/right mirroring

Left/right mirroring GIF in DSLR Remote Pro (new in Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

Top/bottom mirroring

Square images on a square print with top/bottom mirroring (new in Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

Two by two mosaic

Create multiple reflections with the two by two mosaic filter (DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

Pop Art

Breeze gives total control over Pop Art effect colors. This print layout fills a square 6 x 6 print with 4 square images

 

Pop art effect slideshow GIF (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

Posterize

Posterize effect in slideshow GIF (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro)

Switch between filters or turn them off

Type Ctrl+Shift+C on the Ready screen to switch to a different filter or turn them off completely.

Advanced users can offer guests a menu of filters using profiles. This is beyond the scope of this post.

Boomerang (aka burst) GIFs

Set up filters for boomerang GIFs in exactly the same way as for still photos/slideshow GIFs. Guests see the effect of each filter as they pose, not just on their prints and GIFs:

Creative filters work with both photos and boomerang GIFs

Save the current filter for future use

The current filter is automatically saved* for the Photobooth Images folder you are using. When you next load this Photobooth Images folder into DSLR Remote Pro, it will automatically run the same filter.

*Filter settings are saved in the program registry for each Photobooth Images folder.

Where the outputs are stored

Screenshot of subfolders containing outputs from the booth

DSLR Remote Pro gives you a lot of control over where your images are stored. This can be really useful when you want to use a watch folder to share, display or upload images from the booth.   This post explains where DSLR Remote Pro usually places different types of images.

Mirroring filters in portrait

If you shoot in portrait the top/bottom and left/right filters are swapped. The two by two mosaic works but ‘swap top halves’ is not designed for portrait orientation.

Want to know more?

For more details see the DSLR Remote Pro help files.

Add “Instagram style” and custom filters to Webcam Photobooth

Use mirrors and other filters in Breeze Booth (for iPads and iPhones)

Try DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 for yourself

DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 14th April 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro Buy DSLR Remote Pro

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Magic mirrors: shooting boomerang (burst) GIFs without live view

Mirror booths usually do not display the camera’s live view because guests see themselves pose in the mirror.

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro’s support for bespoke interfaces and custom menus makes it a great choice for magic mirrors and photo booths. You can hide the live view whether you are offering still photos, GIFs, slow mo or video booth:

Fusion Booth running DSLR Remote Pro with choice of boomerang GIF, slow motion or photos (Image courtesy of Incredible Booth)

To capture still photos without displaying the live view simply switch it off in Advanced Settings.

Live view unchecked to hide the live view when capturing still images (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.12)

This is great when you want to make slideshow GIFs from a set of still photos.

Breeze boomerang GIFs are captured from the camera’s live view, so when live view is switched off you cannot shoot boomerang GIFs.

Hide the live view

Mirror booth users and others who want to shoot boomerang GIFs without showing the live view need to hide it. There is a simple trick to this – move the live view so that it is no longer displayed on screen. If your screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels, offset the live view by more than this  (In this example I have offset by 2000 pixels in both directions):

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Guests will still see the countdown but not the live view. Magic!

More tips for mirror booths

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro software

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro powers photo booths and mirror booths worldwide. Licenses cost just US $275* each and include one year’s free upgrades. This post shows screenshots from Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

This Windows based App runs as a fully functional trial for up to 14 days supporting most Canon DSLR cameras and Canon’s mirrorless M50.

Download DSLR Remote Pro and try for yourself

Breeze Systems have no responsibility for the content of external sites

*Price valid for 30 days from 8th April 2019, and exclude any tax due

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Breeze Booth 1.0.1 adds iPhone support

I’m pleased to be able to say that we released Breeze Booth 1.0.1 today, adding iPhone support and scheduled updates for fixed installations to our innovative iPad App.

Breeze Booth supports all iPads and iPhones running iOS 12.1, and can be downloaded from the App Store here

New in Breeze Booth 1.0.1

  • Support for Apple iPhones
  • Scheduled syncing (updating) events and purging old images for fixed installations
  • Custom background images for start screen can be different when device is signed in and out
  • Switch between simple and advanced display options on settings screen
  • Simpler initial download of sample events
  • Simpler switching between events
  • Fixed issue with AirPrint
  • Fixed issue with text number verification

Smaller roving devices

Breeze Booth is ideal for the growing roving market, and offers new opportunities for smaller, light weight devices powered by iPhones and the new iPad Mini 5. Share and print images using Breeze Hub from both iPhones and iPads. Create bespoke interfaces for small and large screens with the powerful Event Editor.

How much does it cost?

Breeze Booth is available at an introductory price of just $49/month or $440/year for each device. To buy subscriptions open a Breeze Booth account.

Prices exclude any tax due

I’ve just bought a license! How do I upgrade?

Thanks for being an early adopter. Breeze Booth 1.0.1 is a free upgrade – just upgrade your copies of the App from the App Store.

To design interfaces for iPhones you need to download the latest version of the Event Editor v1.1.2.

And finally

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2 April 2019: This post was updated to update the featured image.

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Why won’t it work?#*! I’m sure the filename is right …

You will often need to add or edit the files in your PhotoboothImages folder when you customize the screens in your booth or mirror. Most of you know that you must name the files you add correctly so that DSLR Remote Pro and other Breeze programs can find them.
If you are sure the filename is right but the program doesn’t seem to see it, check the filename extension.

It is very easy to name a file 1.jpg.jpg by mistake, and Windows makes this hard to spot, because Windows File explorer doesn’t show the extension (.jpg or .avi etc) unless you tell it to.

In this post I will show you how to spot errors more easily:

Always display file name extensions

The first example shows an Icons view of the images for a basic booth set up with the Wizard. I find this visual overview very helpful. If you look at the filenames (highlighted in red) you will see that the .jpg file name extensions are missing:

Typical icon view of PhotoboothImages folder. Windows has hidden the file extensions

The View tab shows you that the File name extensions box is not checked:

Checking this box will reveal the .jpg extensions:

When File name extensions is checked, the .jpg etc extensions are shown

Fascinating – but why does this matter?

If you accidentally name the a file 1.jpg.jpg instead of just 1.jpg it will be very clear when you look at this window:

Here the first image has accidentally been named 1.jpg.jpg

If you cannot see these file extensions this is much easier to miss:

1.jpg.jpg is labelled 1.jpg – very easy to miss!

If you look at the Details view of the same folder this is what you will see:

Again 1.jpg.jpg is labelled 1.jpg
When you force Windows to show the file extension my mistake jumps out

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Breeze Booth for iPad launched

Breeze Booth for iPad is a powerful photo booth app designed with flexibility, redundancy and creativity in mind.

Breeze Booth features the most powerful and flexible interface designer of any iPad app in the industry. Create graphically stunning designs, complex multi-menu navigations, engaging data surveys and customised keyboards. Quickly deploy them to a fleet of iPads using trusted cloud services (Dropbox, iCloud etc) or via your own private and secure web servers.

Make it yours. Make it your clients. Breeze Booth can be re-skinned to make it look like your very own photo booth software. All from just US $49/month or US $440/year.

More…

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Multi-Camera Academy

Greetings everyone! My name is Peyton Vincent with CEG Interactive, an award-winning company that specializes in photo booth rental in San Diego as well as specialty photo activations nationwide. I first started using Breeze Systems software in 2007 with our very first portable photo booth. Back in those days, we were renting photo booths for weddings and parties but as we expanded our offerings, our clientbase grew to include concert tours, conventions, and sporting events nationwide.

While the majority of our jobs have relied on DSLR Remote Pro over the years, we found our niche by being photo booth technologists and innovators that wanted to constantly find new ways to re-invent the photo booth. We also regularly use Hotfolder Prints, Breeze Viewer, Webcam Photo Booth, Breeze Kiosk, and last but not least, Breeze Multi-Camera.

I have been invited by Chris and Sue to write some helpful features that are focused mostly around that last one which goes by a bunch of different names. See how many you recognize!

  • 3D Photo Booth
  • Bullet Time Photo Booth (inspired by the iconic scenes of “Neo” dodging bullets during the climax of “The Matrix” back in 1999.
  • Multi-Camera Array (or just “Array”)
  • 180 Photo Booth
  • 360 Photo Booth
  • And more I’m sure!
“Neo” dodging bullets in “The Matrix”

What is a Multi-Camera Photo Booth?

Other than the obvious, a multi-camera array photo booth consists of a system of interconnected cameras that are usually defined as follows:

  • Rigidly-attached to a curved structure that keeps them from shifting
  • Aimed at a central point or axis
  • Evenly-spaced so that the animation effect shifts between the cameras at a constant speed
  • DSLR cameras and lenses are of the same make/model/focal length. Breeze Multi-Camera is designed to tether exclusively with Canon DSLRs. However, with some custom work, it’s probably possible to use the animator program with image file sets captured by cameras of a different make.
  • Each camera is fired in either a “chase” where there’s a specified delay between each angle which creates a “virtual dolly” and/or slow motion bullet time effect OR they are all fired at the exact same instant to create a true “time freeze” effect.

I’m a visual guy (which is probably why I’m a photo booth nerd instead of a writer) so lets move on to the fun stuff…photo examples! I will end this first article with a multi-camera comparison guide that shows you how the number of cameras, type of backdrop, triggering method, etc can create a wide variety of different effects.

2 Camera “3D Photo Booth”

3D Photo Booth CEG Interactive
Event guests showing off their stylish 3D glasses and 3D photo prints!
Full color traditional photo prints as well as anaglyphic prints that can be viewed in 3D with the red/blue 3D glasses.

6 Camera Array Photo Booth

6 camera array with printed 10×10 tension fabric backdrop
6 camera photo booth with a 10×14 printed backdrop

7 Camera – Super Wide Angle

6 camera array using Canon EF-S 10-18mm Super Wide Angle Lenses.
This was a test shot and we ended up fine tuning calibration before the event began.

6 Camera – Green Screen Array

12 Camera Array – 3D Light Painting

12 Camera Array

We used two 9×9 black sequin backdrops for this shoot.

12 Camera Array – Green Screen

3D green screen confetti plus hand-tossed white confetti!

12 Camera Array – Creative Set

12 Camera Array – Green Screen with 3D artwork

12 Camera time slice effect with custom 3D graphics for concert photo activation

18 Camera Array – 180 Photo Booth

18 Camera Array – Time Delay Trigger “Virtual Dolly” Effect

Please stay tuned for our next feature were we cover more topics like hardware component selection, software settings, system design, and more! In the meantime, check out our website more information about the multi-camera photo booth services that we offer to our customers at CEG Interactive.

Extra Breeze iPad Master class at Photo Booth Expo 2019 – Monday at 3pm!

Latest: Additional iPad class on Monday 25th February at 3pm – book now!

Book your place at Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad on Monday at 3pm (The password is PBX)

I have reserved places for the folks on the iPad waiting list for this class – please drop me an email and confirm whether you would like to take them up.

Chris and Steve are running two Breeze Master Classes at Photo Booth Expo this year –  Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad, and Interface design for DSLR Remote Pro and Multi-Camera. Tickets are free to PBX Key Pass holders. The original classes have been fully booked for some time.

Both will also give  Keynote presentations at PBX. Steve will open on Sunday at 12 with What I’ve Learned From Doing 1000 Events A Year.  Chris will cover Choosing the Right Camera for your Booth on Tuesday  at 9am. You don’t need to book for Keynote presentations, which  are open to all PBX Key Pass holders.

Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad

Monday 25th February 11-12.30 & 3-4.30 Steve Bliesner & Chris Breeze

Get the low down on the latest Breeze App from Steve Bliesner (Breeze Brand Ambassador and Photo Booth Guys) and Chris Breeze (Breeze founder and developer).

Book your place at Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad (The password is PBX)

If you can no longer use your ticket, please email sales@breezesys.com so that I can give it to someone else. Thank you.

As most of you know, Chris is founder and developer in chief at Breeze. Steve Bliesner is our Breeze Brand Ambassador as well as running the Photo Booth Guys and Wilkes Photobooth. Steve’s Breeze class at BoothCon 2019 was standing room only; we expect both the PBX classes to be packed.

This is the fifth Year of Photo Booth Expo, the world’s largest Photo Booth Show. It’s a great chance to catch up with you all as well as showing the latest Breeze offerings at our booth. See you soon.

Sue & Chris

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Syncing events with Dropbox – Breeze Booth for iPad

How to use Dropbox to transfer new and updated events from the Event Editor 1.2 (on a Windows PC) to your iPads. This post includes a trouble shooting section.

June 2019: Post updated to clarify that events can be saved straight to Dropbox

May 2019: Some images and text in this post have been updated to reflect the latest releases of the Breeze Booth App and Event Editor 1.2

Introduction

When you download Breeze Booth from the App Store, you are prompted to sync (ie download) sample events from Breeze servers at https://bb4ipad/com/sync 

When you create your own events you also need to transfer them to your devices. The simplest way to do this is to use Dropbox. This post explains how to set up Dropbox on each iPad (or iPhone) and download events using Dropbox.

Note: Breeze Booth now supports both iPads and iPhones running iOS12. References to iPads in this post also refer to iPhones.

Setting up Dropbox on your iPad

  • Install the official Dropbox app on your iPad (this can be downloaded from the Apple App Store).
  • Select Sign in to Dropbox in Breeze Booth for iPad’s app settings and authorize the app. This will create a “Breeze Booth for iPad” folder in your Dropbox “Apps” folder.

Copy the events on your PC to your Dropbox folder

Once you have set up Dropbox for Breeze Booth you need to copy your folder of events into the correct Dropbox folder to transfer them to the iPad.

Copy the events folder from C:\Users\yourname\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad

Copying the whole events folder

to C:\Users\yourname\Dropbox\Apps\Breeze Booth for iPad

Dropbox folder structure for events

Note: When you sync the events using Dropbox on your iPad, the program will look for this folder. You must name it correctly, or the App will not find your events.

Note to advanced users: You can use tokens including {eventName} in your Dropbox folder naming. This post does not cover this.

Saving events straight to Dropbox

Once the initial set of events have been copied to Dropbox, you can either save new and updated events directly into Dropbox, or continue using an intermediate folder and manually copy them. Saving events straight to Dropbox is simpler and faster.

 To direct the Event Editor to load and save events in Dropbox, select File then Open, navigate to C:\Users\…\Dropbox\Apps\Breeze Booth for iPad\events  and open events.xml

To point the Event Editor to your Dropbox events folder, click on File then Open, navigate to C:\Users\…\Dropbox\Apps\Breeze Booth for iPad\events  and open events.xml

When you return to the main Event Editor screen note that the folder name at the top has changed:

 

Event Editor 1.2 main screen with folder highlighted

You will be prompted to save your changes before closing the Event Editor

Breeze Booth EventEditor prompts you to save any changes before closing the program

Tell Breeze Booth for iPad to sync events using Dropbox

As there are several ways to sync events, you need to tell your iPad which to choose. In Breeze Booth for iPad go to Settings and select the Sync via Dropbox.

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Import the latest version of your events into Breeze Booth for iPad from Dropbox

You can choose whether to update (‘sync’) all your events at the same time, or update a single event. Updating all events is the best way to check everything on the iPad is up to date, but may be slower than updating a single event (especially if you have a poor Internet connection).

You can also update the event list before updating individual events.

Get an updated list of events

Update list of events button (Breeze Booth Events screen)

Get the latest version of all your events

Update all events button (Breeze Booth Events screen)

Get the latest version of a single event

Once the event(s) have been updated, you are ready to run them

Concerned about guests getting access to your Dropbox files from the iPad?

Advanced users: Signing into the Dropbox App on an iPad and signing Breeze Booth for iPad into your Dropbox account are not the same. Once your events are set up correctly, you can secure your Dropbox account by:

either signing out from the Dropbox App and keeping Breeze Booth for iPad signed into Dropbox

or Deleting the Dropbox App from the iPad

Only delete the Dropbox App from the iPad when Breeze Booth for iPad is signed in to DropBox. If you sign Breeze Booth for iPad out from Dropbox, you  will need to reinstall the official Dropbox app before signing back in again.

You can also set an exit password to keep guests from accessing the Breeze Booth for iPad settings page

 Using an exit password to keep sticky fingered guests from  the Breeze Booth for iPad settings page

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Keep life simple when syncing with Dropbox

  • Do name your folders correctly
  • Do not uninstall Breeze Booth for iPad from your iPads
  • Do not delete the Breeze Booth for iPad folder in Dropbox

Stuck? Getting out of trouble

 

iPad App can’t find my new/updated events

Path not found errors occur when the App cannot find the event files. Causes:

  • Dropbox has not finished syncing the files to the iPad
  • Dropbox folders or files are not named correctly
Path not found: Event cannot be synced because of a folder or file naming error

Motr

Error: not logged into Dropbox occurs if Breeze Booth for iPad is not signed into Dropbox

Unable to sync event because not logged into Dropbox

Check the iPad settings screen:

More places to find help

Breeze Booth for iPad has detailed help files online

If you can’t find an answer in the help files, feel free to email support@breezesys.com or post in the Breeze User group on Facebook

Summary

This post explained how to transfer new and updated events from a PC to Breeze Booth for iPad using Dropbox. You will need a Dropbox account and an Internet connection for this to work.

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