Have you tried Breeze transparent greenscreen? It’s a great way to make your GIFs stand out.
This tutorial assumes you can already shoot simple green screen photo booth images with DSLR Remote Pro, and explains how to add animated backgrounds and overlays to a slideshow GIF.
Usually when you shoot in greenscreen, each photo is saved with a single green screen background. Transparent greenscreen removes the background from an image and stores it as a png with a transparent background. This lets you add a variety of backgrounds later.
Breeze lets you combine these images into a slideshow GIF which has an animated background.
Add the GIF backgrounds
To make a slideshow GIF with an animated background, you need to add a series of GIF backgrounds to your PhotoBoothImages folder.
My GIF has 3 photos. Each of these photos will have 3 different background images.
The background images are named GIF_background_1.jpg through to GIF_background_9.jpg
Add the GIF overlays
My GIFs will have 9 overlays called GIF_overlay_1.png through to GIF_overlay_9.png
Add the on-screen background
To keep things simple I am using 1 still background image for the on screen preview. This is called greenscreen_background.jpg as usual.
This post explains how to add a custom attraction or standby screen to DSLR Remote Pro. Breeze calls this a welcome screen.
Use your welcome screen to attract people to your booth, as a quick method of branding, and to protect your camera*. The welcome screen can be a still image, animated GIF or video. You can add sound to attract people’s attention.
*Running live view for long periods drains battery power and can cause the camera’s sensor to heat up. If the photo booth is idle Breeze automatically cancels the live view and displays the welcome screen.
This post shows how to replace the standard welcome screen with a movie or your own still image. You can customize Webcam Photobooth in the same way.
Breeze Multi-Camera has a similar screen called standby.jpg which can be customized and animated in a similar way.
Note: This post was updated in September 2019 to make it clearer that you need to set the inactivity timeout value
Rename the original welcome.jpg in case you want to use it again. (Mine is called welcome-old.jpg.)
Copy your new image into the same folder, and call it welcome.jpg To fill the screen, make the new image the same size in pixels as the image it replaces.
To control how long the booth waits before going into standby mode and displaying the welcome screen, adjust the inactivity timer. Go to Advanced Settings, and set the number of seconds you want to wait until the booth goes into standby mode:
Run the booth, wait a while for it to go into idle mode and your welcome screen will be displayed.
Add a welcome screen with a movie
Add your movie to the PhotoBoothImages folder and name it welcome_loop.mp4 if you want the movie to loop, or welcome.mp4 to run it just once.
Note: You need both the background image ( welcome.jpg) as well as the animation in the PhotoboothImages folder. The background image is often plain black (mirror booths) or a copy of the first frame of your movie. It may appear briefly before the animation starts running.
That’s it! Start DSLR Remote Pro and check everything is working. You will need to wait for the inactivity timer to kick in before you see your video.
What happens if my video is smaller than the screen?
If your video is smaller than your screen, it will be displayed in the center of the screen with your welcome.jpg behind it:
Yes, you can customize most other screens in the same way. Replace the original screen in your PhotoBoothImages folder with another still (.jpg), add a movie (.mp4 or .mov) or GIF file with the same name. For more details, see
There are 80 shopping days until Christmas, but just over a week to the second Photo Booth Show. Have you got your tickets yet?
The 2018 show will be held in Leicester, England on 14th & 15th October. The trade show has expanded into two rooms, with vendors and speakers coming from across Europe, the US and Australia. This is a great opportunity to see what’s new, learn from the experts and other boothers.