Category Archives: Breeze Booth

Connecting Canon cameras to Breeze Booth for iPad

Breeze Booth for iPad 2.0 let you choose whether to use the iPad’s built in camera, or a separate Canon camera.

What do I get from the extra camera?

Running an iPad booth with a separate Canon DSLR or Mirrorless camera gives you

  • appeal to discerning customers looking for quality
  • better image quality
  • ability to use flash instead of ambient lighting
  • less obtrusive lighting when the booth is not active

Breeze Booth for iPad works in both landscape and portrait. The external camera makes it easier to shoot in landscape, because you can place the camera above the center of the screen.

Which cameras can I use?

You can use most Canon EOS DSLRs , the M50 Mk II and  M50, M200 and M6 Mark II. Breeze for iPad also supports Canon’s PowerShot SX70 HS, G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III – that’s every camera supported by DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5. Full list

Hot tip: Chris ‘s pick is the EOS M50 Mk II or original EOS M50. Both have excellent autofocus and face detect, and are very compact.

What else do I need?

You need external control software connected to the camera by USB and iPad using WiFi or a wired connection. The controller can run on a Windows 10  device  or Raspberry Pi.

Breeze provide the camera control software at no extra cost to Breeze Booth for iPad customers.

Mini Windows PC running the camera controller for Breeze Booth 2.0
Raspberry Pi running the camera controller

Flash is recommended for still photos.

Which is best – Windows or Raspberry Pi?

  • Windows devices are simpler to set up than a Raspberry Pi
  • Our Windows controller can also monitor and control the iPad
  • The Raspberry Pi is compact and require little or no maintenance once it has been set up.
  • Windows devices support virtually all printers, and are much more reliable than AirPrint

Controlling the external camera with a Windows device

A Windows compute stick,  mini computer or budget Windows tablet costing around US $100 to US $150* is fine. You need

  • USB port for the camera
  • Second USB port if you plan to print
  • Ability to power the device and connect to the camera/printer at the same time
  • Sufficient memory to run Windows 10.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad Camera Controller bundled with the other Windows Companion Apps here

What about Windows updates?

Windows 10 updates can be switched off while the booth is in use.

Controlling the external camera with a Raspberry Pi

You will need a Raspberry Pi Model B with 2GB or more of memory and a 8GB micro SD card.

Note: Setting up a Pi based controller is  recommended only for  more technical users. More

How easy is it to switch between the iPad camera and a external camera?

Once you have set up the controller and switched on your camera,  toggle a switch on the iPad App  to switch between the iPad’s internal camera and your external camera.

Switching to an external camera ( Breeze Booth for iPad 2.0)

*Prices correct at time of writing (April 2021)

© Breeze Systems April 2021

Breeze profiles – Building Multi-Choice Menus and Unexpected Twists

Breeze profiles are unique and powerful building blocks you can use to  create simple multi choice menus through to complex choice based scenarios.

Use profiles to create multi-language booths, choose between different print layouts or add an element of surprise.

Profiles add random animations and effects to mirrors and conventional booths.

The Breeze website has three new tutorials explaining how to use profiles. They are written for Booth (DSLR +Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro, and can be adapted for use with Booth (Webcam+Windows) aka Webcam Photobooth.

  • Part 1 introduces profiles and shows how to use them to build a simple menu. The worked example creates a menu offering a choice of two print layouts.
  • Part 2 shows how to spice up a booth by randomly mixing different designs.
  • Part 3 covers both troubleshooting and combining a menu with a random ‘surprise me’ option.

Get started – offering a choice of print layouts

Guests can choose between print layouts

Getting started takes you step by step through using profiles to build a menu from which guests choose a print layout.

Use the same approach to offer a choice of green screen experience or background removal.

Find creative approaches to choose between backgrounds for prints and GIFs

Find Getting Started with Profiles here

Random Profiles

Guests are randmoly taken to difference experiences from this screen (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro Prroflies)

Random profiles can be used to add excitment and interest to a booth or mirror. Vary the animations and audible comments in magic mirrors, surprise guests by placing them in different environments (AI background removal or green screen), and build wheel of fortune booths.

Note: You need to use random profiles to randomly change your screens and create menus. There is a simpler way to offer random print and GIF designs, which you can find here

Surprise guests by switching betwen print and GIF designs. More..

Find Part 2 – Random Effects here

Choose and Surprise Me booths & Troubleshooting Profiles

The first two Profiles tutorials explain how to create a menu based booth and one switching randomly between different profiles.

Breeze Profiles Part 3 starts by running through common problems using profiles, then moves on to building a Choose or Surprise Me structure.

Find Part 3 –  Choose and Surprise me & Trobuleshooting Profiles here

Many thanks to Steve Bliesner for sharing the multi-language menu featured at the start of this post.

© Breeze Systems 2021

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5 released

Breeze Booth ( Windows + DSLR)  aka DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5 was released today 16th March, 2021.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5 fixes an issue connecting to Canon’s new EOS M50 Mark II camera in markets where the camera is identified as Canon EOS M50M2. DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5 also saves the event name and event strings to the photo booth summary file.

This release also

  • Fixes an issue with the green screen overlay not being applied to preview photos
  • Fixes an issue with the green screen background not being added when using the “save copy of processed photos” option with the transparent green screen background option

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 16th March 2020.. 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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© Breeze Systems 2021

Solving camera connection problems

The first Breeze tutorial of 2021 has been written to help fix that most irritating issue – when the camera won’t connect to the app. Finding the cause can be difficult and frustrating.  Solving camera connection problems is here to help.

While this tutorial focuses on  Booth (Windows + DSLR)  aka DSLR Remote Pro, Breeze Multi-Camera and Flipbook users, most of the content also applies to other camera control apps.

Find Solving camera connection problems on the main Breeze website here

With very best wishes for 2021,

Sue & Chris

 

 

© Breeze Systems January 2021

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 supports Canon 850D (Rebel T8i), M50 Mark II, R5 and R6

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 aka Breeze Booth (DSLR + Windows) was released late yesterday, 9 December, 2020.

DSLR Remote Pro is a highly configurable, yet simple to use Windows based photo booth and tethered shooting application for Canon cameras.

Learn more about this powerful program here

What’s new in v3.15.4?

This release adds support for four new Canon cameras; an update to the popular M50 mirror-less model, two new R series mirrorless cameras and the latest EOS REBEL.

Support for

  • 850D/Rebel T8i/Kiss X10i
  • M50 Mark II/Kiss M2
  • EOS R5
  • EOS R6

Plus

  • A new token {field2,n,ch,str} gives additional flexibility extracting data from a longer string
  • Fixes for issues with AI background removal when mirror output images is selected, and setting the owner string, artist and copyright information on recent camera models.

Support for new cameras

The EOS 850D ( Rebel T8i) replaces Canon’s EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) camera, and the mirrorless M50 Mark II replaces Canon’s popular M50.

The mirrorless R5 and R6 are both superb cameras – Chris waxes lyrical about them. They are an expensive option for photo booth use.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 9th December 2019.. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

Do share this post with others who may find it useful.

© Breeze Systems 2020

Automatically Changing Print Layouts in DSLR Remote Pro

Breeze Booth (Windows + DSLR) aka DSLR Remote Pro and Breeze Booth for iPad both give you the power to

  • surprise guests with varied and personalised designs,
  • build custom promotions into fixed installations in advance
  • use custom designs and unique vouchers at  regular and one-off occasions such as Happy Hour and New Years Eve. Pre-program end off event specials

I have just added the first of two tutorials which explain how to set up custom Breeze Booth (Windows + DSLR) print and GIF designs which change either randomly or in predetermined ways.

  • Part 1 shows how to create randomly selected layouts, prize notifications, and automatically change the overlay and/or print at specific times and dates. Part 1 uses print layouts as examples.
  • Part 2 will show how to use the same approach with GIFs.

Find How to vary print and GIF designs automatically (Part 1) here

© Breeze Systems 2020

Breeze for iPad 1.1.2 – Techie heaven

Do you dream of taking a booking in your CRM and automatically creating an event on your iPad? Have you ever needed to log your devices in remotely? Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 1.1.2  includes a basketful of goodies for more technical users. Read on …

Automation enhancements

When you run a large operation with booths spread over several locations, efficient workflow is essential. Breeze Booth for iPad  is designed for centralized event setup and fast cloud based deployment to devices worldwide.

1.Generate event setup codes in CRMs or your own website

Quick Setup is a fast and simple way to log in and set up Breeze Booth on your own and your customers devices.  A single QR code scan signs into the booth, downloads the event and runs it.

Booth (iPad+iPhone) 1.1.2 makes it possible to generate event setup QR codes in CRMs or your own website.

2.New status URL webhook

Control your devices remotely with the new web hook. Includes

  • Remote log in
  • Remote device status monitoring
  • Sending commands to individual devices

3.New {to} token

Use the {to} token to add email address or cell phone number to the text of email and text messages.

Survey data improvements

  1. Survey data collected in touch free operation is now included in image XML files
  2. Checkboxes and radio buttons can be initialised from survey data
  3. Checkboxes and radio buttons can be initialized from  QR code data
  4. Radio buttons can be displayed without an initial value

New payment option

Secure single use QR codes offer an attractive alternative to conventional payment booths.  Take payments online and provide secure single use QR codes to operate the booth touch free. More details

Choosing the number of prints touch free

Gursts can now select the number of prints without touching the booth using Breeze contactless operation.

Full feature list

  • Quick setup QR codes can be generated  from a CRM or your own website.
  • Select the number of prints during touchfree operation
  • QR code strings {qr1} to {qr10} are saved in the XML summary files for images
  • Intitialize checkboxes and radio buttons using tokens e.g. from information read from the QR code strings or from survey questions
  • New {to} token allows the ‘to’ email address to be included in email messages or the user’s telephone number to be included in text messages
  • Secure single use QR codes
  • Status URL webhook for monitoring the app’s status remotely and for receiving commands

 

© Breeze Systems 2020

 

Contactless Data Capture

Soon after we released support for contactless booths, Breeze user  Ewan Sou shared a video explaining how to capture guest data and generate  QR codes for contactless operation on your own WordPress website. You can use this approach with both iPad and DSLR/Windows based booths.

Ewan has kindly agreed we can share his very helpful guide with a wider audience through the blog.

Ewan’s work flow creates a QR code containing both email address and guest data. Data is automatically transferred to Breeze photo booth programs Booth (Pad and iPhone), and DSLR Remote Pro when the QR code is scanned. You will also receive an email copy of data guests enter into the form.

This registration form for an imaginary conference followed Ewan’s approach. NB All data your enter into the form is emailed to Breeze.

Registration for Imagine Conference 2020

About Ewan

Ewan runs Instantly.sg, a one stop event photography agency that specialises in custom photo and video booth installations for events and brand campaigns in Singapore.

Note: Ewan’s approach supports both Breeze DSLR Remote Pro for Windows and Breeze Booth for iPad users running WordPress websites. More technical users  can also adapt our  PHP scripts.

A huge thank you to Ewan for creating this video and sharing it with the Breeze community.

Sue