PBPI delegates last month enthused about a pre-release version of the program. One even exclaimed “I’ve fallen in love with Breeze again”. I am delighted to announce the release of DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 on Valentine’s Day.
Improvements to the Photobooth Setup Wizard
Animated GIFs with soundtrack
Extra branding/ logo overlay for animated GIFs
Faster, higher quality green screen processing
Fix for issue with complex HTML emails
DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 supports most Canon DSLR cameras and runs on Windows 10, 8 and 7. This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 15th February 2017. Customers with an older DSLR Remote Pro license (and any NKRemote license holder) can buy an upgrade license to use this release.
Chris has improved the flow of the Wizard, making it a piece of cake to build a system offering guests choices (such as Photos or GIF), and run the booth with square or full screen live view as an alternative to normal landscape images.
New dropdown list to give guests choices (Photos/Boomerang GIF, Photos only, Boomerang GIFs only, Photo or video, Video only)
New dropdown list to adjust live view
Use the setup wizard to customize the live view. Changing the live view in the Wizard will automatically adjust the animated GIFs and prints created by DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.
New improved ready screen to choose from Photos or Animated GIFs
Choose Photos or Boomerang GIFs and check Single ready screen so that guests start the booth and choose between still photos and boomerang GIFs from a single screen as here:
Shoot and share without printing
Running a ‘shoot and share’ booth with animated GIFs and no printing is increasingly popular. The DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Wizard no longer asks you to select a printer when you offer only Boomerang GIFs or Video.
New animated GIFs with audio
You can now add an optional soundtrack to the MP4 copy of your animated GIFs. Learn more
Enhanced animated GIF branding with additional overlay
New: add a second overlay to animated GIFs with branding & logo. The additional overlay is an easy way to brand animated GIFs you have created yourself or sourced from third parties. Learn more
Greenscreen processing – higher quality and faster
Print higher quality green screened images more quickly. DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 green screen algorithms have been rewritten to be bothfaster and produce higher quality results. Greenscreen photobooth
Start the booth when DSLR Remote Pro is started and the camera connected
To start the Photobooth running as soon as DSLR Remote Pro is started and the camera connected and switched on, select Advanced Settings then check the box Start full screen photobooth automatically ….
Hide the camera controls on the main screen
DSLR Remote Pro allows you to control the camera from your PC. You can find these settings on the left of the main screen (highlighted in green below).
To hide these settings select View then uncheck Show Camera Controls:
The main screen will no longer show the camera settings:
Hide or reveal the large Photobooth Shortcut buttons
The large buttons at the top of the main screen (highlighted in green below) are called Photobooth Shortcut buttons. They are quick ways to control your booth.
To hide or reveal these buttons select View then check or uncheck Photobooth Shortcuts
Choose which Photobooth Shortcut buttons are shown on the main screen
If necessary show the Photobooth Shortcut buttons as above.
Select View then Photobooth Shortcuts Settings to see the Photobooth Shortcut Setp Screen
The standard buttons are highlighted in green above. Check or uncheck any of these buttons to change the Shortcut buttons on the main screen. In this example the operator will only see buttons to start the booth and access the Print Layout Editor (which lets them make changes to the Print Layout)
You can display any combination of the following standard Shortcut buttons in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Edit QR code
Photobooth Setup Wizard
Reprint Photobooth Photo
Take Test Photo
The default set of five buttons are shown in red in this list.
Change the wording of the Photobooth Shortcut buttons (great for localization)
Select View then Photobooth Shortcuts Settings to see the Photobooth Shortcut Setp Screen.
1. Edit the text of any button; here Start Photobooth has been changed to Go!
2. You can also change the size of the buttons
3. Press OK to save the new settings before leaving this screen.
Password protect or lockdown the settings
You can prevent unauthorized access to the Advanced Settings and Photobooth Setup Wizard using Lockdown.
Select view then Lockdown mode..
Enter a password and press OK to save it.
Lockdown prevents unauthorised access to the Advanced Settings and Photobooth Setup Wizard. Operators will still be able to alter the print layout if necessary during an event.
Note: The lockdown password can be reset if necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Create your own Shortcut buttons to run specific profiles
Profiles are a powerful tool in Breeze software; they are often used to offer guests choices. You can also use profiles to give the operator a menu of common ways to set the booth up, which are tailored to your business model. Profile 1 might be a basic booth with simple prints; Profile 2 a choice of prints or animated GIFs, Profile 3 prints and GIFs with social sharing. See this post for an introduction to profiles
This section explains how to link profiles you have already created to Shortcut buttons. It does not explain how to create profiles.
Select View then Photobooth Shortcuts Settings to return to the Photobooth Shortcut Setup Screen
Check the buttons for each profile you want to use (1), and customise the text for each button (2).
When you have finished, press OK (3) to return to the main screen.
The new buttons for each profile are shown highlighted in green.
Chris has a unparalled worldwide reputation in multi-camera arrays. DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera has been used in block buster movies, the video games industry and high profile activations for more than 10 years. Learn from the man himself:
What you can do with a camera array
Five, fifteen or ninety five cameras?
Choosing equipment and triggering the cameras
Time it right – syncing with flash
How to create animated GIFs and MP4 movies from your images
Wednesday 2:45pm – Open Session
On the final afternoon Chris will run an Open Session covering topics raised by delegates at PBPI. Likely subjects include
Panoramic photo booth photos
Sharing for camera arrays
Automation and startup scripts
Find us at the Breeze table in Tech Alley & around the Academy.
The content of sessions may vary to meet the needs of those attending.
PS Just heard from Lisa that there is still time to join in – Enroll here!
Happy New Year! This first post for 2018 explains how to use profiles to create a touchscreen menu of print layouts.
Breeze photo booth profiles are powerful building blocks you can use to customize your booths to offer guests choices such as print layouts and green screen backgrounds; or add an element of surprise such as random comments in a magic mirror booth.
This blog post has been written for DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1.
At Step 1 choose ‘1 large photo with 3 smaller ones below’
At Step 2 name the folder your images will be stored 1+3
At Step 3 make any other changes you need before selecting Finish
To customise the print or load predesigned layouts choose Print Layout. As you leave this screen you will be prompted to Save print settings to the default profile. Choose No.
Select the large ‘Advanced Settings’ button then, Save.
You will be asked whether to save the printer settings as well as the photo booth settings:
Take care to save the settings in the correct folder; here …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml . You are updating the settings saved by the Photobooth Wizard; so choose Yes when asked whether to replace settings.xml :
Press OK to leave the Photobooth settings screen. Before moving on select Start Photobooth and check this layout works as you expect.
Run the photobooth setup wizard for a single photo layout
Now repeat the process for the second option on your menu, the single photo. Run the Photobooth Setup Wizard again.
At Step 1 choose ‘Single Photo’
At Step 2 name the folder your images will be stored single
At Step 3 make any other changes you need before selecting Finish
Customise the print using the Print Layout Editor and make any other changes you need.
Select the large ‘Advanced Settings’ button then Save. Take care to save the settings in the correct folder; here …\PhotoboothImages\single\settings.xml
When you have saved your settings Press OK to leave the Photobooth settings screen. Before moving on select Start Photobooth and check this layout works as you expect.
Tip: During this process you need to keep saving your updated settings. Take care to check you are saving them in the correct folder each time.
Run the photo booth setup wizard to create the menu
At Step 1 choose ‘Single Photo’ or any other option
At Step 2 name the folder Menu
Remove the live view from your menu screen
1. Select the large ‘Advanced Settings’ button and remove the live view by uncheckingEnable live view.
2. Select Save and update …\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml
Create profiles for the menu and each option
Next create three profiles: one each for the menu, 1+3 print layout, and single print layout. The menu profile needs to be loaded each time the photo booth is started; and after each guest session finishes:
3. Stay in the Photobooth Settings screen and select the Profiles… button. This takes you to the Photobooth Profiles screen.
4. Set Profile 1 to C:\Users\sue\Documents\PhotoboothImages\menu\settings.xml
5. Set Profile 2 to C:\Users\sue\Documents\PhotoboothImages\1+3\ settings.xml
6. Set Profile 3 to C:\Users\sue\Documents\PhotoboothImages\single\settings.xml
7. Set Default profile loaded at startup and after each shooting sequence to Profile 1. This will display your menu each time the photo booth is started; and after each guest session finishes.
8. Click on OK to leave the profiles screen
9. If you want to be able to use this set of profiles again; save them using the Save Profiles button. I have called the profiles xml file demoprofiles.xml and saved this in my menu folder : …\PhotoboothImages\menu\demoprofiles.xml
Create a new menu screen
Use an image editor to create a new jpg image containing icons for the 2 print layouts. This should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard. Replace the original ready.jpg screen in PhotoboothImages\Menu with this image.
Link the menu screen to each menu option using profiles
If necessary start DSLR Remote Pro and select Advanced Settings to Load your menu (…\PhotoboothImages\menu\settings.xml).
Start the booth to check that your new menu screen is displayed; then <Esc> to return to the main DSLR Remote Pro screen.
10. Select Advanced Settings; and select the Settings button for the touchscreen
Tip: Touchscreen actions. The Touchscreen settings screen allows you to choose what action the program takes when a guest touches different parts of the screen. These are called touchscreen actions.
11. Select Show/edit touchscreen areas to display a copy of the screen layout showing the ‘Touchscreen actions’ currently enabled. Each action and the part of the screen affected is shown like this
First remove the actions you no longer need
Remove each action you no longer need from the screen (here Photo Start, Photo Select Color mode, Photo Select B&W mode) by right clicking on the action and choosing Delete Action..
Then add the new actions
Move the mouse over your 1+3 icon and right click; then choose Add Action.
Choose Profile 2 from the drop-down list.
Click on OK. Move and resize the red dotted action box to cover your icon.
Repeat for your single photo icon; choosing Profile 3.
Optional: Add a hidden button to the main menu to exit Full screen photobooth mode
Adding a hidden action
You may also wish to add a secret or hidden button to exit the full screen photo booth.
Position the mouse roughly where you want the hidden button (usually a corner of the screen so the operator can find it easily). Right click, choose Add action and then Exit Fullscreen photobooth from the drop down list. Resize and position the red dotted action box as before.
Right click the mouse on an unused part of the screen and choose Exit from the list. You will be prompted to save your edited settings – select Yes to return to the touchscreen settings screen.
Add a password to stop guests using the hidden button. Save the changes you have made by choosing OK on the touchscreen Settings Screen:
When you leave this screen you will return to the Photobooth Settings screen. Press Save and save the changes you have made to …\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml as before.
You now have a menu offering a choice of print layouts. The final stage is to add a mechanism for guests to return to the menu from each option screen. You need to add an exit button to each option.
Add an exit button to each option so that guests can return to the main menu
Tip: if you are using the predesigned sets of buttons (such as those provided with DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and later releases) you may want to use one of these as your back button. They are usually kept in sub-directories at C:>Program Files(x86)>Breezesys>DSLR Remote Pro>wizard as shown here
Use an image editor to edit the ready.jpg image containing icons for the 2 print layouts. These should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard.
Add a back button to the 1+3 ready.jpg screen
Use an image editor to edit the …\PhotoboothImages\1+3 \ready.jpg image. The final image should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard. Replace the original ready.jpg screen in …\PhotoboothImages\1+3 with this image.
Start DSLR Remote Pro, choose Advanced Settings and select Load. To load the settings for your 1+3 layout; select …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml
Stay on the Photobooth Settings screen, select the Touchscreen Settings button and then Show/Edit touchscreen areas to display the Touchscreen Actions for the 1+3 ready screen:
Move the mouse to your new back icon and right click to add an action for this icon. Select Add Action as before, then Select Profile 1 from the drop down list. (Profile 1 is the menu profile we set up earlier.)
Exit and save your updated settings to …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml. Click OK to leave the touchscreen settings screen and return to Photobooth Settings. Press Save and update …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml before hitting OK to return to the main screen.
Add a back button to the single photo ready.jpg screen
Repeat the steps above for the second print layout. To load the settings for your single print layout; select …\PhotoboothImages\single\settings.xml and save them to the same directory and file when you finish.
Start the photo booth and check everything works correctly
Check that the booth operates as you expect for both options, returning to the main menu ready for the next guests.
Find yourself a drink and take a well earned break
Congratulations – you have learnt how to use one of the most important features of DSLR Remote Pro. You can use the same method to create other menus (and sub menus if you wish).
Want to know more?
Note: This section was updated on February 17th and July 11th 2018.
1.Follow the instructions in this post to create simple boomerang GIFs using Photobooth Setup Wizard. Update See the new video for the 3.12 Setup Wizard
Customise the boomerang GIF
2. Next click on File (A) then Videobooth Settings (B) to show the Videobooth Settings screen.
3. Check that the boxes for Create Animated GIF and Use camera’s photo mode are both checked, then select the Animated GIF Settings buttom (C) to see the Animated GIF Settings (video booth) screen
3. The settings below create a ‘boomerang’ animated GIF from the whole photo (landscape orientation) without any border. This GIF will be 600 wide x 400 pixels high. When you have chosen the settings you need click OK (here and the other pop up windows until you return to the main screen).
Add the animated overlay
4. You need the same number of overlay images as frames in the boomerang GIF. In this example the animated GIF has 29 frames (separate images) created from 15 original images*. You need 29 overlay images; called video_stills_overlay_1.png, video_stills_overlay_2.png …. video_stills_overlay_29.png .
*If you don’t use a title, there are 28 frames so you only need 28 overlays.
This example uses DSLR Remote Pro’s simulated camera; a handy feature which lets you try out features and set up designs without connecting a real camera to the computer. The GIF has an animated overlay of falling snow and a title. It has been captured in black & white.
The falling snow effect here uses 29 images to create the animation. The snow flakes are in a different position on each image.
You are welcome to use these snowflake overlays in your own booth with DSLR Remote Pro. If you found this post useful please share it with others.
DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 26th November 2017.
This release adds support for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and includes a number of enhancements to the Multi-Camera Animator:
Save the current calibration settings with each set of downloaded photos. This makes it much easier to regenerate GIF or MP4 files after an event using the calibration settings that were used when the photos were taken.
Integrate multi-camera array shooting into a workflow e.g. post processing photos using Adobe After Effects or copying files to a viewing or sharing station. An optional command can be run on the calibration settings file that is saved after each set of photos has been processed.
Shoot in portrait orientation. The auto alignment tool now supports cameras in portrait or landscape orientation.
Raw+JPEG support for the Multi-Camera Animator. JPEG images are used to create animated GIFs/MP4s. The raw files can be used for high quality post-processing after an event.
This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera after 11th December 2016. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.
This maintenance release fixes a problem with using droplets in photo booth mode that affected v3.8. The HideWindowsTaskbar utility, which helps to hide Photoshop windows when running droplets, has been updated to work with the latest version of Photoshop.
This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 11th December 2016. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.
You can make two kinds of animated GIFs using DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and Webcam Photobooth 2.4 : slideshow and boomerang. Slideshow GIFs contain still photos taken during normal photobooth operation. You can set up your booth to print the strips (or other layout) and share the same photos in an animated GIF – which looks much more interesting than viewing a strip on a phone.
Boomerang aka Burst GIFs are captured with a short video clip. Both types of GIF can be shared via MMS/SMS, emailed and uploaded to social media.
How to create slideshow GIFs
This blog post explains how to create slideshow GIFs with animated overlays using the Photo Booth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8. Photos are printed in the usual way; guests can share the same images as an animated GIF. You can customize your GIFs using the advanced settings.
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard. This example uses a strip of 4 photos. Choose whether to share via Twitter, MMS/SMS or email at Step 3. (Leave these boxes unchecked if you are using a separate sharing station.) This example creates a 4 photo strip; guests can share their GIFs using MMS/SMS.
Next tell the program to create a slideshow GIF:
1. Select Advanced Settings
2. Choose Settings on the Photobooth Settings screen
3. Check Share animated GIFs so that guests can share their GIF from the booth. (Leave this box unchecked if you are using a separate sharing station.)
4. Check Create an animated GIF from the photos
5. Then choose the Animated GIF settings to display the Animated GIF settings screen:
6. A photo width of 600 pixels is a good start point. Use the settings in the image above to create an animated GIF from the whole photo (landscape orientation) without any border. Check the final box if you want to make an MP4 copy of each GIF.
7. When you have chosen the settings you need click OK (here and the other pop up windows until you return to the main screen).
Adding an animated overlay to a slideshow GIF
You can create an animated overlay from a set of transparent png images. The falling snow effect here uses 12 images to create the animation. The snow flakes are in a different position on each image. (3 snowflake overlays are shown over each of the 4 photos.) You can download the snowflake overlays here .
To add an animated overlay return to the Animated GIF Settings screen (Repeat 1 to 5 above, selecting Advanced Settings, then Settings, then Animated GIF Settings.)
Change the number of overlays per photo to 3 and click OK (here and the other pop up windows until you return to the main screen).
Now copy the overlay images you downloaded into the PhotoBoothImages folder containing your screens (A). The overlays must be named GIF_overlay_1.png through to GIF_overlay_12.png (B).
Run the booth and you will create both a strip of four photos and a slideshow GIF with the animated overlay here:
Choose whether to run buttons across the screen or to the side using the Photobooth Setup Wizard.
Create custom caption sets
Breeze software is used in over 80 countries world wide. DSLR Remote Pro already supports Unicode and handles characters in most languages. Use the Photoboth Setup Wizard to create reusable caption sets, and apply them to different themes.
DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 is shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.
Canon’s DSLR cameras can be set to auto focus (AF) or manual focus (MF). The auto focus setting is very convenient for photo booth operators, but when the camera cannot find anything to focus on it will not take a photo.
You may notice a long pause before the camera takes a photo. The focus motor whirrs and the camera lens moves as the camera tries to focus. Two different error messages may be displayed: ‘Unable to release shutter’ or ‘Unable to focus’.
Unable to release shutter
When setting up the booth the operator presses Release(F8) or Preview (F9) to check camera operation. No photo is taken and this error message is displayed:
Unable to focus
After the countdown there is a long pause before the camera takes the first photo. The focus motor whirrs and the camera lens moves as the camera tries to focus. Eventually this message* is displayed:
*Hint (localization)You can translate this message into your local language using the PhotoboothAfErrorMsg message in the configuration files
Why does this happen?
Usually the camera cannot focus because
there is not enough light
the booth is empty and has a plain background
guests are too close to the camera
the lens cap has not been removed
Autofocus works best with good lighting and guests positioned at the right distance from the camera. It may be improved by changing from a plain background. The most reliable solution is to switch the camera to manual focus.
How to make sure the camera will fire: Set the camera to manual focus
Exception : cameras with dual pixel AF. If your camera has dual pixel AF please see the Camera Settings section of the program help files. (At present the Canon EOS DSLR cameras with dual pixel AF are the Canon EOS 800D/Rebel T7i, 200D/Rebel SL2, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D Mark II, 5D Mark IV and 6D Mark II*.)
*Support for the EOS 6D Mark II will be added to the next release of DSLR Remote Pro.
Simplest way to set the camera to manual focus
Set the AF/MF switch on the camera lens to the MF (manual focus) position.
Each time you set up the booth turn the focus ring on the camera lens until you see a sharp image on the PC live view display.
Use the screen on the back of the camera to set the custom function “C.Fn IV: Operations/Others – Shutter/AE lock button” to “1:AE lock/AF” (refer to your camera manual if necessary).
This setting has the advantage that focus can still be adjusted remotely from the PC but auto focus won’t be used when taking a photo. The lens can be focused in fullscreen photobooth mode by typing Ctrl+A.
For more precise control of focus exit photobooth mode and type Ctrl+L to display the live view window. Then use the <<<, <<, <, >, >>, >> buttons or the mouse wheel to manually adjust the focus.
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