Category Archives: Webcam Photobooth

Choosing a computer for your Windows photo booth

My all time favorite comment in the Breeze Facebook group began

Anything with more processing power than a potato can generally run Breeze.

It’s absolutely true that you can run a stills Breeze photo booth on a low powered computer, although we don’t support the King Edward or Yukon Gold.

The same poster added

 …I’m not doing gifs or videos, just photo layouts and prints.

Which was a sensible caveat. Before choosing your computer, think how it will be used.

Videos, burst GIFs, photos with filters, background removal and other effects run much better on a more powerful machine.

Probably not the best power source for a video booth

We have added a new page to the website Choosing a computer for your photo booth.

This page replaces one of our most popular blog posts and includes advice about hardware requirements for processing videos quickly. This is  probably the most demanding task for a photo booth computer.

Have a great weekend,

Sue

© Breeze Systems 2022

 

New tutorial – Using Touch Screen Actions to customize Breeze screens

Breeze apps offer unparalled creative control over what guests see and experience at your booth. The power and flexibility of touch screen actions are key to this experience.

When Breeze Booth apps are powered by touch screens, touch screen actions control what happens when a guest touches the screen.

I have added a new tutorial to the website to help DSLR Remote Pro, Multi-Camera, Webcam Photobooth & Flipbook Photobooth users use these actions to take control of the guest interface. Find Customizing Breeze Screens here

 

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

Adding a hidden exit to your booth

How do I add a secret button to exit the booth?

It’s important that guests cannot exit your photo booth screens, but you need a controlled way out.

When the booth has a keyboard attached just hit the Escape key from the Breeze Ready screen.

To exit using the touch screen, you need a hidden button. Ideally combine this with password protection.

Adding the secret button and password

This page explains how to add a hidden exit to both DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth. Add the exit command to your touch screen settings.

Getting to the touchscreen settings in DSLR Remote Pro

Accessing touch screen settings  (1) and adding your password (6) (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)

Getting to the touchscreen settings in Webcam Photobooth

Accessing touch screen settings  (1) and adding your password (6) (Webcam Photobooth)

(1) Start the program and go to the touch screen settings for your Ready screen. There will be a short pause before you see the next screen:

Adding an Exit button to the Ready screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)

Right click anywhere on this screen to show the current screen and add new actions.

Actions make something happen when the screen is touched in a particular area. This screen already has actions to start the booth and switch between color and black & white. We are going to add a new action to exit the Ready screen.

(2) Select Add Action

(3) Choose the action Exit Full screen photobooth from the drop down list

(4) Drag and drop the action to a convenient location. Use an empty corner of your screen for hidden buttons. Guests won’t see them but you and your staff will find them easily.

(5) Right click again and choose Exit

6) Add a password in case a guest guesses the location of your button, or touches it by mistake.

Remember to save your changes as you leave each screen.

What this looks like in practice

Your Ready screen looks exactly the same, there is no clue that the button exists:

Ready screen with no sign of hidden exit (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)
The same screen showing the location of the hidden exit

Anyone finding the secret button the can’t exit the booth  without knowing the exit password I added at (6) .

To exit the booth you also need to know the exit password (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)

Adding other actions to your screens

Touch screen actions are powerful tools which give Breeze programs enormous flexibility. Use them to access the reprint selection screen, an information or T&C screen, add choices using profiles and much more.

Guests often ask for an extra print after their session has finished. DSLR Remote Pro includes options to display a reprint selection screen. Link to this screen using the Display Reprint Selection Screen action

© Breeze Systems 2020

Glamazon activation (The Photo booth Guys)

Thanks to Steve Bliesner & Photo Booth Guys Australia  for letting us share this video of their latest activation for Amazon.

Steve writes

Working in harmony to create high end activations that go out for, not $100-200 an hour.. but $1000 – $ 2000 an hour.

I used every trick in the Breeze book to pull this one off.

Breeze for iPad was running a very custom survey to collect data on guests, to determine what Drag Queen they would be and what personalised text they wanted on their GIF and Print. Additionally, guests entered their email address (so they didn’t have to use a sharing station later).

That data was sent via Breeze Hub, to Breeze Kiosk, where a QR code had been generated, and was then scanned in via a barcode reader, by our staff, in to Breeze Webcam.

Webcam had a customised interface that was live streamed to two large screens… (that masked any sensitive information and removed any interface control elements).

With one scan, that QR code kicked off the session, auto chose the chosen Drag Queen, personalised their print and GIF and emailed the image to the guest.

There is only one company that makes software that allows people like you and me to do stuff like this.

Meet Steve at the Breeze stand (#1113) at Photo Booth Expo next week.

Using Snap Chat lenses with Breeze

Snap Chat has an awesome library of virtual props or  ‘lenses’. Did you know that you can use these lenses to add an incredible variety of  virtual props to   Breeze Booth (Webcam +Windows) aka Webcam Photobooth?

Check out our new Snap Camera tutorial to learn more.

This tutorial walks you through integrating Snap Camera with Webcam Photobooth to add amazing 3D ‘lenses’ (virtual props) to your photos, GIFs and videos.

Chris has also updated the Webcam_Snap_Camera.ahk script to add a shortcut showing the toolbar position, and improved the  sending of shortcut keys.

What is Booth (Webcam + Windows)?

Previously known as Webcam Photobooth, this Windows app turns a webcam into an event photo booth, creating fun GIFs, prints and videos. Webcam Photobooth is a one-off purchase costing just US $175*, and includes one year’s free upgrades.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

*Price valid at time of writing, and excludes any tax due.

Breeze Systems February 2020

 

 

New in Breeze Booth 1.0.6 & 1.0.5

We have released two upgrades to Breeze Booth, Hub and the Event Editor in the last few weeks. These are free upgrades to anyone using these apps.

Find a quick summary of the changes to Breeze Booth for iPad, Event Editor and Hub here:

New in Breeze Booth

  • Default background image for screens to make it easier to rebrand an event
  • New status screen showing number of sessions and shares, and whether any files are queued for syncing to Hub
Breeze Booth 1.0.6 sharing screen.
  • Support for video animations with alpha channels
  • More fluid screen transitions with optional fading between overlays
  • Ability to dynamically select print and GIF backgrounds and overlays e.g. in response to survey data
  • Improved support for AirPrint
  • Improved handling of SMTP email errors when using a poor quality internet connection

v1.0.6 also fixes an issue selecting manual exposure in the camera settings, and an AirPrint issue where only the first session was printed.

New in Event Editor

  • Easier rebranding of events using a default background image for screens
  • Touchscreen editor can display the JPEG background screen image when an overlay is selected
  • Event creator updated to create screens with default_background.jpg screen and overlays instead of separate backgrounds for each screen

Event Editor 1.3.3 also fixes an issue with the default gif_background.jpg image not being added to animated GIFs

New in Hub

  • New statistics tool
  • New survey tool
  • Hub now auto rotates JPEG images using the EXIF orientation data when sending emails

Hub 1.1.1 also fixes an issue cropping JPEG attachments when emailing photos

Event statistics in Hub

The new Hub statistics tool can display statistics of sessions and shares from your booths. Hub works with both Breeze Booth for iPad and our Windows based photo booth apps.

Breeze Hub event statistics

Link your iPads to Hub to see

  • Total number of sessions
  • Breakdown of sessions by photo and GIF
  • Total shares
  • Shares by  email and text*
  • Busiest device**
  • Busiest hour and day
  • Summary data for last 30 days

*Hub statistics show SMTP emails, and texts shared using Twilio.

** iOS devices only

Rapid  export to Excel and other spreadsheets

Copy and paste data from the Hub statistics page into spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel to create graphs for corporate clients.

Copy and paste event data from Breeze Hub into your spreadsheet

View survey statistics in Hub

Sample Breeze Booth for iPad survey screen

The survey data tool can create a report showing survey responses from Breeze Booth for iPad and our Windows based photo booth apps.

Rapid  export to Excel and other spreadsheets

You can also copy and paste data from the Hub survey page into spreadsheets to create graphs for corporate clients.

Sync Breeze Booth survey data to Hub, then copy and paste into Excel or other spreadsheets for corporate clients

Download Breeze Booth, Hub & the Event Editor

There’s no charge to upgrade to the latest versions of Breeze Booth for iPad, Hub and the Event Editor. Download all three apps here

  • Breeze Booth for iPad runs on iPads and iPhones running iPadOS, iOS13 and iOS 12
  • Breeze Hub and Event Editor run on Windows 10, 8 and 7
  • Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth) users can also use Hub free of charge.

Help getting started

© Breeze Systems December 2019

Hotfolder 1.8.1 & Webcam 2.5.1 released

4 December 2019

Breeze Hotfolder Prints 1.8.1 & Webcam Photobooth 2.5.1 were both released today.

New in Hotfolder 1.8.1

  • New command line options to auto run and to load XML settings from file when running BreezeGallery Uploader
  • New command line options to auto login and to load XML settings from file when running the SmugMug Uploader
  • Breeze Viewer support for displaying adverts in mosaic modes with animated GIFs
  • Improved error reporting if a hashtag is not found when running the Hashtag Monitor
  • Fixes for issues uploading MP4 videos using Breeze Gallery Uploader and printing (when copies set to 0 and output set to print only inHotfolder Prints)

Hotfolder Prints 1.8.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Hotfolder after 4th December 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Hotfolder 1.8.1               Buy Hotfolder

New in Webcam 2.5.1

  • Option to send emails and texts in the background via Breeze Hub
  • Option to see Webcam statistics in Breeze Hub
  • Fix for issue printing logos

Webcam Photobooth 2.5.1 introduces an option to create xml copies of emails and texts so they can be sent in the background using Hub.

Webcam Photobooth 2.5.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Webcam Photobooth after 4th December 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

What is Breeze Hub?

Hub is a free utility provided by Breeze which can run on the same PC as Webcam Photobooth. You can run Hub with Breeze Booth for iPad and DSLR Remote Pro as well as Webcam Photobooth.

Share images in the background

Hub sends and shares your images in the background of other tasks, via email and SMS. No more waiting for images to upload before the next session starts.

View event statistics

Hub can also display statistics of sessions and shares from your booth.

Breeze Hub statistics

Run Hub with Webcam Photobooth to see

  • Total number of sessions
  • Breakdown of sessions by photo, GIF and video
  • Total shares
  • Shares by email and text
  • Busiest hour and day
  • Summary data for last 30 days

Rapid  export to Excel and other spreadsheets

Copy and paste data from the Hub statistics page into spreadsheets (such as Microsoft Excel) to create graphs for corporate clients.

Copy and paste event data from Breeze Hub into your spreadsheet

Note: Hub is currently downloaded with the Breeze Booth for iPad Event Editor. Ignore or uninstall the Event Editor if you are not a Breeze Booth for iPad user.

Download Hub    Learn more about Hub    Online manual

©  Breeze Systems 2019

Webcam Photobooth 2.5 released

New in Webcam Photobooth 2.5

  • Add up to 5 logos to prints (png or jpeg)
  • Guests choose the frame for their own print in the drawing/signing screen
  • New signing and drawing icons
  • Emojis/stickers/virtual props
  • Fix for reliability issue playing videos in photo booth mode caused by recent Windows updates.

Add logos to your prints

Logos provide a quick and easy way to add graphics to prints without using an image editor such as Photoshop.

Caption: Add up to 5 different png or jpg logos to prints with Breeze Webcam Photobooth 2.5

Add up to five different logos to a print layout. Logos can be either png or jpg format.

Find an introduction to the Print Layout Editor here

Guests choose their own print frame

Offer your guests a choice of print borders or overlays on the signing/drawing screen.

Guests choose from a selection of print frames on the signing/drawing screen (Breeze Webcam Photobooth 2.5)

Emojis/stickers/virtual props

You can create your own icon sets, they are simply jpg or png images. We have included these emoji/basic props for starters.

Icons supplied by EmojiOne

Guests can rotate, expand and shrink the icons. You can restrict them to decorating part of the print, and even prevent them from defacing part of it if your clients are sensitive.

Rotating a virtual prop

Create your own folders with custom/branded props, emoji and stickers  Profile users can offer a different set of icons with each profile.

Try Webcam Photobooth 2.5 for yourself

Webcam Photobooth 2.5 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Webcam Photobooth after 18th September 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

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Breeze Systems 2019