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.
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”
6 Camera Array Photo Booth
7 Camera – Super Wide Angle
6 Camera – Green Screen Array
12 Camera Array – 3D Light Painting
12 Camera Array
12 Camera Array – Green Screen
12 Camera Array – Creative Set
12 Camera Array – Green Screen with 3D artwork
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.
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 email@example.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.
How to use Dropbox to transfer new and updated events from the Event Editor (on a Windows PC) to your iPads. This post includes a trouble shooting section.
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.
1. Log into Dropbox on the iPad
Copy the events on your PC to your Dropbox folder
You will need to copy your folder of events into the correct Dropbox folder to transfer them to the iPad.
Copy fromC:\Users\yourname\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad
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.
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.
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 the latest version of all your events
Get an updated list of events
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
orDeleting 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
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
Error: not logged into Dropbox occurs if Breeze Booth for iPad is not signed into Dropbox
This post explains how to create and edit your own events for Breeze Booth for iPad using the Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.1 on a Windows PC, and covers
what’s new in this release
first steps : how to download, install and run the Event Editor on your PC
loading events into the event editor
cloning an event as a start point for a custom design
portrait and landscape events
editing an event
transferring events to your iPad(s)
April 4th: The version of the Event Editor described below has been replaced by v1.1.2, which can be downloaded here . You can find detailed instructions for the Event Editor in the new help files. Breeze Booth 1.0.1 is now available in the App Store, find the App here . The beta program is now closed.
Easier editing – you will find it much simpler to load events into the Editor, copy them and save your work.
Simpler cloning of events
Ability to import events from elsewhere
Improved event format
Simpler manifest regeneration
Chris has also added the ability to set up both initial and default profiles for an event, & load profiles from menu 1 or menu 2
Download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor & sample events
Event Editor runs on a Windows 10, 8 or 7 computer. Download it from here.
You will also automatically download Breeze Hub and the designs for nine sample events. When you install the event editor, these events will automatically be saved in your Documents folder C:\Users\…\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events
There is a sub-folder for each sample event, and a file called events.xml which you need to open in the Event Editor:
Run Breeze Booth Event Editor
Start the Event Editor, and select Open.
Load the list of existing events by selecting events.xml in C:\Users\…\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events
Initial list of sample events displayed in BBEE
The first event is called Designer and showcases many of the features included with Breeze Booth for iPad. You are welcome to use this design (or parts of it) with Breeze Booth for iPad at your own events.
The remaining 8 events are much simpler. They are intended to help you create your own designs.
This post will show you how to copy one of these simple events (Photos with virtual props) and edit it for your own use.
Photos with virtual props takes one photo and shares it on a custom background. Guests choose between 3 virtual props. They can also choose whether to shoot in color, B&W, sepia, comic effect or using a filter. The photo can be shared by email .
Cloning ‘Photos with virtual props’
Right click on Photos with virtual props and select Clone Event…
You can change the name, description and folder name of the new event:
Editing an event
Portrait, landscape or both?
Breeze Booth for iPad lets guests switch between portrait and landscape orientation on the fly (great for roaming booths like the Ring Roamer). My virtual props event can be used in both portrait and landscape orientation, so has designs for both.
If you will always run an event in the same orientation, you don’t need to create both designs.
Open My virtual props
We will just edit the portrait version of My virtual props event today. Click on the portrait Edit button:
This brings us to the Photo Booth Settings screen, where you can start to customize your design
The original Photos with virtual props takes one photo and shares it on a colored background with a custom logo. Guests choose between 3 virtual props. They can also choose whether to shoot in color, B&W, sepia, comic effect or using a filter. The photo can be shared by email .
We are going to change My virtual props event to
take 2 square photos
remove the branded background print layout
add a new background color, 2 logos* and a caption to the print layout
create a slideshow GIF from the 2 photos
customize the wording of the email
share the slideshow GIF instead of the print layout
*You can add up to 5 different png or jpg logos to each print layout in addition to the background and overlay. This is a simple way of branding a design for a particular event, and can also be used as a quick way to add an image of the bride and groom (taken earlier in the day) to wedding photo booths.
Photo Booth Settings Screen
The Photo Booth Settings Screen is displayed for the profile you selected. It has 5 tabs : General, Photos, Slideshow GIFs, Burst GIFs, and Share. You can access powerful editors to design your screens, prints and GIFs from these settings.
Photo Booth Settings – General tab
11) Change the aspect ratio of the photos to square
You can find a full list of Breeze Booth for iPad screens here
Photo Booth Settings – Photos tab
12) Change the number of photos to 2
13) Change the countdown text color to black
14) Open the Print Layout Editor
Print Layout Editor
Use the Print layout editor to customize your prints. In the slideshow below I will:
15) Remove the branded background
16) Add a new background color to the print
17) Change the printed photo to a square
18) Right click on the background to add the second photo
19) Resize and reposition the two photos
20) Add the two logos
21) Right click on the background to add a caption, then right click again to edit it
22) Save my changes
Note: You can add up to 5 different JPG or PNG logos to a print
Photo Booth Settings – Slideshow GIFs tab
Check Create animated GIF,... to create an animated GIF from the two photos
Photo Booth Settings – Share tab
23) Check Share slideshow first to share the GIF instead of a print layout
24) Open the slideshow email editor to customize the message
Change the subject and email text. You can use Breeze tokens (25) in emails
Before you leave the event editor….
When you have finished editing the event, check OK to save all your changes.
Add an extra countdown GIF and sharing screen to the asset folder
The new event includes has two photos instead of one so we need a second countdown GIF 2.gif . We also need a screen called share_slideshow.jpg to share the new slideshow GIF.
I have copied the existing 1.gif and share.jpg screens to 2.gif and share_slideshow.jpg in C:\Users\sue\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events\My virtual props event\portrait
When you make any changes to this folder you must also go back to the Breeze Booth Event Editor, open the event and regenerate the manifests
Closing the Event Editor
If you make any changes to your events, the Event Editor will prompt you to save changes to your events.xml folder. It is important that you select Yes to save the changes you have made and update the manifest.
Copying events from a PC to your iPads
There are currently 3 ways to copy events from your PC to an iPad:
Upload the events folder to a folder on a web server, then go the to the settings screen in Breeze Booth for Ipad and edit the URL for the sync server to point to this folder. Then use the events screen in Breeze Booth for iPad to sync the events. Important: This method can only be used with secure servers that have https e.g. https://breezesys.com. It will not work with http URLs. Sample events are available by setting the sync server to https://bb4ipad.com/sync in the iPad’s app settings.
Method 3: Copy the files via iCloud
Copy the event folder to a folder on iCloud that is visible on the iPad. Then use the Files app to copy the files to Breeze Booth for iPad’s assets folder.
25) To print directly from the iPad connect up your printer ( which must support AirPrint) and choose Print using Airprint on the Breeze Booth for iPad Settings screen
26) To print using a Windows PC you need Breeze Hub. Choose Connect to Breeze Hub on the Breeze Booth or iPad Settings screen
This post has taken you through downloading and installing both the Breeze Booth Event Editor and a set of sample events onto a Windows PC. I have also shown how to create your own event based on one of the samples provided by Breeze, and outlined ways to transfer new and updated events to your iPads. Finally there are short notes about printing using Airprint and a Windows PC.
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