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How to import print templates into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro

This post explains how to import readymade templates into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1. Webcam Photobooth 2.4 works in a smilar way.

I have used one of the free templates kindly provided by SMOVE as an example. Import your own templates in the same way.

There are two main ways to import layouts into DSLR Remote Pro.

  • Drag and drop the template directly into DSLR Remote Pro (best for single templates).
  • Copy the templates into your template folder, then import each template into DSLR Remote Pro using the Print Layout Editor when you need it (more effective for collections of templates).

First set up your printer

If necessary, download and install the printer drivers to your computer.

This example will import a 6” x 4” (15cm x 10cm) print layout. Before you start you need to load the printer with 6” by 4“media and set it to 300dpi.

Put the print template(s) into an accessible folder

Whether you download print layouts from a third-party website or copy them from another computer they need to be kept in folder(s) accessible to your booth computer.

In this post I will copy the template into the template folder on my PC. You may prefer to store templates in Dropbox or another cloud-based system accessible to multiple booths.

Download the photo booth layout  and open zipped files

In this example I am using a 6” x4” template with a 1 +3 layout.

To copy this example  on your own computer, download this template from the Breeze website at http://www.breezesys.com/Photobooth/templates6x4.php

Copy the templates to your templates folder

Copy the zipped file to another folder to unzip it. I have copied the file to my templates folder Sue Photobooth Print Templates which is in the same directory as my PhotoboothImages Folder.

Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard

At Step 3

1. Check the printer is set correctly.

2. Choose the print layout closest to the template you are using

3. Click on <Finish>

If you look at the Print Layout Editor now you will see the default 1 + 3 print layout. (Cancel to leave the Layout Editor).

Drag and drop into DSLR Remote Pro

DSLR Remote Pro allows you to drag and drop a print layout into the main screen or into the Print Layout Editor

Shows dragging and dropping a print template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Drag and drop a print layout template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 main screen
Shows dragging and dropping a print template into DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Drag and drop a print layout template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Print Layout Editor (also works for Webcam Photbooth 2.4)

You will be asked to confirm whether you want to import the template:

Shows Print Template import confirmation window DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Print Template import confirmation window DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Select Yes and the Print Layout Editor will display the template you imported.

Customize and save the revised template

First save a backup copy of the original layout using Export Layout, then customize the layout to meet your needs. This post does not explain how to use the Print Layout Editor; you can find detailed instructions here. In this example I will change the caption.

Editing a caption in the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Editing a caption in the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

The changes are shown immediately in the Print Layout Editor.

When you have finished customising the print layout, export the template to save it.

Alternative:  Use the Print Layout Editor to import templates

There is an alternative to dragging and dropping templates into DSLR Remote Pro. You can copy templates into a folder accessible to your booth, then import the template you need  using the Import Layout (1) button in the Print Layout Editor.

Importing a layout into the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 391
Importing a layout into the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 (also works with Webcam Photobooth 2.4)

(2) Select the folder containing your layout(s), and then the layout you want to import. (3) Click on  OK to import the layout into the Print Layout Editor. You can edit and save the customized template as before.

Notes

Webcam Photobooth users need to select the “DSLR template compatibility” option at Step 3 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard to use templates designed for DSLR Remote Pro.

Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode Webcam Photobooth 2.4
Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode using the Setup Wizard in Webcam Photobooth 2.4 S

Zipped files: many templates are downloaded or copied as zipped (compressed) files, which need to be unzipped before they can be used. The example here uses a zipped file downloaded from the Breeze website.

Printer drivers: you may need to download and install drivers for your printer to the computer you are using.

Using a second computer to edit print layouts. You do not need to create and edit print layouts on the booth computer. Keep a copy of DSLR Remote Pro on an office computer to design, customize and edit your print layouts; export them from the program and either store them somewhere accessible to your booths, or copy the complete layouts to each booth computer.

Download DSLR Remote Pro and try this for yourself

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Breeze Workshops & Seminar at Photo Booth Expo 2018

Do you want to learn how to run Multi-Camera activations or become a DSLR Remote Pro Ninja? Chris is running two premium workshops at Photo Booth Expo 2018 this year. These are small classes with lots of opportunities for interaction and questions.

Please note an additional charge is made for premium workshops.

Multi-Camera Arrays Tuesday March 13 (9:00 – 10:30am)

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. Multi-camera activations are increasingly popular at events, and attract premium prices.

The multi-camera workshop has just 20 places. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from Chris

  • 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
  • Sharing your GIFs and movies
  • Providing printed take-aways

This  workshop sold out last year – secure your place now!

DSLR Remote Pro Wednesday March 14 (9:00 – 10:30am)

This popular workshop explains how to get more from your booth with DSLR Remote Pro, and includes

  • Letting the Setup Wizard do the hard work
  • Branding your screens
  • Customizing prints
  • Using Profiles to offer choices
  • Boomerang GIFs – basics, branding, animated overlays
  • Effects and filters using Photoshop Droplets

There are just 25 places. Book early to be sure of yours!

Light Painting seminar Monday March 14 (1:00 – 2:00pm)

Chris will be giving a light painting seminar open to all key pass holders.

Breeze at the PBX trade show

Check out the new Breeze Booth for Ipad, the latest features of DSLR Remote Pro and DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera in action at Booth 923 during Trade Show hours. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Copyright Breeze Systems Ltd 2018. Breeze Systems is not responsible for the content of external sites.

 

Free print templates for DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth

A big thank you to Tomasz Klusczyk of SMOVE, who has generously shared a set of print layouts for Breeze owners to use with DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth.

Download SMOVE 6”x4” (15cm x 10cm) print templates

Download SMOVE 6”x8” (15cm x 20cm) print templates

Note: Webcam Photobooth users need to select the “DSLR template compatibility” option at Step 3 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard to use these templates:

Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode Webcam Photobooth 2.4
Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode using the Setup Wizard in Webcam Photobooth 2.4 S

Find out more

How to import print templates into DSLR Remote Pro

How to import print templates into Webcam Photobooth

Download DSLR Remote Pro  and Webcam Photobooth

SMOVE logo

SMOVE is a Polish photo booth vendor who design and sell photo booths powered by DSLR Remote Pro thoughout Europe.

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DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 released: ‘I’ve fallen in love with Breeze again’

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 – can you resist?

I’ve fallen in love with Breeze again

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.

What’s new?

  • 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.

Download and try DSLR Remote Pro 3.9

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Easier setup – improvements to Photobooth Setup Wizard for everyone

We recommend everyone from Breeze Newbies to Ninjas uses the Photobooth Setup Wizard as a start point for setting up a booth. This is a simple, speedy and safe way to generate a working system which you can customize to your heart’s content (or spend the time you saved doing something even nicer).

Smiling boy eating a piece of choclate cake
Photobooth Setup Wizard – a piece of cake with Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9

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)

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 drop down list
This drop down list is a super-fast way to set up the booth to offer guests choice (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

New dropdown list to adjust live view

Shows drop down list for live view (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)
Live view drop down list – choose from normal, square and full screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

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

Check box for single ready screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

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:

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 ready screen generated by Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9
Ready screen generated by Photobooth Setup Wizard: choice of still photos or animated GIF, and full screen live view (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 using simulated camera)

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 both faster and produce higher quality results. Greenscreen photobooth

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 – Try it today!

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7 Steps to Simple Booth Operation

How to make life easier for your booth attendants, and protect the  settings you don’t want changed in 7 simple steps.

  1. Start the booth as soon as DSLR Remote Pro is started
  2. Hide the camera controls on the main screen
  3. Hide or reveal the large Photobooth Shortcut buttons
  4. Choose which Photobooth Shortcut buttons are shown on the main screen
  5. Change the wording of the Photobooth shortcut buttons
  6. Password protect or lockdown the Advanced Settings and Photobooth Setup Wizard
  7. Create your own shortcut buttons to run specific profiles

This post has been written for DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1.

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 ….

Advanced settings screen showing how to start the booth automatically DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Starting the photobooth when the camera is connected DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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).

Shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 main screen with camera settings highlighted
DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 main screen with camera settings highlighted

To hide these settings select View then uncheck Show Camera Controls:

How to hide the camera controls in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
To hide the camera controls at the left of the screen select View then uncheck Show Camera Controls (DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1)

The main screen will no longer show the camera settings:

Shows main screen of DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 with camera controls hidden
Main screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 with camera controls hidden

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.

Showing Photobooth Shortcut buttons DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 main screen
Default Photobooth Shortcut buttons DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

To hide or reveal these buttons select View then check or uncheck Photobooth Shortcuts

Shows how to hide or reveal Photobooth Shortcut buttons DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
To hide or show the Photobooth Shortcut buttons at the top of the screen select View then (un)check Photobooth Shortcuts (DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1)
Shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 main screen with Photobooth Shortcut buttons and camera controls hidden
Main screen with both Photobooth Shortcut buttons and camera controls hidden DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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

Shows the Photobooth Shortcut Setting window DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Photobooth Shortcut Setting window DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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)

Shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 main screen with 2 Photobooth Shortcut buttons
Photobooth Shortcut buttons limited to 2 choices DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

You can display any combination of the following standard Shortcut buttons in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

  • Printer Setup
  • Edit QR code
  • Photobooth Setup Wizard
  • Print Layout
  • Advanced Settings
  • Event Info
  • Videobooth Settings
  • Reprint Photobooth Photo
  • Start Photobooth
  • Take Test Photo
  • Camera Settings

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.

Shows the DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 Photobooth Shortcut Buttons scree
Photobooth Shortcut Buttons screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1. Shows where to change the text and size of buttons.

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.

DLSR Remote Pro 3.8.1 main screen with customized Shortcut Buttons.
Main screen with customized Shortcut Buttons. Start Photobooth has been changed to Go! DLSR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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..

Shows how to access Lockdown mode in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Setting Lockdown mode in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

Enter a password and press OK to save it.

Entering password to protect Lockdown mode DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Lockdown mode is protected with a password

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 support@breezesys.com 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

Shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 Photobooth Shortcut Buttons Setup screen showing profiles with profiles highlighted
Photobooth Shortcut Buttons Setup screen showing profiles. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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.

Download DSLR Remote Pro to try for yourself.

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Learn more about Breeze at PBPI 2018

PBPI starts this Sunday! Our bags are (almost) packed; Chris and I can’t wait for this amazing opportunity to learn more about the industry, and spend time with as many of you as possible.

Here’s a sneak preview of the breakout sessions Chris will be running at PBPI this year.

Monday 3:30pm – Breeze Systems Photo Booth Software

The first session will focus getting the most from DSLR Remote Pro; including

  • Letting the Setup Wizard do the hard work
  • Branding your screens
  • Using Profiles to offer choices
  • Boomerang GIFs – basics, branding, animated overlays
  • Photoshop Droplets
  • What’s new?

Tuesday 3:30pm – Camera Arrays

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
  • Green screen
  • Sharing for camera arrays
  • Hashtag Monitoring
  • Worked examples
  • 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!

Sue

Copyright Breeze Systems 2018

Getting started with Breeze profiles: how to offer a choice of print layouts

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.

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What you need to do

  • Run the photo booth setup wizard for each option you want to offer; saving the settings for each option
  • Run the photo booth setup wizard for the main menu
  • Create a profile for the menu and each option
  • Replace the initial ready.jpg screen with a menu screen; adding ‘touchscreen actions’ linking to the option screens
  • Add a ‘back’ button and touchscreen action to each option screen so that guests can go back to the menu
  • Start the photo booth and check everything works correctly

Run the photobooth setup wizard for a 1+3 photo layout

Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard.

  • 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:

Showing saving photo booth settings from Photobooth Settings screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Saving photo booth settings (1) DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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 :

Saving photo booth settings (2). Overwriting the settings saved by the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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 unchecking Enable live view.

2. Select Save and update …\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml

Removing live view from menu and saving the settings: Photobooth Settings Screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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.

Defining profiles for the menu and each option: DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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.

Photobooth ready.jpg screen: menu offers choice of print layouts. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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

Touchscreen Settings Screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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

Touchscreen Actions for menu screen before changes DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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..

Shows how to delete touchscreen actions DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Deleting the Photo Start Touchscreen action from the new menu screen. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

Then add the new actions

Move the mouse over your 1+3 icon and right click; then choose Add Action.

Right click to add a new touchscreen action to the screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

Choose Profile 2 from the drop-down list.

Selecting the required action from the drop down list. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

Click on OK. Move and resize the red dotted action box to cover your icon.

Resizing the touchscreen action box to cover the icon. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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.

Adding a touchscreen action for a hidden button

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.

Saving the new tocuhscreen actions for the menu screen. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1.

Add a password to stop guests using the hidden button. Save the changes you have made by choosing OK on the touchscreen  Settings Screen:

Adding a password to the hidden option to exit the photo booth. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1.

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

Tradewind Blue button set used in this example ( kindly provided by Wilkes Photobooth Co http://wilkesbooth.co/breeze-themes). Included with DLSR Remote Pro 3.8.

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.

Updated ready.jpg for 1+3 print layout includes a back button. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1. (This screen was created using an image editor outside DSLR Remote Pro.)

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.)

Adding a touchscreen action to go back to the main menu using Profile 1. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1.

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.

You can learn more about using profiles (and other DSLR Remote Pro features) in Chris’ classes in March at Photo Booth Expo.

Book Chris’s Photo Booth Expo Workshop on DSLR Remote Pro

Book Chris’s Photo Booth Expo Workshop on DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera

Learn more about using profiles in the DSLR Remote Pro help files

Learn more about customising touchscreens in the DSLR Remote Pro help files

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 12th December 2016.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 15th February 2017

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PBPI Academy 2018: 21st to 24th January

PBPI starts one month today in Dallas. Have you booked your place yet?

The Academy focuses on business and technical education for Photo Booth Industry professionals.  It is also a lot of fun!

Chris will give presentations on both photo booth shooting and multi-camera rigs; there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about Breeze software and to talk in more detail than is practical at a trade show.

PBPI Academy 2018 flyer

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Chris and Sue

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Animated overlays for Boomerang GIFs

This post explains how to add animated overlays and titles to boomerang (aka ‘burst’) GIFs using DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1.

How to create slideshow GIFS with animated overlays.

Setup your booth to create boomerang GIFs

  1. Follow the instructions in this post to create simple boomerang GIFs using the DSLR Remote Pro Photobooth 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

Video Booth Settings screen choosing settings for boomerang animated GIF DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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.

You can download the snowflake overlays hereCopy all 29 images into the  folder you are using for the photobooth screens.

Shows folder containing DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 boomerang GIF overlay images
DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 boomerang GIF: 29 overlay images placed in folder used for screens

Give your boomerang GIF a title

Note: Boomerang GIFs need one extra overlay if they have a title.

For a single title create a title image named video_stills_title.jpg and insert this into the same PhotoBoothImages folder.

For an animated title replace video_stills_title.jpg with several images called video_stills_title_1.jpg, video_stills_title_2.jpg, video_stills_title_3.jpg etc

You can adjust the length of time the title is displayed (D) and whether it is shown at the start or end of the animation (E) in the Animated GIF Settings (videobooth mode) screen

Adjusting the title for a boomerang (burst) animated GIF DSLR Remote Pro 3.8
Adjusting the title for a boomerang (burst) animated GIF DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

Run the photobooth and boomerang GIFs created by guests will have animated overlays.

Download DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 and try this yourself.

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.

Boomerang GIF with animated overlay and title Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

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 3.8.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 12th December 2016.

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DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera 1.9.5, DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1, Breeze Kiosk 1.4.3 & BreezeBrowser Pro 1.9.8.11 released

 

DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera 1.9.5 released

This release adds support for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and includes a number of enhancements to the Multi-Camera Animator:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Shoot in portrait orientation. The auto alignment tool now supports cameras in portrait or landscape orientation.
  4. 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.

Download DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera 1.9.5

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1 released

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.

Download DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1

New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

Breeze Kiosk 1.4.3 released

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • New controls for the size of the image cache held in memory to allow more images to be loaded on computers with limited RAM
  • New ability to share event info via the Windows registry
  • Fixed a problem with a blank frame being displayed initially for GIFs when running a slideshow

This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Breeze Kiosk after 11th December 2016. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Breeze Kiosk 1.4.3

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.9.8.11 released

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Added support for Canon EOS 6D Mark II raw conversion, shooting data and focus point overlay display
  • Performance enhancements reading shooting data from some Canon DSLR models
  • Fixed a problem displaying focus points from some Canon cameras that affected v1.9.8.10
  • Fixed a problem printing photos that caused v1.9.8.10 to crash

This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased BreezeBrowser Pro after 11th June, 2016. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download BreezeBrowser Pro 1.9.8.11

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