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Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.2 adds direct USB connection to Canon cameras

Breeze are delighted to announce the release of  Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.2 today, Wednesday 18th January.  We have also released upgrades to the Breeze companion apps: Event Editor 3.2, Hub 1.2.6.5 and Camera Controller 1.1.4.

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.2 brings you direct USB connection between iPads /iPhones and Canon cameras.

This release also adds the ability to specify the age of photos deleted from the device using Auto Purge at 4am, fixes issues switching between built in cameras using the new iPad 10th Generation, and fixes an issue saving printer filters in Breeze Hub.

Why use  an external camera?

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

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

Breeze Booth shoots video, stills and GIFs using Canon cameras or cameras built into the device in both landscape and portrait.

Which cameras can I use?

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) supports a huge range of Canon cameras. Choose from most Canon DSLRs, R10, R7, R3, M50 Mk II, M50, M200, M6 Mark II. Booth also supports Canon’s PowerShot SX70 HS, G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III Full list

Hot tip: Chris‘s pick is the Canon EOS R10. He believes the face detect auto focus gives it great potential for photo booth use.

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

Very simple. You switch between internal and external camera in the Breeze Booth app.

  1. Connect your camera to the device running Booth
  2. Switch on the camera
  3. Start the Breeze Booth App, select Camera  from the Home page, and switch on External Camera.

More

Connecting the camera

Connect the camera to the iPad/iPhone with a USB connection. It’s best to have a charging port so you can charge the iPad/iPhone at the same time.

Devices with USB C connection

We recommend using a USB C hub with a USB C charging port so you can charge the device and connect to the camera simultaneously.

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) connected to Canon camera via USB C hub with USB Ccharging port

You can connect devices with USB C connectors directly to the camera, but won’t be able to charge the device at the same time.

Devices with lightning connector

For older devices with lightning connectors, you need a lightning to USB adaptor. We recommend the lightning to USB adaptor has a lightning charging port so you can charge the device and connect to the camera simultaneously.

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) connected to Canon camera via lightning to USB adptor with lightning charging port

Do I still need the Breeze Booth camera controller to use a Canon camera with Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone)?

There’s no need to use the old Windows or Raspberry Pi Camera Controller to connect to an external camera.

Technical Stuff

Cameras Supported: Most Canon DSLRs, R10, R7, R3, M50 Mk II, M50, M200, M6 Mark II, PowerShot SX70 HS, G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III. iPad and iPhone front and rear facing integral cameras

Platforms Supported: iPads and iPhones running iPadOS 16, iPadOS 15, iOS 16 and iOS 15

Trial version/While logged out: There’s no need to use a subscription while you test Breeze for iPad or work on new events. Watermarks are added after the first 10 images each day.

Free upgrades: included with all subscriptions.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad 3.2 and try for yourself

© Breeze Systems January 2023

Windows 8.1 support ends for Breeze software

Many of you will know that Microsoft are ended support for Windows 8.1 on January 10th 2023.

Breeze also ended support for our software running on Windows 8.1 on January 10th.

Once Microsoft end Windows 8.1 support, we cannot test or support our products on this operating system safely. We strongly recommend anyone still running Breeze programs on Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 upgrades to Windows 11 as soon as possible.

I’m still running Breeze on Windows 8.1, will the program stop working on January 10th?

If you are already running a Breeze program on Windows 8.1, we don’t expect it to stop working. However we recommend you upgrade your operating system to Windows 11 as soon as possible. Take a copy of both registration name and code, and deactivate the license (where needed) before you start in case of problems.

How do I tell whether my license is activated?

If you are not sure, start the program, click on Help then Register. This will display the registration window. If the license is activated there is a Deactivate.. button in the registration window as below:

Breeze licenses which are activated have a Deactivate… button on the registration screen

If your Breeze license is curently activated, you should deactivate it before upgrading Windows. If you need help, email support@breezesys.com .

Can I still upgrade my old Breeze license?

Any customer with a valid license for a current Breeze product can buy an upgrade license. All our Windows products include at least one year of free upgrades from the date the license was issued.

Copyright Breeze Systems January 2023

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.1.2 adds Pay to Print and Pay to Share

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.1.2,  Breeze Event Editor 3.1.2, Breeze Hub 1.2.6.4 and Breeze Camera Controller 1.1.3 were released today, Tuesday Novemer 8th.

This release introduces the ability to charge to print and/or share images, and improves the reliability of Breeze Hub and Camera Controller connections.

Booth (iPad+iPhone) runs on all iPads and iPhones running iPadOS 16 and iOS 16 as well as iPadOS 15 and iOS 15*.

Booth 3.1.2 also fixes issues where gif_capture and video_capture_loop animations did not loop, and video_overlay.png was applied to the outro section of processed videos without an intro video.

Breeze MDB payment utility can now be used for pay to share video, photos and GIFs as well as prints.

New to Booth for iPad?

Try Breeze for iPad completely free of charge. The demonstration and sample events are free to use as well.

You will find help to get you started, more fabulous free events and tutorials here

There’s also a detailed online manual.

Trial version/While logged out: There’s no need to use a subscription while you test Breeze for iPad or work on new events. Watermarks are added after the first 10 images each day.

Free upgrades: included with all subscriptions.

Booth (iPad+iPhone) runs on all iPads and iPhones running iPadOS 16 and iOS 16 as well as iPadOS 15 and iOS 15.

Videos, slow motion and background removal requiring live view run much better on powerful devices. We strongly recommend using fast recent iPads or iPhones for these events.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad

Existing user?

There’s no charge to upgrade to Booth 3.1.2 and the latest release of the companion apps

© Breeze Systems November 2022

 

 

 

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1.1 released today

Breeze Booth (DSLR+Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1.1 was released today.

What’s new in 3.18.1.1?

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1.1 fixes an issue in v3.18.1 where loading a profile could cause the app to crash.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1.1 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1.1  is a free upgrade for

  • all registered users of DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1
  • DSLR Remote Pro users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 31 October 2021

Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

 

© Breeze Systems November 2022

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1 released today

Breeze Booth (DSLR+Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1 was released today.

This release expands the choice of images uploaded by DSLR Remote Pro’s File Uploader.

What’s new in 3.18.1?

  • File Uploader can upload both original and cropped/resized versions of the print layout
  • Survey responses can be made available to other apps and scripts by writing them to the Windows registry as soon as the survey has been completed.
  • New event date and event time tokens  {eventDate} and {eventId}  provide a way to identify events.

This release also fixes issues where ready overlay screen images were cropped when using profiles and animated GIFs,  and email attachments for processed photos and thumbnails not being sent unless the original photos were selected.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 31 October 2021. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

 

© Breeze Systems November 2022

New: DSLR Remote Pro 3.18 supports promising new photo booth camera

Breeze Booth (DSLR+Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro 3.18  was released today, October 4th.

What’s new?

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18 brings

  • Support for two new R series cameras : Canon’s EOS R10 and EOS R7. Both have excellent face detect autofocus.
  • Secure, single user QR codes
  • New pay to share mode for sharing videos, photos and GIFs by email or text
  • Real time File uploader
  • Easier display of email and text keyboards at the top of  the screen
  • Export registry settings tool
  • Video overlays for videos captured in video booth mode
  • Transparency of video overlays can be controlled using alpha channels

This release also fixes an issue sending emails with cc addresses.

Promising new photo booth camera

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18 adds support for two new Canon cameras, the EOS R10 and EOS R7. Both have excellent face detect auto focus.

Chris believes the face detect auto focus gives the EOS R10 great potential for photo booth use.

Single use QR Code coupons

QR codes offer a fast and safe way for guests to interact with your photo booth and image sharing products.

New single use QR codes are a secure way to issue QR code ‘coupons’ which run the booth for a single session.

  • Use them at theme parks, events and attractions where each vistor is entitled to a single booth session
  • Combine them with  an online payment mechanism, sending guests a code when their payment has been accepted

Single use QR code option for payments

Secure single use QR codes also make an attractive alternative to conventional payment booths.  Take payments online and provide secure single use QR codes which run a single session when scanned.

Single use QR codes start the booth and run a single session (Breeze DLSR Remote Pro)

Learn more about single use QR codes here

Pay to share by email or text

Breeze MDB payment utility can now be used for pay to share video, photos and GIFs as well as prints.

Take contactless payments to share vimages by email or text (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.18)

Move keyboards to the top of the screen

Mirror booth and other vertical screen users often prefer guests type their contact details at the top or center of the screen.

The Photobooth setup wizard now has an option to place email and text keyboards atthe top or center of your screen.

File Uploader

Upload photos, GIFs and videos from photo booth to online sharing galleries during the event.

DSLR Remote Pro’s File Uploader runs in the background and  automatically uploads images to websites and sharing galleries including Event Kite and WordPress Plugin Photobooth Gallery Plugin.

New registry export tool

Upgrading your kit? Expanding the business and need more booths? The new registry export tool saves DSLR ‘s program settings to a file which can be copied to a new PC.

To copy these registry settings back into DSLR Remote Pro on the same or a different PC,  double click on the registry settings file in Windows Explorer.

Support for Apple ProRes4444 video overlay with alpha transparency

Add ProRes4444 video overlays to videos captured in video booth mode. The transparency of your video overlays can be controlled using alpha channels.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.18 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.18 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 4 October 2021. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

© Breeze Systems October 2022

Hotfolder 1.8.3 released

A quick note to let you know that Breeze Hotfolder 1.8.3 has been released today.

This release adds the ability to extract a still image from a video, and fixes the issue creating albums which occured when SmugMug changed their API last week.

Breeze Hotfolder Prints

Hotfolder Prints can now monitor a folder for new MP4 or MOV videos, extract a still image from the video and include this in a print template. More

Breeze SmugMug Uploader

The SmugMug Uploader has also been updated, fixing the issue creating albums which occurred when SmugMug changed their API recently.

Uploading photos, GIFS and videos to SmugMug

Breeze Hotfolder 1.8.3

Breeze Hotfolder is a suite of five simple yet powerful programs for event photographers and photo booth operators

  • Hotfolder Prints
  • SmugMug Uploader
  • BreezeViewer
  • Gallery Uploader
  • Twitter Hashtag Monitor

Learn more

Hotfolder 1.8.3 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Hotfolder after 15th September 2021. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Hotfolder 1.8.3               Buy Hotfolder

© Breeze Systems 2022

New Tutorial – changing the colors of Breeze keyboard screens

Breeze apps offer unparalled creative control over what guests see and experience at your booth and sharing kiosks.

I’ve just added a new tutorial to the website to help DSLR Remote Pro, Kiosk and Webcam Photobooth users change the colors of the keyboard screens used for email and text based sharing.

Find Changing the colors of keyboard screens here

 

 

© Breeze Systems 2022

Breeze for iPad 3.1.1 released – Live View support for Choice of Background, Audio Guest Book and more

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.1.1 is released today.

We are also releasing updates to the Breeze Booth companion apps, Event Editor v3.1.1, Breeze Hub v1.2.6.3 and Camera Controller v1.1.1.

What’s new?

Booth 3.1.1 offers

  • Audio guest book mode
  • Smoother integration of background removal with live view during count down and capture
  • Choice of background removal experience before starting each session
  • New Overlay & Background Suffixes simplify building and repurposing events with a choice of  AIBG experience.
  • Overlay & background suffixes can also select screens displayed during countdown and capture, and print/slideshow GIF overlay and backgrounds
  • Ability to change screens and outputs to reflect answers to survey questions
  • Three new free sample events
  • Professional Background Removal demo has been updated to include background removal during live view and count down
  • Support for three new Canon R series cameras : EOS R10, EOS R7, and EOS R3, with excellent face detect autofocus.

Breeze Booth 3.1.1 also adds an option to copy profiles from another event, improves performance and reliability when syncing files to Breeze Hub, and fixes an issue sending  emails with cc addresses via Hub.

Audio guest book mode

Delight the bride and groom with a collection of audio messages from their guests.

Choosing AI background before the session starts

As soon as Breeze users could apply background removal to live view, they wanted to try the effect of different backgrounds.

Trying the effect of different backgrounds on the Booth ready screen

Use either the new Overlay & Background Suffixes or profiles for this effect.

Try on your own iPad/iPhone – use the AI Background Removal Choices QR code to download this event into Booth 3.1.1 on your own device.

Background replaced during countdown and capture (photos, videos and burst GIFs)

Breeze Booth 3.1 introduced live view with background removal on the photo, GIF and video ready screens.

Booth 3.1.1 takes this further by applying background and overlay images to live view when using local background removal.

Overlay/background suffix

New overlay/background suffixes provide a way to dynamically select screen overlays and backgrounds. They can also be used to dynamically  select which screen is displayed.

Screens reflect guests answers to survey questions

Booth’s interface now can be adapted during each session to reflect guests answers to survey questions.

In the video below the countdown GIF, background & print design reflect Chris’ choice of chocolate , pistachio or strawberry ice cream. The photo background is replaced during countdown and on prints and GIFs.

Testing ice cream flavors aka the new sample event (Survey+AI Background removal). 

Too hot to work?

Take a trip to the moon. Scan this QR code with your iPad/iPhone’s camera to load the updated  Background Removal event into Booth 3.1.1.

New sample events

Scan the QR code below with your iPad/iPhone’s camera to load the new  background removal events into the app.

To explore and adapt these events for your own use, download the zip file here and import the events into the Event Editor.

We strongly recommend using fast recent devices when using  built in background removal with live view and/or videos. At the time of writing recommended devices include the 2021 iPad Pro, 2022 iPad Air and 2022 iPhone SE.

Promising new photo booth camera

Booth’s Camera Controller v1.1.1 adds support for three new Canon cameras, the EOS R10, EOS R7 and EOS R3. All have excellent face detect auto focus.

Chris is impressed with the  excellent face detect auto focus of Canon’s new EOS R10

Chris recently tested the R10 and believes the face detect auto focus gives it great potential for photo booth use. The next release of DSLR Remote Pro will include support for the R10 and R7.

Which iPad/iPhone models can I use with Breeze Booth 3.1.1?

Breeze Booth 3.1.1 runs on all iPads and iPhones running iPadiOS15 and iOS 15.

Background removal including live view runs much better on powerful devices. We strongly recommend using fast recent iPads or iPhones when using background removal.

At the time of writing (August 2022) recommended devices include the 2021 iPad Pro, 2022 iPad Air or 2022 iPhone SE.

The A11 processor (2019 or more recent models) is the minimum which can be used.

New to Booth for iPad?

Try Breeze for iPad completely free of charge. The demonstration and sample events are free to use as well.

You will find help to get you started, more fabulous free events and tutorials here

There’s also a detailed online manual.

Trial version/While logged out: There’s no need to use a subscription while you test Breeze for iPad or work on new events. Watermarks are added after the first 10 images each day.

Free upgrades: included with all subscriptions.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad

Existing user?

There’s no charge to upgrade to Booth 3.1.1 and the latest release of the companion apps

© Breeze Systems August 2022

Reminders: Breeze apps require Intel Processors & End of support for 8.1

Important reminders for anyone choosing a new computer, or running machines with old versions of Windows.

ARM Processors

When choosing new computers to run Breeze Windows progams take care to choose models with Intel processors.

Some recent Windows computers (including the Microsoft Surface Pro X) use the new ARM processors. Breeze apps are designed for Intel processors and will not run on ARM processors.

More about choosing a photo booth computer to run Breeze

End of support for Windows 8.1

You may know that Microsoft will end Extended Support for Windows 8.1 on January 10 2023. Microsoft support for Windows 8 ended back in 2016.

Breeze are no longer able to provide support for Windows 8, and will end support for our software running on Windows 8.1 on January 10th 2023.

When Microsoft end support for a version of their operating system, we can no longer test or support our products on this operating system safely.

If you are still running Breeze programs on Windows 8 or 8.1 we strongly recommend you upgrade to Windows 11 as soon as possible.

I’m still running Breeze on Windows 8.1, will the program stop working on January 10th?

If you are already running a Breeze program on Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, we don’t expect it to stop working. However we recommend you upgrade your operating system to Windows 11 as soon as possible. Take a copy of both registration name and code, and deactivate the license before you start in case of problems.

Which versions of Windows will you support after January 11th?

From January 11th we will support Intel processors running Windows 11 and 10 (not Windows 11 S or 10 S).

Can I still upgrade my old Breeze license?

Any customer with a valid license for a current Breeze product can buy an upgrade license. All our Windows products include at least one year of free upgrades from the date the license was issued.

Copyright Breeze Systems July2022