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Which camera is best for my photo booth?

We are often asked which camera is best for a photo booth. Canon cameras have very good live view quality, an important attribute for photo booths. The models below are not the only cameras you can use. Many older Canon DSLR cameras work very well. This table lists the cameras you can use with DSLR Remote Pro 3.10.

At the time of writing* (May 2018) we believe the ultimate photo booth camera is ….. the new (mirrorless) Canon  EOS M50.

The standard kit lens ( EF-M 15-45mm STM ) has a flexible 15-45 mm zoom. For a super slim booth, try the EF-M 22mm STM lens

Best: Canon EOS M50

A big thank you to Caroline Winata of Giggle and Riot Funbooth  for sharing this example of slow motion video (EOS M50 with DSLR Remote Pro 3.10)

  • 120FPS Slow motion video with no additional processing
  •  Similar performance to the Canon EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 including Canon’s excellent dual pixel auto focus in live view.
  • Suitable for video with external microphone socket.
  • Compact, slim and light; the M50 will fit in a smaller housing than Canon’s DSLR cameras.

The photo below shows the different sizes of the new EOS M50, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 and new EOS 2000D/Rebel T7:

Photos of Canon EOS M50, 200D and 2000D with kit and pancake style lenses
[top to bottom] EOS M50 with EF-M 22mm STM lens, EOS M50 with standard kit lens EF-M 15-45mm STM , EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 with 24mm pancake lens, EOS 2000D/Rebel T7with 18-55mm kit lens

Disadvantages

  • Access for external power is underneath the camera instead of at the side.
  • Live view cannot be switched off, which may make this camera prone to overheating. (Note: live view display in DSLR Remote Pro can still be switched off using Advanced Settings)
Photo of Canon EOS M50 showing power cable attached to base of camera
The external power cord connection for the M50 is on the camera base

Good for video: 200D/Rebel SL2, 750D/Rebel T6i

These cameras do everything the M50 can do except slow motion video. They are larger and heavier than the M50.

  • Excellent auto focus in live view
  • Suitable for video & have an external microphone socket

Budget: 2000D/Rebel T7, 1300D/T6

Good for still photos and boomerang and slideshow animated GIFs. Slightly higher resolution live view than 200D or 750D.

Disadvantages

  • No external microphone socket so not a good choice for video including sound.
  • Power zoom is not supported.
  • Autofocus less reliable

New Canon 2000D/Rebel T7

Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 and virtually identical but with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor.

New Canon EOS 4000D

Similar to the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with the same 18 mega pixel sensor but cheaper build quality (plastic lens mount, fewer buttons, no remote release socket and no cable access for external power)

Web cameras & iPad booths

This post does not cover booths powered by web cameras or the built-in cameras provided with iPads, laptops and tablets. The new Breeze Booth for iPad will use the camera built into an iPad. Breeze Webcam Photobooth software will run a booth with either a webcam or built in camera in a Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC or laptop.

*As new cameras are introduced this post will inevitably become outdated.

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New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.10: Slow Motion Video & Mirrorless Camera Support

Breeze are proud to announce the release of DSLR Remote Pro 3.10 today.

Highlights

  • 120FPS Slow motion video with no additional processing
  • Support for small new mirrorless camera: Canon EOS M50
  • Support for new DSLR cameras: Canon  EOS 2000D/Rebel T7 and EOS 4000D
  • Touchscreen designer: Set photo , print and sharing preview areas
  • Process individual images for sharing (includes resizing, sharpening and new overlay)
  • Limit number of prints per session
  • Custom messages when print counter reaches limit

More

  • New keyboard shortcuts to accept, retake and abort previews
  • New option to save XML copies of emails and texts
  • Privacy information added to the “Sharing Photos” section
  • Fixed an issue when using transparent green screen backgrounds with Instagram style filters or B&W styles
  • Fixed an issue with the full screen live view setting when the camera and screen are in portrait orientation

New cameras

Canon EOS M50

Image of Canon EOS M50 camera
Canon’s new mirrorless M50 camera has great potential for photo booths

Smaller, lighter and slimmer than conventional DSLRs, this is the first model which can capture high quality slow motion video in a photo booth with no addional post processing.

Video is captured at 120 fps without sound and is saved at 30 fps resulting in high quality play back at 1/4 normal speed.

Canon EOS 200D/Rebel T7

Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 and virtually identical but with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor.

Canon EOS 4000D

Very similar to a Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with the same 18 mega pixel sensor but with cheaper build quality (plastic lens mount, fewer buttons, no remote release socket and no cable access for external power).

DSLR Remote Pro 3.10 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after May 1st, 2017.

Download  DSLR Remote Pro 3.10       Buy your own license

 

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Smart Use of Breeze Shortcuts

Steve explains how to create event specific versions of Breeze DSLR Remote Pro on your desktop (Facebook Live video 24th April 2018)

This video shows Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

 “Inverted commas” aka quotation marks aka double quotes

The path of the settings file should be enclosed in inverted commas  e.g. “C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro\DSlrRemote.exe” “C:\profiles\settings.xml”
If your path contains spaces and is not contained within inverted commas it won’t work.

Want to learn more?

Join the Breeze Booth Facebook user group to watch Steve’s Facebook Live videos

Find out more about shortcuts in the program help files

Download DSLR Remote Pro to try for yourself

 

Introduction to the Breeze Booth Event Editor

This post contains brief notes about the new Breeze Booth Event Editor,  used to create and modify events for Breeze Booth for iPad.

More detailed ‘how to’ notes will be released later.

Introduction

The Breeze Booth Event Editor is a powerful Windows based program which can be used to create and edit events for Breeze Booth for iPad.

The first beta version of the editor has a basic user interface, which will be given a friendly front end and further features before the full release.

This beta is provided for Breeze DSLR Remote Pro users with experience using profiles. Please don’t be concerned if you don’t find it accessible at this stage.

Do join the beta program and explore Breeze Booth for iPad before using the editor.

At present the easiest way to create a new event is to copy an existing event and edit it.

Files stored on the iPad

You can use the iOS 11 Files app to view the files used by Breeze Booth for iPad and to copy event ‘assets’ (screens, print layouts, profiles etc) to an iCloud or DropBox folder.

Tap Browse in the Files app then On my iPad under Locations and you should see a folder named Breeze Booth. Tap on the folder to pen it and there will be two folders: “assets” which is where the event configuration is stored and “photos” where photos, animated GIFs and MP4 movies captured by Breeze Booth are stored. (More details can be found   here)

Breeze Booth folders in iOS Files app

Upload the demonstration events from your iPad to the PC you are using to run Breeze Booth Event Editor.

Download Breeze Booth Event Editor

The Windows based Breeze Booth Event Editor software can be downloaded using the link below. After downloading the software unzip the file and copy it a suitable folder on the computer’s hard disk. (I copied the folder to the desktop on my PC.)

Download version 1.0 beta 20180304

This YouTube video demonstrates downloading and opening the Event Editor, then takes you on a quick tour. There is more detail in the rest of this post.

Run Breeze Booth Event Editor

Start the Event Editor, and select Open.

Breeze Booth Event Editor main screen

Load the events by selecting events.xml

Loading events.xml into Breeze Booth Event Editor

Select an event to edit, then Edit event

Selecting the ‘GIF only’ event Breeze Booth Event Editor

This brings up a list of profiles for the event you selected. ‘GIF only’ is a simple event with one profile each for landscape and portrait orientations:

List of profiles for sample event ‘GIF only’ Breeze Booth event Editor

To make changes to a profile select Edit

Photo Booth Settings Screens

The Photo Booth Settings Screen is displayed for the profile you selected. This has four tabs : General, Photos, GIFs, Share. There are layout editors for touchscreen actions, print layout and GIF layout.  More features will be added to these editors in future releases.

Use the editors to customize events; saving your changes will update  settings.xml.

Photo Booth Settings Screen – General

Photo Booth Settings Screen General Tab BBEE

Select Touchscreen actions… to display the Touchscreen actions editor

Touchscreen Actions Editor Breeze Booth Event Editor

Touchscreen actions can be moved and resized. Right click to add and edit actions etc.

Photo Booth Settings screen – Photos

Photo Booth Settings screen Breeze Booth Event Editor (beta)
Print Layout Editor Breeze Booth Event Editor (beta)

Note: This screenshot is from the ‘Photos only’ event as the ‘GIF only’ event does not need a print layout.

Photo Booth Settings screen – GIFs

GIF settings screen Breeze Booth Event Editor

Select Edit Layout to access the GIF layout editor

GIF Layout Editor Breeze Booth event Editor (beta)

Photo Booth Settings screen – Share

Sharing settings screen Breeze Booth Event Editor
Default email for sharing animated GIFs from Breeze Booth for iPad (Breeze Booth Event Editor Beta)

Notes

Breeze Booth Event Editor works in a similar way to DSLR Remote Pro and other Windows based Breeze photo booth software.

  • Settings are stored in XML files
  • Screens are created using JPEG backgrounds, PNG overlays & animated GIF animations.
  • Profiles are used to load settings from the XML files and provide a way of selecting different configurations.
  • Breeze Booth for iPad can run with the iPad in landscape or portrait orientation and uses a separate profile for each orientation.
  • Screens should match the aspect ratio of the iPad’s display (4:3). The suggested sizes are 2048×1536 pixels for landscape orientation screens and 1536×2048 for portrait orientation screens.

The app uses the following screens:

  • ready.jpg, ready_overlay.png, ready.gif: The ready screen in photo mode. Append the style (e.g. ready_normal.jpg, ready_monochrome.jpg) to the filename to provide feedback when different styles are selected. The style names are normal, monochrome, sepia, comic, filter1, filter2, filter3, filter4, filter5, filter6
  • 1.jpg, 1.png, 1.gif: Screen displayed during the countdown. Use 1.jpg for the first photo, 2.jpg for the second etc.
  • taking.jpg, taking.png, taking.gif: displayed when taking a photo
  • preview.jpg, preview.png, preview.gif: displayed when previewing each photo after it has been taken
  • processing.jpg, procesing.png, processing.gif: displayed while the print layout is being prepared
  • confirm_printing.jpg, confirm_printing.png, confirm_printing.gif: displays the print preview when the user is asked whether to accept or reject the photos
  • share,jpg, share.png, share.gif: displayed when asking the user whether to share the photos
  • standby.jpg, standby.png, standby.gif: standby screen displayed when the booth is inactive. Live view is disabled in standby mode to save power.
  • gif_ready.jpg, gif_ready_overlay.png, gif_ready.gif: The ready screen in animated GIF mode. Append the style (e.g. gif_ready_normal.jpg, gif_ready_monochrome.jpg) to the filename to provide feedback when different styles are selected.
  • gif_countdown.jpg, gif_countdown.png, gif_countdown.gif: displayed during the countdown before capturing an animated GIF
  • gif_capture.jpg, gif_capture.png, gif_capture.gif: displayed when capturing the animated GIF
  • gif_processing.jpg, gif_processing.png, gif_processing.gif: display while preparing the animated GIF for display
  • gif_playback.jpg, gif_playback.png, gif_playback.gif: playback screen displayed when the user is asked whether to accept the animated GIF
  • gif_share,jpg, gif_share.png, gif_share.gif: displayed when asking the user whether to share the animated GIF or MP4 movie

Animated GIF options

append _loop to the filename (e.g. ready_loop.gif) to play the animated GIF in a continuous loop.
By default the GIF will be displayed in the center of the screen. The size and position of the GIF can be modified by appending modifiers enclosed in curly brackets. The h and w modifiers specify the size as a percentage of the screen width or heighta and the l, r, t, b modifiers specify the position relative to the left, right, top or height of the screen respectively. If conflicting modifiers are present (e.g. l and r) the last one will used.
Example: to place a ready.gif animated GIF which is half the width of the screen and 1/4 the way down the screen set the filename to ready_{w50%t25%}.gif (or ready_loop_{w50%t25%}.gif to play it in a continuous loop).

Copying events to the iPad

Don’t forget to save the changes you have made. When you are ready to transfer them to your iPads running Breeze Booth for iPad, you can either

Method 1: Copy the files to a folder on iCloud or Dropbox that is visible on the iPad. Then use the Files app to copy the files to Breeze Booth for iPad’s assets folder.

Method 2: Upload the files 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 the folder on the web server. 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.

It’s your feedback which makes Breeze products stand out – please email comments to techsupport:@breezesys.com .

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Breeze Booth for iPad ‘Beta’ has arrived – try it today!

Breeze are delighted to announce that beta testers can get their hands on Breeze Booth for iPad today. If you haven’t signed up yet you can join here

You can also try the app  at Photo Booth Expo at the Breeze booth #923.

Your invitation

When you are accepted onto the program you will receive an invitation email from Apple TestFlight

Invitation email for Breeze Booth for iPad

Getting started

Your iPad needs to be running iOS 11. To email photos and GIFs from the booth you will also need to have a mail account set up with iOS Mail.

Installation

Download TestFlight from the Apple App Store and click on Redeem to show the apps you’re able to beta test. Select Breeze Booth for iPad and install.

 

TestFlight screen showing Breeze Booth for iPad icon
TestFlight screen displaying the B icon for Breeze Booth for iPad

Running Breeze Booth for iPad for the first time

Start the App

Tap the Breeze icon to start the App, then Events

Breeze Booth for iPad home screen

Download the list of events from a server

The first time you run Breeze Booth for iPad the event list will be empty. You need to download events from a server to get started. We have set up a server with four demonstration events for you to download and try out.

Breeze Booth for iPad Events list is empty the first time the App is run

Tap on “Update” in the top right corner to download a list of events from Breeze Systems server.

Breeze Booth for iPad event list has been successfully synched with the version on the server

After downloading the event list tap on < Events to return to the events screen. You should see a list of events:

Breeze Booth for iPad list of events

Download all the settings for a single event

Swipe right to left on an event and select Sync to download the files from the server to your iPad. (Sync is also used to ensure that you have the latest version of files for an event.)

Be patient, and wait until you see Sync. completed successfully.

 

Tap < Events to return to the events screen after syncing the files.

Run the event

Now swipe right to left on the event and tap “Run” to run the event.

breeze Booth for iPad : tapping Run to start the booth for an event

In this example you will see the ready screen for an event called Simple ‘photos only’ photo booth

Breeze Booth for iPad ready screen with live view, animated GIF ‘Start’ and branded overlay

Take your first photos and explore the other events we have set up for you to try. (You will need to Exit the event, return to the Events screen, choose a new event and Sync to download the settings fron the server before you can run it.)

You can shoot and share photos and boomerang GIFs by email, play with virtual props and see semi-transparent overlays.

Summary

You will be able to install Breeze Booth for iPad when you receive an email invitation to the email address for your Apple ID.

Breeze Booth for iPad events are defined in a powerful Windows based program called Breeze Booth Event Editorv. This post uses a set of predefined ‘events’ that we have set up for you.

We have seen how to sync your iPad with a server containing sample events. First you download a list of events from the server, then all the detailed information you need to run an event.

View and share the folders stored on the iPad

The iOS 11 Files app can be used to view the files used by Breeze Booth for iPad.  You can share events and their associated photos by copying them to an iCloud or DropBox folder.

Tap the Files App icon to see the Breeze Booth for iPad folders

Tap  Browse in the Files app, then On my iPad . You should see a folder named Breeze Booth.

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Tap on the folder to open it and there will be two folders: assets which is where the event configuration is stored and photos where photos, animated GIFs and MP4 movies captured by Breeze Booth are stored.

Breeze Booth folders viewed in Files App

 

Photos taken today viewed in Files App

Your feedback matters!

Please let us know what you think. You can either use the TestFlight feedback link below or ping an email to techsupport@breezesys.com

TestFlight feedback link

New beta versions

When a new beta is available you should receive a notification email and can install it by running TestFlight, selecting Breeze Booth for iPad and tapping “update”.

Breeze Booth Event Editor (first beta version)

The first beta version of the editor has a basic user interface, which will be given a friendly front end and further features before the full release.

This beta is provided for Breeze DSLR Remote Pro users with experience using profiles. Please don’t be concerned if you don’t find it accessible at this stage.

Thank you!

Chris and I  are overwhlemed by your enthusiam and appreciate the time loads of you are willing to spend testing this new product.  We hope you will enjoy using it for many years.

Sue

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