Category Archives: DSLR Remote Pro

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

 

 

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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.

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New: DSLR Remote Pro 3.17.1 & tutorial on Creative Video Effects

Breeze Booth (DSLR+Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro 3.17.1 was released today, together with a new  tutorial on Post Processing videos.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.17.1

Tihs release improves the video booth post processing built into DSLR Remote Pro  last month.

What’s new in 3.17.1?

  • New Crop  video to square button
  • Ability to import and output combinations of effects in the Video Edit list.
  • Improvements to error checking and validation of video post processing settings

New Video Booth Post Processing tutorial

This tutorial includes

  • Creative effects: Speed ramps, jump cuts, combining effects, reversing direction
  • Slow motion
  • Branding & Presentation: Overlay, Intro, Outro, Sound track and Audio
  • Boomerangs, loops and playback speed
  • Cropping to square and other formats
  • Resizing for efficient sharing
  • Speeding up post processing time
  • Hints and troubleshooting

Read Video booth: Post Processing

Video Booth basics tutorial

Post processing Videos follows on from the first video booth tutorial Video Booth Basics, which ran through

  • Equipment
  • Getting started
  • Customizing your setup
  • Video Booth Settings Window
  • Camera settings
  • Video guest books

Read Video Booth Basics

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.17.1 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.17.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 22 March 2021. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

 

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Choosing a computer for your Windows photo booth

My all time favorite comment in the Breeze Facebook group began

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

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

The same poster added

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

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

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

Probably not the best power source for a video booth

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

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

Have a great weekend,

Sue

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Speed ramping, jump cuts & other creative effects in DSLR Remote Pro 3.17

We are delighted to let you know that Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.17 aka Booth (DSLR+Windows) has been released today.

This release builds video post processing into the app, adding  speed ramping, jump cuts, boomerangs and other creative effects.

How can I edit my videos?

DSLR Remote Pro’s new built in video processing includes

  • Jump cuts
  • Speed ramping
  • Slow motion
  • Fast forward
  • Reverse direction
  • Creative combinations of effects
  • Video intro and outro
  • Add MP3 soundtrack
  • Overlay
  • Control number of loops
  • Crop and resize videos

Video preview

Guests  playback the final video before sharing it.

Can I add these effects to slow motion videos?

Sure. Speed up, slow down, reverse direction – add all the effects above to your slow motion videos.

New samples folder for testing designs

DSLR Remote Pro’s simulated camera mode lets you run the booth without a camera while building and testing designs.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.17 adds a set of four sample photos to use during testing.

GIF created from sample images included with DSLR Remote Pro 3.17

Use these or your own images to create prints, GIFs, processed photos etc while running in simulated camera mode.

If you prefer to use your own images, create a subfolder  called Photobooth Samples in your Documents folder and place JPG photos and MP4 movies there.

More

This release also fixes an issue with the taking.jpg screen not being displayed when an animation is used for the countdown

Photo Booth Expo

Going to Photo Booth Expo next week? Make sure you catch Steve Bliesner’s Free Breeze Master Class on Thursday morning and see v3.17 in action.

Industry leader, serial entrepreneur and popular speaker at PBX, Steve is head honcho at Photo Booth Guys & I’m Steve.

Steve works with some of the biggest names at some of the biggest events all over the world. His business interests include running complex photobooth events, training, consultancy, and professional photography.

Breeze users also know him for his creative, organisational and technical expertise running Breeze apps. Come to Steve’s class to learn about the latest Breeze features at 10am on Thursday 24th.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.17 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.17 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 16th February 2021. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

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Emails from DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16 included a major update to sharing from the app, including

  • No more waiting for images to upload before the next session starts –  DSLR Remote Pro 3.16 sends emails & texts in the background
  • Share high quality MP4 copies of GIFs as standard
  • Full control over email attachments
  • Report event sharing stats to your clients
  • New Scan at startup option to spot and share any unsent texts and emails

The email tutorials have been rewritten to reflect these enhancements.

Three tutorials explain  how to email photo, GIF and video images from a touchscreen photo booth running DSLR Remote Pro.

Sending Emails 1 runs through the basics

  • Running the setup wizard to create a full set of screens and working booth
  • Setting up email server settings
  • Sharing GIFs, prints and MP4s
  • Image quality vs sharing speed
  • Checking for unsent emails

 Sending Emails 2  focuses on efficient sharing at large and busy events, collecting email addresses and sharing statistics

  • Efficient sharing at large and busy events
  • Running a separate sharing station
  • Touch free sharing
  • Logging email addresses
  • Sharing statistics

Sending Emails 3 introduces branding and personalizing emails, and choosing email attachments

  • Branding and personalizing emails sent from the booth
  • Selecting email attachments

Thank you for taking the time reading this post. Feedback on these and other tutorials is always welcome.

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New tutorial – Using Touch Screen Actions to customize Breeze screens

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

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

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

 

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1 & Hub 1.2.6.1

12 January 2022

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1 & Hub 1.2.6.1 were released today, fixing an issue adding attachments to emails as file attachments.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1 also fixes an issue with UIDs not being updated in stills photo booth mode when the keyboard shortcut F5 is used to start the shooting sequence.

We recommend everyone using Hub 1.2.6 and DSLR Remote Pro 3.16 upgrades to these releases.

DSLR Remote Pro is also known as Breeze Booth (DSLR+ Windows)

Do I need to pay to upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1?

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

Is there a charge for upgrading to Hub 1.2.6.1?

Hub is free to all Breeze customers. There is no charge to upgrade to Hub 1.2.6.1

Download Hub 1.2.6.1 with Breeze Booth companion Apps here

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Breeze XML files – Gobbledegook or Important?

A quick note about XML files stored with your photos. Several of you asked recently what they are for and how to get rid of them. These files are not just gobbledegook – they contain useful and sometimes essential information.

Email and text XML

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16 onwards shares emails and texts in the background. To make this work the app stores email addresses, cell phone numbers and other essential information in small XML files.

email_……….xml contains sharing information for emails.

text_….xml holds similar information about texts.

When sharing MP4s these files are stored in the MP4 folder. If you share prints they are stored in the prints folder.

Icon for email xml file Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.16

You need email and text xmls to

  • Send all emails and texts
  • Send emails and texts after the event if processing was interrupted for any reason
  • Create reports of sharing data

Do not delete these files until you are confident they are no longer needed. They use very little space on your computer.

Photobooth Summary XML

Breeze apps create a small file containing information about each photo booth session which is stored alongside the photos. Typically they are called IMG_nnnn.XML

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro PhotoBoothImages folder showing Photobooth summary files for each session

They are not essential for most users, but they take up very little space and we suggest almost all of you keep them.

Who needs the photobooth summary XML files?

We recommend

  • Everyone creates photobooth summary XML unless they cause a specific problem.
  • Retain the XML with your images until you are ready to delete the images, or need to remove personal data.
  • Do not delete these files until you are confident they are no longer needed. They use very little space on your computer.

Photobooth summary data can be suppressed if required. More

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

Sue

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