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Breeze Booth for iPad beta Build 14

What’s new in Breeze Booth for iPad beta (build 14)

This beta release introduces printing using Windows print server, Dropbox support, digital zoom and camera controls.

Breeze Booth for iPad camera controls
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Introduction

Breeze Booth for iPad is Breeze System’s new iPad-based photo booth software. It is supported by two Windows based programs, the Event Editor and Synch Server. The Event Editor is used to design custom events, the Synch Server controls printing and monitors local iPads.

Breeze Booth for iPad is currently available as a free beta release. More features will be provided in the full version of this App.

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Breeze Booth for iPad App

This is the booth program which runs on an iPad and takes photos & animated GIFs of guests.

Events are created using the Breeze Booth Event Editor and can be downloaded to iPads as required. Individual iPads can be kept up to date with the most recent version of an event by synching via Dropbox or with a web server.

New in Breeze Booth for iPad Beta Build 14

  • Digital zoom
  • Control of camera settings
  • Event synching from Dropbox (previously only from server)
  • Automated copying of images & xml to Dropbox
  • Automated copying of images & xml to local Windows computer for printing and/or sharing
  • Exit password protection
  • Photo sharpening before printing/ in print layouts
  • Image rotation in print layouts

Breeze Booth Event Editor

IPads are great at events. When you want to make the most of Breeze’ famed flexibility to awe your customers with  custom screens, GIFs and print layouts, you need precise control and often access to powerful image editors such as Photoshop. The Breeze Booth Event Editor is a powerful Windows program used to design photo booth Events for your iPad.

Screenshot of GIF Layout Editor in Breeze Booth Event Editor
Animated GIF design using the friendly & powerful GIF Layout Editor in Breeze Booth Event Editor

Each event defines the screens, print layouts, profiles & choices available to guests. A single office-based copy of the Event Editor can be used to setup events for unlimited numbers of iPads.

Your events can be shared via Dropbox or a secure Web server.

New in Breeze Booth Event Editor

  • Supports normal (4:3), Square and DSLR compatible (3:2) live view, photos and boomerang GIFs
  • Print layout supports image rotation
  • Specify sharpening required
  • Bug fixes

Note: Print captions will be added soon.  For now you can use overlays and/or backgrounds to caption prints. Alternatively use Hotfolder Prints (purchased separately) to add dynamic captions before printing from Windows computer.

Download Breeze Booth Event Editor v1.0 beta 20180527 After downloading the software unzip the file and copy it a suitable folder on the computer’s hard disk.

The easiest way to get started is to download a copy of the sample events on the Breeze Systems’ servers and save these in the Dropbox folder Apps/Breeze Booth for iPad/events. Then run the event editor and click on “Open…” and load the file Apps/Breeze Booth for iPad/events/events.xml” After editing the events they can be synced to your iPad using via the Breeze Booth for iPad’s events screen.

How to use the Event Editor

New Breeze Booth Synch Server

Windows program to monitor local iPads & control printing

  • Images (& XML summary data) automatically uploaded from IPads
  • Optional automated printing (quantity of prints as requested on IPad)
  • Auto bleed
  • Images resized to fit page
  • Dashboard displays current status of each IPad
  • Dashboard displays real time log of images downloaded from each IPad, with printing and other status information
  • Can save images to Dropbox (or other cloud-based file sharing system) where they can be viewed remotely over internet. NB If Internet goes down images can be stored on PC and synched later. [Synching with cloud services from a PC can be more reliable & flexible than  synching directly from an iPad]
Breeze Booth Synch Server main screen
The Synch Server displays the status of connected iPads and a log of images downloaded from each iPad

The Synch Server requires a local network to connect to the iPads it supports. This network does not need to be connected to the Internet.

Download Breeze Booth Sync Server v1.0 beta 20180521 After downloading the software unzip the file and copy it a suitable folder on the computer’s hard disk.

More about the Synch Server

Automated image synching to PC or Dropfolder

Breeze Booth Synch Server allows images to be viewed, shared and printed by other Windows based programs including Hotfolder Prints & Breeze Kiosk.

Hotfolder Prints (separate purchase) can

  • automatically upload images to galleries on Smugmug
  • run a slideshow of images using Breeze Viewer
  • create and print alternative print layouts
  • change image format to one more suited to sharing on a specific platform
  • add captions to prints
Image from Breeze Viewer slideshow
Breeze Viewer slideshow displays new animated GIFs or photos as they are uploaded from the iPad

Download Hotfolder Prints

Breeze Kiosk (separate purchase) can

  • Run one or many image sharing stations
  • Display still images, and animated GIFs or MP4s from the booths on a low powered Windows tablet/PC
  • Improve guest throughput by moving print, reprint and sharing options away from booth
  • Update display with new images as they are created
  • Use tokens to identify the folder being monitored (includes date and time tokens)
  • Allow guests to browse, share and print images at their leisure
  • Offer immediate sharing via social media, email & cell phone
  • Offer offline sharing via email and cell phone
  • Collect guest data
  • Record consent to use of guest data
  • Print high quality images quickly
  • Generate interest with slideshow while kiosk idle
  • Display promotional material during slideshow
Breeze Kiosk display
iPad images displayed in Breeze Kiosk 1.4.4

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Hotfolder Prints and Breeze Kiosk can also be used with Windows based Breeze photo booth software DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth.

Get stuck in – try Breeze Booth for iPad today!

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Auto focus blues & how to cure them

Canon’s DSLR cameras can be set to auto focus (AF)  or manual focus (MF). The auto focus setting is very convenient for photo booth operators, but when the camera cannot find anything to focus on it will not take a photo.

This post has been written for DLSR Remote Pro 3.7.3

What can go wrong using auto focus?

You may notice a long pause before the camera takes  a photo. The focus motor whirrs and the camera lens moves as the camera tries to focus. Two different error messages may be displayed: ‘Unable to release shutter’ or ‘Unable to focus’.

Unable to release shutter

When setting up the booth the operator presses Release(F8)  or Preview (F9) to check camera operation. No photo is taken and this error message is displayed:

Error message for DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 displayed: Unable to release shutter. This may be because the AF was unable to lock
DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 ‘Unable to release shutter’ error message

Unable to focus

After the countdown there is a long pause before the camera takes  the first photo. The focus motor whirrs and the camera lens moves as the camera tries to focus. Eventually this message* is displayed:

DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 error message 'Unable to focus! If you are standing close to the camera please try moving back a bit. The booth will retake the photo in ... seconds...
DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 ‘Unable to focus!’ error message *

*Hint (localization) You can translate this message into your local language using the PhotoboothAfErrorMsg message in the configuration files

Why does this happen?

Usually the camera cannot focus because

  • there is not enough light
  • the booth is empty and has a plain background
  • guests are too close to the camera
  • the lens cap has not been removed

Autofocus works best with good lighting and guests positioned at the right distance from the camera. It may be improved by changing from a plain background. The most reliable solution is to switch the camera to manual focus.

How to make sure the camera will fire: Set the camera to manual focus

Exception : cameras with dual pixel AF. If your camera has dual pixel AF please see the Camera Settings section of the program help files. (At present the Canon EOS DSLR cameras with dual pixel AF are the Canon EOS 800D/Rebel T7i, 200D/Rebel SL2, 70D,  77D, 80D, 7D Mark II, 5D Mark IV and 6D Mark II*.)

*Support for the EOS 6D Mark II will be added to the next release of DSLR Remote Pro.

Simplest way to set the camera to manual focus

  1. Set the AF/MF switch on the camera lens to the MF (manual focus) position.
  2. Each time you set up the booth turn the focus ring on the camera lens until you see a sharp image on the PC live view display.
Photo of Canon REBEL T5 camera how how to switch between auto and manual focus
Canon REBEL T5 (1200D) showing AF/MF switch
Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns (edited to highlight AF MF switch)

Photo sourced from Flickr

Use the camera controls to set manual focus

Use the screen on the back of the camera to set the custom function “C.Fn IV: Operations/Others – Shutter/AE lock button” to “1:AE lock/AF” (refer to your camera manual if necessary).

Canon 200D camera display showing Customer Function IV
Customer function IV screen on Canon EOS 200D camera

This setting has the advantage that focus can still be adjusted remotely from the PC but auto focus won’t be used when taking a photo. The lens can be focused in fullscreen photobooth mode by typing Ctrl+A.

For more precise control of focus exit photobooth mode and type Ctrl+L to display the live view window. Then use the <<<, <<, <, >, >>, >> buttons or the mouse wheel to manually adjust the focus.

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