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Greenscreen Gifs with animated backgrounds and overlays

Have you tried Breeze transparent greenscreen? It’s a great way to make your GIFs stand out.

This tutorial assumes you can already shoot simple green screen photo booth images with DSLR Remote Pro, and explains how to add animated backgrounds and overlays  to a slideshow GIF.

Usually when you shoot in greenscreen, each photo is saved with a single green screen background. Transparent greenscreen removes the background from an image and stores it as a png with a transparent background. This lets you add a variety of backgrounds later.

Selecting transparent greenscreen processing in Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4

 

The original photo is shot against a greenscreen background

 

DLSR Remote Pro removes the green background and saves the photo on a transparent background

Breeze lets you combine these images into a slideshow GIF which has an animated background.

Add the GIF backgrounds

To make a slideshow GIF with an animated background,  you need to add a series of GIF backgrounds to your PhotoBoothImages folder.

My GIF has 3 photos. Each of these photos will have 3 different background images.

9 GIF backgrounds in the PhotoBoothImages folder (Breeze DLSR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

The background images are named GIF_background_1.jpg through to GIF_background_9.jpg

Add the GIF overlays

My GIFs will  have 9 overlays called GIF_overlay_1.png through to GIF_overlay_9.png

9 GIF overlays in the PhotoBoothImages folder (Breeze DLSR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

Add the on-screen background

To keep things simple I am using 1 still background image for the on screen preview. This is called greenscreen_background.jpg as usual.

Greenscreen background image in the PhotoBoothImages folder (Breeze DLSR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

Select your animated GIF settings

First enable animated GIFs .  How to make slideshow GIFs

  1. There are 3 backgrounds and overlays for each photo
  2. Each photo will be shown for one second
  3. The GIF will be displayed for at least 3 seconds

Printing transparent greenscreen images

The photos are saved with transparent backgrounds, so you can print them against a white background, or on a single background image. The images can be a different color from the background.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

Sue

© Breeze Systems 2018

How to brand and animate Breeze welcome screens

This post explains how to add a custom attraction or standby screen to  DSLR Remote Pro. Breeze calls this a welcome screen.

Use your welcome screen to attract people to your booth, as a quick method of branding, and to protect your camera*. The welcome screen can be a still image, animated GIF or video. You can add sound to attract people’s attention.

*Running live view for long periods drains battery power and can cause the camera’s sensor to heat up. If the photo booth is idle Breeze  automatically cancels the live view and displays the welcome screen.

This post shows how to replace the standard welcome screen with a movie or your own still image. You can customize Webcam Photobooth in the same way.

Breeze Multi-Camera has a similar screen called standby.jpg which can be customized and animated in a similar way.

Get started

You can use the photo booth setup wizard to create a working set of screens for your booth.

Default screen set created by the photo booth setup wizard, showing the initial attraction screen welcome.jpg (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

Add a custom welcome screen

Rename the original welcome.jpg in case you want to use it again. (Mine is called welcome-old.jpg.)

Copy your new image into the same folder, and call it welcome.jpg To fill the screen, make the new image the same size in pixels as the image it replaces.

Shows PhotoBoothImages folder with custom welcome.jpg in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4
Paste a new welcome.jpg into your PhotoBoothImages folder. This should be the same size (in pixels) as the original (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

Run the booth, wait a while for it to go into idle mode and your welcome screen will be displayed.

Replace the welcome screen with a movie

Add your movie to the PhotoBoothImages folder and name it welcome_loop.mp4 if you want the movie to loop, or welcome.mp4 to run it just once.

PhotoBoothImages folder with attraction movie
Here a movie called welcome_loop.mp4 has been added to the PhotoBoothImages folder (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

That’s it! Start DSLR Remote Pro and check everything is working. You will need to wait for the inactivity timer to kick in before you see your video.

Finer details

Inactivity timer

To control how long the booth waits before going into standby mode and displaying the welcome screen, adjust the inactivity timer. Go to Advanced Settings, and set the number of seconds you want to wait until the booth goes into standby mode:

Shows how to set the inactivity time in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4
Setting the inactivity time in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4

What happens if my video is smaller than the screen?

If your video is smaller than your screen, it will be displayed in the center of the screen with your welcome.jpg behind it:

Showing video small than screen in Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4
Here the attraction video is smaller than the screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

Can I add GIFs, sound and .MOV movies?

Yes. See the program help files for details

Can I customize the other screens in my booth?

Yes, you can customize most other screens in the same way. Replace the original screen in your PhotoBoothImages folder with another still (.jpg), add a movie (.mp4 or .mov) or GIF file with the same name. For more details, see

Does this work for magic mirrors?

Yes. To add animations and sound to magic mirrors include them in your PhotoBoothImages folder in the same way.

Where can I find animations for my booth/mirror?

There are lots of sources of animations on the web. These are some of the vendors who offer animations and complete Breeze themes for photo booths and mirrors

The movie used here was sourced from Text in Motion , who add your text to their own videos. (Thanks Bob Hajvert for spotting this supplier.)

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

© Breeze Systems October 2018

 

 

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4 adds virtual props & emoji

New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4 …

  • Photo booth and magic mirror guests can add virtual props, emojis and stickers to their prints
  • Print and +/- icons can now be placed at the top of the reprint screen
  • Print preview in the drawing and signing screen can be placed at the top of the screen
  • Improved support for the mirrorless Canon EOS M50
  • Ability to reprint from video ready screen

and a couple of fixes

  • fixed – issue where video sharing screen showed previous print layouts
  • fixed – rotated images showing black in print layouts ( only affected 3.11.3)

Virtual props, emojis and stickers

To let your guests draw on, sign and now add virtual props, emojis and stickers to their prints, select Advanced Settings, then Output Options Settings. Check the box marked Sign or draw on photos before printing, and OK as you leave.

Shows how to allow guests to add props & emoji, sign & draw on prints using DLSR Remote Pro 3.11.4

You can create your own icon sets, but we have included these emoji/basic props for starters:

Icons supplied by EmojiOne

Guests can rotate, expand and shrink the icons. You can restrict them to decorating part of the print, and even prevent them from defacing part of it if your clients are sensitive.

Rotating a virual prop DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4

Create your own folders with custom/branded props, emoji and stickers  Profile users can offer a different set of icons with each profile.

Specially for magic mirrors – move reprint button to the top of the screen

Here’s how:

How to position the reprint icons at the top of the screen (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4)

DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.4 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 11th September 2017. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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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 3.11.4.

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.

July 2018 This post has been updated to include cameras supported in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.2 ie the  Canon EOS 1500D (aka Canon EOS 2000D/Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90) and Canon EOS 3000D (aka Canon EOS 4000D).

The photo below shows the different sizes of the new EOS M50, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 and new EOS 2000D/1500D/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/1500D/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
  • Update September 2018
    There is a bug in the firmware of the Canon EOS M50 which means that triggering an external flash or studio strobe via the hotshoe can be unreliable. To workaround this set the shutter speed to 1/100 sec. This can be done by using bank 1 or bank 2 for the camera settings in the “Photobooth Settings” dialog. Please see the help files for more information. (We have reported this issue to Canon.)

Good for video: 200D/Rebel SL2, 800D/Rebel T7i

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: 1300D/T6

Good for still photos and boomerang and slideshow animated GIFs. Slightly higher resolution live view than 200D or 800D.

Disadvantages

  • No external microphone socket so not a good choice for video including sound.
  • Power zoom is not supported.
  • Old model becoming difficult to source new
  • Autofocus less reliable

New Canon 2000D/1500D/Rebel T7

(Updated September 20118)

Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor. Unfortunately Canon have removed the center contact on the hotshoe. This means the camera cannot trigger most external flashes or studio strobes so is not recommended for photo booth use.

New Canon EOS 4000D/3000D

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). This camera also has no center contact on the hotshoe. This means the camera cannot trigger most external flashes or studio strobes so is not recommended for photo booth use.

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.

*This post has been updated in September 2018. As new cameras are introduced this post will inevitably become outdated.

© Breeze Systems 2018

Breeze Booth for iPad (beta) Build 20 – Try it today!

Breeze are delighted to announce the new Breeze Booth for iPad beta release, Build 20.

  • If you haven’t signed up yet join here
  • If you are already a beta tester, you will have been sent an invitation to upgrade to Build 20

Note: This post was updated on November 15th with details of Breeze Booth for iPad (beta) Build 20.

New in Build 20 …

  • Support for printing directly from the iPad using AirPrint
  • Menu screens to select styles, mirroring, virtual props etc.
  • Support for up to 10 different virtual props
  • Ability to add logos and resize, rotate and position them in the print layout
  • Updated sample events and assets
Virtual Props (Breeze Booth for iPad)

Build 18 added …

  • Support for selecting front or rear camera
  • Sync server now supports the sending of emails and SMS messages
  • New mirror styles
  • Slideshow GIFs
  • User surveys
  • Info screens
  • Password protection of events and app settings

Build 14 added …

  • Windows based server for printing photos and for syncing output from the iPad
  • Dropbox support:  sync events from Dropbox and copy output to Dropbox
  • Digital zoom
  • Control of camera settings
  • Support for normal, square and DSLR compatible (3:2) live view, photos and boomerang GIFs
  • Photos can be rotated and optionally sharpened in the print layout
  • Optional exit password protection

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.

Installation

Download TestFlight from the Apple App Store. You may need to  click on Redeem (1) to show the apps you’re able to beta test. Select Breeze Booth for iPad and (2) INSTALL.

Note: Only check Redeem the first time you download the Breeze Booth for iPad beta. If you have previously downloaded an earlier build, just check  UPDATE.

 

Installing Breeze Booth for iPad Build 20 on an iPad

Once you have installed the App, you can open it:

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 Build 18 home screen before events defined

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 several 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:

Initial list of events provided with Breeze Booth for iPad Build 20

The first event is called Designer and showcases many of the features included with Breeze Booth for iPad build 20. You are welcome to use this design at your own events, and customize it to meet your needs.

The remaining 8 events are much simpler designs intended to help you create your own designs.

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.

Sample Events

Sample ready screen Breeze Booth for iPad (beta)

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 from the server before you can run an event for the first time.)

Capturing guest data using Breeze Booth for iPad (beta)
Use radio buttons to offer a fixed list of choices
Prints can include data collected from each guest
Restrict access to individual events with a password

Adjust camera settings

The new camera controls and digital zoom are accessed from the home page:

Breeze Booth for iPAd beta 14 Camera Settings screen
Zoom, adjust exposure compensation, white balance, and tint images

Printing and transferring images to a Windows PC

Summary

Join the beta test program for Breeze Booth for iPad

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 Editor. 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.

Once you have taken some photos and animated GIFs on your iPad, download the Breeze Hub to a Windows PC so that you can synch your images to print and share them.

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

Viewing images from an event on the iPad

By default Breeze Booth for iPad stores images in folders named by date.

iPad Files App showing photos taken and sub folders for animated GIFs and Print layouts on 2018-05-30

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 ( beta version)

To customize and brand the app you also need

  1. A PC/laptop running Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7
  2. A copy of the Breeze Booth Event Editor software
    Download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor v1.0 beta 20181115 and the sample events.

Breeze Booth for iPad has been developed by Chris Breeze, famous worldwide for his flexible, robust and powerful photo booth software.
Breeze plans to introduce many more new and exciting features over time. We welcome your feedback about potential features and any issues you experience. Please email your feedback to techsupport@breezesys.com

Each beta copy of Breeze Booth for iPad is a time limited version which will run for up to 90 days after it is issued. There is no charge to use this beta version of the program. You are welcome to use the app at events, but do so at your own risk

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

© 2018 Breeze Systems Limited

 

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 and July 11th 2018.

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

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

Learn how to combine Breeze tokens with profiles

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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New Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.8: simple, powerful branding

Breeze Systems is proud to announce the release of DSLR Remote Pro 3.8. Easier to use and more powerful than ever before, DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 includes two free button sets designed by Wilkes Booth Co.

Highlights of the new release

  • Fast simple branding for photo booth screens
  • Create and save new photo booth screen themes
  • Transfer themes between PCs
  • Free sets of touchscreen buttons
  • Create custom caption sets in any almost language
  • Photobooth Setup Wizard now simplifies screen customization
  • Animated backgrounds for green screen boomerang GIFs
  • Support for Canon’s EOS  6D Mark II

Fast, powerful branding for photobooth screens

Brand screens quickly and easily with new DSLR Remote Pro themes

Create themed photobooth screen sets

Create, load and save DSLR Remote Pro themes containing screen background, touchscreen button, and caption sets

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 theme including (A) screens, (B) buttons & (C) captions

A. Complete sets of custom photo booth screen backgrounds  can now be generated from a single image. The same background image can be tiled, stretched or cropped to fit any screen with new themes

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 single background_tiled.jpeg image used to create themed set of background screens

B. Create your own buttons or choose from those shipped with DSLR Remote Pro 3.8. Touchscreen buttons can be placed below the image or to one side using the Setup Wizard. 

C. Customize captions in almost any language. Adjust the color of your text.

Transfer themes between PCs

To generate themed screens on PCs with different screen size/aspect ratio by just copy the theme to the new PC and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard.

Free touchscreen button sets

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 includes 2 new free button sets created by  Wilkes Booth Co

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 Welcome screen: Wilkes Booth Co Tradewind White buttons
DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 Sharing screen Wilkes Booth Co Tradewinds Blue buttons
DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 Sharing screen: Wilkes Booth Co Tradewind Blue buttons

Buy Breeze Wizard themes or complete interface designs for DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 from Wilkes Booth Co

Choose whether to run buttons across the screen or to the side using the Photobooth Setup Wizard.

Create custom caption sets

Breeze software is used in over 80 countries world wide. DSLR Remote Pro already supports Unicode and handles characters in most languages. Use the Photoboth Setup Wizard to create reusable caption sets, and apply them to different themes.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 is shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.

Thanks to Jürgen Mayr (Photobooth-deluxe), Tomasz Klusczyk (Smove), John Bonardo (Babooth), and Dan Neamtu (Mirror Magic), for providing the German, Polish, Italian and Romanian caption sets shipped with DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

Brand and customize screens with the Setup Wizard

  • Change screen and keyboard background color at the touch of a button
  • Generate complete screen sets from a single background image
  • Automatically  tile, stretch or crop images to fit any size of screen
  • Create and save customized caption sets
  • Save touch screen button sets
  • Choose buttons running down the side or across the bottom of the screen

Improved animated GIF support

  • New Animated backgrounds for green screen boomerang GIFs
  • New support for animated GIFs in sharing screens (email, text, Facebook and Twitter)

More new features

  • Useful shared print counter for events
  • Send emails with or without image attachment
  • Enhanced ability to pass information to microsites
  • Tap for speedy countdown
  • Default delay before taking first photo reduced to 5 seconds

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 29th November 2016.

Download  DSLR Remote Pro 3.8       Buy your own license

 

Light painting without a tent

When we first showed light painting in a bright exhibition hall at Photo Booth Expo 2016, the industry was amazed. This post explains how to use light painting at indoor venues with an open or closed booth using DSLR Remote Pro.

You can use the same technique with DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera .

DSLR Remote Pro Multi Camera animated GIF (5 cameras). Flash with 3 second exposure.

What equipment do I need?

  • Camera
  • Photo booth software that lets you control the camera settings
  • Flash
  • Black backdrop
  • Lighting props

Camera: we recommend using a Canon DSLR camera. Webcams and iPads are not suitable because you need complete control over the exposure and settings (including aperture). This is not possible with a webcam or an IPad.

Photobooth software: The examples here use DSLR Remote Pro and DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera. You can use the same technique with other programs which allow you to control the camera settings.

DSLR Remote Pro with open photobooth at Photo Booth Expo 2017

Flash: You need a powerful flash to freeze the subject at the start of the exposure. We like to position the flash high up so that people are less likely to look directly at it and be dazzled by the light. The flash also acts as a cue to the guests to start light painting. Ask them to pose until the flash fires and then start moving the lights.

Black backdrop: the light trails show up best against a black background. If you have a light background you may get ghosting (dark shadows) when guests move around.

Lighting props: guests’ phones, colored torches, LED batons or more elaborate props such as pixel sticks.

How do I use DSLR Remote Pro to control the camera to create the light trails?

  • Use external flash mode
  • Set a slow shutter speed
  • Use a small aperture and low ISO to cut out ambient lighting

External flash mode: Run the photo booth setup wizard; select <Advanced Settings> and check the box to set external flash mode. If you also check ‘Mirror output images’ the words guests write with the lights will be reversed to read correctly:

DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 Photobooth Settings screen: check boxes for External flash mode and Mirror Output Images highlighted

Shutter speed: You need an exposure of at least 1 second to create the light trails. We find between 2 and 3 seconds is best. (Guests start to run out of ideas with exposures longer than 3 seconds).

In the <Advanced Settings> screen select camera settings mode Bank 1, then click on the <Camera Settings> button to the right. This takes you to the camera settings screen. You need to adjust the Bank 1 settings for both taking photos and live view.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 Photobooth Settings screen: select Bank 1 and click on <Camera Settings>

Camera settings: Start with  exposure (Tv) set to 2″ (2 seconds), aperture (Av) 22, ISO 100 and white balance ‘flash’.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 Camera Settings screen: Bank 1 ‘taking photos’ settings highlighted

Live view: Select Tv: bulb for a bright live view image and White balance: Auto (ambience) for reliable colors.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 Camera Settings screen: Bank 1 live view settings highlighted

In a brightly lit venue you may need to reduce the length of the exposure or use a screen to dim the ambient light.

DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera users should use the same technique.

Ideas for lighting props

Colored torches (DSLR Remote Pro with open photobooth)

The simplest props are guest’s own mobile phones and colored LED torches. A set of LED finger torches can be glued together.

LED baton (DSLR Remote Pro with open photobooth)

Our most popular props are made from LED lighting strips wound round a foam baton and powered by rechargeable batteries. Pixel sticks can be customized for branded events.

For more ideas search for specialist websites and articles such as these

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© Breeze Systems Ltd 2018

Boomerang basics – animated GIFs with one extra click

Do you want to offer your guests something new with very little effort? You can add animated GIFs to your booth with just one extra click using the  Photo Booth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro.

DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth include two kinds of animated GIFs: boomerang and slideshow. Boomerang GIFs are captured with a short video clip, and usually shared using social media or by email. Slideshow GIFs contain still photos taken during normal photobooth operation. These GIFs can also be shared. The same photos can be printed in a strip or other layouts.

This blog post explains how to create  simple boomerang GIFs using the Photo Booth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro. Webcam Photobooth works in a very similar way. You can customize your GIFs using the advanced settings.

You need DSLR Remote Pro 3.7, Webcam Photobooth 2.4 or a more recent release; a touchscreen, and your camera must support video. Customers with DSLR Remote Pro licenses issued before 22 February, 2016 also need to buy a DSLR Remote Pro upgrade license. Customers with Webcam Photobooth licenses issued before 17th May 2016 need to buy a Webcam Photobooth upgrade license.

1. Start DSLR Remote Pro. Select the Photobooth Setup Wizard.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 main screen showing Photobooth Setup Wizard button
DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 main screen showing Photobooth Setup Wizard button

 

2. At Step 3: Select the sharing and other options you need (B), then check the box to capture animated GIFs (C) . Choose any other options you need before clicking on <Finish> (D).

 

3. The next screen confirms that you have completed running the Setup Wizard. Close this to return to the main screen.

4. Connect your camera and switch it on before selecting ‘Start Photobooth’. That’s it!

DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 main screen showing Start Photobooth button

 

5. This is the default photo booth screen created by the Photo Booth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.7.3 . Guests  switch between boomerang GIFs and still photos using the button in the top right corner.

6. You can choose whether guests share GIFs directly from the booth as shown here, or take time to browse and share them away from the booth with Breeze Kiosk (purchased separately).

7. The dinosaur chase at the top of this page shows what you can achieve just using the photobooth setup wizard.

You can modify the default settings to change the video length and playback speed;  add overlays and a title page to brand GIFs for each event. This example shows the same GIF overlaid with a simple border. The capture rate and image interval have also been altered to give a smoother result. Find out how to customize your own Boomerang GIFs .

7 December 2018: This post has been updated to show the new Photobooth Setup Screens in in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

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