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Creating events from scratch: Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2

Breeze Booth features the most flexible and powerful interface designer of any iPad software on the market. Use the unique drag and drop Event Editor to create totally custom experiences, complex multi menu systems and engaging data surveys.

Sounds fantastic! Where do I start?

Start by running the new Event Creator in Event Editor 1.2. You can create custom working designs in just three simple steps.

This post runs through

  • downloading and installing Event Editor 1.2
  • creating events from scratch with the Creator
  • cloning existing events
  • transferring events to iOS 12 devices (iPads and iPhones)

Downloading and installing Event Editor 1.2

Create and edit events using Breeze Booth’s powerful Event Editor on any Windows PC running Windows 10, 8, or 7

Download Breeze Booth’s new Event Editor 1.2 here

Already designed your own events?

When you download Event Editor 1.2, you will also download the latest release of Breeze Hub and the five sample events provided with Breeze Booth. That’s great for beginners.

If you already have event designs you want to keep, we suggest unchecking the box Copy sample events to your Documents folder so that no changes are made to your events folder.

Uncheck Copy sample events … if you don’t want your existing events folder changed

Create your first event

Open the Event Editor and select Create event..

Three step Event creator creates working events for any iPad or iPhone *  using the new Chameleon theme designed by Wilkes Booth Co:

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Once the Creator has built a new event you can transfer it to your devices or use the Event Editor to make further changes.

Cloning existing events

You don’t need to build all your events from scratch. Save yourself time and effort by right clicking on an existing event to clone it:

You can also import complete Breeze Booth events created elsewhere using the Import Event… button.

Right click on any event to clone it (Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2)

Cloning the sample events

You are welcome to use the sample events we provide with Breeze Booth at live events. To make these events your own, clone them and edit the cloned copy of the event. (You will then have an easy way to start again from the original event.)

Transferring your new event to your iPads and iPhones

Once your design is complete you need to transfer it to your iPads and iPhones.

The simplest way to transfer events to your devices uses Dropbox .  Advanced users may prefer to transfer events via your own website

Take it further

This post scratches the surface of what you can achieve with Breeze Booth. Take a look at the Props and Filters and Surveys sample events for more ideas.

Go ahead – make it yours, make it your clients. Breeze Booth can be re-skinned to make it look like your very own photo booth software. Deploy remote and unattended iPads without fear of clients knowing what software you use. Learn more in the Breeze Booth help files

Summary

We have learned how to use the Creator to build events from scratch, and how to clone these and other events. I have linked to a separate post Syncing Events with Dropbox which demonstrates the simplest way to transfer your events to iPads or iPhones.

Is there a free trial?

You don’t need to buy a license to create events for Breeze Booth . Just download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2 onto a Windows PC. You can try out Breeze Booth and companion Apps Event Editor and Breeze Hub free of charge.

* Devices must run iOS 12. At time of writing (May 2019) Breeze Booth supports iPad Pro 11 and iPhone X series and well as iPads with 4:3 screens and iPhones with 16:9 screens

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What’s New in Breeze Booth 1.0.2?

There is a whole collection of goodies in the latest update to Breeze Booth & companion apps released today, including a new Event Creator, Bluetooth control of LEDs and other devices from the iPad, and passcode controlled updates to events.

What’s new?

  • Three step Event Creator builds working events from scratch
  • Chameleon theme designed by Wilkes Booth Co.
  • Control LED lighting from Breeze Booth*
  • Link lighting effects to countdown and other screens*
  • Save power : switch off or dim lights during idle time*
  • Control Breeze Booth from other devices including payment systems, remote triggers and proximity sensors*
  • Passcode controlled update of events
  • Add audio to screens
  • Choice of print size and printer from the App

*requires compatible Bluetooth devices

Creating and customizing your own events

You love the Breeze Booth App and the power and flexibility of the Editor, but found it difficult to get started. We have simplified the Editor’s interface, added an easy to use event creator and buttons taking you straight to detailed help.

Easier editing

  • Simple Event Creator helps you build new events from scratch
  • Existing events are loaded automatically when you open the Editor
  • Free professional Chameleon theme as standard (use Chameleon with the Creator)
  • Screens folder is clearly named
  • Buttons link to detailed help for the current screen
  • Advanced options (including profiles) have been moved to a separate screen

 Create working events in three steps

Three step Event creator builds working events for any iPad or iPhone **  using the new Chameleon theme:

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When you have built an event either transfer it straight to your booths, or add extra features such as virtual props, html emails and engaging surveys.

Note: The simplest way to transfer events to your devices uses Dropbox .  Advanced users may prefer to transfer events via your own website

Easier editing

The main screen has been simplifed, and events are loaded as soon as the editor is opened

Click on an event to edit it as soon as the Event Editor (1.2) is opened

Advanced settings have been hidden from view (unless the event uses profiles) when you start editing

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Bluetooth Integration

Integrate Bluetooth devices to

  • Control led lighting from Breeze Booth*
  • Link lighting effects to countdown and other screens*

  • Save power : switch off or dim lights during idle time*
  • Control Breeze Booth from other devices including payment systems, remote triggers and proximity sensors*

Learn more about using Bluetooth

Passcode controlled updates

Give users a unique 6 digit passcode which will automatically download the latest version of the event to their device, and run it.

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Where to find the latest releases

  • Breeze Booth 1.0.2 is a free upgrade which you can download from the App Store
  • Download Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2 and Breeze Hub here

Can I try this for free?

You don’t need to buy a license to create events for Breeze Booth . Just download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2 onto a Windows PC. You can try out Breeze Booth and companion Apps Event Editor and Breeze Hub free of charge.

* Devices must run iOS 12. At time of writing (May 2019) Breeze Booth supports iPad Pro 11 and iPhone X series and well as iPads with 4:3 screens and iPhones with 16:9 screens

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Sample iPad events for Breeze Booth

Breeze Booth comes with five sample events as standard, professionally designed to run on iPads. Run these events out of the box to get a feel for what you can achieve with the App, then tweak or customize them to use at your own events.

This post covers

  • a brief guide to each event
  • general information about the sample events
  • how to download and run the sample events on your iPad

Getting started

You can run Breeze Booth on any iOS 12 device without having or signing in to an account but it will be limited to ten photos or GIFs per day before a watermark is added to the output. There is no charge to open the account.  Use it to buy subscriptions and redeem vouchers to sign in your iPads.

You will need an account with at least one active subscription or voucher to use Breeze Booth for iPad for unlimited photos. Please see Creating an Account and Logging into the Web App for more information.

Downloading the App and sample events to your iPad

Download Breeze Booth from the App Store

There is no charge to download and run Breeze Booth on an iPad or iPhone.

Breeze Booth runs on all iPads and iPhones running iOS 12. Once you have downloaded the App, you will be prompted to download the sample events onto your iPad. This may take a little time as two of the events are quite large. Once they are successfully downloaded, you can run any of the five events.

General information

Each sample event includes a Welcome screen with information about the event. Tap anywhere on this screen to start the event.

Sample welcome screen for the Props & Filters demo. An overlay called ready_overlay.png is displayed over over a plain background called  ready.jpg

You can replace this screen with one suited to your own events, perhaps including instructions for your operator, or support information for unattended booths.

If you don’t want to use a welcome screen, just hide it.

The welcome screens include a reminder that there is a secret button in the top right hand corner of each event ready screen to access the admin menu. You can password protect the settings screen if required.

Admin menu

The sample admin menus are the same for all the sample events, and include five options

  • return to the admin screen
  • switch between front and rear cameras
  • adjust the camera settings
  • sync (download the most recent version of) the event
  • back – go to the previous screen

Privacy/information button

There is a privacy/information button in the top left or lower right corner of all the sample events.This takes guests to one or more screens with extra information. These screens are a great place to put your business details, terms and conditions, privacy statement, or even troubleshooting advice. The sample events all include two pages of information; you can change both the content and number of information screens in the Event Editor. 

Printing and emailing from the iPad

Breeze Booth can run as a standalone App where guests email images and/or print them using AirPrint. You can also link the booth to a Windows PC running Breeze Hub for Windows based printing and more sophisticated html based emails.

The five sample events all print and email directly from the iPad, you do not need to use Breeze Hub to run the sample events.

Booth orientation

You can run Breeze Booth in both portrait and landscape, and set it up to automatically switch between the two when the iPad is rotated. Most iPad booths run in portrait orientation, so the sample events are designed for this. We have included a simple screen prompting operators to rotate the iPad back to portrait if they try to run it in landscape.

 

Sample landscape ready screen directing users to rotate the iPad back to portrait orientation (Breeze Booth)

You can use the Event Editor to customize the design of this screen or remove it.

Five sample events

  1. Props and filters
  2. Boomerang GIF
  3. Photo (no printing)
  4. Print Menu (Printing)
  5. Surveys

To make the most of these demos (1) run them, (2) read these notes, and (3)  look at how the event is set up in the Event Editor app.

A separate post will run through how to use the Event Editor to remove the branding and other details you won’t want if you use these events for real.

Demo 1 Props and filters

This demo features:

  • Digital / AR Props
  • Color Filters
  • Mirror Effects
  • Sub Menus
  • Emailing of images
  • Info Screens
  • Initial Profile

Digital / AR Props

Digital Props are transparent PNG files that attach  and track to a guests face (eg, as the guest moves, the prop moves with them). The size and position of the Prop can be easily set in the Event Editor app. Props can also have an optional “smile” feature, that allows the prop to change if a guest is smiling (check out the Flower Eyes Prop to see how this works).

Color Filters

As standard, Breeze Booth comes with 6 Instagram style color filters, a standard B&W and monochrome and a comic style filter. For advanced users, you can design totally custom color filters in programs such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and import them in to Breeze. The color and BW filter in this demo were custom made in Lightroom. To learn more about how to create your own color filters, see the details here.

Mirror Effects

Breeze Booth includes a range of mirror effects; from a simple vertical split screen mirror, to a quad screen of vertical and horizontal. Mirror effects can be applied to still images, slideshow GIFs and burst/boomerang GIFs.

Sub Menu

New to Breeze Booth, is the ability to create sub menus. These sub menus can be used (such as in this demo) as a way to display a menu of special effects (eg, Props, filters and mirror effects) or as a way create Admin menus, to allow easy (or hidden) access to functions like: Sync, camera settings and exit to the main settings (tap the right hand corner to check it out).

Emailing

In this demo, images are being emailed using the inbuilt iOS Mail App. However, for even better results and more flexibility (including full HTML designed emails), images can be emailed using Breeze Hub (which is a small, but powerful utility that runs on a Windows PC). For more information on Breeze Hub, please see here.

Info Screens

Info screens are a way of presenting useful information to people using the photo booth. In this demo, the Info Screen is being used to display an example Privacy Statement. But it could also be used to display asuch things as a custom user guide on how to use the photo booth, or information about products and services that your corporate client is offering.

Initial Profile

An initial Profile can be used to display a particular profile when the Event is first loaded. This could be useful to force guests/users to view particular information, prior to using the photo booth. In this demo, it is being used as a way to educate people about the demo itself.

Demo 2 Boomerang GIF

This demo features:

  • Boomerang / Burst GIF
  • BW color filter
  • Animated overlay

Color filters

As standard, Breeze Booth comes with 6 Instagram style color filters, a standard B&W and monochrome and a comic style filter. For advanced users, you can design totally custom color filters in programs such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and import them in to Breeze. The color and BW filter in this demo were custom made in Lightroom. To learn more about how to create your own color filters, see the details here.

Animated Overlays

GIFs can also have animated overlays applied as a series of transparent PNG files. For more information about setting up animated overlays, see here.

Demo 3 Photo

This simple demon takes 3 photos and makes a slideshow GIF from them. For more information about making simple GIFs, see the information here.

Demo 4 Print Menu

This demo features

  • multiple profiles
  • print layouts
  • printing

Multiple Profiles

Profiles can be used to build a custom menu system, to allow guests to make choices. In this demo, the menu allows a user to choose what print layout they want.

Print Layouts

This demo shows three different layouts; 6×2 strip, a single image 6×4 and a 6×4 with 4 photos. For more information about print layouts, see here. 

Printing

Photos can be printed by either using an AirPrint printer, or using Breeze Hub. For details on how to print, see here.

Demo 5 Surveys

To make the most of this demo, have a read of these notes, and be sure to try out all the surveys, check out where and how the images have been saved, and have a look at how the event is set up in the Event Editor app. 

Note: The sureys demo has been designed to show creative ways you can customize Breeze Booth to collect and use guest data. It is not intended for use at live events.

This demo features 5 different surveys

  • Opt In/Out (with multiple options)
  • Simple Accept/Decline
  • Age gate
  • Simple Graphical Options
  • Advanced Graphical Options

Also demonstrated, is how data can be affected by the choices users make. As an example, the choices users make can determine:

  • Where images get saved
  • The file names of images
  • What text gets added to print layouts
  • What text gets added to emails

Where/how the images are saved

To see how survey data can affect where and how images are saved, run the demo on your iPad and check out what has happened to the images from your session.

On the iPad, open the Files App and then tap On my iPad, then Breeze Booth, then Photos. Take special note of the folder names, specifically paying attention to the Demo 5 folders, and then take a look at the files in each, and see how the file names are effected by the survey choices.

Using Survey Data in emails

Data from the survey can be used in emails like the one sent by this event.

Using the Survey Data in prints

Have a look at the print attached to the email. See how Steve creatively used the data you entered for emotion, age and Toblerone price on the print.

Learn more about Surveys here.

 

This post was written by Sue Breeze, based on Steve Bliesner’s notes about the sample events provided with Breeze Booth.

 

 

 
 

 

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 released

DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 introduces mirror effects, support for two new cameras and the ability to save logos with print layouts.

New in this release

  • Mirroring effect filters for photo booth use
  • Canon EOS RP and PowerShot SX70 HS camera support
  • Support for saving logos with photo booth print layout files
  • New Total number of  Prints counter

New cameras

DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 adds support for Canon’s new R series camera, the EOS RP, and Canon’s PowerShot SX70 HS model.

Mirroring filters

Looking for something new? Add a twist to your booth with four new mirror effects. Achieve this effect in minutes.

Slideshow GIF with the new top/bottom mirror effect

Save logos with Photo Booth Print Layouts

Logos provide a quick and easy way to add graphics to prints without using an image editor such as Photoshop.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 introduced the ability to add up to five JPEG and/or PNG logos to your prints. Many of you want to save these logos with your photo booth print layouts, so we have added this feature to v3.13.

Add up to 5 logos to each print and export them with the Print Layout (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

Total number of prints counter

Keeps count of the number of prints made (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.13)

The new Total number of prints counter is shared with other Breeze apps running on the PC such as Kiosk, and incremented each time any of these apps prints. Learn more

Note to advanced users: The token for this counter {eventPrintTotal} can be used in filenames, caption text in print layouts and message text.

Try DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 for yourself

DSLR Remote Pro 3.13 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 14th April 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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Breeze Booth for iPad launched

Breeze Booth for iPad is a powerful photo booth app designed with flexibility, redundancy and creativity in mind.

Breeze Booth features the most powerful and flexible interface designer of any iPad app in the industry. Create graphically stunning designs, complex multi-menu navigations, engaging data surveys and customised keyboards. Quickly deploy them to a fleet of iPads using trusted cloud services (Dropbox, iCloud etc) or via your own private and secure web servers.

Make it yours. Make it your clients. Breeze Booth can be re-skinned to make it look like your very own photo booth software. All from just US $49/month or US $440/year.

More…

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Multi-Camera Academy

Greetings everyone! My name is Peyton Vincent with CEG Interactive, an award-winning company that specializes in photo booth rental in San Diego as well as specialty photo activations nationwide. I first started using Breeze Systems software in 2007 with our very first portable photo booth. Back in those days, we were renting photo booths for weddings and parties but as we expanded our offerings, our clientbase grew to include concert tours, conventions, and sporting events nationwide.

While the majority of our jobs have relied on DSLR Remote Pro over the years, we found our niche by being photo booth technologists and innovators that wanted to constantly find new ways to re-invent the photo booth. We also regularly use Hotfolder Prints, Breeze Viewer, Webcam Photo Booth, Breeze Kiosk, and last but not least, Breeze Multi-Camera.

I have been invited by Chris and Sue to write some helpful features that are focused mostly around that last one which goes by a bunch of different names. See how many you recognize!

  • 3D Photo Booth
  • Bullet Time Photo Booth (inspired by the iconic scenes of “Neo” dodging bullets during the climax of “The Matrix” back in 1999.
  • Multi-Camera Array (or just “Array”)
  • 180 Photo Booth
  • 360 Photo Booth
  • And more I’m sure!
“Neo” dodging bullets in “The Matrix”

What is a Multi-Camera Photo Booth?

Other than the obvious, a multi-camera array photo booth consists of a system of interconnected cameras that are usually defined as follows:

  • Rigidly-attached to a curved structure that keeps them from shifting
  • Aimed at a central point or axis
  • Evenly-spaced so that the animation effect shifts between the cameras at a constant speed
  • DSLR cameras and lenses are of the same make/model/focal length. Breeze Multi-Camera is designed to tether exclusively with Canon DSLRs. However, with some custom work, it’s probably possible to use the animator program with image file sets captured by cameras of a different make.
  • Each camera is fired in either a “chase” where there’s a specified delay between each angle which creates a “virtual dolly” and/or slow motion bullet time effect OR they are all fired at the exact same instant to create a true “time freeze” effect.

I’m a visual guy (which is probably why I’m a photo booth nerd instead of a writer) so lets move on to the fun stuff…photo examples! I will end this first article with a multi-camera comparison guide that shows you how the number of cameras, type of backdrop, triggering method, etc can create a wide variety of different effects.

2 Camera “3D Photo Booth”

3D Photo Booth CEG Interactive
Event guests showing off their stylish 3D glasses and 3D photo prints!
Full color traditional photo prints as well as anaglyphic prints that can be viewed in 3D with the red/blue 3D glasses.

6 Camera Array Photo Booth

6 camera array with printed 10×10 tension fabric backdrop
6 camera photo booth with a 10×14 printed backdrop

7 Camera – Super Wide Angle

6 camera array using Canon EF-S 10-18mm Super Wide Angle Lenses.
This was a test shot and we ended up fine tuning calibration before the event began.

6 Camera – Green Screen Array

12 Camera Array – 3D Light Painting

12 Camera Array

We used two 9×9 black sequin backdrops for this shoot.

12 Camera Array – Green Screen

3D green screen confetti plus hand-tossed white confetti!

12 Camera Array – Creative Set

12 Camera Array – Green Screen with 3D artwork

12 Camera time slice effect with custom 3D graphics for concert photo activation

18 Camera Array – 180 Photo Booth

18 Camera Array – Time Delay Trigger “Virtual Dolly” Effect

Please stay tuned for our next feature were we cover more topics like hardware component selection, software settings, system design, and more! In the meantime, check out our website more information about the multi-camera photo booth services that we offer to our customers at CEG Interactive.

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 released

New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 …

  • Support for new mirrorless Canon EOS R camera
  • Add up to 5 logos to prints (png or jpeg)
  • Send emails to multiple email addresses
  • Display both video background and GIF overlay on the same screen
  • live view overlay for video mode
  • much faster upload of images shared by text or Twitter
  • print count resets to initial value for each session

and also

  • fixes issue sharing boomerang GIFs captured in video booth mode (affected 3.11.4 only)

Canon EOS R support

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 adds support for Canon’s EOS R mirrorless camera

Add logos to your prints

Logos provide a quick and easy way to add graphics to prints without using an image editor such as Photoshop.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 Print Layout Editor
Add up to 5 different png or jpg logos to prints with Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

Add up to five different logos to a print layout. Logos can be either png or jpg format.

Note: Logos are not saved in the Photobooth Print Layout (pblt file) in this release. To use both predesigned layout and logos, you need to import the layout before adding the logos to your design.

Find out more about the Breeze Print Layout Editor

Automatic reset of print count

DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 print confirmation screen
The print counter will reset to the initial value for each new session

The print counter now automatically resets to the initial value for each photo session

How to get your hands on v3.12

DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 26th November 2017. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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DSLR Remote Pro Photobooth Setup Wizard

This post explains how to set up your booth with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in  DSLR Remote Pro.

Note: This post was updated in November 2018 and shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

We recommend everyone from beginner to expert uses the Photobooth Setup Wizard as a start point for setting up a booth. The wizard also helps generate  profiles quickly. This is a simple, speedy and safe way to generate a working system.

 A more detailed description of the wizard can be found in the program help files.

This video shows how easy it is to prepare your system using the default settings:

Create a GIF/Photo booth in less than a minute

Now let’s run through how to customize your own booth using just the wizard.

The 3 Step Wizard in more detail

Select Photobooth Setup Wizard (1). First you will be prompted to save your current settings

Saving your current settings before running the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

Step 1

Step 1 simply asks you to name the folder (2) where your photo booth images will be stored. These ‘images’ are the set of screen designs and layout images you will use. (This is usually a subfolder for your PhotoBoothImages folder.) Press Next (3) to move on to Step 1.

Shows Step 1 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Step 1 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

Step 2

The second step is to define the screens used by guests to interact with the booth. Adjust the default settings to meet your needs.

Dropdown list to give guests choices (Photos/Boomerang GIF, Photos only, Boomerang GIFs only, Photo or video, Video only)

This drop down list is a super-fast way to set up the booth to offer guests choice (DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Single ready screen to choose from Photos or Animated GIFs

Check this box for single ready screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Choose Photos or Boomerang GIFs and check Single ready screen so that guests start the booth and choose between still photos and boomerang GIFs from a single screen (as in the video above)

Dropdown list to choose a predefined theme

Selecting a predefined theme to use with DLSR Remote Pro 3.12 at Step 2 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard

You can create, load and save DSLR Remote Pro themes containing screen background, touchscreen button, and caption sets, or buy them from third parties.

Your themes may include localized sets of captions in a variety of languages. DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 is shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.

Button placement

Button placement using the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Buttons can be placed down the side or across the bottom of the screen by the wizard. (DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 Wizard Step 2)

Dropdown list to adjust live view

Live view drop down list – choose from normal, square, full screen, 4:3 and disabled (DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Changing the live view in the Wizard will automatically adjust the shape of images in both animated GIFs and prints created by DSLR Remote Pro 3.12.

Color of the background screens and text

Defining colors of the background screens and fonts (including custom colors) with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

Editing individual captions

Import complete captions sets using themes as above. Change (or remove) the text for individual captions using Edit captions:

Showing individual caption edit in the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Editing individual captions in the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

Additional checkboxes

Checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

The first 5 check boxes highlighted in green tell the Wizard whether you are using a touchscreen, whether guests can choose between color and B&W prints, whether to display a preview of each photo after it is taken and the maximum number of prints allowed.

Sharing checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.12

The next five check boxes tell the wizard whether a sharing screen (after the photos are taken) should offer uploads to guests Twitter* accounts, share photos by email or MMS/SMS, or offer optional printing.

Hint: some operators prefer to offer browsing and sharing from a kiosk separate to the booth. You can use Breeze Kiosk for this. To share and print photos away from the booth leave these boxes unchecked.

*Facebook No Longer Available

Please note: On 1st August 2018 Facebook withdrew the permissions required to upload photos from a desktop app in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This means that it is no longer be possible to upload photos to Facebook directly from DSLR Remote Pro. Photos can be shared on Facebook by emailing or texting them to users where they will be able to share them using the Facebook app running on their own device. Alternatively upload the photos to a website or microsite and provide sharing links to allow users to share the photos on Facebook when they view the page on their device.

Inactivity timeout & use default settings

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 wizard Step 2 highlighting inactivity timeout and 'Use default setting' button
Inactivity timeout and ‘Use default setting’ button DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 wizard

The inactivity timeout is useful if the photo booth is not in continuous use because it disables the live view display and puts the booth into standby mode. Disabling live view will allow the camera’s sensor to cool down to avoid possible overheating problems. The booth can be  reactivated by touching the screen. To use the inactivity timeout, just set the number of seconds after which you want to put the booth into standby.

Select Use Default Settings  to restore the default settings for the photo booth.

Next takes you to the third and final step (unless you chose only GIFs or video, in which case you skip Step 3).

Step 3

Showing DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 3
At Step 3 you choose the print layout and adjust your printer settings if necessary( DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 Photobooth Setup Wizard)

The wizard offers a choice of 8 popular layouts; if you want something different choose whichever is closest to your design (you will be able to change this using the Print Layout Editor later).

Running a GIF booth with animated GIFs and no printing is increasingly popular. The DSLR Remote Pro Wizard no longer asks you to select a printer when you offer only Boomerang GIFs or Video.

 

How to create your own Breeze themes

Customise your screens      Customise your prints

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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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