Breeze software is veryefficient. DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth both run on low powered Windows computers running Windows 10, 8 or 7. The programs may run more quickly and print faster on a more powerful machine.
Breeze software is incredibly flexible. You can use it in many ways to produce and share photos, animated GIFs, slow motion and other videos. Some operators demand lightening fast results, others offer a more leisurely service. This short post is intended to help you choose the right computer to power your photo booth.
A budget laptop with an i3 processor and at least 4GB RAM should be fine for still photos. If you are planning to capture and playback boomerang GIFs, HD video or use green screen you may need a more powerful computer.
Touchscreens are flexible and an easy way to offer guests choices, share images and collect data. Laptops with built in touchscreens are popular, but not essential. Other ways to control the booth include buttons, coin operation, a wireless presenter and remote sensors.
Most photo booths need two USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports to connect the camera and printer. You can use a USB hub to increase the number of ports.
Green screen and boomerang GIFS
A more powerful PC will process green screen images and animated GIFs more quickly. A low powered PC is likely to take longer to produce the same result. Processing speed is affected by many other factors including the size of the image, background, overlay and print. Individual operators have different views about how fast their booth needs to work.
Try before you buy
If possible try the software either on the computer you plan to use, or a machine with a similar spec. You can download and try out DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth for up to two weeks before buying the licenses.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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]
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.
This post explains how to set up your booth with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.
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.
This video shows how easy it is to prepare your system using the default settings.
Easiest way to create a GIF/Photo booth
Now let’s go 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
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.
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)
Single ready screen to choose from Photos or Animated GIFs
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
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 3.8 and 3.9 are shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.
Dropdown list to adjust live view
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 3.9.
Color of the background screens and text
Editing individual captions
Import complete captions sets using themes as above. Change (or remove) the text for individual captions using Edit captions:
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.
The next five check boxes tell the wizard whether a sharing screen (after the photos are taken) should offer uploads to guest’s Facebook and/or Twitter account, 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.
Inactivity timeout & use default settings
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).
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 shoot and share booth with animated GIFs and no printing is increasingly popular. The DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Wizard no longer asks you to select a printer when you offer only Boomerang GIFs or Video.
Copy the zipped file to another folder to unzip it. I have copied the file to my templates folder Sue Photobooth Print Templates which is in the same directory as my PhotoboothImages Folder.
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard
At Step 3
1. Check the printer is set correctly.
2. Choose the print layout closest to the template you are using
3. Click on <Finish>
If you look at the Print Layout Editor now you will see the default 1 + 3 print layout. (Cancel to leave the Layout Editor).
Drag and drop into DSLR Remote Pro
DSLR Remote Pro allows you to drag and drop a print layout into the main screen or into the Print Layout Editor
You will be asked to confirm whether you want to import the template:
Select Yes and the Print Layout Editor will display the template you imported.
Customize and save the revised template
First save a backup copy of the original layout using Export Layout, then customize the layout to meet your needs.This post does not explain how to use the Print Layout Editor; you can find detailed instructions here. In this example I will change the caption.
The changes are shown immediately in the Print Layout Editor.
When you have finished customising the print layout, export the template to save it.
Alternative: Use the Print Layout Editor to import templates
There is an alternative to dragging and dropping templates into DSLR Remote Pro. You can copy templates into a folder accessible to your booth, then import the template you need using the Import Layout (1) button in the Print Layout Editor.
(2) Select the folder containing your layout(s), and then the layout you want to import. (3) Click on OK to import the layout into the Print Layout Editor. You can edit and save the customized template as before.
Webcam Photobooth users need to select the “DSLR template compatibility” option at Step 3 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard to use templates designed for DSLR Remote Pro.
Zipped files: many templates are downloaded or copied as zipped (compressed) files, which need to be unzipped before they can be used. The example here uses a zipped file downloaded from the Breeze website.
Printer drivers: you may need to download and install drivers for your printer to the computer you are using.
Using a second computer to edit print layouts. You do not need to create and edit print layouts on the booth computer. Keep a copy of DSLR Remote Pro on an office computer to design, customize and edit your print layouts; export them from the program and either store them somewhere accessible to your booths, or copy the complete layouts to each booth computer.
You can make two kinds of animated GIFs using DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and Webcam Photobooth 2.4 : slideshow and boomerang. Slideshow GIFs contain still photos taken during normal photobooth operation. You can set up your booth to print the strips (or other layout) and share the same photos in an animated GIF – which looks much more interesting than viewing a strip on a phone.
Boomerang aka Burst GIFs are captured with a short video clip. Both types of GIF can be shared via MMS/SMS, emailed and uploaded to social media.
How to create slideshow GIFs
This blog post explains how to create slideshow GIFs with animated overlays using the Photo Booth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8. Photos are printed in the usual way; guests can share the same images as an animated GIF. You can customize your GIFs using the advanced settings.
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard. This example uses a strip of 4 photos. Choose whether to share via Facebook, Twitter, MMS/SMS or email at Step 3. (Leave these boxes unchecked if you are using a separate sharing station.) This example creates a 4 photo strip; guests can share their GIFs using MMS/SMS.
Next tell the program to create a slideshow GIF:
1. Select Advanced Settings
2. Choose Settings on the Photobooth Settings screen
3. Check Share animated GIFs so that guests can share their GIF from the booth. (Leave this box unchecked if you are using a separate sharing station.)
4. Check Create an animated GIF from the photos
5. Then choose the Animated GIF settings to display the Animated GIF settings screen:
6. A photo width of 600 pixels is a good start point. Use the settings in the image above to create an animated GIF from the whole photo (landscape orientation) without any border. Check the final box if you want to make an MP4 copy of each GIF.
7. When you have chosen the settings you need click OK (here and the other pop up windows until you return to the main screen).
Adding an animated overlay to a slideshow GIF
You can create an animated overlay from a set of transparent png images. The falling snow effect here uses 12 images to create the animation. The snow flakes are in a different position on each image. (3 snowflake overlays are shown over each of the 4 photos.) You can download the snowflake overlays here .
To add an animated overlay return to the Animated GIF Settings screen (Repeat 1 to 5 above, selecting Advanced Settings, then Settings, then Animated GIF Settings.)
Change the number of overlays per photo to 3 and click OK (here and the other pop up windows until you return to the main screen).
Now copy the overlay images you downloaded into the PhotoBoothImages folder containing your screens (A). The overlays must be named GIF_overlay_1.png through to GIF_overlay_12.png (B).
Run the booth and you will create both a strip of four photos and a slideshow GIF with the animated overlay here: