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Getting started: choosing a computer for your photo booth

Breeze software is very efficient. 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.

Breeze Booth for iPad

This post covers our Windows based Breeze Booth software, DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth. Find out more about Breeze Booth for iPad

Which DSLR camera is best?

Learn more here

Breeze Booth for iPad beta Build 14

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

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

Breeze Booth for iPad camera controls
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Introduction

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

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

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Breeze Booth for iPad App

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

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

New in Breeze Booth for iPad Beta Build 14

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

Breeze Booth Event Editor

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

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

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

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

New in Breeze Booth Event Editor

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

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

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

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

How to use the Event Editor

New Breeze Booth Synch Server

Windows program to monitor local iPads & control printing

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

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

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

More about the Synch Server

Automated image synching to PC or Dropfolder

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

Hotfolder Prints (separate purchase) can

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

Download Hotfolder Prints

Breeze Kiosk (separate purchase) can

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

Download Breeze Kiosk

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

Get stuck in – try Breeze Booth for iPad today!

© Breeze Systems 2018

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard

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.

Enhancements in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and 3.9 have made the setup wizard much more powerful than before. 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.

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

Saving your current settings before running the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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 3.9.1

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 3.9 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 3.9 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 3.9 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 3.8 and 3.9  are  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 3.9.1 Wizard Step 2)

Dropdown list to adjust live view

Showing drop down list for selecting live view shape DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 setup wizard Step 2
Live view drop down list – choose from normal, square and full screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 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 3.9.

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 3.9.1

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 3.9.1

Additional checkboxes

Checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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 3.9.1

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

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 3.9.1 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 3.9.1 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 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.

 

How to create your own Breeze themes

Customise your screens      Customise your prints

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How to import print templates into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro

This post explains how to import readymade templates into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1. Webcam Photobooth 2.4 works in a smilar way.

I have used one of the free templates kindly provided by SMOVE as an example. Import your own templates in the same way.

There are two main ways to import layouts into DSLR Remote Pro.

  • Drag and drop the template directly into DSLR Remote Pro (best for single templates).
  • Copy the templates into your template folder, then import each template into DSLR Remote Pro using the Print Layout Editor when you need it (more effective for collections of templates).

First set up your printer

If necessary, download and install the printer drivers to your computer.

This example will import a 6” x 4” (15cm x 10cm) print layout. Before you start you need to load the printer with 6” by 4“media and set it to 300dpi.

Put the print template(s) into an accessible folder

Whether you download print layouts from a third-party website or copy them from another computer they need to be kept in folder(s) accessible to your booth computer.

In this post I will copy the template into the template folder on my PC. You may prefer to store templates in Dropbox or another cloud-based system accessible to multiple booths.

Download the photo booth layout  and open zipped files

In this example I am using a 6” x4” template with a 1 +3 layout.

To copy this example  on your own computer, download this template from the Breeze website at http://www.breezesys.com/Photobooth/templates6x4.php

Copy the templates to your templates folder

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

Shows dragging and dropping a print template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Drag and drop a print layout template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 main screen
Shows dragging and dropping a print template into DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Drag and drop a print layout template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Print Layout Editor (also works for Webcam Photbooth 2.4)

You will be asked to confirm whether you want to import the template:

Shows Print Template import confirmation window DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Print Template import confirmation window DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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.

Editing a caption in the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Editing a caption in the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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.

Importing a layout into the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 391
Importing a layout into the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 (also works with Webcam Photobooth 2.4)

(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.

Notes

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.

Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode Webcam Photobooth 2.4
Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode using the Setup Wizard in Webcam Photobooth 2.4 S

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.

Download DSLR Remote Pro and try this for yourself

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Slideshow GIFs from photo booth strips: DSLR Remote Pro

Slideshow and Boomerang animated GIFs

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.

Shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 Setup Wizard Step 2
Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 3: sharing MMS/SMS DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

Next tell the program to create a slideshow GIF:

Showing Slideshow GIF settings DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 for blog post
Slideshow GIF settings DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

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:

Shows Animated GIF settings screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8
Animated GIF settings screen DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

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).

Shows Animated GIF settings for animated overlay
Animated GIF settings for animated overlay (here 3 overlays per photo)

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).

Showing PhotoBoothImages folder containing screen layouts and overlay png files
PhotoBoothImages folder containing screen layouts and overlay png files

Run the booth and you will create both a strip of four photos and a slideshow GIF with the animated overlay here:

Christmas slideshow GIF with animated overlay DSLR Remote Pro 3.8

Learn how to create animated GIFs with a border and/or title.

Create boomerang GIFs with an animated overlay.

If you found this post useful please share it with others. You are welcome to use these snowflake overlays in your own booth with DSLR Remote Pro.

Happy Christmas!