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Reminders: Breeze apps require Intel Processors & End of support for 8.1

Important reminders for anyone choosing a new computer, or running machines with old versions of Windows.

ARM Processors

When choosing new computers to run Breeze Windows progams take care to choose models with Intel processors.

Some recent Windows computers (including the Microsoft Surface Pro X) use the new ARM processors. Breeze apps are designed for Intel processors and will not run on ARM processors.

More about choosing a photo booth computer to run Breeze

End of support for Windows 8.1

You may know that Microsoft will end Extended Support for Windows 8.1 on January 10 2023. Microsoft support for Windows 8 ended back in 2016.

Breeze are no longer able to provide support for Windows 8, and will end support for our software running on Windows 8.1 on January 10th 2023.

When Microsoft end support for a version of their operating system, we can no longer test or support our products on this operating system safely.

If you are still running Breeze programs on Windows 8 or 8.1 we strongly recommend you upgrade to Windows 11 as soon as possible.

I’m still running Breeze on Windows 8.1, will the program stop working on January 10th?

If you are already running a Breeze program on Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, we don’t expect it to stop working. However we recommend you upgrade your operating system to Windows 11 as soon as possible. Take a copy of both registration name and code, and deactivate the license before you start in case of problems.

Which versions of Windows will you support after January 11th?

From January 11th we will support Intel processors running Windows 11 and 10 (not Windows 11 S or 10 S).

Can I still upgrade my old Breeze license?

Any customer with a valid license for a current Breeze product can buy an upgrade license. All our Windows products include at least one year of free upgrades from the date the license was issued.

Copyright Breeze Systems July2022

Webcam 2.6 adds touch free operation

Breeze Booth (Webcam+Windows) 2.6 aka Webcam Photobooth was released today.

This release adds QR code based touch free operation and sharing, and support for the latest email security protocols

What do I get from Webcam 2.6?

  • Better guest experience
  • Hands free operation
  • Faster, touch free sharing
  • Less waiting in line
  • Contactless data collection
  • Pre registration and data collection support
  • Support for Gmail authentication
  • Support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2

Touch free booth control

Offer your clients totally hands free operation and a better guest experience with contactless data collection, touchless start, and fast hygenic  sharing.

Fast touch free emails and texts

Guests type their email address or cell phone number once into their smart phone,  generating  a unique QR code they use to power the booth and send emails and texts. Fast, simple, hygenic.  Genuine contactless booth operation.

Touch free links to your online gallery

Turning the QR code concept on it’s head, you can also display a QR code on your sharing screen for guests to scan with their smart phone. Use this to direct guests to your online gallery for immediate social sharing.

 

What is Gmail Authentication and how can it affect me?

Google changed the requirements for authenticating Gmail emails in 2020.  Gmail users now need to  ‘authenticate’ ie approve third party applications which send emails from their gmail accounts.

Adding support for Gmail Authentication to Webcam Photobooth means you can use Gmail to share photos from the booth. More

What is Transport Layer Security and how might it affect me?

You may be familiar with Gmail authentication, but it’s quite likely you never heard of Transport Layer Security (TLS) before.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a protocol used to send communications securely over computer networks. Many ISPs send emails using simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP), and SMTP emails use transport layer security (TLS).

A growing number of ISPs require TLS version 1.2, so we have added support for this to Webcam  2.6

By adding support for TLS 1.2 to Webcam 2.6, emails from the booth still work as and when your ISP decides it’s a requirement.

Note TLS 1.2 is also supported in DSLR Remote Pro, Kiosk and Hub. More

Try Webcam Photobooth 2.6 for yourself

Webcam Photobooth 2.6 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Webcam Photobooth after 1st July 2021. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Do share the post with others who may find it useful.

© Breeze Systems July 2022

Built-in Background Removal, Slo Mo, Video FX – Breeze Booth 3.1

Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.1 is released today.

Chris has crammed so much into this release that it’s difficult to know where to begin.

 

What’s new?

Booth (iPad+iPhone) 3.1 brings you built-in background removal, 240fps slo mo, and powerful video effects.

  • locally processed AI background removal and live view for photos, GIFs and videos
  • awesome slow motion video
  • fabulous new video booth effects

There is also a lightening fast local sync service which updates devices without using Dropbox or Internet, and two new video events in the App download.

Local background removal

AI Background removal for photos, GIFs and video is processed locally on iPads and iPhones, and includes live preview. No 3rd Party Services. No green background.

Blur or replace video backgrounds

Breeze built-in background removal (BIBG) offers far more than the web based version, and is cheaper to run.

  • BIBG works with live view
  • BIBG supports videos and burst GIFs as well as still photos
  • BIBG comes as standard with your subscription. There are no extra charges from Breeze or third party services.
  • BIBG delivers at speed.  No more waiting for images to be uploaded and downloaded to third party services,
  • BIBG is built into the app and runs without internet
  • BIBG can be used to alter a background, or remove it completely.

Try for yourself, download the background removal sample event here

Awesome slow motion

Booth now captures 240fps slow motion with rear cameras

Slo mo

Fabulous video effects

Create totally custom auto edits with the Edit List. Key framing (zoom, pan and rotate), jump cuts, forward / reverse and much more.

Or choose from our set of pre-programmed effects like 3*3 grid with fade out

3*3 grid with fade out

Booth 3.1 new video booth features include

  • 240 fps slow motion
  • Industry’s most powerful video timeline editor
  • Key framing: pan, zoom and rotate
  • Grid effects
  • Video  overlay
  • Video background
  • Background blur and colorwash
  • Background saturation and contrast control

Glitch overlay

More powerful video timeline editor

Create totally custom auto edits. Key framing (zoom and pan), jump cuts, forward / reverse boomerangs and much more.

Pan and zoom with the powerful video timeline editor

Photos and GIFs

Make guests stand out in photos and GIFs while keeping a sense of location –  combine background removal with background effects.

Click the images below for examples of the effects you can achieve

Varied background effects

Local Sync

Update Breeze for iPad Events without DropBox or cloud access using the Event Editor’s simple new Local Sync service.

Local sync is astonishingly fast. It’s also  simple to use.

Devices must be  connected to the same network as the Event Editor PC while using  Local Sync.  Switch the App to Dropbox or website based syncing for remote updates. More

Try for yourself

Which iPad/iPhone models can I use?

Breeze Booth runs on all iPads and iPhones running iPadiOS15 and iOS 15.

Videos, slow motion and background removal requiring live view

Videos, slow motion and background removal requiring live view run much better on powerful devices. We strongly recommend using fast recent iPads or iPhones for these applications.

At the time of writing (May 2022) recommended devices include the 2021 iPad Pro, 2022 iPad Air or 2022 iPhone SE.

The A11 processor (2019 or more recent models) is the minimum which can be used.

New to Booth for iPad?

Try Breeze for iPad completely free of charge. You will find help to get you started, fabulous free events and tutorials here

There’s also a detailed online manual.

Trial version/While logged out: There’s no need to use a subscription while you test Breeze for iPad or work on new events. Watermarks are added after the first 10 images each day.

Free upgrades: included with all subscriptions.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad

Existing user?

There’s no charge to upgrade to Booth 3.1 and the latest release of the companion apps

Watch this space

We’ll be adding more video events you can download directly to your devices very soon.

And finally

A huge thank you to Steve Bliesner for creating and sharing the videos in this post.

© Breeze Systems May 2022

Breeze Booth for iPad Free Email Service

Breeze Booth for iPad 2.0 includes a free email service

Updated April 2022

New Breeze email service

Send up to 1000 emails/month/subscription using the new Breeze email service*. There’s no setup required – use this service as soon as you load your first event.

What you get

  • Your own Reply to address
  • Emails sent in the background
  • Email log
  • Sharing statistics
  • Complete control over email content
  • Include photos and GIFs in the email body
  • Attach MP4s, photos and GIFs to emails
  • Privacy as standard – guests cannot see each others email addressess

Prefer to use your own email host?

There’s no extra charge to use your own email host. Just toggle a switch on the Breeze Booth for iPad settings screen and add your email account details.

What you get – everything included in the free email service, plus

  • Unlimited emails from your own email address
  • Your own From Name & email address
  • Total  control over storage of personal data**

Breeze Booth for iPad no longer supports Gmail.

Switching between email hosts

To switch between the Breeze  email service and your own provider just toggle a switch on the Breeze Booth for iPad settings screen.

What about iOS mail?

The new Breeze email service is a much better solution for photo booth use than iOS mail and works without any set up. iOS mail has been removed from Breeze Booth for iPad 2.0.

What about Breeze Hub?

Most users are now best sending emails directly from Breeze Booth for iPad. You can still send emails from Hub if you wish.

Keep syncing email and text data to Hub to log of email addresses and cell phone numbers used by guests, and generate sharing statistics.

*Is there any limit to the number of emails I can send?

Breeze don’t limit the number of emails sent using your own email service. The Breeze email service includes up to 1000 emails/month/subscription, which is plenty for most customers. If you expect to send more emails than this, just switch to your own email provider.

**GDPR, Personal data and the Breeze email service

Breeze aren’t in business to track your customers, so the Breeze email service does not include any tracking cookies in emails sent from the App.

Our email service provider retains the To address, Subject and body of emails for a limited period.  They do not store attachments ie guesy photos and GIFs- whether sent as attachments or in the boady of emails.  Breeze Systems are allowed access to this data, but would only view this information when it is necessary to provide operational support.

If you need total control over access to and storage of personal data we recommend using your own email host. Full Privacy Policy

Breeze hold no information about emails sent from Breeze Booth for iPad using your own email host.

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Connecting Canon cameras to Breeze Booth for iPad

Breeze Booth for iPad 2.0 let you choose whether to use the iPad’s built in camera, or a separate Canon camera.

What do I get from the extra camera?

Running an iPad booth with a separate Canon DSLR or Mirrorless camera gives you

  • appeal to discerning customers looking for quality
  • better image quality
  • ability to use flash instead of ambient lighting
  • less obtrusive lighting when the booth is not active

Breeze Booth for iPad works in both landscape and portrait. The external camera makes it easier to shoot in landscape, because you can place the camera above the center of the screen.

Which cameras can I use?

You can use most Canon EOS DSLRs , the M50 Mk II and  M50, M200 and M6 Mark II. Breeze for iPad also supports Canon’s PowerShot SX70 HS, G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III – that’s every camera supported by DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.5. Full list

Hot tip: Chris ‘s pick is the EOS M50 Mk II or original EOS M50. Both have excellent autofocus and face detect, and are very compact.

What else do I need?

You need external control software connected to the camera by USB and iPad using WiFi or a wired connection. The controller can run on a Windows 10  device  or Raspberry Pi.

Breeze provide the camera control software at no extra cost to Breeze Booth for iPad customers.

Mini Windows PC running the camera controller for Breeze Booth 2.0
Raspberry Pi running the camera controller

Flash is recommended for still photos.

Which is best – Windows or Raspberry Pi?

  • Windows devices are simpler to set up than a Raspberry Pi
  • Our Windows controller can also monitor and control the iPad
  • The Raspberry Pi is compact and require little or no maintenance once it has been set up.
  • Windows devices support virtually all printers, and are much more reliable than AirPrint

Controlling the external camera with a Windows device

A Windows compute stick,  mini computer or budget Windows tablet costing around US $100 to US $150* is fine. You need

  • USB port for the camera
  • Second USB port if you plan to print
  • Ability to power the device and connect to the camera/printer at the same time
  • Sufficient memory to run Windows 10.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad Camera Controller bundled with the other Windows Companion Apps here

What about Windows updates?

Windows 10 updates can be switched off while the booth is in use.

Controlling the external camera with a Raspberry Pi

You will need a Raspberry Pi Model B with 2GB or more of memory and a 8GB micro SD card.

Note: Setting up a Pi based controller is  recommended only for  more technical users. More

How easy is it to switch between the iPad camera and a external camera?

Once you have set up the controller and switched on your camera,  toggle a switch on the iPad App  to switch between the iPad’s internal camera and your external camera.

Switching to an external camera ( Breeze Booth for iPad 2.0)

*Prices correct at time of writing (April 2021)

© Breeze Systems April 2021

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 supports Canon 850D (Rebel T8i), M50 Mark II, R5 and R6

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 aka Breeze Booth (DSLR + Windows) was released late yesterday, 9 December, 2020.

DSLR Remote Pro is a highly configurable, yet simple to use Windows based photo booth and tethered shooting application for Canon cameras.

Learn more about this powerful program here

What’s new in v3.15.4?

This release adds support for four new Canon cameras; an update to the popular M50 mirror-less model, two new R series mirrorless cameras and the latest EOS REBEL.

Support for

  • 850D/Rebel T8i/Kiss X10i
  • M50 Mark II/Kiss M2
  • EOS R5
  • EOS R6

Plus

  • A new token {field2,n,ch,str} gives additional flexibility extracting data from a longer string
  • Fixes for issues with AI background removal when mirror output images is selected, and setting the owner string, artist and copyright information on recent camera models.

Support for new cameras

The EOS 850D ( Rebel T8i) replaces Canon’s EOS 800D (Rebel T7i) camera, and the mirrorless M50 Mark II replaces Canon’s popular M50.

The mirrorless R5 and R6 are both superb cameras – Chris waxes lyrical about them. They are an expensive option for photo booth use.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 9th December 2019.. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

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Breeze for drop off booths

Did you know that Breeze has a proven track record running unattended at tens of thousands of events?

The market for drop off and unattended booths has been growing for several years, and we are seeing significant interest in 2020. Many operators who usually run attended booths are considering switching to drop off booths during the current Covid outbreak.

There’s a new tutorial for DSLR Remote Pro users switching from attended to drop off and other unattended booths, which takes you through

  • Robust and reliable operation
  • Image quality
  • Locking down & restricting access
  • Printing
  • Digital booths
  • Touch free operation and sharing
  • Adding value

Find Breeze for Drop Off Booths here

© Breeze Systems 2020

Contactless operation & remote login/setup for iPad booths

Breeze are delighted to announce the release of Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) 1.1 . This release introduces  touch free operation for iPad booths, plus quick set up.

Contactless booth operation is a game changing innovation introduced in our DSLR based booth software earlier this month.

Breeze Booth 1.1,  Event Editor 1.4.1 and Hub 1.1.3 also add

What is a contactless booth?

Like magic, but more hygienic. The complete photo booth experience without touching the booth. Breeze touch free booth software takes and shares photos, burst and slideshow GIFs without guests or an attendant touching the booth.

Video showing contactless operation Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) courtesy of David Dolder, die-fotokabine.ch

Fantastic for festivals, theme parks and other large venues with multiple booths. Great for groups – everyone quickly scans their details into the sharing screen to receive a copy of the image.

Learn more

What does a touch free booth offer now and in the longer term?

  • Better guest experience
  • Less waiting in line
  • Improved hygiene
  • Contactless data collection
  • Pre registration and data collection support

Quick Setup

Show Breeze Booth a single QR code to log into the App and load events. A totally new way to set up unattended booths, virtual and white label events, and other remote devices.

Quick setup offers

  • Improved customer experience for unattended booths
  • Simple secure setup for white label events
  • Virtual events run on guest’s own devices
  • Limit the number of devices used
  • Automatic log out when event expires

How to use quick setup on your own devices

Email and cell phone logging

Log guest  email addresses and cell phone numbers in Breeze Hub 1.1.3.

Originally designed as a companion app to Booth (iPad + iPhone), Hub is free to all Breeze customers and also supports  Booth (DSLR + Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro and Kiosk.  Hub sends and shares photos, GIFs and video in the background of other tasks. No more waiting for images to upload before the next session starts, and minimal use of Internet bandwidth at events.

Log of SMS/MMS shares from Breeze Booth photo booth and Kiosk software (Breeze Hub 1.1.3)
Log of email shares from Breeze Booth photo booth and Kiosk software (Breeze Hub 1.1.3)

Email and SMS/MMS logs can be copied and pasted into Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications.

AI Background removal

AI based Background removal is a great alternative to green screen. The quality is awesome, there’s no cumbersome backdrop, and lighting is much simpler.

Booth (iPad and iPhone) now  supports third party background removal services from Photobooth Deluxe, as well as Gadbooth and  removebg.

Download Breeze Booth, Hub & the Event Editor

Upgrades to the latest versions of Breeze Booth for iPad, Hub and the Event Editor are all free. Download the current versions here

  • Breeze Booth for iPad runs on iPads and iPhones running iPadOS and iOS13.
  • Breeze Hub and Event Editor run on both Windows 10 and Windows 8
Check which version you are currently running on your iPad/iPhones

Open Breeze Booth and select Settings. The program version is displayed at the very end of this screen.

Check which version of Breeze Booth for iPad you are running on the Settings page

You can also check whether there are updates available by selecting Breeze Booth in the App Store. If you are running an older release you should see a blue UPDATE button.

New to Breeze Booth?

There’s no charge to try Breeze Booth – Get started

© Breeze Systems May 2020

New tutorial – How to run a contactless booth

Many of you want to run a touch free booth as business restarts in your area. This new tutorial will help you get started.

How to run DSLR Remote Pro as a contactless booth

NB We are also releasing a maintenance upgrade (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1) today. This release fixes a an issue sharing GIFs in contact free mode.

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Breeze at Photo Booth Expo 2020

 

We are counting down the days to Photo Booth Expo, and looking forward to seeing many of you in Vegas. Find us in the Exhibition Hall at booth 1113; book your place at Steve Bliesner’s classes (details below).

Steve will be running four classes on Breeze at PBX this year. Classes will cover both Breeze Booth for iPad and Breeze Booth for Windows ( aka DSLR Remote Pro). There are separate classes for beginners and advanced users, with discounts for people booking several classes.

Breeze Booth for iPad, Beginners Class – Wednesday the 26th 11am

Everything you need to get a basic event up and running with the Event Editor, and then synced to the iPad app using Dropbox. The finished event will include the option to take photos, make a GIF, and apply digital props, as well as options to send them via email and SMS, direct from the iPad.

Breeze Booth for iPad, Advanced Users Class – Wednesday the 26th 12pm

For users who are already comfortable cresting events and syncing them to the iPad. This class will work through some of the more advanced features, such as white labelling the iPad App, animated screens and countdown, setting up Event Codes (for easy deployment across multiple booths), using Breeze Hub, Information screens and menus, creative uses of surveys and sending HTML emails.

Breeze Booth for Windows (aka DSLR Remote Pro) Beginners Class – Wednesday the 26th 1pm

The basics of getting up and running with Breeze Booth for Windows. A complete walk through of the using the Setup Wizard, adding print layouts, making some basic interface tweaks through to sending images and GIFs via email and SMS.

Breeze Booth for Windows (aka DSLR Remote Pro) Advanced Users Class – Wednesday the 26th 2pm

For users who already have the basics down and are looking to take advantage of some of the more advanced features. How to structure your setup for fast and efficient handling of multiple events, the best way to deploy events across multiple photo booths, profiles, advanced interface tips and tricks and how to use Breeze Hub for a better way to send emails.

Book your place

Buy your tickets here. You will need to select buy tickets in the top right corner of the page.