Notes on using the photo booth mode in DSLR Remote Pro, PSRemote, Webcam Photobooth and NKRemote

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This article describes how to use profiles to display a welcome screen with live view disabled when running a photo booth. Canon and Nikon DSLRs can have problems with the image sensors overheating if live view is used for long periods. Having a welcome screen with live view disabled will give the sensor time to cool down when the booth is not in use and will also help save the camera's battery power. The welcome screen can also be used as a menu screen to let users choose different photo booth options e.g. different photo layouts or video booth mode. This articles assumes you are using a touchscreen to control the booth but the techniques describe can easily be applied if you are using other methods to control the booth.

First use the photobooth setup wizard to create two setups: name the first setup "ready" and select the touchscreen option then name the second setup "welcome" and disable the touchscreen option.

The welcome setup will be used to display the welcome screen with live view disabled. The photobooth images folder will be something like C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\welcome. Use an image editor such as Photoshop Elements to edit the ready.jpg screen to display a message such as "Welcome, please tap the screen to start" and save the file overwriting the original ready.jpg screen. Then go to the photobooth settings (by selecting File->Photobooth Settings...) and uncheck the "Enable live view in full screen mode option" and select "Touchscreen" in the start options. The settings should look something like this:

Click on the "Settings..." button to the right of "Start options: Touchscreen" and create a touchscreen action to "Select profile 2" using the whole screen area. If you're not sure of the screen size you can use a large value such as 2000 for the right and bottom settings. The touchscreen settings should look something like this:

Click on "OK" to save the settings and return to the photobooth settings dialog. Then click on the "Save..." button and save the settings to file in the photobooth images folder (e.g. C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\welcome). There should be a settings.xml file in this folder already and this should be replaced with the new settings.

Next click on the "Profiles..." button and setup profile 1 to load the settings for the welcome screen and profile 2 to load the settings for the ready screen. Then set profile 1 as the default profile that is loaded at startup and after each shooting sequence. The photobooth profiles dialog should look something like this:

Finally click on "OK" in the photobooth profiles dialog to save the profile settings and "OK" in the photobooth settings dialog to save all the settings.

Now run the photobooth in fullscreen mode and it should automatically select profile 1 and display the ready.jpg screen from the welcome photobooth images folder with live view disabled. Tap the screen and it should load profile 2 and display the ready.jpg screen from the ready photobooth images folder with live view enabled.

Using profiles to allow users to select different print layouts

This example shows how to use profiles to offer the user the choice of two different print layouts: a double strip of 4 layout and a 4"x6" layout of 4 images. Three profiles are used: an initial default profile which displays a screen prompting the user to select the required print layout, a profile for the doule strip of 4 layout and a profile for the 4"x6" layout of 4 images.

Step 1: Create the welcome screen

Run the photobooth setup wizard and name the setup "welcome". It doesn't matter which other settings are used for this setup as it is only going to be used as a menu screen, but it will save time if you disable the "Use touchscreen" option. Then go to the photobooth settings (by selecting File->Photobooth Settings...) and uncheck the "Enable live view in full screen mode option". The settings should look something like this:

Next set the "Start options:" dropdown list to "Touchscreen" and click on the "Settings..." button to the right to display the touchscreen settings dialog:

Create touchscreen actions to select profile 2 (the double strip of 4 layout) and profile 3 (the 4"x6" layout of 4 images). In the screenshot above the touchscreen areas have been defined for a screen resolution of 1366x768 pixels so that profile 2 is selected if the user touches the left half of the screen and profile 3 is selected if they touch the right half of the screen.

Click on the "OK" button to save the settings and return to the "Photobooth settings" dialog. In the "Photobooth Settings" click on the "Save..." button at the bottom and save the settings to file (e.g. C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\welcome\settings.xml).

The photobooth images folder will be something like C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\welcome. Use an image editor such as Photoshop Elements to edit the ready.jpg screen to display a message or pictures of the print layouts on the left and right sides of the srceen so that the user knows where to touch the screen to select the print layouts.

Step 2: Create the double strip of 4 layout

Setup the printer by selecting "Printer setup..." from the "File" menu in the main window. If you are using a dyesub printer which can cut a 4"x6" page into two 2"x6" strips select this option in the printer driver. Then run the photobooth setup wizard to create a double strip of 4 photos and name it 4x2.

Step 3: Create the 4"x6" layout of 4 photos

Setup the printer by selecting "Printer setup..." from the "File" menu in the main window. If you are using a dyesub printer which can cut a 4"x6" page into two 2"x6" strips make sure this option is disabled in the printer driver. Then run the photobooth setup wizard to create a "2 rows of 2 photos" layout and name it 2x2.

Step 4: Setup the profiles

Open the "Photobooth Settings" dialog (by selecting File->Photobooth Settings...) and click on the "Profiles..." button at the bottom of the dialog to display the "Photobooth Profiles" dialog:

Setup profile 1 to load the settings for the "welcome" screen by clicking on the "..." button to the right of the profile 1 edit box and using the file open dialog to select the settings.xml file in the welcome folder. This will set the text in the edit box to something like "C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\welcome\settings.xml".

Setup profile 2 to load the settings for the double strip of 4 layout by clicking on the "..." button to the right of the profile 2 edit box and using the file open dialog to select the settings.xml file in the 4x2 folder. This will set the text in the edit box to something like "C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\4x2\settings.xml".

Setup profile 3 to load the settings for the 4"x6" layout of 4 photos by clicking on the "..." button to the right of the profile 3 edit box and using the file open dialog to select the settings.xml file in the 2x2 folder. This will set the text in the edit box to something like "C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\2x2\settings.xml".

Finally set the "Default profile loaded at startup and after each shooting sequence:" to "Profile 1".

How it works

When you select full screen photobooth mode the default profile (profile 1) will be loaded. This will set the photobooth images folder to the welcome folder and display the ready.jpg screen prompting the user to select the required layout. The live view display will be disabled and the user will only be able to choose between the two layouts.

If the user touches the left side of the screen profile 2 will be loaded which will load the settings for printing a double strip of 4 photos. Live view will be enabled and the ready.jpg screen in the 4x2 folder will be displayed. When the user presses the start button the normal photobooth shooting sequence will be started and 4 photos will be taken and printed. At the end of the shooting sequence the default profile (profile 1) will be loaded which returns to the welcome screen.

If the user touches the right hand side of the screen profile 3 will be loaded which will load the settings for printing a 4"x6" layout of 4 photos. Live view will be enabled and the ready.jpg screen in the 2x2 folder will be displayed. When the user presses the start button the normal photobooth shooting sequence will be started and 4 photos will be taken and printed. At the end of the shooting sequence the default profile (profile 1) will be loaded which returns to the welcome screen.

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