Choose or Surprise Me type designs and troubleshooting
The first two Profiles tutorials explained how to create a menu based booth and one switching randomly between different profiles.
Breeze Profiles Part 3 starts by running through common problems, then moves on to building a Choose or Surprise Me structure.
This happens when you no longer want to use profiles, and forget to switch off the default profile.
Profiles will change your current photo booth settings if you forget to stop them loading when they are not needed.
When Default profile loaded at startup and after each shooting sequence is set to Profile 3 ( as above) or anything except None – DSLR Remote Pro will ‘do what it says on the tin’. The program will ignore your current photobooth settings, load and run the default profile – both when the program starts and after each shooting sequence.
Once you finish experimenting with profiles or working through a tutorial, change the default profile to None as here:
Breeze uses files with ending .xml to store information about the way you use the program, and the images taken in the booth. If you choose the wrong type of XML file when loading your profiles the program displays an error message.
DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.4 introduced clearer warning messages:
If you try to load the wrong type of XML file, DSLR displays a warning. Usually users are accidentally trying to load photo booth settings instead of profile settings, and see the message Error, file is a photo booth settings file not a profile settings file.
If you accidentally tried to load the keyboard.xml file, the error message would be Error, file is a photo booth keyboard file not a profile settings file instead.
Older releases of DSLR Remote Pro show a different error message in the same situation (when you try to load a set of profiles, but accidentally select the wrong XML file). Usually this is caused by selecting the .xml file for the photobooth settings, instead of the .xml file for profiles settings.
Accidentally trying to load the Red photobooth settings.xml instead of Random Profiles.xml gives the Can’t find <photobooth_profiles> tag error
You will see very similar error messages if you try to load the profiles XML file when you mean to load the photo booth settings XML file.
Older versions of the program used a different message in the same situation:
Let’s move onto something new..
The first tutorial explained how to use profiles to create a custom menu, and the second explained how to use random profiles to add unexpected twists to the booth. This section combines both these to create what I call a Choose or Surprise me structure.
To save creating lots more designs, I have used the Color Booth worked example in the second profile tutorial as a start point.
Color Booth randomly switched between seven different colored screen sets. This worked example called Choose and Surprise has ready screen a menu with 8 options, one for each color of the rainbow and an extra option which randomly chooses which color to use.
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Setup Wizard. This time
1. Select the large ‘Advanced Settings’ button and remove the live view by unchecking Enable live view.
2. Select Save and update …\PhotoboothImages\Choose and Surprise\settings.xml
Before leaving Photobooth Settings, select the Profiles button again and switch the Default profile to None if necessary
Use an image editor to create a new jpg image containing icons for the 8 options. This should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard. Replace the original ready.jpg screen in the PhotoboothImages\Choose and Surprise folder with this image.
Load your set of random profiles from Profile tutorial 2
Select OK to close the Profiles window, and go to the Touchscreen settings to connect your new menu to each option
When you first open the touchscreen actions for the menu Ready screen, they will look something like this
The touchscreen settings should now look like this:
Now switch on your camera, start the booth and check everything works correctly.
Now you have learnt how to build a Choose and Surprise me menu, you can adapt it to create unique designs for your own clients.
This could be the Ready menu for offering guests a choice of greenscreen or AI background removal designs
This design uses 5 profiles, 4 for specific locations London, Paris, Sydney and New York, and a random profile for the Surprise me globe button
Learn more about AI based background removal
Learn more about green screen
Breeze profiles are powerful building blocks you can use to customize your booths and offer guests choices such as different print layouts, captions in different languages; or to add variety and interest such as random animations in magic mirrors. The is the third of a series of tutorials which explain how to use Breeze profiles as building blocks for your booth designs.
You can find much more information in the online manual
Now it is over to you to creatively use profiles to create innovative designs for your customers.
© Breeze Systems December 2020