Slow motion, boomerangs, altering playback speed, jumps cuts and more
Post processing videos captured by Booth (DSLR+Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro
The second of two tutorials explaining how to set up a video booth in DSLR Remote Pro, and enhance the videos captured by the app.
DSLR Remote Pro can be used to run a video booth as well as capturing still photos. The original video is often post processed to add effects, branding and presentation. Videos use large quantities of data, which can be slow to transfer and process, so post processing is also used to crop and reduce the video to a more practical size for sharing by email or text.
The first tutorial Video Booth Basics was an introduction to running a video booth powered by DSLR Remote Pro, running through
This tutorial Post processing Videos covers
DSLR Remote Pro gives fine grained control over videos, using three video booth windows: (1) Video Booth Settings, (2) Video Postprocessing Settings and (3) Video edit list.
Simpler controls for post processing can be found in (2). To build combinations of effects use the video edit list (3)
(1) Video Booth Settings contains mainly guest interface and playback settings. Enable video in photobooth mode must be checked to capture videos. More..
(2) Video Postprocessing Settings is used to set the simpler post processing instructions, including audio capture, cropping, resizing, playback speed, reversing direction (boomerangs) and the number of loops. Enable video processing must be checked for any processing to take place.
(3) Video edit list is where you set combinations of effects including speed ramps and jump cuts. This is the place to switch from slomo to fast forward, while playing the clip forwards or backwards. Check Custom edit list on the Video Postprocessing Settings window to reach this screen.
Video edit list settings override boomerang, loop and playback speed settings in the Video Postprocessing Settings window.
When Custom edit list is checked loop, boomerang and playback settings in the Video post processing settings window are greyed out.
When Video Postprocessing Settings is not checked the playback speed, number of times the video loops and whether it reverses direction are controlled from in the Video Postprocessing Settings window
When Boomerang is checked the video will be played back forwards then in reverse.
If the video loops more than once, the boomeranged video will replayed.
Loop the video if you want it to play more than once.
Playback speed 1 usually plays the video back at it’s original speed (except when shooting at 120 or 180 fps – see below).
For high quality slow motion, use a camera shooting 180 fps or 120 fps and see the Slow motion instructions below.
Cropping is used to change the aspect ratio (shape) of the final video, and is applied before any resizing.
To produce square videos, set Cropping to square.
To produce videos with aspect ratio 3:4, set Cropping to custom and crop width (pixels) to 3/4 times the original video height.
Smaller videos are generally processed and shared more quickly.
To reduce the size of your video, reduce its height in pixels. When the video height is reduced, the aspect ratio is unchanged.
720p video cropped to aspect ratio 3:4 and height 400 pixels. (Final video 300 wide *400 high)
This section covers adding overlays, intro and outro videos, adding a soundtrack and capturing audio.
Size and aspect ratio of the final video (cropping and resizing) needs to be resolved before adding overlay and intro/outro videos.
To add a dynamic video overlay, create an Apple ProRES4444 video called video_overlay.mov with transparency information in the alpha channel. Add this to the PhotoboothImages folder.
The overlay video should be the same size as the processed video.
To add a static overlay to the video, place an image called video_overlay.png in the PhotoboothImages folder.
We suggest that the overlay is the same size in pixels as the video you play back ie after any cropping and resizing.
Intro and outro videos must be the same size (in pixels) as the processed video. If they are different sizes they will be discarded
To add an intro video place an image called video_intro.mp4 in the PhotoboothImages folder.
To add an outro video place an image called video_outro.mp4 in the PhotoboothImages folder.
Audio from intro and outro videos will only be included if the original video has audio and is played back once at normal speed. Audio from the intro or outro videos will be discarded if the video is edited or does not contain audio.
You can capture sound with your video, or add your own soundtrack. Choose from three options
You can add an MP3 soundtrack by calling your soundtrack video_soundtrack.mp3 and placing it in the photo booth images folder. The soundtrack plays from the beginning of any intro video, and must be at least as long as the final video including any intro and outro.
The sound track replaces any sound in the captured video, intro and outro videos.
Audio from intro and outro videos is only used when both the captured video has audio, and is played back at normal speed.
Check the Audio capture box in the Video post processing Settings window to record sound with the original video.
Audio capture is disabled if you select Custom edit list, Boomerang, change the Number of loops or Playback speed.
Check Custom edit list then Edit.. on the Video Postprocessing Settings window to access the Video Edit List and add special effects to your videos.
This is where you cut the video into clips and reassemble them, applying different effects in different clips.
Individual clips can be added, edited, moved around and deleted. You can also save and reuse effects you or others have already built.
Each clip consists of a start and end time, start and end speed:
Use clips to create speed ramps, jump cuts, glitches, boomerangs and loops playing at variable speed.
Jump cuts interrupt the flow of a video by jumping to a different section
Create glitches by repeating short sections of the original video
To create a boomerang effect, play the video forwards and then backwards.
Loop the video by repeating one or more clips as many times as needed
You don’t need to assemble a set of clips for every event. Import and export your edit lists to reuse complex effects.
For best slow motion results use a camera with 180 or 120 frames per second (fps) capability*.
*Canon’s EOS R6 Mark II captures both 180fps and 120fps video. Other models which capture 120fps video include Canon EOS R100, R10, R7, R6, R5, M50 Mark II, M50, M6 Mark II, M200, Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II and G7 Mark III at the time of writing (February 2023)
Cameras with the special slow motion setting capturing video at 120 frames per second (fps), automatically replay at 1/4 of this speed ie 30fps. This gives excellent quality slow motion playback, with playback speed set to 1.
Canon’s EOS R6 Mark II also captures 180fps video, automatically replaying at 1/6 of this speed ie 30fps. This gives even better quality slow motion playback.
Most DSLR Remote Pro slow motion is currently shot at 120fps, so the worked example below uses this speed. There are short extra notes at the end for those shooting at 180fps or slower frame rates.
Because 120fps videos are automatically replayed at 1/4 speed, a 3 second video shot at 120fps will have a duration of 4*3 ie 12 seconds, and sound is not captured.
To play back 120 fps video at half the normal speed, increase the playback speed to 2. To play back at normal speed, increase playback speed to 4. To play at double speed, set playback speed to 8.
Be aware of the changed duration when using the Video edit list.
In the example below video duration was set to 4 seconds in the Video Booth Settings screen.
The movie was taken using 120fps.
Using 120fps the video took 4 seconds to capture.
Because 120fps was used, the video downloaded to the computer is 4 *4 seconds long ie 16 seconds long.
This can cause confusion using the Video Edit List screen.
DSLR Remote Pro may show warnings when you save individual clips and the complete list. In this case the warning can be ignored and the settings accepted.
Shooting at 180 fps produces smoother slo mo than shooting at 120 fps.
Because 180 fps videos are automatically replayed at 1/6 speed, a 3 second video shot at 180fps will have a duration of 6*3 ie 18 seconds, and sound is not captured.
To play back 180 fps video at half the normal speed, increase the playback speed to 3. To play back at normal speed, increase playback speed to 6. To play at double speed, set playback speed to 12.
Be aware of the changed duration when using the Video edit list.
You can create slow motion video with other cameras, but the quality will not be as good. Canon camera models which don’t support 180 fps or 120fps can capture video at up to 60fps. You can play this back slowly (e.g. 1/4 normal speed by setting the video playback rate to .25), but this won’t give as good quality as (for example) a Canon EOS R10 capturing at 120fps
Videos use large quantities of data, which can be slow to transfer and process. Photo booths are designed to be fun and have a fast turnaround. You need to balance fast results with high video quality.
Minimise both download and processing time to produce and playback the finished videos quickly.
Download time is covered in the Video Booth Basics, and is affected by the length of clip captured (duration), frame rate and image quality. Wired download via a USB cable is generally faster than wireless download.
This tutorials looks at processing time in more detail.
We recommend a fast, recent computer with a quad core, i5 or i7 processor and SSD to process videos quickly. The main factors are the speed of the processor, number of cores and the computer’s storage. Increasing the amount of RAM above 4 or 8GB will have little or no effect on the processing speed. More..
Video duration, frame rate and image quality also affect the processing time – reducing each of these speeds up processing the video as well as the time it takes to download from the camera.
Reducing the size of the video by cropping and reducing its height generally also decreases the processing time.
Video edits: Videos with many edit steps are likely to take longer to process than simpler versions.
To speed up the post processing
When videos are cropped, you also need to mask the live view (if shown) to match, so that what guests see on screen is included in your final videos.
This is done by adding a video_live_view_overlay.png to the PhotoboothImages folder. More
To save both the original and final versions of guest’s videos, check Copy original video to ‘originals’ folder in the Video Postprocessing Settings window.
Some of the screens used for video booths have different names to those used when shooting still photos.
More about screens displayed to guests.
If video post processing is not producing the results you expect, check the error log.
Errors or warnings generated during the postprocessing are automatically logged to a file named DSLRRemotePro.log in your Documents folder.
Sometimes antivirus software can interfere with the postprocessing by blocking a command line utility called ffmpeg.exe. More
You can find a fuller description of video shooting in DSLR Remote Pro in the online manual.
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