Social Booth 2.4.71:
- Age Gate added to Surveys
- Surveys/Disclaimer/Age Gate can now be shown before or after session
- External Survey option for integration with web based surveys like Survey Monkey
- Twitter character limit raised to 280
- Fixed pointer error during live view zooming
- Fixed wrong photo sent via SMS on slow internet connections
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Dubsmash, Lip Sync, Marryoke and Karaoke are all great ways to use video in Social Booth. Anthony Hunt from Easy Booth Derby offers this service as part of his photo booth business. We've asked him to share a little bit about his business and how he uses Social Booth.
Where are you located?
How long have you been in the photo booth business?
How long have you been using Social Booth?
What made you choose Social Booth over other software?
Looked and tried others but liked the GUI and the options it gave for guests and the ease of use to configure as I wanted it not tied down by what they wanted you to have. And you gave great support with yourself and the rest of the team also to answer any questions.
What features do you use to stand out from your competition?
Photos and Videos, 1-4 photos, Message Video or LipSync Videos, Greenscreen for all. Sometimes include Animated Gif backgrounds. Only share to either mobile phones or email address - people in UK don't like entering FB or Twitter details at an unknown kiosk sorry to say. And no printing either (keeps it really simple and guests just love getting it on the own mobile phones in seconds. Also displayed outside the booth with SlideShow2 so get an instant display of themselves where everyone laughs too. Also use the FTP option and have self php script to automatically have an live instant online gallery for anyone to view photos or videos via a ticket username and password given when guests leave the booth.
You use SB for a lot of dubsmash events. Tell us about those.
Guest tables have a printout of the lipsync songs available at the booth so can practice a little bit if they want. All songs are exactly 60 seconds long with the best and known words and chorus included. Mostly use the Lipsync Videos at parties and the Message Videos at weddings.
Want more info on how to set up dubsmash/lip sync/marryoke/karaoke in Social Booth? Check out this video:
- SMS fix
- HD dubsmash fix
- Portrait GS fix
- Undo button added for Sign Photo
- Made social and print buttons inactive while sign photo is active
- Added ability to play random video hosts
- Faster Custom filter processing
- Faster Boomerang Gif Processing
- T6i video fix
- Webcam portrait and square fixes
- T6i support for DSLR video
- DSLR video support for non “i” series cameras. ie. t3, t5, t6, etc..
- DSLR video no longer needs to have camera set to video mode. Camera should be in photo mode for DSLR video now.
Photo Booth International sells a lot of different kinds of great photo booths loaded with both Social Booth and BYO Booth for hashtag printing. Over several years and thousands of events, they've compiled a few useful troubleshooting tips that they wanted to share.
5 Great Photo Booth Troubleshooting Tips
We use Social Booth often for various events. We have found the multiple applications in one piece of software to be convenient. With any software, its effectiveness is limited by your ability to use it well. So we are sharing a few tips and tricks that have served us well.
1. External Flash Mode
When using a DSLR camera with external flash, be sure to select the external flash box in the general settings tab. This should resolve any issues with photographs being dark.
2. Missing Windows Printer
If your printer isn’t working, take a look at your printer in the Devices and Printer section of the control panel. If it is “greyed out” your computer does not recognize it and is not communicating with it. A good rule of thumb is to plug in and power on all electronics before powering on your computer this ensures that when your computer is booted that it recognizes all components. So following this simple and restarting your computer should fix the problem.
3. Camera Auto Focus
At some point, you will encounter an issue with your Camera not focusing. This is a common issue and is easily solved by making sure your camera is set to M on the dial. Then change your lens to AF(auto focus) then take a picture, doing this allow the lens to set it self at the distance where your guests will be standing. Once this is done you can change the lens back to MF and your ready for your event!
4. Attract Mode
Social Booth offers a number of cool features one we like is the “video attract mode”. You’ll find it under the Extras tab. It allows a short video to be played on the screen when the booth is not in use - think of a screensaver video. You can easily make a quick video with your logo and some text. Store it to ‘my documents’ then head over to the Extras tab and check the box for video attract mode and select the file right next to it. Now when your booth is not in use it will loop that video - there is also a pretty cool generic one built in with it.
5. Green Screen
Social Booth also offers one of the easiest to use green screen software. You can load up to 6 images into a folder on your desktop. Label it according to your theme or something easy to remember. The images must be 1200 x 1800 (we use pixlr.com to resize images) or the software will not be able to use it. Once your images are ready. Select the Green Screen tab then select the GS background folder once this is done, check the box to enable green screen and you're good to go. For more advanced tips on green screen check out http://support.photoboothsolutions.com/support/solutions/articles/3000004745-social-booth-settings-green-screen
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Forbes is reporting today what BYO Booth users have known for years, that Hashtag Printing is hot! Author, Lauren deLisa Coleman may be preaching to the choir when she says, “ It seems that any and every gathering worth its digital weight is incorporating the hashtag printing station”, but the fact that this is being published on such a mainstream, i.e. non photo booth software related website can only mean one thing for photo booth operators…More people looking to book hashtag printing for their events!
The article focusses on Hashtag Printing as a part of corporate activations and attributes its popularity with what it calls the “Hashtag Printer Effect”
“As focused as an attendee may be on speed-networking, dart-in film viewing, and drive-by panel listening, people will stop and actually take a photo at a designated location if they know that once they place that photo on Instagram or Twitter with a previously assigned hashtag, they can also obtain the same photo from a station in their hands within just seconds. Call it the Hashtag Printer Effect which, although such printers have been on the scene for a bit, seems to be growing in popularity and a making its way as an emerging trend just the last few months.”
Coleman goes on to describe how Hashtag Printing is a win-win for clients as it encourages user interaction with their brand on Instagram & Twitter, while offering the incentive of a free takeaway photo.
“The whole scenario is rather ingenious because the technology encourages social media exposure of an event and/or brand while also offering a printed souvenir from the event. The prints, themselves, can even be branded. More importantly this is about technology driving engagement and impressions. Case studies involving names from Acura to the University of Michigan can range from a reach of a few hundred thousand to half a billion!”
Although the article only talks about corporate events, something all photo booth operators strive for, Hashtag Printing is increasingly popular at other events like weddings and mitzvahs. Anywhere with young people with phones, or basically pretty much everywhere.
While reported last year as an area-to-watch, it seems that the hashtag printing phenomenon will become a bonafide hit. This could be due in large part to the fact that a large part of the Millennial demographic gravitates toward experience. Millennials, for the most part, are on social media platforms.
While reported last year as an area-to-watch, it seems that the hashtag printing phenomenon will become a bonafide hit. This could be due in large part to the fact that a large part of the Millennial demographic gravitates toward experience. Millennials, for the most part, are on social media platforms. Thus, capturing experience via social is a a winner.
So if you haven't checked out BYO Booth hashtag printing software yet, now's the time, while it's hot!