You are running a product launch event and you are planning to use RightBooth to gather video feedback from your event attendees.
You also would like to collect details of each of your users, this article explains how.
Including User Details in your Event
You can now choose what user details you would like to collect. Select from any or all of the following options:
You can also choose to make any or all of these data items optional. By making an item optional, this will allow the user the option of not having to enter details for the item. By default, all items are not optional, meaning the user will be forced to enter details before being allowed to continue with the event.
In this example we have chosen to to include the First name and Email address items, with the First name being optional...
Design your User Data event screen
When you have made your choices, click the OK button to return to the RightBooth main window, then click the Edit button to visit the Screen Designer.
You will now see the User details screen in the Screen list on the Screen Editor toolbox (circled in red in the image below). Click this to select the User details screen.
You can then use all the RightBooth design tools to edit your User details screen as required.
The screen contains a text entry box for each of your chosen items and also has an on-screen keyboard to allow users to enter their details if you are using a touchscreen. If you are not using a touchscreen you can simply remove the on-screen keyboard from the User details screen.
Note that in our example we have added an additional red text label showing that the Email text field is Required...
Collecting and Viewing User Details
Now when you play your event, each user will be asked to provide their First name and Email address before they can use the system.
All the user details are recorded and saved in the text file: UserDetails.txt, which you will find in the event with the recorded videos and photos.
For more information on viewing the UserDetails.txt file, see this article.
So what exactly are properties?
Properties are values that you can apply to items such as text labels, images and videos on your event screens. These values define how each item looks and behaves when it appears during the event.
This article gives you a brief overview of some of the properties that can be applied to your screen items.
To access an item's properties...
Location and size
These properties let you specify the position, size and angle of the item on the screen. For example, by entering 45 into the Angle property, the text will be shown at 45 degrees. Note that if you use the mouse to move and size the item, the properties panel will update the X, Y, W and H properties accordingly.
The two buttons containing the grey and yellow squares let you move the item in front or behind other items on the screen.
These properties let you apply a shadow effect to the item. In our example you can see that the Shadow property is ticked giving the the text a shadow. To the right of the Shadow tick box is a black square. This is the colour of the shadow. You can click this square to change the colour of the shadow.
In our example the shadow Angle is 45 degrees, dropping it down to the right by a Depth of 10 pixels, with a Blur effect of 10. Experiment with these properties to see how you can customise the shadow,
Background and Border
Here you can add a background and a Border to the item. The background can be a single colour, a two colour gradient or an image.
The Border can also be a single colour, a gradient or an image. You can also define the border thickness, margin and corner radius.
In the following example we have selected a two colour vertical gradient background with a single colour border, 10 pixels thick with 20 pixel radius corners...
Here you can define the text font style. In our example we've select the Segoe UI Black font, Bold, 36 pt.
You can also choose a solid font colour, or a gradient color fill that is applied to all text characters. In our example we've set the text colour to solid black.
With a text item you can set the Animate property. You can choose to set the text item to a Blink or Fade animation.
Use this property to give the text item an action that will happen if you click on the text when the event is playing.
You can choose from a number of Page Navigation actions, including:
Remember that each item on the screen can have it's own property values and you can also change the properties of the screen background.
In this article we have looked specifically at text label properties, and many of these properties are available to other item types, such as images and videos. But other items also have properties that are specific to them, so we encourage you to investigate the Properties panel when clicking on other items in the event.
And don't forget to read the RightBooth manual for full details on all the Properties available.
You have installed your equipment at a wedding reception to allow guests to record video messages.
The bride has given you instructions that the system should not be used past 9 pm, but you're not going to be there to manually stop the system. This is where you can make use of RightBooth's Stop event rules to get the system to automatically shut down at a specified time.
In the screen shot below, you can see that we have set the stop time to 21:00 on the 10th May 2017...
Now at 9pm, RightBooth will stop the event playing and will then shut down the computer.
And don't worry, if someone is recording a video at 9pm, RightBooth will wait until they have finished before switching off.
Would you like to show a scrolling credits screen at the end of your event, similar to those seen at the end of a great movie?
This article explains how you can design a professional looking scrolling credits screen that will be displayed to each of your event users, something like this...
Step 1 - Write your credits
Step 2 - Add a credits screen to your RightBooth event
Step 3 - Add content to your Credits screen
The Videos in the Media Library have all been optimised for speed and designed to loop seemlessly,
Step 4 - Set the credit animation properties
Your label sequence item will now be showing your credits. You need to edit its animation properties:
Step 5 - Size and position the credits
This step is a little tricky to get right, but keep going until you achieve the desired affect.
You will need to experiment with both the vertical position and the height of the label sequence item until you get the desired effect shown in our example video.
Remember that the label sequence item's Clip property must be turned off. This will allow the push animation to keep displaying the text contents up past the top edge of the label sequence item.
Note that the credits will keep on scrolling until your credits screen times out.
Job Done. Watch out Speilberg (or is it be Lucas?)... we're coming to get you !!
Some of you have come across this issue,.. when you use your webcam, the video feed is displayed upside down on your screen.
This problem is not specific to RightBooth, it can affect Skype and many other webcam applications on your computer.
Although this is not a common issue, the problem seems to be more prevalent with integrated webcams found on Asus laptops and seems to happen mainly on more recent versions of Windows 10.
You only need to enter the following search keyboards into Google to see the extent of this problem:
asus webcam upside down windows 10
So what is causing this and what can you do about it?
Well it seems that there isn't any one specific cause for the issue, some users are pointing the finger at Microsoft, others are pointing the finger at the webcam manufacturers and possible outdated device drivers.
Take a look here at what people are saying and doing to try and fix this problem:
RightBooth 6.0.37 Can Provide a Solution
We would always advise you to try and resolve hardware specific issues by contacting the supplier or manufacturer of the webcam, but if you cannot find a solution this way, we can at least provide you with a software 'fix' for when you are using your webcam in RightBooth 6.
RightBooth version 6.0.37 has introduced a new Video Setting: 'Mirror Y'.
This setting will allow you to flip the video input feed directly at the source input, and this effectively provides you with a correction to the problem mentioned above.
To use this setting:
Your upside down video will now be resolved while you are using RightBooth.
RightBooth provides unrivalled design and animation capabilities that allow you to get as creative as you need.
The video clip (below) is a desktop video capture that shows an animated RightBooth event start screen comprising two rotated, overlapping image sequence items, each showing a set of photos. The photos have been set to animate on and off the screen using a combination of a push and a fade animation, and this article explains how you can achieve the same effect in your events.
In our example we have chosen 3 images from the Media Library, but you can select images from other folders on your computer. You can also select 'Show photos from the event' to cause photos taken during the event to be shown. You may also want to select Random order to cause the images to be shown in a different order each time the start screen is shown.
Next, add a second image sequence item to the Start screen and add a different set of photos into it.
You will now have 2 image sequence items animating on the screen.
The final step is to re-size the two items to make them larger and to also rotate them both slightly.
To do this, it helps if you reduce the zoom factor of the screen view while you make your changes/
In the screenshot below you can see that we've reduced the Screen Editor zoom factor to 0.6 (circled in red) to allow resizing the items and moving them slightly off the edge of the screen and to also allow for rotating and overlapping the two items...
Job done !!
You've just created an amazing effect for your Start screen, and it's one that's guaranteed to attract your users!
Want to create something even more amazing?...
Repeat everything above, but this time instead of using Image sequence items, use Video sequence items
We have been asked on a number of occasions how to reset all the settings in RightBooth.
RightBooth saves your chosen settings in the text file Settings6.txt which is saved in the RightBooth6 ProgramData folder which you can find here:
To reset all RightBooth's settings you can simply delete the settings file as follows:
Now the next time you run RightBooth, all settings will have been returned to their default values.
When you run the RightBooth uninstaller, the software is uninstalled but there are lots of other files left behind, such as the RightBooth Media Library and the RightBooth Settings.
This means that if you re-install RightBooth again, it will simply use the previous files and it may not achieve the result you were expecting. So this article explains how to fully remove RightBooth from your computer.
1) Remove the RightBooth Product Code
Before you uninstall RightBooth, you should remove any product code that you may have previously entered into the software. To do this:
2) Remove the RightBooth Application
3) Remove the RightBooth Program Data Folder
Running the RightBooth uninstaller will not remove the program data files that are created by RightBooth while it was in use, this includes the RightBooth Settings file.
These files are all saved in the folder: c:\ProgramData\RightBooth6 and you can simply remove this folder from your system...
4) Remove the RightBooth Media Library
Running the RightBooth uninstaller will not remove the RightBooth Media Library files that are downloaded and installed by RightBooth when it is first used.
The Media Library is located here: C:\Users\Public\Documents\RightBooth6 Library and you can remove this as follows:
5) Remove Your RightBooth Event Files
You may wish to also remove all the event files, video files and photo files that you have created using RightBooth.
These files are usually all stored in your Documents folder within the sub-folder RightBooth6
Remove this folder follows:
6) Remove the RightBooth Temporary Folder
RightBooth also creates temporary files in your Windows Temp folder. These files can usually be found in the Temp folder for the currently logged on user. Example location:
Again, simply use Windows Explorer to delete the temporary RightBooth6 folder, or better still, run the Windows Disk Clean Up utility by typing 'Disk Clean Up' into your Start search text box, then using the utility to delete all Temporary files from your computer.
RightBooth has its own inbuilt touch keyboard item that you can add to any of your event screens.
This keyboard can be shown to your users whenever they need to enter text into the event using a touchscreen, for example when they are required to enter their email address.
RightBooth’s inbuilt touch keyboard is designed specifically for entering US and UK English characters, but what if you want to allow your users to enter characters in another language?
If you are using Windows 10 you are in luck. There is a Windows setting for this very purpose and you can enable it as follows...
Now when you play a RightBooth event, if you touch into any text box on any event screen, the Windows Touch Keyboard will automatically appear when you need it and it will disappear when you don’t.
And the other important point is that the Windows Touch Keyboard will be displayed in the language of the Windows Operating System, so for example, if you are running Windows 10 in Russian, you will be presented with a Russian Touch Keyboard. Easy...
The Windows Touch Keyboard lets you easily add smileys and also use handwriting recognition to enter text into RightBooth....
RightBooth events are designed to play in full screen mode and by using the RightBooth Security settings you can prevent users from being able to leave the event screen or gain access to other Windows applications.
This allows you to create a kiosk style interface, that locks the user into RightBooth and prevents them accessing other areas of the Windows operating system.
For example you can use the Security settings to hide the Windows Task bar and to stop various keystroke combinations from being entered using the keyboard, such as Alt-Tab to prevent switching to other apps.
Touchscreen Swipe Gestures
One of the more recent features in Windows is the ability to use swipe gestures on touchscreens in order to gain access to various parts of the Windows interface. For example, by using one finger to swipe in from the right hand edge of the screen you will gain access to the Windows 10 Action Centre.
If you are running your RightBooth event on a Windows 10 touchscreen enabled system, you probably want to prevent the use of touchscreen gestures. This is something that RightBooth cannot prevent internally, but it is certainly possible to prevent by using other methods.
Take a look at this article for details on how to turn off touchscreen swipe gestures in Windows 10...
The article describes two methods by which you can turn off swipe gestures and we have found Method 2 (which involves adding a new registry key) is the most reliable. Please note that if you use Method 2, swipe gestures will not be prevented until you restart your computer.
We would be interested to know if it works for you !
One of our users wanted to force people to answer a simple multiple choice question and then get them to record a video. The multiple choice question was required to give the user the option of which topic they would prefer to speak about during their video recording. The example topics were: health, wealth, future and feelings.
The solution is achieved using 2 event files and RightBooth's event flow features. Event flow allows you to design multiple event files that have different functions and then make them run in a particular sequence, giving your users the impression that they are running a single event. In this article we will use RightBooth's event flow features to answer the scenario.
Create two event files
Design the 'topic' event file
Design the video event file
You are now ready to start the event. Open the topic event file again and start playing the topic event.
Here is what will happen...
This week Microsoft started rolling out the next major release of Windows 10, known as the Creators Update.
We've been testing RightBooth 6 on the Creators Update and we can see improvements in its performance. RightBooth feels quicker and screen transitions are smoother.
But don't just take our word for it. Here is our long term user Mike Ridge with his feedback of running RightBooth version 6 on the new Windows 10 Creators Update...
My initial impression is everything is very snappy and crisp. Before this update there would sometimes be a slight lag between menus and transitions and at start up the Preview box in the middle of the RightBooth main window would take a second or so to appear but now it's all almost instant.
So if you are running RightBooth 6 on Windows 10, we think there are benefits to be had from upgrading to the new Creators Update. Microsoft will be rolling it out over the coming months using the Windows automatic update service and it's a totally free upgrade!
But if you can't wait to receive it, you can force the issue and get the Update immediately. Here's how...
We are pleased to announce that the next major version of RightBooth has been released.
Please check the Products menu for more information.
For users who are familiar with version 5, check out the new features of version 6
Keep watching the How to page for new articles on Version 6 over the coming weeks.
RightBooth made an appearance on the Fox 5 News channel when a reporter visited the Photo Booth Expo 2017 in Las Vegas this week. He interviewed Larry Nimmer, who was there promoting his Video Guest Book product.
Larry is a long time user of RightBooth and he now uses it to power products he's developing that target the wedding video booth market. Check out Larry's website here: www.kioskpromotions.com
And click below to watch both RightBooth and Larry in action at the Photo Booth Expo...
When you run an event, RightBooth will automatically save any user details into the file UserDetails.txt.
This file can be found along with all the videos, photos and messages in your event file folder within Documents\RightBooth6\Events.
The user details file will hold user names, email addresses dates and times of use, names of the files recorded by each user and also answers to any questions users have provided during the event. All this information is formatted in the text file as CSV. CSV stands for Comma Separated Variables which is a fancy way of saying that each piece of information in the file is separated by commas, and this makes it easy to load into spreadsheet applications such as Excel.
This is a typical userdetails file with commas between each data item on each line...
02/09/2016,16:48:08,andrew,smith,email@example.com,2016-9-2 16-48-8 photo 1.png
02/09/2016,16:48:22,laura,jones,firstname.lastname@example.org,2016-9-2 16-48-22 photo 1.png
02/09/2016,16:49:04,bill,smith,email@example.com,2016-9-2 16-49-4 photo 1.png
02/09/2016,17:40:04,jill,smith,firstname.lastname@example.org,2016-9-2 17-40-4 message.txt
Now we'll explain the process of loading this data into Excel.
The End Result
Excel will now load the user details into a new spreadsheet for you to continue working.
In this example, column A is the date, B is the time, C is the user's first name, D is the user's last name, E is the user's email addresses, F is the filename created by the user.
Other columns will appear with user's answers to questions if you run a question event.
This is step by step guide to setting up your printer for use in RightBooth.
1) - Connect your printer to your computer and check it is working. This step possibly goes without saying but I'm saying it anyway. RightBooth will only allow you to print photos if you have a fully working printer switched on and attached to your computer (usually via a USB cable).
So before running RightBooth, please make sure your printer is on, has ink, is not jammed and can print without problems. Also it is best to make sure that you have the latest software for your printer installed on your computer. Please refer to your printer documentation for details.
2) - Run RightBooth and from the main screen click Settings. In Settings click the Photo & Print tab. If everything is working OK on your printer, it will be listed in the Printer combo box. Select your printer from the list.
3) - Printers have default settings such as a default paper size and print quality. When you have chosen your printer, RightBooth will show you the default paper size width and height underneath the printer name. Make a note of these values as you will need them later.
4) - Open the event file in which you want to add photo printing. Go to the Event Designer. Click the Event Type tab and make sure Photos is ticked.
5) - Next click the Event Structure tab and select the Print Photos tab. On this panel,choose either Yes or Ask. This will cause photo printing to be included in your event.
6) - Go to the Screen Designer. In the screen list on the Designer Toolbox, select the Print Layout screen. This will show you a view of your printer paper onto which you can design your photo print layout. But before starting your design you need to make sure you are working with the correct paper size for your printer.
7) - On the Screen Designer Toolbox, tick the Properties check box to show the printer paper properties. Click the Paper drop drop and choose the paper size that matches the values you noted in step 3 above. For example if your default printer paper size is A4, choose A4 from this list.
Note that in the Paper drop down, RightBooth will show you a list of commonly available paper sizes but if you find your paper size is not listed you will need to choose the last option in the list: Custom, and then add your previously noted paper width and height values into the W and H text boxes. For example, the DNP DS-RX1 printer has a default paper size of 6.15 x 4.13 inches. This size is not in the RightBooth paper list, so in this example you would enter 6.15 into the W box and 4.13 into the H box.
That's it ! You are now ready to design your print layout on the correct paper size for your printer.
For details on how to design your print layout, read this article:
RightBooth lets you include animated GIFs in your events, and the RightBooth Media Library has lots of animations for free use.
First, make sure you download and install the Media Library here.
Then, follow these steps to add some animated GIFs into your events:
At the time of writing this article it's nearly Christmas (Yey ! ) so here's what you get in the Christmas section of the Media Library:
And this is a selection of the gif animations and how they will look in your event...
Some of the animations, such as the snowflake animations have transparent backgrounds so you can place them over other screen items, including the webcam item to give the impression that it is snowing while your users are recording their videos. Very cool...
On behalf of Aire Valley Software, I'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. And just to say that we've got a lot of feature enhancements planned for next year so please stay tuned. Nigel.
Trying to get an application to run reliably and smoothly for long periods of time is not something that Windows is renowned for. There are many factors that can affect the performance of RightBooth on your computer and this article explains some of the key things you can do to help make your RightBooth events run well for long periods of time.
1 Reduce the memory requirements of RightBooth
RightBooth 6 Users
If you are using RightBooth 6 and you try to add an image that is larger than your screen, you will see this warning message::
If you choose Yes, RightBooth will create a reduced size copy of your image in the same folder as the original, and will use the reduced image instead.
As an example, let's assume you are running your event on a desktop display size of 1920 x 1080 pixels and you try to add the image landscape.jpg, which has a size of 8000 x 3000 pixels. By selecting Yes to the above message, RightBooth will create a new image named landscape#r.jpg which has a size of 1920 x 720 pixels. This reduced image maintains the same aspect ratio as the original and it is no bigger than the desktop display size, and more importantly, it will load quicker and use far less memory.
2 Stop all unnecessary services and applications
There are many services running on your computer, some of which are not required when you are running a RightBooth event. For example, you could stop and close your virus checker application in the knowledge that it is not required during an event, and this will increase the memory available to RightBooth.
Services are applications that run in the background and many can be temporarily stopped while you run your event. You can take a look at all the running services on your computer by clicking on Cortana (or Search) on the Task bar, then type MSCONFIG and press Enter. This will run the Microsoft System Configuration app. In this app click on the Services tab to see a list of all the services running on your computer. And here you can also choose to stop any service running. Before turning off a service, Google its name to read about what it does. For example, things like the Google Update Service, Dropbox Update Service and Epson Scanner Service can all be temporarily stopped. Remember to make a note of all the services you've stopped so you can start them again after your event is complete. There is a lot of information about unnecessary services on the web, search for unnecessary windows services
3 Periodically Stop and Restart the RightBooth Event
If you are planning on running your event over many hours this feature allows you to automatically and periodically restart the event and in doing so it can help to free up system resources that may have gradually been consumed over time.
Look in the RightBooth Settings, under the Start/Stop tab and you will see the Stop the event settings (below).
Choose After elapsed time and select your chosen time period, say 60 minutes.
Then select the option: Restart RightBooth and event
Now when you run your event, RightBooth will be automatically stopped and restarted every hour until you come to stop the event manually. Notice in the screen shot above that the Watchdog feature is also enabled. This is required and is automatically turned on when you choose the Restart feature.
For more information on the Watchdog please refer to the RightBooth User Manual.
I have recently been asked how to add an image to an event screen. Well I'm pleased to say that it is really easy to achieve. This article explains how to add images and videos to screens...
Adding an Image to a Screen
Adding a Video to a Screen
RightBooth will normally display your events using English wording and text prompts. But what if you want to run your events in another language? This article explains how.
First, run RightBooth and choose Settings from the main screen. Then in the RightBooth Settings, click on the Common Event Text tab.
Here you will see a table, the first column entitled 'Default common event text' contains all the English words and phrases that are used in all the events you create with RightBooth.
The second column in the table entitled 'Your common event text' is initially blank. Here you can enter your own event text which will be used to replace (substitute) the text from column 1 in all your events.
Now if you want to change all your events into French (for example), simply enter all the translated words and phrases from column 1 into column 2. The third column provides you with an explanation of the phrase and where it appears in the event, so make sure that your translated phrases accurately represent the English phrases.
Finally, make sure you tick the setting 'Use your common event text' at the bottom of the panel as indicated below...
Now when you run any of your events all words and phrases will appear in French, instead of the default English wording.
Note that doing this will affect ALL of your events. If you wish to return to English, simply un-tick the setting mentioned previously.
What if you want to make specific text changes to just one of your events?
To do this, first open your event in RightBooth. Then you can either go to the Event Designer, click on the 'Event Text' tab and enter your modified words and phrases in the Event text table (in the same way as described above). Any changes you make in the Event text table will only apply to the currently open event.
Alternatively, go into the Screen Editor, find the label item on a screen containing the text you wish to alter, then double click on the label item to alter the text contents. Again, changes to text in the Screen Editor will only affect the currently open event.
The latest update to the Windows 10 operating system (version 1607), known as the Anniversary Update (which started rolling out in early August 2016) can cause some webcams to stop working correctly. This problem has yet to be reported by RightBooth users.
Reading into this issue, the problem lies with Microsoft and there is currently no solution other than to roll back your operating system to the pre-Anniversary Update version.
Microsoft have apologised and are indicating that a fix should be made available sometime in September 2016. So if your computer has automatically updated to version 1607 and your system is now affected by this issue, unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it (other than to roll back) until Microsoft releases the fix.
We too can only apologise for this situation, but unfortunately this matter is outside our control.
We will update this article as soon as we have more information.
Check out these links for more details...
Every webcam item in your event has the Flip X property turned on by default. This causes the webcam video to be shown mirrored on-screen in order to allow users to position themselves correctly in front of the camera lens.
One downside to this property is that all overlay images and logos that are included on the webcam item are also shown mirrored on-screen. This will cause any text within the images to be shown back to front, but the text will be saved the correct way round in video recordings (and photo captures).
But what if you want to show your overlay images and logo the correct way round on-screen? Here are two ways to achieve this.
The easiest way to show overlays the correct way round is to simply turn off the webcam item Flip X property in the Screen Editor. You will need to do this on each webcam item on each screen in the event.
Advantages: Overlay images and logos are shown the correct way round. Videos and photo files are recorded without mirroring applied.
Disadvantages: The video feed is shown on-screen without mirroring.
Method 2 (available in version 5.3.9 or later)
In RightBoth Video settings, tick the setting: Mirror the webcam output. This causes the video feed to be flipped in the X direction directly from the webcam source.
Next turn off the webcam Flip X property in the Screen Editor. Again you will need to do this on all webcam items in the event.
Advantages: Overlay images and logos are shown the correct way round. On-screen video mirroring is also achieved.
Disadvantages: Videos and photo files are recorded with mirroring applied.
When you create a RightBooth event you can design it so that your users have a choice of either recording a video or taking some photos, but what if you want to force your users to do both without giving them a choice? This article explains how.
RightBooth 5 introduced the idea of event flow. Event flow allows you to design multiple event files that have different functions and then make them run in a particular sequence, giving your users the impression that they are running a single event. And in this article we will use RightBooth's event flow features to solve the problem posed above by using two event files and linking them together.
Create two event files
- Run RightBooth
- From the main screen, click the New button to create a new event
- Then click Save As to save this event file with the name photos
- Now click the New button to create a second new event
- Click Save As again and save this event file with the name videos
Design the photos event file
Open the photos event file and set the following event design properties...
Save the photos event file.
Design the video event file
Now open the videos event file and set the following...
Save the videos event file.
How it works
You are now ready to test the event flow. Open the photos event file again and start the event.
Here is what will happen...
The Drawing Tools allow you to draw and write directly over the on-screen live video window (displayed by the webcam item). This feature is useful if you want your users to be able to write their name, a message or a drawing onto the video recordings and photos.
Adding the Drawing Tools to an Event
The Drawing Tools can be added to any screen in the event, but they are only relevant on screens that contain one or more webcam items, such as the Start screen or the Record Video screen.
To add the drawing tools:
Using the Drawing Tools
During an event whenever a user takes a set of photos, they are normally displayed on the 'Show Photo' screen using a standard white, round cornered border, as shown in this screenshot designed for 3 photos:
This article explains how you can easily alter this style so that your photos appear within a filmstrip.