How do you make global changes to all screens in an event? This is where the Formatter Toolbox comes in handy.
We'll explain how to use the Formatter by way of answering some of the questions we've been asked on the subject.
I've altered the background on one of the event screens.
'I've changed the size and position of the webcam item on the Start screen.
Using this approach you can select any item on any screen, and then use the Formatter to apply its size, position and design to all items of the same type, on all the other screens in the event,
So as another example, if you design a button item on one screen to have a particular image, icon, and shadow, you can then use the Formatter to quickly and easily make all the buttons in the event have the same design.
'I've changed the font name and font size of a button text prompt on the Choices screen.
We hope you can see that the Formatter Tool helps with design productivity when you need to make global changes to your event screens and screen items.
Imagine you have a conference or an exhibition where you want to ask the male attendees a different set of questions to the females. So what you really need is to be able to present your RightBooth users with a menu of two choices, one for Male and one for Female.
You then need to show the appropriate questions depending upon the menu choice made by the user.
Here we explain how to achieve this by way of an example.
Create a new event file and add all the questions required for the male users into this event.
Save the event, naming it MensQuestions.
Create a second event file, this time for the women.
Add the women's questions into this second event and save it as WomensQuestions.
Create a third event file. This file will allow us to provide the menu. To do this:
Design your menu screen.
Go to the Screen Editor and choose the Menu screen from the Screen List on the Toolbox.
Size and position the menu buttons and alter the menu text accordingly. Notice in the screenshot below, we've also altered the button image for each choice. You could also add images and other text to this screen if required:
Decide whether to keep the Start screen within your menu file. If not, remove it as follows:
Save this menu event file with a name of your choice. In the first screenshot above you can see we've named the file: MenWomenMenu.
We now need to modify the Event Flow in the MenQuestions and WomenQuestions event files. Open each file in turn and do the following:
Job Done !
Now simply open and run the MenWomenMenu event and everything will work as required.
When a menu item is selected it will open the associated event file to present the selected questions, and when the chosen event completes, times out, or the user cancels the event, RightBooth will then open the previous event, in other words it will return to showing the menu again.
This is a fairly simple example, but by using the approach described in this article we hope you can see how you can create sophisticated and flexible events, involving numerous event files connected together with menus and event flow rules.
3 Designing The Print Layout Screen
Now that you have enabled your event for photo printing, you will be able to design the Print Layout screen.
From the RightBooth main screen, click the Edit button to take you to the Screen Editor. See image below
In the Screen Editor you will see that the Print layout screen is listed on the Screen Editor Toolbox.
Click on the Print Layout screen (1). This will then show you the initial print layout with 4 photo place holder images positioned on a blank page. Each placeholder is numbered to show you where each of the 4 photos will be placed.
Note: If all the placeholders are not showing on the page, use the Photo Layout Arranger (see section 4 below).
Your layout will be initially set to be the size of your chosen printer paper.
If needed you can alter the paper size by clicking on the Properties check box (2) to show the Print layout properties toolbox (3). Notice that in our example screen shot we are designing our layout on A4 printer paper. You can change the paper size from the drop down selector or by entering the paper dimensions in the W and H text boxes to match your actual printer paper size (in inches).
You can also rotate the paper layout to allow you to design for either Portrait or Landscape printing by ticking the 'Rotate the paper' checkbox on the Print layout properties toolbox. In our example, we are staying with Portrait orientation.
You can now move, size and rotate the photo place holders on the layout to suit your design.
Alternatively you can use the Photo Layout Arranger (see next section).
We have then added a Gap of 55 pixels between each place holder to space them apart.
We've also added a Margin of 50 pixels to keep all photos in from the edges of the page.
Notice that we've placed some of the image items behind the photo place holders (the balloons) and others in front of the photos (the stars). You can do this using the layering buttons on the Item Properties toolbox.
When you are happy with your print layout, make sure you return to the RightBooth main screen and save your event file. Your print layout will also be saved in your event file.
Now when you run the event, after each user takes their four photos, the photos will be automatically placed in the print layout and then printed.
You can then pick and choose from your saved layouts later by clicking the Open button at the top of the Screen Toolbox.
In this article we have described how to achieve just one layout. Try experimenting with the Photo Layout Arranger Tool to see what other arrangements you can achieve with your photos.
And don't forget, if the Arranger tool doesn't give you what you need, just manually move, size and rotate the photo placeholders on the screen to achieve your desired layout.
We hope you can see that the Print Layout Designer provides a powerful set of features that let you create the perfect print layout for your photo events.
Add the Background
In the Screen Editor, choose a screen from the screen list and then add a suitable background image as follows:
RightBooth 6 can make use of up to 4 monitors attached to your computer for displaying screens independently from each other.
Multiple monitor screens will run as a non-interactive slideshow and will be shown at the same time as (and independently to) the main RightBooth recording event on the primary monitor. This can be useful if you want to show information screens, advertising screens, web sites or screens containing videos and photos that are being recorded by users on the Primary monitor.
For example, your primary monitor might be housed inside a booth (or kiosk) with a second monitor outside the booth (or in a separate room) in order to attract passers-by to the system.
To make use of the RightBooth multi monitor features, Windows must be configured to provide an extended desktop. Details on how to do this are outside the scope of this Blog but full details can be found in your Windows Display Settings.
When you have your additional monitors attached to your computer and configured as an extended desktop, you then can turn on and access the RightBooth multi monitor features for a particular event. Here we will show an example of using a second monitor.
To do this in RightBooth:
In progress screens
Two screens which are included by default on the second monitor are Video in progress and Photo in progress.
These screens will automatically be displayed (and will interrupt the second monitor screen slideshow) whenever a video is being recorded or a photo is being taken by users on the primary monitor.
The 'In progress' screens can be useful in helping to reduce the graphics activity of your computer during any recording on Monitor 1.
You can also consider adding a webcam item to the 'In progress' screens. The webcam item will show a duplicate feed of the webcam camera, allowing spectators of Monitor 2 to watch each video being recorded and photo being captured on Monitor 1.
Adding Sequence Items
You may want to add video, image and sequence items to Monitor 2 screens. During the Monitor 2 slideshow, these items can be designed to show sequences of previously recorded videos, photos and messages, allowing passers-by to watch recordings made earlier by other users.
Note: If you are using RightBooth 6 Diamond edition, the above example for Monitor 2 can be repeated for monitors 3 and 4.
Multicasting - RightBooth 6
Multicasting is a feature that lets you replicate any screen from the Primary monitor onto one or more of the other monitors attached to your computer.
For example, when users are recording video on the Record video screen you can opt to show this screen on one or more of the other monitors. To do this:
In the following example, we have a system configured with 3 monitors and we are multi-casting the 'Record video' screen onto both monitors 2 and 3:
How to Add a Screen Transition
In the Screen Editor, select the screen on which you would like to apply a transition.
Show the Screen Properties panel.
On this panel, the Animate properties then let you:
Points to Note
RightBooth 5 (and 6) differs from previous versions in the way it offers webcam mirroring. This article explains all.
What is webcam mirroring?
This is the ability to flip the webcam's camera view in the horizontal direction, so that when you stand in front of the camera you will see a flipped reflection of yourself on screen.
These two images show a mirrored webcam and a non mirrored webcam:
Why is webcam mirroring useful?
Webcam mirroring helps when you want to position yourself within the camera view, so if you move to the left, your reflection on screen also moves to the left, and vice versa.
By default RightBooth 5 will show all webcam views mirrored on all screens in the event.
Is there a downside to webcam mirroring?
Webcam mirroring replicates what happens when you stand in front of a real mirror. Everything is flipped including written words you might hold up in front of the camera. And obviously, on the screen you don't look like others see you in real life, you're flipped !
What about the recorded videos and photos. Are they also flipped?
Webcam mirroring only happens on screen. The actual recorded videos and photos captured by RightBooth will always be saved the correct way round, in other words they are captured exactly as the webcam's camera 'sees' you. And any words held up to the camera will be readable in the recorded files.
I've turned mirroring off but the webcam is still mirrored on other screens
Each webcam item has it's own Flip X property. The reason is that you might want to have selective mirroring only on webcam items on particular screens in the event. For example, on the screens leading up to the start of a video recording you may want to turn on mirroring to help users with positioning. But during the actual recording you may want users to see a true reflection of themselves and their surroundings on screen. So the choice is yours.
On the properties panel you may have noticed that you can also Flip the webcam in the Y direction. Why might that be useful? We will cover that in another Blog article soon.
Please also read this related article
Updated June 2017 for RightBooth 6
A number of users have asked whether it is possible to add a company logo, strap line or message to all the videos and photos that are captured during the event. This can be useful if you want to advertise something, promote yourself, or your company, or simply stamp a message or an image from the event hosts onto all the recordings.
RightBooth 6 provides a logo feature to give you this ability and here we explain how to set it all up.
Create your logo
A logo is nothing more than an image file containing your logo design. The image file can contain anything you like, including text, and it can be any size and shape. However, you should bear in mind that the logo will be automatically resized by RightBooth and placed over the recorded videos and captured photos, so there really is no point in making your image any bigger than the size of your video and photo capture sizes.
You can create your logo in any graphics design package, such as PhotoShop or a free package such as The Gimp
We recommend you save your logo file in the PNG format.
Here is an example image containing the RightBooth logo and two strap lines. It is a single PNG image with a transparent background:
Adding your logo onto videos and photos in RightBooth 6
In RightBooth, open the event file in which you'd like to include your logo.
Adding your logo onto videos and photos in RightBooth 5
In RightBooth, open the event file in which you'd like to include your logo.
Go to the Screen Designer and select a screen that contains a webcam item, such as the Start screen or the Record video screen.
Select the webcam item, by clicking on it with the mouse.
On the Screen Designer toolbox, click the Properties check box to show the Webcam properties panel.
RightBooth includes powerful features for playing video files in your events.
RightBooth Version 5
Before you start, make sure you've downloaded and installed the RightBooth Video Library. You can access this by clicking on the Media Library button, which you will find on the main window of the RightBooth application. This will take you to the download page on our website where you can obtain both the Media Library and the Video Library.
RightBooth Version 6
The Media Library will normally be installed as part of the initial use of the software
You can add a video to be played on the background of any of the screens in your event.
First, access the Screen Editor and choose the screen on which you want the video to play.
You can add a video item on any screen in your event.
A video item is a container for playing a video file at any place, size and angle on the screen.
First, access the Screen Editor and choose the screen on which you want to add a video item.
Video Sequence Items
A video sequence item is similar to a video item, the main difference being that it can play a sequence of videos, one after another.
On the Add items panel, click the Video sequence button to add a new video sequence item to the current screen.
Again, the new video sequence item will prompt you to double click it to add content, so double click the item to take you to the Video sequence files panel. Here you can create a list of videos that will play in the sequence item.
On this panel there is also the option to show videos from the event. If you select this, the video sequence item will play a sequence of videos that have been previously recorded during the event. This can be very useful when placed on the Start screen, or when placed on a second monitor screen, to act as an attractor for other users.
A quick mention here about Animation properties. On the Properties panel you can add an animation to a video sequence item. This will cause a transition animation to occur between successive video items in the list. Again, we suggest you experiment with animation properties, but keep checking the Blog as we'll add a post about transitions and animations soon.
Announcing the release of RightBooth 5.
It's been 8 months in development and totally re-designed with powerful new features, an amazing screen editor, stunning graphics effects, green screen, overlays, animations, screen transitions, video fades and rotates, image blending, integrated emailing, a great karaoke video feature, information events, menus, second monitor support...
Actually there is so much more to it so why not check it out for yourself?
The complete feature list is here.
Looking forward to hearing from our users and evaluators.