Turning lights on and off at the start and end of each video recording or photo capture sequence
UPDATE - 27th Mar 2021
In addition to the RightBooth features described below, we also now offer a separate app: The Relay Controller App This app can be used to control the power to equipment at various times of day, days of week and on specific dates using a schedule that you design to run over long periods of time. Full details here
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In RightBooth it is possible to control any electrical device that has the ability to be switched on or off, such as a mains light, a motor or a fan. This is achieved using most USB HID programmable relay boards or one of the following Denkovi relay boards...
The relay board connects to your computer via a USB cable. You can connect up to 8 items of switched equipment to the board’s relay connections and then use RightBooth to switch the equipment on and off at various times throughout the event.
1 - Connecting up your equipment
If you are using a HID relay board, simply connect it to a free USB port on your PC. If you are using a Denkovi board you first need to install the driver software for the Denkovi. Full details on how to do this are available in the RightBooth User Manual.
Then typically you would wire up an external light to the relay board as shown in the diagram below. Note that the board takes it's power from the computer via the USB connection.
2 - Using the Relay Board in RightBooth
You will have to close RightBooth and re-run it for these initial switch settings to take effect.
Then each time you run RightBooth, the switches will be set to a known starting condition.
3 - Controlling the light during the event
To control the light you have two options:
1) You can change the switches whenever a chosen RightBooth event screen is displayed by using the Show action ‘Set switches’ OR
2) You can add a Click action ‘Set switches’ to any item on any event screen. This will allow your event users to turn the light on and off when they click (or touch) the item.
Example 1 - Turn on Switch 1 when the 'Get ready' screen is shown
You could then do the same on the Thank you screen, this time entering '0000' to turn all 4 switches off after the video recording (or photo capture sequence) has finished.
Example 2 – Allow the User to turn on the light
If you want the user to be able to alter switches...
Other Switching Options
The characters you can use for the switch commands are:
Here are some examples: