Flip Book Photobooth Help

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Overview

Flip Book Photobooth is software for capturing short clips of moving images and printing them out so that they can be bound into a flip book during an event such as a wedding reception or a Bar Mitzvah party.

The software is designed to use a Canon EOS digital SLR to capture a short video (actually a sequence of still images grabbed from the camera's live view) and then format and print the images in such a way that they can be easily cut and bound into flip books during an event. The screen design presented to users is highly customizable and the flexible formatting and printing options accommodate a variety of different workflows.

 

This guide is divided up into the following sections:

Printer setup and printer pooling
Page layout
Screen design
Operating the photobooth

 

Supported Canon Cameras

Flip Book Photobooth supports all recent Canon EOS digital SLR cameras with live view capability. Currently this includes the following camera models: Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSi, Canon EOS 500D/Rebel T1i, Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i, Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i, Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i, Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i, Canon EOS 750D/Rebel T6i, Canon EOS 760D/Rebel T6s, Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1. Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS, Canon EOS 1100D/Rebel T3, Canon EOS 1200D/Rebel T5, Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6, Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 50D, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 70D, Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

 

Equipment required

The following equipment is needed for a basic flip book photobooth:

A computer or laptop running Microsoft Windows. This does not need to be particularly powerful e.g. a mid-range computer with a 2GHz dual core i5 processor and 4GB RAM
A Canon DSLR with live view. The Canon Digital Rebel T6 (aka Canon EOS 1300D) is currently the best value and is capable of producing excellent results. It is also suitable for running a stills photobooth using our DSLR Remote Pro for Windows software. If you also want to run a video booth then the slightly more expensive Canon Digital Rebel T5i (aka Canon EOS 800D) is currently the best option.
A fast printer, ideally a dyesub printer capable of cutting 6x2 strips from 6x4 media. The twin deck Mitsubishi CP-D707DW is ideal as it can print two 28 page flip books in about 70 secs. The single deck version, the Mitsubishi CP-D70DW, can print one 28 page flip book in about 70 secs or the slightly cheaper DNP DS-RX1 can print a 28 page flip book in about 130 secs. You can also use a fast color laser printer but this will probably have higher print costs than a dyesub printer and the cutting and binding process will be more labor intensive and will require an expensive cutter to cut the pages. The software includes printer pooling which allows two or more printers to be used to speed up printing when printing multiple flipbooks.
Continuous studio lighting (you can't use flash or studio strobes for flip books). A pair of 500W fluorescent studio lights should be sufficient for a small setup.
A stack cutter (aka ream cutter) to cut the 6x2 strips into half to create 3x2 flip book pages. A good quality stack cutter should have no problem cutting the 14 sheets of dyesub paper required to create a 28 page book. If you are using a color laser printer to print the pages you will need a specialized cutter to cut the pages.
A heavy duty stapler to staple the pages together. A good quality manual stapler costing around $30 is suitable. Most power staplers aren't powerful enough to staple 28 pages of dyesub paper together (we've tried power staplers costing over $400 and they were no good).

 

If you already have a photo booth with a Canon DSLR camera and a fast dyesub printer capable of 6x2 cut strip printing you already have most of the equipment you need to create flip books. This means that you can offer your clients a standard photo booth, a video booth or a flip book service using the same basic equipment.