Countdown painfully slow

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09 Aug, 2020 05:43 PM

Just purchased upgrade to Sparkbooth 6 and use for the first couple events. Set countdown for 3 seconds using mutiple pose layouts. Countdown is painfully slow. Definitely longer thah 3 seconds between pics. Any fix for this...? I upgraded from Sparkbooth 4 and countdown timing was good...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Joe Connell on 09 Aug, 2020 06:12 PM

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    What Countdown Style are you using?
    There are a few that will slow down the time when they are Animated
    (see sample video attached)

    I hope this is what you are asking

  2. 2 Posted by Stefan on 10 Aug, 2020 11:31 AM

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    I would like to be able to set the time span of the last countdown (1 to trigger) separately to compensate a little for the camera's release delay.

    Now the triggering is not in time and guests are already looking away when the photo is taken. - Yes, I know, if you work without AF, it's not that extreme :-)

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Joe Connell on 10 Aug, 2020 01:17 PM

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    Yes, it appears you are using AF and there is no way to be accurate
    on when your camera will focus on the person/people in the booth.

    This is an EASY fix using Manual focus
    (Yea, I understand you don't want to use MF)
    BUT it is simple and will capture 99% of all your photos
    in perfect focus...

    Before starting an event, set your camera to AF and do a session,
    as soon as the first photo has taken in AF, change the setting
    on the lens from AF to MF or P.

    This will lock the focus from the first photo taken and now be in Manual
    to take all the photos during your event. No time delay when the software
    sends the command to SNAP the photo...
    it is instant at the end of the Count down.

    If you continue using AF, you can never be accurate in timing
    for when the camera will focus. It can be 1/2 a second or
    as much as 5 seconds... depending on what is happening
    in front of the camera that it is trying to focus on.

    Sorry, I am sure this is not what you wanted to hear...
    but that is how AF works...

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Joe Connell on 10 Aug, 2020 01:20 PM

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    NOTE: I forgot to mention...
    ADJUSTMENT TO BE SET CORRECTLY... not an empty shot
    it requires someone to focus on...

  5. 5 Posted by Stefan on 11 Aug, 2020 06:03 PM

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    Thank you for the detailed explanation. I would really like to adjust (shorten) the last countdown in Sparkbooth, or rather listen to it :-)

    As a photographer, I am aware of the interrelationships between AF use and non-use.

    However, when I work with manual focus, I still have a delay from flipping the mirror down before taking the picture. Unfortunately not all cameras can flash when I use the option to keep the mirror up.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by John Wu on 11 Aug, 2020 06:11 PM

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    Are you referring to the live view being turned off before taking the photo?

  7. 7 Posted by Stefan on 09 Sep, 2020 07:56 AM

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    Sorry for my late answer. I missed your query.

    That is exactly what I mean. Under Ctrl-3 I have activated the setting "Use of external flash...".

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by John Wu on 09 Sep, 2020 03:03 PM

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    When you have that setting enabled, it will turn off the live view before
    taking the photo which takes some time. Some camera models have issues
    taking a photo with live view on, but you can try disabling it and see if
    it works with your camera.
    You can also use a webcam for the live view instead

  9. 9 Posted by Stefan on 09 Sep, 2020 07:35 PM

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    Unfortunately it does not work if it is deactivated. So I would like to be able to trim the last countdown time. Then the triggering would fit at least approximately into the rhythm of the countdown time intervals.

    I didn't know about the possibility to share DSLR and webcam in Sparkbooth. But for that the Photobooth would have to be redesigned. That doesn't fit so well at the moment.

  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by Joe Connell on 09 Sep, 2020 09:51 PM

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    Only other option (IMO) is to use the
    In Settings > Countdown
    Countdown NONE: Trigger each shot
    and manually trigger each shot when you want it taken.

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