For simple autocue operations, we can provide a single monitor package to suit all budgets; this includes equipment, operator, delivery, collection and complete set up.
Ideal for jobs such as:
17” LCD prompter monitor with VGA & BNC video inputs
Pop up, fully adjustable teleprompter hood
Ready-built prompter mounting system that fits to all tripods and is fully adjustable to deliver balance without the need for counterweights.
First time infront of a Teleprompter?
1. Speak up! If there is anything that they or you would like to change in the copy let the prompter operator know. They can edit the text right there on their laptop. Or, If you need the font size changed, or something phonetically spelled or abbreviated, or you feel like the scrolling is too fast or too slow, let the teleprompter technician know. The operator is there to help you!
2. Be Natural. Maintaining a natural conversational tone really helps the audience or viewer.
3. Know the material. The more familiar you are with your script, the more naturally you're going to come across. This will allow you to use the teleprompter as a safety net instead of having to follow it word for word. This way the prompter gives support and allows you to feel confident.
5. Have good energy! Granted there may be some subject matters that call for a more subdued tone, in general more energy is the best policy, especially when you are delivering the script on camera. The camera really tones down the energy level, so it's usually best to be a little more upbeat and positive than may feel natural. Trust me, the camera loves it.
6. Read into the lens. When you're using a camera mounted prompter, you'll want to maintain eye contact with the lens, which is just behind the glass. In order to help do this, the teleprompter operator will show what place they are putting their cue point to keep pace with the speaker. Generally this will be in the center of the glass, and not at the top. That way they can keep the eye-line directly in front of the lens.
7. Practice. If you have never worked with a prompter before try to arrange some rehearsal time with the prompter before the shoot. That way you and operator will have the time to get in synch. You can experiment with different font sizes and colors, and format the text for the reading style that suits them best.
8. Choose the right prompter size. If you are going to stand close to the prompter ask the operator to either bring an appropriate sized prompter or to adjust the screen size smaller so that on camera so that your eyes are not seen to be moving back and forth as in a tennis game.
9. Relax. Remember the prompter will make life easier not harder. It takes all the burden of memorization off you so you can concentrate on communicating your copy in the most effective way possible.
10. In Summary... Be confident and take time to breathe. If they ad lib or go off script, the prompter will be there when they come back. If you stop, it will wait. Have fun. and remember that this is so much easier than trying to remember a whole script. Think of all the time you're saving, and enjoy it!