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Can’t seem to remember your text during your video recordings? Perhaps you find it difficult to convey your message with enthusiasm if you have to remember a text? Then an autocue, also known as a teleprompter, might be the perfect tool for you. However, working with a teleprompter requires some skills. It’s not as easy as it seems. With the following 5 tips, you can master the autocue in no time.

What is an autocue?

An autocue is a display that projects text on the camera via a mirror. The text is displayed in front of a camera or smartphone, without the camera registering it. This allows you to read a video script and look straight into the lens, without it being visible to the camera or viewer. Autocues are available for both smartphones and cameras.

  1. Prepare your text yourself
  2. Write colloquially
  3. Set the teleprompter text correctly
  4. Practice, practice, practice!
  5. Watch your posture and tone

#1 Prepare the text yourself

It is important to write the text in your own words. You can convey your message more natural and it is easier to read the text. While you are preparing and writing the text, it is recommended to read the text out loud. This way you can reformulate sentences and filter out difficult words.

It is of course also possible to let a colleague prepare the text. This can serve as a great starting point, but it is still recommended to rewrite the text in your own words.

#2 Write in spoken language

It is recommended to write the text in spoken language. You want to come across as natural as possible while reading the text. Therefore you should write the text as if you are having a conversation. It is better to skip words such as nevertheless. Nobody really uses these words in an everyday conversation right? Use everyday and informal words.

It is also recommended to write short sentences, write everything out in full (including numbers) and to place the subject and verb together. Remember to continue speaking your text aloud as you write, to keep on checking and rewriting your text.

#3 Choose the correct settings for your text

Before you start recording, it is recommended to set up the text yourself via an app or computer. You can choose the correct font size, set the playback speed to make sure the text is displayed to your personal liking. This will make it much easier to read the text from the autocue.

With an app like Parrot Teleprompter App (Apple App Store / Google Play Store) and BestView (Apple App Store / Google Play Store) you can set the font size and playback speed. The following app, Teleprompter app (App Store), works a bit differently. It displays the text on the phone you are filming with. With this app you won’t need an autocue. You can film yourself via your selfie camera and read the text simultaneously.

It is recommended to have control over the speed of the text. This way, you can slow down the text if you slip up. You can use a foot pedal or a Bluetooth remote control for this. With a Bluetooth remote you can control the tempo, scroll back or pause the text. A remote control is often included with an autocue, such as the Ulanzi PT-15 and the Ulanzi PT-16 autocue.

#4 Practice, practice, practice!

Before you start filming and the autocue starts running, it might be a good idea to go through the text and read the text out loud. This way, you will find the correct pace and you will figure out when to take a small pause.

It is also recommended to practice using the teleprompter before you press record. It can take a while to get used to working with an autocue. Practice beforehand so everything runs smoothly during the recordings.

#5 Be aware of your attitude, tone and posture

Remember that an autocue serves as a tool. If you simply start reading the text or start quickly pacing through the text, your viewers will probably drop out. Make sure to talk with enthusiasm and passion. You will only pass on half of your enthusiasm on video. Therefore you shouldn’t be afraid to tell your story with a lot of energy or to be over the top. However, be careful not to raise your voice.

In addition, good posture is also important. Stand up straight and relax your neck and shoulders. You will look more accessible and professional and you prevent yourself from looking cramped up.

Questions?

Hopefully these tips will help you use an autocue. Would you like more information about our autocues or do you have any questions? Then we are happy to help you.

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