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How to use the teleprompter

While shooting in the video studio, you can use a teleprompter. 

  • You can create the text in any text editor (word, notepad, google docs).

  • The text should only contain what you are going to say on the video. Additionally, we recommend deciphering abbreviations, spelling out numbers in words, and replacing words you stutter on.

  • Add code words to the text if you will be using the presentation and interacting with its elements. For example, "SLIDE" to switch to the next slide or "ANIMATION" to turn on an animation.

  • Text formatting is not considered (boldness, font, italics, text colour). Use blank lines to separate text.

How to prepare text for a teleprompter
  1. Write the text the day before the speech or earlier.

  2. Write the first draft of the text. Do not think about its quality and length. While it is important to decide on the informative component. It should be a clean text, without tables and figures.

  3. Look through the text, divide it into semantic parts. Decide whether the parts correspond to each other in terms of volume. Correct it.

  4. Decide what is the style of your speech? Accordingly, make stylistic changes to each part of the text.

  5. You are preparing for a public speech. Your text should be conversational, not written. Make adjustments: get rid of long turns of phrase, move the main meaning of the word to the beginning of the sentence. Long extended enumerations are not suitable. Make more full stops and fewer commas. Get rid of hyphenated turns.

  6. Decide how you would like to write numbers. Will you use abbreviations? It is important here that you understand abbreviations, and don't overthink it while speaking.

  7. Decide how you will write down foreign words, if any. It may be worth writing the transcription straight away.

  8. Write an opening paragraph and a closing paragraph. They should be more emotional and less informative than the main text.

  9. Format the text. Start on a new line for each sentence or piece of meaning. Make a blank line between parts of the text. Do not make any highlighting with colour, thickness of letters, italics - the prompter program most likely will not be able to convey this. Use only numbers if you need to mark parts of the text. Get rid of all other icons.

  10. Read the text aloud. Correct if something is not comfortable to read. Work on diction in difficult places.

  11. Read the text after some time.

  12. Read the text on the morning of the day of the video recording.

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