Using a teleprompter can seem intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be creating polished and professional-looking content in no time. Just think of the process as prepping for a delicious meal—scary at first, but totally worth it. And don’t worry; we’ll walk you through the basics, so you can focus on delivering your message with confidence and ease.
Let’s dive in!
For the purpose of this guide, let’s consider you’re using our Teleprompter app on your iPhone. Just download it from the store and check the features that suit your needs—for the free or paid version.
Once you’re done, it’s time to position your phone in front of your camera lens. You can do this using a tripod or a phone mount. Make sure your phone is securely in place and positioned so you can easily read your script while looking directly at the camera.
If you’re a professional with a larger setup, you might want to use a teleprompter rig. Fortunately, the paid app offers a mirroring function that you can use to connect with the rig easily.
Finally, it’s time to adjust the speed and other settings on Teleprompter to fit your needs. You can adjust the scrolling speed, font size, and other settings to make sure that you’re comfortable with the way the app is working. It’s important to practice using the app before filming your actual video, so that you’re familiar with how it works and can make any necessary adjustments.
Why did the teleprompter cross the road? To get to the other side of the script.
Hehehehe. We love our jokes.
Ahem, anyway, your script is just as important as your teleprompter. It will make sure you’re not using those pesky ‘ummm’s and ‘errr’s that break the flow of speech so often! But you also don’t want to make it sound too robotic, so here are a few steps to help you create the perfect script:
Step #1: Outline the key points for your video. This will help you stay on topic and ensure you cover everything you want to say.
Step #2: Once you have your list, start filling in the details and adding any supporting information or examples.
Step #3: Read it out loud as you would naturally in a conversation, and mark wherever you need pauses, transitions, or some tweaks in language.
Step #4: Do a practice run with the script and record yourself.
Step #5: Review your draft video and make changes to the script where it seems too unnatural.
And there you have it!
Remember, a well-written script is the spice of any successful video, so take the time to write it out and practice before you start the final recording.
The Teleprompter App offers easy-to-use features to help you adjust the font size of your script. It helps you read your script comfortably. As for the script presentation, you can choose to have the text roll on your screen on top of the video, so you can see both the content and your reflection. Or, if you prefer, you can turn on the full-screen mode to roll out the script as you speak.
To identify the correct speed for the recording, consider your natural speaking pace. This differs for everyone, so test out various options and see which is the best fit for your tone and speed. Once you’re comfortable, try different font size options for the speed you chose before. This will need adjusting, because if the size is too big and the speed too fast, the text will simply disappear before you have the chance to read it through. Too small, and your screen might get too cluttered. Also, consider the distance where your iPhone will be (which is why we recommend setting up the app first) so you don’t strain your eyes too much.
One trick we discovered on our own Teleprompter expeditions was to add the text *pause here* if there was a small pause in speech. We just added this multiple times for longer pauses.
So, let’s say this is our script:
Good day, my dear friends and fellow hobbits. As you all know, my eleventeenth birthday is coming up, and I couldn’t be more excited! I must say, I’ve been looking forward to this party for quite some time, and I hope you will all join me in celebrating. There will be music, food, and, of course, plenty of ale. And hopefully, no Sackville-Bagginses.
You can convert it to this:
Good day, my dear friends and fellow hobbits. As you all know, my eleventeenth birthday is coming up, and I couldn’t be more excited!
I must say, I’ve been looking forward to this party for quite some time, and I hope you will all join me in celebrating. There will be music, food,
and, of course, plenty of ale.
If you test this out with the app, you’ll see the second version is more comfortable to read out because the *pause* text helps you prepare for the next lines with natural and dramatic pauses as necessary!
This really helps because you don’t have to worry about adjusting the speed to match the pauses—which is honestly a major frustration when you’re just starting out!
For more tips on natural speaking, read: 5 Tips to Speak Well on Camera
Ah, now’s the time for the big showdown.
Once you have set up your phone teleprompter app and readied your script in all its persuasive glory, it’s time to film your content!
Make sure you have ample lighting in the room so you can read the script without having to squint or shift around to read the text. If you need, connect an external microphone if your phone doesn’t pick up great audio.
As you film, try to maintain eye contact with the camera as much as possible. This will help you connect with your audience and create a more engaging video.
If you make a mistake or stumble over your words, don’t worry! Simply pause the teleprompter and take a moment to gather your thoughts before starting again. Remember, the beauty of using a teleprompter is that you can always pick up where you left off without having to memorize your entire script.
Finally, take the time to review your footage and make any necessary edits. You may find that you need to re-record certain sections or make changes to your script. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things – the more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll become with using Teleprompter to create content.
Annnd you’re done! We hope this guide helps you get rid of the jitters and get started with the Teleprompter app easily! You can try it for free today an any iOS device, and be ready to record in minutes.
Happy filming! (or to quote Julia Child, “Bon appétit!")