How do you use an autocue? 5 tips!

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Hoe werkt een autocue
Are you having trouble remembering your lines during your video recordings? Or do you find it difficult to convey your message with enthusiasm if you have to remember a text? An autocue, or teleprompter, may be a good tool. However, working with a teleprompter also requires some skills. It is not as easy as it seems. With the following 5 tips you will ensure that you will master the teleprompter in no time.

What is a teleprompter?

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

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

#1 Prepare your text yourself

It is important to write the text in your own words. This way your message comes across more naturally and it is easier to read the text. While preparing and writing the text, it is wise to read the text aloud. This way you can reformulate sentences and filter out difficult words.

It is of course also possible that the text was prepared by a colleague. It is important to then rewrite the text in your own words.

#2 Write colloquialisms

Since you read the text (partly) and this should appear as natural as possible, it is important to write the text in colloquial language. Write the text as if you were having a conversation. It is better to skip words like nevertheless or however . Nobody says these words, right? Use everyday and informal words.

In addition, make short sentences, write everything in full (including numbers) and place the subject and verb together. Continue to speak your text out loud while writing, so that you can check and rewrite the text as you write.

#3 Set the teleprompter text correctly

Before you start your recordings, it is wise to set the text yourself via an app or computer. For example, you can set the font size and playback speed yourself and ensure that the text is displayed according to your personal preference. This makes it easier to read the text.

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. With the Teleprompter app (App Store), the text is displayed on the phone you are filming with. This way you can film yourself via the selfie camera and read out your text at the same time.

It is useful to have control over the speed of the text. For example, you can slow down the text a bit if you make a mistake. You can use a foot pedal or a Bluetooth remote control for this. With a Bluetooth remote you can not only determine the tempo, but you can also scroll back the text 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.

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#4 Practice, practice, practice!

Before the video recordings start and the autocue starts running, it is wise to read the text out loud in advance. This way you know where to put the emphasis and you can determine the pace.

Before recording begins, it is wise to practice using the teleprompter. It can take some time to get used to working with an autocue. So run through your text using the teleprompter, so that it runs smoothly during the recording.

#5 Watch your attitude and tone

Remember that a teleprompter serves as a tool. If you simply read the text aloud or rattle off quickly, your viewers will probably quickly tune out. Speak with enthusiasm and passion and remember that on video, only half of your energy and enthusiasm remains. So don't be afraid to tell your story with full energy or to be over the top . However, be careful not to raise your voice.

In addition, a good posture is also important. Stand upright and relax your neck and shoulder muscles. This makes you look more accessible and professional and prevents you from looking cramped.

Questions?

Hopefully the above tips will make using an autocue easier for you. Would you like more information about our autocues or do you have any questions? We will be happy to help you out.

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