There are many kinds of teleprompter equipment in the market today. Learn some of the most important considerations to ensure that you purchase the best film teleprompter equipment.

There is a lot of teleprompter equipment to choose from

Here’s several key questions you have to think about when buying a teleprompter, regardless of your preferred manufacturer, existing equipment, budget or prompting requirements. The first thing you need to consider is the distance of your presenter from the teleprompter to help determine the size of the teleprompter you need. There are a wide range of monitor sizes on the market, so that you can find a teleprompter that’s just right for your requirements. But note that whatever size and manufacturer you choose, you have to check that the television teleprompter equipment is compatible with your camera, tripod, and lens.

The main question around teleprompter equipment compatibility is weight

See if your tripod has sufficient payload capacity for the weight of your lens and camera, and the chosen teleprompter. There are so many first-time buyers who work with small cameras and tripod heads and don’t have anything appropriate for the weight of a teleprompter. The second question is if you can position your camera and lens in the back of the teleprompter glass to hood so that the eye line of the presenter is directly looking at the camera. This depends on the specific camera and lens you’re using, and the flexibility of the mounting system in your chosen teleprompter.

For the most flexible camera mounting systems and advanced cameras or lens, get a flexible teleprompter mounting system, which there are many in the market. Because of the increased flexibility in the mounting system, all lens and camera types can remain flush against the tripod head while still remaining centered on the glass. For example, if you are doing lots of pan and tilt work, the weight of the camera remains as close as possible to the tripod head, avoiding a pendulum effect and decreasing control of your tilt and pan. If you’re not sure if your camera, lens or tripod is appropriate for your choice of teleprompter, ask an expert salesperson.

For many teleprompter applications, there’s a simple script that’s prepared in advance, with one presenter and the script just has to scroll from start to finish at a speed that’s adjusted to keep pace with the presenter. Teleprompter software gives this functionality and more, like dual-screen functionality to reverse the script for the teleprompter monitor and simultaneously show it the right way up for the computer operator, plus the ability to import word documents, the ability to insert markers, and the ability to change the font, size, color and format of the script text. Different teleprompter software works on different kinds of computers and is included free with most teleprompter purchases.

If you need any more advanced functionality like run order management (for long scripts with various sections that you want to navigate to and edit easily and quickly), live edits (for last minute script changes while in prompt mode), or newsroom interfaces (for integration into an electric newsroom system to get live updates from the newsroom system via the teleprompter), you’ll have to purchase a quality software program. See if the speed can be controlled by a dedicated operator or the presenter themselves. There is a wide range of controller options, along with wired and wireless, hand and foot controls to cover whatever is needed.

Consider these main considerations and you’ll have a good idea of the product you need

There is a wide range of film teleprompter equipment in the world with various designs and specifications. If you’re still unsure about what you want and need after reading this teleprompter blog, call a teleprompter seller or teleprompter rental company in your area and they should be happy to serve you. They should be able to clearly explain the best available solution and price, regardless of your requirements and budget. And of course, at Neil Tanner Inc., we’re always ready to assist you.

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A professional teleprompter, or Autocue as it is known in the British Commonwealth, can be a very helpful tool for speaking on camera – when used properly.

While most business presenters are used to reading from notes on paper, they will appear less constricted and more relaxed when using a mirrored teleprompter on camera.

In many instances where financial or legal statements have to be completely accurate to avoid potential confusion or unwanted repercussions, a teleprompter will guarantee accuracy.

Here are seven tips for properly using a professional teleprompter.

1.    Most importantly, THE SPEED OF THE SCROLL IS CONTROLLED BY THE PRESENTER. The operator only follows.  The natural tendency for people who first use a teleprompter is to race faster and faster, because they are afraid the words will disappear off the top of the screen before they can read them.  It is important to impress upon the presenter their prompter operator is listening intently to their every word.  Think of the operator as a security blanket 🙂

If the presenter has the time, it often helps to practice speeding up and slowing down in an effort to shake the operator.  When they experience the operator is keeping up with them no matter what, they gain confidence and know they are in good hands.

2.    Ask the teleprompter operator to set the font size to suit your eyesight. The bigger the font, the fewer words are on the screen, so you will have a less opportunity to see what is coming up.  But when the words are too small, you will struggle to read accurately. Professional teleprompter software in the hands of an expert makes this easy.

3.    Unlike a regular document, you cannot see very far ahead on a teleprompter screen. Please make sure you read the script beforehand and are thoroughly familiar with it. Of course, if you have written it yourself, then so much better.  Definitely take time to read it out loud on the teleprompter.  The experience is very different from seeing it all on a page.  There are usually a few minor tweaks that need to be made, which are not apparent when reading silently.

4.    Ask the operator to underscore or italicize any teleprompter text you would like to emphasize.  It is best not to include too many stage directions like “turn towards Barbara and smile.” These take space on screen and can be very distracting.  Also, there is the risk that you will read these out-loud as well. These moments are sure to crack up your audience, but your credibility will plunge. Especially if this is broadcast live.

5.     As you are looking at the teleprompter script, remember that you are also looking directly into the video camera.  Therefore, smile and speak to the camera as a friend. It helps to imagine the face of your peer, client, or whoever you are trying to reach.

6.    Either make the teleprompter script margins smaller or move the camera further away. When the camera is fairly close, it is obvious that you are reading side to side, and it will reduce your credibility.

7.     Allow your head to move naturally. When you lock your head in a rigid position, only your eyes can move to read the teleprompter text. Notice how you speak to people in regular conversations.  Your head is rarely still.  Even small movements prove you are genuinely interested in what you’re saying.

Teleprompters let you be yourself.

However, the time to learn is not two minutes before you start filming. It would be much better to learn the tricks of the trade in a more relaxed and calm atmosphere.

When properly used, a professional teleprompter can take away much of the stress and fear associated with presenting on camera.  When financial or legal requirements are important, there are no slips of the tongue that can come back to haunt you. Rather than struggling for the right words, you can concentrate on being believable and relaxed.

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