Today, I’m going to tell you exactly how to avoid painful mistakes when teleprompting and deliver your lines flawlessly.
Here are some of the best questions I’ve been asked by my subscribers and clients:
How can I master a teleprompter?
Teleprompters have two different uses: giving speeches and recording videos. When recording videos, the camera will go behind glass, as seen here, and there will be a black shroud blacking off the mirror side to prevent reflections into the camera lens.
A teleprompter allows you to write a detailed script ahead of time and then execute it on location. Planning ahead will give you time to thoroughly think through all the very best ideas and props you have put into your video.
In addition, because you’ll be nailing your lines, there will be a lot less useless footage to waste your time later when you go to edit it.
When delivering speeches, lectures, or advertisements, the talent will often expect their script to already be written for them, for example in an advertisement with celebrity you don’t want to waste precious time, which you’re paying a pretty penny for. It insures that the masterminds funding the advertisement or event will get their money’s worth: in other words, their information will be quickly and accurately presented.
Other speech applications include news broadcasts and politics, where a teleprompter gives them something to fall back on (like a security blanket) if they’re forgetting their lines or information.
A teleprompter can be extremely helpful when going live, and you don’t want to make mistakes or forget crucial information.
Do I really need a shroud to black off the camera side?
Yes, but if you’re a professional you can paint your ceiling black, or even just stretch and staple a black cloth to the ceiling.
How does teleprompter glass compare with a standard two way mirror?
A teleprompter mirror, also known as beamsplitter glass, is 7x more transparent and has an anti-reflective backside to prevent a double image.
What is the purpose of the antireflective backside of the glass?
To prevent a double image off the backside of the glass, also known as “ghosting”
Advantages of using a black backdrop vs a green backdrop?
The most popular backdrops are white, which is all the rage right now, grey, black, and chromakey (green). White is ideal for an informational video especially if you’re embedding them into a website with white background.
Why do you use crazy humor in your videos?
It’s known as a pattern interrupt. The attention span of a typical person is only a few seconds, which is why you’ll want to throw in a lot of humor to keep people watching. It’s also known as entertainment, which is why a ton of people watch videos in general instead of getting their content from articles. Through humor, I have increased retention time from about 1 minute, which is typical, to 18 minutes and beyond, depending on the length of the video.
What are some other things you can use in your speeches or videos?
Some of my favorite “b roll footage” are: dance, stories, workout, martial arts, & musical instruments. I spend many hours brainstorming and planning with my cameraman, who takes our ideas and turns them into my scripts.
How can I flip display to a mirror image?
Use a flipped teleprompter TV, HDMI MirrorBox, Chrome Plugins (Flip This, Dark Reader to make websites show white text on black background, UltraMon software, or CSS code to flip a website. Teleprompter software is also an option. More details in my next sequel (hit subscribe now!)
What are the best ways to control a teleprompter?
There are a ton of different input devices on the market–just look on amazon. A couple of my favorites are the Logitech Presenter Remote and a foot pedal
Can I use a teleprompter for music, guitar tabs, or lyrics?
We’ve had a lot of famous musicians order teleprompters so that they don’t forget their lyrics or music. We’ve also had a lot of up-and-coming musicians with home studios use them so they can maintain eye contact with their fans in their videos. It gives them that one extra camera angle–eye contact–which is so much more powerful than sliders, gimbals, or drones.
I’m going to show you an example using a popular website called Ultimate Guitar.
What would you recommend if I want to use it outside? Recording through it?
It depends on what you’re using it for. If you’re recording through it, use our indoor glass and black off the backside with a shroud. If you’re delivering a speech with no shroud you’ll definitely want a product called outdoor teleprompter glass, which is twice as reflective as a standard beamsplitter mirror.
What does your studio space look like? Advantages of your setup?
I have two walls–a black backdrop for vibrant colors to stand out, and green screen, which allows me to edit in any background. Gaffer tape allows me to hang the paper without damaging the walls. I recently added a black backdrop to my ceiling so I don’t need a shroud on the backside of the glass.
What gear do you use?
Two 32″ Samsung TVs, tv stands, presidential teleprompters with custom sized 18″ glass with rounded corners. I have them plugged into my laptop using a HDMI splitter.
How do you write fast scripts?
I don’t use teleprompter software because it always seems to goof up my tempo and ends up costing me a lot of time. I simply use Microsoft Word, because I can easily add all the formatting such as different colors and bullet points. Sometimes I will copy and paste my Word file into a HTML editor, if I want to flip it using my web browser. The rest of the time, I simply display it on my pre-flipped 32″ screens.
Between scenes, I audibly speak the subject matter or scene number so I can go back later and quickly organize and label my video files before editing.