Working with a teleprompter

Working with a teleprompter or autocue

TV presenters use teleprompters (also known as autocue) to engage their audience by maintaining natural eye contact.

Because they don’t have to keep looking down at written notes, their presentation appears natural and spontaneous, not at all like they’re reading from a script. This level of professionalism is what you should aspire to in your video course, so I recommend you use a teleprompter too. 

A teleprompter is a device that uses special glass that’s reflective on one side and see-through on the other. The glass is set at a 45-degree angle, with the script under the glass and the camera behind the glass. Because the glass is see-through on one side, it’s invisible to the camera but will reflect the script to you for reading.

It’s a clever concept and one which used to be limited to media professionals. But in recent years, a variety of devices have become available for the mass market which do the job well and are both affordable and simple to use.

In this lesson, I show you how to set up and use a teleprompter for your online video course. It will make recording your videos quicker, whilst also reducing your editing time and improving your presence on camera.