Choosing Quality Teleprompter Software
In a production environment, wasting time has a direct negative impact on your bottom line. A professional production often involves several moving parts that must all function simultaneously and perfectly. A single piece of the puzzle not performing can lead to frustration, delays, and a final product that is not up to standards. Like a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, your production can be ground to a halt by something as simple as the wrong teleprompter software.
Teleprompter software seems simple at first glance. After all, it can't be all that difficult to program something that just displays scrolling words on a camera-mounted screen, right? Well, the fact is that slight details make a huge difference, and that selecting the best teleprompter software for your production is a deceptively difficult process. There are several important features to look out for when selecting your software, and finding a quality product will pay for itself many times over.
Imagine the delay that could be caused when shooting a segment using a teleprompter and the display program crashes. Everyone involved with the production must now sit and wait while the issue is resolved. If the software formats the content poorly or scrolls at an incorrect speed, it could result in an unnatural delivery from your talent, or several more takes to get it right. Not to mention the embarrassment of being in a live environment and having your speech or production ruined by a teleprompter error that could have been easily avoided by purchasing a higher quality product in the first place.
In addition to preventing malfunction on the set. There are several optional features that could improve the quality of your performance. For instance, in a situation where there are multiple speakers reading from the same teleprompter, it is especially helpful to have teleprompter software that supports multiple color text as well as different fonts. This will allow your presenters to more easily recognize their parts, and result in a more natural delivery.
While at first it seems like a small, maybe even insignificant part of your production, investing in quality software for your teleprompter is an investment that will pay for itself many times over.