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Example Workflow

Here you'll find an example Power Prompter workflow outline. This is by no means a "must follow" or "best practices" deal. There's no right or wrong - whatever works for you is right. So if this workflow looks counter intuitive don't feel forced to use it. But if you have never worked with a teleprompter before this is a good way to get started,

Creating & editing a script

  • create new script file
  • write your script
    • it's smart to add a bunch of empty lines (or a countdown 10, 9, 8, ...) at the top of the document to give the talent some time to get ready once prompting starts
    • don't forget to save your script from time to time as Power Prompter doesn't have auto save
  • mark up important parts
  • adjust script properties
    • margin
    • words per line
  • set up overlays & indicators
  • test prompt
    • adjust speed
    • fix typos
    • adjust margin / words per line
  • save script

Preparing a prompting session

  • load script
  • set up teleprompter window arrangement
    • display inspector for full screen prompters
    • alternatively spawn free floating prompter windows
    • if you work in tandem with talent it's a good idea spawn two prompter windows. one for the talent, one for you. issue commands like speed adjustments in your window. don't mouse over the talent's window to avoid distractions
  • adjust text alignment, mirroring and control visibility for each teleprompter window
    • talent usually doesn't need to see controls. you can leave the timestamp label visible in talent's window
    • you can click on the timestamp to toggle between script position and time remaining
  • connect your control device
  • dry run
    • confirm scrolling speed is comfortable to the reader
    • check all attached displays
    • check if mirroring is set up correctly
    • check if controls are only visible where required
    • test your control device you want to use later
  • lock script by pressing the lock button to prevents accidental changes
  • ready to go live

Running a prompting session

  • start recording device
  • start prompter
  • read from prompter
  • optionally live adjust scroll speed (usually 2nd person required)
  • stop prompter
  • stop recording device