Should you use an autocue when filming video content?
When planning video content with clients I always try to maximise budgets by getting them or their team to be the talent in the video as it saves on talent costs.
I tend to go one step further and suggest that the video not be ‘scripted’, instead favouring a well planned bullet pointed list that can be used a prompt. I find that this method, when conducted with a two-person film crew, delivers smoother conversational dialogue with the camera and therefore audience.
Sometimes, however, a single man crew is required because of budget or the client can find themselves talking about a complex topic they may not be so familiar with. In cases like this we find the question ‘to autocue or not to autocue’ raises it’s head.
In case you don’t know what an autocue actually is, it’s a specialized piece of equipment that enables you to read a script hands free in front of a camera. Otherwise known as a teleprompter.
At its most basic form, it’s a piece of glass that gets put in front of a camera lens. The glass is able to project your script in order of reading.
Now like everything, there are upsides and downsides:
- With practice you can read your script word-for-word perfect,
- You’re able to stop, rewind and pick up where you left off,
- The above two points potentially saves time on retakes,
- Some people can come across ‘wooden’ or ‘robotic’ when reading from an autocue,
- It’s another piece of equipment required on set, which adds additional costs, and
- You need to have all your content planned and prepared in advance in order for it to be uploaded into the autocue.
Speaking to the team here at the Deli Agency, they all recommend jotting down some basic talking points and see how you go reciting your content out loud a few times before shoot day!
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