How to Read a Script While Looking Into the Camera  |  Brighton West Video

How to Read a Script While Looking Into the Camera | Brighton West Video

– Do you want to be
able to read your script and look at the camera at the same time? No more memorizing scripts
or looking offscreen. The solution you’re looking
for is called a teleprompter. In this video I’m gonna
show you how they work, how to set one up, and
I’ll share my favorite teleprompter hardware and software. (upbeat music) I’m Brighton West and I help
coaches, authors and speakers use YouTube to grow their business. And that requires getting on camera and talking directly to the viewer. For a lot of people, myself
included, it’s really hard. Right now I’m reading my script. It’s projected onto a piece of glass in front of the camera lens. I see the script, but the camera doesn’t. This is really pretty easy and
it’s surprisingly affordable. About half of my clients
use a teleprompter, and the majority of the rest of them already had some kind of theater training. Let’s jump right in. So let’s start with what
you’re going to need. So you’re going to need
a tripod right down here. The teleprompter hardware, the iPad, and the teleprompter software
that runs on the iPad. And then iPhone, or DSLR, or
some kind of camera to record. So, the first thing you need is a tripod, and I say this is one
of the adult tripods, one that comes up to, like,
five, maybe six feet tall. And, you know, these little guys, just aren’t gonna work for this, the one that are the Gorilla ones with the arms that go around stuff. The teleprompter hardware
itself is pretty big and you need something, a
sturdy tripod, to hold it up. This tripod is only $25, $30 on Amazon, and it is kind of the
minimum that you would need to be able to use the
teleprompter hardware. I have a link down to that below. So one of the things to know with tripods, I will just go over them quickly, is usually you’ve got something, you know, different controls for
different directions, and you can tilt them around
and then tighten them down. You’re definitely gonna
wanna tighten them down, when you’re got that
teleprompter on top of there. But you also have this
quick-release plate. So most big tripods have
a quick-release plate. And this will be attached to the bottom of the teleprompter
hardware before you attach the whole thing over to the tripod. So, let’s go ahead and get that attached to the teleprompter hardware
and get it put together. So this is the teleprompter
hardware that I recommend. It’s called the Caddy Buddy teleprompter. And I’ve got some videos
about why it’s so great, you can go watch those. But pretty simply, for this video, I’m just gonna show you how it works. All of them work about the same in terms of how the technology works. So first thing we’re gonna do is we’re going to attach
that quick-release plate to the bottom of the teleprompter where it has the screw
to screw into a tripod. So let’s tighten that guy up. And then, we’re gonna put in on and lock it down with that lever. So, what we’ve got, just real quickly go
over the teleprompter. We’ve got, I’ll pull this up, a tray where you put the iPad, and then you have
essentially a one-way mirror. And back here is where
you would put the camera. So we’re gonna go through
that piece by piece. So for this demonstration
I’m just gonna use an iPhone to be the camera part of this. Like I said, you can use
a DSLR, or video camera. You can probably even
put a webcam back here. But you’ll use an adapter
to connect your camera to the quarter-twenty screw. So this is the same screw that was at the top of your tripod. So the teleprompter
connects to the tripod, and then the camera connects
to the teleprompter, and actually sits behind the teleprompter. So, you’ll go here, and just attach that. And because this is an iPhone you have the ability to
kind of scoot it over a little bit to one side, to make it look more like
you will be in the middle. So I’m gonna set this
up where the LCD screen from the iPhone is facing back, so if someone were behind watching that would be how they could watch it. You can’t have it setup
the other direction, because you can’t have any
light behind the glass, or the one-way mirror doesn’t work. So we’ll do some quick adjustments here. We can kinda move things around. Let’s move this guy down. So it’s kind of in the
center of the mirror. So you can see there. Let me just turn it towards you. So you can see we’ve got the camera here looking through the glass and
then we’re gonna be putting the iPad with the app down below here. So the app I love to use
is called PromptSmart. And you can buy this for your
iPad, or for your iPhone. And you can find that in
the app store, I’m sure. I’ll have the link down below for that. So what you’ll do, is
you’ll go into PromptSmart and you’ll add a script. So I usually import the script, because I write them in Google Docs and then I’m able to go through here to Google Drive, or One Drive, or DropBox, there’s a number of different places where you can go and
pull your scripts from. So I’m gonna choose Google Drive. And then I’ll see the script
that I want, click on that. And then it’ll open it up, give it a name. And you’ll see this is a
pretty short script here. But we’ll just click Save. And now we’ll go down to the Play button. And then we’ve gotta quiet. One of the cool things about PromptSmart is it listens to the room and it will recognize
your voice as you talk. So let’s be quiet here for a second. And you’ll see here that it’s backwards. This is something that you
can set in the settings here, you can mirror the text. And what you’re doing
is mirroring the text because you gonna bounce
it off another mirror. You can do settings of Scroll settings, how fast you want it to go, or if you want it to recognize your voice, what colors you like, how
big it is, lot of options. So now what you do, is
you put this in here. And you can see, not
much has happened yet. This is where the magic happens though. The black cloth. So this comes with any teleprompter is gonna have this black cloth. When you put is on there you can now see the script in the screen, but the camera isn’t seeing any of that. So this allows you to be able to read what’s on the screen, while making it look like you’re looking at the camera. And it appears like magic. So when you’re ready, what you’ll do, is you’ll start the camera back here. Start it recording. And then you’ll walk around
to where it’s recording. And start reading. Do you want to post a video to a Facebook Group with your iPhone? I’m Brighton West and I
love showing people like you how easy online video can be. So that’s pretty much it. You saw that it scrolled with my voice, very simple, easy to setup. I’ve got reviews, and
different information. I have some information
about this specific software, but I wanted this video
to just be an overview. It does take a bit to get used to and to look natural while
reading a teleprompter. I have a video with tips
which you can watch. And what I’ve found, is that
if you’re recording with an iPhone, you should use
an iPhone in the tray. If you use an iPad the audience will probably see your eyes
moving back and forth. If you have a video camera, or DSLR, you can step back further
and iPad will work just find. Questions? Leave them down in the comments. And if you’re a coach, author, or speaker looking for help with your YouTube videos, like coming up with topics, editing and attracting an audience, then head over to my website to setup a free discovery phone call.


  • Suraj Sharma

    December 7, 2017

    Thanks for the video. I have an android phone. What app do you suggest?

  • The Patriot

    December 8, 2017

    How you cut your background

  • Patricia Smith

    December 12, 2017

    Great. Thank you for doing this. Look forward to more info in future videos.

  • McInTEC

    January 15, 2018

    Great Video! Question: How does the glass placed in front of the camera affect the image quality? Do you need to clean the glass regularly to keep it clear of blemishes and little specks that find their way onto the glass? 👍

  • John Millhollon-Turner

    February 2, 2018

    What model of the Ipad should I use?

  • Les Aria, PhD

    February 11, 2018

    You rock! Thank you for a clear explanation—and the demo! Plain awesome! 👍🏾

  • Rob Hope

    February 13, 2018

    If an iPhone picks up eye movement, why not use the iPad in Portrait position instead of Landscape? That way, the eyes will have a smaller distance to traverse.

  • SashoMedia

    February 16, 2018

    Hi if you change the thumbnail text color with dark will be more catch-eye. Otherwise now text on the thumbnail blending with the background color.

  • Rana Manna

    February 19, 2018

    will that teleprompter hardware work for a Nikon D5300 camera?

  • denis mv

    February 25, 2018

    I was looking for a video to show me how to read a script naturally and you promised this, but then delivered a video on how to set up a teleprompter, which I already know and have.
    So maybe you could have better titled this, How to setup a Teleprompter and then I would have saved 7 minutes of my day.

  • vancian1970

    February 28, 2018

    We use the caddy buddy along with a Microsoft Surface for a lot of commercial work and it works great. I don't recommend using it with a phone since you'll get distortion from the wide angle lens and it is harder to block out light. The ipad will be ok but a Surface works excellent if you want to change the script on the fly, just slap on the keyboard and you can make major changes without having the restrictions of a phone type OS.

  • Liz Fulcher

    March 24, 2018

    Can I use this TelePrompter with the Logitech C290?

  • Top Pay Position

    April 12, 2018

    Two iPhones? I hate Apple.

  • Milena Meshvildishvili

    April 23, 2018

    Is there any Voice Track Speech Recognition app available in Georgian language?

  • Shaun Ajani

    June 12, 2018

    Mr. West, that was exactly what I was looking for and right to the point! Thank you.

  • Kimberly M. Bisnar

    June 13, 2018

    Hi Brighton I need to know do you put the camara on video when your ready?

  • Kimberly M. Bisnar

    June 13, 2018

    I got it! Thanks

  • Post Disclosure World

    July 3, 2018

    how far away must one be from the teleprompter to not look like they are moving their eyes while reading?

  • Live Knowledge l सीधा ज्ञान

    September 10, 2018


  • Issah Hussein

    November 21, 2018

    Thanks brother I've learned something I was asking myself everyday

  • Adam Lavigne

    January 18, 2019

    7:00 you also reading

  • Neon High

    January 30, 2019

    I can see very well you reading on "our" right hand of the camera

  • Les Aria, PhD

    February 9, 2019

    Thank you! Great info. Just ordered mine —and so much easier to use a script.

    Could you create a video on how to have a white background just like yours?

  • Shakib Sayzad

    March 3, 2019

    Will this work with just mounting to a video head instead of a tripod?

  • hamiltonTV

    March 13, 2019

    Wow thank you thata my problwm too

  • Adam Kovacs

    March 17, 2019

    why? i can still see your eyes moving…

  • hellocourage

    March 30, 2019

    Thanks for the clear explanation. You rock! 🙂 Just wondering if we didn't read exactly what's being written, would the script app stop scrolling ? Does that mean we have to start all over again?

  • Brett Mitchell

    April 1, 2019

    Hi, would you know the price for the Teleprompter software PROMPTSMART PRO?

  • Billy Aiken

    April 8, 2019

    This is just what I needed. This is why I love YouTube! Awesome job on this video!


    April 12, 2019

    how much do all cost, because it is nice and simple


    April 16, 2019

    How to get rid of monotonous voice sir? Wonderful video.

  • Algocentric Digital Consultancy

    May 7, 2019

    Perfect. Just what we were looking for. Thank you for the video sir!

  • Nichole Diaz

    June 9, 2019

    great tutorial thx!

  • Rachel

    June 14, 2019

    Thank you so much!! this is just what I was looking for.

  • Isaac Ndidi

    June 16, 2019

    Your subtitles fucked up the video nice work though

  • Roman Mironov

    July 1, 2019

    Thank you for explaining this setup so well. Have been thinking about it for a few months now.

  • Income Tips Online

    July 8, 2019

    Hmm, I wonder If I can do this just using my laptop with the camera right over it on a tripod?

  • Kim Andrews

    July 9, 2019

    I found this, then lost it, and searched for ages to find it again. Have the link saved now.

  • Kim Andrews

    July 9, 2019

    The teleprompter part is not shipped to the UK from the seller on Amazon. Do you know where I can get one in the UK?

  • Jason Turo

    July 9, 2019

    Great setup. Any tips for creating a teleprompter for recording with the built-in camera in a laptop?

  • Stasik Berezovsky

    July 10, 2019

    Do you have any links to a video that was actually shot this way? I'm just curious about the quality of the video when camera is looking through the glass of the teleprompter

  • Crystal Hinton

    August 18, 2019

    Does it have to be an iPhone, iPad, or an apple product? I dont own any apple products.

  • Alessandro Longega

    August 24, 2019

    Great video, thanks!

  • Cynthia Perez

    August 29, 2019

    Love it 🙌

  • Hypnosis And Magic

    September 15, 2019

    How wide angle of a lens can I use with the caddy teleprompter ?

  • Christina White

    October 3, 2019

    I rather not use it。

  • Astrolopher

    November 2, 2019

    You are amazing, Thank You so Much! Keep up the Good Work !

  • haatim fadl

    November 8, 2019

    Not going to lie, this is satisfying as hell.

  • riya daily vlog

    December 3, 2019

    Thank you

  • Rizz 101

    December 9, 2019

    Teleprompter! What a tricky name. I literally had to go for trial and error method for 20 mins until google finally recognized what I was looking for and suggested this video. Incredible!

  • hanip ka tv

    December 9, 2019

    Thank you so much for your tips

  • M.U Khan

    December 10, 2019

    Hi i am an author of a book.can you make my online interview.thanks


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