Microsoft is taking liberties with their new “Teleprompter View” in PowerPoint because it’s not a true Teleprompter with text that scrolls as you speak. But there are options for a true Teleprompter/Autocue professional effect.
A real Teleprompter (aka AutoCue) displays the speech text in front of the camera so the speaker appears to be talking directly without a script. TV presenters and professional speakers around the world use it, sometimes with a playback monitor so they can see what’s being broadcast.
These days there are web sites and mobile apps which do a similar Teleprompter job without the expensive hardware.
Most are autoscrolling, which assumes you speak at the same rate all the time. Ideally there’s a simple Play/Pause option (like pressing the spacebar). Professionals have a Teleprompter operator to scroll the text in sync with the speaker.
Narrow column for text
A Teleprompter trick is putting the text in a narrow column when the screen is close to the speaker (another way Microsoft’s version isn’t a true Teleprompter). If the text is wide, the speakers eyes move from side-to-side which looks shifty and is a dead giveaway that a Teleprompter is used. Narrow text lets the eyes catch all the text without movement.
A web page with plenty of features including voice activated scrolling and spacebar to Pause/Play.
Apple and Android Apps
iPhone, iPad and Android with their inbuilt cameras work great with Teleprompter apps.
For example https://scripted.video/ has both Apple and Android apps.
Search your App Store or Google Play for other options.
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