If you record yourself for a vlog or a historical post with your own camera, it may be difficult to keep on the message. You can worry too much about how you look or let focus on what you want to say. Using a script can help, but looking away from the camera to read is unprofessional, even on social platforms like Instagram. What you need is a teleprompter, and there are apps for it.
Teleprompter apps can help you create stories and videos that look polished and crisp, without spending a dime. All you have to do is print your script, press play and see your words scroll up on the screen. This way, you can read the screen but appear to look directly at the selfie camera. The words you see on the screen will not appear in the final recording, which means your audience sees professional at work.
Although there are a variety of teleprompter options for both iOS and Android, you can find some of the deals missing. We took the time to find a free app on every platform that gets the job done so you can spend more time so your video meets your standards and less time worrying about how you say what you want. The apps are different, but their core features let you print your script, customize how it appears on the screen and get the movie.
App 1: Selvi for Android
If your video department is running on Android, Selvi has covered you. When you start up the app you will be greeted in the main menu, which contains all the scripts you may have already written. To start a new one, press "Create new text" or press the plus (+) button at the bottom right and press "Create new." If you already have a text file available, you can also tap "Import from the device's storage" from the plus menu.
Write your script
Enter a title for your script so that you can identify it from the others in the main menu. Then you begin to write the text you want to see through the teleprompter. When finished, press the blue check box at the bottom right. Selvi takes you back to the main menu, where you can choose your new script. If you ever need to make a change, just press the script for a long time and select the edit (pen) button. If you want to delete your script, click the trash instead.
Once in the editor you will find a set of tools to make your teleprompter as easy to read as possible. You can drag the blue dot in the middle of the text to move that text to any point on the screen you want. Similarly, you can resize this text box via the blue icon at the bottom right.
On the toolbar, the tools allow you to adjust the text box transparency, text color, font, speed, text size, and the quality of the recorded video. You can also choose whether to use the front or rear camera by pressing the arrows at the bottom right.
When all the settings are selected, press the recording button at the bottom to start recording. You may notice that the text begins to scroll, so take a look and start reading. When you are done, or if you need to change settings, press the red button to end the recording.
On the following page, you can either press the check box to save the recording or "Retry" to restart. "Share" opens the Share menu so you can send the video to any of your connected services. With "X" you return to the main menu, recording not saved.