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7. Robotic Camera operation. One man controlled robotic studios are becoming far more common. Rigging on CCTV dome style cameras can be a problem (there is nothing to attach the prompter to) but PTZ style cameras are now easy using specialised mounting plates to maintain camera balance and smooth movements. use pauses, don’t move their head from side to side or stare into the lens. Remember they control the speed of the script delivery not the operator. Don’t worry if they ab lib as a good operator will always wait for them to come back to script and don’t be frightened to use bullet points if script reading is not their thing. The way to ensure this all comes together is practice to make sure they are familiar with what they are going to say as they are the experts on the subject matter! 8. Lightweight / folding hoods. As the demand from presenters for larger screens increases there is a backlash from Cameras, Engineering and often Prompt Operators that on camera weight is too much and balance and mobility are lost. Most manufactures now offer lightweight folding hoods which keep weight down but allow large screen sizes. www.portaprompt.co.uk 9. Prompter Control. Most manufactures offer wired / wireless hand / foot controllers although a PC mouse will often suffi ce. Be clear how you will work in studio and on location and then what type of control you want and can afford. 10. Practice makes perfect is an old adage but so true. You want your presenter to sound natural and relaxed. Make sure they are not just “reading” and they vary their pitch and tone, Need Help? Call us: +44(0)1932 240 204 www.thameside.tv | firstname.lastname@example.org .tv Ingest & Transmission | Graphics & Effects | Editing | DVE & Character Gen | Film and DI | Router / Switcher | Wireless Link | Robotics | MultiViewer Signal Generators | VTR | Web Streaming | Test & Measure | Camera Equipment | Audio Equipment | Signal Processors | Vision Mixers | Monitors Ingest & Transmission Graphics & Effects Editing DVE & Character Gen Film & DI Router / Switcher Robotics Multiviewer Signal Generators VTRs Web Streaming Test & Measurement Camera Equipment Audio Equipment Signal Processing Vision Mixers Monitors Wireless Link