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Can Your Prompter Operator Do All This?

Can Your Prompter Operator Do All This?

Whether you’re reading from the prompter or calling the shots out front, Dallas Prompter operators have the experience and skills to match your pace.

  • We’re cued up to the right place at the right time.
  • We pay attention when you’re discussing changes.
  • We’re flexible when you need to change directions.
  • And we’ll make a positive impression on your client.

When you’ve planned a busy day, you can’t afford to waste time on technical problems. That’s another reason our repeat customers keep coming back: we avoid technical pitfalls and help you stay on schedule.

  • We can build a prompter with any camera.
  • Our proprietary software tools help us quickly convert scripts into a more readable prompter format.
  • We’re excellent typists, and we confidently navigate the many options offered by our prompter software. You and your clients will never be tempted to push us aside and try to do it yourselves.
  • And when a problem does arise, it’s usually fixed before anyone notices.

Bring on those busy days with constant changes. We enjoy the challenge.

Not just a teleprompter, your teammate

Not just a teleprompter, your teammate

When we work for you we consider ourselves part of your team. We’re committed to helping produce your best possible outcome.

So when a bit of dialogue isn’t delivered as written, or if something doesn’t seem right, we’re not shy about asking.

Each situation is different, of course. If there are five people from the agency watching every take, you don’t want or need suggestions from us; but when it’s a small crew, most of our clients appreciate the extra eyes and ears. Sometimes, it’s just how we ask the question. For instance, “does it bother you that …?”

Every assignment’s different. Each one has its challenges, and we meet those challenges with professionalism. We go above and beyond technical expertise to provide a unique service, as you’ll see in our blog posts that follow.

Prompting in Chinese

Prompting in Chinese

A client asked if we could prompt some video projects in Chinese. “I think so…” I said, knowing our high-end prompter software is multilingual. In this case, we applied a bit of ear for detail to get the result we wanted.

First, we researched the Chinese font. It wasn’t standard on US versions of Windows XP. (This was in 2008.) Once we found and installed the correct font, our software indeed produced Chinese characters from the script.

But how to pace the scrolling words for the on-camera talent when our prompter tech Dave couldn’t read them? Fortunately, a few English words in the script enabled him to scroll in sync with the speaker’s pace.

Then our client gave him a script with several sentences of Chinese characters, and no English by which to navigate. As they began recording, Dave noticed that by attending to the rhythm of the language, he could pace the prompter according to the pauses at commas and periods. (Who knew there were commas and periods in Chinese?)

Did Dave stay on-track? He asked the presenter if the prompter was keeping up and she said, “The prompter is perfect. It’s as though you could read Chinese!”

Walker’s last minute prompter need

Walker’s last minute prompter need

Late one evening (about 10pm), a long-time client Walker called to request a prompter for 8am the next morning. We were able to help. And he followed with this email:

“A lot of what we were shooting today was people going beyond the call of duty. So along those lines, let me say that I have really appreciated our ‘partnership’. There are not many people that I can call on just ten hours notice. Thanks for being there today.”

 

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