Hi! It’s Elyse from Synoply, your synopsis of everything to do in the video. Today, I wanted to make a really quick video for you guys to share my $2 teleprompter YouTube filming hack. I was at Officeworks recently and I found this mini whiteboard in the clearance bin and I thought it would be a great tool to help me with filming. Now, I don’t like using a teleprompter because I think sometimes it makes you sound a little bit stilted and not natural. I like to keep my notes as minimal as possible, but I’ve always struggled with having them on a laptop or printing them out because it is a lot of effort to do it that way.
When I found this whiteboard, I thought it would be a great tool to use. You just have a couple of notes for me to look at while I’m filming so that I can keep a natural flow but also make sure that I cover all the content that I want to put in the video.
What I actually do is the night before I’m going to film, I write an outline onto my whiteboard and I try and keep it to one side if possible and I try and keep the notes as minimal as possible as well because I don’t want to constantly be looking at them. What the fantastic thing about this whiteboard is it’s got this stand essentially. My tripod has this little knob right under the lens of the camera and so I’m actually able to just hook it straight under the camera so that it’s actually in my line of sight and I’m not looking off to the sides. I always see a lot of people’s YouTube videos where you sort of catch them looking off to the side to look at their notes and it’s a little bit distracting.
If your tripod doesn’t actually have the little knob that mine does, I still think you could easily attach like a piece of string and actually hang this over your lens so that it’s right under where you need to look when you’re talking to the camera. What I also love about it is obviously reusable and it’s really simple to use. As soon as I finish a video I can just wipe it down.You don’t need any liquid. You just dry wipe it and then you can write out the outline for your next video as opposed to making it a little bit more difficult for yourself and typing something onto a computer and then printing it out or even just using a text and writing onto a piece of paper. It’s sort of like you’ve got to throw that piece of away. This whiteboard is just reusable so it can just be used over and over and over again.
The other things that I think are really fantastic is obviously there’s no setting up to do because sometimes I’ve tried to use like an iPad as a teleprompter and it’s going too fast or it’s going too slow and it just makes it a little bit too complicated. Just writing your notes on the whiteboard makes it a much simpler process and you don’t get stuck with the technology not working.
What I also love is the fact that this has the stand that can just be used to prop the whiteboard up. What will often happen, say I’m filming a vlog in my house or in the office, I might sometimes just want to write a couple of notes so that I don’t forget to tell you guys something. I literally just write it on to my wife or prompt it up next to me and film my video that way. That way, I just don’t forget anything that I want to talk to you guys about.
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