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Team VODIUM | July 19, 2022

5 Things to Look for in an Online Teleprompter (and 3 to Avoid)

5 Things to Look for in an Online Teleprompter (and 3 to Avoid)
(4 min. read)

Learn the differences between an online teleprompter and traditional teleprompter hardware, and why you don't have to sacrifice your budget for functionality.

Have you ever considered using an online teleprompter for your presentations?

A hardware-based teleprompter projects a speaker's words onto a transparent panel in front of a camera lens. It does it in such a way that the speech text remains hidden from the audience.

Online teleprompters accomplish the same thing, only without the expensive hardware and high prices. They allow speakers to see what they need to say without losing eye contact with the audience. When a speaker is constantly flipping through a written speech, audience members will be less focused on your message.

With online teleprompters, speakers no longer have to rely on their memories to deliver powerfully persuasive speeches. They appear more polished and professional without all the stumbling over words and awkward pauses that can be credibility killers.

In this article, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • The differences between online teleprompters and conventional ones
  • The importance of automatic scrolling in a teleprompter
  • Why an online teleprompter needs to be easy to use and intuitive

Differences between conventional and online teleprompters

There’s virtually no difference in functionality between a conventional teleprompter and an online one. Just like hardware-based teleprompters, online teleprompters allow you to flawlessly deliver spoken content without having to look down at a written document every two seconds.

Purchasing a teleprompter subscription is much cheaper than buying outrageously priced teleprompter equipment, which can cost thousands of dollars. Online teleprompters are a perfect alternative for teams or businesses who need to use one but don't have the budget for a traditional teleprompter.

Besides, you need physical space for a traditional teleprompter, while an online one only exists in the virtual world. That means you can replicate the experience of a conventional teleprompter without taking up a lot of space.

5 things to look for in an online teleprompter

Gone are the days when teleprompters were bulky and expensive to use. Here are the things to look for when shopping for an online teleprompter:

Text import and export capabilities for ease

Online teleprompters that allow you to import and export text save you lots of time. You won’t have to retype any documents, all formatting remains intact, and changes can be easily exported back to your computer when you need to tweak them.

With VODIUM, you can copy and paste your notes directly into our app, so you don’t have to recreate the work you’ve already done.

Ability to change text size to reduce eye strain

By having the ability to change text size, you won’t have to strain your eyes by constantly squinting. VODIUM lets you change font size in settings. That way, if you have to stand a considerable distance from your computer, you'll still be able to read your speech.

Autoscrolling and adjustable speed to maintain pace

An online teleprompter should enable a speaker to read text at a speed that allows them to speak in a natural and relaxed way. If it goes too fast, the speaker will seem nervous and hurried, which won’t impress an online audience.

An online teleprompter also needs to let a speaker’s words scroll down the screen smoothly to avoid no stumbling or awkward pauses.

An online teleprompter with these capabilities gives you total control over the delivery of your spoken content. You won't panic to keep up with its speed. With VODIUM, you can read your presentation using an automatic scroll. If you'd rather control the speed, use a manual scroll.

Ability to lock the app under your computer’s camera

Locking your teleprompter app under your computer's camera will prevent the humiliating experience of accidentally closing out your tablet in the middle of a presentation.

When this happens, your audience will need to patiently wait while you fumble around trying to bring the teleprompter app back up. This isn't good if your business depends on you delivering impeccable spoken content.

An online teleprompter that lets you lock the app helps you avoid this nightmare scenario. What's more, your audience will feel like you're speaking directly to them.

VODIUM provides you with this ability. All you need to do is to go into settings to access this feature. That way, the teleprompter app will always sit on top of all open windows—even video conferencing.

Transparency controls to land critical points

It's always great when you can see if your audience is receptive to your ideas during a speech instead of watching half-heartedly. That way, you can gauge the reactions of participants and their engagement.

Unfortunately, not all online teleprompters allow you to do this. Instead of seeing the faces of your audience, you only see your teleprompter.

At VODIUM, we’ve built this invaluable functionality into our app, so you can always get this crucial feedback in real-time.

3 things to avoid with online teleprompters

Steep learning curve

While there are certainly people out there who are naturally tech-savvy, many become hopelessly confused with overly-complicated systems.

If you’re one of those many, you probably don't want to spend precious time learning how to use complex and difficult-to-deploy technology. You want something intuitive.

Avoid online teleprompters with a steep learning curve. VODIUM offers an exceptionally user-friendly experience that'll make all your presentations shine like never before.

Operating system incompatibility

The world is currently split between Apple and PC users. Unfortunately, software is usually created with one system in mind.

That’s not the case with VODIUM, which is suited for both operating systems. If you choose to go with a different type of computer somewhere down the line, you’ll be able to keep the same online teleprompter and won’t have to learn how to use a new one.

What's more, VODIUM is platform agnostic, meaning it sits on top of all video conferencing platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and WebEx.

Overly expensive

Of course, this might go without saying. You don’t want to spend too much on an online teleprompter, do you?

Online teleprompters should be reasonably priced, so companies of all sizes can use them. At VODIUM, we offer flexible monthly or discounted yearly subscriptions at a price you can afford.

We even offer a free 14-day trial. Just open the app, and you're ready to start!

Get all the teleprompter features you need with VODIUM

Maybe you need to deliver a killer business presentation but have no time to commit it to memory. Or you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to outrageously expensive teleprompter hardware. Perhaps you even suffer from a crippling case of glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.

In any of these cases, consider VODIUM.

We’ve built our intuitive app to save you time, stress, and the humiliation of not being prepared for presentations. With our easy-to-use technology, you’ll crush every one of your virtual speeches while maintaining direct eye contact with your audience. Get started today!