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Make Engaging Videos with a Teleprompter or Phone (Also for Beginners)

teacher avatar Dennis Schrader, Freelance Videographer and Creator

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Lessons in This Class

16 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:25
    • 2. Get to know your Teacher

      1:29
    • 3. Whats The Challenge Here

      5:51
    • 4. The Two Real Ways Of Talking To A Camera

      4:50
    • 5. What it REALLY means to Script Your Videos

      2:50
    • 6. LIVE-Writing A Script For a FULL Short Video In Real Time

      15:52
    • 7. Teleprompter (Technical Setup)

      2:02
    • 8. LIVE: Setting Up Teleprompter

      2:49
    • 9. How To Read A Script Without Looking Like Youre Reading

      4:49
    • 10. LIVE-Recording Of The Script (with "real" camera)

      4:41
    • 11. LIVE-Recording A Script With Only Your Phone

      6:37
    • 12. How To Outline A Video Using Bullet Points

      5:24
    • 13. LIVE - Coming up with Bullet Points

      5:31
    • 14. LIVE - Recording a Video with Bullet Points

      11:00
    • 15. The Students Project

      1:08
    • 16. DON'T miss this one

      0:48
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Script and Record really good Videos with a Teleprompter (Also for Beginners)

The single best way to make consistently high-quality videos that

  • Capture the attention of the viewer
  • Deliver Easy OR Complicated Information RELIABLY
  • Save a LOT of Time in the Edit
  • Take Pressure off of You when Making the Videos

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Instructor Dennis Schrader

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I am a fulltime filmmaker based out of Hamburg, Germany and I work with clients to produce real estate videos, documentaries, commercials and event videos.

For the last 3 years I have been teaching my video production knowledge to students all over the world. My goal is to teach my students the skills and mindset they need to fullfill their creative goals.

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Hey guys! My name is Dennis - I am a one-man video production company based out of Hamburg, Germany. I love sharing my experiences with others so they can do the same!


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1. Introduction: Hey guys. In this video, I want to talk about the most important. Have you ever felt like you just don't find the right words? So many of us have cool ideas, knowledge to teach, stories to tell, testimonies to share, but when it comes down to it, we notice, this is hard. It's hard to find the right words when the camera is rolling. What can we do about it? How can we make our videos really interesting, engaging, full of knowledge bombs and words that just magically hit the right node at the right time consistently and every single time? Well, I'll tell you what, it's not by accident. The single best way is to script your video. Write out these words that are interesting, engaging, and full of knowledge to spend the time beforehand so that when the light is turned on and you hit the record button, all you have to do is read what's on the screen. In this class, my friend, I will teach you everything you need to know to do exactly that. I'll let you in on my exact writing process for an example video. I'll show you how to set up a teleprompter for professional results and even show you a way to get serious results with just the phone in your pocket. You will learn how to seem engaging even if you're not, and how to read the teleprompter without looking like you're reading. If you want to make videos that are consistently more eloquent, concise, packed with information and no dull moments, then this class is exactly for you. Like I said, no previous experience needed. I will be happy to have you in my class. God bless you. 2. Get to know your Teacher: First off, thanks for stopping by. I hope you will enjoy the class. My name is Dennis and I'm a freelance video creator from Germany. I spend my working time making videos for businesses. I've done everything from real estate videos, interviews, short documentaries, image films, weddings, and a lot of events as well, at least until they stopped happening a year ago. On top of that, for the last about 3-4 years, I've been teaching the occasional class on filmmaking and videography. Now, this doesn't really have anything to do with the class in particular, but I do want to share that being able to do this job of creating videos for myself and for clients is a real blessing and I thank God for that. To be honest, I can not really imagine, again, going back to the typical office job to sit there 8-9 hours and have something really boring things to do and really unsatisfying everything. I don't have a freedom, I have a boss that I have to answer to and all those things. You all know that. The reason I'm saying that is not to brag. This is really the reason why I like teaching so much is because you can open people's minds. You can give them ideas and things that they never thought might be possible, but in fact they are. All the stuff I'm doing, for example, is not anything special. Anyone with a bit of practice can do this. For all of you out there that would enjoy working for themselves creatively and make a good living from it, you guys are the people that I'm talking to. Because today, if I'm honest, if I want to, I could work half the time as before with a full-time job, make more money from it and on top of it, have a blast doing it. If your job is actually fun, then it also becomes less of a job, if you know what I mean. Now without further ado, let's get into the first real lesson. 3. Whats The Challenge Here: Today we will go through a lot of great tips and techniques on how to speak better in front of the camera. First, let's take a look at what actually are the real challenges about speaking in front of a camera. Why is it even a problem not to be good in front of the camera? When we make videos, usually we want to communicate something. We want to show people what we have to sell, teach them something, we might want to entertain them, and all of these things are usually not limited by, for example, how expensive your camera is or how incredible your lighting is. They are first and foremost limited by you and your personality, your attitude, your communication skills, in short, how you perform in front of the camera. For example, if you seem insecure or nervous, your teaching will be perceived as less authoritative and the viewers might ask themselves, does he/she even know what he's talking about? Or for example, if you ramble and ramble, you never get to the point. Your viewer might lose focus on the way and ultimately get bored and click to the next video, which is in today's world, always available just one click to the left or to the right. If you look like you're reading off a script, that will be probably more distracting and attention-grabbing than your actual point you so carefully wrote out earlier on. So whatever the exact challenge in your case might be, there is a lot of versions of, I'm not good in front of a camera. I do want to tell you maybe just for some context, you wouldn't believe how often I've heard this very sentence on real life jobs. For example, I make a video for a company and the CEO is supposed to make an interview to talk about this company and all the amazing benefits of the product or whatever, and they struggle to represent their own company on a video. While maybe in any normal meeting or a press conference or whatever, they might be super confident. Then take the confident real estate agent who somehow doesn't see himself as being in front of a camera or in a YouTube channel, the chef who manages the most stressful restaurant shift but falls apart when the video light turns on. That is to say really if you feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, you are not alone. The reality is also, there are people who are or at least seem to be naturally made for being in front of the camera. In Germany, we actually have a word for it which is called, Rampensau, and those lucky people seem to just magically turn up their energy and find the perfect punchy statements and seem always like super charismatic and eloquent doing it and I guess good for them, but for us normal people, for us mere mortals, and I'm definitely including myself in this, it's almost like sometimes like a mood question. For example, if I'm in the right mood and I'm talkative, I can just start talking. I have to be careful that I don't go into rambling. Now the important thing here is to see the difference between natural character traits and skills that you can learn. Because even though it might come more easy or naturally to some people, even the most insecure and shy person can improve on their on-camera performance and that is really what I will focus on here in this class. You can really see incredible improvement with a few steps and short amount of time, some practice and obviously, there can be lots of different reasons why somebody might not do well in front of the camera. But for the sake of this class, I want to pull all of those reasons into two major categories. Category 1, let's call it emotional reasons. By that I mean things like, for example, being a generally introverted person or not feeling like what you have to say is worth being heard by other people. You might be a bit too self-conscious about yourself. You might not be feeling prepared enough or smart enough to speak towards other people and teach them something, you might have a fear of being judged with, for many people is the underlying thing about all of those things and all of these things that I've just mentioned, let's call them emotional reasons. The second category I want to call skill reasons. Now, those are the things where the bad outcome is not really based on any emotional hurdle, but rather some technical skill or technical errors that you make in the process of it on how to do things. In that category, I would see things like reading a teleprompter script in a way that is also looks and feels like you are speaking too fast or speaking too slow, maybe you ramble too much, maybe you're not concise enough, maybe you're really not having a clear point of what you are even saying. Maybe assuming that the body is unemotional. Now, those I call for the sake of this class now, the skill reasons. Those are the skill reasons. Now, quick disclaimer. This class will not magically turn you into an outgoing person if you're not, or help you overcome your insecurities altogether. But we can improve on some of them and then bring it altogether by really focusing on those technical skills that I just mentioned because I can promise you these are, first of all, pretty simple at least in comparison. They're very effective and ultimately I believe they're more important for good performance on camera because you really don't need to be outgoing and the class clown type person who always enjoys being in the middle of the room. I think that it's because while this can obviously be more entertaining for certain types of videos and maybe naturally grabs attention better, most people actually aren't like that. I'm talking about the people who watch it. No matter your personality, I think you will find someone that resonates with what you're saying. Therefore, I think what people like it's not whether you're an introvert or an extrovert or anything like that, people like authenticity. The goal should not be become perfectly outgoing or entertaining or something like that, your personal goal should be to become more of you, more comfortable with who you are already. First of all, I think it's going to be much easier for you to do because you're embracing what's already there. On the other hand, it's going to have a better effect. You're going to seem natural on camera, more confident, more and more in your role, and it does not need to be outgoing, doesn't need to be introverted either, it just needs to be who you really are and you will find people who resonate with that automatically because they are similar people. Now if you think about it, talking to a camera is weird. We humans we're not made to talk to a piece of text standing in front of a tripod, we're made to talk to other humans. But anyway, we want to try to be engaging, confident, educational, maybe even funny, and like I said, definitely at least authentic. In the next lessons, I will teach you how to do all of those things and really with those skills, I think you might be better than probably 99 percent of your co-workers, co-YouTubers, and co anything because I think most people just get it wrong. They try to be something that they're not. They force themselves into what they think they are expected to do. In the end you have a bunch of people who don't develop the necessary skills and on top of that, who are not even authentic. So they seem weird on camera. I think with the right amount of work on your side and some practice, you can suddenly just turn good in front of the camera. 4. The Two Real Ways Of Talking To A Camera: The two real ways of talking to a camera. Talking to a camera can really only be done in a couple of ways. First of all, you could talk completely freely without any notes, completely improvised and off the cuff. The second option would be you could write out a complete script and read it off of a teleprompter. Another option might be a mixture between those two things that you can have your key points written down as bullet points and you come back to them in between you're talking bits just to make sure that you cover your bases. Let's take a quick look and compare the different ways of doing this. Number 1, talking freely without any notes. I want to say that if you can manage to record a whole video with great structure, a clear message, and most importantly, not too much rambling, then congratulations to you because that is a huge blessing and you probably don't need to be in this class anymore. But in reality, I have never met a person like that. I think it's very rare for somebody to have that ability. Obviously, it depends on the topic and the type and the length of the video. But in general, having at least a rough outline of what you want to save is a really good idea just to make sure that you actually hit all the talking points that you want it to hit. I think it's fair to say that nobody will be always on their A game. I would really discourage you from not making any notes, not because it's not possible, but even if it is it just doesn't make sense to totally wing it because at the end of the day, one day you will forget something. Probably more often than not, you will forget something important. If you think about it, even the process of preparing for the video, even if it's just with bullet points, actually helps you rethink and think through your topic even deeper than you did without preparing. In a way, you're really missing out on the quality of video that you could produce if you completely wing it. Again, it depends on the type of video that might be videos where that's okay, where it's really topic where you speak from your heart and you just want to share something that's totally different. We're speaking about more structured videos where you have certain points that you want to get across. For that type of video, you do really should at least have only points ready to go. Number 2 was writing out a full script, complete word by word script, and presenting it with the teleprompter. This is the other extreme right? Where you, instead of totally winging it, you leave nothing unplanned and literally write out every single word beforehand. Now, I think the good thing about the strategy is that on the day of filming, all you really need to do is read and present the script. You don't need to come up with your sentences anymore, which saves a lot of mental capacity so that you can, for example, batch record a lot of videos in one session, whereas just winging it or even with notes, you might be exhausted after one or two videos because it just takes a lot of brain work to constantly come up with great concise, eloquent, well sounding sentences that on top of everything also have to make sense. Another benefit is that you can take your time to make your script as good as you can over several days if you want to. You can really work on your message, your content, and make it the most clear, the most concise. You can easily make points that would be probably order to make just off the cuff. There are also some challenging things with scripts and using a teleprompter. The first obvious one is that it takes a lot of time to write the script in the first place. The added quality of content comes at a price. In my experience, writing out the full script for the video will be probably the thing that takes the longest than the complete production process except for maybe the editing, but often not even that. The other obvious thing is that reading off a teleprompter without looking like you actually read off a teleprompter is not as easy as you might think. We will cover some effective techniques to do that later on in the class. But I do want to say already that it definitely needs a bit of practice to be able to read and present your texts as if it's not actually a script, but you're just talking and just magically have all your words perfectly lined up. Also on top of that, depending on whether you use a camera or your phone to record the videos, you might have to buy a teleprompter to put on your tripod, which comes at about $200 on top of everything. If you do record with your phone though, there are some free apps that actually let you do that pretty well without any additional equipment. Let's go to Number 3, which is talking freely, but with the help of a few notes. That is basically the mix of the two before and perhaps ultimately the goal for me to get to. Now again, also with this method, there are a few difficulties and the risk is the same like when you talk completely off the cuff, is that you might start rambling that you talk a lot more while not actually saying a lot more. Does that makes sense? Because if I just talk totally naturally, I usually don't think about how to cut out the fluff and how to get to the point the fastest way in the clearest way possible. But I do think that exactly is a skill that is learnable like any other skill. But I do think that's actually the part that makes it the most appealing. Because if you actually mastered that skill, then you really have the best of both worlds. Apart from the timestamps by not having to write a whole script, one big benefit of talking freely is that it just feels more authentic and engaging in a way, obviously that depends on the topic and again, the type of video because sometimes accuracy and really hitting home all your points word by word is more important than being a few percent more authentic or something. But for videos where it does not matter to perfectly hit every single point. Then I think practicing talking of notes is a good idea. Now that was the overview and then the next couple of lessons I will show you how to execute my two favorite ways of doing this. I will give you all the tools you need to make videos either way. 5. What it REALLY means to Script Your Videos: When you make a video, then you want to say something. Whenever you want to say something, you have to remember what it is that you want to say and how you want to say it. You can make sure that the message is clear, the viewer doesn't get bored halfway through, and you hit all the important points. Now the single best way to hit all of those marks is to script your videos; to write down what you want to say, before you want to say it. Now in this lesson, I will show you the ins and outs of writing scripts. In the next lesson, I will give you some tips on how to read your script with a teleprompter without totally looking like you're actually reading. All right? First off, what exactly do I mean by scripting your video? Because sometimes that is not clear to everybody, so let's make it really clear. I'm talking about the exact words that you want to say in the video. Not just some bullet points or some rough sentences. No, the exact word for word, things you would say as they are written in the document. That brings up a little challenge, right? Because if you think about it, often the way people write is not exactly how people would talk. That might change a little bit nowadays with the influence of instant messaging and things like that. But still, a text that is optimized for reading, will look very different from a text that is actually meant to be spoken. Before we really go into the script, the number one important tip is write as you speak. One of the few weaknesses of reading a script is a potential loss of authenticity and your humanness, if you will, and we don't want that to happen. The goal is that your script represents you as a person as well. That the language that you use when you write sounds like you, and actually uses words that you might use. You can do that, for example, by using figures of speech that you commonly use. I would even go as far as saying, insert on purpose, words that maybe are not necessary in the context grammatically or to understand, but that is something that you would use when you speak freely. Let's call them filler words, that you might use when you talk, but that you perhaps would not use when you write because they're not necessary. But you do write them down because you know that that makes it sound more natural, more authentic. Okay, so where do we start? How do we start writing the script? Instead of just telling you, I want to show you a real example, so let's pick a topic and script out a one minute video about it. Nothing super deep and complicated, but enough for you to see the process. The topic of the video is going to be, what are the best settings to shoot video on a smart phone. We're going to write together a very simple script that the video says, concise, engaging, not too long, and not too short, and I cover all my bases in terms of topics and talking points, and that's it. Now people often talk about video length before they make the video. That makes sense if it's a TV spot that has to fit into the space for a TV ad. But for example, for YouTube videos or online classes, what you really want to do is make it as long as it needs to be, and not longer or short. Because if you do make the video concise and engaging, I don't think you have to worry much about the length. What matters is to keep the viewer engaged and watching. That does not only depend on length, totally depends on the content of the video, how you presented, and how engaging it is. That all being said, let's start the writing process. 6. LIVE-Writing A Script For a FULL Short Video In Real Time: All right everybody, so in this video we are going to write this script in real-time. I'm going to show you my process from A to Z, the whole thing, how do I approach writing a script for totally fresh video that have never done before. The first thing I want to talk about is actually the fact that I write it in Google Docs. The reason is just because it's a very simple setup. I can access it from any device at any position. I just need Internet and basically some sort of way to type. Even if I had to write it from my phone, which is very useful. Obviously, here we have the title of the best settings to shoot video on smartphones and the way I like to structure it is that I do subtopics like headlines, which represent the specific points that I want to make the bigger points. That I can later flesh out and fill with the specific information that I want to talk about. The way I want to start is with an introduction, which is always a good idea. What exactly we are saying that we'll see later. But basically it's just to get the people up to speed, what is the video going to be about and what is the different points that I want to cover and most importantly, why should people keep watching? Because that's always the most important thing, especially in the first seconds, you want to keep the people hooked. Do you want to make sure that they keep watching. Especially if you posted on, for example, platforms like YouTube or viewer retention is so important. That's why we have the introduction. Then we're going to go into the first actual tip. The first setting that people have to get right and that is the resolution that I want to talk about it. By the way, the real content of this video is not the most important part of this exercise is just to show you the process of how I do it in general. Obviously you could say so many things about that, but I'll start with the resolution. The next thing we want to talk about is the frame rate to shoot in, then we talk about the shutter speed. You can see I'm just like really writing them down like keywords right now, not yet specific information. Those are just the subcategories, you can say the chapters of the video. Then we will talk about the white balance and I think that's enough for the settings for now for this example, since it should be staying under one minute, which by the way, it's going to be difficult. I just want to say I made this restriction just to keep it short, keep it concise here for this example. But in general, I really don't believe that you should limit. If it's not from a client side that you have to limit it, you shouldn't limit the duration of your video to something specific before you know what exactly you're going to say. Because it really should depend on what do you want to say. Like how much is it that you need to communicate and need to say, how much time do you need for that, rather than trying to cram everything you need to say into this preconceived time limit that you made up without any specific reasoning behind it. The video should be really as long as it needs to be to convey the information in an engaging way and not any less than that. But also, not more than that. That's what it should be like, that's should be the defining factor. That all being said, we have white balance, which is the last thing I want to talk about and then actually I want to talk about an application because you do need a specific application from any fonts to even access all those settings or at least some of them. Then we want to end with an ending which can wrap it up together, can be a conclusion, can be just say call to action or whatever, we will see. That's what we have right now. It's seven chapters, if you will. I'd like to make those into headlines. This is in German, but it says headline 2. It's basically just to make this recognized as a headline, which then puts it into this column here on the left side, which is nice to keep an overview over the different topics that you want to talk about. Then you just hit Enter and you start writing with a normal text. Let's write the introduction. I'm not going keep commenting and everything, you can read the texts yourself. If I find that there's something important to share, obviously I will share it. But most importantly, it, since this is the writing process, let's start writing. In this video I will tell you everything to know making great looking videos with just this, your smartphone. Sometimes when I read this, I like to make myself some extra notes regarding how I want to shoot this. It's not necessary, you don't need to, that you can also improvise that part. But sometimes it's nice to have a little inspiration because sometimes you think of things that you don't remember in a later position. You want to write down those ideas that you have just to make sure that they're captured. What I did here by mentioning specifically tip number 6, which could have been one of the other ones too, but is that I just gave the viewer reason to stay until the end. You don't know if they're actually going to do it or not. But now at least you gave them something to look forward to, they want to stay until tip number 6 because they don't want to miss it because you suggested that that's one of the most important things. Also, I already told them what they're going to gain from watching the video. What is the change that is going to make for them to know what you're going to talk about, which is in this case, you can make your phone look like a much more high-quality camera, which is an interesting thing to know because maybe you don't have the money for a big camera, maybe the phone is all you have and so that's good information about there. Now let's dive into the first topic. This was the introduction, as I said, doesn't need to be super long. You can make it much longer, you can get much more creative obviously, in terms of making them a bit more engaging with storytelling bits of stuff. But that's basic structure like this, that's going to work fine. This sounds negative, so I want to change that phrase to get the most out of those small camera sensors. That sounds a little bit better, I think. Again, like I said, we keep the chart because this was supposed to be one minute, which I don't think we're going to be able to do that, but let's see. Frame rate. I'm also thinking about when I end sentences, especially at the end of a chapter, that it ends in a way that sounds like a definitive statement, like an ending point, but try to keep the shutter speed of 150th of a second to get the right motion blur for cinematic video out of your phone. It sounds like it's the ending of something. Those things make a big difference in the flow of your video. That when you actually end it on such a low note rather than sounding as if you continue your sentence and then it abruptly stops. Those types of things, in my opinion, make a really big difference in the flow of the video. I try to bake them already, or try to think of them when I write the text so that I can think about them again when I read the text. That's it. That is really already it. Let me mark the whole thing and go to Script Timer, which is something you can google just to figure out how long is this going to take to read later. Two minutes, 51 seconds, those are 428 words. This is going to be the text. In the next video I'm going to show you how to record the script that we just wrote down. I'm going to show you how to use the teleprompter, how to record the script and make sure that everything looks nice. 7. Teleprompter (Technical Setup): The B-roll is filmed as well. Now it's time to record the aerial and actually present our script with a teleprompter. Now, as I mentioned earlier, I will show you two ways of doing it. One is to film with the actual camera, your mirror-less or DSLR or even cinema camera, and a teleprompter tripod attachment. Number two is to film with your phone. Both works and both are really valid ways. The main difference is really just the difference between the phone and the camera. I'm talking image quality, versatility, etc, but that is not the focus of this video. Frankly, as you will learn in a separate class, the phone is really plenty good to get the job done nicely and produce high-quality video. But again, that's not the topic of this class here. Let's start with set-up number one. First, you need to purchase this teleprompter attachment. There are different models out there. They're all fairly similar and mine gets attached to the tripod and then the camera goes right on top of the teleprompter attachment. I think I paid about 250 bucks, but like with everything, honestly, there's a few cheaper ones I believe, and many, many more expensive ones. This one for me, honestly it just works. It's solid, never failed me and I can really recommend it because I know it works and it's durable. Here's how it works in case you have never used the teleprompter before. You attach your camera with this quick release plate which is a standard manfrotto quick release plate and you cover the lens with this blackout curtain to make sure no light comes in from the back. Then it points through this glass windows towards the subject and the image itself should be looking like always. That's exactly why this class front needs to be always super clean so that no dust or something appears on your shot afterwards. Then on the outside in front of the glass, there's a little space, a little holder for your tablet or phone on which we later let the text run down for us to read. How it works is that this little glass window here is like a mirror from the outside so that you can set it to the correct angle and then reflect whatever's on the screen holder on the phone on the tablet in a way that you can actually read it while being filmed. That's the magic. You look directly into this mirror, which means you also look pretty much directly into the camera lens and at the same time you can read the text scrolling on your screen without it changing the total image at all. It's actually pretty cool. Let's go through it once in real-time and I'll show you how to set it up. 8. LIVE: Setting Up Teleprompter: Here is how you use the teleprompter attachment. Looks like this. This is the place where the camera comes. This is the place where you attach it to your tripod. This here is where your iPad or phone is going to be and this is the mirrored glass through which you're going to record and on which you're going to read the text. The first thing we want to do is put some quick-release plate that fits to your tripod at the bottom of this because you need this to attach it to a tripod obviously, which I'm going to do it now. Which is the first step. That works. Now we have this attached to this. Another funny part is that now you can basically, well, this is a little crooked. Another funny thing is that now you can basically use this part here as your new tripod head, so to speak. Now as you can see, there's another quick release system on top of this, which is one that I bought and put on here as an extra. It's not included in the standard package because usually there's just a hole here through which you can then attach your camera. It just makes a lot of sense because it makes everything so much easier. I can just pop the camera in here, pop it out, take it on a different tripod, I don't need to reassemble anything, I don't need to put some annoying screws in there, which makes it so much faster, so that's definitely recommended. Now, all you need to do is you put your camera on top of this, which I'm going to demonstrate right now with my C200 here. It's also a heavy camera, so you can see that it holds up even with heavier rigs, and then I tighten this up on this tripod plate, just like so, and now it's obviously the balance is a little off, but that's okay. Now the next thing is that you want to cover your lens with this black blackout curtain, so to speak, you have to put up the glass a little bit, take it over. Then here on the other side, as you can see, there's this piece with which you can tighten it up a little bit, and really you have to look through the image. You have to look on the screen and see if there's some vignetting is going on, if the curtain is in the picture because that happens sometimes and then you're ready to go. You can film through this glass, this glass here and it looks totally normal from the inside and you can even see the lens in here. Yet, as you can also see, it's a perfect mirror. If you put the screen, let me show you the example here. If you put the screen on here and you have it in the right angle, you will be able to read it. That's how teleprompters work. That's why they're so amazing. Again, you can use this with the phone or with your iPad or any other tablet, of course, and you will be ready to record. That's how those teleprompters work. Extremely simple and this thing, I will link it down below. I think I paid like 200 bucks, 250 bucks for this or even less and it holds up to this day, very sturdy, no problems ever. Unless how that works, let's go to the next lesson. 9. How To Read A Script Without Looking Like Youre Reading: How to read a script without looking like you're reading. Whatever type of equipment you use to record your videos, the most important thing in the beginning when you start reading scripts of a teleprompter is to not look like you're actually reading. This is kind of what I saw when I looked at my very first recording with the teleprompter, because it is not as easy as just reading the words and it looks totally normal. You will look like you are reading because you are. See what happens when you read from teleprompter is that your eyes focus on the words and will move from left to right and you won't have the proper facial expressions and emotions as if you were really saying the words yourself in that moment. Does that make any sense? I think the reason is pretty clear is because you are not in a way, you're not really saying it because you're just reading it. If you really say something, then you will automatically have the right facial expression, might smile, you look sad or whatever that fits the words that come out of your mouth. But if you're reading something that is detached from your momentary feelings or emotions, then this can create some mismatch between what you're saying, how you look and how you hold, energy fixed to that whole thing. You do have to make a manual effort to match those two things and try to just match your facial expressions and your whole attitude to the script that you're saying and obviously there are also people out there who are really good at reading and others not so much, so that might all play a role as well. The simple answer to all of those things, it's just practice. I do have a few tips for you that will give you a little bit of a head start and number 1 is familiarize yourself with your script before performing it, before reading it, even if you are the one who wrote it. Most of the time, a little bit of time goes by before you actually record the video. For example, some people just write down the script in one go or in one setting and when they're done, they don't re-edit this script. They don't have so much familiarity because they haven't been sitting over the script for like days and days and rereading it. They just write in onetime and then they're done which is really a bad practice anyway, because you do want to edit it to make sure that it's the best way possible. But anyways, you start recording and you notice, man, I haven't even read this thing in its entirety before and that's really big mistake because you will be surprised by your own text. You don't know what's coming next and you don't know how to react and how to really properly perform your texts and that will lead to mistakes in intonation and when to make pauses and stuff like that because you're just not familiar with your texts. Make sure to do at least one, maybe even two sort of dry runs of your script before you do the real take and that basically just means speak it out loud, maybe even as you edit it, because oftentimes things sound differently when we say them and we notice like, I would never say that or that formulation sounds weird and you can adjust your whole texts in that way and familiarize yourself properly so you don't make any mistakes later on. The second thing I would say is slightly overdo facial expressions and gestures. That's actually an interesting thing because in order to combat this concentrated looking face of a person who reads off of slightly too small screen properly, we want to try to really focus on using facial expressions, gestures to underline what's being said and first of overdoing it by a little is often what will come out to look just right on camera. It's strange and it doesn't make sense if you don't know that and you haven't tried it before, but if you're normal, you might seem a little bit boring or unemotional on the viewer's side of things and if you're overexcited, you will probably turn out to just seem properly excited if that makes any sense and the second benefit is that all this movement in the frame of your face, your facial expressions, your face moving distracts the viewer from the fact that your eyes are still moving from left to right as you're reading, which brings me to my third tip, which is move your head while talking. Now let me show you what I mean. Here's how I would maybe normally talk to the camera. I would not move specifically much. I would just look into the camera and that's it and this way you might be noticing that I read off a teleprompter because there is no motion to mask the fact that my eyeballs move from left to right, reading the text. Now it can also read while moving my head a bit more. Not an unnatural looking way, but just the bit, like that just a little bit left and right maybe to get in a way that feels natural to you. This might take some practice, but it is by far, in my opinion, the most effective technique to really make it a little bit more hard to see for the viewer that you are actually reading off of a script and if you tried once and it's not yet perfect, don't worry, don't give up yet because you have to give yourself some time to get better and I promise you will see the results and you might ask yourself, why is it even important that the person doesn't see that I'm reading and the reason is not because you want to be dishonest or something like that or manipulative in the way you present your script. I don't have a problem if people know that I'm reading. It's just that if it looks like you're reading, then it's actually going to, again like I've said before, distract the viewer from what you're actually saying. It shouldn't play a role that you're reading, if that makes sense. You don't want the fact that you're reading to be part of what you're actually saying. In order to keep the people in this immersed state that they don't even think about that, you have to make sure that it's not too obvious. This is how you film scripted videos with the teleprompter on your phone or on your camp. Now in the next lesson, let's dive into how to outline and film a video with bullet points. 10. LIVE-Recording Of The Script (with "real" camera): In this video, I will tell you everything you need to know about making great looking videos with just this, your smartphone. If you follow the steps in this video, especially tip number six, you can actually make your phone look like a much higher end camera. Let's get started. Tip number one is the resolution. I recommend always shooting in the highest resolution possible and with the highest data rates. One of the weaknesses of smartphone cameras is the low data rates, so you want to make sure that you get the most out of those small camera sensors. Tip number two is the frame rate. One of the things that make phone videos look like phone videos is filming in the wrong frame rate; 30 FPS or 60 FPS makes your footage look like video footage rather than cinematic footage. In order to change that, make 24 frames per second your standard setting. In order to change that, please make 24 frames per second your standard setting from now on. Tip number three is shutter speed, which is similar to frame rate in the sense that it can make your image look like video footage rather than cinematic footage, if you will. In the perfect world, your shutter speed should always be double your frame rate, often especially in bright situations that might be difficult without ND filters on your phone. But try to keep the shutter speed at 150th of a second to get the right motion blur for cinematic video out of your phone. Tip number four is white balance. White balance is important because your colors depend on it. You want your colors to look the way they looked through your own eyes when you were shooting the whole video. Daylight has a color temperature of 5600 Kelvin, typical indoor lights are at 3,200 Kelvin, and getting this right will make a big difference, especially in your skin tones. Now, with those settings in the right place, the footage out of your phone will look so much better already, but now you might ask, how do I change those settings? My phone doesn't have those options. That's where applications come in. I recommend using either a FiLMiC Pro or Moment as apps to enable changing those cameras settings on your phone as well. They have really great features and really all you need to get high-quality footage out of your phone. That's it guys. With those settings you can get a quality out of your phone that might just rival your buddy's DSLR footage. Because like in many things, also in filmmaking, knowledge is more important than gear. Thanks for watching, see you in the next one. As you guys can see, that was a pretty quick process. I had a couple of hiccups, which often happens because English is not my native language after all and so reading in English sometimes still produces those errors. But overall, point is that this has not taken much longer than the actual final video. I haven't made a bunch of mistakes in terms of how I structure my sentences, I just did reading mistakes. This editing is going to be much easier than the one for bullet points, which we're going to do right now. 11. LIVE-Recording A Script With Only Your Phone: First of all, I want to apologize for the construction noise out there, which is right in front of my window but I do want to get this class done right now so I hope the sound is okay. In this video, I will show you how to record a video using your phone, both as a teleprompter and as the camera to record. In this case, I have this all running on the app PromptSmart Pro. There's different ones out there this one, I think you don't even need the pro version to do this. It's just very basic functionality. I reloaded in my script right here it's all very self-explanatory, I don't need to teach you how to do that. But as soon as you have it in there, using it with your phone what you want to do is you go into the settings and you just make sure up here you can set up the preset scroll speed, which is the speed at which the text goes over the screen. You want to activate the video recording, you want to activate the selfie mode and I think that's it. What the selfie mode functionality does is something you can see right here when we go on play which starts the whole thing and now the thing with the phone cameras, there's a little bit of a problem actually, so we film it in a selfie mode, which we have to do so that we can then look at the screen while we record. But the problem is that if you pay attention to the cameras, usually on the left or on the right depending on how you turn it but on one end of the phone, on one end of the display. Now if you read the text in the middle of the display, it would look like it would be very visible that you read off of the screen and not look into the camera which is the whole teleprompter idea, is that you can look into the camera as well as read the text at the same time. To combat that as goods you can, what you want to do is put the text as close to the camera on the screen, which is exactly what happens right here so I don't actually know exactly how well this works because I haven't tried it with this setting of before. The idea is that this way it will not be as easy to see that you don't look into the camera right here, but instead you will look at the text. Let's get started right off the bat. Let's see if the speed is in the right setting or I have to adjust it, but we just get going and see how it works on. In this video, I will tell you everything you need to know about making great-looking videos with just this and in this case, I would have my phone here with just this your smartphone. If you follow the steps in this video, especially tip number 6, you can actually make your phone look like a much higher-end camera so let's get started. This was a little quick it's difficult to read with such a narrow texture, but we'll make it work. Number 1 is resolution, I recommend always shooting in the highest resolution possible and with the highest data rates possible. One of the weaknesses of smartphone cameras is the low data rate so you do want to make sure that you get the most out of those small cameras, sensors from the get-go. Number 2 is the frame rate. One of the things that make phone videos look like phone videos is filming in the wrong frame rate, 30 FPS or 60 FPS make your footage look like video footage rather than cinematic footage so in order to change that, makes sure that 24 frames per second is your standard setting. Number 3 is shutter speed, which is actually similar to frame rate and that it can make your image look like video rather than cinematic footage. In the perfect world, your shutter speed should be double your frame rate. Often especially in bright situations, that's going to be difficult without ND filters on your phone, but try to keep the shutter speed at 150th of a second to get the right motion blur for cinematic or more expensive-looking videos with your phone. Number 4 is white balance and white balance is so important because your colors depend on it. You want the colors to look the way they looked through your own eyes when you were shooting the whole scene. Daylight has a color temperature of 5,600 Kelvin the typical indoor light is at 3,200 Kelvin and getting this right will make a big difference, especially in your skin tones. Now with those settings in the right place, your footage out of your phone will look so much better already. But now you might ask, how do I change those settings? Actually, my phone doesn't have those options and that's where applications come in. I recommend using either Filmic Pro or the Moment App to enable you to change those cameras settings on your phone as well. They have really great features and they're all you need to get high-quality footage out of your phone and that's it guys. With those settings, you can get high-quality footage out of your phone that might just rival your buddies, DSLR or mirrorless camera footage. Often, knowledge is more important than gear when it comes to making videos. Thanks for watching I'll see you in the next one bye-bye. That was it. Pretty much works the same way like with a big teleprompter and a big camera the only difference really is that it's not worthy. It's a little bit more difficult to read the video quality is obviously not going to be comparable if you know what you're looking at and you know what you're talking about but for most intents and purposes, especially when you make I don't know what YouTube videos or online content or any video where it's not necessary to have incredible 4K sharp footage, which is most of the times then this is a totally viable option. It's very practical and you really don't need anything else except for your phone or maybe some microphone setup so I hope you learned something, I hope that encouraged you to know that you don't always need a big setup for several thousand euros or dollars instead, you can just use your phone and get started right away and then maybe work yourself up to that point where you can actually afford to have more fancy gear and maybe you decide you never need it because you're so happy with the result as it comes, especially with the new smartphone cameras getting better and better every day so that's it. I hope you learned something see you in the next video. Bye-bye. 12. How To Outline A Video Using Bullet Points: How to outline a video with bullet points. Now what are bullet points? Bullet points are short notes, often just a few words that roughly describe or outline a bigger point that you want to make. We usually use them to remind us of what we want to talk about and also to make sure to mention the key aspects so that we don't forget anything as it happens so easily. I can remember a school presentations or something like that where I stand in front of the class, I'm super nervous and even with my bullet points, I would forget things. I would forget to look at the write bullet points and then have a presentation that is missing some important information, and therefore the end product will be worse. The idea is that you fill in everything in between those bullet points. We flesh out the talking points, in turn perhaps one-sentence node into, for example, a one-minute descriptive, hopefully engaging and understandable talking point. Before we go into recording a video with bullet points, I want to talk a bit about both the benefits and challenges of this approach. Let's start with some challenging things. Number 1 is you got to improvise. We've said this before with teller prompting the presentation part, the talking part is easy in the sense that you don't have to come up with your words anymore. You have them right there, ready to go. You just need to read and with bullet points as your help, you still need to come up with those words with an understandable, well explaining sentence that flows well and sounds eloquent and engaging in all of those things. For some people, this might come really natural. Some people are good talkers, like a never ending waterfall of eloquent speech. Other people struggle a little bit more. But either way, that is again, something you want to be aware of when using bullet points. One more thing to remember is that this type of thinking is pretty exhausting, coming up with creative ways to save things, not easy. You will notice that pretty quickly that after a couple of hours of doing that, you will be tired. Now challenge Number 2, you will have much more editing to do. Maybe that's something you haven't even thought about it. But one thing that you do want to remember is that with bullet points, since you come up with your texts on the fly, you might do several tags of the same bullet point that are totally different because maybe at some point you noticed that you want to change the way you make the sentence or the way some points work together. Maybe you come up with an idea, say it three times because you messed up the first two or something and then you notice hold on. There's actually much better way of saying it. Then you make another take and maybe you do another mistake or something like that until you end up with a bunch of takes that it might be looking a little bit confusing at first glance when you're in the editing stage, and especially if the editing doesn't happen right after shooting, might not always remember the exact part in which take now is the final one and you have to figure it out first. All that stuff takes time to realize what's the correct take, how do I fit it all together? The worst thing that can happen is that two good cuts are so far off of each other in the recording session that you don't actually remember how the last good cut ended. The beginning of the next good cut doesn't match the end of the previous good cuts. You have this weird cut in-between the doesn't flow well. Anyway with a script, this is all much simpler because you already know what you will say. You just got to basically find the correct take and on top of that will be probably way less bad takes in the first place because you make less mistakes if you can actually read what you want to say and you don't have to come up with it on the fly. Makes sense, right? Challenge Number 3 is the question, are you on your A game today? Because when we use bullet points, the results so often depends on your daily form, your mood on that day. You might have a great day and perform amazing, and you might have a bad day and the worst just don't come out and you really might have to fight for every logical sentence. I certainly had that in my own experience, and that's one of the reasons I generally prefer using scripts over bullet points. But as in all things, practice will make you better and better over time. Now that all being said, let's talk about the benefits of using bullet points to record your videos. Now the first big benefit of using bullet points is that you save a lot of time in the preparation. Think about it. A full script first needs to be written, which is often like I already said, the step that takes the longest of all. Now compared to that when you just improvise based on some bullet points, you don't have to do that at all. You can just outline your videos roughly with the key ideas, and that's it. That's a huge time-saver. If you think about that, It's very simple to outline the basic ideas. The thing that always takes the most time is to formulate the sentences, the best way to say it and flesh it out and really say everything you know about it. But in some situations you might do that on the goal when you know the topic very well. You don't have to research a bunch. You already know what you're talking about and it can be actually pretty simple for you to do that. The second benefit is that by repeating that process over and over again, you will become better at it. If you keep your focus on improving on these things, the resulting freestyle video with just bullet points will become better, more concise, more to the point, etc. In a way almost like a scripted video, although not quite as perfect of course, but in a way you could get the best of both worlds by having a fast and time-saving production as well as good result without too much talking fluff. That being said, you will probably never have the level of control and precise results like you would do with a fully scripted video. But for some types of videos, you don't need that or you don't even want that for other types of videos, you might have it down when you want to mention certain facts or certain data, or be really careful about how you say something. The script is really helpful, but for other types of videos it's not as relevant. The third and really big benefit is the authenticity that comes from freely speaking. You will sound much more natural right out of the box when you just talk. That's just the fact even though you can practice it when you read the script. The most naturalists always, of course, when you originally formulate your thoughts in the moment. There are a lot of things you say when you talk that you wouldn't write out in a full script, maybe because they're unnecessary, they're not actually with any sort of information. But in the end, people relate to people. You will seem more real and more authentic and that will help the final video while the rambling and while unnecessary information is detrimental on its own, it also has a part of authenticity and like realness that in turn will help the video in my opinion. Now let's go into some real life examples of making bullet points with the example of our video, the best way to shoot videos on your smart phone. 13. LIVE - Coming up with Bullet Points: In this video, we'll show you how to use bullet points to outline your video, and basically get a very quick production on the road with this method. We start right where we left actually with the previous method of scripting the whole thing. The reason I say that is because we will use the same subheadings, the same chapters and chapter names that we had before. The reason I do that is just to keep it comparable, and really I would do just the same thing for bullet points as well, just as I did before for the whole script. Why not keep it? We want to start out with the introduction. The way this works now is that I write down, just the points that I want to say. All the points that fit into this one, bigger headline. In the introduction, what I want to do, is I first want to say, "in this video, I will. The reason I do that is because it reminds me this typical phrase. In this video will show you how to do [inaudible]. That's one thing I want to say. Then I want us to try to set a hook. I want to make it interesting for people to watch. I want to tell them what they will gain, when they watched the whole thing. I will write something like, if you follow those steps, then again, just a reminder that I can fill it in easily later on. Especially number six and yeah, you might notice that this is obviously comparable to what I wrote previously in the whole script. Obviously, I still remember what I said. It might be comparable, but, that's exactly how you would do it. Previously I had maybe a paragraph or something analogous, basically we have three quick lines here, bullet points, and this is done. This is it for introduction. Let's go to resolution. What do I want to say about resolution? I want to say, that they filmed in the highest resolution possible. I write that highest resolution possible. Then I want to quickly say why? Which is because phones have small sensors and data rates want to use the best available. Which is especially now, making it important that you shoot the highest possible quality because you already don't have so much quality. Sub heading number 3, frame rates. Typical 30 or 60 FPS. Make it look like an amateur video. Best is 24 FPS for cinematic look. Yeah, perfect. Shutter speed, double frame rate is best. Creates natural motion blurr. Sometimes not possible without ND light balance. Makes an accurate. Day and night 5600K, indoors 3200K something like that. Again, it's not really about the content actually right now. Our more about how do you bullet point things? How do you bullet point thoughts in a way that you can then later recreate them into sentences when it comes to the recording part. Most settings not available. The ending. Now we know how to important to action slash subscribe, which is basically just the point where I asked them to subscribe or do whatever I want them to do, check out this checkout, that Subscribe, leave comment, all those things. That's basically it already, right? This is going to be definitely sufficient to record the video. As you, have seen, it's much quicker than writing out the whole script. But we have to remember that is also just because basically the work of creating the sentences hasn't been done yet. It needs to be done on the spot when I record the video, which is one of the main characteristics of this method. And I would say, let's jump into the next video where I will actually attempt to make a video out of those bullet points. Let's see how it goes. 14. LIVE - Recording a Video with Bullet Points: This time we're going to do it with bullet points. I have my bullet points here on my iPad and I'm ready to go. It's been a while since I've made a video just with bullet points so bear with me if it takes a little longer. But that's the whole point like bullet points do take a little bit longer, but let's get started. The first point, introduction, in this video, I will. What's up, guys in this video, I will share with you the best settings for shooting videos on your smartphone. That was one sentence and that's going to be the process the way I do it. I'm not going to plan to ramble a lot. My point is that I will take a point, I will think about what I want to say. Sometimes it's going to be more than one sentence obviously. But the idea is that you say it, you make a clean cut, and then you say the next thing. You make a little break and look at the next point. You make the point, then you break and look at the next one. You make the next point and that's how you do it. This is obviously going to result in a bunch of cutting later on, but that's just how I think the best way to do it. The next one is if you follow these steps, then basically telling the viewer why they should watch the video and what's the outcome for them if they watch it. Because at the end of the day, it's important to remember the video that you make is for the viewer, not for yourself. If you follow those steps, then you will be able to make really nice-looking videos. Especially number six. Maybe we can put them into one because we don't want to keep the intro for too long. If you follow those steps, you will. If you follow those steps, you will get footage out of here. I'll take the phone. If you follow those steps, you will get footage out of this phone. Not this phone but a phone. If you follow the steps, you will get footage. If you follow those steps, you will get footage out of your phone that looks like a DSLR. If you follow those steps, if you follow those steps and especially tip number 6, you will be able to get footage out of your phone that looks like it's from a professional camera. Let's go. If you follow those steps and especially tip number 6, you will get footage out of your phone that might rival the one of a professional camera. Let's go. See, I did a few adjustments in words. Instead of saying that it looks like I said rival because at the end of the day, somebody professional might be able to tell the difference still and the point is not really that it looks like a professional camera. The point is that you can get still a high level and it doesn't need to look exactly the same because people will never compare side-by-side anyway. Resolution. I think I might be able to fit this all into one point which is good. Tip number one is resolution. As you might know, phone sensor. Tip number one resolution. As you might know, your phones have very, very small camera sensor and along with that it records the footage at extremely low data rates so the idea is you want to get the highest possible quality from the get-go to not limit yourself from the beginning, which means record and the highest resolution, which also comes with the highest data rates and that way you can make sure you don't have a bottleneck. That way you can make sure you don't have a bottleneck in your whole production process right from the get-go. That was good. I actually like that, that was a cool idea with the bottleneck. Those types of metaphors, often they come when you speak off the cuff or when you take the time in writing a script. But that's cool. That's one of the cool parts of doing bullet points. Tip number 2 is frame rate. Now most phones record in 30 or 60 FPS, which makes the video look a little bit too smooth, a little bit hyper-realistic, more than we want to actually and that makes those phone videos look like phone videos, which is not what we want here in this case. The way to solve that problem is just film in 24 frames per second. The way to solve this is film in 24 frames per second for the cinematic look. Shutter speed. Now 1, 2, 3. Now tip number 3, shutter speed goes right along with it because the shutter speed should always depend on the frame rate, because it should be double the frame rate. One of the next mistakes is by filming in a high frame rate, people also film and the high shutter speed, which leads to almost no motion blur. That's not what we are used to looking at from the cinema. What we're looking at from the cinema, so if you can make sure to shoot at 150th of a second in shutter speed, if you film in 24 or 25 frames per second as your frame rate, this is not going to be always possible because there's not always going to be possible in bright daylight if you don't use ND filters but it's certainly going to lead to the best results if you can use it. Now one thought that I have right now is somebody that might be interested in filming videos with their smartphone. They don't know what ND filters are, probably. That's something I would probably work out a little bit better if I really would make that video to produce it and publish it somewhere. But yeah, that's just as a side note. Now the next point is white balance makes colors realistic and accurate, daylight and I mentioned the two color temperatures. This is tip number four. You know what I just noticed? I said especially tip number six. But the problem is the app is not actually tip number six is tip number 5. It's just numbered as the point number six in my bullet points. That was silly, that was not the smartest thing to do. But anyway, that's also not really part. The content is not part of this whole exercise, but that's something you have to always remember that you number your things correctly, obviously. Tip number four is the correct white balance. Now one of the worst things is to have the colors look weird. You don't want your subject to look like the ultimate Hulk. You don't want them to be orange either. You want accurate skin tones, accurate colors in the rest of the frame as well. The way to get there is to use the proper white balance. Now if you are filming outside in daylight, the perfect white balance for that will be around 5,600 Kelvin. If you are in a typical indoor scenario might be more around 3,200 Kelvin. Got to figure out what the exact numbers. But the most important thing is film in the right White Balance. That was good, that felt good. App. Now tip number five is to use an app because as you might notice, a lot of those settings that we talked about, they're not actually available to change in most phones in the standard camera app that you have available so you will need to have an extra application to change those things. Two ones I recommend is Filmic Pro and the Moment app and with those two, you will be able to change all the important settings that might cost a little bit of money, but in my opinion, is definitely worth it. If you shoot videos with their smartphone, they are necessary because they will make the difference between looking like you shooting on a smartphone and looking like potentially you might be shooting on a real camera and that's what we want here. That's what you should do. Rear camera, I have both of them linked down below if you want to check it out. That's it guys with those few tips, you will be able to produce videos with your smartphone that will be able to rival the one of a DSLR or mirrorless camera. That will be able to rival the image in some cases of a DSLR or mirrorless camera that costs much more, and this one you already have in your pocket. Thanks for watching. See you in the next one bye. Now thinking about the process that I just went through, I'm thinking this actually didn't take that much longer than the real script. One of the reasons for that is there was not a specifically difficult topic that I talked about here. I know all of those things by heart. I don't need to remember them. I don't need to read the text to be able to say something that makes sense. Now, the more difficult your topic becomes, the more you will notice that this script is really helpful, especially if you want to have, for example, accurate numbers, dates, facts that you don't want to get wrong. Having a script is just, in my opinion, the best way to go because you just won't forget anything because it's right there. Another thing is when scripting, you can plan out things that make the video more engaging as well. Sometimes you might be in a good mood, you might have a good flow and whatever you say comes off, well, and it's not too much fluff around the point and it's not wasting anybody's time and it's engaging. If you have that talent, you can pull that off often. That's great. I think most people don't. I think when writing a script, the benefit really is as I just did this, I noticed that again, the benefit is really that you don't have to rely on circumstance. You don't have to rely on your daily feeling or your daily performance. You can build it right into the script that's engaging. You can make sure that you don't repeat yourself. You can make sure that you don't say things that are not really exactly to the point that you want to say and this is really the point when you make scripts. I mean look at what I'm doing right now. I'm talking off the cuff, I'm talking freely and I think I'm already repeating myself. You probably get the point already, but I still feel like I need to say more to shape the point a little bit better. If I would have written a script for this, you would have gotten the point already. Everything is fine. We can move on and I don't make those repetitive points that are unnecessary. To cut it off here to not make any repetitive things anymore. This is how it looks like when I record a video with bullet points, which I rarely do because I really prefer the script, but I want to show you guys so you can make your own decision, what works better for you. Now I'm going to show you how to do the whole thing with the script on your smartphone. Let's go. 15. The Students Project: All right, everybody, the class is done. I hope you learned a lot and you enjoyed the class. Now it's your turn. This is the students project and for this class, the students project is pretty simple. I want you to choose one of the two methods that you learned about today, either writing bullet points or writing out a full-blown script word by word and I want you to use that technique to create a video and show me how well you can use the techniques you learned, the tips and tricks you learned today, and create a video that is engaging, maybe contains some complicated information that you couldn't so easily bring across without your notes or your script. Show me how well you can present the script without either looking like you read the script, or without looking like you are relying on a bunch of bullet points right next to you. But instead, I want you to try to seem engaging and this whole concept of being "over emotional," like try to bring it across, try to really talk to a person behind the camera and not just read a script or think about the bullet points that are lying right next to you. Make the video less than one minute. It doesn't need to make cohesive sense as a full piece. Just show me a little bit of the skills that you learned in this class and I'm happy to comment on every single submission. I'm looking forward to seeing your submissions and leaving my comments on it. I'll see you in the next class. God bless you. Bye-bye. 16. DON'T miss this one: In this class, you have learned how to script your video so that they become more engaging, keep the viewer's retention high, and deliver the point you want to make without wasting much time. I taught you how to use the teleprompter to turn your script into a professional video without looking like you're reading a script. Even a way to do it on your phone without extra cost. I open my complete process from start to finish and shared my tips and tricks that took me months, and many failed attempts to learn. I pray that you can use this knowledge to create some videos to teach, help, inspire, and be of service to others. If you liked this class, I would appreciate if you took the time to give me review here on Skillshare, as well as check out my YouTube channel where I cover many more topics all about freelance video production. Lastly, if there's any question left unanswered, please feel free to comment, or reach out to me. I'm always happy to help out. May the Lord bless you, and keep you, and if you don't know Him yet me, may He also open your eyes to Him. Have a nice day, and see you over on YouTube. Bye-bye.