Managing a Video Production with an iPad
Illustration by John Hersey

Managing a Video Production with an iPad

with Nick Brazzi

Video: Running the teleprompter from a separate device

Once you have the Teleprompter Plus app all So let's see how that works.
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  1. 8m 10s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
    2. Apps and tools needed for this course
      4m 53s
    3. Exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 28m 45s
    1. Defining roles
      1m 43s
    2. Setting up a file storage system using Dropbox and Google Drive
      11m 23s
    3. Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
      8m 38s
    4. Preparing storyboards
      7m 1s
  3. 1h 10m
    1. Introducing the Shot Lister app
      1m 35s
    2. Creating a shot list and adding scene information
      10m 0s
    3. Adding individual shots and finishing the shot list
      8m 9s
    4. Exporting the shot list as a CSV for the Shot Lister app
      2m 59s
    5. Importing and organizing the shot list on the iPad
      8m 41s
    6. Adding storyboards to a shot list
      5m 13s
    7. Creating a shoot-day schedule
      4m 48s
    8. Ordering shots on a shoot-day schedule
      5m 25s
    9. Scheduling times for the shoot day
      8m 3s
    10. Choosing the right method of numbering shots
      9m 8s
    11. Creating call sheets
      6m 28s
  4. 19m 20s
    1. Setting up an iPad teleprompter rig
      2m 15s
    2. Preparing the script for the teleprompter
      10m 42s
    3. Running the teleprompter from a separate device
      6m 23s
  5. 14m 53s
    1. Using a physical slate
      6m 2s
    2. Using the MovieSlate iPad app
      8m 51s
  6. 31m 21s
    1. Running the shoot day on paper
      9m 2s
    2. Running the shoot day from the Shot Lister app
      10m 30s
    3. Logging shots with the Shot Lister app
      4m 37s
    4. Logging shots with the MovieSlate app
      7m 12s
  7. 27m 3s
    1. Preparing a paper shot log for the editor
      5m 0s
    2. Exporting a shot log from the Shot Lister app
      8m 31s
    3. Exporting a simple shot log from the MovieSlate app
      3m 32s
    4. Exporting an XML shot log from MovieSlate for Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro
      10m 0s
  8. 15m 1s
    1. Setting up the Easy Release app
      7m 32s
    2. Collecting a signed release
      7m 29s
  9. 1m 49s
    1. Next steps
      1m 49s

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Video shoots require a lot of organization. Whether you're the director for a large crew, a solo shooter, or something in between, you need to develop a solid workflow for planning a shoot and keeping it on track. The portability and versatility of the iPad is helpful in any of these scenarios, keeping your footprint light and your budget even lighter.

With a handful of inexpensive apps and services that work with the iPad, you can create a very effective production toolkit. This course reveals the workflow that author and content producer Nick Brazzi uses to plan and run shoots for low-budget productions and "no-budget" web series using iPad apps, cloud-based services, and optional desktop software. Find out how Google Drive, Dropbox, and specialty apps like Shot Lister, MovieSlate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release can help you run a tighter ship and bring your production in on schedule and under budget.

Topics include:
  • Setting up file storage and organization with Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
  • Creating shot lists and a shoot-day schedule
  • Creating call sheets to organize the cast and crew
  • Using a physical slate or a slate app
  • Using an iPad as a teleprompter
  • Logging shots
  • Compiling shot lists for editing
  • Collecting signed model release forms with Easy Release
Nick Brazzi

Running the teleprompter from a separate device

Once you have the Teleprompter Plus app all set up and ready to display your script, you should take a moment to think about how you're going to manage the prompter play back. In some setups, you can just put the prompter iPad into the camera rig, hit Start, and you're fine. But, in a lot of cases, you're going to need to pause the script and adjust the scrolling speed to match how quickly your on camera talent reads the script. To accomplish that, you might want to pair your iPad with a second iOS device, your iPhone, another iPad or an iPod touch like I have here.

Then you can use that second device as a remote control. So let's see how that works. I'm going to start the Teleprompter Plus app on both devices. Now they look a little bit different but all of the controls are generally the same. I'm going to use the iPod as a remote control for the iPad. So the iPad is what would be in the camera rig. The idea here is that you don't really want to interact with the iPad very much, if at all. You want to do everything that you're going to do on the iPod. So I will need to import the script that I'm going to use onto the iPod.

And you can see I've already imported that script here, Kinetico Prompter Script. Next, were going to have to pair these devices together. If you're able to connect to a Wi-Fi network, you simply need to make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If you're out in the field, not able to connect to Wi-Fi, then you just need to make sure that Bluetooth is turned on, on both devices, and what we're about to do will work just fine. So here's how we pair the two devices. On the iPod, I'm going to touch this little antennae button.

These two devices can already see each other becomes they're on the same network. So I'll just touch on the iPad and it will make that connection. On the iPad, it's going to ask for my permission. There's a few options. If you want to make a one-time connection you can choose that. But if you want to set these two devices to always connect without asking your permission. You could select always. So for now, I'm just going to hit One Time. Now the two devices are connected. And now, I don't really have to touch the iPad anymore. I can put this into the mirror rig on my camera, and I can control everything using the iPod.

So, to do that I'll just hit Back, to go back to my list of scripts. I'm going to select the script that I want to use. want to make sure that everything's right. If I want to make change to this script, I can tap on the script, make any changes that I want. Just going to hit Done, for now. And when you'll ready to start prompting, you just hit the Start Prompting button. It'll take a few moments for the two devices to connect. And then you'll get that three second countdown. And then the Prompter will start rolling on both devices. On the iPod, I can just tap this screen to bring up my on screen controls.

And I've got all of the same controls here. You can see I can pause playback. And I can hit the play button so start playback. I'm going to pause again, because you can also scroll through the script, find a spot that you're looking for and when you're ready, hit play again. I can change the speed by tapping the little rabbit button to go faster or the turtle button to go slower. And you can see it's really nice to tap these buttons multiple times. To really get the speed change effect that you're looking for.

And that's it, go ahead and control the prompter session as you like on the iPod itself, and when you're done, you just tap the screen to bring up your controls, hit the X, and you're back. Now I recommend that you practice these actions before your shoot day. As the person operating the teleprompter, you've got a very symbiotic relationship with the person who's reading the prompter on-screen. You're going to need to match their speaking speed. You probably want to talk a little bit with the person who's going to be reading the script. As they're talking, you're going to need to speed up, or slow down the script to match their pace.

So, this is something that would benefit from some practice. So, spend some time with this, and make sure you're comfortable with it before the important day comes along. Now, when we're done with the pairing session, all you need to do is hit Exit. On the iPad. It's asking me if I'm sure I want to disconnect and I'll say yes. And now the two devices are completely independent again. Now it's worth noting that this connection can go the other way. And in fact, you can control one iPad using another iPad. All you would need to do is hit the little antenna button on the iPad to connect to whatever device you want to connect to.

Now there is one more thing I want to point out as sort of a troubleshooting method. Sometimes using this app, you may find that the devices have a little bit of trouble connecting to each other. If you ever have that problem, here's what I suggest you do. Go ahead and hit the Home button to go to the home screen. And I'll do that on both devices. And if you double tap the Home button it'll bring up your application switcher. And if you locate the Teleprompter app, and that's this one right here. You can just flick it up which will force that application to quit entirely, and I'll go ahead and do that on both devices.

After you force the application to quit, if you start it up again, I found that you'll have a much easier time of connecting the two devices if you have problems connecting them before. And if you go to the Settings Control on the iPad or the iPod. You'll see that in settings there's a special section here in settings for the Teleprompter app where you've got some specific settings that you can set up. A couple of them that are particularly interesting you can lock out unknown remotes. Earlier when we paired the two devices there was an option to always allow them to connect.

If you've connected them together and you hit that button to always allow you could come back here and turn this option on. So that it will just disregard any devices that weren't already paired. If you find that you have trouble connecting the two devices through Bluetooth and you only want to connect through Wi-Fi, you could enable this option here. So take a look at some of these options here in Settings and you may find a way to make the teleprompting experience run a little bit smoother for you. All in all, this is a pretty easy and smooth set up for running the Teleprompter on an iPad.

With a little practice and plenty of communication with your onscreen talent, you should be able to get used to running the Teleprompter with your iOS devices pretty quickly.

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