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Otto Q eliminates eye movement with the Q Box

The Q Box offers a window onto your video script, and shows you only the words you need to read - at a pace that's right for you. You make this window as large or as small as you need it to be and you position the Q Box up-close to the front-facing camera of your iPhone or iPad. As you practice and record your piece-to-camera, your gaze will not stray from the window of scrolling-words. And those eye-movements (you remember - the ones that make you look shifty and insincere) will be eliminated.

Otto Q - The iOS Teleprompter That Eliminates Eye Movement

When you were growing-up, did you ever have an adult tell you to: "LOOK at me when I'm talking to you!"

Making and maintaining eye-contact, when you're communicating face-to-face with a fellow human, is a pivotal skill. Direct eye-contact is associated with displays of: sincerity; dominance; and respect. The trouble with video is that it's not face-to-face. Video is a different channel of communication and has its own set of rules which we're now beginning to learn.

Research into direct gaze between mother and baby has shown that eye-contact is one of the earliest forms of communication we learn and trust. Yet we're still learning about video and the perceived trustworthiness of those we watch.

Video is a one way channel and, when recording our pieces to camera, we need to ensure we're not giving-off the wrong signals.

A German paper[1] (published in 2002) - found that participants of a study involving video were: …more likely to believe statements by a speaker looking at them directly, compared to a speaker with an averted gaze.

Research[2] does suggest it's wrong to assume that our physiological response to a 1-2-1 (face-to-face) conversation will be identical to a 1-2-x (piece-to-camera). That said, research in 2006 [3], by the gloriously-titled: Global Deception Research Team, discovered that, across cultures, something approaching 70% of us believe that: not making direct eye-contact, is far-and-away the strongest indicator that someone's lying.

When videoing pieces-to-camera, too many of us only look-at our-selfies, in the display of the mobile we're shooting with. We lose sight that in-reality, all we're doing, is shooting video to try to connect with another human being.

Otto Q is a professional teleprompter; an app for your iPhone and iPad and this video, that introduces you to Steve Whiting's two big brothers, intends to change the way you look-at mobile teleprompting.

Whether you're shooting commercial, social or artistic video; acquiring the skills which allow you to make that vital human connection, will improve your pieces-to-camera. This head-to-head comparison shows how you will make better video, when you read your script whilst looking directly down the lens of the camera.

We put our iOS teleprompter, Otto Q, head-to-head with a traditional teleprompter that we shall call Brand X. Soon enough, you'll see that only one Big Brother is actually looking at you.

The problems with traditional teleprompters are the averted eyes of the Anchor delivering the piece-to-camera, and the movement associated with the eyes darting to keep-up with the script. Take a look at the results of achieved by Brand X. I'm not truly looking down the lens of the camera and my eyes are dodging and shifting from left to right.

The difference may be subtle, but it's microexpressions like this which we're programmed from birth to notice and distrust. Microexpressions haemorrhage visual cues, and warp the video viewer's belief_in_the_trustworthiness of the person on-camera.

The approach of Otto Q is fresh and new, and the app is available, without subscription, to download from the App Store.

Otto Q is bringing-about the biggest change in teleprompting since teleprompters were pioneered, back in 1950.

Teleprompting has remained unchanged for the past seventy years. The paragraphs of a video script are traditionally scrolled vertically, just like the credits at the end of a movie. What distinguishes Otto Q is its ability to eliminate eye-movement, capture and deliver sincere performances - thanks to the Q Box.

The Q Box offers a window onto your video script, and shows you only the words you need to read - at a pace that's right for you. You make this window as large or as small as you need it to be and you position the Q Box up-close to the front-facing camera of your iPhone or iPad. As you practice and record your piece-to-camera, your gaze will not stray from the window of scrolling-words. And those eye-movements (you remember - the ones that make you look shifty and insincere) will be eliminated.

Steve designed and developed Otto Q because he was hopeless at videoing pieces-to-camera. Now; with a good script, a strong belief in what you're talking about and, with a little practice, he believes that Otto Q can change the way you communicate - for good.