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Otto Q is a teleprompter for your iOS device that's very simple to use.You only need to know what five controls do in order to have full control over the recording of your video.This is part one of a two part user guide.The secret to recording a sincere piece-to-camera is the placement of the teleprompter's unique Q Box. Position the Q Box as close to the front-facing camera of your iOS device as you can.The closer the Q Box is, the better the eye contact you'll make.

Otto Q Teleprompter - User Guide Part 1

Quick Start - Onboarding

Otto Q is a teleprompter for your iOS device that's very simple to use. You only need to know how to use five buttons in order to have full control over the recording of your first video.

Otto Q seven step quick start buttonOtto Q launches in Play mode. If you're launching for the very first time, then some brief onboarding instructions will appear in the text editor and, one-by-one, the 5 basic controls of the UI will be revealed to you. Otherwise, the words you'll see will be the text that made up the video script of your previous project.
 
To edit the script, just touch the text editor and you'll be able to cut, copy, paste, edit, spellcheck and share just as you'd expect.
 
There's more help and advice about editing and refining your video script further-on in Part Two.

Play

Otto Q teleprompter play mode buttonPress the PLAY button and Otto will scroll (through the Q Box) the words that you see displayed in the text editor - scrolling always begins with a countdown. The PLAY button will change to a PAUSE button. If at any time you feel the need to stop, then press the PAUSE button; pressing PLAY once again will start the scroll right from the beginning.
 
The purpose of Play mode is to encourage you to practice and re-practice your script without being distracted by video.
 
You may practice your script as many times as you need. The iPhone/iPad front-facing camera will not capture anything until you switch to Record mode and then press the REC button. Practice does make perfect so keep at it - you will get there.
 
When, after making an edit, you've played your script once, then Otto activates the REC button and, if you wish, you can then switch to Record mode. However, let's look at the other four controls of the Play mode first.

X&Y

Otto Q XY position Q box buttonThe X&Y control is a four-way button that positions the Q Box horizontally and vertically. Touch the top/right/bottom/left of the button and gently nudge the Q Box into position.
 
The position of the Q Box is absolutely critical to achieving a sincere looking video - you will want position the Q Box as close to your front-facing camera as possible.
 
You only need to set the position of the Q Box once. So take the time to get it just right - you can fine-tune the position and the size of the Q Box as it's scrolling your script.

W&H

Otto Q sizing Q Box buttonThe W&H control is a four-way button that sizes the Q Box and the text that scrolls through it. Make the teleprompt's box as high or as wide as you need it to be.
 
The sizing of the Q Box is a matter of personal comfort and preference.
 
If, for example, you'd rather not wear glasses when you record your video then you may be pleased that you can adjust the size of the Q Box to go full-screen.
 
As you decrease the width of the Q Box you reduce the likelihood of eye-movement when you're reading a video script.
 
At beginning and the end of the video script you will see a string of coloured dots pass through the Q Box, as Otto counts-down to where you start and stop. As you become comfortable with Otto Q's inventive Q Box, you'll find that setting the width of the Q Box to as few as just 4 of these dots will display all the text you need.

Pace

Otto Q saccade scroll speed controlAt the bottom of the screen is a slider that controls the speed at which the Q Box scrolls the words of your video script.
 
There is no right/wrong speed at which your script should scroll. Adjust the slider and find the pace that is most comfortable for you. Experience tells us that it will always be best to read your script right through to the end - don't go halfway through and think 'that'll do'.
 
As you adjust the speed, the Pace readout changes. Press the PLAY button to practice your script at the new pace setting. Otto will calculate how long the script will take to read by revising the Time readout.
 
Once you've pressed the PLAY button you can still adjust the pace, although Otto will disable the REC button to encourage you to practice the full script. The only way to conclusively understand whether you have set exactly the right pace is to start and the beginning and run-through your script.

Record

Otto Q iOS teleprompter video record buttonThe REC button will switch Otto Q to Record mode and switch-on your front-facing camera. If the REC button is blue and not red, press the PLAY button to activate the REC button and practice your video script with the change you've just made.
 
When you switch to Record mode, you'll notice that the Q Box remains visible and is positioned exactly where you set it as you practiced in Play mode - the border of the Q Box will have changed from black to green, making the Q Box even easier to see as well as indicating that Otto is ready to record.
 
The X&Y and W&H buttons are only visible in Play mode so the Q Box can't be moved out-of-position. Beside the REC button is a transparent CLOSE button. Press this button that's marked with an X and switch back to Play mode.
 
Compose your shot and position yourself in-front of camera. When you're ready to start recording, press the REC button. The REC button will change to solid red, the green border of the Q Box will go red to indicate that your iPhone or iPad is now recording video.
 
You can stop recording at any time during the scroll by pressing the REC button again. Otto will save your video to your iOS Photos app. When you reach the end of your script and the Q Box strops scrolling then Otto will automatically save your video.

That's it. That's a wrap! That's all you need to know to create your first piece-to-camera with Otto Q. When it's time for you to find-out how to get more control then please come back to read Part Two of the user guide.
Otto Q User Guide Part 2