picoPrompt

picoPrompt Teleprompting software by Teleprompting Techniques Limited, transforms an iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, into a self contained professional speech prompter.

picoPrompt (pico from the Italian Piccolo – small) has many innovative features. It offers real time variable speed smooth text scrolling using picoScroll, a free companion App. Text can be acquired by copy or cut and paste from a web browser, e-mail, or web file storage facility such as Drop Box. Use WiFi and the free issue picoServe Server software to upload text peer to peer over a network, or ad hoc from a local laptop without the need to access an external network. Text can also be created using the on-board editor.

As an ultra portable and simple to use prompter, picoPrompt is suitable for all situations including news and documentaries, interviews, general studio production, commercials, public speaking, video conferencing, podcasts and amateur productions. A range of on-camera and stand alone mounting equipment is available from many specialist prompting equipment vendors such as Autoscript Ltd. UK.

picoPrompt Handbook

picoPrompt Handbook and Settings

What you will need:

iDevice (iOS 6+ for full functionality)

picoPrompt App from the App Store on iTunes

picoScroll free app from the App Store on iTunes

Optional: iScroll/iGlue Combo from Teleprompting Techniques Ltd (www.telepromptingtechniques.com)

Optional: Free App picoServe for PCs from Teleprompting Techniques Ltd (support@telepromptingtechniques.com)

Index

 1. Settings to get you Started
 2. Text Acquisition and Editing

2a            Text Input with the Editor

2b            Edit a File Locally

2b.1         SmartEdit

2b.2         Local changes without using SmartEdit

2c            Text Search

3. Mark-Up Commands

3a            Macros

4. Font Size, Style, Default Font Selection

4a            Default Prompter Display Font

4b            Download Font Mapping

4c            Font Mark-Ups

4d            Marker Commands

4e            Justification

4f            Colour, Foreground,Background,Backdrop

4g            Bullet Points

5.  Load Text Using Cut and Paste

5a            Quickload

5.b            Create a File from Cut and Paste

6 .  Load Text Using FTP

6a            FTP Download

7. To Configure a Peer to Peer Network

7a            To Set Up a Network Name

7b            To Configure an iDevice for a Peer to Peer Network

8. picoPrompt/WinPlus FTP News Interface

8a            Recommended Settings

8b            Operation of picoPrompt/WinPlus Interface

9. Detailed Descriptions of picoPrompt Settings

9a            Scroll Control

9b            Settings for Use with No External Scroll Controller

9c            The “i” symbol

9d            AutoFlip Controls

9e            Default Colours

9d            Default Font

9e            Font Mapping

10. Layout Control

10a            Mirror Mode

11. Cue Marker

12. Synchronised Playout           

14. Script Sync

14a            Items to Sync

15. Script Refresh

15a            Update on Go to Top

15b            PiP Start/Stop

15c            Script Sync

16. Special Functions

16a            PicoSmartStart

16b            AutoLoad to Prompt

17               Text Editor

18            FTP 1 and 2 Configuration

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Downloadable PDF – picoPrompt Settings

picoPrompt Special Applications

Setup for WinPlus/picoPrompt automatic script transfer via a remote FTP site

What you will need:

iDevice

picoPrompt App from the App Store on iTunes

iScroll/iGlue Combo from Teleprompting Techniques Ltd (www.telepromptingtechniques.com)

FTP enabling Dongle from Autoscript Ltd (www.autoscript.tv)

iOS 6 or above required for full functionality

An access to a remote FTP server

Recommended picoPrompt Settings for V2.1.0 or later when linking to Autoscript’s WinPlus Newsroom Prompting system.

Scroll Control Settings

Scroll Control
Enable Gestures ON
Reverse Gestures OFF
Scroll Speed (0-25) 1
Use WiFi OFF
IP Address (Blank)
Port Number (Blank)
Auto Connect ON

Countdown and Pause Control

Starting Value (0 to 15) 10
Pause Mode Controls ON

Auto Flip control

On Application start ON
On prompt file ON
On Orientation change OFF

Default Colours and Font

Foreground White
Background Black

Default Font Ariel 60

Font Mapping (See Note 1)

Font 1 Ariel 20
Font 2 Ariel 60
Enable ON

Layout Control (See Note 2)

Mirror Mode OFF (change this to ON if using with glass and hood)
Camera Mount Mode OFF

Cue Marker

Enable ON
On Right OFF

Help Features

Hide Run Order Help OFF

Additional Settings

Macros Not required

Synchronised Playout

Enable OFF
Master Device OFF
Port Number (Blank)
Server IP Address (Blank)

Script Sync

Control

Enable OFF
Master Device OFF
Use WiFi OFF
Bluetooth ID picoprompt
IP Address
Port Number 8012

Items to Sync

Send Font on Sync OFF

Script Refresh

Hand Controller

Update on Go to Top ON (See Note 3)
PiP Record Start/Stop OFF (See Note 3)

Script Sync

Trigger Script Sync ON

Special Functions

Enables

picoSmartStart on Flip ON (See Note 4)
Auto load to Prompt ON (See Note 4)

Text Editor

Editor Settings

Enable Formatting  ON

Colour Scheme   Default

Font Size              30

FTP Server 1

IP address: gate.ftpcontrol.net
Username: picoprompt
Password: ????
Directory: ????
Script filter *.*

(Please contact Teleprompting Techniques support to set up a customer test directory and password on the TTL Test Server)

FTP Server 2

As above but with alternative settings for quick change between servers or script source.

Recommended WinPlus Configuration when linking to a remote FTP site and picoPrompt.

NB: You will need a dongle from Autoscript Ltd to enable WinPlus to auto save to the required remote FTP site.

In WinPlus Configuration click on the FTP Tab

Remote FTP

Username: picoprompt
Password : ????
IP Address: gate.ftpcontrol.net
Directory: ????

(Please contact Teleprompting Techniques support to set up a customer test directory and password on the TTL Test Server)

Check box – FTP Passive Mode

Local FTP

picoprompt Root Directory: C:picoPromptRoot
picoprompt Sub Directory: picoprompt

PicoPrompt Auto Upload: Enabled

Interval (Secs): 30

Mode: Single Script File : Select with click
Individual Story File: Do not Select.

Slugline Marker for Upload field:

 If a selective character has been entered into the “Slugline Marker for Upload” field to send specific stories to the FTP site then select Individual Story mode.

The script name will be the base name that will be found on picoPrompt for selection. A time/date stamp will be added automatically.

Operation:

When picoPrompt is launched it will ask whether you want to delete all local scripts.
If you say yes picoPrompt will delete the local files and automatically connect to the server and offer you the list of programme scripts held there.
If you say No picoPrompt will revert to conventional working mode and you will access the FTP site and load the programme manually.

If a test directory has been set up there will be a sample script already in the directory to use as test material.
The file extension of scripts from Autoscript is .ppf.

Drag the list of available files up or down the picking screen and touch the one you want. It will move to the shaded select bar.
Press Select.

You will be asked whether you wish to prompt this script. If you say yes the next time you see the text it will be on the prompt screen – this sequence is picoSmartStart.

WinPlus is saving a copy of the script onto the remote server at the configured frequency, default 30 seconds, and each save will include all running order and text changes.

At the presenter or operator’s discretion the Back to Top button can be pressed on the iScroll picoPrompt hand control. picoPrompt will automatically check the files on the server and if the date/time stamp has changed will call it in and replace the old text.

Around 30 seconds is the best frequency of save so that it does over use the network. This means the worst case time for changes to be called in is 30 secs, of course it could be less depending when the change has been made relative to the WinPlus auto save!

Because the script has to be repositioned after a refresh from the top by jumping forward from page to page, an assignable character (see WinPlus configuration)  can be added at the beginning of the story title Slug Line when it is being created to enable a single story or several stories to be sent to a remote location. In this mode, which must use the Single Story configuration in Winplus (see  WinPlus configuration) will only upload those stories with asterisks to the FTP site. In this way the download time is kept to a minimum and the text can be moved to the start point quickly.

Notes on the picoPrompt Settings.

NOTE 1.
Font Mapping

Font 1 Ariel 20
Font 2 Ariel 60
Enable ON

Slug lines are traditionally in a smaller font than the prompter text to maximise the amount of screen available for prompter text and to clearly indicate the start of a new story. Winplus sends the slugline defined as Font 1 and the prompter text defined as Font 2 but does not send the font itself. The pico Font mapping settings allow the user to map the WinPlus defined Font 1 and Font 2 to any of the standard picoPrompt Fonts. When the setting Font1 or Font 2 is selected the whole range of picoPrompt Fonts are offered and the required font can be set.

NOTE 2.
Layout Control (See Note 2)

Mirror Mode OFF (change this to ON if using with glass and hood)
Camera Mount Mode OFF

These should be set to ON if the prompter is to be used in Mirror Mode for use with an on-camera hood and glass system. Mirror Mode turns the prompter screen into a mirror image of the text.

The Apple default flip when returning to the Local Files View for editing or selecting a new file to prompt means the Local Files view is facing away from the user. If Camera Mount Mode is selected a further flip will automatically occur to bring the Local Files View to face the user for easy access.

NOTE 3
Script Refresh

Hand Controller

Update on Go to Top ON
PiP Record Start/Stop OFF

When ON Update on Go to Top will change the function of the iScroll hand control so that if the button nearest the control knob is pressed it will automatically trigger pico to check the FTP site for changes to scripts and the running order. If the date/time stamp has changed it will call the new version into the prompter.
When OFF the button will revert to its normal function of restarting the prompter text from the top.

PiP Record Start/Stop enables remote start and stop recording of the Facetime camera. In this way a user can video and prompt themselves at the same time.
The Back to Top Button can be pressed twice with a half second delay between presses. A successful Start can be seen when a small reference screen of the Facetime camera output appears embedded within the prompter text. A successful Stop will close the reference window and inform you that the video has been saved to the camera roll.

NOTE 4.
Special Functions

Enables

picoSmartStart on Flip ON
Auto load to Prompt ON

If picoPrompt is launched with picoSmartStart of Flip set to ON it will ask whether you want to delete local files. If you say yes it will automatically delete all local files, and proceed to connect to the remote FTP server and will then display the available files in the picking window.

If Auto Load to Prompt is also set to ON, when you have selected the required file, pico will ask whether you want to prompt that file. If you accept, pico will proceed to load and display the file as prompt text and save it into Local Files.

Downloadable PDF – Setup for WinPlus/picoPrompt automatic script
transfer via a remote FTP site