The TeleprompterPAD app allows you to save files in universal rich text format, known as RTF, this file format is the most compatible with desktop text editors and allows you to save texts with colors, highlighted texts with background colors, bold, italics, underscores and lists.
Therefore, if you create your script from your desktop or laptop computer, our recommendation is to export the file as RTF in a folder of the cloud service of your choice (Dropbox, iCloud, Drive, OneDrive, etc) that is later accessible from the device. In this way you can edit and re-save both from the desktop and from the TeleprompterPAD app itself without requiring a change of file format. If you need help putting together your first teleprompter script, make sure to read this guide on how to write a script for teleprompter.
However, for those of you who already have a pre-created script file in another file format, or perhaps your desktop software only supports one of the more common text file formats, the TeleprompterPAD app also supports importing by itself other file formats such as PDF files (created with Adobe Acrobat or similar), DOCX (created with MS Word), ODT (created with Open Office), TXT (plain text created with any text editor) or the already mentioned and most recommended RTF (rich text created with any text editor).
UPDATED: Currently the encoding of the txt file does not need to be UTF-8 because our teleprompter app automatically does this process internally. However, if you have to choose one when saving your file, we recommend using UTF-8.
You can save or convert to .txt format (or any of the other supported formats as PDF, DOCX, ODT or RTF) from any text software, such as Microsoft Word or Pages or you can use a free online service like document.online-convert.com.
Here are some brief examples of how to easily save or convert your scripts into a txt format compatible with the TeleprompterPAD app, but you can use the same method to save or convert your files to PDF, DOCX, ODT or RTF:
- How to convert any text script into .txt from any text software like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages
- How to convert online any text script into .txt format
How to convert any text script into .txt format from any text software like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages
NOTE: Different versions of Apple Pages have different limitations for exporting to other file formats. You can read about it in the official Apple site.
To save or convert any text to .txt format from any text editor, such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages or similar, do the following:
- Load your script in your text editor (Microsoft Word in this example).
- Click on file> save as (or "export" depending on your software).
- In the file type choose the Plain Text (.txt) format.
- Recommended: In the file encoding format, choose the Unicode UTF-8 encoding.
How to convert online any text script into .txt format
You can use a free online service like document.online-convert.com to convert any text format in txt.
- Go to document.online-convert.com/convert-to-txt
- Drag and drop or load from your device (or from your cloud) your text file in any format, such as .doc, .docx, .pdf, .epub, .ppt and others.
Optional: You can choose OCR (Optical character recognition) to improve the convertion for scanned documents, pdf or ppt. In this case, choose the language of the document in the drop-down.
- Press start conversion. After a while your .txt file will be ready to download.
Now that your script is ready to be displayed and you feel like you could benefit from some guidance when recordin your first video with a teleprompter, make sure to check out our guide on how to set up a teleprompter for a video shoot.