For remote prompting sessions in which the speaker is using a laptop and seated fairly close, we created the ability in which a separate custom-sized window can be created and displayed for the speaker. The narrow width keeps the lateral eye movement to a minimum.
First, go into preferences and select the option PRESENT THE PROMPTER IN A REGULAR WINDOW INSTEAD OF FULL SCREEN. You can pick the custom dimensions here. (I usually go with 550W and 800H).
Select the FULL-SCREEN button and a new external window with the prompter feed will appear. Drag this window to an external monitor (We recommend making the background of the external monitor BLACK). Line up the new window to the top and center.
This window can be resized to any custom dimensions and can be used split-screen in case they want another window with a video feed that needs to be displayed as well.
Need to make a quick setlist change while the artist is mid-song? — no problem.
This is for a fairly specific situation.
HiWire offers a number of unique features that you can’t find on other Mac-based teleprompter softwares. HiWire seamlessly separates catalog and setlist navigation, so you can quickly create artist or client lists with ease.
Only HiWire lets you make real-time edits using the monitor toggle button. Script changes can either be live for the artist, replaced with another script, or hidden so that the artist is not distracted.
Another great feature is A/B script switching. This comes in handy when the artist changes the setlist on the fly. Or maybe the order of speakers changes last minute for a corporate event. Using the A/B switch lets you swap scripts with ease.