Hi, I'm Takeo Fujii. In this article, I'd like to introduce BIGVU, a teleprompter application that allows you to shoot video while reading a script on your smartphone.
It can be nerve-wracking to talk to the camera when shooting video. You can't look down, or your mind can go blank while you're talking. It's hard to speak to the camera with confidence.
If you're not good at looking at the camera and want to speak confidently and smoothly to the camera, I'd like to introduce you to BIGVU.
With BIGVU, anyone can shoot video with confidence. It doesn't matter if your speech skips during the recording. You can just read the script while you speak.
In this article, I will explain the functions and usability of BIGVU.
What is the BIGVU teleprompter application?
In a nutshell, it's an application that allows you to take pictures while reading a textbook.
With BIGVU, you can smoothly shoot and create videos while reading the script (kanpe).
Let me show you exactly what I mean.
The screenshot image above shows the BIGVU screen. Prepare the script you want to talk about in the video.
After setting the manuscript, take a picture of it with the camera.
In this way, the script is displayed on the screen by using BIGVU.
So even if you're not good at talking to the camera, you can shoot a video while reading the script on your phone.
By the way, I was able to capture the image as shown below.
I took this picture in a dark place, so the screen is dark (sorry lol). But it doesn't look like I'm reading out of a manuscript, does it?
In the past, it was common practice to use a prompter to shoot the video, spend hours editing the video on a computer, and finally publish it online.
However, with BIGVU, everything can be done with a single smartphone. The prompter is included in BIGVU. There is no need to buy it separately.
Also, no editing is required; BIGVU comes with all the editing functions for video production, such as trimming, adding music, and green background functions.
You can take your phone with you, shoot videos in your free time, and edit and trim them freely in the app. BIGVU is a prompter app that allows anyone to create professional-looking videos in just a few minutes.
Advantages/Disadvantages of BIGVU
In July 2020, when I was just starting out in video production, I was working on a video production while watching Kanpeki on BigVU.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of BIGVU that I have found after using it for about six months.
Benefits of BIGVU (advantages)
First, the benefits of BIGVU are.
- Video production with just a smartphone.
- The size and speed of text can be changed freely.
- Can be used in Japanese without any problems.
- Simple video editing with just a smartphone.
- You can upload your videos directly to social networking sites.
- Free plans exist.
- Affordable, even for a fee
In 2020, I hadn't bought a camera yet, so I had to shoot video using only my phone.
In such a situation, BIGVU was very useful because I could shoot video, edit it, and upload it to SNS with just one smartphone.
Disadvantages of BIGVU
On the other hand, the disadvantages of BIGVU are.
- Some parts are not supported in Japanese.
- All instruction manuals are in English.
- Not suitable for serious photography.
BIGVU is based in the U.S. The app is also available in Japanese, but some parts are still in English. The app is also available in Japanese, but some parts are still in English, so it is not completely in Japanese.
BIGVU's price and pricing plan
BIGVU has three plans for different functions.
- Starter plan (monthly): 1,600 yen/month
- Starter Plan (6 months))5,400 yen / 6 months
- Plus Plan: 10,800 yen / 6 months
Let's take a look at the functions of each.
|Starter Plan||Plus Plan|
|1,600 yen/month or 5,400 yen/6 months||10,800 yen / 6 months|
|No watermark on the BIGVU logo||All features of the Starter plan|
|Prompter function||Up to 59 minutes of video|
|Automatic captioning||+ Prompter for Desktop|
|Videos up to 9 minutes in length||Change brand colors and fonts as you wish|
|Up to two terminals||Video Analysis|
|My own logo, music|
If you go for the Starter plan, the Bigvu logo will be removed and the music, background and title features will be added. This plan is enough for most video producers, Youtubers and creators.
You can choose to pay every month or every 6 months.
You can get a significant discount by paying in bulk.
Plus allows you to shoot longer videos, up to 59 minutes, and adds more brand customization and video analytics. 10.800 yen for 6 months.
Let's try BIGVU's free plan.
By the way, BIGVU offers a free plan. We recommend that you try the free plan before actually upgrading, and then upgrade. Please try it out for yourself.
By the way, you can use the free plan as much as you want. However, with the free plan, the BIGVU logo watermark will appear on the videos you shoot. If you want to remove this logo watermark, please upgrade.
[Free] How to register for BIGVU
This section explains how to register for BIGVU. Since I am using an iPad, I will explain how to install the app from the App Store.
In the case of android, the process is basically the same, the difference being the App Store or Google Play.
First, find and install the free BIGVU app.
You can find it by searching for "bigvu."
If you find this app, install it. It's free. Don't worry, you won't suddenly be charged.
Once you have installed the app, the next step is to create an account. If you already have a BIGVU account, just log in.
- Email address
Set these three items. You are free to choose your own password. Once you have entered everything, click "Create Account".
A confirmation will be sent to the email address you entered.
Click on "Confirm Email" and you will be able to complete your BIGVU registration.
The reason why the confirmation email is in English is because BIGVU originally operates in New York. Please be assured that this is a prompter application with many users overseas.
How to use BIGVU in Japanese
BIGVU should be set to Japanese during installation, but if it is not, you can change the language to Japanese from the menu.
If you select "Japanese," the language will be Japanese.
[Conclusion] My BIGVU review summary
BIGVU is an easy-to-use and affordable teleprompter application for even novice video creators.
No expensive camera equipment, just a smartphone, and you can easily read the instructions and shoot video without stress.
Only some parts of BIGVU are available in Japanese, not all yet, but it is intuitive and should be easy to understand without a manual.
Please install the app for free and try it first. You can easily install the app on your iOS or android device.
Install the software from the App Store for iOS or Google Play for android.
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