X Factor’s Performance of the Decade from Autoscript Rentals

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Last Updated: December 13, 2014 8:38 am GMT
(Twickenham, UK--December 13, 2014) Autoscript Rentals, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has been helping to prompt presenters during the X Factor live shows since the programme first launched to UK audiences in September 2004.



Now in its 11th series, the X Factor live shows regularly command audiences in excess of nine million, and presenter Dermot O’Leary, and ITV2’s Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford, rely on an operator and prompting solutions from Autoscript Rentals for every programme.

For the last decade, the X Factor production team has selected the same highly experienced Autoscript Rentals operator and a range of prompting equipment. The operator who has worked throughout all of the live shows is on hand to input scripts, make any changes, and control the speed of the words on the screen to ensure the presenters give a faultless performance.

During the current series, the equipment providing the prompting solution on the main stage includes an Autoscript 19-inch LED, as well as three 8 inch TFTs, one Miniscript and two WinPlus operating systems. The Autoscript WinPlus operating systems have a live switch installed between them to provide back up in the event of any technical difficulties.

Rob Harwood, Head of Rentals, Autoscript said:“The X Factor is undoubtedly one of the biggest entertainment programmes on television and we feel privileged to supply such a high profile show. The feedback from the technicians and crew on set has consistently been very positive. During any live production the reliability of the equipment is paramount, and just like the acts on stage, it has to provide a seamless performance week in and week out. The team have been very happy with the equipment during the last decade of live shows on both the main programme and the Xtra Factor.

“In any production, the relationship between the Autoscript operator and the presenter is vital. The X Factor team have chosen the same operator as he knows exactly how the presenter prefers the Autoscript settings, they can place their trust in him and rely on him to ensure the script runs perfectly.”

The prompting solutions are in action two days a week for a total of ten weeks during filming at Fountain Studios in Wembley. The series final, which takes place on December 13, will be filmed live at Wembley Arena, where the remaining three contestants will battle it out for the top spot.

In addition to the prompting solutions, fellow Vitec Group company, The Camera Store, also supplies camera support equipment to the X Factor production, including Vinten’s Quattro S pedestals.

Autoscript Rentals provides a full hire service for all types of teleprompting shoots, whether it is other entertainment programmes such as Pointless, 8 Out of 10 Cats or the Graham Norton Show, through to films, corporate productions, conferences and award ceremonies.

About Autoscript

Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Celebrating its 30th year in 2014 and with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this Autoscript’s globally renowned E.P.I.C. , an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.

For more information visit http://www.autoscript.tv/rental-services/broadcast-rental/

About Vitec Videocom

Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom - innovative products around the camera.

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