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Friday, 11 November 2011

How to... convert word files for the autocue

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Most of the time, when a script is typed up and handed over to production, it's not saved as the correct file, and therefore doesn't open on the autocue laptop.
The file needs to be a .doc file, not a .docx file.
One way to convert a file is to go on a website such as http://www.freefileconvert.com/
  • You simply go onto the link. Wait a few seconds for the ads to show.
  • Then click on 'Convert File'.
  • Select 'browse' and find the file that you need to convert. Then select the file.
  • For output format select '.doc'
  • Then click convert.
  • Once the file has converted, either select the link given, or right click and select save as/save target as/download.
  • You should save it onto a memory stick to take it over to production.
  • The file should then be saved and ready to go on the autocue.


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