03-22-2023 08:20 AM
A few years ago there was a discussion about teleprompters and what I remember is that some genius instructors built their own. I am not going to do that. I want to buy an off the shelf teleprompter to use with either a laptop or an iPad and with my Nikon Z6ii camera. There are a bunch listed on B&H (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=teleprompters&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ps) but it is pretty confusing.
Who uses one and is happy with how it works? Can you recommend one?
03-22-2023 02:32 PM
I have a small Desiview one that attaches directly to my DSLRs lens, and it works perfectly fine. But I've gone away from reading off a teleprompter since I'm not so great at sounding or looking natural while doing so (it takes some practice). The Desiview one won't fit a full-sized iPad, but it will support an iPad mini, smart phones, smaller tablets, and it comes with a controller to control the speed of the teleprompter app scrolling text.
I've included a screenshot from Amazon of someone using it with their Nikon DSLR, as well as a different one that fits an iPad. Overall, the general design is fairly universal, except the larger ones have a dedicated frame to hold both your camera and iPad. 90% of them use the same controller, so I assume most are produced at the same factory and are just re-branded with different names.
I wouldn't recommend a laptop teleprompter because the text will be slightly lower than the camera, so your eyes will be focused slightly lower than the camera lens.
03-22-2023 03:19 PM
Thanks, that looks good. My idea is not to read a script on a teleprompter. I have never written or read a script. But, to project my PPTs with key points, graphics, etc., that I talk from. Rather than looking down at my laptop, I thought it would seem to be more natural to be able to look directly into the camera without looking down.
03-22-2023 03:47 PM
Makes complete sense; having the camera lens directly behind you would definitely would make it look a lot more natural versus looking down. I'd go with any teleprompter that has good reviews, fits your iPad, and isn't too expense, as they'll all get the job done.
03-23-2023 02:19 PM
Teleprompter Pro from the Microsoft Store. It's cheap and does everything I want to with minimal learning curve.
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