How To Choose the Right Teleprompter
We rent prompters aka autocues delivered by professional operators in fifty-three major media markets in North America
1) Standard Teleprompter Through-the-Lens On-Camera
There are two different physical types of on-camera prompters. The first is ‘Standard size’ – these range from 11” and can go up to 21”. These teleprompters function in two ways: They operate “On-Camera”, that is, they are secured between the tripod and the camera and the talent looks directly through the glass into the camera lens. Or, these teleprompters can sit on a stand in front of the camera. “On-Camera” is a little more time consuming to setup, but once it’s set up, the camera can pan, tilt, or even dolly and the prompter goes right along with the camera. The other setup is on a stand in front of the camera. This is much faster to set up, but the camera will be seriously limited in terms of its movement. The camera will only be able to pan, tilt, or dolly a few inches before it begins to pick up the frame of the prompter glass.
2) Wireless Hand-held Prompter | SteadiCam Prompter
This refers to a very small monitor that is mounted on top of the camera. The talent will have to look slightly away from the lens to read the text, but handled properly, it will look like talent is addressing the audience. The prompter monitor is small and adds very little weight to the camera so the camera operator will not have to deal with substantial additional weight.
We also have wireless
3) Presidential Teleprompter (aka Speech Teleprompter)
These prompters consist of a pair of monitors on the floor on either side of the speaker and angled glass between the speaker and the audience. The speaker will see the text on the glass, but the audience will not see the text on the glass.
4) The Interrotron Mark III
invented by Errol Morris, lets the director and talent look directly at each other via two interconnected modified teleprompters.
5) The Presidential Teleprompter
The presidential prompter consists of two panes of two way mirror suspended on either side of the podium. The image for monitors below is projected onto the mirrors. The speaker can see the test but the audience see just clear glass.
6) A Confidence Monitor
… aka Down Stage Monitor or Rock ‘n Roll Monitor is a large flat screen TV which is either at the back of the room . The speaker can read his lines over the heads of the seated audience. or mounted low at the front of the stage. These are small monitors that are placed at the foot of the stage for music performers. A typical setup will have about six of these around the stage. The perfomer can glance down to see the lyrics.Advantage here is the speaker can wander around and still see his/her copy.
7. The EyeDirect Mark II
This is the baby sister of The Interrotron mark III and Interrotron Mark IV. The EyeDirect aka EyeLiner uses mirrors rather than professional monitors to allow the director and talent to see each other. It’s a smaller, lighter one piece unit that does not require a technician/operator. And it’s far less expensive to rent.
TIP #1: Watch the video Ten Top Teleprompter Tips.
TIP #2: Be sure to get the lens as close to the glass as possible. Always clean the glass. Delete unimportant text that the talent doesn’t need to see. I generally make important stage directions a color other than white (which is reserved for text that is meant to be spoken).
TIP #3: Learn the ‘over under’ mode of coiling cables. You can see videos of this online. It’s a little hard to understand at first, but you can quickly pick it up.
I trust the above information was helpful.