Let Us Consider the Following Teleprompter Tips:
How do I choose a teleprompter?
There are a number of key questions you need to think about when renting a Teleprompter, regardless of your budget or prompting requirements. TeleprompterRental.com, has been a leading company in this area and has been advising clients since 1996. So, if you are still unsure about what you want or need after reading this, please call one of our rental agents who will be happy to advise you, and explain very clearly why TeleprompterRental.com can offer you the best available solution and price.
How far will your talent be from the lens? The first thing you should consider is the distance of your presenter from the teleprompter to help determine what size teleprompter you will need, e.g. 17” monitor = up to 6m, 10” = up to 4m etc.
At TeleprompterRental.com (AutoCue), we provide you with the widest range of monitor sizes on the market, so that you can find a teleprompter that is just right for your needs. Please note that whatever size and manufacturer you select, you need to check that the unit will be compatible with your camera, lens and tripod.
Will your desired size of teleprompter work with your camera, lens and tripod combination?
The main question around compatibility of equipment is one of weight – does your tripod head have sufficient payload capacity for the weight of your camera and lens, and the selected teleprompter? There are many first time buyers who work with small cameras and tripod heads and don’t have anything appropriate for the weight of a teleprompter. For this reason, we added our own range of cost-effective tripods that are specifically tailored to give you sufficient payload capacity for each unit.
The second question centers around whether you can position your camera and lens in the back of the teleprompter glass/hood so that the eye line of the presenter is looking directly into the camera. This will depend on the specific camera and lens you are using, and also on the flexibility of the mounting system in your chosen teleprompter. Generally speaking, your camera, lens, tripod and teleprompter should all be of a similar proportion to work well together.
As experts in teleprompting, we design our teleprompters to cater for the widest possible range of camera/lens combinations. Our Starter teleprompters, have camera mounting plates that can move your camera/lens towards and away from the teleprompter hood, to cater to different lengths of camera/lens. These mounting plates can also be raised upwards in case you need extra vertical height to center your lens on the glass.
Finally, we give you the ability to change the height of the teleprompter hood, so that it fits perfectly on the camera lens. For the most flexible camera mounting systems and advanced Broadcast cameras/lenses, we would strongly recommend you look at our Master and Professional Teleprompters which are the most flexible teleprompter mounting systems on the market. Due to the increased flexibility in the mounting system, all camera and lens types can remain flush against the tripod head while still remaining centered on the glass, i.e, if you are doing lots of pan and tilt work, the weight of the camera remains as close as possible to the tripod head, avoiding a pendulum effect and reducing control of your pan/ tilt.
Again, if you are unsure about whether your camera/lens/ tripod will be appropriate for your choice of teleprompter, simply call our TeleprompterRental.com expert rental sales team today who will be happy to help you.
Do you need to be able to read your teleprompter outdoors in bright lighting conditions?
At TeleprompterRental.com tour standard teleprompters are appropriate for most studio lighting and indoor conditions. If you need to use the teleprompter outside in bright sunlight, you will require sufficient brightness in your teleprompter monitor in order to be able to read it (We recommend greater than 1000 nits). In order to get this level of brightness, you will need to rent or purchase one of our Master teleprompters.
What software and scripting requirements do you have?
For most teleprompter applications, there is a simple script that is prepared in advance, with a single presenter and the script simply needs to scroll from start to finish at a speed that is adjusted to keep pace with the presenter. Our Starter software provides this functionality and more, e.g. dual-screen functionality to reverse the script for the teleprompter monitor and simultaneously show it the right way up for the operator on the computer, the ability to import word documents, the ability to insert markers, and the ability to change the font, size, color, format of the script text. It will also run on PC and Mac (which isn’t offered by many other manufacturers) and is included free with any Starter teleprompter – either from the full range or the Lite range (many other manufacturers will charge extra for the full software with their “Lite” range equivalent).
If you require any more advanced functionality such as runorder management (for long scripts with different sections that you want to navigate to and edit quickly and easily), live edits (to make last minute script changes while in prompt mode), or newsroom interfaces (to integrate to an electronic newsroom system, such as Autocue, to get live updates from the newsroom system through to the teleprompter), then you will need to consider our Master and Professional TeleprompterRental.com software and hardware ranges.
Again, at TeleprompterRental.com, we are unique in being able to offer you the best solution, whatever the requirement or budget.
We have the widest range of controller options, including wired and wireless, hand and foot controls to cover whatever the occasion requires.
Asking yourself these key questions, will give you a very good idea of what product you need. If you still have questions, simply call one of our TeleprompterRental.com team. We have the widest range and knowledge of teleprompters in the country. Give us a call and we’ll give you a product and price that is guaranteed to exceed your expectations and beat anything else on the market.