Scott explains how to approach making a DIY Teleprompter for video production. As you know, teleprompters allow you to read from the text that is shined in front of your camera, but the camera does not show it because the text is reflected with transparent glass. What’s impressive is how expensive some of the teleprompters are on Amazon. Most start at $100 and go up from there.

Scott explains what to buy at Walmart to build your own teleprompter at home. The cost is minimal, and it’ll work just as well as those $100 versions seen at Amazon. After making your teleprompter box, the only remaining issue is to make the back of your camera as far as possible and to choose the right phone or tablet application.

It seems there a buzz about a phone app called PromptSmart. The software will listen to your voice and match it to the script that you have created. The price of the app is around $20. I purchased the app and gave it a try. The thought of not having to worry bout the text scrolling while I speak was awesome. I was concerned about automatic scrolling, and this is why I purchased the app. Setting up the application was easy, and it worked great. Thinks go sideways after a few takes. The auto-scroll function stopped working, and after reading how to fix the problem, the only way to resolve the issue is to delete the app from your phone and reinstall it. This solution did fix the problem, but after a few takes, it would freeze up again.

After producing a few videos with it, I grew tired of the app and decided to use my larger Droid tablet instead. After thinking about voice recognition auto-scroll, I concluded that I didn’t need that function. An automatic scroll is all I needed. My solution was to use something called Elegant Teleprompter. It’s free, easy to use, allows you to designate scroll speed, and you can mirror the text, which is excellent. The only downside is that it shows ads every so often, which is a bit irritating after a while. I plan on buying the app because it’s worth it.

Here’s the link to the Elegant Teleprompter Droid app.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ayman.elegantteleprompter />
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