Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up an iPad teleprompter rig, part of Managing a Video Production with an iPad (2014).
Since we're trying to replace as many tools on set, with the iPad as possible, why don't we use an iPad as a teleprompter as well? Now there's a little bit more hardware overhead to this, because you'll need some sort of rig to mount the iPad over the camera lens. Some people assume that they can have somebody hold the iPad right next to the camera lens, or even set up some sort of mount to hold the iPad right next to the lens. The problem with this is that the eyeline won't be right. No matter how close the iPad is to the camera lens, if the person on camera is looking at the iPad, they're not looking into the camera lens.
And even this slight shift of the eyeline will be noticeable to the viewer. One of the most fascinating things that I've noticed in video production, is how easily the viewer can perceive the smallest changes to where somebody's eyes are pointing. So, what you should look for is a mirrored teleprompter rig. This allows use to prompt your iPad, or whatever source you're using for the prompter image, horizontally under the camera. Then the prompter image is reflected from a 45 degree mirror. This is a special mirror that is completely transparent from the camera's perspective.
But complete reflective, from the perspective of the on camera performer. This allows your speaker to read the teleprompter, while still looking directly into the camera lens. Here, we're using a rig that one of our production designers built. But you can buy these rigs, usually around $700 to $800. A search at your favorite video production retailer will turn up lots of options. Just search for iPad teleprompter. There are some cheaper options. But this is just one of those pieces of hardware that you'll need to spend some money on.
And if you do buy a teleprompter rig for an iPad, it'll still be significantly less expensive than buying a full teleprompter solution. Once your iPad is mounted in the teleprompter rig. Whatever image is on the iPad screen, will be clearly visible to your on-camera talent. Though it will show up as reversed. So, now you'll need an App on the iPad that will display the teleprompter text, and reverse it so it looks right in the mirror. So, there are lots of Apps to choose from. But for this course, I'm going to use teleprompter plus.
And we'll get that all set up and running, through the rest of this chapter.
With a handful of inexpensive apps and services that work with the iPad, you can create a very effective production toolkit. This course reveals the workflow that author and lynda.com content producer Nick Brazzi uses to plan and run shoots for low-budget productions and "no-budget" web series using iPad apps, cloud-based services, and optional desktop software. Find out how Google Drive, Dropbox, and specialty apps like Shot Lister, MovieSlate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release can help you run a tighter ship and bring your production in on schedule and under budget.
- Setting up file storage and organization with Dropbox and Google Drive
- Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
- Creating shot lists and a shoot-day schedule
- Creating call sheets to organize the cast and crew
- Using a physical slate or a slate app
- Using an iPad as a teleprompter
- Logging shots
- Compiling shot lists for editing
- Collecting signed model release forms with Easy Release