are a large
variety of hardware manufacturers selling equipment that range from
$500 to $6000 depending on the size and type of monitor and refinements
and mounting hardware. The three basic teleprompter designs are camera
mounted, free standing and podium.
of teleprompter design is the size of the monitor and the distance the
talent will be from the monitor. Our basic rule of thumb is that a 9
monitor can be comfortably read at a distance of 10 feet and a 15 inch
monitor at 20 feet. The weight of the teleprompter equipment is a
for the carrying capacity of the camera tripod to be used. In a
studio situation, where cameras are mounted on hydraulic or pneumatic
15 to 20 inch monitors are frequently used because the weight capacity
of the pedestal is such that it can handle weight far greater than that
of the camera tripod used at remote location shoots.
teleprompter will generally have a monitor in the 12 to 15 inch range.
Of course this unit stands independently in front of the camera and a
hood fits over the camera lens. The disadvantage here is that the
movement is restricted to a very narrow range of motion. For example,
permits zooming in from a medium shot to a close up. If the talent were
seated behind a desk and wished to get up and walk around to the front
of the desk, the free standing unit would not allow the camera operator
to track this movement. The advantage of the free standing unit is that
there is a minimum of set up time and it doesn't place any weight on
unit gives complete freedom of motion. The experience is that most
we encounter at remote locations will not handle too much weight and
a 9 inch teleprompter is most suitable. Remember that the weight of the
monitor must be counterbalanced to provide smooth camera motion so the
entire unit you are placing on the tripod will easily add 20 pounds.
consists of 2 panes of reflective glass mounted on a thin adjustable
about 6 feet in length, which is attached to a box containing a
sized monitor. The glass panel is almost invisible to the audience
it has no frame. The computer signal is being fed to both monitors
so the talent can turn from side to side without a break in the
thus giving the audience the impression that the presenter is looking
at them. This type of prompter is also referred to as a presidential
or a rostrum or presenter's prompter. You will see them frequently used
at political events and award shows.
situation demands thorough rehearsal if the operator and the presenter
are going to remain in sync. This is the situation in which ad libbing
or eliminating sections of the speech by the presenter can create
for the operator. Of course it is in this very situation that getting
presenter to thoroughly rehearse is many times impossible.