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How-to: $35 DIY Teleprompter for LCD or iPad

For more independent filmmaking tips and tricks, subscribe to Indy Mogul: Video teleprompters can cost over 00, so I built my own cheap, portable DIY prompter with a camera mount, for only in parts. I used a 10″ LCD monitor I already owned, but you could easily modify the build for an iPad, Kindle, or tablet PC. Without the camera and LCD, the unit weighs 4 lbs. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions! I LEARNED 1) It’s easy to build a cheap teleprompter! 2) Regular glass, although not super bright or sharp, works pretty well. You may not need to spring for more expensive beamsplitter glass designed for teleprompters. Update: I found even better glass, for free: 3) At 10′ from the camera, it’s hard to notice the talent’s eyes darting back and forth while reading, and it looks much better than an off-camera monitor or cue cards. SHOPPING LIST () 8×10 solid wood picture frame — to position the reflecting glass (.50) 2×2′ sheet of birch plywood — as a monitor base () 4′ pine 1×2 — for the camera mounting arm (.50) small hinges — to attach the frame and monitor base (.60) 5/16″ dowel rod — to support the frame (.20) 4 shelf hooks — to hold the monitor in place (.20) 1/4-20×1.5″ screw — to mount the camera (.10) 1/4-20″ wood insert — as a tripod mount (.50) square yard of flannel — to shield the unit from light (.40) and an elastic band — optional: for a lens-hugging sleeve TOOLS I USED

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23 Responses

  1. Renegaderyan13

    I’ve always wanted u to make the? call of duty black ops ray gun

  2. bigtaquito

    Griffin? – Shatner

  3. jeffhallfilm

    This is the sexiest of the? teleprompters

  4. TriPrekoCetiri

    Dat? beard

  5. LiveItUpLyle

    “BFX is over” they said
    “No more DIY tutorials” they said
    I’m? glad they lied <3

  6. henrybenry

    hey Indy Mogul,
    how? effective is this outdoors?

  7. EmenerStudio

    I built my own!?

  8. WhatTechShow

    I don’t? think Griffin’s beard has ever been as full as this!

  9. thejrack

    how? about a new goddamn top comment

  10. hawkechik

    Then it’s time you learned. If you ever have a house to take core of dear they will become *very* familiar unless you enjoy dealing with contractors and their personal notions of? time and your money.

  11. gundeep1123

    can you send me? the link for the guy in hong kong… plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  12. baggagelizard

    this is how? the Tupac hologram worked.

  13. antonpictures

    I love you for making this video,? but OMG , WTF, I’m a filmmaker not a …… I don’t even know what those tools are….

    Anton Television Network

  14. techforevery1

    Thanks for this? video, it inspired us to make our own version.

  15. jamboni

    So at 2:29? I just tried to blow the wood chips away…

  16. zmultrin

    no? røde mic

  17. legostarwarsfan20101

    Do you use a? rode mic?

  18. editorforfree

    I Love it.

  19. alicepepplow

    Excellent Video! Thanks for sharing

  20. LoganJayProductions

    Bring back? BFX =(

  21. PressPlayVideoCoach

    Hi Griffin? – sent the Video response through – hope it helps & please keep these great tips and tricks coming – I’ll be pointing all my clients to them!
    Lottie Hearn

  22. PressPlayVideoCoach

    Hey Griffin – great video and top tips for DIY teleprompter – will be asking a local teen to make one in woodword class!? I’malso very impressed your eyes are good enough to read the teleprompt for 15 feet away – good eyes man!
    Will send a video response re: top tip for using the teleprompt as a Web Video presenter coach – aimed to help you present even better than you already do!

  23. wolf4jc

    Dude, the? video is awesome, thanks!!