Typical teleprompter setups for your iPad (and other tablets) are super expensive, have cumbersome mirrors, and take up a lot of space. Here is a more compact and economical solution for you.
Watch the video below to see the setup I use.
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Here are the pieces of gear I demonstrated in the video.
I’m using the Grifiti Nootle Universal Tripod mount. This will attach directly to any tripod, but I recommend using it with the Grifiti Quick Release Clamp so you can easily adjust the setup of your tablet. And if you use the clamp, you only need one tripod to hold both your video camera and your iPad.
As you can probably figure out, this combination of tablet mount and clamp has all sorts of uses. You could even use it to film yourself with your iPad. And some people use it for holding music while they’re playing instruments.
Which teleprompter app should I use?
The best app I’ve tested is Teleprompt+ for iPad, by Bombing Brain Interactive. You can do all kinds of cool stuff with it, but the part I like best is that you can change the speed at which it moves. It’s user-friendly and wonderful. It’s a bit pricier than what you’d expect with an app, but worth. You may want to check out some teleprompter apps yourself before buying this one.
You can import and export your script in plain text, Word docs or rich text format directly from Dropbox or Google Drive.
And you can use this app with those clunky mirror-type teleprompters as well.
With this app you can also record directly to your iPad, completely eliminating the need for a separate video camera.
There are teleprompter apps for your Android tablets too. Check the Google Play store.
Where else to buy the gear
I have purchased these items directly from amazon as well as the Grifiti website. I had no hassles or extra duty charges when getting the items over the Canadian border, so if amazon.com doesn’t work for you, then try buying direct.
I also scoured many local electronics and photo/video shops but didn’t find much in the way of tablet mounts. There were lots for iPhones, but nothing for iPads or tablets.