The best teleprompter allows you to read from a script, or check your notes, while staring at the camera. That way, you'll look confident, assured and friendly too, as you'll be looking your audience straight in the eye.
For this reason, anyone streaming live or recording a video who wants to look professional needs a decent teleprompter. They work by displaying your script as scrolling text, a bit like in the opening of a Star Wars film. These words are reflected on a sheet of glass in front of your camera, so you can read them while looking straight at the lens.
The glass is constructed in a way that splits the light in two (known as a beam splitter). So your script is invisible to your camera and won't appear on the audience's screen. That way, it'll seem like you're speaking directly to them.
Teleprompters for the YouTube generation
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Teleprompters have been used in broadcast television for decades, but have traditionally been very expensive. However, a new generation of cheaper, smaller and lighter devices are now serving the streaming generation.
Typically, these work like this. You lie your phone or tablet flat, in a tray in front of the glass. Then you use an app to display your script on the device's screen. This is reflected in the glass. And behind the glass, there's space to place your camera (or another smartphone) to film yourself.
If you're finding that difficult to visualize, watch this short video of our favourite teleprompter, the Glide Gear TMP 100, in action.
In this article, you'll find best teleprompters on the market today, at a range of prices. These include the best teleprompter for YouTube pros, the best teleprompter for corporate use, and the best teleprompter for beginners.
Finally, if you need a camera to use a teleprompter with, read our guide to the best YouTube cameras.
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If you're creating YouTube content as part of your main job, we recommend the Glide Gear TMP100. Not least because we use it ourselves at Digital Camera World. When you're making a YouTube video, this is the best teleprompter to help you look both professional and nature as you stare straight down the camera. It's easy to set up, with no need for tools, and lots of mounting options for fixing it your tripod.
There’s plenty of room to install all kinds of cameras, even with long lenses, behind the glass, and the tray in front takes devices up to 10.5 x 9.5 inches – which covers most phones or tablets, although admittedly it’s not big enough for the iPad Pro (opens in new tab).
The screen is nice and large, enabling you to read the text from up to 10 feet away, and the beam splitter glass is high quality. It can be easily set up or packed away, too, and comes with a convenient travel bag that offers good protection for the glass. In short, this has everything a YouTuber needs to read from an autocue, and look good while doing so.(opens in new tab)
If you've only do the odd YouTube video, you may want something a bit cheaper than number one on our list. In which case, check out the Desview T2.
Weighing just 340g, this compact creation allows you to shoot with either a DSLR or smartphone, and when it comes to the text, you can use any tablet or smartphone up to 7.5 x 5.3 inches in size. There’s an included remote controller to freely turn the page, pause, speed up or down.
You get nine professional lens adapter rings (49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82mm) plus a front and rear cover to protect to the glass. And there’s support for shooting with a wide angle lens above 40mm. Note, though, that it's a little fiddly to set up, requiring use of the hexagon wrench and screw included in the package.
On a tight budget, and looking for a small and cheap teleprompter? This one won't work with tablets, but does connect to DSLRs (everything from a Canon EOS M to a Sony FS5) and smartphones, including the iPhone, via a flexible lens mount. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control and an iOS or Android app, and does the job well.
This model is cheap for a reason: it's made of plastic and not exactly sturdy. But on the plus side that makes it lightweight, and at this low price, you won't find finer. Note: it's titled 'Ambitful Teleprompter Kit' in most places but also (for reasons that are beyond us) appears as 'Keayisofine Teleprompter' or 'Pronstoor Teleprompter' elsewhere.(opens in new tab)
Travelling around a lot, and want something nice and light? Then we recommend the Padcaster Parrot Teleprompter, which is cheap, simple and very compact.
Made of lightweight plastic, this teleprompter weighs just 64g, making it perfect for slipping in a bag when you’re on the move. Bear in mind, though, that it does feel a little flimsy, the glass is relatively small, and the buttons are a little clicky, which may interfere with the audio on your recording.
On the plus side, you can mount almost any DSLR using one of the included 13 mounting rings. You also get a glass cleaning kit and a Bluetooth Remote, which allows you to pause, play, and adjust speed remotely. And overall, this is the best teleprompter if portability is your priority.(opens in new tab)
If you never use a camera or tablet for your shooting, just a phone, this is the model for you. This cheap and compact device allows you to film on your phone while using another phone or tablet to project your script onto the glass, with a reading range of up to 10 feet. It can also work with a camera with a small lens, although we wouldn’t recommend buying it for this in mind, as there’s not a lot of space at the back. More broadly, this teleprompter is well-made, with a metal frame. It's collapsible, making it great for travel. And you get a carry bag and protective hood too.(opens in new tab)
The Neewer X1 Mini Teleprompter is very easy to set up and use, making it a great choice for beginners. Compatible with a wide range of modern iOS and Android phones, it boasts glare-free glass and an easy-to-read display, plus you can change the font settings via the app if you need to.
You can use this teleprompter for both horizontal and vertical shooting, and there are three independent cold shoes which let you to install others accessories, such as LED lights or mics. You can also pause, play or flip the page using the remote control. On the downside, this teleprompter is not compatible with wide-angle lenses.(opens in new tab)
If you're primarily using an iPad for filming, here's our top pick. Well constructed with an all-aluminium frame, this lightweight teleprompter includes adjustable opaque hood that enhances reading. You also get a bag for carrying it, a remote for operating it, and a companion app. It's easy to assemble and works well in practice.
This collapsible teleprompter is suitable for models including the iPad 10-inch, iPad 10.2-inch, iPad Air 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad mini (there is a bigger 13in version available for larger iPads). It's also compatible with a range of Samsung tablets, phones, handheld cameras, and video and photo tripods.(opens in new tab)
If you’re creating corporate video, you might be willing to spend a little more. The Proaim P-TP300 is expensive, but it is purpose-designed for meetings, instructional videos, news reporting, seminars, advertisements and other business uses. And looks impressive enough to leave clients feeling they’re in good hands.
Despite its large screen, which is readable from up to 15 feet away, it’s lightweight and easy to assemble and transport. It's compatible with DSLRs and small to mid-sized camcorders, such as the Black Magic Pocket 4K. The tablet tray is a generous 10.6 x 8.2 inches, making it compatible with any iPad 1-4. And you even get a pair of cotton fabric hand gloves to help protect the glass.
What sets this final teleprompter apart is that it can be used with "most computers with built-in webcams", as well as external webcams, cameras and smartphones. It requires minimal assembly. With a tough, all-metal construction, it's nice and rugged, too. However, be aware that the hooks that attach it to the top of your screen require a display that's not much greater than one-inch thick.
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