The advent of modern DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have made it easy to shoot professional-looking videos. Acting like a professional while in front of the camera, however, remains a slightly more tricky undertaking. The Parrot Teleprompter can help with that.
A compact, affordable teleprompter, it lets you shoot your YouTube monologues like a real professional, with a scrolling teleprompter feeding you lines while you look straight into the lens. That way, you never need to memorize lines ever again, saving you precious hours of practice time and making your productions look way smoother than usual.
Designed for portability, the Parrot measures just 4 x 4 x 3 inches and weighs 4.23 ounces, ensuring you can have it around, whether you’re shooting in the bedroom, the parking lot, or a haunted cabin out in the woods. To use, simply insert a smartphone on the teleprompter’s integrated dock (rubber grips and clamp springs will secure it into place), screw it onto the camera lens using the integrated lens adapter (standard is 77mm, but they will also offer other common adapter sizes), and you’re all set. From there, you just run the accompanying app, which will start scrolling your lines on the phone, which is then reflected and scaled up in size on the teleprompter’s acrylic two-way mirror.
Construction is ABS plastic and a few steel components, with a build that looks sturdy enough to hold up well over time. Do note, it’s designed to work with standard lenses, so some vignetting might occur with fisheyes and other lenses that have a wider field of view.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Parrot Teleprompter. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $90.