There was a time, not so very long ago, when high-resolution video cameras, non-linear editing suites and the ability to reach millions of potential viewers were exclusively the domain of TV stations. All that has changed, of course, in the past decade or so. What many New Media on-camera personalities still lack, however, is the smooth, polished delivery of professional TV hosts. Is that because the Big Boys and Girls have journalism degrees and years of experience? Perhaps partly, but it’s also because they have a teleprompter feeding them their lines. Now, you can have yours fed to you too, by getting a Prompt-it - a gizmo that turns your iPhone into a teleprompter-on-a-budget. Take that
, Oprah Winfrey!
January 18, 2007 Oregon-based Bodelin Technologies
is best known for its ProScope HR handheld USB microscope
and more recently, its ProPrompter teleprompters
., but the company’s latest offering could see it become far more prominent in the future. Using its proprietary teleprompter knowledge and design experience, Bodelin has created a simple yet ingeniously designed product that is useful to any budding video podcaster and adds a new level to video chatting. The US$100 See Eye 2 Eye
slides over any external webcam or built in laptop webcam and reflects the window of the person you are chatting with onto a two-way mirror (beam splitter) over your webcam. The result is that you look directly into the camera while looking at the person you are chatting with. Add a text document and your script is reflected in your See Eye 2 Eye and you have an inexpensive teleprompter. No software needed! As telecommunications of all flavours converge, it will become increasingly important to present a professional image via your computer presence - this is hence an important enabling tool for the coming era of ubiquitous telepresence.
October 6, 2005 If you ever wondered why reporters and news anchors look and sound so knowledgeable, one of the primary reasons is that they use teleprompters. A teleprompter mirrors the script from a laptop to a small LCD, which is reflected onto an angled beam splitter mirror in front of the camera lens. The audience never sees it but the “talent” reads the script as it scrolls on the screen. With the line between professional television and digital video production getting greyer by the day, and Apple Macintosh playing such a huge role in the production, we thought the new ProPrompter LCD was worth a mention. It’s a professional portable teleprompter made for the new world of DV cameras without the high costs associated with professional gear.