The $35 teleprompter

I've been wanting a teleprompter for my personal home studio for sometime. I recently started digging around online to see the best way to build one. I use them at work and they can be incredibly expensive, but I had seen some home brew setups that seemed to work pretty well. 

This weekend, inspired by the guys over at Indy Mogul, I built my own version of their $35 teleprompter. Here is a completely how to video outlining their build. 

The $35 teleprompter

Obviously to say it's a $35 teleprompter isn't exactly true since you still have to use some kind of display to run it. I'm using my iPad and the Telepompter + app ($15). The app works fantastic and it even allows you to control the prompter with another I device. In my case, I can use my iPhone to control the app on my iPad making it much easier for me to be on camera and running the prompter at the same time.

I made some tiny variations on their design, but over all it's the same. I'm incredibly pleased with the result, especially consider the investment.

I know there are a lot of people on here doing video work on a tight budget, so I thought I'd share.  

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Rich Johnstun

Greg Smith said:

If you need something a bit less budget, as we all know how clients get,  I recommend this 

They run sales and I got mine for about $150 + I agree on the Teleprompter+ app, it works great!!!!

Nice find Greg. Yeah, this would need some work before I would use it in front of a client as it was made by unskilled hands in my garage and it shows .  I still plan on doing some beautification on the felt surround and making it look more professional. I'm using this in my basement studio for my YouTube series, so it matches beautifully with my home made PVC light stands and $5 work lights

eric mongrain

Rich I to created a teleprompter over Christmas. I looked at Indy moguls and tried to make a bigger one.  i think mine cost about $70.  Mine is based off a 17" dell flat screen monitor.  I built a box that would fit the monitor.  Then drilled two holes in the back wall for the power and monitor cable.  I then built a smaller box with a small piece of trim to hold a piece of mirror glass.  I will post pictures soon.

eric mongrain

Rich, The top is on hinges so if you pull the pins on the side the bracket will come off and collapse the top.  I still need to figure out how to collapse the cardbord or to remove it and place heavy duty felcro on the wood and the cardboard so i can remove it.  I also found a better monitor for 100 dollars that is usb powered and connects to a computer and is as thin as a tablet.  here is the name of it on amazon. 

AOC E1649WU 16" USB-Powered Portable LED Monitor - Glossy Black  the company link is

Rich Johnstun

Thanks for the drawings. That looks virtually identical to the one I use at work, that was incredibly expensive and over priced. Of course, it was purchased when we were shooting with much larger and heavier cameras than we are today so there was  need for some adjustable counter weight and so on.

I look forward to seeing your finished product.