The Little Prompter requires a camera to record and a smart device with a teleprompter app to display and scroll the text. Your smartphone can actually function as either. To use a smart device–such as an iphone–as the recording device, you’d also need to purchase a holder or tripod attachment such as the Neewer White Cellphone Holder or the Ivation Universal Tripod Stand Mount for Smartphones. (Both are available on Amazon.) Below are a couple pictures of what it might look like. My favorite configuration is still with a DSLR as the camera and my iphone running the teleprompter app, but if you’ve got an old smart phone around, you could put two smart phones to work to make some flawless video!
Quality Beamsplitter teleprompter glass is the only glass we use in the Little Prompter . . . and occasionally, you’ll need to clean it. Because beamsplitter glass has a special coating, here’s how to care for it:
1. Use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), warm water, or a NON-ammonia based cleaner such as Koala Lens Cleaner.
2. Spray the glass or dampen a soft cotton cloth or microfiber cloth. Do not use a paper towel.
3. Gently wipe the glass with a smooth even motion until clean and streak free–being careful not to scratch or scrape the glass.
The outward facing glass is easy to access and wipe. You’ll need to extend 2-3 fingers and a your cloth inside the back hole of the Little Prompter to clean the inside.
*a well-cared for pane of beamsplitter glass can easily last 10+ years without a loss of performance!
Kudos to ecamm for developping iglasses, a great tool that allows vloggers and online instructors adjust their built in iOS camera’s Field of View! Apple has overlooked it for too long, and ecamm now lets you zoom in to adjust your field of view (and several unnecessary video effects) with a simple app. I’ve tried it. It works, and it gives iOS users great flexibility when using their built-in isight cameras. Well done ecamm!
And here are a couple other options:
- Altercam is a similar option for PC users that lets you add filters and zoom using your computer’s built-in camera. It includes color filters and a zoom feature, and works with other apps like Skype, Zoom, Facetime and more.
- ProCam for Logitech Webcams let’s those with nearly any Logitech Webcam adjust their field of view, color temperature, and much more. Like the those listed above, it works with a variety of webcasting and recording tools–and I like this one best.
A good teleprompter app must allow you to mirror your text and give you the option of adjusting or controlling the speed of the scroll. Here’s what I recommend: Joe Allen’s Teleprompter Premium, and Drunken Bear Media’s Teleprompter Pro: both have all the basic tools and are reasonably priced.
(More tips at www.littleprompter.com/littletips)
August 31, 2018
After being on the market only a few months, we’re now averaging 12+ Little Prompter sales a week! I also just got an email from John, a Little Prompter user in Australia. He wrote
“I was given one of your Little Prompters and used it today in a webinar. [My colleague] couldn’t believe how much easier it made my delivery than hers, as she had to take several goes to get her presentation right. So I’ve now bought her one! Thanks so much for inventing such a lovely little gadget that reduces the stress and pain of making short videos!”
This is a great reminder that using a Little Prompter can make your delivery stand out from those who don’t use one. Thanks, John, and everyone, for spreading the word about this great little tool!
The number of requests we’ve received from people to make the Little Prompter available around the world is fantastic . . . and humbling. Thanks to everyone from Slovenia to New Zealand and from Switzerland to New York! While we’re already selling Little Prompters on our website and through Amazon.com, we’re also working with re-sellers overseas to make the Little Prompter more easily accessible globally. Until then, anyone anywhere can now order a Little Prompter at www.littleprompter.com/order-now!
Most ipads and tablets have a great built-in camera. The Little Prompter can slide neatly over your ipad, so the camera can look through the Little Prompter’s glass. You still need a smart device with a teleprompter app to rest on the Little Prompter’s tray, and be able to stand your ipad up, but the Little Prompter is defintely able to help you have a flawless delivery using your ipad or tablet!
Here’s another shot of it from the side:
Effective instructional videos can vary in style. This short video, inspired by an Arizona State University study, reveals preferences and effectiveness in two different styles:
- Should you teach to the camera/viewer or
- Should you teach a student who is also on camera and film that interaction?
This video featuring Dann Hurlbert, Carleton College’s Media & Design Guru succinctly recaps a 2018 study from ASU’s Katelyn M Cooper, Lu Ding, Michelle Stephens, Michelene T. H. Chi, and Sara E Brownell. And, you bet, Dann used a Little Prompter to ensure a flawless delivery.
*this blog post was originally posted on Carleton College’s Academic Technology Blog
In my role at Carleton College, I work directly with faculty to help them plan, produce, and evaluate darn-good instructional videos. One topic that often comes up is “should I include my face in the video?” My gut answer is . . . “yes.” Various studies indicate videos with faces are preferred by students, and any chance we have to help students enjoy their learning, the better. Here’s a short video that brings all that research together into a single, easily consumable nugget:
And for those interested in keeping up with Academic Technology at Carleton, here’s our blog. http://blogs.carleton.edu/academictechnology
As we start looking toward fall, many folks are facing teaching an online course for the first time. Here’s a research-based post with some tips on getting started!