We all have questions. Here are answers to some
Frequently Asked Little Prompter Questions:
Which Teleprompter App should I use?
- Nearly any app that works with your smart device is fine, but you’ll want to be sure your app has these two features: mirroring and the ability to adjust your scrolling speed. The three apps I recommend are Joe Allen’s Teleprompter Premium (iOS), Teleprompter Pro by Drunken Bear Media (android), and PromptSmart Pro with VoiceTrack is really cool because it uses voice recognition to advance as you speak.
Do you ship internationally, outside of North America?
- Yes. There’s an added cost, so on the Order Page, you’ll just need to choose the option: Orders for EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AMERICA, AFRICA… Alternatively, our reseller in England is Editor’s Keys, and those in the EU can order from this site, or from Editor’s Keys.
Will this really work with my computer’s built-in camera?
- Yes, but! Different computers use different built-in cameras with different fields of view (wider and narrower camera angles). That means some cameras with wider fields of view will see the inside of the Little Prompter. You don’t want that. The good news is that there are easy fixes for various devices:
- Mac Users: download iglasses by ecamm, which lets you zoom in–pushing past the sides of the Little Prompter. It also lets you adjust the color and apply filters of your video. This also works with other apps you use with your camera such as Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.
- PC Users: download Altercam, which lets you zoom and apply filters. This also works with other apps you use with your camera such as Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.
- Logitech Webcams–especially the Brio–may encounter similar wide field of view issues. ProCam for Logitech Webcams is a great fix–and my favorite of the three listed here. Like those listed above, it works with a variety of webcasting and recording tools.
- Below is a short video outlining how it works, and be sure to check out the tip “I can see inside of the Little Prompter . . .” if you’re seeing the inside of your Little Prompter
Will this really work with my computer’s built in camera?
Yes! Though webcams come in various shapes and sizes. That means you may need to try a few different strategies to get it to attach flush to the back of the Little Prompter.
- Here’s a short video outlining how it works, and be sure to check out the tip “I can see inside of the Little Prompter . . .” if you’re seeing the inside of your Little Prompter
Does the Little Prompter with a DLSR?
- You bet! For long DSLR lenses, be aware that the distance from the camera’s threaded tripod hole (on the bottom of your camera) to the back of the Little Prompter is 7 inches. Some lenses are longer than that, so double check the length of your lens. 5.5″ or less in length and 3″ or less in diameter shouldn’t be a problem at all. The Little Prompter can still, work for longer lenses, too. Using a tripod collar for the lens, your DLSR should still work fine. Here’s a sample and review from a customer. Also keep in mind that the hole on the back of the Little Promper is 3″ wide. Any lens with a diameter wider than that can still rest flush against the back of the Little Prompter and work fine, but users may need to zoom in slightly, so the front edges of the Little Prompter aren’t visible when recording. (This is true for wide angle lenses, too. Users will just need to zoom in slightly. I often use a Nikon 18-140MM lens, which rests against the back of the Little Prompter and works well when I zoom in slightly.
- Here’s a short video outlining how it works, and be sure to zoom in slightly, if you’re seeing the inside of the Little Prompter:
Which Webcam do you Recommend for the Little Prompter?
- The Little Prompter works with a huge variety of webcams, but because there are so many options, it may take a little creative problem solving to make yours work perfectly. We recommend Logitech’s C920 and C930 series webcams. Both the cameras and microphones are really good. They’ve also got a threaded tripod base on their foot that lets you adjust the height and nestle it right up next to the back of the Little Prompter. The Logitech Brio is a different animal, but it can work, too. Here’s what one customer wrote: “the Brio’s base can be removed, leaving the camera as a standalone option. I had to do some creative thinking, but I was able to use Velcro dots on either side of the Brio and on the inside of the little prompter to hold the camera against the glass [back of the Little Prompter]. I took the team’s recommendation and downloaded the “camera settings” app from logitech which allowed me to change the camera’s field of view, and also turn off auto focus.” The velcro trick was brilliant, but after removing the foot from the brio, you can also use the threaded hole on the bottom of the camera to attach the Brio to the included spacers–and then use the Logitech App called ProCam for Logitech Webcams to zoom in.
I can see the inside of the Little Prompter through my camera! What do I do?
- All cameras should be mounted flush against the back of the Little Prompter hole with the camera’s eye as close to center as possible. Then . . .
- DSLRS: slide your camera back slightly and zoom in–pushing the field of view past the inside of the Little Prompter’s housing. Then tighten your camera to the attachment bar with the lens flush against the back of the Little Prompter. For narrower lenses, you can even rest the lens on inside bottom of the Little Prompter’s hole.
- Webcams: download the devices control app and zoom in until you no longer see the inside of the Little Prompter’s housing. For those using Logitech cameras, download ProCam for Logitech Webcams. It’s lets you zoom in and add a variety of filters.
- Built-in Computer Cameras. Try adjusting the hooks on your computer, to get the camera as close/flush to the computer’s camera as possible. Then, download an app that lets you zoom in your camera. Two options include ecamm’s iglasses (Mac) and Altercam (PC).
I can see a reflection on the glass when I record. How do I get rid of it?
- The reflection is most likely coming from the hole on the back of the Little Prompter. Use the Light Reduction hood. It’s a basic tool with a couple clips and a black cloth. It’s not rocket-science, but it blocks and absorbs the light, and your reflection will be gone.
- If that doesn’t solve the problem, be sure to check your light sources from the front. Ideally when you film, you’ve got light from 2+ directions from in front of you and at least one that comes from behind–hitting the back of your head to help create depth. Sometimes the angle of lights from behind you can create a glare on the Little Prompter’s glass.
How to I clean the Little Prompter glass?
- 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:
- a. Use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), warm water, or a NON-ammonia based cleaner such as Koala Lens Cleaner.
- b. Spray the glass or dampen a soft cotton cloth or microfiber cloth. Do not use a paper towel.
- c. 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!
Will this work with an ipad as the camera?
- The Little Prompter can easily work with an ipad–as long as you have a sturdy ipad stand. The hooks on the Little Prompter allow you to position it over the top of your ipad, so the camera can look through the Little Prompter’s back hole. Here’s what it might look like:
Are there other steps I can take to get help if I have questions?
- You bet. Dann Hurlbert, one of the guys that designed the Little Prompter, is a media wiz and a teacher. He’ll reply to questions (technical, pedagogical, or marketing-related) that you ask through the Contact page on the Little Prompter website.