There is so much equipment you need to have a good video shoot. Cameras, lenses, lights, monitors, microphones, and so much more.
Teleprompters may not be the sexiest equipment around. But they’re essential for news shows, talking-head videos, and much more. It’s important to have a functional and easy-to-use teleprompter so that it can speed up a shoot rather than drag it out.
Here are 10 great teleprompters you can buy, within a variety of price ranges. We’ve also gathered some that work with phones or tablets, as well as some that use computer software. There will definitely be something here that is appropriate for your studio!
Top Teleprompters for Video Pros
1. iKan Elite Universal Tablet & iPad Teleprompter for Light Stand
For those on a budget, this $400 teleprompter checks a lot of boxes. It fits a variety of tablets, so is perfect for use with any standard iPad with a dedicated app. It attaches to a light stand, so the connection is standard.
2. Padcaster Parrot Portable Smartphone Teleprompter V2 Kit
If you have a tiny budget and need a tiny teleprompter, this phone-sized device in the $100 range is perfect. It’s not going to impress anyone in a television studio but may be useful for solo creators or vloggers. This teleprompter has nine mounting rings so that it can be easily mounted to the lens of any camera.
3. iKan PT4700-SDI Professional 17″ High Bright Beam SPlitter Teleprompter
Moving out of the range of tablet teleprompters, we move to professional items in the $2000 range. This teleprompter has a variety of display inputs so that you can hook up plenty of different devices. It has a robust camera mount and a fabric shade for the camera to make the image as clear as possible. The glass is high quality in order to make the text clear for the reader but invisible for the camera without distorting the image. In fact, this device has a viewable range of 20 feet.
4. Autocue/QTV Starter Series 15″ Teleprompter
This premium teleprompter is designed for viewing from up to 20 feet and comes with its own teleprompting software license. It is designed to be used on-camera, floor standing, free-standing, or straight-read over camera, leaving users with plenty of options. It features video inputs for connecting to a PC.
5. Proaim TP300 Universal Tablet Teleprompter Kit
This tablet teleprompter kit is robust and full of features. It is easy and quick to mount to tripods. Conveniently, it can be used with most sizes of cameras while still maintaining the ability to pan and tilt smoothly. It’s a functional and simple tablet teleprompter with a viewing distance of up to 15 feet away. It even comes with protective cotton gloves to keep the glass clean while handling.
6. Telmax G2 19″ Teleprompter
This teleprompter is lightweight and durable, making it ideal for video production both in and out of the studio. It works with most cameras and tripods, so there is no need to worry about compatibility. The camera riser allows for easy adjustments so you don’t have to spend too much time getting the camera perfectly centered. It has a respectable reading distance of 18 feet. It also comes with professional software that can be used with the device. This product also includes a fabric camera cover to prevent incoming light from interfering.
7. Prompter People QPro 32″ Presentation Teleprompter
Coming in at $2900, this is the most expensive teleprompter on this list, but it includes the features to back it up. Due to its large screen size, it boasts a reading distance of up to 40 feet. It supports cameras both small and large and is highly adjustable. It has various video inputs and can be both wall-powered and battery-powered. This makes it versatile and even usable outdoors. It also includes professional teleprompting software. While it does include a controller, it is compatible with additional controllers.
8. MagiCue Mobile Teleprompter Kit
This mobile kit can support plenty of different tablets and has a reading distance of 15 feet. Combined with its tool-less assembly and flat folding ability for storage, this is a great teleprompter for filming on the go. It has a large fabric anti-reflection hood that will block out light no matter how large or small your camera is.
9. Prompter People Prompter Pal Camera Sled Teleprompter
This simple but effective teleprompter comes in at $700. It has a camera adapter that can fit most phones, tablets, and cameras. It also included dedicated software for use with a computer. It’s very versatile while not taking up too much space.
10. Autoscript Professional Series 17″ Teleprompter for PTZ Cameras
Coming in at a blistering $4500, this professional teleprompter serves PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras. This means that it’s specifically made for these special types of cameras, so has an extra-wide hood assembly. It’s an expensive one but it serves a unique need.