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How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Posted September 26, 2010 at 3:10pm by iClarified · 60001 views
These are instructions on how to build a DIY (Do It Yourself) iPad teleprompter.

Our goal here wasn't to make the cheapest solution possible but rather a quality solution that would be portable and functional. The prices listed below are from Amazon for professional grade equipment. You could likely drop the cost significantly by searching for better deals, buying used, or utilizing lower quality equipment. The total cost excluding a tripod or iPad (which we assume you have) is $467.82.

Materials Required:
● Tripod [Assumed You Have One]
● iPad [Assumed You Have One]
● Manfrotto 131DDB Accessory Arm [$123.89]
● Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head [$23.16]
● Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Tilt Head Quick Release [$40.95]
● 60/40 Beamsplitter Glass [$100]
● Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod [$32.89]
● Manfrotto 492 Mini Ball Head [$46.90]
● Manfrotto 844 Utility Tray [$48.95]
● 2 x 3/8-Inch Female to 1/4-Inch Male [2 x $8.04]
● 3 x 1/4 to 3/8 Thread Adapter [3 x $4.00]
● 3/8 Female to Female Adapter [$1.00 Home Depot]
● 2 x 3/8 Washers [2 x $1.00 Home Depot]
● Black Cloth [$5.00]
● Velcro Tape [$5.00]
● iPad Teleprompting App [$9.99]

Step One
Begin by attaching the Manfrotto Accessory Arm to your tripod's quick release plate. The plate should be attached to the arm's middle mount. If your plate does not have a 3/8 screw then you will need an extra 1/4 to 3/8 thread adapter.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Attach the quick release plate back to the tripod.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Step Two
Set the Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head at a 90 degree angle and attach a 3/8-Inch Female to 1/4-Inch Male and a 1/4 to 3/8 Thread Adapter to the ends as shown.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Attach the tilt head to the end of the accessory arm then spin on the Manfrotto 844 Utility Tray.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Step Three
Screw the 3/8 female to female coupler to the accessory bar mount closest to the utility tray using a 3/8 washer.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Using a 1/4 to 3/8 thread adapter, attach the Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod With 492 Mini Ball Head to the other end of the 3/8 coupler.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Insert the Beamsplitter Glass into the Car Window Pod and fasten it securely as shown.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Step Four
Fasten the Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Tilt Head Quick Release to the last accessory arm mount using a 3/8 washer and another 3/8-Inch Female to 1/4-Inch Male adapter.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Mount your camera using the quick release plate from the tilt head.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Step Five
Use velcro tape and some black, opaque, non-reflective material to fashion a hood which blocks any light between the glass and the lens.
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]

Step Six
Download a TelePrompter app from the App Store. ProPrompter and Teleprompt+ are popular choices. Place the iPad on the utility tray and begin!
How to Build an iPad Teleprompter [DIY]
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Streetwise
Streetwise - April 21, 2011 at 6:17pm
I can't figure out how you attach the car window bracket (3/8" male) to the top of the ball head (1/4" male). I ordered all the parts, but I think there's a step missing...
QueeenGeek
QueeenGeek - October 13, 2010 at 12:58am
Thanks for posting this. I definitely want to build this..I already have teleprompter glass, ipad, teleprompter app. Believe it or not, I built a no-budget version using a 10x8 picture frame, iPad box & packing tape...it works but a temporary solution. Needless to say, I want something better and more professional. Do you have a suggestion for a tripod that won't break the bank? I just bought a Canon Vixia M31 cam and most of my recordings will be in home for podcasting. Thanks @QueenGeek
Mark Johannessen
Mark Johannessen - September 28, 2010 at 11:39am
Also - for $1.99 there is mPrompt as an alternative iPad teleprompter app
Richard
Richard - September 26, 2010 at 10:31pm
We use a teleprompter from www.prompt-it.com.au. Works great and you don't need to build it and it is actually cheaper than buying all the parts. Rich
Joey
Joey - September 27, 2010 at 12:59am
That prompt-it.com.au teleprompter is useless. It can't move with the camera because it requires its own stand and neither does it have anything to prevent reflections and light between lens and the glass.
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