The following is a post by Tom Stagg. We thought this was a fantastic solution for non-profits to get cleaner and more professional looking video. Don’t you? Here’s a great little how-to clip for those looking to save money but need to do a little broadcasting as well. The American Cancer Society’s Jerry Markham and Tom Stagg built this teleprompter and created this video to share with everyone else, check it out!
Here is also a description of how to go about creating this cool tool which might cost you around $800 buying it online when we only spent around $75. TOOLS Tools used were A table saw, router, screwdriver, drill, and sewing machine. PARTS Parts were 50/50 beamsplitter glass, wood, screws, hinges, latch, Velcro strips, canvas. PROCESS We used ¼ inch plywood for the base of the chassis, sized to fit our thinkpad laptop (17”x22”), with 1.5×3/4” strips to support the glass frame. We use two 1.5” hinges to attach the glass frame, and a swing hinge with a wing nut to allow variable frame positioning. We even used a magnetic latch from the glass door an old stereo rack, and shock pads on the underside of the glass frame. We placed rubber feet on the base, allowing it to be places on a pedestal or shelf for use, but we wanted the ability to put the whole device on a tripod, so we routed a channel to fit our tripod using a 2×4. The most technically difficult part of the process was the routing. We also routed a 2×4 to receive the tripod foot and hold the camera. Finally, we painted it with black spray paint. The last step was to create a hood to keep light off the back side of the glass. This was made out of medium weight canvas and Velcro strips, which were sewn to the hood and glued to the wood. The unit weighs less than 10 pounds. We downloaded our software, MirrorScriptPro, at freetelepromptersoftware.com.