What do you do when your talent can’t remember their lines, or the script is too long or complicated for anyone to remember? Answer: Use a prompter. What do you do when your prompter crashes to the ground and the glass breaks into hundreds of pieces, you have no back up, no time to get a replacement and the talent is showing up in 10 minutes? Answer: Download the iPrompt App from the app store.
I had that nightmare scenario happen to me a few months back and the i-prompt app saved me. It’s a FREE teleprompting app for the iPhone, iPad and i-Touch.
Simply download it from the app store, hit the “+” button and insert your text, hit save, then hit start and you are prompting.
It has display settings for fonts, font size, color, and background color. The prompter settings include orientation, mirrored display, loop, scrolling speed, slow time, fast time. It also has auto start, delay start, and break markers.
You can order controllers for it as well. They have a hardwired remote for $99 and a wireless remote for $129. I don’t have either, but I’m tempted to pick one up.
I’ve used many prompters and various prompting software and to be honest, most prompter software is junk. It’s confusing, buggy, and a total pain to use. Not the case with i-Prompt, it is the easiest prompter program I’ve ever used, I’ve never had a bug or a problem and it’s worked every time, it’s intuitive and simple, just the way I like it.
I’ve used i-Prompt for quick impromptu (pun intended) promos when the talent struggled to get the wording right. It’s also ideal for low budget productions, again it’s FREE!!!!!!!
I’ve placed it directly bellow the lens and have been happy with the results. If you want to get technical you could set up a rig and get some beam splitter glass and you’d have the exact same results as a normal prompter for thousands of dollars less.
For me, I use my normal prompter on longer projects and planned out projects in my studio, but for quick little promos, low budget shoots, when your in a pinch, or even when your on the road and don’t want to ship your prompter, the i-prompt app is a great prompter solution. It’s saved me more than once.
If you haven’t already downloaded it, do it now. Did I mention it’s FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!