If you do any sort of video work, you know how important it is to have professional quality. If you’re reading from a script, your options are either to remember it in its entirety hoping you don’t mess up, or read from a teleprompter. You could always remember bits and pieces and record a few lines at a time, but it will add in a lot more editing and makes your video look choppy.
While memorization is great, it also takes more time, where the teleprompter takes money. Well, that was true until the Parrot came into being. This is a compact, portable, and affordable teleprompter that was designed to be used with DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It uses an acrylic 2-way mirror that is less likely to shatter along with your smartphone to provide the text for you to read from. Thanks to a spring-loaded phone clamp and rubber grip pad, you won’t need to worry about your phone trying to escape because of shooting at an odd angle.
This is compatible with a 77 mm lens or third party adapters, and will weigh less than half a pound with a smartphone in place. It is made of ABS plastic and some steel components, which means it should hold up fairly well over time. You will have to use an app in tandem with this to get the teleprompter effect, but the company that made this device currently has that and a remote to control the app in the works. This will cost you $90-100, but those who use fisheye and other lenses with a wide field of view should be aware that some vignetting would occur with this device.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter