Using a teleprompter iPad app – iPrompt
I was looking for an iPad teleprompter app and today I bought the application i-Prompt Pro and was happy enough with it after I had tried it out for a while. Before that I had tried a free version of iPrompt to see how it worked. Yesterday though I want to switch it over to mirror the text as I am building a teleprompter box to have it work properly. Makes it so you are looking directly into the camera and not having the eye movement to one side or above or below the camera. I was disappointed to find that the mirror switch is not available unless you buy the wired remote control. Sneaky ! So I had to look for for some more teleprompters.
So it was back to the drawing board to look for a better application than iPrompt to use on the iPad. I saw one called mPrompt and it was only €1.79 to buy so I splashed out. Works Ok and you can paste text into it no problem, just as well as you can type directly into it. If you want to send text to it it is a bit of a round about route because you have to email the text to an email address they provide and get back a five digit code. When you enter the code on the iPad your document is imported. The document has to be of a certain type like a Microsoft word doc or an .rtf and some others, I was surprised though when it didn’t work with plain text in the email or with a file attached that was a plain txt. Weird! teleprompter iPad app
mPrompt has all the things you might need to adjust the text for reading, size, speed of scroll, a highlighter area so that you can focus on a section to read while seeing what is coming. I was also pleased that it mirrored the text, you have to press the button marked Reverse for that. I am not so happy with the controls when it is running or to get it running. You hit Dry Run to get the screen in the top part of the screen with the settings section below, nice little sliders to change things and a timer. There are bigger buttons for Start, Reverse, Reset and Save. Reset takes you back to the start of the text.
How to make it work. You press the star button the the mPrompt button at the bottom of the screen. Then it goes full screen and you have a big slider that lets you adjust the speed. You don’t have any more control over it though. To stop it you have to hit the Dry Run button and hit the start button to stop it. Not very good really. I liked in the i-Prompt Pro application that you could use the fingers to start and stop and when it was stopped you could manually scroll back the text. You know when you fluff a word and you want to to a retake. A bit of a disappointment there. These issues might lead me to look at another Prompter application. The other thing which might make me spend more is having a remote control available, either the wired one with i-Prompt Pro or there is another application called TelePrompt+ for iPad, and with that you can use an iPhone as a controller.
TelePrompt+ for iPad
Teleprompt+ is a simple yet powerful professional teleprompter for the iPad. Perfect for presenters, lecturers, students, teachers, broadcasters, podcasters, filmmakers, musicians, business professionals, or anyone who would benefit from having a powerful visual aid while engaged in a speaking activity.
- Easily write your speaking scripts directly in Teleprompt+ using the built in text editor, or by copying and pasting from Mail, Pages, or any other iPad application
- Track your progress using the integrated timer display (estimate, actual, and remaining time)
- Pause, play, and adjust playback speed live during prompting
- Scroll text during prompting using normal iPad swipe gestures
- Customise the following appearance and playback settings per script: scrolling speed, start countdown, timer display, font type, font size, text colour, and background colour
So I suppose I will buy this teleprompter ipad app although it is a bit more expensive at $9.99 because I like the idea of having a controller and being able to tell it what to do during scrolling with my fingers. Hopefully I will be able to scroll back just a bit and not be restricted to only having to click taking me back to the beginning. Better than using iPrompt anyway