FAQs about the Integrated Teleprompter
1. How do I assemble the teleprompter? If you would like to view, download, and/or print directions for the R810-10 Teleprompter, click here, for the R810-10.1 Teleprompter, click here, for the R812-2, R812-3, and R812-4 Teleprompters, click here, or for the r812-2.1 Teleprompter, click here.
2. How big is the teleprompter? The teleprompter is 13.5" x 11.25" x 8".
3. What is the reflective qualities of the glass? The beam splitter glass allows 70% visible light transmission (VLT). It reflects the image from the iPad, iPhone, Adroid tablet, or Smartphone, but also allows the video camera to capture the image on the other side of the glass.
4. What should I do if the words are difficult to read? Go into the Settings of the projection device (iPad, Android tablet, iPhone, or Smartphone) and turn up the brightness. Make sure the black cloth seals off any light from entering behind the reflective glass.
5. Does the fabric come with the teleprompter? Yes, it comes with the black fabric. Some of the photos do not show the fabric on it for the purpose of showing you how it works. The fabric is attached with Velcro, so it can be easily removed and stored. Depending on the type of video camera that you have, you may want to make some adjustments to the fabric. For example, if your camera has a large lens, you may want to cut a hole in the fabric and stick only the lens through it rather than cover the whole camera.
6. What do I use to clean the reflective glass? Sometimes using a lint free cloth is sufficient to remove dust from the glass. The bag that comes with Oakley glasses can work very well to remove dust and smudges from the glass. If something more is needed, use a mild window cleaner such as Windex, Glass Plus, etc. These types of cleaners work well with a clean soft lint free cloth. It is NOT recommended that you use anything abrasive. The frequency of cleaning will not affect the glass in any way. Using a window cleaner may result in streaks. We have rinsed the window cleaner streaked glass with water and wiped it off with great success. You may want to remove the framed glass from the teleprompter before rinsing it with water.
7. Which tripod would you recommend? Don't buy the cheapest or the most expensive tripod. Somewhere in between is good. The $40-60 on sale range usually works. Between the teleprompter, tablet, and camera, you will have 6-8 pounds on the tripod. Make sure the head of the tripod can be secured into position on all axis. If the tripod has a quick release plate, make sure it fits securely in place without being sloppy. Stay away from the Manfrotto tripods with the big heads. It is not because they aren't any good, it's just because the head is so wide that the screws that connect the top plate and the bottom plate of R810-10 Teleprompter do not allow it to sit flat on the tripod head.
8. The screw on my tripod head is too short to go through the bottom plate of the teleprompter so I can't screw the wing nut onto it. What should I do? This happens in two different situations. This typically happens when your tripod head is wider than a typical head and the screws that connect the top plate to the bottom plate of R810-10 Teleprompter do not allow it to sit flat on the tripod head. Manfrotto makes large heads for some of their tripods. There are a couple solutions. You may be able to remove the head and attach the teleprompter to the screw that held the head on. If you cannot remove the head, then consider purchasing a quick release plate that you can attach to the head. These types of attachments usually elevate the teleprompter off the head enough so the screws on the bottom of the teleprompter do not touch the tripod head. See the examples below.
Another situation in which this happens involves the tripod head screw is not pushed up through the head all of the way. This can happen with the tripods that have a quick release plate. There are two solutions. Remove the quick release plate from the head of the tripod and attach it to the bottom of the teleprompter rather than trying to attach the teleprompter to the quick release plate that is installed on the tripod. Although this may seem like the same difference, it is not. While the quick release plate is removed from the tripod head you may push the screw through the plate making it long enough to go through the teleprompter's bottom plate and the wing nut can catch the threads of the screw. Then re-attach the quick release plate (with the teleprompter attached) to the tripod. The second solution is to remove the screw from the quick release plate and replace is with another but longer screw (1/2" x 1/4"-20 screw). See the next question regarding removing the screw from the tripod's quick release plate.
9. How do I remove the screw from the tripod's quick release plate?
If you have difficulty removing the screw from the tripod's quick release plate, look for a C-Clip that is holding the screw in place. The c-clip may be on the back of the quick release or under the rubber piece on top. You may need to remove the rubber cover on top of the quick release to expose the c-clip. Use something like a very small flat head screwdriver to push the c-clip away from the screw until the clip is completely removed.
WARNING: When you use the screwdriver, make sure you face it away from your body. You donít want to slip and stab yourself.
When the clip is removed, you need to unscrew and pull the screw at the same time back through the hole. Install the provided screw.
Featured Case Study
Kim Foley is the president of Smartphone Video Production Academy. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, associations, and nonprofits. This video shows Kim using the R812-1.1 teleprompter. Also, it was used to make this video. Watch this and see what our teleprompters look like when text is scrolling.
How do teleprompters work?
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Robyn Oglesby, from macsources.com, performed a review of our R810-10 and posted it on her website. Click the image above to read other testimonials.