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October 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM #70787Laguna HikerMember
I am using a Prompter People teleprompter for studio shoots, and I've been using a program called Prompt Dog to drive the prompter. What I like about the software is that it is able to mirror the text that is sent to the prompter, while showing unmirrored text on the operator's laptop, so I don't need a converter box to do the job.
What I don't like about the software is just about everything else. I can't get it to accept RTF files (which it says it can use, and it chokes on plain-text files of any size at all. Basically, it goes into its load routine and never comes out. So, I'm looking for new teleprompter software.
What would you recommend? I'd like to find a commercial-grade program that can do the prompter-only mirroring, but I suppose it's not essential. What's really important is that the software be able to handle 15-minute scripts without freezing or crashing. Thanks for your help.
October 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM #208805Laguna HikerMember
I downloaded some software demos, and concluded that there aren't any really great choices out there. There are a lot of free programs, but they are generally single-monitor apps that are probably meant for podcasting. Several inexpensive programs, like PromptDog, can only process very short files, and they tend to be very clunky. For example, PromptDog requires the operator to drag the talent window over to the TP monitor whenever the app is started. IMHO, that's pretty lame.
I found two programs that look okay. The first is Ultra-Prompter, which runs about $150. The interface is rather old and not entirely Windows-standard, but (a) it supports dual monitor; (b) it mirrors text on the TP monitor, while leaving the operator monitor unmirrored; and (c) it handles larger files (at least the size that I use) without problem.
The TP monitor is easier to work with than in other software–Ultra-Prompter automatically displays full-screen on the TP. The operator and TP screens sync very well, even when the TP is mirrored, and the program has fairly conventional control keys–Up-Arrow to increase speed, Down-Arrow to decrease, and Spacebar to pause/resume.
The second program is ZaPrompt Pro 3.0. It has pretty much the same capabilities as Ultra-Prompter, at $179. Dual monitor with talent mirroring; it can handle larger files, and it doesn't require dragging the talent window to the teleprompter screen. It's interface is more Windows-standard, but it has its own quirks. For example, changing the font size only affects the editor–a separate control is used for font-size on the prompter screen.
These programs are about as good as anything else I've seen, and they do seem to be the best in its price range. I can use either one with professional talent without embarrassing myself or spending half an hour getting the TP working. So, I'll go with one of the two.
January 15, 2018 at 9:26 AM #278118Michael McKibbinMember
Hello, my teleprompter arrived in Perth WA, I ran your video as I unpacked it and all went well, until.
I am finding difficulty locating a teleprompter program to work on my Ipad version 9.3.5.
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