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Nov 11, 2023
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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make a Professional Quality Teleprompter


Creating a professional-quality teleprompter setup doesn’t have to be a daunting task reserved solely for broadcasting networks and affluent public speakers. With the right tools and a bit of know-how, anyone from corporate executives to YouTubers can enhance their presentation and communication skills by implementing this valuable tool. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to make a teleprompter that suits not just your needs but also ensures your speeches and presentations reach their peak potential.

What is a Teleprompter?

Before diving into the setup, let’s have a quick overview. A teleprompter, also known as a prompter, is a display device that projects a visible, scrolling text in front of a lens or directly to the speaker without being visible to the audience. It allows the speaker to maintain eye contact with the audience, making communication feel more personal and engaging. Originally used in television and movie production, teleprompters have now become indispensable tools in various public speaking scenarios.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Software

The core of a good teleprompter setup is the software, or app, that scrolls the text at a readable pace. Several teleprompter programs, both free and paid, are available for PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. When choosing the right app for you, consider the following:

  • Ease of use: The interface should be intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Customization: Look for software that allows you to easily adjust the speed, font size, and background for optimal reading.
  • Compatibility: Ensure the app is compatible with your device(s) and can be mirrored or connected to your teleprompter’s screen seamlessly.
  • Popular options include Teleprompter Pro, Selvi Teleprompter, and PromptSmart Pro which even include voice recognition features to automatically pace with your speech.

Step 2: Setting Up the Hardware

The hardware part of a teleprompter involves the physical setup that holds the reflective glass and your recording device (camera, smartphone, etc.). You can DIY a basic teleprompter using a picture frame for glass, a sturdy box, and a smartphone or tablet as your display. For a more durable and professional setup, consider purchasing a teleprompter kit that includes a mount for your camera and the reflective glass.

DIY Approach:

  1. Frame and Reflective Glass: Use an old picture frame and replace the picture with a piece of beam splitter glass positioned at a 45-degree angle.
  2. Box and Mount: Create or modify a box where one side will support the glass and the opposite can house your display device. The camera will shoot through the glass, so ensure there’s a hole or a slot for it.
  3. Positioning the Display: Place your tablet or smartphone at the base of your setup, displaying the cue text through the teleprompter app.

Professional Kits:

Professional kits offer a more polished look and are generally easier to set up. They come with instructions and should be compatible with most camera types. Remember, the principle remains the same: a screen to display your script and a piece of reflective glass to project the script to you while the camera records through it.

Step 3: Calibrating Your Teleprompter

With your hardware ready, it’s time to calibrate your setup for a seamless reading and recording experience.

  • Angling the Glass: The standard is a 45-degree angle, but ensure that it effectively reflects the displayed text to you without straining your eyes or neck.
  • Adjusting the Text Display: Use the customization options in your chosen teleprompter app to adjust the text’s size, speed, and color. It should be comfortable for you to read without squinting or pausing unnaturally.
  • Practice Runs: Do several trial runs to get accustomed to reading from the prompter. It will help you gauge if you need to make further adjustments to the setup.

Step 4: Enhancing Your Presentation Skills

Owning and using a teleprompter is just part of the equation. Enhancing your presentation and public speaking skills is paramount to truly engage your audience.

  • Practice: Familiarize yourself with the content so you’re not solely reliant on the teleprompter. This allows for a more natural delivery.
  • Pacing: Use the teleprompter to regulate your speech pace, ensuring it’s neither too fast nor too slow.
  • Eye Contact: Even though you’re reading, remember to look away from the prompter occasionally, making eye contact with your audience or camera to create a connection.


Integrating a teleprompter into your presentation arsenal can significantly impact your delivery and audience engagement. By following these steps, you’re not just creating a teleprompter setup but also setting the stage for improved communication skills. Whether you opt for a DIY approach or invest in professional teleprompter hardware, the key is practice and customization to suit your style. Happy presenting!