Introduction: Flip Teleprompter
I found great teleprompter software for the Apple iPhone / ipod touch ... but the commercial brackets seemed, well, like overkill for what I wanted: a teleprompter just for my new Flip UltraHD.
Here are plans for making a teleprompter for your Flip - or other small video camera. The software is from Bodelin Technologies at the Apple App Store.
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Step 1: Most of the Parts ...
Step 2: The Bracket
Available at BestBuy (Dynex brand) or RitxCamera.com (Smith Victor brand).
Step 3: Bookend ...
Staples has these 5" black metal bookends.
Step 4: Position and Drill ...
Align the bookend edge so the Flip fits right to where the flash bracket starts to angle.
Step 5: 1/4" Hole ...
Drill a 1/4" hole in the bookend to accommodate the tripod mount screw.
Step 6: Replace Washer ...
Use the thin washer that comes with the bracket.
Step 7: Sticky Tape and Velcro(r)
Add a layer of double-sided stick tape between the bottom of the bookend and the top of the bracket. Makes it all more sturdy. The inch-long piece of Velcro(r) loop to the left is just to create a flat surface for the Flip to mount to.
Step 8: Mount the Flip
The Flip mounted to the bracket. Note the Velcro(r) hook added to parts of the bookend ...
Step 9: Add Velcro(r) to the Touch
Adding Velcro(r) loop to the back of a hard plastic case on the iPod touch - in this case (pun intended), an Agent18 case.
Step 10: Attach the Touch
And here's both the Flip and the touch mounted solidly to your bracet.
Step 11: Add Lighting.
A little added illumination never hurts. From BestBuy, this Dynex DX-VIDLT suits the project. But it's only powered by two AAA alkaline cells. Surely we can improve THAT, can't we?
Step 12: Alligator Clips to the Rescue!
So that I can use the light in its original state later on, I just used alligator clips on the positive and negative battery contacts ...
Step 13: Void My Warranty HERE ...
Trim a notch in the battery cover for the new leads.
Step 14: Radio Shack AA Case.
I soldered the leads directly to the battery contacts in this Radio Shack 2XAA case, instead of splicing. Just made it cleaner.
Step 15: More Velcro(r) ...
New AA case mounts to the bookend. Where would this society be without Velcro(r) and double-sided sticky tape???
Step 16: You Are Done!
Your completed Flip 'Prompter! The software for your iPhone or iPod touch is "ProPromoter" from Bodelin Technologies. Available in Apple's App Sore for $9.95 - and is well worth the investment if you want to make yourself - or your subjects - look more professional.
Step 17: Rear View.
View from the rear. Why didn't I whack off the "tongue" of the bookend? 'Cause I though i might mount something there in the future.