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This one of those projects that you do on a lark. I needed a tele-prompter, but really did not have a budget to purchase much less build one. This project cost me around ten dollars. If you have what you need around the house, it could be free. I meant this instructable for linux, but decided to make it more generic.

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Step 1: What you need:

2- cardboard storage boxes. (16 x 12 x 12)
1 - any computer with a bright monitor that can run a web browser.
1 - mirror that will fit in the storage box. (mine was from the Dollar store).
1 - glass or plastic pane that will fit in the storage box. (mine was from an old scanner).
1 - extra box to prop up teleprompter if necessary.
Stand or table that will be a viewing height. (We used a cheap ironing table from goodwill.)
Stand to adjust mirror angle (i.e . )
Packing tape.

Box cutter or knife.

Step 2: Assemble the boxes

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Glue closed the two boxes except for one top (to easy remove and insert cameras)  if they were ready to be shipped.
Let dry.

Note: Since you are going to cut out part of the box, you only need to glue where it will not be cut out.

Step 3:

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Cut hole in the boxes so they match up.

Put the top box on top of the bottom box so the open side panels are in opposite directions

Tape the two boxes together at the center.

Step 4: Putting it together.

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Insert mirror with stand in bottom box so mirror is at 45 degree angle.. (Mine fit through the hole,)
Open top box and insert glass at 45 degree angle.
Camera should be in top box behind glass. (i put mine in an envelope glued to the back of the box.

BobS4 years ago
It might be a Linux problem (?.....), but you could easily improve your pictures by enhancing contrast in almost any photo application running on Windows...
Computothought (author)  BobS4 years ago
My brother is a Photshop expert. he could not do anything.
Computothought (author)  BobS4 years ago
Thanx for the comment. Nothing to do with linux. Photoshop could not even do that well. You should have seen the original picture. . Been there done that. I just did not take the picture in a better lighted area. Plus I used a cheap camera. My good camera died. When I get better equipment, the pictures will be better. I might retake them anyway. Do not have time right now.
You can tweak the brightness & contrast to get rid of the misty/foggy look. However, it emphasises the lack of information in the images and they look grainy.

Computothought (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Compared to a lot of pictures I have seen on this site, they are pretty good. In any case, the pictures are good enough to get the idea across. I am not a photographer. Missing the forest for the trees here.

I meant that I had tried Bob's suggestion and that was the result.
You do get the idea across.

Computothought (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Thank you for your clarification.
lafnbear4 years ago
Could you "simplify" the build by using an LCD monitor (or even a laptop) & placing it directly in the box in place of the mirror...
Computothought (author)  lafnbear4 years ago
Yes, but I think the text would be backwards if what I am told is true. Then the text would have to be flipped. I wanted something dead simple to deal with.