DIY Camera Mount & Teleprompter

We recycle everything and we try to do as much as we can on the cheap. We don’t have a choice. I’m currently getting my studio ready for next school year. We hope to do the announcements every day.

So, we are finishing the teleprompter system. Right now it is nothing more than a simple 4-port VGA video splitter, but you could do it with a 2-port VGA splitter. This is hooked up to two monitors and a computer with Power Point installed. We write our scripts in Power Point and then use that as a Teleprompter via the VGA splitters. You will also need at lest two long VGA cables to hook up your monitors.

For the cameras, we are going to mount them right on top of the monitor. To do this costs about $4 for two mounts. What you need are two standard 3/8 inch cable wallplates like these from Lowe’s, cost .57 cents each. And you need two 1/4 inch -20 bolts with nuts and about 6 lags or washers. On the bolt, place one washer, then the plate, then five washers and then the bolt. This should leave less than 1/8 of an inch of bolt to mount your camera on. Duct tape the completed plate assembly on the top of the monitor. The monitor needs to be the kind that tilts up and down. This allows you to tilt the camera into the proper position. Flip out the camera’s monitor and turn it so the anchor can see themselves in it. That way, they know if they are out of the frame.

We are using firewire miniDV cameras that will hook up to two old blue iMacs. These have the double firewire ports and 20 GB hard drives. I’m stripping all the software off of them except iMovie. Then we will record our daily show directly to iMovie “live.” No need for tape, and it saves editing time.

I’m still working on the audio side. The two cameras I want to use do not have a mic input. This is bad. Either we need to find a work around or we will have to use different cameras.

One possibility is one or two older cameras that have issues with their video tape “decks.” The camera still works, but we can no longer put a tape into the camera. I hope to discuss how we handle the camera/audio setup in a week or two.

Mr. C


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  2. Hi, Mr. C!

    That sounds like a pretty cool teleprompter set up for your studio. A lot of our FloPrompter customers are schools. I’m going to put a link in our blog to this entry because from time to time, folks write us asking for tips on how to set up their small-scale studio.

    Some of our school customers use FloPrompter to read the announcements, also, while others use it in school media production (like a school TV studio or video production classes).

    We offer a great discount for schools — just $25 per license for the Standard edition! Please give it a try. I think it’s a lot more pleasant to use than PowerPoint for most teleprompter situations. Plus, you get a real live person to answer customer support — me!


    FloSpace Blog:

  3. […] Customers ask us from time to time how to set up a camera and monitor for the best results. I ran across a blog posting today with some great tips on how to do it on a budget. This blog posting was written by a Journalism and Media Technology teacher at a school near Houston, TX: […]

  4. Try this out, It’s free teleprompter software.

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