Teleprompters are great for reading your script without looking like you’re reading your script. Teleprompters are actually affordable now because of the iPad, but it won’t work unless you have a teleprompter app.
In this video, I’m going to talk about an app called PromptSmart, its features, and why I consider it the best teleprompter app for iPad.
You can find two versions of PromptSmart on the App Store. The first one is a Lite, free version and the second one is the Pro version that you can access for $15. The cheaper way to go is to upgrade to Pro from the Lite version, which will only cost you $10. You can pay an additional $2/month if you want to get additional features, which I honestly think are not that important.
PromptSmart Teleprompter App Features
- Click Add New to add or create new scripts and notecards
- Loaded scripts can be found in the Script Library
- Notecard library is where you can find your notecards
- If you’re recording video with your iPhone/iPad as well, you will find your output in the recording library
- FAQs are Frequently Asked Questions
- You can tweak the settings and adjust them to your preference under App Settings
How to Add a Script or Notecard into PromptSmart
- Click Add New.
- A handful of options will pop up – Import Script, Bulk Import Scripts, New Script, Import Notecard, Bulk Import Notecards, and New Notecard. For the sake of this tutorial, let’s choose New Script.
- Give your script a name.
- Type your script.
- When you’re done, click Save.
Finding the Perfect Script Settings.
After saving your script, click the cog icon at the bottom to access the settings. Inside the script settings, you’ll find a long list of options. Here are a few of the important ones.
- Voice Track is a feature that allows your script to move forward. It will listen to your voice and move the script forward as you speak the words.
- You can choose to use the pre-set scroll speeds or manual scroll. When I’ve found the perfect speed, I usually just use the pre-set speed.
- If you’re just looking directly at your iPad or iPhone, you would want the mirroring off because you’re reading directly from the screen. But if you’re using teleprompter hardware like Caddie Buddy, you have to turn mirroring on. For more on how Caddie Buddy works, click this link.
- You can also turn on the guide if you want something to help you keep track of where you are on the script, and the timer if you want to stay on time.
Once you have the settings you want, hit Back and push the Play button when you’re ready. It will start the Voice Track, which will require you to be quiet before speaking the lines.
As you’re reading, depending on the length of the script, you will see it scroll up. You can also use your finger to move the script up or down, if you get a little bit off-track.
PromptSmart is the best teleprompter for iPad, IMO. I have more videos about it on my YouTube channel, which you can access right here.
If you have any questions about PromptSmart, or teleprompting in general, leave them in the comments below.
I’ve been having problems with the scrolling with Voice Track. Although I’ve followed EVERY recommendation that PromptSmart has made it continues to periodically scroll past where I’m at. I’ve taken out spaces, returns, etc. and nothing seems to help. I have no accent, speak clearly (even used a mic). Any suggestions?
Vicki – I know how frustrating that can be. The only thing I’ve found to fix it is to change the script. It usually seems to be repeating words that causes it to jump forward.
So read through the script where it’s jumping forward and look for anything that could make it think you are further forward than you are. Change out adjectives or re-work the sentence structure. Or even consider deleting a line if it’s kinda redundant.
I hope that helps!