Desview’s low-budget T2 teleprompter takes up to 8″ tablets and costs only $119
Teleprompters have seen something of a surge in popularity over the last couple of years as more and more people have hopped onto YouTube. They’re invaluable for saving time when you regularly want to put out content. No longer do you actually have to try to memorise a script and shoot the same sequence 15 times because you keep messing it up.
The leader in low-budget teleprompters has been the Parrot 2. The Parrot’s seen a little bit of a price drop since its initial release, but now there’s a new contender in town, the Desview T2, which can accept smartphones and tablets with screens up to 8″ for easier reading and only costs $119.
As you can see in the review above, the Desview T2 attaches to the front of your lens, like the Parrot. There’s one big difference between them, though, and that’s the size. The Desview T2 is significantly larger, allowing it to hold devices with larger displays for easier reading. You can either go with a bigger font or stick with a smaller font and be able to see your script a little further ahead than you would with a smaller teleprompter.
The Desview T2’s glass uses special coating with beam splitter glass that offers up to 97% light transmission to minimise the impact it will have on your exposure while also helping to prevent double reflections (yes, a few double reflections are seen in the video above, but cameras typically see this effect more than our eyes do).
As the T2 mounts onto the end of the lens, inside the box you get nine adapter rings for mounting it to 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82mm filter threads. It also includes a remote control which allows you to play, pause, scroll up and down or change the colours to make things easier to read. The remote is compatible with Desview’s teleprompter app, which is available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Although designed for use with DSLR and mirrorless camera lenses, a bracket is also included that lets you mount your phone to it. So, if you’re giving a speech to a Facebook or YouTube live stream using your phone, you can have your script right there on the device you’re streaming with. Of course, you will need a second phone or a tablet to actually reflect your script off the glass.
The Desview T2 Teleprompter is available to buy now for $119 and is already shipping.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.