Aspiring Youtube journalists and reporters, rejoice! Here’s a tool that will ensure the next time you ‘speak’ to your audience, you will be looking into their eyes while eliminating the need to memorize lines, and it will let you do so without biting a chunk out of your hard-earned savings. So, yes. The Parrot is a teleprompter and it is one that’s designed specifically for use with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Unlike ‘pro rigs’ that can easily cost thousands of dollars and not to mention, cumbersome to carry and setup, the Parrot offers the same professional quality you expect of a full-size example but at an extremely affordable price point and at a handy 4 x 4 x 3 inches (10.16 x 10.16 x 7.62 cm) and just half a pound (227g) when combined with most smartphones, it is totally portable and could easily slips into your existing camera bag.
It has a scratch-resistant acrylic two-way mirror as opposed to glass, which its inventor said offers 70 percent light transmission, providing “excellent optical quality” and along with the benefit of being ‘shatter-proof’. The Parrot is of a solid construction consisting of injection molded ABS and features an integrated spring-loaded phone holder with rubber grip and hood protection cover, much like those you will find in the more expensive, full-size teleprompter. It is basically is shrunken down teleprompter that’s adapted for use with your smartphone.
So how much does it cost? 90 bucks is all it takes to secure one Parrot Teleprompter for DSLR Cameras, less the lens adapter. You are looking at $100 if you don’t already have a lens adapter. There is a catch though. It does not come with a companion app, at least not for now. So you will have to source your own. Also, do note that the discounted pricing is only available through Kickstarter, which it has already surpass its set funding goal with well over 20 more days to go. Scroll down for a pitch video to learn more.