How to Set Up a Teleprompter for Videos Using Equipment You Already Have (with video)

Most of my videos are screen recordings that show tips and tricks in software. But recently, I’ve started getting in front of the camera. I’ve wanted to use a teleprompter, but didn’t have an iPad and didn’t want to spend any money buying a traditional one. Here’s what I came up with.

First, I wrote my script. The key to writing a script for the teleprompter is to write exactly the way you talk. Then practice, practice, practice until you don’t sound like you’re reading.

Second, I composed the text in Notepad, saved it, and pasted it on when I’m ready. This is a free online teleprompter service.

Third, I put my laptop behind my camera, just above it. This way, I can see the scrolling text on my laptop, and it looks as if I’m looking right into the camera’s eye.

Finally, I had to figure out a way to control the laptop when it’s not in front of me (e.g., to start the cueprompter, start and stop the video recorder for my webcam, etc.). My Logitech Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad is the perfect solution.

So I’m all set, and here’s the video on this setup. 


Are you using a teleprompter? If so, what’s your setup?




  1. Peggy, your tips are awesome.  I’m doing more video’s as well and this works perfect.  Thanks!

    1. Ms. Efficio, Thanks for the kudos. Glad to see you roaming around again. If you use Camtasia, the new version is out and on sale for $79! until 6/22. Let me know if you need a link.

  2. I was thinking about this not too long ago.  Couldn’t think of how to do this without looking like I’m reading.  Brilliant Peggy!  Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome, Regina. Write your script as if you’re talking and practice A LOT until it sounds like you’re not reading. Can’t wait to start seeing your creations!

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