Stepping into the world of teleprompters, where most are accustomed to using their tablets or phones, Elgato brings a fresh take with the introduction of the Prompter. This compact teleprompter is distinctively more versatile than its peers, featuring a built-in screen, avoiding the dependence on tablets or smartphones. But the innovation doesn’t stop there.
Features and Integrations
The Elgato Prompter stands out with its capability to mirror any app or window through a simple drag and drop action. This feature permits users to view both the script and real-time feeds, such as chat participants, simultaneously, ensuring more authentic and engaged interactions. Moreover, for those who are tempted to multitask during long meetings, the Prompter even allows for the discreet viewing of other content, although this might raise some eyebrows in the professional world.
Corsair-owned Elgato has ensured that the Prompter is compatible with a myriad of devices. Whether it’s webcams, cameras, or smartphones, users probably won’t find the need to purchase extra hardware. And for those who are fans of the recently-discounted Stream Deck, the integration is just a cherry on top.
Design and Usability
The design elements also deserve a mention. From the side hoods that work efficiently to reduce ambient lighting interference to the easy setup process involving simple attachment clips and a stand, Elgato has evidently put thought into the Prompter’s usability. The device comes with a generous nine-inch display that boasts a resolution of 1024 x 600, utilizing beamsplitter glass. This technology enables cameras to record through the glass, while ensuring whatever is displayed remains unseen to the recording device.
For those concerned about compatibility, Elgato has made provisions. With nine step-up rings included, most DSLR or mirrorless cameras should seamlessly integrate with the Prompter. The addition of multiple quarter-inch threads and cold-shoe mounts means that microphones and accessories can be effortlessly attached.
Shifting focus to the software side, Elgato’s Camera Hub app, crucial for the Prompter’s functioning, offers a basic but effective set of customization options. Whether it’s adjusting the font size, colors, or the scroll speed for the teleprompter, the software has it covered. One of the standout features is the ability to adjust the display’s brightness, crucial for maintaining eye contact during video calls.
Elgato’s latest venture into the teleprompter arena might have a steeper price tag than some of its competitors, but it offers a transformative experience. The Prompter not only streamlines the content creation process but also reduces the hassles tied to memorizing scripts or toggling between screens. Its thoughtful combination of hardware and software makes it an enticing option, especially for those professionals, streamers, and content creators who are on the lookout for the perfect teleprompter solution.