13 Best Teleprompter Apps for 2023
Using a teleprompter is a great way to speed up your video creation process. Record in just a couple of takes, reducing the amount of video footage you need to record and edit. Leveraging a video teleprompter also forces you to plan and script your videos helping you stay focused while incorporating best practices.
Before you use a teleprompter you therefore need to do research and write your script. Maekersuite offers a great research tool, named Video Content Explorer, and they also offer a seamless integration with their AI Script Editor. Using both will result in the best possible scripts you can write for your videos, which will improve your video engagement metrics and watch time. Having a good script also helps with confidence in front of the camera, as all you need to focus on is your performance in front of the camera rather than having to think about what you need to say.
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Advantages of using a teleprompter
Using a teleprompter application to record yourself offers several distinct advantages. Primarily, it allows you to maintain consistent eye contact with the camera, giving the impression of a more engaged and personal connection with the audience. This can create a more natural and professional appearance, as you're able to speak fluidly without constantly referring to notes or looking away. Teleprompter applications often come with adjustable speed controls and customizable text settings, enabling you to set the pace and format that best suits your speaking style. This leads to a more polished and controlled delivery, helping to eliminate mistakes, pauses, or hesitations that can disrupt the flow of your message. Additionally, teleprompter applications can often be operated via remote control, giving you greater flexibility and autonomy during your recording. These benefits combined can enhance the overall quality of your presentation, making your communication more effective and engaging.
But there are A LOT of teleprompters out there, and it can feel overwhelming deciding which one to use. As the best video research and scripting application, we’ve studied the best teleprompter apps for 2023.
What is the Best Teleprompter App?
We’ve made a list of the top free and affordable teleprompter apps in the market. The list is pretty comprehensive from apps that turn your device into a teleprompter while you record on another device to those that do both. Recording on browser, iphone, DSLR or android the below will have you covered.
1. Teleprompter by Norton Five
This is the best mobile teleprompter in the market. It is for free and accessible for iOS and Android. It is a very intuitive teleprompter with a wide range of features that help create amazing videos. We can recommend this without hesitation, because it is the main teleprompter we use ourselves for our content.
If you’re looking to record a quick video on your desktop device Veed.io could be a good fit. It’s intuitive and they have the added benefit of video editing tools. That said you will need to position your teleprompter as close to the camera as possible as they don’t do this for you. Also your script won’t be saved so if you’re looking for a more professional teleprompter tool and enhanced scripting support this may not be the best option for you.
BigVu is one of the most well known teleprompter apps. There is a free version, but you’ll have to survive with having their watermark on it. The app works on iOS, Android and desktop devices. In addition to this they have editing features which is great if you want to create quick short videos all in one place.
4. Parrot Teleprompter
Parrot teleprompter is one of the oldest teleprompter apps out there - it’s available on iOS and android devices and is free to use. If you’re looking to record on the web this may not be the best app to use unless you’re happy to buy their teleprompter device. While buying another add-on accessory may not be a good solution for those wanting mobility, it's great for connecting to higher end recording cameras that will give you higher video quality e.g. a DSLR camera.
5. Video Teleprompter Lite
I must say we were impressed by some of the functionality of Video Teleprompter Lite. You can record using both the back and front camera and the app also enables the addition of a green screen and automatic subtitling with the click of a button. That said it’s not the simplest tool out there, but if you’re a pro and know what you’re doing it’s easy to get the hang of it. Good value for a free tool! They also have a windows download available which is a plus- for mac users though we were unable to easily find the mac download.
6. Prompter Pal
Prompter Pal, unfortunately, is not free. That said it will only set you back $6.99 a month. The app is similar to Parrot Teleprompter in that they have a hardware device and is better used as an add on to your video recording rather than a teleprompter app that helps you easily record and read your script on the same device. The app is pretty complex and not the most user friendly experience unfortunately.
SpeakFlow is only available on desktop. The script writing tool is easy to use and you can even import your script or text. They also have advanced features like adjusting the width of the teleprompter. The negative point about speakflow is that the teleprompter is not very close to the camera so it can appear like you’re reading which is not great if you want to look natural on screen. You can also overlay the app onto another screen- that said we couldn’t figure out how to do it effectively.
8. Teleprompter Mirror
Ok now Teleprompter Mirror has a few good advantages, first of all you don’t need to download anything- in fact you don’t even need to give them your email address. It can basically be used with any device that has a browser. While this is great for audio only recording, it can’t be used on it’s own to record a video as there’s no screen recording functionality. To best use the tool we would recommend making your mobile or ipad a teleprompter and recording on another device.
9. PromptSmart Lite
What’s cool about PromptSmart Lite is that is uses it’s own voice tracking so the teleprompter can adjust to your own speed. Similarly to Teleprompter mirror and Parrot Teleprompter though you will need another device to record yourself on. This makes recording from anywhere a lot more difficult.
10. Nano Teleprompter
Nano Teleprompter is only available on the Google Play Store, and the Maeker team are Apple lovers so we never got to try it out. We did watch a few videos though and for Android users the app looks very simple and intuitive to use, plus the teleprompter is positioned right by the camera so you’ll make sure you have eye contact with your audience and look natural while recording.
SUFLER PRo is available as an app for PCs and phones. It’s not a browser based application which means you do need to download it. We found it pretty easy to use, that said on the desktop version we hit a few bugs. The desktop app also does not position the teleprompter close to the camera- which means it may not be great for video recording, but a good tool for audio only use cases.
12. Elegant Teleprompter
Similar to SUFLER.PRO Elegant Telepromper is an app for PCs and phones. We tried the iphone and mac versions. What’s cool is that you can move the teleprompter around. We found the iphone version better quality than the mac version BUT you can’t record in landscape mode on your phone- which is essential for longer form videos. Also the app crashed a few times, on both devices which wasn’t great.
Writing good scripts for use with a teleprompter is essential for creating a polished and professional presentation when recording oneself. A well-crafted script ensures that the speaker can convey the intended message clearly and concisely, avoiding unnecessary pauses, repetition, or awkward phrasing. By meticulously organizing thoughts and choosing the right words, a well-written script helps to create a natural and engaging flow, holding the viewer's attention. In addition, it can help the speaker maintain the proper tone and pacing, resulting in a more persuasive and effective communication. Poorly constructed scripts can lead to confusion, lack of engagement, and the undermining of the speaker's credibility, which is why investing time in writing a thoughtful script is crucial to a successful recording.
So if you want to use a pro camera and turn your phone or iPad into a teleprompter then apps like PromptSmart Lite, Parrot teleprompter and Teleprompter Mirror are great. For mobile recording the best in the game are Teleprompter by Norton and Bigvu.