It’s important the setup your new Autocue Explorer teleprompter correctly, so that it works as intended. I’m Matt and in this video I’ll show you exactly how to do just that for the 17 and 19 inch teleprompters. I’ll even give you some pro tips for getting your lens in the correct position. Be sure to watch to the end to get all the info you need! Ready? Cue titles!
First, make sure the tripod can support the weight of your Autocue teleprompter and camera package. Add up the weight of everything in your camera setup, including the teleprompter and check the weight against the maximum payload of your camera support system.
Now let’s build out the components. First, we’ll attach the monitor spine to the monitor. This is simply a matter of screwing it onto the bottom of the monitor and once fitted can be left on in the future.
At this point you can help your future self by setting the height of the prompter hood before you begin assembly. Take your camera package and measure the height to the centre of the lens in millimetres. Loosen the locking handle underneath the rail and move the bracket until the white arrow points to the matching measurement on the scale. Lock that position in and look forward to your lens being in the centre of the glass later.
Now we can mount the various parts onto the tripod to build the teleprompter package.
Let’s start by mounting the camera plate from the tripod on the monitor spine underneath the monitor. This can then be attached to the tripod. We position the monitor over the tripod like this to help balance the system without any extra weight at the back. Next, attach the rail to the monitor assembly. Insert the shoulder pins into the holes, rotate into position and tighten the captive screws to clamp it in place.
Place the glass into the hood. Fit it bottom first, with the blue dot facing out towards where the presenter will be. The top catch will slide across and lock the glass into the hood. Once the glass is fitted we don’t want to leave it lying around so mount the hood to the rail using the top two shoulder pins. The pins will take the weight of the hood to make it easier and safer to clamp it in position with the captive screws.
Now we can mount the camera package to the carriage and then slide it onto the rail. Listen for the click of the pin at the end of the rail to indicate the carriage is secure. If you haven’t got the lens perfectly in the centre of the glass, adjust the monitor height up or down by loosening the height adjustment locking lever and raising or lowering the hood and monitor.
Make sure the carriage is sufficiently moved forward. There is a locking lever on the right-hand side which can be loosened to slide the carriage along the rail. You want the lens to be as close as possible to the glass so that there is no unwanted reflection and the hood doesn’t restrict the field of view from the camera.
Finally, attach the power and data cables to the side of the monitor. And that’s it! Your Autocue teleprompter package is now fully assembled and ready to use.
Thanks for watching.
Until next time. Stay on cue.