If one MUST fly a prompter in multi-cam....which one is best?
Posted 14 November 2005 - 10:52 PM
I have an award show coming up and they want me to fly a prompter. Which one would you all recommend as being the best balance between light and easy to rig/power, and good viewablilty for the talent?
I have flown a prompter in the past, but it was one of those rather clunky glass screen small units. Didn't enjoy my experience with that style of prompter. I'm pretty sure I've seen some sleek LCD units rigged to a camera on the steadicam. Always but a brief glimpse on US based multi-camera shows.
Posted 15 November 2005 - 03:09 AM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 05:01 AM
I worked with this confiuration some months ago. It was the wireless camera from Grass Valley and we made the prompter also wireless with a small HF transmitter. It worked ok but you had the idea that you were flying the Titanic.
Edited by BasThijssen, 15 November 2005 - 05:02 AM.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 05:34 AM
I found the Autocues and other prompters way to heavy and too big! I've got a bracket made so I can mount my 7" Panasonic right under the lens! It works great for the talent and it's nice and light! I'll work again with it tomorrow and take some pictures!I'll post then tomorrow!
Posted 16 November 2005 - 10:37 AM
I like the simpler setups that use computer monitors. They often have better contrast and give a sharper image, so a smaller screen can still be more readable for talent. There are a few lower cost units that use smaller screens and are designed for handheld (or Steadicam) use. Check out PrompterPeople.com for a small unit. They mount the screen from below and do so in a simple and solid way. The smallest rig is so tiny that I figure I could make a front rod mounting rig for it if I ever got around to it. They're cheap enough to add to your kit so you don't have to fly the supplied beastie. The only problem with flying computer screens is that you need to convert the signal to something it can display. But there are small boxes out there that can do this no problem. I think Horita makes one that is the size of a pack of cigarettes and can run off 12v. Use a Modulus for your prompter feed and you're all set.
Posted 22 November 2005 - 02:03 PM
Bas....thanks for showing the pics.
Guido...I'm curious to see pics of your set up! Any chance you can post them? Do you just run cable from the "prompter out" on the camera straight into your lcd?
I think ultimately I'd like to be able to fly a prompter that way....lcd on rods just under the lens. The only challenge would be the eyeline of the talent...as I'm usually only about 6-10ft away from them.
The production ended up changing slightly and didn't need to fly a prompter...however I will have another award show in April that will definately want one so I have ample time to prepare.
Posted 26 November 2005 - 11:27 AM
Posted 27 November 2005 - 06:33 PM
anyway, this is the old school kind that has the cloth on back with the glass and the lcd monitor is on top. it all connects on the camera handle...
Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:08 PM
Posted 07 January 2006 - 07:16 PM
Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:40 AM
Was it you I saw in the recent "60 Minutes" piece about the guy with the financial show who screams the whole time?
The guy who screams is Jim Cramer. His show is called "Mad Money". I've actually been wondering about how that show was shot. Very fluid and constantly on the move. I came across "Mad Money" about a month ago and was intrigued. I figured Steadicam is mostly used in the studio, but the camera's stamina seemed Olympian. Cramer's coverage between breaks is more often than not a oner and then cut to commercial.
I normally don't watch CNBC because it tells the story of trading smart money 8 weeks too late for us outside the insider circle, but Cramer's show is the only one that even covers speculative and value play stocks. Being a contrarian, I like his show b/c he helps me understand the fundamentals so I can make sense of the technical analysis. And it's shot very dynamically. The only news show that isn't just f'ing talking heads
Then again, Cramer's Charitable Trust owns a good percentage of the stocks mentioned on his show. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I can see his leveraging potential. I conceeded to the fact that it was shot using either a Jib, Steadicam or combination of the two. Thank you Mitch and Peter, for clearing up that air of wonder. Now I can concentrate on what that maniac is yelling "Booyah!" about all the time.
My hat's off to you, lovely and talented Keith Greenwood of New Jersey. Thank you for fulfilling two of my daily needs. Coverage of the market, and shooting it in a manner to match Jim Cramer's off-the-wall energy.