Listec PW-04 Mobile Portable Teleprompter

A teleprompter may not be for everyone, but if you've got a set of important bullet points to cover, or a script that has to be hammered out by your talent, a simple teleprompter can be a huge time saver. Here's a look at the Listec PW-04 Portable Teleprompter that works with a simple smart phone.

Using a quality 'glass' beam splitter is important. Not just for optimal reflection of your scrolling text. Cheaper versions made with acrylic can soften your image and often require you to boost your ISO (increase noise) as it cuts out light entering the lens.

I own several large prompters today, but a pain to setup and travel with. I actually saw this Listec over at WPPI last year, and when I saw this Listec PW-04 on sale (-$120 dollars right now) I just had to grab one. This works seamlessly with the coverage I do using the GH3 camera + 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS lens.

[Note: the 12-35mm F/2.8 also works with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera]

If you want to use this with larger DSLR cameras like Canon, the 50mm F/1.4 also uses a 58mm thread, so it would work perfectly. The system packs up nicely, sets up quick, and can be used handheld or tripod mounted. Albeit small, it's very usable from a distance and allows your talent to look directly into the lens maintaining good solid eye contact with the audience viewing the final video.

For more info about the Listec Teleprompter PW-04 sale check it out at B&H (click here).
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19 thoughts on “Listec PW-04 Mobile Portable Teleprompter

  1. Andy L

    This is an older product but still looks like a compelling offer.

    Are there any products that you would recommend over this?
    Would an iOS device with the iPhone 5 dimensions fit in the holder?

  2. krys

    my phone is samsung note 3. help!!!
    any mods for this
    i heard there was an adapter coming for larger phones

  3. Emm

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    @Ken - I know what you're talking about, but facetime requires the camera from the smartphone. If the smartphone is laying on it's back, the orientation may shift and it may not even be able to see the reflection.

  4. Hey Emm,

    This is awesome! And do you realize the other application for this? Using iphones and facetime, couldn't we achieve the result of Errol Morris' "Interrotron?" Check this link of someone using two ipads to achieve it...

    I think this could do it for $200! In a super portable package! Unbelievable! Try it out... I'll get one soon and give it a spin.

  5. Emm,

    What are the options or things you think we can do if we are looking for something with 77mm thread? Any other Listec models for bigger thread?

  6. Emm

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    @Jordan M - The software is free and has everything you need for prompting software. The only annoying thing is the ads that pop up, and yes the BlueTooth keyboard only has limited functions with the iPhone + Listec software. Still a great setup for portability.

  7. I've purchased this and have really enjoyed the quality of it. The keypad is a bit glitchy, and doesn't always work, but the build of the prompter is top notch for budget and run and gun shooters.

    And it DOES include the software, which isn't always apparent from the product listings. You can also get it free on their website.

  8. Jose

    Any idea if it will work with a stepdown ring from 77mm to 58mm if my lens is a 50mm on a APS-C sensor? will it vignette?

  9. Emm

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    @Jacob - I have no obstruction when shooting at the widest. When this lens is placed on a BMPCC it will zoom further in because of the crop factor. This works great for a portable prompter.

  10. Stewart

    @Rob I own one. No, it's not happening with a 77mm front. There is a beveled ring that connects the prompter back plate to your 58mm lens. It's a tight space that just has enough room for the prompter glass, lens ring, and below that, the phone/ipod holder. The original design only had a 46mm opening, but Tiffen/Listec sent out the 58mm plate to owners. Otherwise I wouldn't have picked it up.

  11. Rob S.

    I wonder how tough it would be to just bore this out a bit so it would fit a 77mm filter thread. Then just use step down rings for anything smaller.

  12. Emm

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    @Francisco - Yes, but keep in mind that the largest lens diameter you can use will be around 58mm. For instance the 24-70mm is a 77mm filter thread, much too large for this. If you use the 50mm F/1.4 which has a 58mm filter thread it would work perfectly.

  13. Francisco

    Great post and product. You mention using this with the GH3 but I am sure it will also work with Canon DSLRs and C100? What do you think?

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