Our Gear

Telescript DC is an affiliate of Telescript, Inc., the premiere manufacturer of teleprompting systems in the United States. We, like other serious prompting professionals across the U.S. and around the world, use their systems on all of our jobs.

Telescript Pro Computer Prompting System

The heart of the prompting system is the laptop-based prompting program. Telescript DC fields the Telescript Pro program—the tool of choice for prompting professionals—on all jobs. Our current platform is the Dell Latitude E-series laptop: fast, sturdy, and reliable.

Telescript Pro prompting program
backstage, with hand controller
and workstation monitor

Telescript free-standing prompting display.
Here the prompting display is supported by
its own tripod. Camera lens enters through
the cloth shroud behind the words, so talent
eyeline is directly into lens. This is the most
common display mode for straight-forward
talking head shots, with static camera (on
sticks) and static talent.

Video Displays—Lens View

Our standard video package is built around the Telescript Fold n’ Go system, light, portable, and versatile. We can mount the prompting display on your fluid head, for moving shots, or support the prompting display on its own tripod if the shot is static. Our standard monitors are 15” state-of-the-art multisync LCDs, with a brightness of 500nts. We can also supply high brightness monitors for outdoor locations, with a brightness of 1800nts. The entire display unit, with mounting hardware included, weighs just under fifteen pounds. We can mount the unit on film cameras, full-size video cameras, or smaller DV cams, and can work with any tripod and fluid head that can accommodate the weight. The 15” system is viewable from up to 25 feet. In those rare instances where more throw is needed, we can supply a 17” monitor.

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Free-standing Telescript Prompting Display on-set with Gonzo Accame of Visual Edge Productions.


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Telescript Prompting Display mounted on camera’s tripod—necessary when talent is moving in shot, or when camera itself is moving (on dolly, etc.). On set with Dave Krupin of GVI

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A pre-shoot check at Chesapeake Camera—Telescript Prompting Display mounted on Arri 35mm camera to be used for Carmax national tv spots.

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Telescript Prompting Display mounted on jib—on set with Fox News on the National Mall.

Television Production Displays, Direct-View

For interview simulation, dramatic scenes and over-the-shoulder reads, we can mount the prompter display(s) off-axis, at any location around the set. Displays up to 39″ are available.

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Telescript “Direct View” prompting display.
No glass needed, as talent is looking off-lens.

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Television Production Displays—DV-8

For Steadicam and handheld shots, Telescript DC offers the Telescript DV-8. Weighing in at less that four pounds, the unit can be mounted directly to a standard rod system. If rod connections are not available, we provide a mounting sled. The system’s high-brightness display is outdoor-capable, and the unit draws power from a standard D-tap. For complete freedom from cabling, we can include the Teradek wireless video transmission system.

Presidential Prompting Systems—Standard:

Our standard presidential systems are built around two high-brightness (1500 NTS) 17”LCDs, held in low-profile floor bases and projecting onto two beamsplitting glass panels supported by telescoping poles. The two display units sit at each front corner of the podium. We can place the displays on the stage, or in those cases where the podium is at the lip of the stage, the prompting displays can be placed on the floor just in front of the stage.
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Telescript Presidential Prompting System on stage prior to a meeting of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
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Telescript Presidential Prompting System from
the presenter’s perspective

Presidential Prompting Systems—Motorized:

The motorized presidential system is the latest in teleprompting technology. Like our standard presidential system, its two glass panels, one at each of the podium’s front corners, reflect copy from two high-quality, high-brightness 17” LCDs. The difference: motorized base stations allow the panels to be raised and lowered from backstage. This is ideal in those situations where there are multiple speakers of differing heights, or where you prefer to have the prompter glass lowered while speakers not using prompter are at the podium, as shown here.
Motorized Collapsed
Telescript DC Downstage Monitor Crop in Bethesda, MD

Public Speaking Support (Downstage Monitors):

If your presenters needing prompter support are not at a podium but are going “mobile,” you will want to provide them with downstage teleprompter displays. Telescript DC can provide a range of monitor sizes on unobtrusive floor stands for these situations. Call for pricing.

DC Power:

On shoot locations where AC power is not available, we can provide our own power system, based around a battery-powered DC-AC inverter.

A note on Back-ups:

We keep our gear up-to-date, and equipment breakdowns are rare. But to give our clients an added level of security, we back up every electronic component (computers, monitors, hand controllers) on every job with a duplicate unit.