So how come I don't allow teleprompter rentals without an operator? I could make more money if I did! But it's not worth it for several reasons.
First, it's truly NOT that much cheaper to rent comparable gear on your own. Our rates are competitive.
Second, there's no guarantee your rental gear will work with your setup. A rental house rents you a prompter... they don't care what camera or tripod you're using. It's up to YOU to mount it and make it work.
Third, unless you rent 2 teleprompter displays and 2 laptops (even MORE expensive), you're dead in the water if something goes wrong during your shoot. What if your laptop fails? What if the glass breaks? What if the monitor dies? What if the iPad has RF interference rendering it USELESS? This iPad scenario actually happened to a client of mine who will NEVER rent teleprompter gear again!
You're hiring a pro for the comfort of knowing that your teleprompting is handled professionally and reliably... no matter what. We're an insurance policy that if things ever DO go wrong onsite, there's a backup plan and your shoot will still happen. And if you've ever been on set where the wheels have fallen off for some reason and the clock is ticking... that insurance is PRICELESS!
Thanks for listening and looking forward to working with you!