Thursday, August 7, 2014

Simpler teleprompter setup?

The teleprompter setup I built many years back


(http://www.instructables.com/id/Linux-ghetto-Tele-prompter/) was a bit bulky, but works best for me. Decided to come up with a simpler setup that only required one reflector based on a cd case.


But with this unit you need to have reversed text displayed. No problem.

Create text in OfficeWriter.
Export text to a pdf file i.e. test.pdf



Get software.
$ sudo apt-get pdfjam

Reverse the pdf facing.
$ pdffip test.pdf

which generates test-flipped.pdf.



Show the file in your document viewer and do your video.
You will probably have more text that what I used.



Update: In looking at some thing unimportant, I came upon another way to reverse the text by using html and a .css file. It is kind of kludgy, but it worked!

HTML:
 <html>
<head>
 <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="ga.css">
</head>

<body>
<div align="center">
<p class="copy-left">The Gettysburg Address.</p>
</div>
<br />
<p class="copy-left">Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.</p>
<br />
<br />
<p class="copy-left">Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.</p>
<br />
<br />
<p class="copy-left">But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.</p>
<br />
<br />
<div align="right">
<p class="copy-left">Abraham Lincoln</p>
<br/>
<p class="copy-left">November 19, 1863</p>
</p>
</div>
</body>
</head>

CSS:

.copy-left {
     display: inline-block;
     text-align: left;
     margin: 0px;
    -moz-transform: scaleX(-1);
    -o-transform: scaleX(-1);
    -webkit-transform: scaleX(-1);
    transform: scaleX(-1);
    filter: FlipH;
    -ms-filter: "FlipH";
}


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