I’ve shot a few video podcasts using my MacBook’s built-in iSight. While it’s not the greatest camera in the world, it works pretty well, and it’s hard to beat the fact that it’s right there, no fiddling required.
But one issue I have is that even though the camera is just above the screen, I sometimes need to refer to something on my display. And even that brief flick of the eyes to the screen looks clunky and unprofessional. Professional newscasters, of course, have a teleprompter for their cameras: using reflection, the scripts are overlaid on the camera lens, allowing them to read the scripts while looking at the camera.
See Eye 2 Eye
is a contraption that attaches to your webcam and uses a series of mirrors to allow you to look at both your screen and the camera at the same time. Not only does this let you use it as a teleprompter (using special software), but it also means that when having video chats, you can look at the person you’re talking to
the camera at the same time.
It runs $99, and you have your choice of models compatible with standalone webcams or built-in webcams such as the iSight.