Killer app to simplify Zoom calls on a teleprompter

I found a super handy little utility app that gives the user full control of connected displays, including the ability to flip the screen for teleprompters.

The pandemic lit a fire under people to improve their home work setups, including how they come across on Zoom calls. I remember in the early days of the pandemic finding a video that explained how to make a simple teleprompter for use during video calls, because they enable constant eye contact with the audience while still looking directly at a monitor so you can see everyone else.

Better Display 2 is a free download from the Mac App Store. The Pro version costs US$17.

If you’re interested, I might do a walkthrough of the whole process. I took that initial idea and tweaked it a bit to make it even better. One of those improvements was getting a thinner, but bigger, display that would be reflected off the teleprompter glass. This created a problem, though: the reflected image appears backwards.

There are a number of high-end video monitors out there that include the ability to flip the screen, but most consumer-grade displays don’t have it. So I began looking around for a solution, and found this Reddit thread which recommended an app called Better Display.

Better Display, it turns out, is even better than I had hoped.e Not only does it allow screen flipping, but it basically enables all kinds of customization options for connected displays, including things like screen rotation, resolution options, brightness, aspect ratio, and even creation of virtual displays.

I’ve only had the app for a day so far, but it’s already a sure buy for me (it’s US$17). I’ve created a virtual monitor based on the original teleprompter monitor that allows me to turn it off when not in use. It’s a handy little app.

If you want something simpler and cheaper (read: free), you could also try Window Mirror. It’s useful as well, as it allows flipping the display on an app-by-app basis using a keyboard shortcut. It works and the price is right, but I would still recommend going with Better Display 2 if this is something you’ll use often.

More information can be found here. The free download is on the Mac App Store.

Cam Macmurchy

Hi! My name is Cam MacMurchy. I was born and raised in Canada and worked as a radio journalist before moving to Beijing, China in 2004. After short stints living in Guangzhou and Shanghai, China, I moved to Hong Kong on Halloween (October 31) in 2008, which is where I’ve been ever since. 

Today I work in Hong Kong in communications with a Hong Kong-listed technology company, but previously hosted a podcast and was an occasional contributor to 9to5Mac, the popular Apple website. 

This blog is mostly for fun. I tend to write about marketing, communications, and journalism, as well as technology and productivity. I would love to hear from you, so contact me anytime.