Despite the repeated cries that it’s for consumption, not creation, the iPad really is a portable movie studio. It shoots 1080 video with a full-screen monitor, and you can edit and upload to the internet. And for those who want to use their iPad as a professional recording device, the Padcaster and Lenscaster give you the ability to mount an iPad on a tripod or monopod and use photo camera lenses with the camera built in to the back of the tablet.
The Padcaster itself is an aluminum frame that allows you to attach a tripod/monopod (or a shoulder mount, though I’d be curious to see how that would work), and also features additional threaded holes to mount other gear, such as mics and lights. The Lenscaster, sold separately, allows you to mount 35mm camera lenses (also sold separately) to the rear-facing camera, giving you control over depth of field.
Here are the specs from the press release:
- Materials: aluminum frame and urethane insert
- Color: frame – brushed aluminum; insert – black
- Length: 12.5 inches / 31.75 centimeters
- Width: 10.31 inches / 26.19 centimeters
- Depth: 0.75 inches / 1.9 centimeters
- Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz / approx. 1 kg
- 10 threads at 1/4-20
- 14 threads at 3/8-16
- 2 non-threaded holes for charging port
- 2 non-threaded holes for headphones
Both the Padcaster and the Lenscaster are available for purchase at the Padcaster website.