I was a big fan of the original Padcaster, a frame for the iPad that allowed you to mount it to a tripod, attach mics, lights, and lenses, and generally take advantage of it as a mobile production studio. Now, creator Josh Apter has a Kickstarter to fund both production of more Padcasters and one for the iPad mini.
What is it?
The Padcaster is an aluminum frame with a semi-rigid polyurethane insert. The insert holds the iPad firmly in place, and has two holes cut to accommodate the camera. The aluminum frame mounts to a standard tripod/monopod screw, and has 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes to mount additional gear. In addition to that, you can mount the Lenscaster, an attachment for the camera that lets you add a depth of field lens for a more “pro” look.
All of this allows you to mount an iPad (or even use it as a more conventional DSLR cage by taking out the insert) and take advantage of not only its HD camera, but use it as a mobile production studio, shooting, editing and uploading video in the field.
You Know You Want One
Put your iPad in a backpack, add a mic and a collapsible monopod, and you’ve got everything to shoot quickly in the field with minimal space. A padcaster for the iPad mini would be even smaller while taking advantage of the same software. And you won’t get those strange looks for shooting video with an iPad.
Backer levels include:
- $99: Early bird special for the first 200 donors, who get one of the first Padcaster minis, and a T-shirt.
- $129: Normal level for a Padcaster + T-shirt
- $229: Padcaster + Padcaster mini
Delivery date is estimated to be December of 2013. If you’re looking for a mobile production solution, or just want to up your game while shooting with an iPad, check out their Kickstarter project page.