Product Review: The Padcaster & Lenscaster

Lights Camera Action on PVC by Jeff Foster

Making the iPad a useful production tool.
The Padcaster™ is a strong yet lightweight aluminum frame that comes equipped with both 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes lining all edges of the frame, and has a molded Urethane insert that secures your iPad into position. Attach external microphones, lights and other camera accessories to enhance filming with the iPad. A tripod thread and locking-pin hole let you easily connect the Padcaster to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount for stable shooting and a solid feel. Adding the Lenscaster™ attachment allows you to attach various lenses to your Padcaster giving your iPad some options in various shooting conditions.

Why the Padcaster?
I know what you’re thinking - why the hell would I ever want to shoot with an iPad in the first place? When I first saw the prototype of the Padcaster in use at the NAB Show in Vegas this past Spring, I admit that I had mixed feelings about it’s practicality and use - until I got a demo by the inventor/developer of the Padcaster, Josh Apter from Manhattan Edit Workshops. Once I saw how easy it was to snap the Padcaster to a tripod or monopod, connect external audio devices and then record/edit/upload all directly from one single iPad, I was convinced this was something special.

Beyond hobbyists and amateurs who frequently use their portable devices as they’re only production tool, using the Padcaster with an iPad does have several potential professional applications - especially when combined with a number of accessories. I’ve been experimenting and shooting in various locations with the Padcaster over the past few weeks and everywhere I go, I get a lot of interested inquiries - usually resulting in asking for a web address where they can get one. read more...

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Padcaster & Lenscaster Bundle with FREE Cold Shoe Adapter $249.00 Padcaster Multifunctional iPad Case for Video Production $199.00

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