NEW YORK — The Padcaster LLC (www.thepadcaster.com) has released its namesake product, The Padcaster, along with the accompanying Lenscaster add-on. The solution transforms an iPad into an on-the-go production studio, providing an easy way for users to create videos, from storyboarding and shooting, to editing and sharing.
The Padcaster features an aluminum frame with a urethane insert that snugly holds an iPad. Threaded holes lining the edges of the frame allow filmmakers to attach external mics, lights and numerous other accessories to enhance their production capabilities. A standard 1Ž4-20 screw thread and locking-pin design centered on the bottom of the Padcaster lets user connect it to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount too.
The Padcaster's aluminum frame can also be used as a standalone DSLR cage. Filmmakers can rig a DSLR or other video camera into the cage, enabling them to attach numerous accessories to enhance their shoot. The Padcaster can also serve as an on-set monitor, teleprompter, film slate and portable light source.
For videographers looking for more advanced filming options than what the new iPad or iPad 2 cameras offer, the Lenscaster comes as a separate accessory that attaches to the Padcaster and allows users to shoot footage on the iPad with a more powerful lens. Additional lenses can be attached via the Lenscaster to create a wider field of view or bring telephoto capabilities to the iPad's fixed lens. Coupled with a 35MM lens adapter (not included), shooters can use cinema lenses to add shallow depth of field and better focusing for a DSLR-like feel.
The Padcaster and Padcaster/Lenscaster combo are available now for $149 and $189 respectively, though the combo will normally cost $258.