iPad as Mobile Video Production Studio

Video production on the iPad has come a long way. Such apps as FiLMic Pro, Pinnacle Studio, and a host of portable lighting and audio solutions have ushered in a new level of professional production capabilities and applications. Figuring out how to use all this gear in tandem with your iPad, while being mobile at the same time, has been a challenge until now. Think about it: During a typical video-recording session, you might have an external mic, LED panel, auxiliary audio recorder, transmitter for wireless Lavalier mics, and a monopod or tripod for stability. So the question becomes how to configure all these disparate pieces of equipment into one manageable and mobile system.

Enter the Padcaster, an ingenious, expertly machined, and rugged aluminum frame with a urethane insert for snapping your iPad securely in place. The Padcaster's aluminum frame is lined with threaded holes, providing more accessory attachment points than you could possibly ever use. Because of the sheer number of threaded holes provided, users have maximum flexibility when it comes to configuring their gear. A standard 1/4-20 screw thread and locking-pin design centered on the bottom of the Padcaster provides a tripod, monopod, or shoulder-rig mounting point.

The Padcaster's aluminum frame does double duty, working perfectly well as a standalone DSLR cage. The Padcaster can help turn your iPad into an on-set monitor, teleprompter, film slate, portable light source, and more. Snap your iPad into the Padcaster, attach your must-have accessories, and you're off to the races with a truly compact and portable production studio.

The Padcaster for iPad Air has just been released, with an iPad Mini version arriving in 2014. Accessories include the Lenscaster lens mount and optional lenses.

Company: The Padcaster
Price: $149 (Air kit: $159)
Web: http://thepadcaster.com
Rating: 5
Hot: Innovative; lightweight