CNET First Look
Padcaster takes iPad videography to next levelThis case helps turn an iPad into a mobile video-recording studio and can double as a digital SLR cage.
Hi there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and this is a quick look at an unusual iPad case called the padcaster. Now, regardless of who you or I feel about people using an iPad to shoot video instead of a real camera, there are plenty of people who do it. The padcaster makes it easier for those people to get better results. At its core, it's tripod mount for an iPad. You just pop it in to the flexible insert and screw it onto a tripod and you're done. If you're shooting handheld, it gives you something bigger to hold on to for a steadier shooting. And there are also all these other threaded holes around the outside for attaching things like a mic or a penlight. Then, there's this bracket on the front and that's called the lens caster and that is a threaded mount for a lens adaptor. So, you can change the focal length of the iPad's lens. Paired with the right apps, you can basically turn an iPad into a mobile video studio for shooting, editing and uploading on the spot or into something as simple as a teleprompter. Also, if you shoot video with an SLR, you can pull out the insert and use it as a cage. All right. Given its $149 price, you have to be pretty serious about creating videos with your iPad. Also, once your iPad is in, it's not easy to get out and there's no cover to protect the screen side, if you just wanna throw it in the bag for travel. So, yeah, it's not for everyone, but if you have a need for it, this is a solid product. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the padcaster.