A new snap-on iPad accessory is helping users create professional-looking videos, letting them shoot, edit, stream and share.
The Padcaster is basically an aluminum frame with a lens, microphone, and other add-ons that enhance the iPad’s video functions. In addition to the frame, it features a 72mm lens mount and 58mm step-down ring and a 45 wide-angle lens; a unidirectional microphone; dual microphone and headphone jack; and a standard tripod mount.
“Padcaster provides all of the tools, so all you need is an iPad and your imagination,” says Josh Apter, founder and CEO of The Padcaster, LLC. “The Padcaster is an invention born out of my own needs as a filmmaker. An iPad has the ability to capture the perfect shot and the Padcaster adds the stabilization as well as additional audio and video upgrades that are necessary to produce professional quality video.”
On its website the company features several tutorial videos, as well as examples shot using the device.
The Padcaster can be purchased online at www.padcaster.com, starting at $399. Additional accessories, like rigs and wireless mic setups, are also available.
Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.