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The iPad 3 morphs into a professional film camera

The iPad 3 morphs into a professional film camera
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Jake Bickerton
29 August 2012

The iPad has just been turned into a fully functioning professional-standard digital film camera by a New York-based startup called The Padcaster LLC.

The company has created what it calls The Padcaster, which takes the humble iPad 3’s video capabilities and catapults them into professional level with the addition of an aluminium frame with threaded holes around the edges to attach external mics, lights and other accessories.

The frame can be connected to a professional tripod, monopod or shoulder mount and, crucially, the Padmaster has an optional ‘Lenscaster’ that attaches to the Padcaster and makes it possible to attach standard camera lenses to the iPad.

There’s even a 35mm lens adapter to enable cinema lenses to be strapped on to the iPad to capture shallow depth of field and provide DSLR-like focusing.

The Padcaster is aimed at video journalists, videographers and DSLR shooters and, says the maker, provides the opportunity to make “film-quality footage as an all-in-one production studio on the go”, capturing images with the device then using video and audio editing and grading apps freely available on the iPad to cut the footage.

The Padcaster and Padcaster/Lenscaster combo are currently available at a ‘special launch price’ of US$149 (around £95) and US$189 (around £120) respectively.

Find out more about the Padcaster below.

PADCASTER PRODUCT TOUR from Manhattan Edit Workshop on Vimeo.


Here’s a short film shot entirely on the iPad 3 using the Padcaster.

"Sprung Spring" - shot on the iPad3 (new iPad) with the Padcaster from Manhattan Edit Workshop on Vimeo.


All comments
Michael
Michael  | August 29, 2012
This needs more investigation by the
cam pros. That said I am sure it will perform adequately for specific low budget productions. Docos or possibly as a file movie for budding camera folk CV. A good tool for someone starting out shooting tv commercials,or general news interviews? Maybe this is the modern equivalent of past glories vis-a-vis the cheap, albeit trusty Uher of days long gone?












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