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.