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Make your iPad work like an SLR camera

In the web video era, all types of people are looking for tools to improve their videography, especially when they can use them in conjunction with their favorite iPad or iPhone. The Padcaster makes a tremendous difference by allowing your iPad to work just like your SLR camera.

Two new products to enhance iPad use

Two prototypes have been developed by Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter to make an iPad work like an SLR camera. The Padcaster is designed to mount an iPad to a tripod, and the Lenscaster is a universal mount for attaching SLR lenses to the iPad’s camera. The aluminum frame of the Padcaster doubles as a DSLR rig, turning your iPad into a legitimate video recorder.

The Lenscaster allows you to use a standard 35mm adapter to attach any SLR optic, which Apter says adds shallow depth of field, zooming, and manual focus to your iPad camera. The Padcaster devices are currently on backorder and are said to go for around $200, and the Lenscaster attachment is $60.

The video below is of Apter describing and demonstrating the Padcaster and Lenscaster at a trade show, but offers a quick glance at the product already garnering so much buzz:

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Below are two videos created using the Padcaster, which you can tell instantly are much higher quality than shooting with a standard iPad:

Other iPad accessories

While Padcaster and Lenscaster are on backorder, so is the iPhone/iPad boom mic that plugs right into either device to massively improve sound quality, but we imagine that these three devices paired together could make some incredible video happen right from your favorite device.

Video is rising in popularity and web video has gone mainstream, so videographers, hobbyists and regular business folks are looking for tools to make their videos stand out in a sea of mediocrity. The two videos above that were filmed and edited on an iPad are a perfect demonstration of the level of quality that can be achieved through something as simple as a tablet, and even an iPhone, as the Padcaster folks say they are working on a case that fits other tablets and smartphones as well.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.



  1. small business blog

    December 7, 2012 at 3:32 am

    But the sensor of the iPad still doesn’t equal a dslr.

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