Kool Tools: Padcaster Air for the iPad Air
The US$159 Padcaster Air case (http://thepadcaster.com/) transforms an iPad Air into an on-the-go video production studio for use by professional and amateur videographers.
The Padcaster Air combines the stability of the Padcaster with the superior filming qualities of the iPad Air. With 1080p HD video recording, tap to focus, video stabilization, 3x video zoom and other enhancements, iPad Air's video recording capabilities are vastly improved from that of previous generations. Combined with the new A7 chip, which provides 64-bit architecture, advanced graphics and improved image signal processing, iPad Air is the fastest and best performing iPad yet, making it an even better match for The Padcaster.
The Padcaster Air is an aluminum frame with an urethane insert that holds the Apple tablet in place. The frame can also be used as a standalone DSRL cage.
Threaded holes lining the edges of the frame allow filmmakers to attach external mics, lights and other accessories. A standard -20 screw thread and locking pin design centered on the bottom of the Padcaster Air lets users connect it to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount.
Additional lenses can be attached via the Lenscaster, a separate accessory, to create a wider field of view or bring telephoto capabilities to the iPad's fixed lens. The Padcaster's aluminum frame can also be used as a standalone DSLR cage. Filmmakers can rig a DSLR or other video camera into the cage, enabling them
to attach numerous accessories to enhance their shoot.