Good news for low-budget video makers, the Padcaster is now available for the iPad Air.
The Padcaster, as we’ve written before, is a clever case that turns an iPad into a fully functional video camera. The iPad comes with the ability to record HD video and view it on a large screen, but its lighting and audio leave a lot to be desired. The Padcaster takes care of that. It mounts to any standard tripod, monopod, or shoulder mount, and lets you attach an external light and microphone.
The Padcaster for the iPad Air sells for $159, and is now available for pre-order. When will those orders get shipped? The Padcaster team isn’t saying. Let’s hope it’s soon.
For existing Padcaster users moving to the iPad Air, there’s no reason to buy a whole new Padcaster. Instead, pick up the Padcaster Air Adapter for $14.95. This sleeve, also available for pre-order, lets an iPad Air fit perfectly in an original Padcaster.
The Padcaster can also be used with DSLR cameras, which can be attached to the frame, along with sound and lighting equipment.
The team behind Padcaster note that the device has found a home with journalists, videographers, and even students: Stony Brook University journalism students used to create remote reports around the school’s homecoming events. Is the iPad the video camera for you? If so, grab a Padcaster and take your shooting to the next level.