Seek Truth. Share it Fast.
Whether your beat is an urban jungle or an actual one, you need to be both portable and professional. Snap an iPad into Padcaster®'s tough, lightweight frame to film, edit and file high-quality stories on the fly. Mark Twain said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." All we're saying is, he didn't have a Padcaster®.
- Report on the fly from anywhere
- Broadcast live from anywhere
- Bring stories to life
- Mobilize your crew
- Cover breaking news
Shine a new light on the story
Everything you need to make professional video.
Meet the Padcaster Studio
The best turnkey mobile video solution is now even better! The New Padcaster Studio features an upgraded Combo Tripod & Monopod, more robust Dolly Wheels, our New Supershade and more. We’ve packed the New Studio with features so you can worry less about your equipment, and focus more on creating great video.
Break the rules, not your gear.
A rugged military-grade aluminum frame protects your iPad and all the essential components of the Padcaster® Studio to ensure that you always get your shot no matter where you go.
See things your way.
Dramatically increase your iPad’s field of view with the Padcaster® .45x Wide Angle lens or zoom in close to the action with the Padcaster® 2X telephoto lens.
Be heard over the crowd.
Pick one of our high-end microphone kits—Padcaster® Omnidirectional, Padcaster® Stick, or Padcaster® Lavalier—and you’re ready to record great sound in any situation.
Shed some light on the situation.
Padcaster®’s XP-38 LED packs 96 high intensity LEDs into a tiny package. Fully Dimmable, 360° articulating and our LED also works an on-camera light or easily converts for use on a stand.
All the support you need.
The super-stable Padcaster® VT 16 tripod keeps all your shots on the level; The XPOD combines a grip, table top tripod and power bank into a handy little package; the GPOD hangs around everywhere like a little beast with bendable legs; and the dolly wheels provide maximum portability between locations.
Tell your story.
Sound cool, calm and collected no matter what’s happening around you. The Padcaster® Mini-Teleprompter rolls text on any smartphone with pro-grade high-end splitter glass.
We've got your back.
Our greenscreen unfurls to a generous 5’x7’ and then quickly packs up into its own small storage bag giving you an instant background—anywhere.
No glare, all possibilities.
A multi-purpose hard plastic cover, the Supershade blocks the sun from your screen when shooting outside in bright light. It also functions as an ultra-tough hard case, privacy barrier, and a integrated stand for viewing your footage. Just pull open the top and lock the side flaps open to create total coverage from unwanted light, and a barrier from unwelcome bystanders.
Contain your excitement.
Fully padded, five velcroed dividers, removable internal zipper pouch, tripod holder and waterproof cover—our rugged, elegantly designed backpack securely carries your entire mobile studio with ease.
Accessories for the Road
Take your Padcaster® anywhere.
Wherever you need to go to tell the story or grab the shot - Padcaster® is your perfect travel companion. All the essential components in Padcaster®’s extensive pro video ecosystem are designed for maximum mobility, so you can grab your gear, assemble it on-the-fly and keep on moving.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have them.
How do I get my footage from my iPad to my computer?
It depends on the program. Most apps record either to their own app library and can be offloaded inside of iTunes, or to the iPad’s Camera Roll where it be offloaded via the Image Capture application that comes standard on all Macs.
Can I charge my iPad while using the Padcaster®?
Yes. As long as the port is open, you may plug it in or attach a portable charging device to the Padcaster® and use that.
Do I really need accessories?
At a minimum, we recommend purchasing the Padcaster® Kit which comes with our Microphone and Lens. You can just buy the frame and/or case, but without a Microphone and Lens, you won’t be leveraging all the capabilities of the Padcaster®.
What is a cold shoe and how does it work?
The cold shoe screws into any of the ¼-20 threads on the Padcaster® frame, and can mount microphones, lights, and other accessories.
If I order today when will I receive my order?
Domestic is usually UPS ground and no more than a few days, international is generally 1-2 weeks. For faster shipping options email email@example.com
What is the best way to order?
For regular orders, please purchase through our website.
For bulk orders, EDU orders, resellers and distributors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m calling from a school, Can I get a quote and an invoice?
Absolutely. Email email@example.com
What happens if we get a new iPad?
All of the studio accessories are still applicable, you would just need to replace the case itself for $189.
What happens when you run out of space on your iPad?
If you’re worried about running out of space on your iPad you can purchase a lightning to USB flash drive. (Ex. Lexar JumpDrive, starting at $39)
When would I need to use a light?
An LED light helps light the entire frame evenly. We sell the Padcaster® XP-38 light for your convenience. The light is particularly helpful when shooting with a green screen to ensure the screen is lit evenly and reduce shadows.
I have the microphone plugged in and can’t hear anything. How do I fix it?
The built in iPad camera app causes problems with external microphones.
We strongly recommend downloading either “Movie Pro” or “Filmic Pro” from the App Store and trying those. Not only do they support live monitoring of sound, but they have a ton of very useful features such as focus and exposure control along with many more. If this does not fix the problem please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What tripod should I purchase?
We sell two Padcaster® Tripods – a full size model VT-16 fluid Head Tripod, and a small table-top X-Pod that folds into a pistol grip and has a battery pack. Any standard tripod will work as long as it has a capacity of at least 8lbs.
How do I attache the Padcaster® to a tripod?
Screw the tripod baseplate into the bottom of the Padcaster®, then attach whole unit onto the tripod. When screwing the baseplate into the Padcaster®, make sure to use a screw driver or coin to get it tight.
I'm seeing a slight reflection in my video image that looks like the iPad lens. How can I remove this?
This is caused by light shining at the Padcaster® lens – it’s like a lens flare in a conventional camera but in this case the iPad body casts a reflection. You need to block the light.
In your shipment, you should find a small black sticker with a hole in it. Place this over the lens of the iPad to make the silver part around the lens black.
Why would I use lenses?
Use a lens to achieve either a wider or tighter field of view without needing to use the digital zoom, which can lessen the quality of the image.
I purchased a 2.2x Telephoto Lens and I can see the edges of the lens in the frame. How do I fix it?
We recommend using a telephoto lens with no more than a 2x magnification.
Can I use my Canon, Nikon, etc. lenses?
Yes, but it will require a depth-of-field adapter
What is the best app for shooting video?
We recommend downloading Filmic Pro, MoviePro, or Filmakr. We do not recommend that you use the native camera app that comes pre-installed on the iPad.
What is the best app for editing on my iPad?
We recommend using iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, or Adobe Clips.
How do I Livestream from an iPad?
We recommend using Teradek’s Live:Air app for professional live streaming events or Facebook Live for faster “on the fly” live streaming. You can see a video about live streaming HERE.
What app do you recommend for Green Screen?
Try DoInk or Veescope.
Which devices does Verse™ accommodate?
Verse™ is compatible with any Apple, Android or other smartphones and small tablets up to 5.31 inches in width, such as the iPad Mini.
What does the frame accomplish?
The frame allows for additional mounting points for lights, microphones and other accessories. It also doubles as a full-featured mount for GoPros, DSLRs, and compact digital cameras.
Where do I start?
Get started quickly and easily with our Quick Start Guide.
What devices can I use to run the teleprompter?
The teleprompter is compatible with iPod touches and all smartphones including iPhone and Android. The phone does not need a SIM card as long as you are able to connect to the app store to download the app.
How do I get the Parrot™ app for iPhone?
Head on over to the App Store!
How do I get the Parrot™ app for Android?
Head on over to the Google Play Store !
Can I control the teleprompter while I’m speaking?
The Parrot™ Remote connects with the teleprompter over bluetooth and allows you to control the teleprompter while you’re speaking. You can control the size and the speed of the text remotely.
How do I know the size of my camera's lens?
It's usually very easy to determine the outside diameter of your camera's lens. Start by looking at the front or side of the lens. If you see a number that starts with the character symbol Ø, for example Ø49mm written on your lens, it simply means that the lens has 49mm threads to screw on a filter that is 49mm in diameter.