In one of Apple's latest TV commercials, you might have noticed a shot of someone using a very accessorized iPad to shoot video of a waterfall. Well, that iPad is able to accommodate all that gear thanks to its Padcaster rig. Now, a smaller version of the device, known as the Padcaster Mini, has been designed for use with the iPad mini.
Like the original Padcaster, the Mini features an aluminum frame and a flexible insert that cradles the iPad, absorbing vibrations and keeping it snugly in place.
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Incorporated into the frame are multiple 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes. When combined with included cold shoe adapters, these can be used for mounting third-party accessories such as lights and shotgun mics. Additionally, a hole in the bottom lets the rig be mounted on a tripod.
The device also features a removable lens mount bracket, which allows users to position their own wide or telephoto lens over the iPad's existing lens.
According to its inventor, New York-based film-maker Josh Apter, the Padcaster Mini could also be used for applications such as a mounting frame for a DSLR, a portable lighting bracket, or (with an iPad mini inside) a teleprompter.
He is currently raising production funds for the device, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$99 will get you one, when and if they're ready to go. More information is available in the pitch video below.
If you're interested in the concept, you might also want to check out the iPad mini model of the similar Makayama Movie Mount.