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A tough aluminum frame with threaded holes and a flexible insert to secure your iPad mini. CNET calls it a "must-have" for iPad video. Read more

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A tough aluminum frame with threaded holes and a flexible insert to secure your iPad mini. CNET calls it a "must-have" for iPad video.

New York, NY Technology
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48 Hour Update:

The t65 Air Clip: Final Design.

After countless design tweaks and improvements we finally have the t65 Air Clip’s finished design in production. The new model is about half the material of our original concept, without compromising the security of your iPad Air. The t65 will feature a ¼-20 thread to allow you to connect your iPad Air to any mount your heart desires (music stand, on the fly teleprompter, you name it)! If you’d rather hold it in your hand, no problem, this custom clip will feature an adjustable elastic hand strap, perfect for taking orders at a restaurant or playing air hockey with your iPad Air (don’t do that). Best of all, it’s an exact fit for your iPad Air and Original Padcaster.

t65 Air Clip with the strap
t65 Air Clip with the strap

Stretch Goal! $30,000 : iPhone Adapter for the Mini Padcaster

The t65 has inspired us. With the last 48 hours of our campaign fast approaching, we’ve decided to make a final push for an iPhone adapter for the iPad mini. Throughout the campaign many of you have expressed interest in making the Padcaster accessible to iPhones. We love the idea and after seeing the final results of the t65 we are confident we can make another awesome product that will bring iPhones into The Padcaster Family. If we can reach $30,000 before the campaign ends at 1:19pm Thursday we will put our overflow funding towards getting an adapter for your iPhone into production and up for sale!

Weekly Updates:

Every Monday: A weekly update! - We will notify all of our backers of our progress in an update every Monday. This will include current funding status, a countdown to the end of the campaign, any updates, general Padcaster news, etc.

Every Wednesday: Livestreamin' Wednesdays! - Every Wednesday @ 1PM Josh will be giving suggestions, advice, and will answer any and all Padcaster questions you throw his way! Ask your questions or make suggestions during the show and Josh will address them LIVE on Wednesday. Next up, March 5th @ 1PM -> Our very last livestream of the campaign! Tune in: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/1530745/events/2804634

Every Friday: Video Fun! - Every Friday, in the late afternoon, we will be posting a video made by The Padcaster Team specially designed for your viewing pleasure! Next up Feb. 28th, our final Kickstarter video!

Recent News!

The Padcaster Adds Its "Verse" to Apple's Latest Campaign.

We couldn't be more excited to have The Padcaster featured - among a number of other inventive uses for the iPad - in the inspiring "Your Verse" iPad Air commercial and campaign from Apple. It's a great testament to what we have been talking about for the past few years: there are no limits to what can be created with the iPad, as long as you have a great idea and the right tools. You might notice in our project video the footage Josh shot of the beautiful Iguazu Falls with The Padcaster and iPad Air. The best news of all? You don't need to travel to Argentina to capture amazing footage like this - all you need is The Padcaster!

What is the Padcaster Mini?

Based on the same design as our Original Padcaster, The Padcaster Mini features a sturdy aluminum frame with a flexible insert, tailor-fit for the iPad mini. The iPad mini offers the same impressive 1080p HD video recording as the iPad Air in a lighter, more compact package. It's the perfect Padcaster companion and natural next step in production. 

The aluminum frame is lined with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes for attaching lights, mics and other camera gear. Great for handheld video, the Padcaster Mini also has a special bottom thread and locking pin hole that allows you to mount it to a professional monopod or tripod.

The secure and flexible insert lets you easily pop your iPad mini into the Padcaster - a snug fit for protection, confidence and steady on-the-go shooting. 

Included with every Padcaster Mini are two cold shoe adapters for your favorite lights or mics, a lens bracket with both 72mm and 58mm threads for your choice of wide angle or telephoto adapters, four hand-tightening screws to attach the lens bracket and even a custom camera mount screw to use the Padcaster Mini frame as a standalone DSLR cage!

Now you can shoot, edit and distribute your HD video right from the iPad mini, making it ideal for video blogging, journalism, Livestreaming and much more.

What Makes The Padcaster Different from the other iPad Videography Cases Out There?

Though the original inspiration and intended use for the Padcaster was as a piece of videography equipment, its versatile design has inspired our customers to use it in a variety of ways we never even imagined.

We've seen our product used as a teleprompter and as a cage for a DSLR. We've seen it tricked out with LED lights, and hooked up to watch television in bed, as well as in the backseat of a car. We've even seen it used by Kelly Croy of Wired Educator as a tool to help disabled children in the classroom.

Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism used The Padcaster to film their first ever live broadcast! They later joined us at the 2013 CWW Expo and were led by their technical manager Phil Altiere in producing a mini news show for the CCW audience using the same technology as they did for The Wolfstock Live Broadcast.

Over this last year, we've been amazed to see not only the possibilities of The Padcaster, but also the inventiveness of the people who use it. We can't help but think that the Padcaster for the iPad mini will inspire more creativity!

Padcaster as a Teleprompter
Padcaster as a Teleprompter
Padcaster as an on-the-fly LED
Padcaster as an on-the-fly LED

Why We Need Your Help:

The Original Padcaster and Padcaster Air - a sleek insert that makes the Original compatible with the iPad Air - are already in production, having been funded almost entirely out of pocket by the Padcaster team. But interest has increased in the past few months and we need help in order to meet the demands of our audience. During the last year, we've been asked repeatedly when we will have a Padcaster for the iPad mini. 

With our limited resources and the recent release of the Padcaster Air Kit, it would be impossible to continue production of the Original Padcaster and the Air Kit while simultaneously researching and developing a Padcaster for the iPad mini. This is why we need your help!

With this campaign we hope to successfully manufacture a Padcaster for the iPad Mini. This will provide a wider range of iPad owners the opportunity to take advantage of the all-in-one production studio experience.

If we can surpass our goal of $15K, we'd love to put the additional funds towards bringing production to the States. We’ve researched local companies and realize production costs are significantly higher, but we’re confident that with your help, we can make this stretch goal a reality.

Check out these videos to see the Padcaster in action:

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Reviews:

CNet- http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camcorder-accessories/padcaster/4505-6456_7-35535951.html

“Takes iPad videography to the next level...”

The Unofficial Apple Weblog- http://www.tuaw.com/2012/07/28/padcaster-and-lenscaster-streamline-ipad-video-production-workfl

"Brilliantly conceived and well-built..."

The Examiner- http://www.examiner.com/article/with-padcaster-your-videos-can-t-miss

"...transforms that slippery iPad into a mean, video shooting and editing machine."

Gadgets Blog– http://www.gadgetsware.com/2013/03/convert-your-ipad-into-video-production.html

"The number of purposes that this accessory serves amazes us…the Padcaster is an excellent accessory that every iPad owner must have!"

DoddleNEWS- http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/three-cool-ways-to-mount-your-ipad-on-set/

"It’s the Cadillac of iPad holders."

Lifelong Learning Magazine- http://www.llmagazine.com/reviews/Padcaster/index.html

"In short, the Padcaster passed this hard field test and we recommend it highly to all training departments and video producers."

Wired Educator- http://www.wirededucator.com/blog/2013/02/24/product-review-padcaster-for-the-ipad/

"I discovered a unique educational function for the device while consulting with educators wanting to equip a multiple handicap student with an iPad...It allows her to see the device better, holds it for her safely, and has offered her the ability to use the iPad more independently than any other method we could find. The Padcaster truly helped this child. In our use, the iPad can be removed easily and quickly and reinserted with little effort. The device is safe and can be positioned [anywhere] needed. We are incredibly impressed. We hope more educators find uses for this device for physically challenged students."

Production & Fulfillment Plan:

We feel confident that our knowledge gained through the production process of the Original Padcaster will allow us to effectively and efficiently produce the Padcaster Mini. We've gone through the process already so we've made our rookie mistakes and know our way around the manufacturing process.

We have a manufacturer all set to go and a quote for tooling costs. The drawings are done so all that's left to do is submit them to the manufacturer for approval, look at what they build, approve it, and go. It's really just the price tag that's the issue. 

For those of you who don't already know, this is our second Kickstarter attempt for the Padcaster Mini. Although the campaigns are similar and presenting the exact same product, you may have noticed one large difference: our funding goal is much lower this time. The reason for this discrepancy is that our previous Kickstarter campaign accounted for another production of the Original Padcaster, research and development of the Air Adapter, as well as production of the Mini.

This time we are focusing all of our funding on the Mini, having taken care of the other costs on our own.The Padcaster Mini is our company's main priority right now and we want that to be reflected in our campaign.


Pledge Levels Specifics:

"Trick Out Your Padcaster" - Here are the specifics for the "gear" that comes with your Padcaster Mini OR Original Padcaster: 2 cold shoe adapters, 1 Manfrotto mini clamp ($15 value), 1 Manfrotto 118 Universal Short Spigot ($5 value), Apogee Jam ($99 value), 1 mini to 1/4" adapter ($4 value), 1 Rode VideoMic Go ($99 value), 1 Manfrotto ML240 Mini-24 LED Panel ($57 value), 1 Slik Monopod ($30 value).

The Padcaster Mini - Based on the same design as our Original Padcaster, The Padcaster Mini features a sturdy aluminum frame with a flexible insert, tailor-fit for the iPad mini. Included with every Padcaster Mini are two cold shoe adapters for your favorite lights or mics, a lens bracket with both 72mm and 58mm threads for your choice of wide angle or telephoto adapters, four hand-tightening screws to attach the lens bracket and even a custom camera mount screw to use the Padcaster Mini frame as a standalone DSLR cage! Accessories not included.

The Original Padcaster - ($149 value) Includes: Padcaster, Lenscaster, instructions, 72mm-58mm step-down ring, two 1/4-20 screws, two 3/8-16 screws, one custom camera mount screw and one cold shoe adapter ($40 value). Accessories not included.

The Padcaster Air Kit – ($159 value) Includes: Padcaster, Adapter Sleeve, Lenscaster, instructions, 72mm-58mm step-down ring, two 1/4-20 screws, two 3/8-16 screws, one custom camera mount screw and one cold shoe adapter ($40 value). Accessories not included.

Risks and challenges

Because the Original Padcaster and Padcaster Air Kit have already been put into production, we are confident that we can produce our Padcaster for the iPad mini in a timely manner. Throughout the past year we have developed a strong relationship with the manufacturers that will help bring this product to life.

That being said, unexpected challenges will no doubt arise. We will always keep our backers informed and updated along the way.

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    EVERYTHING HELPS! Become a member of the Padcaster Mailing List and remain up-to-date with all future Padcaster news. PLUS take a piece of Padcaster history: A signed copy of the first original sketch of the Padcaster design (yes it was on a napkin) in magnet form, as well as your name on our mailing list and our eternal gratitude.

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    DRESS TO IMPRESS! Get your hands on (and your body into) our fabulous "I Kickstarted the Padcaster" T-shirt!! Please indicate M, L or XL.

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    15 MINUTES OF FAME - We’ll feature you in our Kickstarter Success video and send you a T-shirt. All you need to do is submit a photo of yourself - or even better, a short video of yourself or footage you’ve shot - and you’ll get a spot in our final video. If you don’t submit something, we’ll feature your name in the fanciest word art we can find.

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    A TASTE OF NYC! You’ll receive two tickets to our launch party once the Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded. If you’re an out-of-towner or an introvert you can opt for a baker’s dozen of fresh bagels from NYC’s Ess-a-Bagels delivered right to your doorstep instead! Customize your order - plain, sesame, pumpernickel, whole wheat, whole wheat everything, bialy’s (you get the idea) - you name it, you got it. Don’t forget the T-shirt!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Be the first to donate and get one of the first 200 Padcaster Minis to roll off the assembly line, complete with a signed certificate of authenticity. If you’d rather the Original Padcaster, we can do that too! Just specify your choice. Either way, you’re getting a T-shirt!
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    PUT SOME AIR IN THERE! For $10 off the retail price, you will get a Padcaster Air Kit! This comes with an Original Padcaster along with the Air Clip adapter, making your iPad Air a perfect fit for The Padcaster.

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    HAVE IT ALL PACK! Need a new and improved Padcaster Air Kit (Original Padcaster included) for shooting AND a Padcaster Mini to use as a teleprompter? For a donation of $249 (or more!), you can have 'em both! You’ll get a matching set: the Kickstarted Padcaster Mini and the Padcaster Air Kit - plus of course the T-Shirt.

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    PADCASTER U BACHELORS DEGREE! Choose either the Padcaster Air Kit or the Padcaster Mini, and Josh Apter will conduct a HALF-DAY custom Livestream training session for you and your team. You can even customize the curriculum to suit your specific broadcast or filming needs. (cough, cough, T-Shirt!)
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    TRICK OUT YOUR PADCASTER! Donate now and we'll include all the extra gear you need to get shooting right away. Kit includes a Padcaster Mini OR the Original Padcaster PLUS an LED light, on-board microphone, Apogee Jam audio interface, accessory clamp and a monopod to hold your Padcaster nice and steady. And who can film without an official “I Kickstarted The Padcaster” T-shirt? Please view "Pledge Level Specifics" for more... specifics!
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    READY FOR ACTION! Get the gear and the know-how. Not only will we provide you with a fully decked out Padcaster (see $750 pledge level) but we will also supply you with a Padcaster U Bachelors Degree to back it up. After receiving your Padcaster (Mini or Original) and the fancy things we send with it, Josh will conduct a half-day custom Livestream training session for you. We’ll even send you a T-shirt in every size!
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    PADCASTER STAR TREATMENT! In addition to a Padcaster Mini or Original Padcaster fully bundled with LED, microphone, lens, and monopod, Josh will personally fly to your town and give you a FULL-DAY hands-on training workshop. Play your cards right, and he might even spring for pizza! United States only. Ok, five T-shirts with this one!
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