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For those who like to push the limits of their iPad's video capabilities, there's the Padcaster. This case allows you to mount an iPad on a tripod, monopod, or other support. The outside of the sturdy aluminum frame is lined with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes for attaching lights, an external mic, or other camera gear.

If digital SLR video is more your thing, the flexible urethane insert can be removed and the frame used as a dSLR cage. Just attach your camera in the middle and surround it with your favorite accessories.

Also, you can get the Padcaster with the Lenscaster, an add-on bracket with a 72mm threaded mount for attaching lenses. A 72mm-to-58mm adapter is included, too, as well as a cold-shoe adapter.

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    Overall score: 9.5 (4.5 stars)

CNET Editors' Rating

The good: The Padcaster iPad case goes beyond being a simple tripod mount, letting you attach other crucial video production accessories to its frame. Separate mount for attaching lenses. Can also be used with digital SLRs.

The bad: The case is a snug fit, which is great, but can make it difficult to get an iPad in and out quickly.

The bottom line: If you're serious about producing videos with an iPad, the Padcaster is a must-have case.

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October 31, 2012 3:00 PM PDT

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