Don't get us wrong, we love the cameras built into our iPad 2, but have you ever tried to actually use them for longer than a few snapshots in Photo Booth? Shooting video and taking pictures on the device is a bit awkward, and while you can get away with a case with a built in stand or a Smart Cover for FaceTime calls, those don't work for shooting a child's play. After a few weeks of jittery videos we decided it was time to take a look at solutions to use our shiny new iPad 2 with a tripod.
As we've seen with our iPhone 4, using a tripod makes a huge difference in the video quality, and we are surprised there are not more solutions out there for tripods for the iPad 2. Since we could not find at the time of writing this post a ready made tripod solution for the iPad 2 which would allows access for both cameras, we rustled up these 4 solutions that all require a few modifications to make them work for the iPad 2.
1) Omniscience iMount iPad Tripod Mounting Accessory: Although this $69.95 tripod accessory says it is built for the iPad 2, there is no accommodation for the rear camera! To rectify what we think is a massive oversight, drill a hole in the included case.
2) The T-Bracket Solution: Although Chris made this tripod mount for his iPhone 4, we bet the T-Bracket from Home Depot drilled into a case and riveted in place would work for an iPad as well.
3) The L-Bracket Mount: Instructables user Deafanimator used a clear acrylic case and an L-Bracket to make this mount for an iPhone. We think to accommodate for the weight of the iPad, a thicker, sturdier case should be used.
4) Wood + Holster = Mount: While we have not seen the iPad equivalent of the OtterBox holster that Instructables user Calischs used in this tripod, we imagine you could get the same effect by using a similarly built iPad case.
What do you think? Have you seen any great solutions for shooting videos using the iPad?