Padcaster Set-up and Use

Welcome to your new Padcaster Kit!  This page will give you information about basic set-up and use as well as ideas for how the Padcaster might fit into your lessons.

Your Padcaster kit comes with a district issued iPad and iPod Touch to support your media creation.  These devices are inventoried and must remain with the kit.

How to Assemble Your Padcaster 

Padcaster Kit photoMicrophone Use

***The y-splitter cord is required for all microphones***Headphone Jack SplitterFirst, plug the y-splitter cord into the earphone jack in the iPad.  This splits the earphone jack into a headphone jack and a microphone jack (both are marked with an icon on the cord).  Be sure to plug whichever microphone cord you are using into the microphone jack on the y-splitter cord.  If you choose to, you can plug in headphones into the headphone jack in the y-splitter cord to monitor your sound.  

  • Shotgun Microphone
    • Mounted on the top of the iPad
    • Focuses on a certain area
    • Blocks out noise out of that area
    • Fuzzy microphone cover acts as a windscreen to block out wind noise
  • Lavalier Microphone (Clip on)
    • 25 ft. cable, 2032 disk battery
    • Picks up noise within close range for one person only
    • Ignores everything out of a 2ft. radius
  • Stick Microphone
    • Good for outside interviews
    • Blocks out wind noise
    • Handheld
    • 15 ft. cable

Padcaster LED lightLighting

  • LED Light
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Mounted on the top of the Padcaster
  • On / off switch
  • Dimming control
  • Diffusion plate for softer light (slides in on the right)
  • Neck allows for rotation
  • Dial on the neck allows light to tilt up and down

Wide Angle Lens

Wide angle lens

  • Lens widens the field of view while you are filming to movie aspect ratio
  • Screws onto the 72/58 ring

Mini TelePrompter photo

Mini Teleprompter

Teleprompter set-up tutorial video 

  • Allows you to read text while looking at the screen without the text being shown in your video
  • If the wide angle lens is on the Padcaster, remove it and any rings before you put on the teleprompter
  • Screw the 72 mm ring on the Padcaster
  • Slide the teleprompter onto the 72 mm ring (it will click in)
  • The iPod Touch fits into the bottom of the teleprompter
  • Use the Parrot Teleprompter app
  • You can type out the text you want to read or Airdrop it from another device

***You must mirror the text on the iPod touch (in the Parrot Teleprompter app settings) before putting it in the teleprompter (it will look like backwards text). Once the iPod Touch is mounted in the teleprompter, the text will be the mirrored the correct way for reading.***

Green ScreenGreen Screen

Try it Out!

The following are some ideas on how to use every feature with students in your own classroom.

Use the Green Screen and Microphone to Compare and Contrast

Here is an example of using the green screen and the shotgun microphone involving two students are comparing and contrasting squares and rectangles. The microphone only picks up sound in the area where the students are talking, and the green screen allows the background of the square and rectangle to appear. The background was displayed using the Do Ink green screen app.

Give a tour

Your Padcaster kit comes with a wheeled base that can be used to move the camera around smoothly.  Try recording a tour of a space or school using the wheeled tripod and shotgun microphone.  

Try a News Broadcast Using the Teleprompter 

This video shows how a student would use the teleprompter to read off text instead of memorizing lines. Any of the microphones could work for a news broadcast.


Troubleshooting:  Microphone

Problem: When I play back my video, there is no sound.

Solution:  All of the microphones have on/off switches.  Make sure the one you have chosen to use is on.  If it was on while you were filming, be sure to unplug the Y split Jack where the microphone was plugged in.  

Problem: I turned on the microphone but it still won’t work.

Solution: Make sure that the microphone is plugged into the correct jack on the Y split jack.  There is one marked for microphone, and one marked for headphone. If using the clip-on mic, be sure the battery is fresh.  It requires a 2032 disc battery.

Problem: There is wind noise in my video.

Solution: Be sure to use the shotgun microphone and attach the furry windscreen.

Troubleshooting:  Lighting

Problem:  The video is too dark.

Solution:  Turn on the LED lighting on the top of the unit.  

Problem: I turned on the LED light, but it still won’t light up.

Solution:  Be sure to check for fresh batteries.  The LED lighting needs 4 AA batteries.

Problem: The lighting is too focused on one area.

Solution: Slide in the diffusion plate to soften and distributes the light more evenly.

Troubleshooting:  Wide Angle Lens

Problem: The lens won’t screw onto the unit.

Solution:  Use the 72-58 stepdown ring.

Problem: The picture looks like fishbowl.

Solution: Be sure your iPad setting is on video, not photo.

Troubleshooting:  Teleprompter

Problem: The text is backwards.

Solution:  You have to mirror the text in the app.

Problem:  My phone won’t sit in the teleprompter.

Solution: Use the iPodTouch that was furnished with your kit.  

Problem: The teleprompter won’t clip onto the ring.

Solution: You need to use the 72 mm. ring.

Troubleshooting:  Green Screen

Problem: The subject escapes the green screen area, cutting off part of their body.

Solution: It’s hard for the subject to know where they are in relation to the green screen because it is typically behind them. Rehearse the scene so the subject knows where they can and can’t go, and draw lines with tape on the ground to help remind them.

Problem: The subject casts visible shadows on to the green screen.

Solution: It’s important to make sure the green screen is lit evenly throughout in order to prevent shadows. If your green screen is large enough you can also try moving the subject further away from the screen.