Easy Kits for creating your own self tape
Good, better and best: depending on your budget, you can keep it simple or go all-out. Either way, one of these self-tape solutions is sure to hit the sweet spot for you.
Nanguang LED Bi-Colour Ringlight
If good lighting is all you need, the Venus Nanguang V29C LED Bi-Colour Ringlight is a great place to start. The 15-inch ring produces a nice and soft, near-shadowless light. It’s mounted on a stand, so you can position a DSLR directly in front and shoot straight through the ring, but there’s also mirror and phone bracket that make the Venus perfect for shooting hands-free selfies with your smartphone. You’ll love the flattering results you get with this, and the ring-shaped catch-light in your eyes is pretty cool too.
Padcaster VERSE Mobile Media Kit
Compatible with most smartphones (Apple or Android) and small tablets, Padcaster’s mobile media kit includes a sturdy cage, grip and tripod mount for your smartphone or small camera. It also comes with a self-powered mini mic, plus a TRS cable and TRRS output cable for mobile devices. The “Verse” in its name refers to versatility, and the kit has been called a “turnkey solution for media makers” – it’s ideal for a self-taping your next big audition.
Padcaster Studio Kit for iPads
This is the high-end deluxe kit for budding actors who have a bit more money to spend. It’s got everything you need to convert your iPad (Pro 9.7/fifth and sixth generation/Air/Air 2) into an all-in-one mobile production studio. It includes a wide-angle lens, telephoto lens, teleprompter, audio splitter, microphones and stereo on-ear headphones, an LED light, combination tripod/monopod, a super-shade sun hood, a light-blocking lens sticker and more. Ready now? Lights. Camera. Action.