Manfrotto Debuts Digital Director Photo & Video Workflow Manager

Manfrotto Debuts Digital Director Photo & Video Workflow Manager


Las Vegas, NV—Manfrotto, a provider of photo-imaging equipment and accessories, showcased the Digital Director workflow management processor for Nikon and Canon DSLRs at the National Association of Broadcasters Show.

An Apple-certified interface, Digital Director is designed to help pro and hobbyist photographers and videographers intuitively manage their photo and video workflow, from the setting of the camera to the sharing of their pictures via a tethered Apple iPad application.

Composed of hardware, software (app) and firmware, all gone through the Mfi (Made for iPad) certification, the product is said to make “shooting photos and videos much smarter: by simply plugging the USB cable into the camera and turning on the app, photographers and videographers are ensured a reliable high-performance connection between their Canon or Nikon DSLRs and their iPad Air.”

A dedicated CPU embedded into the Digital Director provides an interface between the two devices, which via a cable enables the camera protocols to be understood and controlled by the iPad. Digital Director allows users to place the camera in difficult-to-reach positions and control it remotely. They will also benefit from a more detailed, enhanced control interface thanks to a much bigger and higher quality display: Digital Director will turn an iPad Air into an external monitor taking advantage of its high-definition Retina display.

The app enables all the key parameters of Canon and Nikon DSLRs to be monitored and modified in real time, including exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, manual focus, white balance, image quality, focus camera/drive modes and battery status. And when shooting remotely via the iPad Retina display, the app provides real-time, live-view monitoring and adjustments. A histogram and audio level display allow further control, while focus control is enabled by an interactive focus function that can be used to select the focus point anywhere on the screen. Digital zoom magnifies the selected focus point to help ensure accurate focus.

With Digital Director, users will also be able to download images to the iPad and check the high-resolution files. All the characteristics of the image, such as focus, can be checked using standard iPad “gestures.” Digital Director also permits users to manage postproduction activities from the iPad: within the app, it’s possible to work on the image, cropping and rotating it, modifying exposure, contrast and brightness, checking histogram and Exif information, and rating and saving the image. Plus, file organization is provided (albums, shoot profiles and connection profiles).

Digital Director additionally allows users to immediately share their images, direct to FTP, by e-mail and uploaded to social networks.