Manfrotto Digital Director – DSRL Remote & Monitor via iPad – NAB 2015

April 16th, 2015

At NAB this week Manfrotto announced the Digital Director, a real-time monitoring solution for Canon and Nikon DSLR’s. Digital Director connects to the DSLR’s USB port and sends a live signal to an iPad running the Digital Director app.

But it’s more than just a monitoring solution. Users can interact with the camera and remotely change parameters. There are two main modes: Photo and Video. All camera settings can be adjusted, including ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and focus. The Interactive Focus feature allows a focus point can be set simply by touching the screen, and a digital zoom feature ensures it’s set accurately. The controls also include a histogram and audio meters, and they can be moved anywhere on the screen. Photos can be edited on in the app and then uploaded from the iPad’s camera roll.

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Digital Director includes an Apple-certified iPad holder. It will be compatible with the iPad and iPad Air 2, and later on with the iPad mini as well. It will be available in June for $499.

 Features:

  • Modes: Photo & Video
  • Controls: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Focus, Histogram, & Audio Meters
  • Includes iPad Holder
  • Compatibility: iPad Air and Air 2 at release, iPad mini coming later
  • 10 meter USB cable
  • Power: Included AC adapter or 4 AA batteries

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May 26th, 2016

compatible con nikon d5200 please?

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January 31st, 2016

Can i find any of this which works with i pad mini ?
thanks

Member
May 16th, 2015

will this app work for the panasonic gh4

Member
May 18th, 2015

Sorry Christian, at this time the Digital Director is only compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

Josh
Josh
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May 1st, 2015

does the camera need to be in live view mode for Digital Director to work?

Member
May 1st, 2015
Reply to  Josh

Hi Josh, the camera does not need to be in live view mode for Digital Director to work, and will work with it on or off.

Josh Katz
Josh Katz
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May 1st, 2015
Reply to  Manfrotto_US

great, thank you.

Member
April 29th, 2015

Why no android ??

Member
April 20th, 2015

The Digital Director is more than a remote; it is an Apple Certified interface that allows you to operate your entire workflow on an iPad from setup to sharing. You can set all of your camera parameters, use the live view touch screen to focus, capture images then check and edit them. Also, share your images via social media, email and FTP sites. More features to come!

Member
April 21st, 2015
Reply to  Manfrotto_US

That’s exactly what DSRL Controller app allows everybody to do on an Android device, any Android device, from smartphones to tablets of any make. All for a tiny 8 odd USD. My advice: leave you ipad at home, go get an Asus tablet and get going for as low as 110 bucks. My two cents.

Member
April 18th, 2015

@ Steffan Schulz
Why would anybody ask for an Adroid version? On Android we got DSLR Controller app since ages ago. Works perfectly with a $3 usb cable to connect Canon Eos cameras with any Android tablet or phone, allowing total remote control of ALL functions in rt (almost zero lag), even rack focusing afaik. Controls EVERYTING with a fingertip. Costs some 9 usd, not 5 hundred, LOL!

Member
April 17th, 2015

too expensive

Member
April 17th, 2015

I can do this with my CASE Remote for just $100…

Pavzo
Pavzo
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April 17th, 2015

Personally, this is a joke. A Nexus7/Lolipop/+DSLR Controller+Tablet Stabiliser+DIY hood+two cables+some customisations = final price of 180GBP?!?! If I was living in the USA – less than 180USD. C’mon Manfrotto, get over it. You’re maybe a good tripod player, but this?!? Naaah.

PS What about the video lag? Comments?

Member
April 20th, 2015
Reply to  Pavzo

Since the Digital Director is tethered, it is 3 times faster than WiFi devices. There is very little lag when shooting video and you get a great Retina display live view. Also, you can control the camera parameters while shooting.

Walid Hwayik
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April 16th, 2015

Did I get it right?! 500$ for a software? Can anybody correct me plz!

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April 17th, 2015
Reply to  Walid Hwayik

Software+ the metal holder/Apple certified chip which connect the Ipad to the camera.

Thanks.

Johnnoe

Member
April 16th, 2015

There must be a typo somewhere.
$50, yes.
$500? Well, f#ck you.

Bankim Jain
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April 16th, 2015

They were smart enough to not divulge the display lag … Greer … Now with BMD VideoAssist why would any user waste/spend 500$ for this product ?

Patrick Murray
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April 17th, 2015
Reply to  Bankim Jain

The BMD video assist looks nice. Then it occurred to me I was wanting to pay them $500 more because the monitor on the BMPC4K is like a mirror. I like where they’re going, but part of me feels a little slighted.

Member
April 16th, 2015

Droid version?

Member
April 20th, 2015
Reply to  Steffan Schulz

Sorry, the Digital Director is only available compatible with the iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini.

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