With its Apple Mfi (Made for iPad) Certification, Manfrotto‘s Digital Director helps DSLR shooters manage their photo and video workflow. Not just an iPad mount, the Digital Director is a unique tethering and live-viewing solution that lets you connect your Canon or Nikon DSLR to your iPad Air or Air 2, giving you control over your camera’s settings (exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, image quality, battery status and more). What’s also great is that the Digital Director gives you interactive focus, which lets you tap anywhere on the iPad’s screen and the camera focuses directly on that area. For still photographers, you can download full-resolution photos to your iPad to view them on the high-resolution display. The Digital Director ships in late May/early June and lists for $500. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.
3DR‘s Solo is an all-in-one personal drone that contains powerful computing power—two integrated Linux computers, one on the craft and one in the controller. With your GoPro HERO4 onboard, Solo gives you access to your HERO4’s controls while in flight and lets you wirelessly stream HD to your iOS or Android device. Solo’s controller is very intuitive—like playing a video game—and lets a new user capture professional-looking aerial video on the first try. Solo will launch starting at $999 in over 400 Best Buy stores across the U.S., with immediate in-store availability on May 29. Contact: 3DR, 3drobotics.com.
Codex Review Live is a new color-management and look-creation system giving cinematographers consistent set-to-post color for high-end productions. The system features an easy-to-use UI, and lets you create and preview looks and grades directly from multiple HD-SDI cameras. These looks and grades are applied automatically when generating deliverables via Codex Review or can be exported in various formats further down the workflow pipeline. Codex Review Live is also designed to work with Codex Backbone, Codex’s secure digital production pipeline and media management system, where looks and metadata are securely managed in the Look Library for collaborative use. Contact: Codex, www.codexdigital.com.