Free trial of the RollerMouse Red Productivity Mouse!

Free trial of the RollerMouse Red Productivity Mouse!

We’ve got a great new promo running where you can receive a 30 day trial of the RollerMouse Red by Contour Design – completely free!

As a creative professional, we know you spend most of your working day in front of a computer. We also know that using a traditional mouse can cause strain and fatigue when used constantly. The RollerMouse Red not only alleviates these problems, but it can also help you develop a more efficient workflow.

We’re giving you the chance to try this out for yourself, with a free 30 day trial of the RollerMouse Red!

The mouse

The RollerMouse Red allows you to work faster and reduce mouse fatigue, with a range of features designed to improve productivity and alleviate strain.

Efficient position. The RollerMouse puts cursor control right in front of your keyboard, and speeds up workflow by removing the need to reach or find your standard mouse each time you need to move your computer cursor. Placing both hands close to your keyboard shortcuts also helps to reduce the time you take to complete your edits.

Speedy edits. Capable of high cursor speeds, the RollerMouse is also completely at home navigating across multiple monitors and requires no need for open desk space like a standard mouse. Adjustable cursor speeds also give you greater flexibility at the press of a button; fast speeds for timeline editing, but slower for more detailed image edits.

Accurate tracking. Perfect for complex edits, the RollerMouse is adjustable up to 2400dpi, with tracking measured within the roller-bar rather than across a potentially uneven desk. The RollerMouse provides a uniquely stable platform, allowing you to focus on where the cursor is going, rather than on where the computer mouse is placed.

Configure it. The RollerMouse is plug and play on a PC or Mac, and will work via USB without the need for additional drivers. Whilst the most common mouse functions are pre-configured, you can reprogram any button to the function that best suits you.

Reduce fatigue. RollerMouse Red’s central positioning takes away awkward reaching and leaning associated with a standard computer mouse. Ambidextrous in design, it allows for gentle fingertip control so you can be more relaxed as you work. As well as encouraging good posture, it encourages you to adopt a relaxed hand and arm position.

The trial

To see how well the RollerMouse Red can improve your workflow and make your workspace more comfortable, you can get in touch with our team to arrange a free 30 day demo of the mouse.

You will be asked to fill out a loan form, and we’ll then ship the unit out to you to test. If after 30 days you decide you wish to keep the mouse, we’ll simply send you an invoice!

Get in touch to arrange your free 30 day demo of the RollerMouse Red by calling our sales team on 03332 400 888 or by emailing sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and updates you can follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and like us on Facebook.

Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Ahead of Europe’s leading media, entertainment and technology show, Soliton have announced exciting new updates to their leading H.265 bonded solutions, ZAO and Zao-S.

For those of you who are already fans of the Soliton products, updated features to enhance their Smart telecaster range are below. If you’re new to the range and would like to know more, scroll down for more information on the ZAO and Zao-S, and why we’re so excited about the new updates.

Updates to the Soliton smart-telecaster range for IBC 2017 include:

Integration and support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek NDI.

Addition of the new ‘BOOST’ feature, that allows the system to maintain extra bandwidth where mobile phone signals are in high demand.

Further improvements to their H.265 codec, aiming to improve small details in the picture, providing an even higher video quality.

Live streaming app ML-Cam for iPhone users and, coming soon, Android users.

You can catch Soliton at IBC, where they’ll be demoing all the new features live, and answering any questions you might have about the updates at stand B.11 in hall 2.

 

The ZAO and Zao-S

The ZAO is a broadcast-grade live video encoder, and was the world’s first H.265 HEVC hardware encoder. It enables full HD live video mobile transmission of live events from a remote location to anywhere in the world, with a simple unit that can be attached to any broadcast camera. The unit allows you to maintain HD quality in low 3G or 4G bandwidth environments, and minimal latency while covering live events – typically half a second, but as low as 240ms.

While the ZAO was the world’s first, the Zao-S is the world’s smallest, providing the same high reliability but in a much smaller form factor – however not quite the same high-bit encoding rate. It’s small size allows it to be easily held in a body strap or mounted directly to the camera.

 

NewTek NDI Integration

Soliton have announced they will integrate NDI into the ZAO and Zao-S. They will be joining the growing number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows – and Jigsaw24 is particularly interested to see how the ZAO range will work with NDI Cloud, which would be groundbreaking for live production. NewTek’s NDI technology is royalty free and allows video and audio sources to be shared bidirectionally across an IP network.

“Mobile cameras for outside broadcast are not typically network attached and still rely on traditional baseband technology such as HDMI or HD-SDI,” says Mark Andrews, Head of Broadcast for Soliton Systems Europe. “By adopting NDI from NewTek on our receiving platform, we are allowing outside broadcasters to take advantage of IP workflows without the need to change their mobile camera infrastructure.”

Michael Kornet, Executive Vice President of Business Development for NewTek also comments: “Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production. NDI-enabled devices like the Smart telecaster products for mobile live streaming, exponentially increase the video sources available for live production and thus create efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, as shown by the millions of customers with access to it today.”

 

Enhanced live streaming functionality with BOOST and ML-Cam

The addition of the new ‘BOOST’ feature will allow the system to maintain extra bandwidth where the mobile phone signals are in high demand. This feature will maintain high connectivity and improved reliability for when you need your signal not to let you down.

“There is no guarantee of quality of service when using 4G,” stated Shinya Hyakutake, Head of the Broadcast Division for Soliton in Japan. “With our RASCOW protocol for combining multiple 3G and 4G networks on one device, and now with our added BOOST functionality, we see the Zao being able to mitigate against the issues of signal degradation of cellular phone operators. It just makes the whole user experience so much more reliable for live streaming video for bonded systems.”

Bandwidth that won’t cut out right in the middle of a live steam not enough for you? Soliton have more. They’ve further improved their H.265 codec, one that they already believed to be the most advanced on the mobile market. The new codec seeks to improve small details in the picture, especially moving ones, providing an even higher video quality.

 

Over in Amsterdam at IBC, Soliton will be demonstrating the benefits of NDI with NewTek’s Tricaster with live demos, alongside their own Smart telecaster and cloud solutions. IBC attendees can check out Soliton’s products, including live demos of the updated features, at stand B.11 in hall 2.

Want to know more about Soliton’s H.265 mobile products, or want to have a chat with us about IBC? Get in touch by calling 03332 409 306 or emailing broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and gossip, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and like us on Facebook

Extreme shooting at our FS7 II Masterclass with Jeremy Humphries

Extreme shooting at our FS7 II Masterclass with Jeremy Humphries

Last week, Anthony Corcoran from Jigsaw24 welcomed award-winning director of photography Jeremy Humphries, Chilean rose tarantula Sharon and red milk snake Stripey to our Soho digs for our Sony FS7 II Masterclass. Between them, they taught us a little about extreme shooting and how to get the best out of the new FS7 II…

Jeremy is a BBC-trained director of photography with over 35 years of experience, and has filmed documentaries in extreme and diverse locations, from South Africa and Zanzibar to the Pacific Rim and North Pole. He also trained contestants of The Island with Bear Grylls on how to use camcorders in extreme conditions. As well as getting hands-on with the FS7 II, guests were able ask Jeremy for his expert tips and tricks.

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Jeremy discussed his experiences using the FS7 and FS7 II, and on how to get the best results. These included the optimum way to set up the camera, how to make the most out of the customisable pre-set buttons, configuring the LCD with colour bars, creating HDR content, tips for shooting in S-Log3, and using LUTs. He discussed the future benefits of REC2020 and manipulating depth of field whilst compensating for exposure fluctuation with the electronic variable ND filter on the FS7 II.

He also shared his expertise on shooting in extreme environments, including discussion and clips on how he recently shot Hunted and Escape to the Wild. Jeremy was full of tips that he’s developed from his extensive experience, like acclimatising your camera as soon as possible, and pointed out issues many might not have thought of, such as changing lenses in sub-zero temperatures, and condensation collecting on your LCD monitor.

In these extreme conditions, Jeremy also recommended shooting handheld as opposed to on a tripod wherever possible, to really get involved in the action. To demonstrate the benefits of this, and other tips he shared, Jeremy showed us some clips from his past work Hunted and Escape to the Wild.

To recreate the kind of environments Jeremy is familiar with, and to give our guests a taste of the ‘extreme’, we brought in a couple of friends as part of a mini tropical set for guests to test the FS7 II out on.

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We let Sharon and Stripey loose on guests, so they could get hands-on with the animals while waiting to check out the Sony FS7 II.

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Guests were able to have a play with the new camcorder with our in-house Jigsaw24 experts, and compare it to the previous FS7 model. There was also quite a queue to chat with Jeremy and get some more expert tips and tricks!

When discussing the great new features of the FS7 II, Jeremy talked about how he began his career as a focus puller way back when you needed to judge if your shots were in focus by eye. The digital and technological developments demonstrated in the new Sony camcorder really put into perspective just how far we’ve come during the span of his career.

While we can’t quite get hold of a Sony Video 8 or KODAVISION Series 2000 any more, we can help out with all the latest kit from camcorders to cables. Our expert team can take you through consultancy, to implementation, to support and repairs, and we even provide accredited training courses for technical teams and end users.

Want to find out more about the Sony FS7 II or our upcoming events? Get in touch with us by calling 03332 409 306 or emailing broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and gossip, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and like us on Facebook

Get HDR ready with the latest from Atomos, Sony, Blackmagic Design and more!

Get HDR ready with the latest from Atomos, Sony, Blackmagic Design and more!

HDR has taken the industry by storm, and makes such a difference to the quality of your images that soon we’ll be wondering how we got by without it. To get the latest tips on getting the most out of your HDR-capable technology, we brought in the experts and laid out the kit for our drop-in session on utilising your Atomos monitor and recorder to create HDR content.

Why is HDR so important?

HDR is arguably the biggest step forward for moving pictures in a generation. New standards set in REC.2100 take advantage of the luminance and colour reproduction capabilities of modern displays to produce high levels of brightness, contrast and colour volume, leading to images that closely resemble what our eyes naturally see.

Content producers have long been working with high dynamic range source material through Log and RAW captured images. But output and delivery standards haven’t progressed much for decades, meaning we’ve spent years compromising. HDR is a new way forward as it is a resolution independent technology, with the new standards outlined in REC.2100 being applicable to both 1080p (HD), UltraHD and 4K – even 8K come 2020.

Unlike previous technological progression that required significant hardware overhauls, HDR doesn’t require lots of new hardware. The most significant piece of new kit is the display we monitor HDR material on, and how we process the signal to see the images we are creating appropriately. This is where Atomos, one of the fastest growing companies in pro video, are pushing the envelope in the field, on set and in the studio.

Our HDR portfolio

Up your game with Atomos recorders and monitors

We featured a great range of HDR-capable products, and much more at our recent Production Drop in event. We were excited to demo the Sumo On-Set and Studio monitor/recorder, the first production monitor that also records 4K 12-bit Raw, 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR and 1080p60 live switching and recording. With the Sumo, for the first time your on-set production monitors can be HDR capable as well as having recording capabilities.

We also had the Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder on show, a combination of the most advanced monitor technologies, the latest recording capability, and playback and editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Rounding off our Atomos offering was the Ninja Flame monitor/recorder, with its true-to-life vibrant colors, 7″ 10-bit 1500nit panel, AtomHDR engine and HDMI connections to record and play back video to 4K/HD 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR.

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Get HDR ready with our favourite camcorders

Camera-wise, we had some of the newest models to be announced, plus some of our old favourites. The new Canon Cinema EOS C200 camcorder is the latest in the EOS range, big brother to the very popular C100 MK II and following in the footsteps of the C300 MK II. With this camcorder, you can easily capture and record UHD/50P footage to internal SD cards in MP4 format, and use the new Cinema RAW Light codec to film moments in stunning 4K to internal CFast 2.0TM card.

We also showcased the Sony FS5 and FS7 camcorders, both firm favourites with Jigsaw24. The FS7 is a must-have run and gun camera equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS image sensor, while the FS5 is an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera that’s great in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics.

Also on show was the long-awaited Panasonic Lumix GH5, which gives you the highest picture quality in the history of Lumix G compact systems cameras. With its compact design, high frame rate and intuitive controls, the GH5 has been described as a great fit for creative agencies, photographers and videographers. And let’s not forget the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, a professional digital film camera that combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera.

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Complete your kit with lenses and lighting

Top of the range lenses and lighting were provided by Zeiss and Cirro Lite, rounding off the perfect shoot setup.

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Our HDR events

If you missed out on our exclusive Atomos and HDR drop-in, we’ve got plenty of upcoming events where you can check out the latest kit. You can have a look at our past events and register for upcoming ones on our Jigsaw24 events page.

 

Still not sure whether you’re ready to commit to purchasing, or have any questions about products that could help you create HDR content? Give us a call on 03332 409 284 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com

 

Jigsaw24 are now an official Tektronix reseller!

Jigsaw24 are now an official Tektronix reseller!

We’re proud to announce that we’re now an official reseller of Tektronix, a leading supplier of test instrumentation for engineers, focused on electronic design, manufacturing and advanced technology development.

Who are Tektronix?

Tektronix have been around for more than 65 years, helping engineers improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. With offices in 21 countries, they are committed to the scientists, engineers and technicians around the world working across health, communication, mobility and even space.

In partnering with Tektronix, we’ll be able to increase our range of leading video and audio solutions for analysis, quality control, service assurance and regulatory compliance. They will also help us in supporting 4K/UHD, HD, and IP applications in content creation and delivery for our customers.

What we can offer

From consultancy and implementation to repairs and support, our media and entertainment team have a range of services and solutions to keep you up to date with the latest broadcast technology.

We can assist with:

– Video production and post-production.

– PC over IP.

– Grading and finishing.

– Audio.

– Storage and infrastructure.

– Encoding.

– Cables and routing.

“We’re very excited to be working with Jigsaw24,” says Lee Ballinger, Director EMEA and India Video Sales at Tektronix. “We’re looking forward to contributing to the their comprehensive products and services portfolio, and working together to provide our customers with the best tech in the broadcast industry.”

For more information on our new status as a Tektronix reseller, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

We pit our senior designer against herself in a series of productivity challenges

We pit our senior designer against herself in a series of productivity challenges

Across a series of productivity challenges featuring Apple, Wacom and Adobe, it’s Xenia versus Xenia in an intergalactic battle to find out which tools make our senior designer more efficient in a creative environment. They may not be quite as scientific as a benchmark test, but they’re marginally better soundtracked.

Round one: Wacom Intuos Pro v keyboard and mouse

Can a Wacom tablet help you stay more productive? Find out whether an Intuos Pro or a keyboard and mouse can make you 150% more productive (and a lot less stressed).

 

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Round two: Apple MacBook Pro with TouchBar v regular MacBook Pro

Could the addition of the TouchBar really save you 94 hours in a year? Xenia blasts off in this challenge to see just how much of a boon for productivity the TouchBar on the Apple MacBook Pro is…

 

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Round three: Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries v Finder

Xenia faces off against herself for a final time to see just how productive Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries can make you – spoiler alert, it works out as saving you 1/5 of your design time!

 

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For more information on the best design technology to help you stay creative, get in touch with the sales team on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or visit Jigsaw24.com/design.

 

Price drop on the FS7, and free RAW upgrades on other Sony camcorders!

Price drop on the FS7, and free RAW upgrades on other Sony camcorders!

Sony have recently announced price drops and free RAW upgrades on some of our favourite camcorders, and we’ve rounded up everything you need to know to get the best deal!

FS7 models

The Sony PXW-FS7 4K 35mm camcorder is now priced at £6799 (£8158.80 inc VAT), with an additional £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until the 30th September.

Since its release, the FS7 has been a firm favourite with Jigsaw24 and a must-have run and gun camera. The PXW-FS7 is equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS image sensor with approximately 11.6 million total pixels (4352×2662) and 8.9 million effective pixels. The high image readout speed of the image sensor allows the FS7 to support 4K motion-picture shooting and Super Slow Motion, and realises a high sensitivity of ISO2000 and a wide dynamic range of 14 stops. Its ergonomic design includes a grip designed for easy handling and operability, an angled grip that can be easily adjusted with the press of a button, and a shape that supports long periods of use and flexibly accommodates differences among users’ physique and shooting position.

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If you’re looking for an upgrade, we’ve also got the Sony PXW-FS7 Mark II now down to £8350 (£10,020 inc VAT) and comes with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

If you have a little extra to spend, we’d recommend going for the newest version, the FS7 Mk II. It builds on the great reputation of the original FS7, and includes new features such as an all-new lever lock design on the E mount, meaning you can use bulkier lenses with added stability. Another new addition is the electronic variable ND filter (the same one as seen on the FS5). Finally, the FS7 Mk II can record in BT2020 colour space, making it ideal for future-proofing your purchase.

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We’ve also got the kit version of the Sony PXW-FS7K Mark II, including the Sony SELP18110G 18-110MM servo zoom  lens, at £10,239 (£12,286.80 inc VAT). This also comes with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

The SELP18110G 18-110MM included is a powered zoom lens that delivers optimum performance in Super 35/APS-C moviemaking applications, starting at 18 mm wide-angle and extending through an impressive 6.1x zoom range with a constant F4 maximum aperture.

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FS5 models

Until the 30th September, you can get the RAW upgrade free of charge when you purchase an FS5 or FS5K with a lens

The Sony PXW-FS5 is currently at £4875 (£5850 inc VAT), with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

With the FS5, Sony have produced an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera. It’s designed to be modular, so you strip it down to just a functioning body (weighing just 830g!) and a lens. Similar to the FS7, the handgrip can rotate 180 degrees and lock into nine specific places within that arc, so it’s so good in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics. The ND filter is digitally controlled, anywhere from 1/4 ND through to 1/28. The FS5 can shoot up to 240fps at full HD – but only in eight second bursts (like the FS7000), on a reliable 100MBp/s

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We’ve also got the Sony PXW-FS5K at £5399 (£6478 inc VAT) with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

The E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens included in this bundle delivers stunning still or movie imagery with the flexibility of 6x power zoom. Maximum aperture is a constant F4 from 18mm wide angle to 105mm medium telephoto, with excellent resolution and contrast throughout. A lever and ring on the lens barrel allow zoom speed to be freely adjusted as required while maintaining a sure, stable grip.

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X70

With the Sony PXW-X70, users will get the CBKZ-X70FX upgrade licence free of charge – an offer that’s running indefinitely! (The licence is not pre-installed, but it’s very easy to install yourself). This camcorder is priced at £1999 (£2398.80 inc VAT) with £130 cashback when you buy.

The super compact X70 features a 1.0 type ExmorT R CMOS Sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is even larger than the Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution and fantastic low light performance, as well as offering more depth of field control as demanded by today’s diverse shooting requirements. The camcorder has the ability to record High Definition in XAVC Long GOP, enabling 422 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbit/s. This in turn supports a broadcast-quality workflow, and is used increasingly by professionals across the industry.

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MCX-500 and 2x PXW-Z150 – new live production bundle option!

Instead of the NX5, you can now get two PXW-Z150s with the MCX-500 mixer and RM-30BP remote controller at the special bundle price of £7499 (£8998.80 inc VAT).

Sony’s MCX-500 is a uniquely user-friendly and flexible production switcher makes it simple for a single operator or small team to produce a broadcast quality live event. Multiple video inputs include professional 3G-SDI, HDMI, Composite Video plus dedicated DSK mean you can mix and match kit as needed for each production. To minimise your workload, the MCX-500 offers hassle-free integration with camcorders such as the PXW-Z150. The lightweight RM-30BP remote controller allows you to control all the key features of suitable camcorders while sitting at your control desk. It also allows tally signals to be sent to connected camcorders, so a camera operator knows when each camcorder is on air, allowing you to work faster and more efficiently with MCX-500’s advanced workflow.

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[CTA] Want to find out more about our Sony camcorders? Give us a call on 03332 400 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

We’ve expanded our education team! Jigsaw24 welcome Jo Morris and Graham Trick

We’ve expanded our education team! Jigsaw24 welcome Jo Morris and Graham Trick

We’re excited to welcome both Jo Morris and Graham Trick to the Jigsaw24 education team, and the wealth of experience they bring with them.

Jo and Graham will be helping to make iPad core to learning, improve results and add value to the teaching and learning experience. We’re excited for Jo and Graham to join our education team increasing student/teacher satisfaction with iPad.

About Jo

Jo Morris will be our new regional educational manager for the South East. In order to make sure you get the best possible answers to all your questions about Apple, Adobe, touchscreens, mobile device management (MDM) solutions, WiFi and more, each region has its own education manager, dedicated to helping schools in their area make the most of their technology – and Jo has come on board to provide this service for the South East.

Jo has a strong history of providing managed services, software and IT solutions to the education sector and beyond. For the past two years Jo has been working alongside local authorities on their managed service contracts, and building strong relationships with schools to become a trusted advisor.

If you have any questions about moving your IT setup forward or finding the best technology to support your school’s teaching and learning goals, give Jo a call on 07973 781 751 or drop her a line at joanne.morris@Jigsaw24.com.

 

About Graham

Graham has come on board as our new professional development trainer for education. He has worked in education for the last 16 years, 15 of those as a teacher and head of department. He has always developed technology-rich lessons and loves working with iPad, having led many training sessions on the use of technologies in teaching and learning. For the past two years, Graham has worked with Northumbria University to introduce and lead the Geography PGCE for the Teach First programme, where a high percentage of student teachers achieved an outstanding rating upon leaving the course.

“The opportunity to work with the Jigsaw24 education team was too good of an opportunity to miss,” says Graham. “The whole ethos of the company and team around transforming education in schools around the country is one that resonates with me and is in line with my own views on technology in education.”

Want to find out more about how Graham can help schools get the most out of iPad in the classroom? Drop him a line at graham.trick@Jigsaw24.com.

 

How we can help with iPad in education

Jigsaw24 help some 1400 schools across the UK make the most of Apple devices and classroom technologies. As revealed in our 1:1 iPad impact study, some of the ways that iPad has improved learning and teaching across the UK include:

– Stephenson Memorial Primary School seeing a 24% increase in reading test results since 2013.

– 97% of students at Jesmond Gardens Primary School achieving their expected progress in writing.

– Yew Tree Primary School seeing a 26% decrease in absenteeism.

– 94% of students at Churchill Community College say lessons are more enjoyable since introducing iPad.

 

Want to find out more about what our education team can do for you? Get in touch by calling 03332 409 290 or email us at education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest education news and tips, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

NewTek announce NDI 3.0, the NDI PTZ-1 Camera and Connect Spark

NewTek announce NDI 3.0, the NDI PTZ-1 Camera and Connect Spark

NewTek have been busy, having just announced three huge releases: NewTek NDI 3.0, NewTek NDI PTZ-1 Camera and the NewTek Connect Spark (finally, a video into NDI mini-converter!). The new releases are available from August, and NewTek reckons these products will be a significant turning point for the industry.

The price points of the Connect Spark look set to open up the world of IP video production to a whole new category of users, while the NDI PTZ Camera can make true end-to-end IP workflow a reality. Here’s more on the new releases from the official press release…

 

NewTek NDI 3.0

NewTek are proud to introduce NDI 3.0 – the third generation of NewTek’s NDI (Network Device Interface) technology. Already the most broadly adopted IP standard in the video industry, NDI 3.0 completes the next big step for IP video production by enabling, among other things, affordable and powerful HDMI and SDI signal converters and native NDI cameras. Among the dozens of other improvements included in NDI 3.0 are support for unicast and multicast, wireless capability, PTZ camera control, improved encoding performance and much more.

“We believe that the future is one in which video is transferred easily and efficiently over IP and that this vision will largely replace current SDI and HDMI connection methods,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “NDI 3.0 makes this vision a reality today. With the broad adoption of NDI by nearly every major vendor in the industry, producers and creators are already beginning to realise the endless creative possibilities and benefits. With NDI 3.0 we fully expect adoption to accelerate at a rate many people may find surprising.”

NDI 3.0 represents the largest incremental change to the NDI SDK since its launch at IBC 2015. Included among the dozens of changes, additions, and improvements are these highlights:

Multicast and unicast support. Allows for a single NDI source to serve to one or any number of destinations, limited only by network infrastructure

High-efficiency mode – NDI | HX. Allows for full resolution, full frame-rate video over wireless networks, and full resolution, full frame rate video over limited bandwidth networks.

Pan/tilt/zoom camera support. Assimilates video, audio, tally and camera control, removes need for separate control device and eliminates complexity of signal flow and protocols.

Remote recording control. Adds capability to remotely trigger recording of supported devices, enables USB-device recording from signal conversion hardware and local drive recording for select devices.

Improved encoding performance. Encodes on a modern i7-based machine at rates similar to 8K at 320fps, 4K at 1000fps, 1080p at 2500fps.

NewTek NDI 3.0 will be available later in 2017.

 

NewTek NDI PTZ Camera

A world first, NewTek introduce an NDI and standard video output PTZ camera, the NewTek NDI PTZ – it’s truly plug and play! With built-in NDI functionality, this IP video camera transmits full 3G 1080p 60 video directly to NDI-compatible products across a standard network. The NewTek NDI camera connects to the network and delivers pristine video and audio, as well as tally, PTZ control, and power all over a single Ethernet cable.

Once connected to the network, the camera is visible to all compatible systems running the latest version of NDI, including NewTek TriCaster, LiveStream Studio, SplitmediaLabs, XSplit, Streamstar, OBS Studio, StudioCoast vMix, Telestream Wirecast, and hundreds more. More sources become available immediately with the simple addition of NDI cameras to the network. Once available on the network, the NewTek NDI PTZ camera is also automatically recognized by applications such as GoToMeeting, Skype, Skype for Business, Zoom Media and many others.

“There have been a few inflection points in the broadcast industry that have delivered profound benefits, such as the transition to non-linear editing from cutting tape. The move to IP-based production is one of those unique moments in our industry,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “The transition is happening fast because it is being driven by customer demand. Producers recognize this technology simplifies their work, while expanding their opportunity to create more and better shows. With the availability of NDI cameras, from NewTek and others that are sure to follow, IP-based production is truly here.”

The NewTek NDI PTZ Camera is priced at $2799 US MSRP (UK pricing not yet available, but coming soon) and will begin shipping August 2017.

 

NewTek Connect Spark

The NewTek Connect Spark is a portable device designed to deliver SDI or HDMI video to a computer and an IP network, wirelessly. NewTek Connect Spark products are IP video converters, with NDI native functionality. The units deliver video as an IP source to any standard network via WiFi or standard Ethernet cable. Connect Spark also records directly on the unit to SD cards or USB drive, and is controllable from a web interface.

NewTek Connect Spark works with all NDI compatible devices and applications in use by millions of customers NDI computer-based live production systems including NewTek TriCaster, CombiTech VidBlaster, Livestream Studio, OBS, Splitmedia Labs Xsplit, Streamstar, StudioCoast vMix, Telestream Gameshow, Telestream Wirecast, and many more. Additionally, NewTek Connect Spark delivers video to popular desktop video applications including Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Skype, Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom, and others.

NewTek Connect Spark devices provide 3G SDI or HDMI conversion up to 1080p 60 with loop through. In addition to video conversion to IP, the devices remotely record MP4 to an SD card or USB drive. Recording is controlled through a web interface available for devices including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. It also includes tally support.

The NewTek Connect Spark is available in two models; the NCS (HDMI version) for $499 US MSRP, and the NCS-S (SDI version) for $799 US MSRP (UK pricing not yet available, but coming soon). Both models will begin shipping August 2017.

 

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What’s in store for the new Apple Mac Pro?

What’s in store for the new Apple Mac Pro?

It’s been nearly four years since Apple’s current Mac Pro was announced at WWDC in June 2013. To the delight of Mac geeks such as ourselves, Apple have announced a revamped Mac Pro is in the works, and pricing on existing high-end Mac Pros is set to come down.    

Rumours on what we can expect from Apple’s redesigned Mac Pro abound, but we may have to wait a while to see exactly what we’ll be getting our hands on come launch day.

When will it arrive?

Apple are keen to make this new model the best that it can be, and that’s going to take some time. The current timeframe suggests a 2018 launch, at the earliest.

“We have a team working hard on it right now,” says Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple. “We want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.”

About the spec

Of course, we can’t say for certain, but the rumour mill has been churning out some pretty exciting stuff about what we can expect from the new Mac Pro. Rumours suggest that the new model will feature a modular design accommodating high-end CPUs and GPUs. We could be looking at a next-generation Intel Xeon E5 processor, and more RAM in the entry-level version if Apple follow what they’ve done with the MacBook Pro, which ships with 16GB as standard.

For a professional audience, it would be good to see a higher capacity of storage available than the 256GB PCIe-based flash storage found in current Mac Pro models. Looking at graphics cards, AMD revealed their new FirePro W-series in 2014, or there’s their Fury platform that could be a contender for the new machine.

In terms of ports, the current Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB-3 ports, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 1.4 UltraHD and a combined optical digital audio output/analogue line out mini-jack. The new model will probably include more Thunderbolt ports in the form of USB-3, and perhaps traditional Mac Pro users will get their wish of PCI slots to add faster SSDs and better video cards.

Current pricing on Mac Pro models

If you can’t wait until 2018 for a new model, Apple have announced that pricing on the higher-end Mac Pros will be coming down in the meantime. The entry-level 6-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs and 16GB memory option is now available for £2999. The higher-end model now sits at £3899, with an 8-core processor and a dual D700 GPUs.

While we’re definitely excited for a long-awaited update on the Mac Pro, the existing model is still a powerful desktop option for creatives. With a potentially long wait ahead of us for the redesign, do you think it’s worth investing in the 2013 machine now prices have dropped? Let us know in the comments.

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