Review: A day in the life of iPad Pro

Review: A day in the life of iPad Pro

When iPad Pro was announced in September 2015, we couldn’t quite imagine how it’d fit into our creative workflow. But after getting our hands on one for a couple of weeks and letting the team put it through its paces, we’ve come to understand Apple’s vision for this super-sized, yet super-portable and powerful tablet.

We placed iPad Pro with our in-house creative team, to see how they used the device as part of their creative workflow. iPad Pro seamlessly integrated with our Mac computers and Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Here’s how the team has been using iPad Pro this week… 

Monday:

“I kicked things off by taking iPad Pro with me to our weekly creative team catchup. It was great for making quick notes, annotating and sketching out ideas. Initially I thought it would be too big and heavy to take to meetings and brainstorming sessions, but on closer inspection I found it to be quite the opposite and a great portable device. It’s particularly light and thin with a beautifully sleek 12.9” Retina display making it ideal for sharing ideas with the team in meetings and on the go. Being able to handwrite notes using the Apple Pencil was a real bonus, and was a great addition during brainstorming sessions.” – Becky

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Tuesday:

“This week I’ve been working on a new illustration to front an event invite. I used Adobe Creative Cloud mobile application Photoshop Sketch to create my initial artwork ideas. Photoshop Sketch mimics the same visual effects you get when painting and drawing on paper, so using iPad Pro with Apple Pencil felt really natural. I’ve been working with the water colour brush today, which is really responsive, I can watch the colour spread and develop much like the real thing would.

I wasn’t expecting iPad Pro to replace my iMac setup and desktop Creative Cloud applications, but I could certainly get used to switching between the two and would benefit greatly from having the freedom to work on the go, knowing that my projects would synchronise across devices and apps so I could keep picking it up wherever I’m working.” – Xenia

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Wednesday:

“I find that I’m just as productive working on iPad Pro as I am on my MacBook. Although the multitasking Spilt View feature is available across iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, using it on iPad Pro was brilliant. Today I was writing up my work in Pages using Split View with Safari open on the other side. It’s a great way of working and such a time saver not having to flick between applications.” – Shariff

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Thursday:

“I’ve just finished working my way through an Adobe training clip. I like to keep on top of Adobe updates, so today I was working in Split View with half the screen displaying Adobe Comp and the other half open with Safari so I could follow the tutorial.” – Thierry

Friday:

“Today I’ve been finishing off the projects I started earlier in the week. I really enjoy being able to pick up iPad Pro, tap into Adobe Creative Cloud applications and pick up sketches and graphics I’ve been working on, on my desktop in mobile form. I like how weighty the Apple Pencil is, it doesn’t feel like it’s about to fly out of my hand across the room and there’s minimal lag! When I’m sketching on iPad Pro it feels like a completely natural drawing experience, Apple Pencil is thinner than the stylus I usually use with my Wacom tablet, but it was very easy to adjust to.” – Jamie

Additional thoughts from the team:

“The Apple Pencil is awesome, and the iPad Pro is a good size, but it’s not really necessary when you have a MacBook. I can see the appeal if you’re working on an iMac and need something portable though. If the iPad Pro could run the Photoshop desktop app like a Mac did with OS X, it’d be on to a winner.” – Liana

“While iPad Pro impresses most when drawing – the Apple Pencil is a real pleasure to draw with, being incredibly responsive, and also much more natural and comfortable than some graphics tablet pencils – for me, as a copywriter, it’s the screen size that’s the winner. When it was first announced, some balked at the idea of a 12” iPad, but actually using the iPad Pro, it makes perfect sense. You have an almost full-size keyboard at your fingertips, so word processing is a realistic option. I’d still prefer to type on my trusty 13” MacBook Air – I would miss the feedback and clickety-clack of a real keyboard – but I would definitely consider iPad Pro as a tool for word processing on the move.” – Liz

The pros

– It’s far lighter than you expect, which makes it a very portable option despite its larger size than other models.

– The added size just makes everything a little bit easier to do (without going too big!) – everything from multitasking to typing to sketching ideas and making notes is natural.

– The Apple Pencil is a joy to use! Sketching is so much more accurate than comparable tools we have used and very quickly it becomes as fluid as using pencil on paper.

– Split-screen makes sense on iPad Pro, as you basically have two full sized apps running alongside each other in a way that’s not been possible until now.

We’d love to see…

– There’s really only one thing: more heavy duty creative apps that would give it the ability to be a realistic alternative to the notebook. At the minute the Adobe tools available are great for developing ideas and working on the fly, but you’re going to have to have your MacBook with you if you want to do anything more than sketching and basic comping. But that’s more about the tools than the hardware, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on developments in that area.

Want to find out more about iPad Pro? Options start at the 32GB model up to 128GB, and it’s available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey, with prices from £547 ex VAT. Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Now in stock: Panasonic DVX200 4K camcorder

Now in stock: Panasonic DVX200 4K camcorder

We have the world’s first 4/3 type large format 4K camcorder, the Panasonic DVX200, in plentiful stock and ready for delivery! 

Featuring a newly developed F2.8 LEICA DICOMAR 4K lens and 13x zoom, the DVX200 is just about the only large sensor fixed lens 4K camera on the market at the moment with a recognised form factor for handheld and shoulder mount shooting. You can grab yourself a shiny new DVX200 for just £2700 (£3240 inc VAT) now.

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Panasonic DVX200 also features:

– Beautiful bokeh effects from a 4/3 type, large format sensor.

– 12 stops of image latitude faithfully reordered by new V-Log L gamma curve.

– Variable Frame Rate with a maximum of 120 fps (in full High Definition resolution).

–  The DVX200 is also compatible with the AG ROP (Remote Operation Panel) app, which allows remote control of the 4K camera recorder from an iPad. (You can download the app over on the App Store here).

Take a look at the DVX200 in action:

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Now in stock: Fomex flexible lighting kit!

Now in stock: Fomex flexible lighting kit!

We’ve got a fresh supply of Fomex flexible lighting kits in stock and ready for order now! Complete with LED light and 30cm x 30cm light mat, you’ll have all the tools you need to hit the ground running, whether you’re shooting in the studio or out. Grab your Fomex lighting bundle for £549 (£658.80 inc VAT)

Want to know more? Here’s the good stuff:

– Flexible LED light: Designed with filmmakers and stills photogrpahers in mind, the Fomex flexible lighting unit combines light weight, thin design and 360o pliability into an LED lighting fixture. The LED mats can be adhered directly to walls, windows or virtually any surface – curved or otherwise.

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– Weather protected: For use both in the studio and out, the Fomex flexible lighting comes bundled with an FL-600 light mat with rain and dust protection so you can work in all weather conditions and environments.

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– Portable: Fomex lighting is thin and lightweight – the mat weighs in at just 387 grams.

Innovative design: LED lights remain cool to the touch even after hours of use.

What do you get?

The Fomex flexible lighting kit bundle comes complete with:

– FL-600 LED mat.

– Lighting controller with V-mount battery plate.

– X-mount with 16mm female spigot mount.

– 5m controller extension cable.

– SuperClamp adaptor shoe for lighting controller.

– AC power supply.

– UK IEC cable.

– Carry bag.

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Sony release optional firmware for the PXW-X70

Sony release optional firmware for the PXW-X70

Sony have announced that you can now purchase their 4K upgrade kit for your PXW-X70 4K-ready camcorder as part of a bundle. While you can still purchase the upgrade kit separately for £365, you now have the option to buy the camera and firmware bundled together for £1800.

Here’s what you need to know:

– This new bundle comes complete with PXW-X70 camcorder and 4K upgrade kit, and is known as the PXW-X70/4K (available on our website here).

– This means the PXW-X70 will be shipped with the CBKZ-X70FX 4K upgrade license as a bundle.

– You can get your hands on this bundle from the 1st January 2016.

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Thanks for making our So Ho Ho Soiree such a great night!

Thanks for making our So Ho Ho Soiree such a great night!

On Thursday 10th December we transformed our Soho service and customer experience centre into a Christmas wonderland complete with mulled wine, hog roasts, chocolate fountains and our best selection of Christmas jumpers for our So Ho Ho Soiree. We welcomed plenty of vendors and customers to celebrate with us, and boy did we have a good evening!

With a HP-sponsored Harry Potter themed room, more cocktails than you could shake a wand at, a magician and a candy floss machine, we hope our guests had a great night. So, on behalf of everyone at Jigsaw24, we wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for coming round to celebrate with us, and a special thank you to G-Technology, HP, Avid, GB Labs and Wacom for sponsoring our event!

Whether you came along or you missed it, here are just a few highlights from the evening. Remember, if you’d like to attend any of our events in the future, keep an eye on our events page for more information!

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As guests arrived, they were handed a copy of our own Jigsaw24 Marauders Map before making their way through to our welcome drinks reception where mulled wine, prosecco and mince pies were on offer. The rest of the ground floor played host to a cocktail bar serving appropriately themed Christmas cocktails, a DJ and a hog roast.

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Upstairs, our boardroom (also known as Nonsuch) was decked out with a chocolate fountain, candy floss machine and another cocktail bar – this time serving Harry Potter themed cocktails (the ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’ being our favourite).

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We also had a photo booth available for a bit of light tomfoolery and plenty of Harry Potter sweet treats including chocolate frogs and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

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Jigsaw24 Events

Want to find out more about our upcoming events? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email events@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Get back up to date with Avid Media Composer!

Get back up to date with Avid Media Composer!

Slipped off the wagon recently with your Avid Media Composer subscription? Not to worry – Avid are offering you the chance to reinstate your support plan and upgrades subscription, without having to buy a whole new licence, until the 31st December 2015. 

If you’re running an old version of Media Composer (versions 5.5 to 7.0) you can now get one year of upgrades (to version 8) and support for £320, without needing to fork out for a new set of licences, saving you £619! If you’re a school, university or college running an academic plan, Avid are also offering you the chance to get back up to date for £129, ensuring that your students will always be running the very latest version.

Once you’re back up and running with the latest version of Media Composer, you’ll need to renew annually if you want to stay up to date.

You can check over on the Avid website here whether you’re eligible to take part in the update scheme – you’ll just need your Avid System ID to hand.

If you’d like to take advantage of the offer, all you need to do is contact your Jigsaw24 account manager or call our sales line on 03332 400 888. Avid will be running the offer until the 31st December, so you can start the new year afresh and completely updated!

Want to find out more about Avid in education? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Order your Sony PXW- FS5 now!

Order your Sony PXW- FS5 now!

You got a first glimpse of it at IBC 2015, and now we’ve got the rugged, professional Sony PXW-FS5 camcorder available to order now!

With an ultra-lightweight body (weighing in at just 0.8kg), flexible controls, versatile monitoring and module design for easy integration, the FS5 is perfect for use in a range of professional applications, from event videography to corporate online video production.

Priced at just £4490 (£5388 inc VAT), the Sony PXW-FS5 is an industry standard yet affordable 4K camcorder. It features 4K resolution, Super 35 size sensor, 14 stops of exposure latitude and exceptional sensitivity.

Visit our RME shop

We’ve got a demo FS5K unit down at our place in Soho, and at our main HQ in Nottingham so if you’d like to take one for a test drive before you decide to buy, you’re more than welcome to. Just drop an email to broadcast@Jigsaw24.com and we’ll arrange a convenient time for you to stop by.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Our top five reasons why you need a Canon XC-10 in the classroom

Our top five reasons why you need a Canon XC-10 in the classroom

Canon’s popular XC-10 4K camcorder is proving to be a hit among schools, college and universities. If you’re thinking about introducing 4K to the curriculum, here’s our quick guide and top five reasons why we think the Canon XC-10 is the perfect classroom addition…

About

Announced in early April 2015, the XC-10 is the newest compact digital video camera from Canon, capable of capturing 4K Ultra-HD footage and 12MP stills. The XC-10 features a 1.0″ CMOS sensor, 10x zoom with optical image stabiliser, and slow and fast motion recording. Aimed at DSLR shooters, it shares a similar form factor, and even DSLR accessories, but alleviates the fundamental issues caused by using a DSLR camera designed to create great still photographs, not shoot video.

Here’s why we think the XC-10 makes a great addition to any classroom:

1. Fantastic value for money

Priced at just £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT), the XC-10 is a great low-cost, small form-factor UHD 4K camcorder. Perfect for students to get to grips with 4K cameras, without blowing your entire year’s budget.

2. Large sensor camera with a fixed lens

Ideal for getting the class out of their seats and photographing/videoing their surroundings, without carrying a bag of lenses. The XC-10 is a run and gun style camera, which makes it great for capturing footage from school events like sports days, class concerts and even graduation ceremonies.

3. 5-axis image stabilisation mode

Image stabilisation is common-place but 5-axis stabilisation takes it to another level. If you’ve ever shot something by hand, it will invariably have a lot of movement. If zoomed in, it will probably be unusable. The XC-10 constantly moves the image along 5 different axis’, so even a zoomed in shot, hand-held, is rock solid. Students can shoot quickly and freely.

4. Compatible with a range of camera accessories

The XC-10 uses the same accessories as Canon’s DSLR range, including batteries and chargers, so if you’ve already got Canon kit you can optimise your existing equipment, without the need to purchase anything new.

5. Feature packed, and great for teaching industry standard skills

With over-cranking and under-cranking (for slow and fast motion footage), WiFi capabilities, HDMI out, full HD resolution including 1080 50p recorded straight onto SDXC, and 4K onto C-Fast cards, you can really teach your students the technical skills they’ll need when they’re working with photo and video later in life.

In use

Just recently, we lent a demo unit to the University of Nottingham Biological Photography and Imaging department for students to use on their latest film-making project. We received some great feedback from the department – we’re thrilled to see their students enjoying using the camera!

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Thinking about investing? The Canon XC-10 lightweight and compact 4K 1″ sensor camcorder will set you back a cool £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT) and is in stock and ready for delivery now.

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Want to find out more about the Canon XC? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 at the TIGA Awards 2015

Jigsaw24 at the TIGA Awards 2015

This year we were privileged enough to be a sponsor for the annual TIGA Games Industry Awards 2015, and were invited down to the ceremony in London on the 12th November to watch the winners be crowned. Here’s our roundup of the evening…

The big winners from the night saw Carl Cavers (Sumo Digital) take home the Outstanding Individual Award, and Space Ape Games’ Rival Kingdoms claim the prestigious Game of the Year Award, as voted by the public. We got to hang out at the beautiful 18th Century LSO St Lukes Church in London, hand out two awards, mingle with our fellow sponsors including Platinum, Gold, King, Abertay University and Havok (to name a few), and rub shoulders with some of the biggest game developers of the moment.

Some of our highlights of the night include Sony Computer Entertainment Europe taking home the prize for Best Original Game for Bloodborne, and Freejam taking home the best debut game award for Robocraft: Unleashed.

During the course of the evening our CEO Martin Balaam presented the award for Education Initiative and Talent  Development, which was won by Grads in Games (Aardvark Swift), and our solutions architect Jamie Allan present the Audio Supplier award to SIDE. For the full list of categories, nominees and winners visit the TIGA website here.

Take a look below at a few of our snaps from the evening!

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Thanks for attending our Making Impact with iPad event

Thanks for attending our Making Impact with iPad event

On Thursday 12th November, we gathered together our education team and made for the Belfry Hotel and Resort in Sutton Coldfield for our Making Impact with iPad event, with the aim of inspiring and informing SLT of new ways to use iPad in the classroom.

Throughout the day we ran a series of workshops covering a range of topics from providing advice on iPad purchase schemes to looking in more detail at eSafety and managing your mobile devices. Our Apple Education Trainers took to the floor to present on:

Lesson planning: Looking at how to build your own lesson plans and content using iTunes U (from both a teacher and student perspective). We also discussed apps like Showbie and how to incorporate them into English and maths lessons.

CPD training: Discussing the importance of making sure your staff know how to use their devices to the best of their ability and how they can sign up for our range of CPD training sessions, including our sessions on ‘Assessment tools on iPad’ and ‘iPad and the primary computing curriculum’.

Purchasing models: A session was held to run through the various ways you can finance your iPad deployment, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from new technology. We looked at leasing, insurance and parental contribution schemes.

The latest technology in education: Getting to grips with new technology and improving interactivity with interactive touchscreens and 3D printing.

We also had a special presentation from the experts at Apple, talking about moving from ‘substitution to redefinition’ and other models for using technology. Staff from Sidney Stringer Academy were on hand to talk about their iPad journey, hurdles they faced along the way and how we supported them through the process.

We had a really great day at The Belfry and we hope you found our sessions useful and worthwhile. Here’s a selection of photos and comments from the day.

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Gutted you missed our Sutton Coldfield event? We’re holding our second Making Impact with iPad event at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester on the 9th February. Head over to our events page to register and book your place! 

Want to find out more about our education solutions and services? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email education@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and updates follow  @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.