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! 

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Suffragette uses Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio for grading

Suffragette uses Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio for grading

On the 2nd November 2015, Blackmagic Design announced that historical drama film Suffragette was graded by Goldcrest Post Production, London on DaVinci Resolve Studio. Here’s the press release from Blackmagic Design.

Opening the 59th BFI London Film Festival, Suffragette is the first feature film to tell the story of women’s right to vote, and united colourist Rob Pizzey with director Sarah Gavron and cinematographer Eduard Grau.

Not shying away from the violent aspects of the movement’s struggle, Grau and Pizzey were influenced by Saul Leiter in developing the film’s distinctively gritty style, shot on 16mm film and digital. A DaVinci Resolve plug-in, called Neat Video, was used in conjunction with a separate plug-in written by Pizzey so that the team could adjust the level of grain in real time, based on Gavron’s feedback.

“Suffragette is a wonderful film and thoroughly deserving of its place at the London Film Festival, it’s fantastic news and makes me feel very proud,” said managing director at Goldcrest Post London, Patrick Malone. “We have always been fortunate in terms of the diversity of projects we work on and it’s particularly rewarding when the more cerebral titles achieve exposure and acclaim.”

Also highly critically acclaimed was this year’s Hollywood remake of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which saw Goldcrest Post London colourist Adam Glasman work with director Justin Kunzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw to create a film filled with palpable brutality, surreal hallucinatory scenes and stylised colour jumps that broke all the grading rules using DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Instead of fulfilling his normal role as a colourist, seamlessly matching the colour of every shot in a feature, Glasman deliberately made colours jump between shots for Macbeth, intentionally ensuring they didn’t match to bring audiences the classic Shakespeare play as they’d never seen it before.

“This is an intensively competitive business requiring us to maintain the highest standards of service to uphold the reputation we have all worked so hard to achieve. Any lapse in these standards, particularly when working on high profile titles such as Suffragette and Macbeth, could be extremely detrimental to the business,” Malone concluded. “Resolve has become the lynchpin of our workflow, allowing us to design an exceptionally reliable and efficient picture pipeline. We now have a process that effectively satisfies the editorial and delivery requirements of a project, while providing directors of photography with an incredibly powerful finishing tool.”

Check out our range of Blackmagic Design products here, or browse our DaVince Resolve hardware and configuration page here. Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Our top five new features in OS X El Capitan

Our top five new features in OS X El Capitan

With the latest OS X, El Capitan, ready for download and spreading like wild fire, we thought it only appropriate that we round up our top five tips and tricks that’ll save you time, energy and make you question how you ever lived without them. 

1. Cursor locator

Our first (and probably our favourite) new feature is the cursor locator feature. Never again will we sit shaking our mouse to find the cursor on screen, now Apple have built in an intuitive new feature which registers the shaking of your mouse or finger movement on the trackpad, enlarging the cursor so you can spot it easily.

2. Split View in full-screen mode

At long last we can finally have more than one application open at once! Simply click the green window-resize button to activate the new Split View feature, and choose the amount of space you want each app to take up on your screen.

3. Pin tabs in Safari

While you can already pin tabs in Chrome and Firefox, Apple have now added the feature to Safari, allowing users to tag their favourite and frequently visited websites. So, even if you quit Safari you can always access your pinned tabs later. Pinning a tab in Safari is super user-friendly and simply requires you to drag the tab you want to pin to the left. To unpin your tabs, drag the tab to the right. Easy.

4. Swipe to delete in Mail

Apple have added two new gestures to the Mail app (both of which will be familiar to iOS users). Select your email and swipe right to delete it, or swipe left to mark it as unread.

5. How to tell which Safari tabs are playing audio in Safari 9.0 

Never again will we scramble about to find which of the 20 tabs we have open is blaring out an advert for washing powder. New in Safari 9.0 for El Capitan and Yosemite, Safari will identify which of your open tabs is playing audio, by displaying a speaker icon in the right-hand corner of the tab (much like Chrome for Mac already does). But Apple take things one step further, allowing you to click on the speaker icon to mute individual tabs.

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Jigsaw24 at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University

Jigsaw24 at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University

On the 22nd October, we were invited to the official opening of the new Ruskin School of Arts building at Oxford University. Over the past year we’ve been working with them to build a robust infrastructure and AV solution, including building a film screen window display and three new editing suites. Here’s a sneak preview of what happened on their opening night.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton presented the opening ceremony. He introduced us to their brand new multimedia lab, three editing suites, a print room, and wood and metal workshops. We listened to speeches from Alumni Conrad Shawcross and Turner Prize Winner for 2012, Dr Elizabeth Price, and watched a special performance by Hannah Jones.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at Ruskin School of Art and can’t wait to follow the work they produce in their new editing suites! Keep a look out for our full case study coming soon, and in the meantime take a nosy at our photos from the evening.

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Avid announce ISIS | 1000 special offer for education customers

Avid announce ISIS | 1000 special offer for education customers

Avid have announced a new special offer! Until the 15th December 2015, education customers who purchase a standard ISIS | 1000 will receive 20 copies of Media Composer software and two years of support bundled in.

Terms and conditions

This offer is strictly for education customers only. Your ISIS | 1000 must be purchased before the 15th December (shipped before the 24th December) and cannot be combined with any other offers. We’ve got stock readily available, so drop our sales team a call if you’re interested!

Avid in education

Take a look at Avid’s latest education video to see how students can benefit from learning industry-recognisesd skills on industry standard software like Pro Tools, Sibelius and Media Composer.

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JAMF Software release Casper Suite 9.8

JAMF Software release Casper Suite 9.8

JAMF Software have announced the release of version 9.8 of their popular Apple management software, Casper Suite, and it now comes with support for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan…

What’s new?

Support for iOS 9

Yep, JAMF Software are ready for iOS 9 and have built in support for the latest iOS into version 9.8 of their Casper Suite software, to maintain inventory, deployment workflows, and security policies during the upgrade process. They’ve also introduced workflow enhancements for the Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) including device-based assignments with iOS 9.

New iOS 9 configuration profiles

Version 9.8 also includes several improved security features like:

– Apple Watch pairing and security.

– Data security with AirDrop.

– iCloud photo library.

Better Apple deployments

Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme (DEP) and Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) workflows have been improved to make it easier for IT admins to take advantage of user-friendly deployment programmes and get the required tools and resources into the hands of users faster. Combining Casper Suite 9.8 with DEP and VPP ensures a great experience for IT and users. Casper Suite 9.8 also allows for user-based scoping. This lets IT use their existing user groups from directory services to deploy policies, configurations, and apps.

Our verdict

We recommend that all our customers managing iOS devices upgrade to version 9.8 so that iOS 9 devices are supported. You can download the installers from JAMF Nation in the ‘My Assets’ section.

If you’re worried you’re not fully optimising your Casper Suite, sign up for our JSS Healthcheck. Priced at £2500 ex VAT, we’ll provide you with a three-day assessment of your current implementation carried out by our resident JSS wizards. We’ll provide you with a ground-up assessment of your current infrastructure, hardware and procedures, which has been designed to help you optimise your existing assets and licences before taking on any more. Drop an email to for more information.

If you’ve recently downloaded El Capitan and want to know how to bind your Mac to a Windows server, our Apple accredited engineer Dave Hornby has put together a simple video guide to help you out!

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Thanks for making our IBC Roadshow such a huge success!

Thanks for making our IBC Roadshow such a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our IBC Roadshow in MediaCityUK on 6th October and Soho, London on 8th October. We’ve had a busy and brilliant week meeting so many broadcast enthusiasts and getting hands-on with new releases fresh from IBC in Amsterdam.


We kicked things off on the 6th October up in MediaCityUK, Salford, and welcomed the likes of Avid, Holdan, Quantum, NewTek and AJA, all giving talks on their new products and releases from IBC. We also had the Avid Pro Tools | S3, and Artist | DNxIO set up for people to stop by and demo, and welcomed Sony and their FS7, Canon and their C300 Mk II, Blackmagic Design and URSA Mini, and Holdan with the Panasonic DVX-200.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the day!

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Soho, London

We finished off the week down at our place in Golden Square, Soho. We went all out with the Amsterdam theme, with neon lights, clogs and a waffle cart (which proved extremely popular). During the day we held seminars with Avid, GB Labs, Holdan, Quantum and Autodesk. We also had plenty of vendors setting up stalls with their products on display for all to demo and get hands-on with. Blackmagic Design brought their URSA Mini with them, which went down a storm – there were plenty of you talking about it on Twitter!

We rounded off the week in true Jigsaw24 style, with an after party (kindly sponsored by HP). We got out the beer kegs and bicycle-shaped glass holders and let our hair down. Here’s a selection of photos and comments from the day…

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On a final note, we’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by and our vendors for putting on such great seminars and stalls. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our events page for more free events coming to Soho soon!

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Weekly design inspiration: Coat of arms

Weekly design inspiration: Coat of arms

This week, we unveiled our latest piece of Jigsaw24 artistry, our own coat of arms. Featuring all our best assets, zebra included, it got us thinking about our favourite and most memorable heraldic works (we’ve got odd hobbies). Here’s what the team came up with, including Canadian, local and magical coats of arms…

Visually stunning Canadian coats

First up, we’re marvelling at the brilliance and slight madness of the coats of arms of the Canadian states. Whereas us Europeans like to keep our coats traditional and feature lots of lions and medieval shields, we were thrilled to find the Canadians not taking things as seriously and thinking more creatively. Who wouldn’t want their coat of arms to feature bison mermaids, flying polar bears or rainbow jaguars?

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Nottingham coat of arms

Looking more locally now, we’ve been investigating Nottingham’s changing coat of arms. Our current coat of arms has been standing since 1933, and features a pair of stags and a castle. Missing is any reference to our beloved outlaw Robin Hood, who was removed from the coat way back in 1905. We’d quite like him to be reinstated, maybe in his Disney fox form.

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We couldn’t talk about coats of arms without mentioning the wonderfully detailed and artistic coat of arms of our favourite magical school, Hogwarts. We love the school motto, which translates to ‘never tickle a sleeping dragon’ and the royal gold colour scheme, and who could forget the Hufflepuff badger?

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Traditional pub signs

Carrying on from Hogwarts we thought we’d mention another one of our favourite things, pubs. While pub signs might not be the main reason we visit such an establishment, we all enjoy a good bit of pub signage, especially the example below, a hand-painted sign from artist Andrew Grundon.

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Game of Thrones coat of arms

Our final piece for this week is a collection of Game of Thrones-inspired coat of arms for the Seven Kingdoms’ houses from Russian designer Ivan Belikov. We particularly like his illustrations for the House of Stark and House of Targaryen.

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Introducing the Jigsaw24 coat of arms

Let’s take a moment now to appreciate our new coat of arms in all of its lipstick-wearing zebra glory. You are welcome.



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Canon announce the XEED 4K500ST and two new LV models

Canon announce the XEED 4K500ST and two new LV models

Canon announce the release of three new projectors, the XEED 4K500ST and two new LV models. Here’s what you need to know and when you can get your hands on them…

Canon XEED 4K500ST

Weighing in at just 17.6kg (including the lens) the XEED 4K500ST is the world’s lightest 4K projector. Its compact size can fit unobtrusively into a variety of installed environments, meaning 4K projection can become a reality outside of the cinema set up.


– High definition 4096 x 2400 LCOS panel, meaning content exceeding the resolution of 4K digital cinema can be projected.

– Capable of displaying very fine, detailed images perfect for engineering applications where computer-aided design (CAD) work and 3D modelling require high levels of detail.

– Newly developed 4K wide zoom lens, capable of projecting large images from a short distance, as well as a peripheral focusing function that enables the projection of images onto curved screens.

– Designed for a wide range of applications including simulation, medical imaging and engineering, the projector offers 4K resolution whilst being compact and lightweight.

Canon LV-WX320 and LV-X320

LV-WX320: An WXGA portable projector that delivers bright, high-quality images and is impressively compact and lightweight. HDMI, MHL compatibility and a network port offer superior value for money.

LV-X320: A XGA portable projector that delivers bright images from a conveniently small and lightweight device.

The two new LV models offer increased brightness, contrast and connectivity options, bringing bright, high-performance projection with long lamp life at exceptionally good value to corporate and educational environments.


We’re expecting the XEED 4K500ST to go on sale in early 2016 with release dates for the LV-WX320 and LV-X320 still to be confirmed. Keep checking back in for more information on release dates and pricing!

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Weekly design inspiration: Theatre

Weekly design inspiration: Theatre

This week, we’ve been getting into the acting spirit and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. So, we’ve all been donning our best accents, stage makeup and collecting our favourite pieces of theatre inspired artwork. We give you Vegas stage sets, acting tips, paper theatre and Les Misérables…

Le Reve “The Dream” at the Wynn, Las Vegas

First up we’re looking at set design from ‘Le Reve’ the popular Las Vegas show held at the Wynn Casino. A particularly impressive setup, the stage features water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and a great deal of trust from its performers. A definite must-see if you’re in Vegas!

Le Reve (The Dream) at the Wynn, Las Vegas via YouTube

Katrin Brack: Stage designer

Next up we’re looking at some of the stunning sets created by stage designer Katrin Brack. Simplicity is the key here, with lots of Katrin’s stagings featuring confetti, lights and balloons. Here’s a look at a few of our favourites.

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Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action

Just the sort of thing every marketeer should be familiar with, rhetorical gestures and action. Today we learnt that without realising it, we’ve been displaying stances of fashionable impudence and jealous rage in our infographics. Going forwards we will all study ‘Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action’ in great depth so as not to confuse these actions again.

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Papercraft Dioramas

Turning now to everyone’s favourite combination: papercraft, set design and animation. We’ve been admiring the work of artist duo Davy and Kristin McGuire and their quaint paper dioramas. With the help of a little digital projection mapping they’ve produced a series of theatrical installations (which we all expected to be far more sinister than they were). We’ve included our favourite, a cheeky wildlife number, below.

Production designer: Eve Stewart

Our final piece is a homage to the film version of Les Misérables. Although, technically we’ve been looking at the film adaptation and not the theatre production, we were so taken with the set design that we felt it deserved a spot in our lineup.  We were all fascinated to discover the work that went into building the sets for the film, created by production designer Eve Stewart. It’s the most uses for plastic we’ve ever seen.

Les Miserable – craft featurette: production design via YouTube

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