IBC 2015: Avid special offers…

IBC 2015: Avid special offers…

For a limited time, save £600 on the purchase price of a standalone Artist | DNxIO when you trade in a selected open IO from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox or MOTU – shipping now! 

Avid Artist | DNxIO is a powerful, professional video I/O interface designed to simplify and accelerate your entire HD, Ultra HD, 2K, and 4K workflow. Available as standalone hardware or bundled with industry-standard Media Composer software, Artist | DNxIO enables you to capture, monitor, and output media quickly – in the highest quality possible. And because the interface, which includes hardware by Blackmagic Design, is designed to be open and flexible, you can use it with Avid and other creative tools too.

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Why move to DNxIO?

– Capture and play back stunning high-resolution video through advanced 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, and HDMI 2.0 connections.

– Boost your editing efficiency with on-board processing, which provides realtime or accelerated media encoding, decoding, conversion, and colour conversion.

– Work with SD, HD, 2K, 4K, 2D, 3D, and other media, with up to 12-bit, 60fps support. Use your favourite video, audio, and graphic tools, including Media Composer (8.4.1 or higher), Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Fusion, and more.

– Connect with Thunderbolt 2 and PCIe-enabled laptops and workstations.

The small print

– Trade-ins must be purchased before September 30, 2015.

– Offer only applies to trade-in Artist | DNxIO standalone units. Standalone units do not include Media Composer software or client connectivity kits (Thunderbolt cable or PCIe cable and card); both must be purchased separately.

– This offer cannot be combined with other special offers.

– This offer cannot be combined with Q3 DNxIO channel rebate.

– Open I/O hardware must be returned within 30 days after receiving Artist | DNxIO or purchaser will be invoiced the difference for a full-priced standalone DNxIO.

For a complete list of the Open I/O hardware eligible for trade-in, visit the DNxIO Trade-in page.

Avid Artist | DNxIO – Open IO Trade in Offer

At Jigsaw24, we are very proud to be a fully authorised Avid Elite Reseller, with all Artist Series controllers available to test drive at our Soho-based ‘Steampunk demo studios.

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IBC 2015: AJA update FS3, openGear products and mini converters

IBC 2015: AJA update FS3, openGear products and mini converters

AJA had plenty to say at IBC 2015, here is our roundup of their key highlights including new updates to the FS3, new openGear products, updates to mini converters and more…

Product updates

FS3

The new FS3 combines AJA’s industry-proven frame synchronisation with high-quality 4K up-conversion technology to seamlessly integrate SD and HD signals into 4K workflows. AJA’s adaptive scaling algorithms, paired with our well-known conversion technology ensures your up-converted images will have the maximum quality possible. Input SD or HD resolution SDI via BNC or Fiber and send up-converted 4K/UHD to multiple BNC and Fiber outputs simultaneously. The FS3 can also operate as an SD or HD frame synchroniser.

FS3 also includes the industry-proven features included in AJA frame synchronisers such as RGB colour correction, region of interest scaling, extensive audio controls and routing, web UI control, GPI triggers and more.

The FS1, FS1-X and FS2 are at the heart of hundreds of broadcast facilities, post houses and mobile trucks. FS3 joins this powerful team with an easy way to integrate SD and HD signals into 4K workflows, creating a bridge to 4K and UHD.

Products in the AJA FS family are often referred to as the ‘swiss army knife’ of professional video workflow tools for their unprecedented levels of support, and the FS3 is no exception. The FS3 can up-convert almost any input HD or SD format to 4K/UHD up to and including 60p. 4K/UHD outputs can be 4x 3Gb SDI (level A or B), 2x 3Gb SDI (level B) or 4x 1.5Gb SDI. Inputs or outputs can be Fiber with optional SFPs.

FS3 will be available in October at a price of $2,995 US MSRP (UK pricing TBC).

openGear

openGear is an open-architecture, modular frame system designed by Ross Video and supported by a diverse range of terminal equipment manufacturers, which ,now includes AJA. The demand for openGear-compatible cards has been growing, and we are now able to offer several new solutions for using AJA I/O hardware in openGear environments.

openGear Frame

The AJA OG-3-FR is a 2RU, 20-slot openGear frame that can support any AJA openGear- compatible card. Key features include:

openGear Products

– Easy-access front panel.
– Built-in cooling.
– Modular rear panel.
– Ethernet connectivity (with supported openGear cards).
– Redundant power supply option.

openGear Cards

OG-1×9-SDI-DA: The OG-1×9-SDI-DA is a state-of-the-art, openGear-compatible, 3G-SDI distribution amplifier. The incoming SD, HD or 3G signal is re-clocked and distributed to each of the 9 3G-SDI outputs, allowing the same signal to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously.

OG-FIBER-2R: The OG-FIBER-2R is a state-of-the-art, openGear-compatible, two-channel Fiber to 3G-SDI converter, enabling SDI signals to be extended up to 10km over standard single-mode fiber optic cable. The two fiber inputs are completely independent allowing different SDI rates to be carried on each channel.

OG-FIBER-2T: The OG-FIBER-2T is a state-of-the-art, openGear-compatible, two-channel 3G-SDI to Fiber converter, enabling SDI signals to be extended up to 10km over standard single-mode fiber optic cable. The two SDI inputs are completely independent allowing different SDI rates to be carried on each channel.

Mini-converter updates

AJA builds the toolkit of products that knit the video world together. This year at IBC we continue to expand that toolkit with several new Mini-Converters as well as new options for our existing products.

HB-T-SDI and HB-R-SDI

The HB-T-SDI and HB-R-SDI offer an easy solution for extending 3G-SDI signals over CAT5 (or better) cable, utilising the industry standard HDBaseT protocol. Bi-directional IR and RS-232 for device control is also supported, making these Mini-Converters ideal in a variety of scenarios including fixed installation AV, digital signage, live events, post production, network, studio environments and on set. These new SDI-based converters can be ‘mixed and matched’ with AJA’s already introduced HDMI-based HDBaseT Mini-Converters, allowing customised video I/O on either end of the CAT5 connection without the need for additional converters. HB-T-SDI and HB-R-SDI are supported by AJA Mini-Config software, for easy configuration and control from any Mac or Windows computer.

New ROI Products

The ROI-HDMI Mini-Converter offers realtime region-of-interest scaling and SDI video output from HDMI computer signals. With extensive audio functionality, incredible image scaling as well as aspect and frame rate conversion, ROI-HDMI fulfills the growing need to properly incorporate computer signals into the video world without sacrificing budget or space. The free Mini-Config Mac or Windows application lets you interactively select a region-of-interest on- screen from the incoming HDMI signal and control how that region is scaled to the output resolution using AJA’s high quality scaling algorithms for the cleanest picture quality possible. ROI- HDMI joins the growing family of AJA ROI converters, which also offer DVI and DisplayPort connections.

With the introductions of ROI-HDMI and ROI-DP, AJA are renaming the original ROI to ROI-DVI to be more consistent with the other ROI products. ROI-DVI maintains all functionality and pricing. The latest price lists have been updated to reflect this name change.

Mini-Config Update

An update to the Mini-Config software, v2.13, has been released. This new version updates functionality for several Mini-Converters.

The HA5-4K, Hi5-4K and 4K2HD gain support for two-
sample interleave 4K signals, in addition to the existing
support of 4K quadrants. Two-sample interleaving divides
the 4K image on a pixel-by-pixel basis, rather than
dividing the entire image into four quadrants. This has the
advantage of carrying a representation of the entire frame
at a lower HD resolution, which can be viewed on
standard HD monitors. Two-sample interleaving is
becoming the preferred method for carrying 4K over SDI because it makes HD monitoring of the 4K signal significantly easier.

Hi5-4K gains additional functionality with the new Mini-Config release – support for HDMI 2.0. This update allows Hi5-4K to process 4K signals at up to 60fps in 4:2:2 and 4:4:4.

The Mini-Config software is free and can be downloaded from the AJA Support page for any USB- enabled AJA Mini-Converter.

Mini-Connect Tech Preview

Visitors to the AJA booth at IBC will get a glimpse of an upcoming product, Mini- Connect, which makes remote control of AJA Mini-Converters even more flexible. Attach up to four USB-enabled AJA Mini-Converters to Mini-Connect and then connect to your Ethernet network and control those Mini-Converters remotely from any web browser on the network. This allows remote control of the Mini- Converters at distances that would be impractical with a USB connection. Mini- Connect is a tech preview at IBC and will release later this year.

Desktop software v12.3

AJA have released version 12.3 drivers and software for the the following AJA products: KONA 4, KONA 3G, KONA LHi, KONA LHe Plus, Io 4K, Io XT, Io Express, and T-TAP.

The v12.3 software adds a host of new features including a range of options for closed captioning support for KONA 4 and Io 4K, new output support for Telestream Wirecast, and Linux retail drivers for use with applications such as Shotgun Software’s RV and The Foundry’s NUKE.

This release also includes the new AJA System Test 2.0, a cross-platform application for Mac or Windows, with a completely redesigned user interface. System Test is used to measure disk performance and PCIe performance and with this version also adds a new system report creation tool. New features include:

– Closed Captioning Improvements—KONA 4 and Io 4K now support closed captioning in Adobe Premiere Pro and AJA Control Room.

– Closed Captioning Capture—Add captions to a track in the Quicktime file; DPX capture creates .scc and .mcc file. Closed captioning playback is also supported.

– Output Support for Telestream Wirecast—Monitor output with Wirecast generated graphics overlays, including support for AJA T-TAPTM.

– New Linux Retail Driver—Supports Shotgun Software’s RV and The Foundry’s NUKE.

– SMPTE 425 controls for KONA 4 and Io 4K in AJA Control Panel.

– Audio Delay Slider—An audio delay slider is now part of AJA Control Panel supporting KONA 4 and Io 4K. Delay audio on input or output up to six frames, in 1/10 frame increments.

– Follow Input mode—Automatically changes the framebuffer to match the video input

– Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan support.

System Test 2.0

System Test is a cross-platform application for Mac or Windows, used to measure your system’s disk and PCIe performance.

System Test 2.0 builds on AJA’s previous System Test software, which was well- established in the industry for providing accurate test results, and adds a completely redesigned user interface for a more graphical representation of system performance as well as easy-to-use controls and settings. Test results can be shown as MB/s or FPS, depending on your preference, and a new reporting tool generates detailed test reports, allowing individual tests to be archived and compared.

Corvid HEVC

Corvid HEVC is a PCIe 2.0 8-lane video encoder card providing real time, low-latency HEVC encoding at 4K, 1080p HD and lower resolutions. Development partners can use AJA’s powerful SDK to integrate Corvid HEVC directly into their Windows and Linux applications using a flexible API for a variety of use cases such as:

– 4K/UHD encoding.

– Multi-channel HD/SD encoding.

– File-to-File encoding.

Corvid HEVC supports audio and metadata along with the video encoding, simplifying the amount of work needed to get a final encoded result.

CION update

CIONTM is the 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production camera that unites production and post by shooting directly to edit-ready Apple ProRes 4444 at up to 4K 30fps, ProRes 422 at up to 4K 60fps, or output AJA Raw at up to 4K 120fps.

New CION v1.2.1 firmware

A new firmware for CION has been released at IBC offering the following improvements and updates:

– Resolved an issue where, under certain conditions, the Gamma selection was not being properly restored when going from RECORD to PLAYBACK then back to RECORD.

– Resolved a field alignment issue when operating in 1080p-60 3G-B.

– Resolved an issue with the Video Signal Generator being affected by the saturation setting.

– Other fixes to enhance encoding stability.

– Following the price reduction for CION, demand has been consistent and CION remains an important part of the AJA Video portfolio of products and offers powerful integration options across both the editorial and converter product ranges. Like any other AJA Video product, work continues to enhance and refine the feature set of CION.

New CION image reel

The CION IBC 2015 HD Showreel features a diverse array of shooting styles that CION is capable of. The masters delivered were 2K/HD 444, derived from 4K/UHD shoots and represent content from both CION owners and the #TryCION program. The version uploaded to Vimeo is a HD ProRes 444 master.

#TryCION update

-NAB 2015 saw the launch of #TryCION, a completely new and unique program to offer 100 cameras to potential North American customers to actively use CION in a real world environment so as to best inform a purchasing decision. This program, which has never been attempted by any other camera manufacturer on this scale, has been an overwhelming success with a far greater number of loans achieved than first anticipated. In addition the program has been rolled out into Europe and Japan with great success as well. A very well attended #TryCION World Tour to promote the program as well as engage with end users took place over a 6 week period in North America, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, China and Japan. The #TryCION program will close in North America on September 22nd having been extended due to high demand.

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Canon launch the CJ1ex4 4K zoom lens

Canon launch the CJ1ex4 4K zoom lens

Canon announce the launch of the CJ12 ex4.3B, a new 2/3″ portable 4K zoom lens with the world’s widest focal length, at 4.3mm. The CJ12ex4.3B is designed for professionals shooting interviews or live broadcasting of sport and news. 

Canon are also developing a new compact 2/3″ 4K all-purpose zoom lens to further boost 4K broadcast lens range for cameras employing a 2/3″ sensor. The new lens will be optimised for both indoor and outdoor shooting across a variety of applications, including sports events, live broadcast, as well as television dramas and commercials.

CJ12 ex4.3B: Key features

– 4K resolution 2/3″ portable wide angle lens with 12x zoom.

– Exceptional 4.3mm focal length at the wide end extends to 52mm (104mm using the built in 2x extender).

– Stunning optical performance right to the edge of the image when paired with a 2/3” 4K compatible camera.

– Combines 4K quality with lightweight design and compact size comparable to HD lenses for comfortable on-shoulder shooting.

– Sustained 4K performance even when using the built-in 2x converter.

– Proven, high-quality 16-bit encoder captures precise information on zoom, focus and iris, and allows support for aberration correction immediately on startup.

– Three 20-pin connectors make for effortless use with existing Canon HD lens accessories and virtual systems.

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IBC 2015: Atomos expand 4K line up and break the $300 barrier for HD range

IBC 2015: Atomos expand 4K line up and break the $300 barrier for HD range

At IBC 2015 Atomos demonstrated for the first time, the 4K 3RU Shogun Studio for Broadcast & Live events, free Shogun upgrades including Canon Raw & Motion Blur time lapse, the 4K HDMI Ninja Assassin at $1295 and price changes on the HD range which see a world first Pro-Res/DNxHR monitor-recorder under $300. Here’s the press release…

Atomos have arrived at IBC in 2015 with a bag full of exciting announcements all the way through the product line-up.

– At the top of the line-up they will be demonstrating the 4K/HD 3RU 2ch dual 7” Shogun Studio live for the first time, targeted squarely at live event, broadcasters and mobile production.

– The popular 4K/HD Shogun unit is upgraded to AtomOS6.5 with 8 free features added, headlined by Canon Raw to ProRes/DNxHR recording for the C500 and C300MKII.

– The much anticipated 4K upgrade to the Ninja range, the Ninja Assassin, is on show paired with the world’s most popular 4K HDMI cameras – it is available globally now.

– The industry standard Atomos HD monitor-recorders hit a record low price point with Ninja 2 dropping from $695 to $295 and both the Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade falling from $995 to $495.

Shogun Studio is the world’s first all-in-one 4K & HD, 2 channel, dual 7” 3RU rack recorder, monitor and playback deck. The dual record channels provide the ability to simultaneously record two separate inputs in your choice of resolution up to 4K 30p or HD 120p or two versions of the same input for parity. The dual 7” calibrated SuperAtom IPS monitors allows for collaboration on set, have built in scopes for shot setup and 4K to HD down scaling for connection with existing HD infrastructure or multi resolution master/proxy recording. From a control perspective, the Shogun Studio features 9 pin Sony RS422 machine control, AMP over Ethernet or start/stop trigger over both HDMI and SDI.

Ninja Assassin was released just prior to IBC as the 4K upgrade to Atomos’ long running Ninja line- up. Ninja Assassin delivers 325ppi monitoring functionality and the 7” size needed to truly master 4K along with the only true 10-bit 4:2:2 professional recording solution for Apple, AVID & Adobe workflows and all with a price & weight the lowest on the market. This firmly targets 4K DSLM & video cameras such as the Sony a7s and a7RII, Canon XC-10, Panasonic GH4, Sony FS7 and Panasonic DVX-200 Assassin bypasses known camera limitations such as compressed MPEG/h.264 recording, 4:2:0 color compression, 30-minute time limits and the disadvantage of monitoring on a small 3” screen.

AtomOS6.5 like all Atomos OS updates is a free download for existing and new Shogun and Ninja Assassin users adding significant functionality to the award winning products. Ninja Assassin key updates include;

– Motion Blur added to Time-lapse, blurring up to 64 continuous frames together in one sequence

– New and improved frame guides added for 16:9, 2.40:1, 2.35:1, 1.9:1, 1.85:1, 4:3

– 1:1 and 2:1 zoom can now be selected when anamorphic de-squeeze is enabled

Shogun will benefit from all of the above features as well as the following SDI and Raw based functionality;

– Canon C500 Raw and C300 Mk II Raw to ProRes and DNXHR recording, giving C500 users a viable 4K recording solution and C300MKII users a cost effective alternative to CFast recording media

– New 3D LUT’s preloaded onto the unit specifically for C500 and C300 MkII

– Start/stop trigger for JVC and Ikegami camera triggers

– Added LTC input via the Genlock input

New pricing on HD range has also been announced at IBC. The Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade, Ninja2 will see a price reduction in excess of 50%, taking the Ninja2 to the lowest price seen for a Recorder- Monitor and the Blade series offering incredible value for HD monitoring and ProRes / DNxHD recording.

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IBC 2015: Blackmagic Design announce URSA Mini B4 Mount

IBC 2015: Blackmagic Design announce URSA Mini B4 Mount

Blackmagic Design kicked off the first day of IBC 2015  by announcing the URSA Mini B4 Mount. Here’s the press release…

“Blackmagic Design today introduced the Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount which is a B4 lens mount modification for its new Blackmagic URSA Mini PL camera, that lets it broadcast HD lenses. Since URSA Mini’s launch at NAB, feedback from broadcasters has been overwhelmingly positive, and now they will also be able to use their existing high definition B4 broadcast lenses with Blackmagic URSA Mini.

Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2015 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is designed to replace the existing PL lens mount on Blackmagic URSA Mini PL, turning it into a B4 camera for HD. To install the B4 mount, customers simply take the PL lens mount off where it is normally removed for shimming PL lenses and bolt on the B4 lens mount.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is a true lens mount replacement that features precision glass optics specifically designed to match Blackmagic URSA Mini’s sensor with high definition broadcast B4 lenses. The B4 mount also features spherical aberration correction so customers can use their lenses wide open with no blooming effect. The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount can be used with both 4K and 4.6K PL models of URSA Mini.

Once the mount is installed, B4 lenses can be attached to the camera. Blackmagic URSA Mini PL also includes a new lens control connection that works with both PL and B4 lenses. This new connection supports both analogue and digital lens control standards and also provides iris control and power for the lens.

The built in PL lens mount on URSA Mini PL can be changed to the B4 lens mount whenever needed, giving customers the flexibility to use URSA Mini with their existing B4 broadcast lenses for HD today, and with PL cinema lenses for Ultra HD and 4K tomorrow.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount turns URSA Mini PL into an incredible ENG style camera. Crafted from advanced technology magnesium alloy, URSA Mini is a rugged, yet extremely lightweight and well balanced shoulder mount camera that is comfortable enough to be used all day. There’s a 5” fold out monitor, complete technical scopes, professional audio recording, and dual ProRes recorders all built right in as well as the optional URSA Viewfinder and URSA Mini Shoulder Kit. With URSA Mini, news crews can shoot a story, mount the card on a computer in the van and begin editing immediately without having to convert files so they can get stories on air fast.

Blackmagic URSA Mini PL can be purchased with either a 4K or a 4.6K image sensor and features up to 15 stops of dynamic range. When used with high definition B4 lenses, URSA Mini shoots incredibly clear HD images that have massive dynamic range and look far better than the images from a traditional broadcast HD camera. Plus, broadcasters can use their URSA Mini PL with B4 lenses on one job and then switch back to PL lenses for another job.

“Since we announced URSA Mini at NAB earlier this year, broadcasters have been asking us for a B4 lens mount,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We listened carefully and designed a way for them to use the B4 lenses they already have for high definition production, and still give them a camera that works for Ultra HD and 4K production because they can switch back to a PL mount lens whenever they need! The most exciting part about this announcement is that broadcasters using URSA Mini get the HD camera they need today with modern file formats like RAW, ProRes and DNx plus they also get wide dynamic range so the quality of the images are much better. From our conversations with broadcasters everybody is talking about the excitement of having digital film capability in an ENG style camera and they are aware of the extra creativity that can bring to their production work.”

Availability and Price

Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount will be available in November for US$295. Keep checking back in for more information on UK pricing.

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IBC 2015: NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow

IBC 2015: NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow

NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow at IBC 2015, a new visionary live production approach enabled by the release of the new protocol for IP production workflow, NDI, and an update to TriCaster Advanced Edition. Both will be available later on this year. 

NewTek Advanced IP Workflow will allow production switchers to communicate with other systems and devices connected on a network, assign any of their cameras or video signals as inputs, and deliver multi-channel, high quality, frame-accurate video encoded in realtime, all over standard Ethernet networks.

This will be made possible for TriCaster customers in the Q4 update to TriCaster Advanced Edition, which includes NDI-ready capabilities that make exponential video sources available over the LAN. TriCaster Advanced Edition is available for any current pro-line TriCaster model and TriCaster Mini, and will give those TriCasters new Advanced IP Workflow capabilities, including additional inputs for cameras or any supported video source on a LAN. Users can configure all their inputs for IP-based sources if they choose, or mix IP sources with direct hardware and baseband connections.

Central to this announcement, NewTek have also introduced their own open IP protocol as standard, known as Network Device Interface (NDI). This will allow any enabled device on a standard gigabit Ethernet LAN to be recognised as a video source or destination by other systems and devices as part of an IP production workflow.

When installed, NDI will work automatically on compatible NewTek products and devices from top industry manufacturers already working with NewTek IP workflows. It is expected that at its release, NDI will be the widest adopted standard on the market, extending to over 100,000 compatible systems already deployed worldwide. A free software development kit (SDK) will be available for download so anyone will be able to share media to and from their production devices over Ethernet.

New Features in TriCaster Advanced Edition: Advanced IP workflow

Video Over IP: Send and receive realtime, low-latency, frame-accurate video over IP on a standard network infrastructure via the Network Device Interface (NDI) protocol, with any NDI-enabled device on the same LAN available as a video source or destination.

IP Source Selection: Access the inputs and outputs of NDI-enabled devices on the same network from any external input on the TriCaster switcher dramatically increasing the amount of available video sources for any production.

IP Outputs: Distribute more video from your TriCaster system, supplying your choice of output signals, sub-mixes or individual sources to NDI-enabled devices with four fully configurable, IP video outputs.

Switching

Switcher Inputs: Access more live sources with the number of external inputs on the switcher increasing from six to eight for TriCaster 460, 410 and Mini and from 10 to 12 for TriCaster 8000 and 860. (Four new IP inputs in TriCaster Advanced Edition take the place of two standard TriCaster network inputs.)

External Input Configuration: Freely configure the external inputs on the TriCaster switcher for any combination of connected cameras, hardware video sources, or IP video sources, and automatically work with any partner’s NDI video sources.

More about NewTek Advanced IP Workflow: 

Unlike expensive, dual-10Gbps Ethernet networks typical of emerging IP workflows that merely take the place of SDI cables and connections, a standard GigE LAN infrastructure can accommodate NewTek’s efficient, multi-source live IP video switching. Not only does this drastically reduce initial network infrastructure investment, NewTek Advanced IP Workflow can also:

– Minimise network component costs.

– Eliminate the logistical and physical limitations of SDI cables by making a source in one location usable in a production elsewhere.

– Eliminate concerns about the limited number of physical inputs on a switcher when an additional live video source is needed, just find a network connection on the LAN to plug it into.

– Raise the ceiling for video source proliferation.

– Demolish constraints caused by distance, walls and miles of coax cable.

Pricing:

The new version of TCAE with NewTek Advanced IP Workflow will be free to current TCAE customers.

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Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

At last night’s Apple ‘Hey Siri’ event we were treated to not only a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but we’ll soon be able to get our hands on a brand new, super-sized iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad mini 4. Here’s how they shape up…

iPad Pro

The largest iPad to date, the iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9″ Retina display, 5.6 million pixels, the latest iOS and new 64-bit A9X chip, giving it enough power to rival most portable PCs.

It features:

– 32 or 128GB storage options available.

– Silver, gold and space grey colour option.

– 12.9″ Retina display packing in 5.6 million pixels, 2732×2048 resolution at 264 ppi.

– Refined Multi-Touch technology.

-8 mega-pixel iSight camera and 1.2 mega-pixel FaceTime HD camera.

– New Apple A9X chip, delivering up to 1.8 times the CPU performance and double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2.

UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but keep checking back in for pricing and availability details!

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini has had a face lift! It’s now 18% thinner (at just 6.1mm thin) and slightly lighter, and is powered by a new A8 processor chip. Available in 16, 64 or 128GB capacities, the iPad mini 4 now comes with iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

It features:

– 7.9″ display, packing in 3.1 million pixels and 2048×1536 resolution.

– iOS 9, Apple’ latest operating system.

– A8 chip for speedy performance.

– Touch ID.

– 8 mega-pixel iSight camera.

iPad mini 4 prices start from £319 for the WiFi model, £419 for WiFi + Cellular model and will be available in silver, space grey and gold.

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Improving Ofsted grades at Stephenson Memorial

Improving Ofsted grades at Stephenson Memorial

Stephenson Memorial Primary School in North Tyneside serves over 400 pupils in what is, historically, a very deprived area. Despite having incredibly hard working staff and a fantastic learning environment, they were still struggling to hit national averages, so they took part in an iPad purchase scheme to help whole families engage in learning. The result? A massive jump in Points Progress and APS.

In July this year, Stephenson Memorial became an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) so that they could share their learning and help other schools achieve similar results. Here’s what happened when we stopped by their 70s-themed RTC launch event…

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Wacom announce a new range of Intuos tablets

Wacom announce a new range of Intuos tablets

On 3rd September Wacom announced the release of a new generation of tablets to their popular Intuos range. Four new models are soon to hit the shelves, in the form of the Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only).

Want to get hands-on with the new Wacom products? We’re holding a Wacom Drop-in Day on 17th September which you’re more than welcome to attend. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of the page to let us know you’re coming.

Not only have Wacom dropped the four new tablets, but they’ve also announced that they will come with free creative software and video tutorials, so you’ll have everything you need to start working in one package. Here’s what you need to know about them…

Features

– 1024 pen pressure sensitivity levels for great precision and accuracy.

– Four customisable ExpressKeys to give you shortcuts to the functions you use the most.

– Free creative software and video tutorials.

– Quick and easy to set up (plug into your Mac or PC via USB, install the driver, register and download your creative software).

– A choice of size and colour.

Intuos Draw

(Creative pen tablet)

Perfect for: Sketching and drawing beginners.

Wacom Draw

The Intuos Draw has been designed with drawing in mind, and is the perfect choice for novices looking to improve their skills. The Intuos Draw comes with free ArtRage Lite software.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Draw from £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Draw creative pen tablet – small (white)

Wacom Intuos Draw creative pen tablet – small (blue)

Intuos Art

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: More advanced digital art and design.

Wacom Art

The Intuos Art is perfect for those of you who will be creating artwork, printing paintings and sharing your work online. The Intuos Art comes with all the tools you need to paint, design and create artwork including Coral Painter Essentials software.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Art from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – small (blue)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – medium (black)

Wacom Intuos Art creative pen and touch tablet – medium (blue)

Intuos Photo

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: Digital photo editing.

Wacom Photo

If you’re looking for a tablet that will allow you to perfect your images for printing, push your creative boundaries and share your work with friends and family, the Intuos Photo is the perfect tool for taking your work to the next level. The Intuos Photo comes bundled with plenty of great software including Coral Paintshop Pro X8 for Windows, Coral AfterShot Pro 2 for Windows and Mac and Macphun Creativity Kit (with Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Noiseless Pro).

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Photo from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Avavilable as:

Wacom Intuos Photo creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Intuos Comic

(Creative pen and touch tablet)

Perfect for: Creating comics and manga art.

Wacom Comic

The Intuos Comic has been specifically designed with comic fans in mind, and comes with Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio available to download for free.

How much does it cost?

Grab an Intuos Comic from £74 (£88.80 inc VAT)

Available as:

Wacom Intuos Comic creative pen and touch tablet – small (black)

Wacom Intuos Comic creative pen and touch tablet – small (blue)

Want to know more about the Wacom Intuos range? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email wacom@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Atomos offer: Grab a Shogun Pro bundle and save over £200!

Atomos offer: Grab a Shogun Pro bundle and save over £200!

Newsflash: Until 30th September Atomos are offering you a Shogun for only £1095 when bought with a selection of 4K cameras. Usually priced at £1355, not only will you be saving yourself £260, but you’ll finally have an excuse to treat yourself to that new 4K camera you’ve been after!

What’s that you say? Where can you get your hands on this amazing offer? All you have to do is give us a call to claim your Shogun and our sales team will quote you at the lower price. If you want to take advantage of the offer you’ll need to do so before the 30th September.

What difference does a Shogun make?

Quite a lot, actually. Take a look at the comparison table from Atomos below to see how a Shogun could benefit you.

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Which cameras are part of the offer?

All of the below…

Sony A7RII

Sony A7S

Sony FS7

Sony FS700

Canon C500

Canon C300 MK11

Canon XC-10

Panasonic GH4

Panasonic AG-DVX200

Panasonic Varicam

JVC GY-LS300

Samsung NX1

Red Epic

Red Dragon

Want to find out more about claiming money off your Shogun? 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.