Trial the AJA CION camera for free!

Trial the AJA CION camera for free!

Yep, you heard right – AJA are offering you the chance to trial their CION camera for free with their #TryCION promotion.

All you have to do is visit their website, fill out a form explaining why you’d like to take one for a test and what experience you have with cameras, and AJA will review your application. If you’re successful, you’ll be contacted and told when to expect delivery of your loan CION.

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What’s included

– 1x CION.
– 1x Pak256.
– 1x Pak512.
– 1x Pak Dock.
– 1x Front Baseplate.
– 2x 7” 15mm Rod.
– 1x Viewfinder Mount.
– 1x Rod to Rosette Adaptor Mount.
– 1x 6” Rosette Extension Arm.
– 1x VCT Wedge.
– 1x VCT Heel.
– 1x Anton-Bauer Battery Plate.

About the CION

The AJA CION is a professional and fantastic looking shoulder mount production camera that’s designed to give a cinematic look to your footage. It’s able to output 4K raw data at up to 120fps via 4x 3G-SDI outputs, and records directly to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 60 frames per second. Check it out by clicking the banner below, or read our first look review from when the CION was originally released here.

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Weekly design inspiration: GIFs

Weekly design inspiration: GIFs

This week, we’ve been on our best behaviour and have selected our favourite (clean) animated gifs. Here’s our top five, made up of a nice selection of sketches, a slightly sadistic love story and a woman suggestively licking her lips…

It’s no biggie

First up, we’re going a bit soft and girly and looking at these rather adorable sketched gifs from ‘it’s no biggie’ on Tumblr. We’ve picked out our favourites below, although we’d highly recommend you check out the full collection!

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It’s no biggie via tumblr.com

Happy 2015!

Who doesn’t love a nice icy landscape? We certainly do, which is why we’ve selected this intricate New Year inspired gif from French illustrator Tom Haugomat. For some reason, we find ourselves unable to look away from this, in the hopes that something might pop up from within the lake, or the sky will turn a different colour.

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Happy 2015 via Behance

39 days of animated type

Next up we’ve been looking at the work of Norwegian illustrator Daniel Brokstad and his alphabet gifs inspired by a recent ’36 days of type’ project. Apart from being baffled by how many extra letters the Norwegian alphabet has, we found this collection utterly charming! Here’s a few examples of our favourites…

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39 days of animated type via Behance

One romantic night

Now for a slightly sadistic one, we’ve been looking at this storyboard gif from Stas Santimov. As well as telling an enchanting story, we really love the attention to detail in each of these gifs, from the ticking of the clock to the flies flying around the light bulbs.

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One romantic night via Behance

Glasses Direct cinemagraphs

Glasses Direct have had a rebrand, with a little help from design company SomeOne. What they’ve produced is a new set of animated gifs that give the illusion of being a still life, but have a minor element of movement going on (also know as a cinemagraph). We really like these, and became quite competitive about trying to find the moving element first. The flickering candle and the moving clock hand gifs are really great, but we aren’t quite sure how we feel about the lip-licking woman – every time she moves we think she’s trying to flirt with us.

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Glasses Direct cinemagraphs via underconsideration.com

Missed our last web-themed design inspiration article? Catch up with it here.

Drop back in next Friday for more inspiration from our creative team. Found something you think we should have included? Pop it in the comments box below.

Head on over to our new Design & Publishing home page and don’t forget to check out our Adobe Creative Cloud hub for resources, and updates on all your favourite Adobe apps. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 at The Education Reform Summit 2015

Jigsaw24 at The Education Reform Summit 2015

On Thursday 9th July our education team braved the tube strikes and took to the Emmanuel Centre in London for the annual Education Reform Summit 2015. Our reason for attending, other than our enthusiasm for discussing technology in the classroom? We were the proud lead sponsors of the event.

We had a fantastic day down at the Summit listening to keynotes from big names like Nick Gibb: MP and Minister of State for Schools, Tristram Hunt: MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Richard Culatta: Director of the Office of Education Technology, and Munira Mirza: Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture discussing what education reform means to them. Here’s a roundup of what we got up to during the Summit…

Our presence

As the lead sponsors for the event we were out in full orange force with our collateral and videos on display for all to see. We also had our Senior Professional Development Trainer Paul Ford stepping into the position of executive producer and working with a group of students from Langley Grammar School on a challenge-based learning activity.

Working with the students at Langley Grammar School

Throughout the event, Paul worked with the Langley Grammar School students to produce a video response to the question ‘what does education reform mean?’ After producing a storyboard to map out exactly what information they wanted to find out, the students set off to interview delegates at the Summit, including Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt.

A portable greenscreen studio was set up for the students to use for filming their interviews, which they later edited and presented at the end of the event to demonstrate to the delegates how staff and students viewed the day.

The finished product

A massive thanks goes out to the pupils at Langley Grammar School for their hard work in making the video. Here it is…

Pictures from the day

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Want to find out more about our education services and solutions? Get in touch with us at education@Jigsaw24.com to find out more. For all the latest news and updates follow  @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.

 

Buy a Panasonic GH4 with an Atomos Shogun and get £200 cashback!

Buy a Panasonic GH4 with an Atomos Shogun and get £200 cashback!

Yep, you heard right, until September 2015 Panasonic are offering £200 cashback when you purchase a GH4 with an Atomos Shogun. Here’s why it’s great…

– 4K/HD off the sensor direct to edit friendly 4:2:2 10-bit ProRes and DNxHR.
– Upgrade from 8-bit internal colour depth (16 million colours) to 10-bit depth ( over 1 billion colours).
– 7” 1920 x 1200 class leading SuperATOM IPS monitor.
– Focus and Exposure assist tools with 1:1 and 2:1 Zoom for 4K.
– Visualise the dynamic range and protect high/lowlights with the LUMA parade waveform.
– Preview apply LUTs for more creative shooting.
– Anamorphic De-Squeeze monitoring for use with the new 2.2 update and 2x Anamorphic lenses.
– 4K/HD video timelapse with the ability to schedule recordings.
– Pre-Roll record with eight seconds for HD and two seconds for 4K so you’ll never miss a shot.
– Recording externally to the camera puts an end to the traditional 30 minute recording barrier.
– XLR inputs with out the YAGI.
– Bi-directional HDMI and SDI conversion for pluging in to SDI infrastructures.
– 4k to HD down convert on output for working with existing HD equivalent.

You can buy your Panasonic DMC-GH4 with Atomos Shogun as a bundle over on our website here.

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.


Meet the Jigsaw24 Pro Audio Experts!

Meet the Jigsaw24 Pro Audio Experts!

We’ve got a great team of Pro Audio Experts based across our three offices in Nottingham, MediaCityUK and Soho. And recently we’ve added new faces to our super Soho squad, so we thought it was about time we introduced you to them. Meet our London-based Pro Audio Experts…

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Introducing… Andy Brooks, Head of Business Development | Pro Audio
With over 25 years experience supplying over 500 Avid audio solutions, we’re thrilled to have Andy Brooks on board as part of our pro audio team. Andy counts some of the world’s most respected audio production facilities, record producers, recording engineers and music artists among his long-term customers including: Abbey Road Studios, Deluxe Media, Halo Post and Warner Brothers.

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Introducing… Dave ‘Saxon’ Greenep, Senior Creative Consultant | Pro Audio

Saxon has enjoyed a varied 15-year career in the Pro Audio industry. From being the in-house engineer and musician at Mute Records/EMI Studios (where he worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds and Mute’s founder Daniel Miller), to being the composer/mix engineer and editor on commercials for Wrangler, Urban Outfitters and Shepperton Studios, it’s safe to say he knows his stuff!

As well as his broad knowledge of the Pro Audio industry, Saxon founded ‘The Global Music Community’, a thriving social network for members of the audio industry. In the six months Saxon’s been with us, he’s completed major on-site audio installations for Channel 5, Halo Post, SNK Studios, Sound 24, Splice Post and Steve Lipson/Near Perfect Productions.

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Introducing… Matt Lewis, Senior Technical Consultant | Pro Audio

We’ve also added Matt Lewis to our master lineup. He’s been in the game for over ten years now and has worked as an audio producer and engineer, gaining top-notch experience in post-production, live entertainment, broadcast, recording studios, corporate enterprises and teaching academies. He’s worked alongside some of the largest companies in the work too, including: Apple, BBC, Warner Brothers, Universal Music and Evolutions Television.

Here’s what Oscar and BAFTA award-winning Film Sound Mixer Niv Adiri had to say about Jigsaw24’s Pro Audio Experts…

Don’t forget…
As well as being Experts with Pro Audio, don’t forget you can also count on us for supplying your complete, end-to-end Broadcast and Post-Production solutions. Visit www.Jigsaw24.com/broadcast to see how we can help you!

Want to find out more about our Pro Audio Solutions? Get in touch with the team on broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing Adobe Stock

Introducing Adobe Stock

In this video, Adobe’s Senior Director for Product Management Terry White introduces Adobe Stock, the new stock content sharing service. Adobe Stock allows you to purchase 40 million royalty free stock photos, illustrations and graphics from within the new 2015 Creative Cloud desktop applications. Watch Terry demonstrate how simple it is to purchase, edit and use Adobe Stock images…

For more on Adobe Creative Cloud, check out our Adobe Creative Cloud Hub or get in contact with us on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com.



Our top Creative Cloud features for creative and IT users

Our top Creative Cloud features for creative and IT users

Now that it has been over two years since we made the move from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, we thought we’d put together our top three features for both creative and IT users. Here’s what we came up with…

For creatives:

Latest versions

If there’s one thing we love about Creative Cloud, which we didn’t get with Creative Suite, it’s that we always get access to new updates as soon as they’re available. Adobe are constantly adding new features and productivity enhancements to core apps. For instance, in the 2015 update our favourite app, Photoshop, is now 120 times faster than Creative Suite 6 and now comes with new features like artboards and Device Preview to make it easier to design for different devices, so you can deliver your work at much better quality in quicker time frames.

Easy collaboration

Not only do we not have to keep our voices down in this library, but we can also store all of our custom images, brushes, text styles and colours (for quick access whenever and wherever we need them), we can even share libraries with the right people at the push of a button, so it’s easy to keep designs consistent. These can even be linked so if they’re changed they will automatically update across any projects they’re being used in.

Dedicated support

When you take out a Creative Cloud for teams licence, not only do you get access to all the wonderful, newly updated apps, but you also get support thrown in too. You have access to a 24/7 support line, so if you run into any difficulties you can phone an Adobe Product Expert for advice. There’s also hundreds of online tutorials and product guides to follow and pick up new skills from.

For IT:

Simplified licence management

Creative Cloud makes managing licences and keeping compliant far simpler for businesses. For a start, we can manage all our purchases under one agreement, rather than loads of individual licences, and an online Admin Console lets us easily add, assign and re-assign seats to users across the business. It all means we have greater visibility and better budget predictability.

Centralised deployment

Another feature that IT admins are going to love is Adobe Packager. This lets us ‘package’ all our Creative Cloud apps, or create customised subsets of specific apps for specific teams. The app packages can then be deployed to users across the organisation, either over the network, via external storage devices, or through mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Creative Cloud also lets us allow team members to self-install updates, or do it centrally, so we can install updates whenever’s convenient, and ensure version parity across all desktops.

Comprehensive support

Creative Cloud now comes with dedicated 24/7 technical support, so any admins needing help out of office hours can connect with an Adobe rep either over the phone or web to resolve critical issues, minimise creative downtime and keep teams running smoothly. To help with startup, Adobe also offer free live onboarding sessions as online webinars, which walk through the basics of Creative Cloud and VIP step by step.

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Your Creative Cloud FAQs answered

Your Creative Cloud FAQs answered

We answer our most asked Adobe Creative Cloud questions and put the myths to rest…

Do I have to run CC apps in my web browser?

No. It may be called Creative Cloud, but you aren’t confined to cloud and web-based services. Certain aspects are web-based, like the online training tutorials and the cloud storage, but your core apps still run on your desktop.

Do I need to be constantly connected to the internet?

You will need to be connected to the internet when you install and license your software, but once you’re up and running you don’t need an internet connection. However, you’ll need to make sure you connect your CC-running devices to the internet once per month, just so that Adobe are aware that your membership is still current.

Do I have to buy a complete membership?

If you’re likely to use a range of CC apps then we’d recommend you buy Creative Cloud Complete, but if you know you’ll only need one or two applications, you can purchase single app subscriptions.

Do I have any control over updates?

As a Creative Cloud subscription holder, you’ll have access to all the latest updates as soon as they’re available. But you can download them at your leisure – they won’t automatically download. If you’d like greater control over updates, Creative Cloud packager allows you to centrally choose when applications are updated. You can even have access to archived versions of Creative Suite if you need them.

Do I have to use cloud storage?

As part of your subscription you are given 100GB of cloud storage – whether you want to use this is up to you. Your IT departments are able to set access rights for teams using Creative Cloud, so you can decide whether you’d like your users to have access to cloud storage or not.

Keep an eye on the FAQ section of our blog for more Adobe Creative Cloud FAQs answered! Want to keep up to date with all the latest news and releases? Follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Integrating Mac into the classroom

Integrating Mac into the classroom

Whether you opt for a Mac desktop like Mac Pro or iMac, or you decide on a class set of Mac notebooks like MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, managing your Mac estate and integrating it into the classroom can seem like a daunting challenge. But fear not, our 20 years of experience in the industry has taught us valuable skills, which we’ve turned into services to help educational institutions from primary level to higher and further education integrate Mac into their existing IT infrastructure. Here’s a rundown of how we can help you…

Control your Mac estate using Windows servers

If you’re currently running a PC environment, you might have your doubts about bringing in Mac, thinking you’ll need Mac-specific accessories to manage them. Where we can help is by setting your new Mac estate up to run off your existing Windows servers, so you’ll have the same level of control and safety over your new machines as you do on your existing PC network.

Setting up virtual Windows desktops on Mac machines

If you’re going to be using Mac and PC, you’ll be happy to hear that you can run Windows on your Mac. Your Mac computers will come with the Boot Camp function built in, which allows your students (or staff) to select which operating system they’d like to run when their machine starts up. It’s worth noting though, that if you wanted to switch between operating systems you’d need to reboot your computer. So, if you’re looking for something a little more robust, our engineers can set you up with software like Acronis Access Connect, which ensures students on either platform can see the same files and access the same printers.

Readying your current IT infrastructure

Before you even start thinking about integrating new technologies, it’s vital that your existing ones are able to deal with the change. We can send a member of the team round to scope out your servers, WiFi and the rest of your existing setup and estates to make sure you’re ready for the arrival of your shiny new Mac computers.

A final note…

While it’s all well and good having shiny tech, it seems almost redundant if your staff don’t know how to use it. We offer a range of Apple education training to get your staff up to speed on their tech in next to no time. Head on over to our Apple in education training webpage to see how we can help.

Want to find out more about our Apple for education services? Visit our webpage here, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Introducing axle Cam: the radically simple camera to computer workflow

Introducing axle Cam: the radically simple camera to computer workflow

axle release new camera workflow software, axle Cam, which automatically detects, imports and organises camera media. Here’s the press release…

“ORLANDO, Florida- June 17, 2015- axle Video, developer of media management tools for video production, broadcast, news-gathering, and other applications that are easy to install, use and afford, today announced the release of a groundbreaking new product that resolves elegantly and cost effectively – the most persistent problem faced by videographers today: managing complex camera media. Shown for the first time at InfoComm 2015, axle Cam is a low-cost camera ingest application that streamlines the process of acquiring, organising and sharing media from today’s most popular video cameras and DSLRs.”

axle Cam resolves organisational issues caused by multiple file formats, bitrates, file wrappers and folder structures. The software automatically detects, imports and organises camera media. Users are then able to instantly access, edit and share files through a simple user interface that leverages axle’s radically simple media management technology. The product supports DSLRs and HD cameras made by Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Nikon and GoPro. The company is developing specialised modules to support higher-end cinema cameras, though release dates have not yet been announced.

axle Cam is an ideal solution for news organisations, sports broadcasters, professional videographers, schools, governmental organisations, religious groups and others who deal with large volumes of camera media. It provides a simple path between production and editorial, and makes it easier to share camera media with other parties for review and approval or collaborative editing.

“axle Cam is the missing link between the camera and the computer,” says axle Video CEO Sam Bogoch. “It eliminates the countless hours video professionals now spend in processing and organising camera files before they can be used by others.”

With a cost of just $995 for a two user licence (UK pricing TBC), axle Cam is priced far below competing solutions, making it a compelling choice for a range of professional users.

axle Cam is a comprehensive and versatile solution. During ingest, camera files are rewrapped with no reduction in image quality, and low resolution H.264 proxy versions of camera media are created for use in editorial and review. The application also features a suite of integrated media management tools, including an interface for displaying media in browsers or mobile devices, a search function for technical and other metadata, and a dashboard grid layout that makes it easy to designate sources and select actions.

“DSLRs and video cameras generate dozens of files and folders, which for the majority of users, are needless clutter,” notes Bogoch. “It leads to more workflow steps, more errors and misplaced shots, and less time for creativity. axle Cam provides an elegant, automated solution, it cleans up incoming files, makes H.264 proxies, grabs the metadata, and displays it in a browser/mobile interface.”

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Media Files Supported:

– MOV/MP4 – Samsung NX1 H.265, any format playable by QuickTime Player or plug-ins.

– MXF – Sony XAVC (XAVC-L, XAVC-I).

– Canon XF.

– Panasonic DVCProHD, AVC Intra.

– ProRes.

– MPEG-2.

– DNxHD, VC-3 (when DNxHD QT component installed).

– SRcam (when SRCam QT component installed).

– MTS/M2TS (AVCHD).

– H.264 – AC3 Audio, LPCM Audio.

– M2T – HDV-style M2T streams (MPEG2 video with MP2 audio).

Availability

axle Cam was demonstrated at axle Video’s booth at InfoComm2015 in Orlando, FL on June 17-19 (Booth 490) and will ship by the 1st July. The software is priced at $995 for a two user licence, and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available to order in the UK!

Want to find out more about axle Video and their new axle Cam? Call 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.