Parallels Desktop 11 has launched for Mac

Parallels Desktop 11 has launched for Mac

Parallels, the software program that enables users to run Windows on their Mac is getting another upgrade. However this year, along with bringing Windows 10 support and other enhanced features to your Mac, Parallels has for the first time introduced a Windows feature of its own: Parallels 11 has the ability to put Microsoft Cortana right on your OS X desktop.


All-new features and support

Parallels desktop mode has made running Windows and other operating systems their Mac possible for years. The new version however, boasts all-round better software and new features, including…

New! It can launch and shut down Windows around 50 percent faster than the last version.

New! ‘Travel mode’ allows for a quarter better battery life than previous versions. You can set travel mode to automatically turn on at a certain battery percentage threshold or just set manually.

New! 20 percent faster file operations.

New! Parallel 11 supports Windows 10 and is ready for OS X El Capitan.

New! Microsoft’s digital personal assistant Cortona on your OS X desktop. Cortana works seamlessly, even on Mac, allowing you to summon Microsoft’s virtual assistant by simply saying ‘Hey Cortana’.

How can I upgrade?

Upgrading to Parallels 11 from versions 9 or 10 will only cost you only £34.99. If you are a new user of Parallels, it will cost you £64.99. And, if you want to get more out of your Windows virtual machine, there’s a special pro edition which integrates with Docker, Visual Studio and other developer tools. This Pro version will cost you £69.99 new or £34.99 for an upgrade. You can buy the latest version of Parallels for your Mac over on our website here.


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Blackmagic drops the price on its 4K and HD Studio Cameras!

Blackmagic drops the price on its 4K and HD Studio Cameras!

Blackmagic Design’s Studio Camera is well known for being amongst the best bunch of live production cameras. So, we were delighted when we heard that Blackmagic has announced price cuts for both the HD Studio Camera and the Studio Camera 4K models.

Both Studio Cameras still come with all the great specifications, but Blackmagic listened to feedback and now customers get the choice of buying either model with or without the expensive optical fibre connection option. Whatever the reason for the price drop, you can now buy the Studio HD Camera for £1083.67, a huge saving of over £190! (Studio Camera 4K is available to pre-order now, too!)


What is the Blackmagic Studio Camera?

Studio Camera HD is built and designed for the studio. Features such as its large 10″ viewfinder, Micro Four Third lens mount, talkback, tally, and now user-installed optical fibre make it one of the most advanced broadcast cameras for live production. Inside, incredibly tough, lightweight magnesium alloy body, Blackmagic have packed all the built-in features you need for multi-camera production and broadcast.

It supports the tally SDI standard used on the ATEM range of live production switchers, and tally lights illuminate automatically on both the back and front of the camera, making it easy for cast and crew to see which cameras are on air. To top it off, its four hour battery gives you enough power for use on long live productions.

Key Features

– High resolution 1920×1080 sensor in HD model and Ultra HD sized sensor in 4K model.

– Built-in large 10 inch super bright wide viewing angle LCD viewfinder with sun shade.

– Optical SMPTE-compatible SFP optical fiber socket allowing user installed optical fiber.

– 3G-SDI on HD model for up to 1080p60 and 12G-SDI on 4K model for up to 2160p60.

– Compatible with other mounts via common third party adaptors such as B4 broadcast lens mount.

– Built-in, two way digital quality talkback using high quality affordable general aviation headsets.

– Features all standard connections, including dual XLR balanced mic/line audio in with switchable phantom power, headphone and microphone jack for talkback, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin XLR broadcast standard DC 12V power connection.

– Supports 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 and up to 60 fps in HD model, up to 60 fps in 4K model.

– Compatible with ATEM range of live production switchers.


You can buy Blackmagic Studio Camera HD and Studio Camera 4K Ultra HD over on our website. Alternatively, give our sales team a call and we’ll handle it for you.

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Upgrade to the Newtek TriCaster 8000 and save £6000!

Upgrade to the Newtek TriCaster 8000 and save £6000!

Anyone interested in getting their hands on NewTek’s most advanced and exciting media and broadcasting system will not want to miss this opportunity. For a limited time only, they’re offering you the chance to upgrade to TriCaster 8000 for the price of TriCaster 860, saving you at least £6000! Though you’ll need to hurry – this offer ends 30th September, 2015.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and TriCaster 8000 will go back to retailing at £25,499 ex VAT on 30th September, so the chance to upgrade now for £19,499 would be silly to miss. Who doesn’t want to save £6000?! 

What is TriCaster 8000?

The 8000 is a total, integrated production switcher, capable of recording eight channels into different codecs and, like all TriCasters, you can do this while simultaneously streaming to the web, hardware-keying into virtual TV studios, integrating into social media and outputting to local screens/signage. It boasts 24 channels, eight cameras, eight screen feeds, 1080p across the board, and an output of up to 14 channels simultaneously.

It’s perfect for any organisations – broadcast, corporate or education – who want to enhance their production capability, with multichannel recording, streaming, social media and sophisticated effects, at an incredible price point.

TriCaster 8000

Why should you upgrade to TriCaster 8000?

The 8000 supersedes the 860 by enabling you to create a complex effect, with numerous layers, effects and animations, then pipe that effect into another effects bus, were you can use the original setup to build upon and do it all again – very much like pre-comping in Adobe After Effects. It has eight of these re-entrant buses, meaning you can do this eight times, all while running live.

It’s also unique in offering real-time motion tracking, external router support (boosting the amount of your hardware inputs), along with fail-safe options, including system mirroring. A few of the other benefits NewTek tout include:

Turnkey Production. The 8000 uses a single system to broadcast, project, stream and record simultaneously. The system’s multiple turnkey functions replace the need for heaps and heaps of equipment.

Enterprise Integration. TriCaster 8000 supports a wide range of media formats and connectivity types. Router control also allows for more input capacity. It easily incorporates legacy hardware, and offers the potential for external control of almost anything in the switcher with API support.

Improved Scalability. The huge 24-channel Tricaster 8000 allows users to scale up and down to accommodate a variety of programs. Multi-camera production through external video routers also allow for a huge coverage.

Router Support. TriCaster’s expanded router support incorporates GNVP protocol, greatly increasing facility integration and effectively removing limits on the number of video sources users wish to bring into a program.

Mix-and-Match I/O. The 8000 has the connectivity to prepare for any location scenario. It allows users to connect up to eight cameras and mix and match connection types (including SDI, component, composite and Y/C).

24-channel Multi-Camera Production. Eight cameras in any HD and SD configuration, colour correction, keying, cropping, scaling, and frame sync on every input. Two digital media players for video clips, three slots for graphics, titles and sounds, and two network channels for sharing computer screens and displays from wireless iOS devices.

8-channel Multi-Format ISO Source Recording. TriCaster’s multi-track video recording technology (IsoCorder) captures incoming sources into the system, allowing you to save all your live footage and lots of video capture equipment.

TriCaster 8000 on Jigsaw24

You can buy your TriCaster 8000 on our website by clicking here. Alternatively, give our sales team a call and we will sort everything out for you! But remember, this offer ends 30th September.

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