Introducing the new Apple iPhone SE

Introducing the new Apple iPhone SE

Here at Jigsaw24, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for a new iPhone (yes, we’re big Apple geeks!) to be announced. Well, much to our excitement, today was the day as Apple unveiled the new iPhone SE at an event in Cupertino, California. 

iPhone SE (SE stands for ‘special edition’) rocks a 4-inch display, similar in size and design to iPhone 5 and 5S. iPhone SE boasts a retina HD display with 1136×640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi, meaning all of your photos and videos will look extra pretty when viewed on its screen. It’s Apple’s smallest handset, but still manages to fit in all the cool features and capabilities of iPhone 6S and it’s really light too, weighing just 129 grams. They say it’s “the most powerful 4 inch phone ever”.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

iPhone SE will be available in Apple’s signature Rose Gold, silver, gold or Space Grey and features 16GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Its speedy A9 processor will have users coasting through apps, whilst its extensive LTE support promises faster 4G LTE and speedy WiFi connectivity. Siri can also be triggered via the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, making it hands-free with iPhone SE.

Touch ID and Apple Pay also feature, meaning your phone, and any payments you make on it, will be safe and secure. iPhone SE also comes packing an impressive camera, complete with a 12-megapixel sensor and a five-element lens including True Tone flash, burst mode, improved face detection and slo-mo video capture. iPhone SE features a front facing camera with Retina flash too, which is perfect for those Snapchat selfies or long FaceTime sessions, and can even produce Live Photos, which were introduced with iPhone 6S.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

Want to know more about iPhone SE? Call the team on 03332 400 888 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For everything else Apple and iPhone, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

Introducing the Apple iPad Pro 9.7″

Introducing the Apple iPad Pro 9.7″

We love iPad, and Apple have just unveiled a brand new one at their Spring event in Cupertino! The latest tablet from Apple, the iPad Pro 9.7″, adds another dimension to their iPad lineup and we’re excited to get our hands on it… But what’s new? 

Measuring just 6.1mm iPad Air 2, it still features everything awesome about iPad Pro. Its A9X processor means it’s super speedy, and multitasking between apps will be a doddle. The high resolution Retina display found on iPad Pro is smaller this time round, shrinking from 12.9″ to a more portable 9.7″. iPad Pro also comes with speakers on all four corners that adjust the orientation of its sound output depending on how you’re holding it. The device continues to support the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil (which is great news for designers), while Touch ID returns to ensure your iPad remains safe and secure.

iPad Pro 9.7" at Jigsaw24

Sporting an impressive 1080P 12MP iSight camera (the 12″ version’s 8MP), iPad Pro features an advanced sensor that allows you to shoot gorgeous images and video. Panoramas, time-lapse and slo-mo can all be captured in 720p HD, and the front-facing HD camera with Retina flash allows for great picture quality even in low lighting. Complementing the cameras, the beautiful high-res Retina display means you’ll be enjoying picture and video content more than ever, and with 4K editing capabilities, iPad Pro is ideal for creatives on the go. Apple are calling it “the ultimate PC replacement”, and with all this packed in, they could be on to something.

The iPad Pro 9.7″ is available in Apple’s Rose Gold, Space Grey, silver or gold colour schemes, and will offer 32GB, 128GB and now a whopping 256GB internal storage.

9.7" iPad Pro at Jigsaw24

Want to know more about the iPad Pro 9.7″? Call 03332 400 888 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For everything else Apple and iPhone, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Cisco suggest that video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic by 2017, meaning the time is now to get involved in video content creation. We think these fine pieces of production tech are a great starting point for anyone looking to step it up in the studio.

First off, we’d suggest giving some studio basics from Blackmagic Design a look. With the Hyperdeck Studio 12G Professional VTR (an advanced, high-quality broadcast deck), the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K (adding 4K to your workflow) and a Blackmagic Audio Monitor (featuring a dual subwoofer design with extra wide speakers), your studio will be off to a strong start.

If you’re making video, you’ll need a camera. Fortunately, we’ve got an awesome 0% finance offer running on the JVC GY-HM890CHE. This compact shoulder camcorder is perfect for filming in the studio or out in the field. It can even live stream content wirelessly via WiFi or 4G-LTE/3G.

Keeping it in the JVC family, we’re giving away a free training day worth £300 with every purchase of a GY-HM170E. Take this compact 4K camera anywhere and grab the footage you need without being lumbered down by a larger unit.

Finally, we’ve got a Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm lens to give away when you pick up a JVC GY-LS300 from us. Get recording in a variety of formats ranging from web friendly proxies and SD to full HD and Ultra HD 4K. It’ll work perfectly with photographic lenses you already own, so make sure to grab this bargain offer while it lasts.

If you’re interested in putting together your own studio build and would like to find out more, call us today on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.


Introducing the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle

Introducing the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle

We pride ourselves in delivering the very best from Apple to schools up and down the UK. Designed with teaching and learning in mind, the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle provides schools with affordable, but utterly impactful educational tools. 

We’ve been providing high-quality services and solutions to educational institutions for 24 years, so we know what you need to make your classroom a more productive learning environment. The Apple Classroom Essential Bundle is designed to support your high standard of education, packing the kit you’ll need to get the best from your students and curriculum. The bundle includes:

– 30x iPad mini 2.

– 30x rugged cases.

– A large Lock’n’Charge Carrier with capacity for 30 iPad.

– Three-year warranty.

Optional extras can include:

– Mac mini caching server.

– 30x one year licences for Lightspeed Mobile Device Management.

– 1x day installation for configuration of caching server and Lightspeed.

– 3.5 days’ bespoke CPD training.

We offer special pricing on all Apple technology for education – we won’t be beaten on price, it won’t break your budget and we return quotes fast! Our knowledge of creative technology allows us to give expert advice on creative educational solutions, ensuring you’ll be making the best use of your new tools for years to come.

If you’d like to know more about our Apple Essential Classroom Bundle, call 03332 409 290, email education@Jigsaw24.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Jigsaw24Edu

 

Jigsaw24 achieves Jamf Gold Reseller status!

Jigsaw24 achieves Jamf Gold Reseller status!

Joining an elite group of four in the UK, Jigsaw24 has received Gold Reseller accreditation from Jamf. As a Gold Reseller and System Integrator, we’ve demonstrated continued commitment to Jamf, customer service and sport a strong sales record.

In 2015, we sold a cool 7252 Jamf Pro licences and performed 37 JumpStarts (including 42 total JumpStart sales), successfully integrating Apple IT into schools and businesses throughout the UK. Last year, we provided more JumpStarts than any other partner in the UK. A JumpStart engagement accompanies all purchases of Jamf Pro – a certified JumpStart integrator will work alongside your staff to implement your new system, and integrate it seamlessly into your existing IT environment.

Jamf Pro allows businesses and schools to harness the power of Apple hardware and manage it accordingly. Designed with self-sufficiency in mind, Apple Mobile Device Management is incorporated into Jamf Pro providing establishments full control over their Apple hardware and individual user activities – a powerful, unified solution for device management.

We are the UK’s No. 1 Jamf Pro reseller, having sold 10% more than any other partner in 2015. Jamf are dedicated to providing the hottest Apple tech to businesses and educational institutions all over the country, offering some of the best IT implementation and integration solutions around. Our engineers work in conjunction with Jamf to JumpStart Jamf Pro, and deliver refreshed, reliable IT infrastructure.

Gold Resller status and being a system integrator reaffirms our strong relationship with the guys over at Jamf, and our commitment to delivering high-quality IT solutions and system integration services to our customers.

We can now add a Gold Reseller badge to our growing list of industry-recognised qualifications, which also includes Avid Elite Reseller, Adobe Platinum Reseller and Apple Premium Service Provider accreditations. We’re pretty good at what we do.

If you’d like to know more about Jamf and Jamf Pro, call us on 03332 400 888, email sales@Jigsaw24.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

 

A guide to the G-Technology Evolution Series

A guide to the G-Technology Evolution Series

The Evolution Series is evolving. With a whole family of storage products, G-Technology provides a variety of options for consumers and consistent innovation means the series continues to deliver flexibility and reliability, suited to any of your workflow needs. 

G-Drive ev RaW

The G-DRIVE ev RaW drives are ideal for creatives out in the field. The drives come equipped with a shock and vibration resistant protective bumper; they’ll withstand day-to-day wear and tear and can withstand a 1.5m drop. If you’re a photographer or videographer, cram all your pictures and videos onto the drive (500GB or 1TB versions are available) while you’re out, then head back to the studio and dock it into the G-DOCK or Evolution Series G-SPEED RAIDs for fast, seamless data transfer or duplication.

G-DRIVE ev RaW is available from £70.00 ex VAT

If you’re a speed freak, the G-DRIVE ev RaW is the SSD for you. The solid state drive adds breakneck speed to your data management, perfect for anyone on the move or in a rush. Whether you’re shifting media over USB 3.0, G-DOCK or G-SPEED RAIDs (ev RaW drives aren’t just standalone; they act as modules for RAIDs), you won’t be waiting around.

G-DRIVE ev RaW SSD is available from £315.00 ex VAT.

G-DRIVE ev ATC

The G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt is an all-terrain add-on solution for G-DRIVE ev RaW drives. It adds shock, drop, dust, pressure and even water protection to the lightweight hard drive, meaning you can back up, transfer and edit in the field without the fear of breakages. The ev ATC protects the ev RaW drive from drops up to 2m, and can survive in water for up to 30 seconds. This is a handy bit of kit for any out-and-about creative pro, perfect for protecting those precious data back ups and transfers in the field.

G-DRIVE ev ATC is available from £125.00 ex VAT.

G-DRIVE ev ATC (All-terrain case)

G-DOCK ev

Designed to optimise your digital content workflow, the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt storage solution boasts a two bay swappable drive system and user configurable RAID 0,1. G-DOCK is built with flexibility in mind and is compatible with USB 3.0 G-DRIVE ev hard drives, making it ideal if you’re after a high quality portable storage solution.

G-DOCK ev is available from £210.00 ex VAT.

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NEW: G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Series Bay Adapters

This 8-bay, highly portable, hardware RAID with Thunderbolt 2 delivers whopping storage capacity up to 48TB. With high-definition performance, this impressive storage solution is designed to support multi-screen 4K workflows and much more. The new G-Speed Shuttle XL is configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10, comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and offers transfer rates up to 1,200MB/s. Providing that familiar Evolution Series flexibility, two of the RAIDs 8-bays come with ev Series Bay Adapters. These are compatible with any portable G-DRIVE ev or ev series reader.

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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.

 

Book a Blackmagic Cintel Scanner demo!

Book a Blackmagic Cintel Scanner demo!

We are offering free demos of Blackmagic’s Cintel scanner at our Soho service and customer experience centre! Don’t miss a perfect opportunity to see this outstanding piece of kit in action, demonstrated by our Blackmagic Design experts.

Cintel’s first 4K Scanner with Thunderbolt has revolutionised 35mm film conversion. 35mm film is natively 4K, guaranteeing a beautiful viewing experience. The device scans both negative and positive 35mm film in top quality Ultra HD, allowing you to unlock never before seen resolution potential.

About Cintel scanner:

The scanner is built to remain vibration-free, with its main deck ensuring seamless film handling.

Its light design allows it to be wall mounted.

– Built in conjunction with the latest Blackmagic Design image processing technology, the Cintel Scanner comes equipped with a high-speed Thunderbolt 2 port – perfect for transferring 4K video between your Mac as part of your colour correction system.

– The device works in conjunction with DaVinci Resolve software, delivering an entire spectrum of colour correction features and ensuring a world-class film scanning and grading solution.

– The Cintel Scanner comes with built in Image Mill stabilisation and grain reduction, a 35mm film gate, two film spools, a set of four cleaning rollers, desk mount feet and, of course, DaVinci Resolve 12. What more could you want?      

Our Soho demo space

We’re experts in Blackmagic Design products, and even won their Outstanding Achievement Award – we’re pretty proud of that one. Our expertise makes us your go-to guys for a Cintel scanner demo, so get down to our service and customer experience centre in Soho and check it out for yourself.

What else do we offer?

We’re proud to offer a whole array of demos up and down the industry from AVID’s Pro Tools | S6 and S3 control surfaces, to Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, and leading cameras.

If you’d like to know more, give us a call on 03332 400 888 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Changes announced for Apple Professional Development catalogue

Changes announced for Apple Professional Development catalogue

Apple have confirmed considerable changes to their APD catalogue. The company look to build on their success offering training courses to educational institutions.

It’s hoped that the revised catalogue will provide greater flexibility to schools and offer a fresh approach to teaching. While Apple Education Trainers will still deliver a full day of training, existing courses in the ‘Fundamentals’ and ‘Curriculum’ (renamed ‘Integration’) categories have been reviewed and updated. They will now be split into three-hour modules, streamlining the teaching experience and tailoring it to suit the needs of different groups or individuals. Two identical three hour sessions may be offered to schools in order to relieve scheduling pressure for teachers, while a bespoke training plan could be put together to better tailor courses to the classroom.

AETs will host seminars following each three hour course, giving teachers the chance to get to grips with their newfound knowledge and consider the implementation of new Apple-based learning methods.

The catalogue will include new Higher Education offerings, while skills developed in ‘Foundation’ modules will be complimented by rebranded ‘Integration’ modules. Five new courses will be offered in correspondence with the refreshed catalogue:

– Facilitating real world learning

Creating authentic learning activities with Apple creativity apps and the Challenge Based Learning framework.

– Designing interactive learning activities

Incorporating gaming into lessons to make them more fun and engaging.

– Physical education, health and fitness

Integrating Apple creativity and health apps into physical education.

– Cross curricula for elementary learners

Learning authentic ways to integrate Apple creativity apps across all areas of elementary education.

– Making thoughtful recourses decisions

Exploring Apple stores and learning how to carefully select resources appropriate for all your teaching and learning needs.

Other courses offered include:

– Vision and plan

– Education strategic planning

– Coaching and mentoring

– Co-delivery and twilight sessions

– Planning

Read the updated APD catalogue here.

Want know more about APD and our education services? Call 03332 409 209, follow us on Twitter @Jigsaw24Edu, ‘like’ us on Facebook or email Education@Jigsaw24.com


Using the Canon XC10 in Biological Photography MSc

Using the Canon XC10 in Biological Photography MSc

As Canon’s latest wonder, the compact, 4K XC10 video camera is in high demand among image specialists. The Biological Photography team over at the University of Nottingham got their hands on the XC10, so our very own Anthony Corcoran and Liz Sunter sat down with David McMahon (Director of Photography & Imaging) and Steve Galloway (Taught Course Specialist) for a chat to find out their thoughts on the camera, and how they’ve been using it on the Biological Photography and Imaging MSc course.

AC:  Do you find it’s students who already have a degree in science that want to do more media type stuff coming to the course?

DM: We get students who’ve come straight out of doing their degree, but we also get a large percentage of students who’ve been out in the working world as well who are coming back to do our course, so they might decide on a career change. So our youngest student would be 22 just coming out of their undergraduate programme, right up to… we had a student who was 65, was she?

SG: I think she was, yeah.

DM: Anyway, getting the budget to buy the kit and so on is a big problem. We ask them to bring along a basic kit, which is a DSLR with a basic lens, flash, some other bits and pieces, and then we supply them with extras to top that kit up, like a 70 – 300mm lens, macro lens and things like that.

AC: So traditionally you’re using basically photography based kit and these days you’re doing bits of video production on DSLRs?

DM: Yeah, we used to use the Sony 1000Es, which we got from Jigsaw24 years ago, but the problem was they were tape-based, so there was a lot of time spent importing the tape into the system and stuff like that. And then we went on to the Canon 7Ds, but then we saw the XC10s at the Rutland Bird Fair.

AC: Good to know Canon are nailing absolutely every possible market.

DM: Steve said “I want to show you this camera.” And as soon as I saw the camera – terrific.

AC: I thought the same, because of the small form factor and the little flip out screen. And in fact I quite like the fact that you can’t change the lens. Just having the large sensor and fixed lens means you can move quickly. And then also things like, the five axle stabilisation system’s pretty smart, and it can do 4K or HD, all at a 1200 quid price point.

DM: In terms of education kit, and the reason one of the bits is really good is the actual restrictions it puts on you as well. You can’t change the lenses, so the student is actually stuck with what you have to give them, and they have to learn to work with what they’ve got, [whereas] instead of being like, “Ooh, I need to get closer” they’ll put on a longer lens, and then vibration will start coming into it and they’ll go “Well why is it vibrating?” So give them a piece of kit that is very restrictive and first of all it does mess about with their heads, but secondly they start to learn how to get round these problems.

AC: So what was in the shooting kit?

SG: It was the camera and accessories, and then we gave them a tripod with a video fluid head, sound kit, so they had a field recorder, an on-camera microphone and a shotgun microphone in a blimp and a boom pole. They had some sliders, some tabletop dollies and some jibs. And they were all trained up on that, they did a practice exercise first. They have to learn the motions themselves.

DM: The first part is more about how you’re going to be working together as a team. They don’t know who’s going to be working with who, that’s put together at the last minute, so it’s getting them to work with someone that they haven’t necessarily worked with, bringing other people into it – they might have to find a voiceover artist – they need to then communicate with outside organisations to arrange filming and such. And it’s all done over a really short period of time, so it makes them really sit up and think about what they need to do. The video aspect is actually secondary to what we’re trying to teach them – to think on their feet and arrange things, working together, coping with the stress of editing and learning how to edit.

AC: There are so many factors. Traditionally editing was a craft done by only an editor, and I know it’s kind of more simple now doing it on a computer [but] at the same time you’ve got a million more different types of codecs, a million more different types of plug-ins, a million more different types of software, so you could argue it’s more complicated in some respects. A guy could have spent years at the BBC learning that craft and that camera inside out, but that’s not going to happen today. There’s all sorts of stuff, whether you’re doing After Effects or Photoshop, tweaking it, and also mixing media inside your films, using bits of stills or bits of photography –

DM: Again this is what they had to do, they had to bring in their own kind of animation into the film as well, so it’s not only about filming on the XC10s but also using other Adobe programmes like Photoshop and Illustrator to actually do animations and to use that within the films as well. So there’s a whole mixed bunch that we actually give them to do in a three week period. The photography side of their learning is quite laidback. The video side is quite an intense programme that we throw at them.

LS: And lastly, how was your experience working with Jigsaw24? 

DM: I think that Jigsaw24 is a fantastic company, I really wouldn’t shop anywhere else for computer equipment or things like that. We’ve had issues before with other companies, but with Jigsaw24 you know they’re going to deal with any problems properly.

Want to know more about the Canon XC10? Get in touch with the team on 03332 400 888 or email sales@jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘Like’ us on Facebook


Free trial of Adobe Stock for Creative Cloud for teams members

Free trial of Adobe Stock for Creative Cloud for teams members

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams members can now redeem a thirty day free trial of Adobe Stock per account. Stock allows its users access to a vast library of stock images available to purchase directly in Creative Cloud apps. Manage your content and experience seamless Creative Cloud integration for yourself.  

Adobe are inviting members to visit the Adobe Stock website and sign in with their Adobe ID to claim ten free stock images that teams will have thirty days to download. The offer is restricted to one use per Creative Cloud account and is not available to those who have already used their test run or already have an Adobe Stock subscription.

Adobe Stock’s library of images is always growing, giving its users a vast array of content to play and create with. With over 45 million images available, the image archive has quickly become the go-to stock photo source for designers and artists. Any images purchased within Adobe Stock can be accessed by the entire team at no extra charge.

Here are a few thoughts from our design team:

Xenia: “Adobe Stock makes it really easy and quick to search for images and add them to your library straight from Photoshop. The imagery is constantly being updated too.”

Simon: “Once you’re browsing, the interface feels cleaner and simpler than other libraries I’ve used.”

Thierry: “I find Adobe Stock really useful for mocking up how a project can look by placing in preview images without having to leave the application.”

You can find our full review of Adobe Stock here.

Unclaimed Adobe Stock trial licences expire after 30 days from the date they are awarded so if you’ve got one, what are you waiting for? Make the most of it today and get creating!

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Want to know more about Adobe Stock? Give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.