We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We always enjoy adding a new vendor to our canon, especially when it means we get to try out exciting new gear. Which is why we’re very pleased to welcome Sonos into the Jigsaw24 stable.

Sonos manufacture a smart speaker system that allows you to stream music to one room or every room, then control multiple speakers with a single app. They’ve also introduced Trueplay, a responsive technology that analyses the room your speaker is placed in and then adjusts each woofer and tweeter sounds, so you always get the best sound for the room you’re in.

So what are we most excited about?

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PLAY:5

Sonos have just released the largest player in the range, PLAY:5. It comes with six custom-designed drivers with dedicated Class-D amplifiers that are lightweight and energy efficient. The PLAY:5 uses Trueplay tuning to deliver sound that’s tailored to the acoustics of your room, thanks to smart-synchronised mid-woofers and tweeters.

Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass. All filter settings, active equalisation, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there’s absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Then you can simply control your PLAY:5 unit over WiFi using the Sonos app on any smart phone, tablet or computer, or the convenient touch controls on the device itself.

PLAYBAR

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A player that we think would be great for the M&E sector is PLAYBAR, a sound bar that complements HD screens with highly detailed, richly textured sound. As it works over your WiFi network, it’s easy to set up and expand your system over time, plus it requires just two cords: one power cord and one optical cord, both of which are included. Paired with Sonos PLAY speakers and a SUB unit, it can be used as the basis of a 3.1 or 5.1 surround sound system.

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

Working with… film sound supervisor Dominic Gibbs

Working with… film sound supervisor Dominic Gibbs

Over the past twenty years, Dominic Gibbs has supervised the sound on a multitude of Hollywood movie blockbusters including Edge of Tomorrow, Legend, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Wrath of the Titans. Having just set him up with a new Avid Pro Tools | S3, we hung around and tried to wrangle a few free tips from one of the busiest and most successful sound supervisors around…

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Please can you tell us a little about your work and what your company does?
We provide sound supervision and editorial services to the feature film industry. This has included work on a large variety of both independent and studio pictures.

Along with my team of experienced editors, we supply sound effects, design, backgrounds, foley, dialogue and ADR to help build a dynamic and unique soundtrack to each project we undertake.

What does the role of sound supervisor involve?
I manage and supervise the creation of the film’s soundtrack. I begin by meeting with the creative minds behind the movie to discuss any ideas they might have for the soundtrack, and to try and build a concept for how they would like the movie to sound when it’s finished.

Throughout the editorial process, I work closely with the director and picture editor to ensure that my team are working towards the same collective goal. I will also spend time designing sounds for the film, and working with each department within the sound team.

What projects have you worked on in the last few years?
Since 2014 I have supervised Edge Of Tomorrow (Warner Bros), The Man From U.NC.L.E. (Warner Bros), Legend (Working Title) and Takedown (Pinewood Pictures). I’m currently working on Guy Richie’s Knights of the Round Table.

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You have just installed a new control surface. Why did you decide on the Avid S3?
Our typical sessions are fairly large, so the S3 offers a great level of control in a reasonably compact surface. VCA spills and custom layouts fit well into navigating through our FX sessions.

You have also installed a new Mac Pro based Pro Tools | HDX system. Do you have any particular favourite features of the new setup? 
The new bounce features in Pro Tools 12 allow us to quickly export versions for each other and for the cutting room. Updates to the Mac make it easy to set up three or four displays, without the need for any additional video cards.

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What are the main benefits you’ve seen with the new system?
The Pro Tools| HDX/Mac Pro setup is a really quick system, so I’m rarely left waiting for much.

Does it allow you to take on anything your couldn’t before?
I don’t like to run massive sessions, but this system is much more stable than previous versions, which to me is far more important than the track count.

Any kind words for our team in Soho?
Jigsaw24 have always been a pleasure to deal with, they are well known for being the ‘go to’ guys in the post-production industry when it comes to system design and equipment supply – most of my team are customers of theirs too.

If you’d like to book a hands-on demo of the Avid S3, all you need to do is get in touch with our team at soho@jigsaw24.com. To find out more about our sound for picture solutions, get in touch on 03332 409 285 or at audio@Jigsaw24.com.

We survived our first Golden Square comedy night!

We survived our first Golden Square comedy night!

Having run out of puns of our own, we handed over to the professionals last night as we held our first ever comedy night at our Soho office. Thankfully, it went off without a hitch…

Big thanks are due to the guys from JAMF Software and Quantum storage, who shepherded us through the productive part of the evening, presenting their plans for the upcoming year. JAMF’s Gib Chan and Kieran O’Connor shared their Casper Suite roadmap for 2016, focussing on new products and features that will be joining the leading MDM solution’s toolkit in the coming months. If a question about device management or mobility strategy ever comes up on a pub quiz, we’ll be ready with the answer.

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Next up was Tim Strand from Quantum, who outlined the storage giant’s 2016 plans and introduced us to the updated feature set of their new storage range, Xcellis (you can almost see it in the overcrowded photo above).

Jigsaw24’s very own Tariq Saied introduced our updated solutions and services portfolio, including our managed services for storage, Apple device management, repairs and more. We also announced our new Apple Addicts lunch and learn sessions with Jigsaw24’s own Tom Holbrook, and a new and improved training programme for end users and first line techs.

With the serious business segment of the evening over, it was time for compere Sean Meo, Imran Yusuf and Paul Foot to find out if the IT crowd actually have a sense of humour (of course we do, and they were brilliant). “It was really great meeting the Jigsaw24 team and customers and chatting to them about Apple management,” JAMF’s Kieran O’Connor was generous enough to say. “Plus the comedy acts were absolutely brilliant! Can’t wait for the next event.”

Our next strategy-and-jokes shindig is in May – we’ll hopefully have thought of a better name for them by then – so if you’d like to attend, drop solutions@Jigsaw24.com a line and we’ll get your name on the list.

To find out more about our events, head to our events calendar. For more about mobility, storage and IT strategy, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or emails sales@Jigsaw24.com

Introducing the Sony PXW-Z150

Introducing the Sony PXW-Z150

Sony has today announced the PXW-Z150, the latest addition to its XDCAM range of lightweight, easy to use professional camcorders with new functionality to enable wireless operation and 4K high quality shooting (3840×2160 up to 30P is supported).

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According to the press release, the flexible, effortless setup capabilities of the portable PXW-Z150 enable content creators of all experience levels to deliver impressive imagery for content and events shooting scenarios, no matter how tight their brief. The PXW-Z150 is the first professional camera to feature a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, providing users with  4K recording and impressive 5x slow motion in Full HD – essential functionality for content creators looking to deliver corporate or personal productions to the highest quality.

So what can it do?

The PXW-Z150 can shoot up to 120 frames per second (fps) High Frame Rate continuous recording, in full HD quality. The Clear Image Zoom technology operates at 24x zoom and 18x zoom in HD and 4K modes respectively, in addition to the standard optical 12x zoom. The single 20 megapixel 1.0 type large sensor size (14.2 million effective pixels) offers clear pictures even in low light, giving filmmakers superb clarity and sharpness, opening up the opportunities for flexible shooting in a variety of environments. In response to rising expectations in the fast-paced corporate industry, users can now enjoy live streaming capabilities and FTP wireless connection with built-in WiFi.

Ensuring creative expression isn’t subject to an extensive setup

The PXW-Z150 is ergonomically designed to facilitate shooting with ease. The compact, lightweight body includes integration with advanced features, removing the need for multiple external accessories. The built-in 4-step ND filter is included to offer the flexibility of exposure and depth-of-field control, and the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe avoids cabling with easy integration between the PXW-Z150 and Sony’s peripherals, such as the UWP-D series wireless microphones.

The PXW-Z150 can be easily controlled by a smartphone or tablet using a WiFi remote, and has a battery life which delivers a remarkable 400 minutes continuous recording time – allowing you to always be on hand to capture what’s needed. High visibility is delivered with the wide viewing angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder, alongside the 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel.

The PXW-Z150 lends itself to a variety of environments and editing requirements, supporting the conventional broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) in addition to Sony’s advanced XAVC (Long GOP) format. The PXW-Z150 provides a wide variety of built-in connectivity options including professional standard 3G-SDI, XLR inputs, HDMI, USB, REMOTE and Composite (phono), eliminating the need for adaptors. To extend recording times and workflow flexibility, the camcorder is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards. The dual media slots enable various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

“We wanted to introduce a portable camcorder which supports our customers in demanding situations, where there is the need for a solution which provides a quick setup yet with high quality creative options,” said James Leach, Product Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The compact, lightweight camera body coupled with high quality creative features and 4K capability gives filmmakers the tools needed to take their work to the next level, whether it’s corporate, event or online videography. Clients’ expectations within the creative landscape are constantly evolving and content creators need solutions that can not only provide high quality images, but also deliver this in a timely and professional manner. The effortless set up ensures flexible shooting, while the WiFi integration means you can take advantage of live streaming, ensuring the PXW-Z150 is ready when you are.”

Key features of the PXW-Z150

4K high quality shooting with a 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor and premium G lens.
The PXW-Z150 supports 4K XAVC Long maximum 100Mbps high quality shooting. The 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor provides high sensitivity and high performance in low light environments. The high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion. Videographers can deliver high resolution and contrast from the centre to the edge of the lens, with the high performance 4K-compatible 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom.

Use on a wide range of applications with 120fps slow motion, rich recording format and network functions.
The camcorder supports full HD 120fps continuous high-speed shooting, which enables 5x slow motion expression. High quality FHD XAVC Long 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps and the broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) are also supported. Users can take advantage of the advanced network functions – such as the camcorder’s built-in WiFi for live streaming capabilities (QoS will be supported by a firmware update) and FTP wireless connections – to integrate wireless workflows, enabling users to keep pace with ever changing client deadlines.

High operability and rich interface, within a compact and lightweight body.
The PXW-Z150 provides extended functionality with three independent lens rings, in addition to high visibility with wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel. Sony’s MI Shoe wireless microphone receivers are supported, increasing the mobility and limiting the need for external cables and multiple accessories. The camcorder’s rich interface includes: 3G-SDI, HDMI, XLR, Cold Shoe and REMOTE. In addition to this, dual media slots facilitate various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

We’ll have pricing for the Sony PXW-Z150 on 1st March. In the meantime, you can put your questions to the team at 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Get excited for tomorrow’s Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II launch

Get excited for tomorrow’s Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II launch

Apogee’s new Symphony I/O Mk II is set to land in our laps this year, bringing with it Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD or Waves SoundGrid support. And we’ve got ourselves a sneak preview…

Apogee are updating their popular Symphony I/O interface to incorporate their newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O for up to 32 inputs and outputs and an intuitive touchscreen display. The new version, which Apogee are billing as “the ultimate music production centrepiece for any modern studio”, will be available with direct connectivity to one of three different platforms: Thunderbolt (for anyone running Logic or similar on a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac), Pro Tools (it’ll connect to Pro Tools HD Accel, HD Native or HDX systems via a Digilink connector) or Waves SoundGrid (for Waves SoundGrid system and compatible third party plug-ins, obviously), depending on which model you choose.

The Thunderbolt model is available for purchase now, followed by the Pro Tools version at some nebulous point in “spring 2016″ and the Wave SoundGrid version in the autumn.

There will be four base I/O configurations available: 2×6 (£1639 ex VAT), 8×8 (£2349 ex VAT), 16×16 (£3069 ex VAT) or 8×8 with 8 mic preamps (£3349 ex VAT). With two module slots for expansion per unit, and the capacity for 32 inputs and outputs of A/D and D/A conversion per unit, Apogee reckon the Symphony I/O Mk II gives better value per channel than any other interface in its class.

Key features

– Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt audio interface.

– Ultra low latency.

– Up to 32 channels of modular analogue I/O (plus optional eight mic preamps).

– Best per-channel value of any interface in its category.

– Choose between Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD (Mac/PC) or Waves SoundGrid connectivity.

– Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control.

Want to try the Symphony I/O Mk II yourself?

The new Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II audio interface launches exclusively tomorrow at Jigsaw24’s service and customer experience centre in Soho. Kicking off at 7pm, this premiere event offers guests the chance to get hands-on with the new unit itself! We’ll be taking a look at a Logic Pro X session recorded with Symphony I/O Mk II, mixed ‘in the box’– a great opportunity to see a piece of industry-leading music production kit in action and discuss it with with like-minded enthusiasts. Of course, refreshments will be served throughout the night so get yourself down to Soho on Tuesday 23rd February for this landmark occasion… and some drinks. You register for the event here (it’s free).

If you’re busy tomorrow night, you can always to come round on 16th March, where we’ll be talking Avid workflows, give you the chance to get hands on with kit from them, Sonnox, Trinnov, CB Electronics and more, plus an exclusive presentation with Emmy award winner Donal Hodgson. You can register for that here.

Want to find out more about the Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II?  Drop an email to our pro audio solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

We’re Apple Premium Service Providers for 2016!

We’re Apple Premium Service Providers for 2016!

Big congratulations and a crisp high five to our Nottingham team, who’ve only gone and got themselves Apple Premium Service Provider status for another year!

As well as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of things that could go wrong with a MacBook, “Premium Service Providers consistently deliver exceptional repair support and customer experience that meet Apple’s exacting standard for high-quality repair and prompt service”, according to the official blurb.

Apple Premium Service Provider: Jigsaw24

Which basically boils down to our support team being really nice, incredibly fast and almost always right. We’ve known that for years, but it’s good to know that it’s now a matter of official record.

The team currently offer an in and out of warranty service for Apple devices, and provide phone, email and remote support for everyone who buys from us. They also offer more complex support contracts, in which the standard excellent service is supplemented with a dedicated point of contact, guaranteed break-fix and response times, emergency hardware loans and more. You can find out more about those here.

If you’re currently in the market for a Mac and would like to know you have the backing of our Apple Premium Service Providing team, take a look at the warranties we offer.

Our Nottingham team currently offer in and out of warranty repairs for all your Apple kit. You can book yourself in for a repair here, or get in touch with the team at Apple.Repairs@Jigsaw24.com or call us on 03332 409 227. 

Apple add 4K export and XF-AVC support to Final Cut Pro

Apple add 4K export and XF-AVC support to Final Cut Pro

Apple have announced an update to Final Cut Pro that finally gives users the option to export 4K footage to compatible Apple devices.

The update also introduces sharing options for editors whose clients or collaborators are using iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro or a 4th-gen Apple TV. The sharing window has also been updated to support multiple YouTube accounts.

Motion 5 and Compressor 4 have both landed, too, offering compatibility with the same updated range of devices alongside bug fixes.

Aside from that sought after 4K export feature, the headline of this Final Cut Pro update (version 10.2, if you’re still counting) is that it adds support for Canon’s XF-AVC format, making it a viable editing choice for any videographers working with the ever-popular Canon C300.

Final Cut Pro is available from the Mac App Store now for £229.99.

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.

Media Composer 8.5 is available for download now!

Media Composer 8.5 is available for download now!

Avid have just announced that Media Composer 8.5 is now available via the Avid Download Centre for users with a valid Upgrade & Support plan (look for a notification in your copy’s Application Manager) or via your Master Avid Account if you’re a new customer. 

The update promises a range of exciting new features designed to speed up your editing workflow but, as ever, we beg you to back up your work before hitting download. Do it now, in fact. We’ll wait.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be happy to hear that new features include:

Simpler menus The menus have been reorganised to remove legacy items and simplify your user experience.

An updated Timeline UI A number of updates have been made to the timeline, including enabling Sync Rollers for Sync Locked Tracks, the ability to see full segments as you drag them within the timeline, as well as the effect their repositioning will have on the rest of the timeline before you commit the change, and creating a new track by dragging a segment above or below the timeline.

Support for 64 tracks of audio Fairly self explanatory, this one.

Group by audio waveforms Group clips can be made based on audio waveform analysis.

HDR support Media Composer now includes colour spaces for High Dynamic Range (HDR). This provides support for a higher range of video signal, and enables automatic colour transformations for source files based on the HDR colour space set in the project.

Audio mixer updates You can now resize the audio mixer and create custom track groupings.

FrameFlex rotation Users can rotate the framing box in the FrameFlex source settings using the Z rotation slides, enabling the straightening or reframing of an image at the source level rather than in the timeline.

Interactive video frame cache A new Video Memory tab has been added to the Media Cache settings to allow users to save generated frames of the current playing sequence into a memory storage cache, resulting in faster response times while editing and playing back media.

UI personalisation tools Additional UI settings have been added to allow users to change the background colour of the Project Window and Timeline, and override Bin and Project fonts and font sizes.

Bin Columns updates The process for adding Custom Columns as well as Multiple Columns in bins has been simplified, and you can now copy and paste the same text to multiple fields within a column.

Identifying rendered effects Users can now choose to differentiate between rendered effect media and Title and Matte key effect media in the Media Tool. This is helpful when identifying media to delete.

SCC import Media Composer now supports importing of Scenarist Closed Caption (.scc) files.

For a complete list of fixed bugs and new features, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the Media Composer 8.5 ReadMe, which can be found here. You’ll also want to check your Interplay documentation – this version of Media Composer is supported with Interplay 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5, so check your release notes for any known limitations on feature functionality.

Want to know more about Media Composer 8.5? 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.

Sony announce details of upcoming FS7, F5 & F55 firmware

Sony announce details of upcoming FS7, F5 & F55 firmware

Sony have announced that the FS7, F5 and F55 will all be getting firmware updates in January 2016. Although the updates were originally promised slightly sooner, Sony say they’ve been holding them back in order to improve S&Q RAW recording with an external RAW recorder.

The updates – officially titled PXW-FS7 Version 3.0 and PMW-F5/55 Version 7.0 – will be available free of charge “within January 2016″.

Key features of PXW-FS7 Version 3.0 include:

– Support for adjusting the Focus Magnification area position.

– Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode.

– Support for Interval Recording function.

– Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode.

– Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%.

– RAW image quality improvement at 240/200fps HFR shooting.

Key features of the PMW-F5/55 Version 7.0 include:

– Quick Menu for fast access via Subdisplay (Option Button).

– ITU-R BT.2020 Support in Custom Mode (F55 only).

– MPEG2 50Mbps (50i/ 59.94i) Proxy recording while XAVC 4K/QFHD (50p/59.94p) recording (F5 needs to have the CBKZ-55FX licence installed).

– Simultaneous recording to the same SxS Pro+ card of MPEG2 50Mbps 4:2:2 and 10 bit 4:2:2 4K XAVC in either 3840 x 2160 or 4096 x 2160. The files will have matching Timecode and file naming.

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.

Get 0% finance on a NewTek TriCaster 460

Get 0% finance on a NewTek TriCaster 460

It’s the time of year when vendors and distributors, having made it through Black Friday intact, are overcome with the kind of relief and seasonal fellow-feeling that leads to limited time Christmas offers. Case in point: Digibox’s 0% finance offer on NewTek’s TriCaster 460.

Until December 30th, you can buy a TriCaster 460 from any NewTek Elite Partner (hi, that’s us) and get 0% finance on your purchase – as long as it’s a 460, and you’re not buying the specially-priced ‘education’ models – these are discounted enough already, apparently.

If you’re not sure whether TriCaster 460 is the right model for you, you can download a helpful guide from NewTek here, although with support for HD, SD, SDI, analogue inputs and pan-tilt-zoom cameras, it’s hard to think of a scenario where it’d struggle. You also get 16 switcher channels, support for four cameras, six external and five internal video switcher sources and a hard drive with the capacity to record up to 70 hours of footage.

And you’ll get it all without having to pay interest, as long as you’re quick.

Buy now

 

Want to know more about the NewTek TriCaster? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email tricaster@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.