How many Odysseys can you use on a single shoot?

How many Odysseys can you use on a single shoot?

To celebrate that fact that we have a stash of Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+s available for just £1199 ex VAT, we’re relaying the tale of heroic filmmaker Jim Arthurs, who set out to discover how many Odysseys one man could use on a single shoot. This Herculean labour was originally documented on Convergent Design’s site



Filmmaker Jim Arthurs had a dream: just how many Odysseys could he put to work on a single shoot? He came up with the concept for ‘Assignment: Odyssey’ as a visual demonstration of the versatility of the Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorder.  Eight unique and popular cameras systems (each with Odyssey7Q+s) ranging from inexpensive 4K mirrorless cameras up through high end systems such as the Sony F55 and ARRI ALEXA were deployed on a Convergent Design themed virtual set green screen shoot.

Throughout the day, each camera was chosen for its particular strengths or features, while the Odyssey7Q+ was used to ‘common capture’ to UHD Apple ProRes or a given camera’s unique RAW data stream.

“Here was the opportunity to do what few in our industry have the chance to do,” explained Arthurs. “Custom select a wide range of cameras for a single job, based on their individual strengths, without the concern of handling multiple brands of recording devices and the resulting hassle in post.”

From the portability and fluid motion of the tiny Sony A7s used gimbal-mounted (both hand-held and on a jib), to the low noise characteristics of the Sony F55 for green screen work, to the 120fps in 4K RAW Burst mode of the Sony FS-700 and the unique Canon C500 colour science and smooth continuous 60fps RAW recording, each camera was chosen to overcome a particular production ‘challenge.’  The Odyssey7Q+ UHD to HD Supersampling was demonstrated with the Panasonic GH4.

“The Odyssey7Q+ was the great equaliser,” noted Arthurs, “Allowing green screen shots from both the high and low end of the Sony line – the F55 and the A7s – to intercut back to back in the final product. Every camera has a unique look, but the richness of signal captured by the Odyssey7Q+ in both RAW and Apple ProRes allow me to easily color correct and match the cameras with great results. And I easily pulled great green screen composites off even the most modest of camera kits with the robust signals recorded on the Odyssey7Q+.”

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Your Mac Pro 4K workflow

Your Mac Pro 4K workflow

When it comes to 4K workflows, the big talking point around Apple’s new Mac Pro is those six Thunderbolt 2 ports. This kind of infrastructure is perfect for anyone looking to move to 4K, and is going to help make the transition from HD and 2K to 4K far easier than the move from to HD was – this time round, you don’t have to wait while hardware manufacturers play catch up.

Each Thunderbolt 2 port offers you 20GBps of bi-directional throughput, and with each on its own bus there’s no need for you to risk maxing out the bandwidth of a single port by daisy chaining six devices from it – you can spread them around and enjoy blazingly fast performance from all your peripherals. On the other hand, the fact that Apple say you can chain up to 36 devices from the new Mac Pro means this is the perfect workstation to connect devices like the UltraStudio 4k 2 for 6GBs SDI capture, 10GbE connectivity from ATTO and 4K-capable storage such as GB Labs’ Space SSD.

One workflow we’ve been looking into is teaming the Atomos Shogun with one of our favourite 4K cameras to allow capture of 4K RAW to a fast storage drive like the PROMISE Pegasus.  This ability to capture straight from the source footage is a great way to speed up the time it takes your DIT to turn around media (a good thing, as having so much 4K footage flying around is going to eat through media cards and memory like nobody’s business) and secure footage on LTO tape to keep insurers happy.

If you’re using a Blackmagic 4K Production Camera, you could use their MultiDock to ingest from four different cards at once and then put the files straight through to working Thunderbolt storage such as a Pegasus drive, using the MultiDock as a sort of glorified (but very fast) and minimising the time you have to spend on ingest.

Ingest aside, the fact that you can run three 4K displays from your Mac Pro is pretty exciting in and of itself, especially for those of us who deal with 4K in post, or anyone who wants to see full-res footage on set. Sony’s PVM-300 or Eizo’s new 4K range are perfect.

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Apple’s WWDC releases: An over-excited guide

Apple’s WWDC releases: An over-excited guide

In case you missed our over-excited tweeting on the night – we were very into El Capitan, disappointed by the lack of beards and divided about Danny Pudi’s rap – here’s a roundup of Apple’s big announcements from WWDC 2015.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan

User experience and semantics seem to be at the heart of this update, with new gestures, improvements to Safari and a new, more powerful Spotlight that builds on the new, more powerful Spotlight that we got with Yosemite this time last year.

Key gestures we saw demoed at WWDC include shaking your mouse (or scrubbing your trackpad) to enlarge the cursor to make it easier to find, Tinder-esque two-finger swiping left and right to mark email unread or delete it, and the ability to ‘pin’ commonly used sites in Safari by dragging the tab they’re open in to the left corner of your browser.

Safari has also caught up with Chrome in terms of letting you find and mute audio when you’re not sure which tab it’s coming from. (On a personal note, we’re glad that Rickrolling is still a popular enough phenomenon to be included in WWDC. Does this make it the longest-running meme in internet history? Will it ever cease? Will Rick Astley become the Hegelochus of our age? Only time will tell.)

But the update we’re going to rely on most is probably the increasingly powerful search in Spotlight, which can now handle natural language chains like ‘mail I’ve ignored from Phil’ or ‘documents I worked on last June’. Just type in your vague query and El Capitan will pull all the documents and emails that qualify. Now of course, we’re incredibly committed and organised people who know exactly what we were working on 18 months ago, but if we weren’t, this would be a godsend.

Another change that looks like it’s going to do wonders for our productivity is the ability to tab your Compose window in Mail, and drag and drop pictures and attachments from emails you’ve just received into the Compose window – we’re already getting excited about how much easier this is going to make approvals, especially as El Capitan allows you to snap applications to a side-by-side view for easier comparison and drag/dropping.


Creative users will be pleased to hear that Apple’s graphics acceleration solution, Metal, is making its way to the Mac. This should mean that graphics-heavy applications (and games) will launch and run faster – Apple are reporting a 50% increase in rendering speeds, and a 40% reduction in the amount of power your CPU needs to do that rendering.

Adobe have said that they’ve seen an eightfold increase in rendering performance in After Effects, and seamless interactivity within apps like InDesign, so you can zoom seamlessly and shouldn’t experience any lag when performing common tasks. They’re planning to support Metal on all their OS X 10-compatible apps, so you can check that off the list of things to worry about when you move to El Capitan.

iOS 9

Over the past year, Siri has become 40% more accurate and 40% faster. In iOS 9, she’s going to get proactive, doing things like starting your music player when you plug in your headphones, adding invitations to your calendar automatically, and advising you on the time it will take to get there based on realtime traffic info. She can even suggest who a caller might be by trawling your email for phone numbers hidden in email signatures.

Other highlights include:

– Apple Pay coming to the UK in July.

– Its partner app, Passbook, being renamed Wallet. This is the TfL-compatible app that’s going to let you use your iPhone or Watch as an Oyster card, or a credit card if you’re with one of the eight major banks (more will be supported from the autumn).

– The ability to sketch, create to-do lists and take photos from within the Notes app.

– An extra hour of battery life for your iPhone.

– A new, Flipboard-style app calls News which replaces Newsstand, and organises all your regular reading into a single, simple feed (think of it as an RSS feed that arranges itself like a magazine and has lovely transitions between articles).

– Transit routes added to Maps for 20 cities worldwide, including London.


Not to be left out, Apple Watch has seen an update to its operating system, watchOS 2. This is paired with WatchKit, a set of tools that will allow developers access to key hardware like the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, heart rate sensor, accelerometer and microphone. New software APIs enable audio and video playback and animation, and with the ClockKit framework, developers can represent their data as complications on the watch face. You can download WatchKit here.

The upshot of this? You can now develop more robust apps that will run natively on Apple Watch, and some apps will now be able to run using just your Watch and a known WiFi network, rather than having to do everything through your iPhone.

From an end user point of view, the big new features are:

– Nightstand Mode that transforms Apple Watch into a bedside alarm clock, with the Digital Crown and side button serving as snooze and off buttons for the alarm.

– The ability to use merchant rewards and store-issued credit and debit cards with Apple Pay, which can be added to Wallet (née Passbook).

– Support for Transit in Maps, so you can view detailed transportation maps and schedules, including walking directions to the nearest stations with entrances and exits precisely mapped.

– Workouts from third-party fitness apps contributing to your all-day Move and Exercise goals.

– Using Siri to start specific workouts, launch Glances and reply to email.

– Activation Lock, which lets users secure their Apple Watch with their Apple ID, preventing another user from wiping or activating the device if it is lost or stolen.

Apple Pay

For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting Pay, here’s the official rundown of what will be supported when it launches:

“Starting in July, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users will be able to make purchases anywhere contactless payments are accepted. In addition to the 39 Apple Stores in the UK, leading locations for everyday shopping that will accept Apple Pay include Boots UK, BP, Costa Coffee, Dune, JD Sports, KFC UK & Ireland, Liberty, LIDL, Marks & Spencer (M&S), McDonald’s UK, Nando’s, New Look, Post Office, Pret A Manger, SPAR, Starbucks, SUBWAY stores, Wagamama and Waitrose. Transport for London will also accept Apple Pay, so you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for your travel or daily commute.

“We are proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce Apple Pay at our stores across the UK. Whether customers are enjoying our special food range or our clothing collections, our early introduction of Apple Pay will provide them with a seamless and secure way of checking out,” said Marc Bolland, CEO of Marks & Spencer.

“In apps, checkout is simple and there is no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. Apps that will accept Apple Pay in the UK include Addison Lee, Airbnb, Argos,, British Airways, Domino’s, easyJet, Hailo, HotelTonight, hungryhouse, JD Sports, Just Eat,, Miss Selfridge, Ocado, Stubhub,, Top 10, Topshop, Uncover, Vueling, YPlan, Zalando and Zara, among others. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.”

Meanwhile, on iPad…

Over on your iPad Air, the new Slide Over feature lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the first. All you need to do is access the same Split View feature thats been promised in El Capitan, and you can work in two apps at the same time, side-by-side. Sadly, pre-Air iPad models won’t be able to support this feature.

Crowd favourite Picture-in-Picture lets you continue a FaceTime call or video while using your favourite apps (so if you want to check your calendar while you’re on a call and trying to arrange a meeting, now you can).

And if you’re particularly fond of the trackpad on your MacBook, you’ll be happy to hear that a new gesture control has been added that will let you open a trackpad over your iPad keyboard, so that you can perform OS X-style gesture controls while moving between apps (great if you’re working in two apps with their own specific gesture controls but just want to perform an iOS function like swiping between apps or tabs).

Swift 2 goes open source

Importantly for developers, APIs for all these new features and controls will be made available. They’ll also get a new version of Swift, Swift 2, the compiler and standard library for which will be made open source later this year. Your new API tools will include:

– Extensible search that deep links directly to content within third-party apps.

– GameplayKit and Model I/O for building better games and ReplayKit for recording gameplay.

– New HomeKit profiles for motorised windows and shades, motion sensors and home security systems.

– Wireless CarPlay and support for auto manufacturers to develop apps within CarPlay.

– New HealthKit data points for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state.

 And one more thing…

We were hoping it’d be the next generation of Apple TV, but apparently we haven’t earned that yet. Instead, Apple unveiled a new music streaming service, Apple Music, that turns iTunes into a sort of giant, Taylor Swift-rich Spotify rival. As well as listening to your own iTunes library, you can stream any of the 30 million songs Apple has access to, or listen to carefully curated playlists based on your tastes.

Siri is also getting in on the action, and is now able to respond to requests like, ‘play the number one song from August 1987′ or ‘play the best U2 songs’ in order to fire up the appropriate playlist.

Apple Music starts with a free trial, but will be $9.99 per month for an individual and $14.99 a month for a family thereafter.

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Atomos spotlight all-in-one 4k and HD monitor/recorders for the world’s leading cameras at Cine Gear 2015

Atomos spotlight all-in-one 4k and HD monitor/recorders for the world’s leading cameras at Cine Gear 2015

For those who couldn’t make it to California for this year’s Cine Gear Expo, our buddies at Atomos were doing what they do best and spotlighting all-in-one 4K and HD monitor/recorders for the world’s leading cameras.

Atomos Shogun updates

At Cine Gear 2015, Atomos were demonstrating a host of feature updates for the award winning Shogun, including Pre-roll Record and Time Lapse along with Anamorphic de-squeeze and RAW to ProRes/DNxHR/CDNG for Arri, AJA, Sony, Canon (eg the new Canon XC-10) and expanded Custom Meta Data Tagging, all designed to help users speed up their workflow.

Their press releases tells us: “Pre-roll Record is sure to be a huge deal for documentary, sports and wildlife cinematographers. Even with Shogun not in recording mode, Pre-roll Record continually buffers content internally, allowing the user to record the previous eight seconds of HD recording or two seconds of 4K the moment you hit the record button.”

Another headline feature was Time Lapse, which “lends itself to creative angles on everyday scenes and has traditionally been limited to photography.” Atomos’s more video-centric take allows you to set the duration of recording according to the number of frames you want or the length of time you want to capture.

According to the release, “The interval can be altered depending on the director’s intent and even multi-stage recording is possible, altering the time and duration throughout the period of the shoot. Essentially, Atomos have made time lapse keyframeable and flexible in the video arena.”

The list of updates includes: 

– Pre-roll Record. Atomos goes back in time to ensure missed takes are a thing of the past.
– Anamorphic de-squeeze. This includes compatibility for older lenses and the new GH4 upgrade.
– RAW to ProRes/DNxHR/CDNG for Arri, AJA, Sony and Canon. Supported cameras include the new Canon XC-10 and C300MKII.
– Expanded Custom Meta Data Tagging. Because you’re going to need to speed up your workflow now you have all that extra footage.

Power Station Photo and Power Station Video

Cine Gear visitors were also able to get hands on with two versions of the upcoming Power Station: Power Station Photo Photo and Power Station Video. Atomos tell us that “at its core, Power Station consists of two batteries mounted side by side that operate together using a continuous circular power system. When one battery gets low it can be removed and charged while the system switches across to the second battery uninterrupted. Power Station also doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries at up to three times the rate of conventional chargers.”

Bare Bones units and bundles

Atomos have teamed up with leading camera manufacturers to show integration with a variety of different workflows and with new ‘Bare Bones’ versions of all Atomos recorders, adding high end recording.

Atomos explain: “The current Shogun model includes not only the main Shogun unit but also over $500 of accessories to get users started right away. Customers and channel alike have requested a unit only with AC adaptor in order to utilise accessories they already own from older products.

“Our goal is to make an additional Shogun unit more affordable. In an effort to meet this request and drive 4K adoption even faster, Atomos have announced a ‘Bare Bones’ version of the Shogun that removes all accessories except the bare essentials (SSD media case and AC power supply), shipping within a high quality soft carry case for protection for an MSRP of $1695.

“In the same spirit we have decided to extend the Bare Bones range to the entire monitor/recorder range. Our HD 4.3″ Ninja 2 Bare Bones will be $395 and the higher resolution 5″ Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade models will be $795.”

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Weekly design inspiration: Doughnuts

Weekly design inspiration: Doughnuts

After satisfying our inner shutterbug with last week’s photography-themed inspo, we’ve turned our sights on one of the loftiest and most sacred institutions of this or any other nation: National Doughnut Day. “That sounds like a made up holiday!” we hear you cry. “Everything has a day now! Are you really going to encourage such crass commercial hysteria?” Yes. Yes we are. There are free doughnuts at stake.

The first doughnut in space

Our collective knowledge of the Swedish space programme is limited, but we’re fairly sure this is its crowning glory. Brothers Alexander and Benjamin Jönsson attached their favourite snack food and a heavily padded GoPro to a weather balloon, snuck over the border to Norway (or drove there because they’re more relaxed about launch permits, whatever) and launched a doughnut higher into the firmament than any baked good has ever been before.

Be sure to watch the bonus video of them eating a waterlogged, several-day-old doughnut while explaining irritatedly that they’re not Norwegian. That’s the kind of quality content that keeps the internet on.

The first doughnut in space is a beautiful thing via

The Secret Donut Society

Ask most people to spitball brand ideas for a doughnut shop, and they’ll give you ideas based around non-threatening fonts, pastel colours and the promise of maple-glazed happiness. Not so José Velázquez and Cici Peralta. Tasked with branding an “underground donut shop” in San Pedro Garza Garcia, they created the Secret Donut Society: an Illuminati-inspired store with some distinctly Masonic leanings.  We’ve never felt so intimidated by an icon of a whisk.

The Secret Donut Society via Behance

Meet Doughbot

It’s 3pm. You’re in a strange town. You feel the kind of gnawing hunger that only a fresh, crisp doughnut can sate but alas! You have no idea where you might find one. You ask strangers for help but they shun you. Children run from you, afraid. All seems lost. But then, you remember Doughbot.

This charming 50s-style robot is the host of the Doughbot app (inexplicable launch trailer below), which lets you locate your nearest doughnut store any time, anywhere, all through a lovely pastel interface. Hands down the best way to get directions to a Greggs.

Doughbot Launch Video from tim tolbert on Vimeo.


A world of doughnuts? Yes please…

Russian agency Brandiziac have imagined what is possibly the best of all conceivable realities: a land made almost entirely of doughnuts. Their packaging for Donut’s Club Cafe imagines us all living on delicately frosted doughnut islands afloat in a chocolate sea, getting about in charming teacup boats. What could be better?

Donut’s Club Cafe via

Who’s your Donut Double?

When the Marlin Network (no clue) needed to promote their 2014 NRA breakfast, they teamed up with Deep Group to answer the ultimate question: what kind of doughnut are you? You can find out by taking this handy quiz, or head over to their site to see some examples (click the face and donut icons next to each image to toggle between the two). Ten points to anyone who can tell us what kind of doughnut Debbie Diner is supposed to be…

Donut Double from Bruton Stroube Studios on Vimeo.

Discover your Donut Double

Ready to create your own doughnut designs?

We’d recommend this lovely free font, which goes with doughnuts almost as well as coffee and whatever that weird sauce Dunkin’ Donuts give out is. It’s even called Dozen. For some reason, we find the z particularly satisfying…


Missed last week’s photography-themed design inspiration? 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.

While you’re waiting, why not 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.

iPad for ePOS: the key kit

iPad for ePOS: the key kit

Point of sale is changing. As new software and systems allow you to move away from expensive custom ePOS hardware and toward a more slimline, iPad-driven approach, we look at the available kit. 

Now, until everyone and everything supports Apple Pay, you’re going to need to add a few accessories to your iPad to turn it into a fully functioning till. Here’s a quick guide to the best barcode scanners, most reliable receipt printers and cash drawers our product management team couldn’t jimmy open with a screwdriver.

Barcode scanners

Kicking things off is the Opticon OPN-2001 barcode scanner. This pocket laser scanner is as straightforward as it gets: scan the barcode to store it, press the clear button on the front of the device and re-scan the same barcode to forget it, charge via USB every 1000 scans or so. It can hold up to 10,000 codes with time stamps and weighs just 28 grams, so is great if you’re building a temporary POS and need to keep the weight of your setup down.


If you want something a bit more ergonomic, then try the very sleek Socket Mobile CHS 7Ci barcode scanner, which has the added advantage of being certified by Apple for use with iOS devices. It can read printed barcodes and those on screens, so if you’re emailing out offer codes to your customers on a regular basis, this is probably the one for you, especially given its 10 hour/10,000 scan battery life and impressive 508mm scan range.



Star Micronics are our go-to receipt printers, and we’re particularly fond of the SM-S220i and TSP143.

The SM-S220i is a great choice if you need something mobile. A lightweight Bluetooth receipt printer, it’s designed for queue busters and wait staff to take payment wherever the customer happens to be. Compatible with both iOS and Android, it’s the ideal partner for a mobile ePOS solution, and despite being tiny it can crank out an impressive 8cm of 230 dpi receipt per second.

If you’re looking for a fixed printer, try the TSP143. It’s a LAN thermal printer, meaning you get fast long-distance communication over Cat5 LAN cabling (nice and cheap), and includes a ‘print on disconnection’ feature that’ll print you an alert should you have any network issues.

An auto-cutter and all the accessories and software you need to get set up are included in the price (including a wall mount, in case you like your receipt printers vertical). The only thing that might set you back extra is a splash-proof cover that we imagine would be a sound investment if you’re a restaurateur or a particularly clumsy goldfish-seller.

Cash drawers

And now to the most important bit: making sure no-one can run off with your hard-earned dosh. APG’s Vasario series of cash drawers are a popular choice: they rely on the popular MultiPRO interface, so will work with most ePOS systems, and the four-function lock offers you the security of locked closed, locked open, online and manual settings.

The Vasario 1616 offers great bang for your buck, giving you the security of that multifunction lock at a lower price point than usual, plus drawer status reporting and a two year warranty.

If you’re using a Star or Epson printer, a good call is the Star Micronics CB-2002, which is designed specifically to work with these printers and comes in eight note/eight coin and four note/eight coin variations.

It has a three-position lock with drawer release, includes a compulsion switch and RJ12 connection.

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The end of “This software is currently unsupported…”?

The end of “This software is currently unsupported…”?

We love it when a new device or platform makes itself known, but we’re less keen on the inevitable, horrible wait for our key software and systems to add support for them. The nice thing about Creative Cloud? You can say goodbye to messy workarounds and incompatibility issues within days. 

Because Creative Cloud updates and bug fixes are released as and when they become available, the time between a new device or software release being announced and an update to support it being available in Creative Cloud is drastically less than it ever was with Creative Suite.

And because you can use Adobe Packager to centrally manage and distribute when updates are available to different users in your organisation, there’s no need to worry about different users being on different versions. Simply use Packager to hold back or push out the updates your users need, when you’re ready to support them.

Designing for new devices

However, the benefits of the constant update model go beyond letting you update to the latest version of your OS straight away. If you’re producing digital content that needs to be optimised for a range of devices, the release of a new tablet, smartphone or screen resolution can knock your designs wildly out of whack (that’s a technical term).

Thankfully, Creative Cloud adds support for new devices as quickly as it does software, so rather than having to develop workarounds or source (probably pretty expensive) test devices in order to tweak your designs manually, you can have an official update within days, and create and optimise content for it in the same way you would for any other device.

And if you’re using one of those newly-released devices, you’ll see the time it takes for you to be able to fire up Creative Cloud and work on it drastically reduced, too. The upshot of this is that you can keep pace with the technology used by third parties, agencies, collaborators and clients, meaning it’s easier to collaborate and you’re less likely to waste time doing needless iterations of something just to check it works on a specific tablet.

Keeping up with the latest standards

But it’s not just software and devices these updates support – they’ll also help you keep up with security frameworks and standards, so you can be sure you’re not putting yourself and your clients at risk. This is especially important if you’re moving into web and interactive design, due to the relatively high refresh rate and number of standards.

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Jigsaw24 recommends: iPad kiosks

Jigsaw24 recommends: iPad kiosks

If you want to set up iPad kiosks in-store there are a number of factors to consider, including physical security, how you’ll charge them and whether you’ll need to sync them remotely. Here are some ideas… 

So you know you want a snazzy interactive kiosk where your customers can find out more about products, staff can present rich content and – gasp – contactless payments may even take place. What you don’t know is how to stop customers running off with your devices and how to make sure they’re always fully charged. Never fear – our retail team have found three ace kiosk-makers with solutions that will sort all of this for you. Here’s the rundown…


There are two solutions we really like from Maclocks – the Space Desk Enclosure and the BrandMe Floorstand (both compatible with iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Air).

The Space Desk Enclosure is a padded aluminium enclosure that stops anyone tampering with your iPad’s home, volume and lock buttons, but still allows data, radio and WiFi signals to filter through, so you can enjoy full access to whichever app you lock the iPad into. (If you don’t know how to lock an iPad with Guided Access, read this.)

If you fancy keeping your iPad on a tabletop, the Space Desk Enclosure can accommodate a cable lock to hold it down, or you can mount the whole thing flush against your showroom wall (you won’t be able to rotate iPad once it’s mounted, though, so pay careful attention to whether your app works best in portrait or landscape mode).

If you want a freestanding kiosk, the BrandMe Floorstand is, as its name suggests, brandable, with dedicated space on the column for your logo. As well as being able to show iPad in portrait and landscape mode, it allows you to hide the charging cable in the base of the stand, so you can charge your iPad discreetly and securely at any time.

Your iPad can attach to the BrandMe stand using a Space enclosure or an ‘Executive Enclosure’ made of tamperproof aluminium screws, which has the advantage of being chic and incredibly thief-resistant.


If Maclocks’ offering isn’t doing it for you, try Bouncepad. They have a slightly swooshier design (that’s a technical term) and their tabletop option, Bouncepad Desk, has a short ‘stalk’, so that you can display your iPad devices at a conveniently tiled viewing angle without taking up too much space or giving customers the chance to yank the screen around too much.

Bouncepad Desk is available in black or white as standard, though you can add a custom finish if you want a more branded feel, and can be mounted from above or below a surface depend on said surface’s depth. You can also choose from a variety of faceplates that cover different combinations of buttons, depending on how much you want customers to be able to do.

There are a range of extras available that allow you to rotate, tilt and even add headphones to the stand, so that you can customise each Bouncepad Desk to the activity you want it locked to.

In terms of uprights, we like the Bouncepad Floorstanding. Nice and simple and the perfect height at 114cm, its weighted base and lack of complicated setup mean that it’s an ideal solution for exhibitions, event spaces and other temporary displays. (Don’t worry, you can secure it to the floor so that no-one runs off with it.)

A charger cable can be concealed in the base, so you’re able to enjoy continuous power, and the stand will work with the same tilt and rotate add-ons that you can get for the Desk, if you still want that functionality.


Look, we’re just really big fans of Griffin gear, OK? And their Kiosk Desktop range is as sturdy as their mobile one, offering you a sleek, stable enclosure that you can mount on any flat surface without having to look at any unsightly mounting screws.

The Kiosk Desktop gives you a shock resistant iPad enclosure and high-strength steel arm, which can also house the cabling and power supply for your iPad. The Kiosk Desktop comes with three faceplates, so you can choose whether to allow customers access to the iPad home button, camera or neither. And as all the faceplates are part of your initial purchase rather than extras, you can swap out plates if you want to repurpose the iPad in a location where users are given more freedom.

There’s also a 119cm Kiosk Floor available, for anyone who wants a freestanding iPad solution. Both can run the Kiosk App (£2.99 from the App Store) that you can use to manage and sync multiple devices, set home pages and iPad behaviour while idle, and even make sure staff are alerted if a device is damaged, unplugged or otherwise brought low by a heavy-handed customer. So useful!

The only downside is that the Kiosk range currently only supports iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3, but hopefully and iPad Air-friendly version is in the offing.

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Three ways to protect staff iPad

Three ways to protect staff iPad

Dropping your iPhone is unfortunate. Dropping your iPad mid-sale and losing all your customer data is slightly worse. Avoid it by investing in one of these sturdy cases…

Having spent the last three years rolling out iPad in schools and businesses up and down the country, we’ve seen plenty of people learn the hard way how important it is to properly protect your iPad. Luckily, whether you’re worried about staff dropping them or frustrated customers taking out their anger at an iPad POS, someone has made a case to suit your needs. Here are three of our favourites.

Griffin AirStrap

Available for iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and all three iterations of iPad mini, the Griffin AirStrap is great for anyone using iPad to interact with customers on the shop floor. The case is lightweight and unobtrusive, so you still get that nice sleek iPad look, but the key feature is the AirStrap’s rotating strap.

Not only does it make holding iPad one-handed far easier – particularly if you opted for one of the larger models – but the rotating mount means that you can still spin the case from landscape to portrait view, or turn it round completely if you want to show the screen to a customer without letting go of your device.

 Native Union GRIPSTER Wrap

Not content with a mere rotating grip, Native Union up the ante with a grip that not only rotates but which can be locked into eight different positions to keep your iPad stable while you work (or take selfies). It also has a built-in stand that doubles up as a carrying handle, so you can carry your iPad with you around the store or prop it up in order to present solutions to customers, play media, or let them navigate through an app.

And if, like us, you’re very particular about keeping your screen scratch-free, you’ll appreciate the eight-panel wraparound cover that you can draw round the iPad when it’s not in use, like some kind of high tech roman blind.

The GRIPSTER wrap is available for iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 1, 2 and 3.

Griffin Survivor

Are you going onto a building site? Is there a chance that an angry child will hurl your iPad at a wall? Do you plan to drop it six feet onto solid concrete on a regular basis? If the answer to any of these questions is even slightly likely to be yes, opt for a Griffin Survivor case (other colours are available).


With four layers of protection, cushioning foam inserts, shock-absorbing silicone at the corners and a scratch resistant cover for you screen and camera, the Survivor makes you iPad ready for anything – there are even removable covers for all your device’s ports, so you can keep out the dust and rain if you need to send staff outdoors.

The Survivor is available for the second, third and fourth generations of iPad, the iPad mini range, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, but Griffin do also offer Survivor covers for iPhones and Android tablets, so you can equip staff with a range of devices and still achieve a uniform look.

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NewTek NDI: What’s on the way?

NewTek NDI: What’s on the way?

NewTek’s NDI standard for video over IP was one of the big talking points at this year’s NAB Show, with NewTek releasing their own apps and tools alongside some corkers from third party vendors. In case you missed the kerfuffle (we can’t all get to Vegas on expenses, after all) here’s what we know about the key releases.

NewTek’s own apps

NewTek have obviously been hard at work on making their hardware range IP-compatible, and models running the latest firmware should cheerfully support the NDI protocol (give us a call if you’re not sure whether yours qualifies). They’ve also put together an SDK so that third parties can start producing plug-ins and apps. But they’ve also chosen to lead by example and put out a couple of apps of their own.

NewTek Telestrator is NewTek’s own moving image annotation app (and not, as the marketing team thought for one beautiful moment, anything to do with Fender guitars), allowing you to annotate stills and video to your heart’s content. Perfect for post-match analysis, training, and that bit of Strictly that they currently make Zoë Ball do on an interactive whiteboard.

NewTek Transit is an app that allows you to replace the customer-grade pictures you get from the likes of Skype, Google Hangout and various video conferencing apps with a crisp, professional quality NDI signal. If you have a compatible streaming encoder (or other third party production software with a webcam option), Transit will make any NDI video connection on your network appear as a ready-to-use webcam input, regardless of whether it actually is a webcam.

Third party apps

The first big third party announcement to roll out was that Sienna, whose production software pedigree is as long as it is impressive, had used NewTek’s SDK to produce NDI Source and a series of related apps for Mac users. This cunning suite of applications allows you to use NDI, which is a PC-based standard, on Apple computers and devices, and also brings key hardware from Blackmagic Design and AJA into the NDI fold. Once your device is running the correct version of NDI Source, you can connect SDI and HDMI sources to your AJA or BMD video interface and convert them to an NDI IP feed.

Adobe have also been quick to get in on the act, releasing their NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud app (or NDIFACC, as we choose to call it) over the course of NAB. This plug-in is available on a subscription basis from the NewTek store, and will allow you to display full res Premiere Pro and After Effects files on any screen connected to your video IP network.

“NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud transforms the workflows for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC users by making creative elements visible on virtually any screen or any output on their local area network in full resolution,” said Michael Kornet, Executive Vice President of Business Development for NewTek, when the app was first announced. “The creative efficiencies plus time and cost savings to be gained is tremendous and represents a breakthrough across the board in all traditional pre-, live-, and post-production workflows. We are so excited to see how Adobe Creative Cloud customers will utilise the NDI integration to achieve things in ways that until now were unimaginable.”


GB Labs became the first company to announce NDI-friendly hardware (although a slew of IP-enabled hardware is in the pipeline, ranging from cameras to convertors). Their Space storage range integrates seamlessly with NewTek NDI solutions, and just so happens to be the world’s fastest NAS, capable of pulling data from multiple sources at 9000MBps. So really well worth a look even if you couldn’t give two hoots about NDI (our professional opinion is that you should give several hoots about NDI, for the record).

Want to try these out?

We’ve got a full TriCaster 8000 IP demo system, complete with NewTek’s core apps, ready and raring to go. We even have our very own NewTek Certified Trainer to talk you through it. If you’d like to book a demo or take the unit for a test drive, just get in touch on the details below.

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