Sony release new FS7 firmware, announce new NAB plans and more

Sony release new FS7 firmware, announce new NAB plans and more

It’s been a busy few weeks for Sony, as they’ve been promoting the latest updates to XAVC, firmed up their NAB 2015 plans and released version 2.0 firmware for the FS7 and the XDCA-FS7. 

FS7 v2.0 firmware

Let’s start with the firmware. It’s pretty much as was promised at BVE, giving the PXW-FS7 support for 4K (4096×2160) XAVC Intra recording, Apple ProRes recording in combination with the XDCA-FS7 extension box, four channel audio input and recording, increased responsiveness and stability, and a new method for setting the white balance.

FS7 firmware v2.0 is available to download here

XDCA-FS7 firmware v2.0 is available to download here

4K and IP and NAB 2015

We’ve also had official confirmation of what Sony will be up to from 13th to 16th April in Las Vegas. Visitors to their stand (C11001 in the Main Hall) “will witness the stunning immersive quality of 4K and explore Sony’s ambitious plans across a range of applications, systems and services for 4K and beyond”, according to Sony’s official press release. They tell us:

“With 4K, enhanced visual experiences are available to a wider audience than ever before. Sony has already demonstrated its commitment to the standard through a number of broadcast landmarks, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, which was also streamed live to digital cinema screens for the first time ever in Ultra High Definition. The appetite for 4K among content creators and consumers is growing rapidly, and at NAB Sony will showcase how it will not only satisfy but also inspire this increasing global demand in 2015 and beyond.

“From lens to living room, Sony provides a full AV ecosystem. This journey will be illustrated at NAB to show how Sony’s dedication to broadcast and production goes beyond picture quality to provide fully integrated end-to-end workflow solutions, including cloud services (Ci), sports production services (HawkEye), IP solutions and Optical Disc Archive systems […] Sony is also set to show how 2015 will be a landmark year for Sony and IP. IP enables multiple video, audio, reference signals and control data to be transmitted between devices using a single network cable. This simplifies live production systems, reducing installation costs and dramatically improves in the efficiency of video transmission. Sony has made significant advances in IP over the last year, including the first 4K over IP broadcast in Europe from IBC as well as spearheading the growing IP Live Alliance.”

Olivier Bovis, Head of AV Media, Sony Europe, said, “NAB is always an important event for us, and this year we have some amazing things to share. Momentum is building around 4K and IP, and Sony is leading to get the most out of these ground-breaking technologies, as visitors will see for themselves. We’re really looking forward to meeting our customers, showing them what we are preparing and have to offer, and hearing their feedback. With the help of our partners, we’re determined to expand and deliver solutions that open up new and exciting opportunities across the media landscape in 2015.”

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Education app of the week: MathBoard

Education app of the week: MathBoard

This week we’re looking at MathBoard, a flexible app that helps primary school children of all ages master key skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It’s also nicely nostalgic for anyone who’s ever had to tackle problems on a blackboard…

What is MathBoard? 

MathBoard (PalaSoftware Inc., various pricing) is a suite of apps that work together to teach basic maths skills to children of all ages. While the core app is aimed at younger learners, add-ons like MathBoard Fractions and MathBoard Challenge mean it’s applicable to any primary school maths classroom. (You can get the full MathBoard range as a bundle for £6.99.)

How does it benefit the classroom? 

Because MathBoard is wide-ranging and incredibly customisable, it makes it easy for you to personalise work to individual students or small groups. MathBoard provides those who struggle with a concept with plenty of examples and step-by-step assistance to grasp it, while you can allow more able students to progress through the app at their own pace, or reinforce their knowledge by having them compete against one another in the (surprisingly addictive) MathBook Challenge.

What’s the best feature? 

What we like best about MathBoard is that rather than force you to ask endless multiple choice questions, it gives you options for different answer styles. There’s even a ‘scratchboard’ area where students can do their working out by hand, so you can see each step in their thinking process rather than just getting reports on whether they got questions right or wrong. And if anyone needs a little help, the Problem Solver function breaks each question down into steps, so students can see the different processes they need to go through to balance an equation, for example.

How do I get it? 

MathBoard and MathBoard Fractions are available on the App Store and iTunes for £3.99 each, with MathBoard Challenge costing £2.29. However, you can make a significant saving if you buy all three as a bundle for £6.99.

– Missed last week’s app review? Catch up with Squeebles for iPad here.

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The basics of Jigsaw24 for audio

The basics of Jigsaw24 for audio
If you’ve been buying your Macs from us or picked up a drive or two, it may have escaped your notice that we have one of the most comprehensive professional audio offerings in the industry. Here’s our top audio specialist Rob Holsman with a quick rundown of what we can do…

“Whether you’re putting together a project recording studio, voiceover facility, classroom composition suite or a full-featured surround-sound Pro Tools mixing studio for film post-production, we have the products and technical expertise to get the job done. And if you’re a videographer, we can supply all the location recording kit you could need, including wireless systems, shotgun mics, portable recorders and booms.

We can supply all the industry’s leading brands for audio software, audio interfaces, studio hardware, stereo and surround monitor speaker packages, headphones, microphones. and much much more. We are main dealers for Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg, RME, MOTU, Universal Audio, Genelec, Focal, Sennheiser, Sony Professional, PMC, Focusrite, Neumann, RODE, Tascam… the list goes on and on, but you get the picture! And with our industry leading IT, we have the knowhow to get it all working and keep it that way.”

Some top resources…

If you want to know a bit more about us, why not have a browse of our blog, where we keep the latest audio announcements? Here are a few perennial favourites to get you started…

If you want to find out more about our audio post-production services, take a look at our post brochure here.

Want to stay on top of NAMM news? Here’s our 2015 roundup.

Not sure what plug-ins you need? Here are six we can’t live without.

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Adobe to revolutionise PDF workflows with Document Cloud

Adobe to revolutionise PDF workflows with Document Cloud

On 7th April Adobe will be releasing two exciting new updates: Acrobat DC and Document Cloud. While it’s difficult to convince people you’re being sincere when you describe a PDF workflow as ‘exciting’, trust us: the list of new features is pretty much everything you’ve ever wanted Acrobat to do.

What’s the difference between Acrobat DC and Document Cloud?

Acrobat DC is the application that you install on your devices and use to carry out PDF wizardry (more on that in a moment). Document Cloud is a collection of extra online services which help you carry out that wizardry on the go, by making sharing between devices and storage volumes easier.

Do they come as a pair?

You bet they do. Both subscription customers and those with perpetual licences will be given access to Acrobat DC and Document Cloud, though subscription users get a handful of bonus features thrown in, too. The price of subscription has also been lowered (well, in dollars, anyway. We’re still waiting on an accurate conversion).

Why would I want Acrobat to involve itself with the cloud?

Strap yourselves in. With Acrobat DC you can create, manage, transact and publish documents from any PC, OS X, iOS or Android device using a single app with a single, simple user interface. No fuss, no muss, just your files where you need them, with the tools you’d expect from a full desktop version of Acrobat now at your fingertips on your phone. And because the same ridiculously simple interface is used on every device, there’s virtually no learning curve for newbies.

Not only can you edit documents on any device, but you can use the Mobile Sync feature to link your devices and ensure that you can see and edit documents saved to your Mac on your iPad, even if they’re not saved to the device itself. You can also access your iCloud and Creative Cloud storage directly from Acrobat DC, and it’ll integrate with solutions like SharePoint and Office 365, so you could potentially see every file you have access to on literally any device you own (unless it’s a Windows phone).

I bet they had to really strip Acrobat down to do that.

Au contraire, my hypothetical friend. Acrobat DC is packed with new features designed to make you a better and more productive being. You can edit, annotate, reorganise and export PDFs from any device, and even use the Enhance Scan tool to clean up scanned documents and add editable, labelled form fields to them.

Acrobat DC is now far better at identifying text, and will let you edit whole sections of text in a single text box, rather than making you adjust each paragraph in a separate one. If you need to add an item to a bulleted or numbered list, Acrobat DC will let you do that in-app, and it’ll even recognise and apply indents without you ever opening the app the document was created in.

It generates bullet points automatically?

Yes. It literally feels like you’re in the app that the document was created in, except rather than cursing PowerPoint in the office, you’re on the train or in a waiting room or eating a croissant somewhere. (Like many creative apps, Acrobat DC is best enjoyed with a croissant.)

I’ve been waiting for this update my entire professional life.

We know, us too! So exciting. Also exciting: the new interface includes a customisable tool panel, so you can have all your frequently-used tools to hand. And if you can’t see a tool you need in Adobe’s master list, you can use the Create Custom Tool function to build one. And if you know the name of a process but not the tool that you need to do it, just search for the process name and Adobe will show you all the related tools.

Wait – if everyone has these tools, what’s to stop them editing documents I send them? 

There’s a Restrict Editing tick box at the bottom of the tool pane. Click it, and no one you send the doc to will have editing privileges. You can also do all the usual Acrobat tricks, like turning off the ability to copy and paste from files, auto-deleting sensitive information, pre-populating certain form fields and sanitising documents.

Oh, and there’s a Sent Items view that neatly sums up who you’ve sent each document to and what permissions they have, so you always know who’s got what.

And all this has resulted in a price drop?

Yes. $14.99 a month for a perpetual licence, $12.99 a month for a subscription one. More on the UK prices when we have them.

When will you have them?

Well it’s out on 7th April, so probably before then…

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Managing your Mac estates made easy

Managing your Mac estates made easy

While you may have your PC files in perfect order, managing a Mac estate can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, our tech support team can sort all that out for you. Here’s a quick overview of our Mac estate management service.

If you’re thinking of incorporating Mac computers into your organisation, or have a minority of users already working on them while the rest of the workforce stays PC, you’ve probably had to give some consideration to how you’re going to manage your Mac estate to make sure that everyone has equally reliable access to the information they need, and that you’re in a position to control and manage it effectively and with ease.

One of the most common issues in mixed platform environments is Mac users finding that they can’t access files stored on Windows servers, with the files in question showing up as greyed out and inaccessible (or, if you have a slightly more melodramatic machine, as corrupt).

Happily, a number of people have decided that they don’t want to put up with this anymore, and a number of products are available to help you sort out specific issues. We can provide a solution that meets your requirements, so that managing Mac estates alongside a PC environment isn’t that much of a headache. But that won’t do you much good unless your team are au fait with Apple kit. That’s where our guys come in.

If you just want some backup assistance, our tailored support contracts can include management of your entire Mac estate, whether these are integrated with PC ones or kept isolated. As well as providing this as a managed service (meaning there’s no impact whatsoever on your tech team), we can troubleshoot and handle end user queries, either as part of your team and ticketing system or using our own in-house helpdesk service.

And if you’d prefer to bring file management in house over time, we can provide training for your first line staff, both on best practice and on specific management tools. Whatever challenges you have with your Mac estate, we are here to help.

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Mac tip of the month: How to use Boot Camp

Mac tip of the month: How to use Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a feature built into Mac OS X that allows you to load Mac OS X and Windows onto your Mac, and choose which operating system you’d like to use at startup. If you choose OS X, you get your normal Mac desktop, but if you choose Windows you’ll get a Windows desktop, and the ability to run PC-only apps right on your Mac. 

While it’s not as efficient as third party desktop virtualisation solutions that’ll let you run both platforms at the same time, it is a cheap way to get access to both platforms, and is great if you need to run the occasional bit of PC-only software or have employee portals that will only work in Internet Explorer. In fact, according to Soluto, the best computer to run Windows is actually a MacBook Pro!

You will need…

– A Mac running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later.

– An administrator account in OS X to configure Boot Camp Assistant.

– Internet access.

– USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad.

– 8 GB USB storage device, or external drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install the downloaded drivers.

– Recommended minimum of 2 GB of RAM, 20 GB of free space on the disk that you are installing Windows on for the first time, or 40 GB if you are upgrading from a previous Windows version (you can check this by clicking on the Apple icon in the corner of your screen, clicking ‘About this Mac’, then ‘System Report’ and selecting ‘Storage’ in the left hand column).

– Authentic Microsoft Windows full install disk. Some Macs will also let you install Windows using an ISO file containing an image of Windows 7 or higher. To do this, you’ll need to download the ISO file from Microsoft support and save it to your MS-DOS formatted drive.

Before you begin…

BACK UP YOUR FILES. We cannot stress this enough. We’ve even explained how to use Time Machine here. Download any software updates your Mac needs (you can see these in the ‘Updates’ section of the App Store, or by going to the Apple menu and clicking on ‘Software Update’) and, if you’re using a laptop, make sure it’s plugged in and connected to your MS-DOS formatted storage.

Setting up Boot Camp

In the Finder window, click Utilities and select Boot Camp Assistant. Agree to install the latest Windows support from Apple, then select the option to install Windows (plus any other options you need) and click Continue.

At this point you’ll be given a list of options. If ‘Create a Windows 7 or later install disk’ is visible, then you can install Windows using an external hard drive with an ISO image on. If not, you will need a Windows install disk.

Follow the onscreen instructions for your option until you’re asked to create a Windows partition, at which point you have to specify the partition size. Microsoft suggest 40GB or more.

Insert your install disk if you are using one, or keep the drive with your ISO file on attached. Click install. Boot Camp Assistant will create the partition, restart your Mac and open the Windows installer.

When the installer appears, follow the onscreen instructions. If you’re installing Windows 7, you’ll be asked if this is a custom or upgrade installation. Choose custom.

When you’re asked where you’d like to install Windows, select the partition called BOOTCAMP. Selecting any other partition could delete the contents of your Mac. Click Format, then OK, then Next. The installer will then format the Windows partition for you, and you simply have to follow the onscreen instruction to finish your installation of Windows. Your Mac will then automatically restart using Windows, and prompt you to install any support software you need to make sure your Mac and Windows are as compatible as possible.

I just want to use Microsoft Office. Do I need Boot Camp?

A Mac-compatible version of Office, imaginatively titled Office for Mac, is available and includes all the apps you need to work along with PC-loving colleagues. Documents you create using Office for Mac are saved in the same format as the PC version, and will open on any PC or Mac with Office or Office for Mac installed.

However, Apple have their own equivalent apps: Pages (Word), Numbers (Excel) and Keynote (PowerPoint). These are available from the App Store for £14.99 each, and will open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files respectively. While you can’t open Pages, Numbers or Keynote documents in Office or Office for Mac, you can export these documents in Office-compatible formats using your Mac – Apple’s instructions are here.

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How to get the most from your Blackmagic Design URSA

How to get the most from your Blackmagic Design URSA

Blackmagic’s behemoth is a fantastic collaborative camera that gives the illusion that you’re working with £20,000 kit despite costing £3186 ex VAT. But if you really want to get the most out of it, there are a few things you need to know. Our camera specialist James Graham offers these top tips…

Know how you’re going to use it

“It’s not news that this is a pretty heavy camera, and it’s in no way a run and gun model – even if the test footage below shows that it’s a lot easier to manoeuvre than you might think, it’s still a big setup camera that suits itself to multiple operators, three of whom can even have their own high res LCD display.

The Bear in NZ Winter” – Beta URSA Footage from A Couple Of Night Owls on Vimeo.

As you can also see from the video, which was made using an unreleased beta version of the camera, the footage looks fantastic and has only improved in the final model. You are getting great image quality and a lot of flexibility for a pretty remarkable price, which actually makes the URSA a good shout for universities who want to get groups of students round a camera, shooting professional quality footage. It’s also a good reserve camera for anyone who frequently find themselves having to rent out high-end kit but wants to have something slightly more affordable to hand in case of emergency.”

Remember that an URSA is for life, not just for Christmas

As RedShark pointed out in their review, part of the reason that the URSA is built like a brick house it that it’s protecting a huge amount of “internal processing grunt” is that it arrives ready to accommodate a long future of upgrades and developments. If you’re not content with shooting ProRes and 4K RAW at 80fps, all you have to do is wait for a firmware upgrade – the camera will survive anything you can throw at it in the meantime. And the removable sensor block means that when better chip technology comes along, it’s literally a case of swapping out your existing chip and carrying on, because the rest of your camera will still be solid as a rock.”

Embrace the top audio quality

“The URSA comes with two XLR inputs with switchable phantom power and mic preamps. Really very good preamps. If you need convincing, listen to this hands-on review by the videographers at Faymus Media, which uses in-camera voice recording and somehow manages to capture audible dialogue in the middle of New York.”

Don’t lose the allen key

“Literally everything you want to add to or take off your URSA needs this key. Tape it to your body. Mould duplicates. Wear it on a chain. But do not – do not – put it down and then forget where you left it. Blackmagic won’t be happy with you.”

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BVE 2015: G-Technology announce new G-RAID solutions

BVE 2015: G-Technology announce new G-RAID solutions

G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for the creative professional market, will display products from its new Rugged Series and Studio Line, at BVE, the UK’s essential broadcast and production technology event.

The new drives will be on show in hall N18, stand M12. As the press release explains, we’re getting a new G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and New G-RAID with USB 3.0 only:

“The new G-RAID solutions are high-performance, RAID 0/1 storage solutions designed for the most demanding creative projects. Featuring an internal RAID controller, solid all-aluminum enclosure, and quiet cooling fan technology, both solutions come with two removable, 7,200RPM enterprise-class hard drives for improved reliability. With transfer rates up to 440MB/s, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 easily supports multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows.

“Manufacture suggested retail pricing (MSRP) is $1,299.95 for 16TB, $999.95 for 12TB and $799.95 for 8TB. Delivering up to 400MB/s, the G-RAID with USB 3.0 is $1,199.95 for 16TB, $799.95 for 12TB and $599.95 for 8TB. Both products will be available in March.

There’s also a new family of ruggedised drives (formally announced at CES 2015), which “includes the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0, and the G-DRIVE ev RaW. Designed to stand up to daily wear-and-tear as well as more serious conditions out in the field, with features like watertight drive compartments and drop-resistance, the new drives help keep content safe in virtually any environment.”

G-Technology are at BVE in hall M18, stand M12. Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest BVE news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook or keep an eye on our roundup post.

BVE 2015: Announcing the new ARRI Alexa mini

BVE 2015: Announcing the new ARRI Alexa mini

ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry. Designed for specialised shot-making, the ALEXA Mini perfectly complements a full ALEXA shooting kit and allows crews to eliminate the complications of working with third-party cameras by keeping everything within a single system that is trusted all over the world.

The Balloonist from Freefly on Vimeo. Via NoFilmSchool – head over there to see behind the scenes.

To maintain ARRI’s famously rugged build quality in a small and lightweight camera, a number of unique design solutions have been incorporated. These include highly integrated and environmentally sealed electronics, a lightweight carbon housing and a solid titanium PL mount that connects directly with the new internal sensor mount to ensure a super-stable flange focal distance, even when using large lenses. Nimble in use and hardy on set, the ALEXA Mini is a go-anywhere tool, easy to transport in backpacks or as carry-on luggage.

The ALEXA Mini can be operated in a number of ways: by wireless remote control, as a normal camera with the ARRI MVF-1 multi viewfinder attached, or with an on-board monitor and controlled via the user button interface on the camera body. Light enough to be comfortably held at arm’s length in a hand rig, its compact size and extremely quiet operation also make it ideal for tight shooting conditions. The symmetrical design permits filming in any orientation, including upside-down and in portrait mode, while multiple accessory points enable highly creative mounting solutions. In addition, the ALEXA Mini’s interchangeable lens mount can be replaced with any of those designed for the ARRI AMIRA, allowing the use of B4 video and EF mount stills lenses.

Equipped with a 4:3 sensor, automatic de-squeeze mode for anamorphic productions and frame rates of 0.75-200 fps, the ALEXA Mini records ProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW either in-camera to CFast 2.0 cards or to a specially-designed external Codex recorder that can record image streams from up to four ALEXA Minis simultaneously — a compelling option for multi-camera setups such as 360° plate shots. Images from the ALEXA Mini will perfectly match those from all other ALEXA cameras, making the final grade easier and quicker.

Integrated functionality is at the heart of the ALEXA Mini’s efficient and self-contained design. A built-in lens motor controller allows new active lens motors to be connected directly to the titanium PL mount, while ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) technology provides frame-accurate metadata that can save time and money both on-set and in post. Wi-Fi connectivity means that iOS or Android devices can be used to remotely control camera functions such as the motorized internal ND filters, which permit rapid responses to changing light conditions without adding bulk to the camera configuration.

The body design is optimized for use with new-generation brushless gimbals, multicopters and other specialised rigs. It is compact enough in the lens direction to allow the use of standard PL mount lenses even on lightweight and space-constrained rigs, such as gyro-stabilised aerial systems. The camera’s superb low-light performance makes it perfect for underwater work; dedicated underwater housings are currently being developed by leading manufacturers.

Like the ARRI AMIRA, the ALEXA Mini can record 4K UHD ProRes images, facilitating real-time 4K UHD output and simple pipelines for high-resolution deliverables. More importantly, the Mini and all other ARRI cameras with the ALEV III sensor offer unrivalled overall image quality by focusing not just on spatial resolution, but also on other parameters such as coluorimetry, skin tones and High Dynamic Range (HDR). This is equally true whether the chosen output is HD, 2K, 4K UHD or one of the native resolution outputs like uncompressed ARRIRAW 2.8K or ProRes 3.2K, ensuring that images captured with the ALEXA Mini are future-proof, whatever new industry standards emerge.

The ARRI ALEXA Mini is scheduled to begin shipping in May 2015, with orders being taken from March.

A prototype of the ALEXA Mini will be on show at the British Video Expo (BVE) from February 24-26, in Booth J30. Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest BVE news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook or keep an eye on our roundup post.

BVE 2015 show exclusive: Sony FS7 with free Atomos Shogun

BVE 2015 show exclusive: Sony FS7 with free Atomos Shogun

Pre-BVE, we were working with Avid on 4K test footage and kept running into record time limits with our XQD cards. Tragic! Like any sensible person, we switched to an Atomos Shogun so that we could record for longer and shoot at a higher bit rate. Unlike any other people, we managed to get a pre-release version of the Shogun with DNxHR support, so we could shoot 4K directly to the latest flavour of DNx. 

The footage looks great. Special mention has to be made of the Shogun’s monitor, which was excellent and complemented the FS7’s onboard viewfinder. You can see the results at the Avid stand throughout BVE – the Shogun unit and FS7 are also on Atomos’ stand.

It doesn’t stop there. Riding high after touching world-first technology, our M&E team have launched a show promo that gets you a free Atomos Shogun when you buy the Sony FS7. We have one left in stock, so all our BVE orders are going into a hat and one lucky winner will get their order shipped on Friday – the rest of you will get yours as soon as the next wave of FS7s hits our warehouse.

Order the Sony FS7 during BVE and get a free Atomos Shogun.

The FS7 itself is due a firmware updated in March, along with several other Sony cameras. This will see it gain support for ProRes (including ProRes 422 and 422 HQ, so long as you don’t use any special recording modes), 4K XAVC-I and 4-channel audio input and recording, so you can use the internal and external mics simultaneously to record from different sources. Here’s a quick rundown of the newly-supported frame rates and formats:



To get your hands on the FS7/Shogun combo, order on our site now, while it’s just £7199 ex VAT and we’ve got stock to hand (don’t worry if we run out – anyone who gets their pre-order in before the end of the expo will have their name noted and be sent a free Shogun with their FS7 when it ships).

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