IBC 2014: Top news and resources

IBC 2014: Top news and resources

IBC 2014 is almost here! Bookmark this page, and we’ll update it with the cream of this year’s news and resources as they arrive.

Alternatively, take a look at our Twitter list of all the major exhibitors, or tweet your #IBCtakeover question to the team @WeAreJigsaw24, and we’ll take them all the way to the ‘Dam.  IBC TV also have their own interviews going live here throughout the show.


ITV’s head of production innovation talks end-to-end Adobe workflows

Obviously it doesn’t reach the giddy heights of a Jigsaw24 blog post, but Adobe’s interview with ITV’s Martyn Suker about streamlining ITV’s production workflow by going end-to-end Adobe is a must read for anyone thinking of adding Adobe to their pipeline. Read more

Ask a Pro livestream

At 10am Pacific/6pm UK time, Adobe’s Jason Levine will be live streaming an ‘Ask the Pro’ session in which he demonstrates new features coming to Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade and Prelude. Watch here


IBC 2014: AMD professional graphics empower 4K video workflows for broadcast customers

To empower broadcast customers with productivity and performance for exceptional 4K workflows, AMD is showcasing new AMD FirePro W-series professional graphics alongside hardware and software industry leaders Adobe, AJA, ASSIMILATE, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design, Dell, FUJITSU, HP, SuperMicro, RealVNC, and The Foundry with hands-on demonstrations at IBC 2014. Read more


IBC 2014: Atomos announce Power Station for continuous power in the field

We’re yet to be disappointed by an Atomos release, and their latest IBC announcement – a combined battery/charger designed to bring continuous power to us peasant folk with limited budgets – hasn’t let us down. Read more


IBC 2014: Autodesk Smoke 2015 gets its first extension pack

Autodesk Smoke 2015 has joined Maya and 3ds Max in getting its very own service pack, which was announced this weekend at IBC. If you’re one of the clever so-and-sos who’ve got an Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, you can head over and download this update from Autodesk for free, but first let us run you through the highlights… Read more 

IBC 2014: Extension 2 release announced for Autodesk Maya LT 2015

Autodesk have announced the extension 2 update for Maya LT 2015. The new software is available to download now from the Autodesk Subscription Centre and Autodesk Accounts. Read more

axle Video

IBC 2014: axle Video makes media management mainstream at IBC

At IBC, axle will unveil new capabilities and options that significantly broaden the appeal and expand the applications of their unique, “radically simple” approach to media management… Read more


IBC 2014: Avid release Pro Tools Duet and Pro Tools Quartet, discontinue MBox range

Avid have announced that the MBox range of audio interfaces has been discontinued. Instead, two new products will be available which will fill the gap for portable audio interfaces in the Pro Tools line. However, this time around the hardware itself is being made by Apogee rather than Avid themselves… Read more

IBC 2014: Avid announce 4K Media Composer at Avid Connect

Avid Connect was probably the most hotly-anticipated of IBC’s opening conferences in our office, and judging by what we’ve heard back so far, it didn’t disappoint… Read more

IBC 2014: Your Avid Everywhere update roundup

Avid today announced a series of significant product and services innovations delivering the next phase of Avid Everywhere, the company’s strategic vision for the media and entertainment industry, centered on connecting creative professionals and media organizations with their audiences in more powerful, efficient, collaborative, and profitable ways. Read more

Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design’s URSA: One in the hand…

Okay, so it’s not an official IBC release, but having managed to get an URSA into our office and into the hands of our team, we strongly recommend that you hot foot it to the Blackmagic Design stand immediately upon arriving in Amsterdam. Here’s why… Read more

IBC 2014: Blackmagic Design buy eyeon, announce PL cameras, update Resolve, release new converters and generally overwhelm us with news 

Perhaps the most surprising Blackmagic Design announcement of IBC 2014 is that eyeon software is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design – they’ve even moved Fusion 7 over to the Blackmagic stand. But they’ve also released Resolve 11.1, PL versions of their cameras, new routers, a new Decklink card, five new converters and more… Read more

IBC 2014: Blackmagic Design’s Grant Petty speaks

As is traditional, Blackmagic Design have followed up their official press statement with an epic email from CEO Grant Petty, a man who loves to talk about new releases almost as much as we love to hear about them. Here’s this year’s instalment. Read more


IBC 2014: Canon release EOS 7D Mk II

There’s always one. Just as we’d thought our IBC blogging was done for the year, Canon snuck in the new EOS 7D Mk II. We considered ignoring it, but frankly we’ve been waiting for it for ages and it looks super, so here we go… Read more

Convergent Design

The Foundry

IBC 2014: The Foundry launches COLORWAY for CINEMA 4D

Following the launch of COLORWAY in July, The Foundry has now launched the COLORWAY kit for MAXON CINEMA 4D. COLORWAY accelerates the creative design process, giving users access to a simple environment where… Read more 

GB Labs

IBC 2014: GB Labs confirm lineup will include 4K Duo On-Set and HyperSpace

GB Labs have confirmed that their IBC 2014 lineup will include their new 4K Duo On-Set and HyperSpace solutions, plus insight into LTO LTFS. Stand 7.J15b in Hall 7 is the place to be for NAS, apparently… Read more


IBC 2014: Genelec introduces new compact Smart Active Monitoring Systems

During the last eight years, Genelec has created a line of highly successful Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) products designed to adapt automatically and accurately to the acoustic environment. Today, 12. September 2014, on Stand 8.D61 at IBC 2014, Genelec is proud to release a new generation of SAM systems… Read more


IBC 2014: G-Technology extends its studio line of external hard drives

New eight-bay 64TB G-SPEED Studio XL among G-Technology’s newest innovations to support multi-stream HD, 2K and 4K workflows for creative professionals. Read more


All of JVC’s IBC innovations

JVC have helpfully put all of their key technologies into one easily digestible PDF. Read it here

JVC’s IBC live stream

JVC is also demonstrating a prototype of its new GY-LS300 Super 35mm sensor 4K handheld production camera, along with a number of 4K technology design concepts. And to further illustrate the fusion of traditional broadcasting with the internet, JVC is transmitting a live stream from the stand, so you can watch the stage presentations. Watch here.

IBC 2014: JVC show prototypes for GY-LS300, new PS monitors and more

JVC is focusing on its current live streaming camcorders at IBC, with a presentation held each hour to fully demonstrate the outstanding networking capabilities of this range. Part of this presentation is a connection from the JVC stand to a field reporter, out and about in Amsterdam… Read more


IBC 2014: LaCie to showcase Thunderbolt 2 d2

Do you want up to 6TB of the fastest SSD storage on the planet? Of course you do. LaCie’s Thunderbolt d2 offers an SSD expansion that takes it to a ridiculous 1150 Mbps… Read more


IBC 2014: Matrox unveils quad and six-head PCI Express graphics cards Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the first two cards in the eagerly anticipated Matrox C-Series — the Matrox C420 quad-output and the Matrox C680 six-output PCI Express graphics cards… Read more


Experience CINEMA 4D R16 live 

Maxon are live streaming demos of CINEMA 4D R16 from their IBC stand over 12-16th September. Watch here


IBC 2014: NewTek Unveils TalkShow

NewTek today unveiled TalkShow VS-100, a video calling production system designed specifically for television studios and live video producers. With TalkShow… Read more

IBC 2014: NewTek will launch new TriCaster features in the next two weeks

Not content with launching their TalkShow Skype solution for live production, NewTek have announced that a range of new features will be coming to their industry-leading TriCaster solutions. Read more


IBC 2014: Panasonic release budget 4K camera and ‘action cam’

Panasonic are warming up for IBC with an affordable new 4K camcorder, the HC-X1000, and the GoPro-esque HX-A500E, an ‘action cam’ that lets you capture events in 4K using a tiny device… Read more


IBC 2014: The best of Sony’s pre-show releases 

The Sony stand is always a safe bet if you want to get hands-on with new releases at IBC, and given the raft of updates they’ve announced over the past few months, we’re expecting things to get particularly grabby this year. For anyone who missed the original announcements, here’s a quick recap of what we already know is coming… Read more

Watch Sony’s IBC press conference

Sony are live streaming their IBC launch at 8am on 12th September. If you want to be the first to hear their breaking news, watch here.

IBC 2014: Sony announce new PXW-X200, F55 updates, docks and more

Just when you thought you’d got a handle on the rapidly expanding PXW range, they go and sneak in another one. But they’ve also updated the F55 and F5, and released a whole slew of workflow accessories, so we suppose we’ll forgive them… Read more

IBC 2014: Sony unveils new PXW-FS7 compact 4K XDCAM camera with a Super 35 CMOS sensor 

Sony’s newest addition to its large sensor line is a complete camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design. The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new “Smart Grip.” Read more


IBC 2014: Telestream products receive official DPP/SWMA certification

Telestream chose IBC to announce that their Vantage and Switch solutions were “among the first products to achieve DPP/AMWA certification as part of the DPP’s new Compliance Program.” Read more


IBC 2014: Ladies and gentlemen, the Teradek Beam

We’ve always been big fans of Teradek’s – their releases are innovative, reliable, and look a bit like Bond gadgets from the seventies, all of which we highly approve of – so it’s probably not a surprise that we want to get our hands on their new Beam unit at IBC… Read more

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PreSonus add new StudioLive AI rackmount mixers to lineup

PreSonus add new StudioLive AI rackmount mixers to lineup

If the StudioLive AI mixers offered in PreSonus’s recent trade-in promo didn’t tickle your fancy, maybe they’ll be able to lure you in with their latest offerings, the rackmounted RM16AI and RM32AI.

We strongly recommend you watch the snazzy release video above (mostly to enjoy the way the narrator pronounces ‘multitouch’), but also because it contains all kinds of useful specs.

The RM16AI gives you 16 recallable inputs with XMAX mic preamps and eight XLR line-outs, while the larger RM32AI offers 32 preamps and 16 line-outs. Otherwise they’re pretty much identical, both offering three XLR main outputs with analogue trim pots, 25 mix buses, dual fat channel signal processing on all channels and buses, a 52×34 digital FireWire recording bus and an option card slot, all crammed into 4U of rack space.

The RM16AI and RM32AI can be connected to any computer or mobile device via WiFi or Cat-5 cable, where you can control each element using StudioLive’s UC Surface GUI. Your rackmount StudioLive mixer will also support Capture2 one-touch recording straight from the mixer, and they’ll include support for QMix AI, so you can create monitor mixes on up to 16 different iPhones at the same time.

As our resident audio expert Rob explains, “The RM32AI is designed to meet the needs of live sound digital mixing, but is equally at home in the studio. The included UC Surface control surface gives you immediate access to all the key parameters needed, effectively replacing the fader section of a mixer. Importantly, the design means that the mixer itself can be located on the stage, where cable run can be kept to a minimum, and fully controlled wirelessly from anywhere in the venue. If you’re mixing a band, app control means that each member can dial in their own monitor mix independently via an iOS device.”

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2014: Sonnet announces dual-port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 adaptor

IBC 2014: Sonnet announces dual-port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 adaptor

Sonnet’s Twin 10G adds lightning-fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity to any computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt port. 

UPDATE: As well as managing to touch one of these with his own fair hands at IBC (see pictures below), our head of M&E Lewis Brown has confirmed that Sonnet are using and Intel chipset and a more enterprise-acceptabel driver in this unit.  For the Mac version, they’ve licenced the Small Tree driver, so that will be included with the unit.

IRVINE, Calif. — Sept. 3, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adaptor, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding lightning-fast 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard — offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today. Support for Wake-on-LAN and other advanced features make this Sonnet adapter suitable for use in a variety of workflows and environments.

“As prices for 10GbE infrastructure continue to drop, data centers and many other businesses are increasingly adopting this fast standard for wired networking and specialized applications, such as HD video editing using high-performance shared storage systems. Yet few computers offer a 10GbE interface,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Our new Twin 10G dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 adapter provides users with a powerfully simple and cost-effective way to add fast 10GbE connectivity to their notebooks, laptops, or desktops.”

Thunderbolt-certified for Mac and Windows, Sonnet’s Twin 10G is equipped with two RJ45 and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Using RJ45 connectors, the Twin 10G is able to connect to 10 Gigabit infrastructure via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. Through one of its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the Twin 10G connects to the computer through an included Thunderbolt cable; the second Thunderbolt port supports daisy chaining up to six devices.

The Twin 10G is a striking example of “form following function.” The adapter’s sleek and rugged aluminum housing effectively dissipates heat, and a temperature-tuned, ultra-quiet fan to cool the components inside enables the Twin 10G to be used comfortably in noise-sensitive environments. The Twin 10G can easily be mounted inside Sonnet’s xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system and rackmount enclosure for the new Mac Pro, as well as the RackMac Pro rackmount enclosure for the new Mac Pro.

The Twin 10G offers easy setup and several advanced features. Link aggregation (teaming) of its two 10GbE ports increases throughput beyond what a single connection can sustain. Transparent failover between 10GbE ports keeps the computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails. Wake-on-LAN support enables users to remote wake the attached computer when needed, without otherwise wasting energy. The Sonnet adapter is configured through the OS X Network control panel or Windows Device Manager.

The Twin 10G (part number TWIN10G-TB2) will be available in October for $599.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest IBC news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook or keep an eye on our roundup post.

Autodesk Desktop Subscriptions: What you need to know

Autodesk Desktop Subscriptions: What you need to know

Our resident licensing expert Kim Beard explains the difference between Autodesk’s new Desktop Subscriptions and your usual common or garden Autodesk licence…

What are Autodesk Subscriptions?

Back in the day, Autodesk only offered one kind of subscription, and it gave you access to support, resources and free version upgrades. Now, that’s known as a Maintenance Subscription and a new player has entered the game: Desktop Subscriptions.

A Desktop Subscription is also termed a Licence, and in layman’s terms it’s a you rent the licence on  an annual or quarterly basis, rather than buying it outright. Rather than buy a licence and then pay an annual maintenance fee, you pay a flat fee every year or quarter, and Autodesk make sure you have access to the latest version of your software.

Does this mean perpetual licences are being phased out?

No! Both perpetual licences and Desktop Subscriptions are available from Autodesk.

Who would want an Autodesk Subscription?

If you’re a new business looking to limit your initial spend, renting your licences for the first couple of years is a cheaper alternative to buying them outright straight away – especially if you expect the number of staff you employ to fluctuate over your first few years of operations. Similarly, any company that takes on extra staff on a project-by-project basis can save by having a core of perpetual licences, then effectively renting any additional ones on an annual or quarterly basis using Desktop Subscriptions.

And, surprisingly, this could actually be a great deal for any of you using Autodesk’s LT range. With the full versions of applications like AutoCAD and Maya, it only takes three to four years for a Desktop Subscription to add up to the price of a perpetual licence. But if you’re using an LT package, the lower subscription fee means it could take up to a decade for a Desktop Subscription to cost you as much as a perpetual licence, by which time your workflow could have changed entirely.

How does the cost compare to perpetual licences?

Buying a full licence of Autodesk 3ds Max or Maya costs £3625 (all prices are SRP), and a Maintenance Subscription to keep your licence up to date will cost £1280 every year thereafter. An annual Desktop Subscription includes maintenance, so will just cost you £1280 per year. Over time, you end up with a cost comparison that looks like this:

So if you’re going to need your licence for any longer than four years, you’re better off buying a perpetual licence. AutoCAD gives much the same result, as a perpetual licence costs £4350 with an annual £595 maintenance fee, whereas a Desktop Subscription costs £1360 annually.
Our helpful graph for AutoCAD LT looks markedly different:
A perpetual licence with Maintenance Subscription costs you £1140 for the first year and £190 thereafter, putting it far ahead of a Desktop Subscription’s £300 annual payment.
Obviously, this is a sizeable investment either way, and we recommend that you drop Kim and the ever-knowledgable autodesk@Jigsaw24.com team a line before you buy, but hopefully our charming graphs have cleared things up a bit.
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Your guide to AirWatch mobile device management

Your guide to AirWatch mobile device management

We’ve got plenty of amazing partners here at Jigsaw24 – Adobe, Apple, HP and Cisco to name just a few (you can see a more comprehensive list here). But a few months ago we added a new accreditation to our IT belt and became an official AirWatch partner. Never heard of it? Here’s what you need to know…

What is AirWatch?

AirWatch is a mobile device management solution that can handle iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices – one of the few solutions that can cater to all three platforms, plus Symbian and several other smaller players. It’s a suite of solutions that allows your users to connect to your network and systems, edit documents and share files all with complete confidence that their work is secure.

While they’ve been in the news recently thanks to a buyout by VMware, the AirWatch team have been  successfully securing devices since 2003, and are still very much in charge of their own ship.

What are the key benefits of AirWatch?

Secure access to email, WiFi and VPN networks User authentication using AD/LDAP is backed up by certificate based access to all your other services and networks, plus secure distribution of documents and apps. It even meets FIPS Publication 140-2 compliance standards for data protection.

Improved visibility AirWatch constantly monitors which devices are connected to your network and makes sure no unauthorised devices or blacklisted apps have found their way on. This is all reported back to your AirWatch admins, who can then block access to services, lock and wipe any lost or stolen devices and more.

Simple, secure document sharing AirWatch Secure Content Locker lets employees distribute sensitive documents using a 256-bit SSL connection. Your admin team can block certain types of user or device from viewing these documents, turn off functions like copying and pasting, and even automatically wipe documents from devices.

VPN on demand With AirWatch VPN On Demand, your team can specify that users must use a VPN to access certain networks or file systems. Every time a user tries to log in, AirWatch will generate a secure VPN tunnel in the background so that they can access the system seamlessly and securely.

Best of all, AirWatch does all this on a single, scalable platform that supports all kinds of devices running different operating systems. No matter how many mobile devices you have or how disparate they are, you’ll only ever have to manage one AirWatch system. This scalable, centralised management has made it popular with organisations like multi-site businesses and NHS Trusts.

Who’s using AirWatch?

Prominent UK names include Pentland Brands, Ted Baker, Roland, Fastjet, Colliers International and several NHS Trusts and emergency services groups, while in America their clients include Best Buy, Goodwill and the Bank of Canada. Many of them offer glowing testimonials here on the AirWatch site. CIO magazine have also given it their seal of approval.

How do I get started with AirWatch?

If you think you’re ready to go, you can download a 30 day free trial here.

For more information, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Casper Suite version 9.4 adds BYOD tools and Android support

Casper Suite version 9.4 adds BYOD tools and Android support

JAMF Software have just launched version 9.4 of their Casper Suite device management tools. The major addition is Casper BYOD, which brings iOS and Android management tools to the Suite in order to better support – you guessed it – bring your own device programmes.

JAMF’s goal for this round of updates is to help end users become more productive and self sufficient, and to that end they’ve added self-service and BYOD tools that are designed to be simple, lightweight and easy for users to access without help from technical staff. Here’s the key info…

Casper Self Service for Mac, iPad and iPhone

JAMF have added new features to their self service toolkit, allowing users without admin access to download software and App Store apps, install eBooks, receive notifications from central IT and auto-configure their own email, contacts, calendars and WiFi/VPN profiles – all without having to raise a helpdesk ticket.

Users on iOS devices can now use the native Casper app to access self service functions, allowing them to download apps, files, eBooks, web clips and more, as well as configuring their email, calendars, contacts and WiFi and VPN settings, so they get a more seamless experience when moving between their desktop computer and any mobile devices.

Big benefits for IT here include the ability to send out push notifications and, hopefully, a massive reduction in the number of helpdesk tickets you have to handle. JAMF have made sure that configuration information still stays central, though, so you can have visibility over who is using which WiFi or VPN profile (and who’s tried to jailbreak their device) even if you’re not configuring it directly.

Casper BYOD

The biggest change in Casper Suite v9.4 is the appearance of Casper BYOD, a lightweight management interface that will let IT teams manage iOS and Android BYOD deployments unobtrusively. It includes tools that allow you to remotely wipe corporate data and settings, remotely lock devices, enforce encryption settings and passwords, and inventory devices and their data from a single, central console.

The key thing here is that wipes and inventories only cover corporate data, so ends users can rest assured that their private data is their own, and they’ll receive notifications whenever the IT team takes action that may affect them. They also get to keep all their personal preferences and settings (as long as they meet the company’s security requirements, such as mandatory passwords).

Casper Simplified Enrolment

Finally, Casper Suite v9.4 includes a vastly simplified process for enrolling users. It requires far fewer steps than before to set up, and users can be enrolled automatically as soon as their device is detected on the corporate network.

If you’re free later, JAMF Software are running through all the changes in a webinar at 2:00pm Central time (8:00pm UK time.) Sign up for the Casper Suite v9.4 launch webinar here.

Want to know more about managing your Macs and mobile devices? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or at sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook


How much do you know about your Mac estate?

How much do you know about your Mac estate?

Over the last few years, iPhone and iPad have become the accessory of choice for busy professionals, and Macs have made their way out of design departments and into offices and retail environments. And while it’s great that more people are getting to experience the simplicity and reliability of OS X, we worry that sometimes people don’t know how to make the most of their Macs, or how simple it can be to get them working on PC networks. 

That’s why we’ve started offering Discovery Days. These sessions give you the chance to work with our team to scope out the full possibility of your Apple estate, whether you’re already up and running or are just beginning to consider investing in new kit. Our aim is to help your integrate Apple into your current infrastructure and working practices with the minimum of disruption.

What does a Discovery Day cover?

One of our experienced Mac/PC integration specialists will come to your site and:

– Assess your current landscape.

– Assess your storage capacity.

– Assess your mobile devices.

– Check that your security policy for Apple devices follows best practices.

– Advise on support options for your Apple devices, whether OS X or iOS.

Basically, this is your chance to pick the brain of someone who’s been working with Macs for 20 years in order to see what you could be doing with your setup. You’ll receive a full report of our recommendations, plus a roadmap for development, so you can move toward a more seamless, managed and secure Apple estate.

And if you’re just getting started with Apple…

We offer a range of services designed to help you work out where a change of tech would benefit you most – and convince your board that it’s time to make the switch. These can include:

Day in the life studies – profiles of your current practices to identify where new technology will give the most benefit and fastest ROI.

Project on-boarding – as well as documenting our recommendations for your team, we can create proposals and presentations for board-level approval.

Proof of concept trials – if you don’t want to commit to a full rollout straight away, we can design and supervise Mac and iOS device pilots, as well as providing early deployment support if you want to carry on.

Training – we can provide Mac switcher training for end users, technical training for first line support technicians and even update training on the new tools that come with each iteration of iOS and OS X.

For more about our Apple services, head over to our services page, email services@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 306. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Qube! Designer to launch at SIGGRAPH 2014

Qube! Designer to launch at SIGGRAPH 2014

PipelineFX have chosen SIGGRAPH 2014 to launch new, more affordable Qube! licensing for the design community (we assume – only the US pricing has been confirmed so far). 

As PipelineFX’s press team explain, “the ‘Qube! Designer’ package will drop Qube! Worker licence prices for design firms running one render job per host” – including licences that are part of a one year subscription (as long as you have a minimum of 5 seats). This makes Qube! Designer “nearly half the price of competitive solutions”.

The version of Qube! included is fully featured and intended for designers who mostly use 3ds Max and After Effects.

“This seems great for any companies who have older equipment they might want to use for rendering, but who find the price of licensing a farm too high,” said our 3D specialist, Josh Mace. “It also means companies who only use 3ds Max or After Effects won’t be paying the full price for features they will most likely never use.”

To find out more about Qube! Designer (and are lucky enough to be going to SIGGRAPH), PipelineFX are holding a render management social at the Tap & Barrel next door to the convention centre from 5-7pm on 13th August.

For more advice on Qube! or your rendering workflow, get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email 3D@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Adobe tools for the computing curriculum

Adobe tools for the computing curriculum
Michael Gove may be gone, but the 2014 computing curriculum lives on, replacing traditional ICT lessons with a more practical (and, let’s face it, more useful) focus on problem solving, computational thinking, and coding.

We’re big fans of this development, but a lot of the schools we deal with have mixed feelings. Staff like the computing curriculum in theory, but don’t think they have the skills or equipment to teach it effectively, especially when it comes to integrating coding into the rest of the curriculum.

Luckily, there’s no need for you to start crowbarring turtle graphics into GCSE art lessons. There are tools out there that can help you give your students a more technical understanding of creative technology, without taking the focus entirely from art, design or whatever else you’re trying to teach – and if you’re using Adobe software, you may well have most of them already.

Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Edge and Muse
Of Adobe’s current crop, the programs you want to focus on for teaching creative coding are: Dreamweaver, which allows students to design and publish web pages; Fireworks, for prototyping and optimising web and app designs for different devices; Edge Animate, a tool for animating Photoshop and Illustrator-created graphics using HTML5; and Muse, a simple, mostly drag and drop interface for creating simple websites.

All of these programs are intended to help non-technical designers, which actually comes in really handy when you move them to the classroom. The focus of the lesson stays on your subject, rather than it becoming a fully-fledged IT lesson, students who are less technically able can use the shortcuts in the software to ensure they can still participate fully, while those who are more confident can use CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript and PHP to push their designs further, or use this as an opportunity to focus on user experience design and usability and how this should inform their IT work. Here are a few of the goals we reckon Adobe can help you hit…

Working with a range of applications and devices
The holy trinity of InDesign, Fireworks and Dreamweaver all contain tools that’ll let you remodel work for different screens, browsers, tablets and phones. This is a great starting point for conversations about responsive design and the changing IT landscape – how are people accessing content? What new things do students need to consider, as developers, as a result of that? How do they make sure they have a design that is simple enough to translate, but still engaging and interesting? Do they know how to build swipe functionality into mobile versions of their content?

It also means that when you send them out into the working world, they’ll be used to taking these (very important) factors into consideration, and have experience with a wealth of devices to draw on – both great pluses for any job-seeking student!

Creating, re-using, revising and repurposing digital artefacts
The interoperability of all your Adobe software makes this one a breeze. Images you’ve created in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign can all be added to web pages using Dreamweaver or Fireworks, and you can encourage students to repurpose their content for different devices. For example, they can create a web page for desktops, a mobile version that anyone on a smartphone can see, and an app version (complete with touch controls) for anyone who’s looking at the content on a tablet.  You can make this even easier by using Edge Animate to create a series of templates that students can work with or modify, or encourage them to create and share their own.

Self-expression and developing ideas through ICT
“Design and build a web site” pretty much hits this on the head, and that’s what Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Muse allow students to do. They can combine creative work they put together in Photoshop, InDesign, Flash or Edge Animate with functionality they’ve developed using CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery tags in Fireworks and Dreamweaver to create a fully featured, multi-platform project with as much functionality as they can pack in, with tools like W3C validation on hand to make sure they stay focused on creating user-friendly, accessible pages that meet professional standards.

Practically applying IT skills to a range of creative projects and media
CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript/jQuery and PHP are all used throughout Adobe Dreamweaver, Edge and Fireworks, so students can practise working with a range of languages and optimising that content for different devices, browsers and screen sizes. Adobe’s preference for very visual interfaces that offer a code-free way to edit page elements means that students who are less technical can get a clearer idea of which parameters affect which page elements, then tackle the code itself once they’re more confident.

So how so you plan these lessons?
One of the best things about Adobe’s education offering is that it includes access to the Adobe Education Exchange. This is an online portal packed with training programs, curriculum advice and lesson plans to help you get the most out of your Adobe software.

Both Adobe experts and other teachers can contribute, so it’s a good way of gauging how other schools are embedding technical and creative skills across the curriculum, and the resources are guaranteed teacher-friendly. You can even download sample files showing how to complete different types of project, such as creating your own textbooks or building multi-page apps.

It also includes resources for the 10 week Adobe Train the Trainer course, a series of self-paced lessons that act as continuing professional development for Adobe users.


Just want to code? Here are some of our top apps to try…
Cargo-Bot (Two Lives Left, free) – This former Jigsaw24 App of the Week teaches programming by asking students to create simple routines to activate a robotarm. Great for gauging pupils’ coding skills when they enter KS3!

Codea  (Two Lives Left, £6.99) – The programming app used to make Cargo-Bot, Codea allows you to create apps, games and simulations directly on to your iPad. It includes visual editors as well, so is perfect for beginners who want to grasp the basic concepts before moving on to more complex coding.

Scratch 2 Games (David Phillips, 69p) – If you’re using the web version of Scratch to teach students coding, these video tutorials on game creation are a must for teachers and students. 

Codeacademy’s Hour of Code (Codeacademy, free) – This app encourages pupils to work through the vocabulary and grammar of coding as if they’re learning a language. They take on one small step at a time, building on previous knowledge, and are introduced to the concepts and terminology behind their favourite apps and websites.

Want to know more about your Adobe options? Get in touch us on 03332 409 333 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest education info, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.  


Avid’s new upgrade plan: what you need to know

Avid’s new upgrade plan: what you need to know

Attention all Avid users: the software giants are saying goodbye to their current upgrade model, and are giving you until 1st January 2015 to move to the latest version by taking out one of their new annual support plans. Here’s what you need to know.

How the new plan works

First off, this isn’t a subscription model. When you buy a new licence of Media Composer, Symphony or NewsCutter, it’s yours and you own it forever. However, the only way you can get access to updates and new versions is by signing up for Avid Support, which costs £190 ex VAT and needs to be renewed annually. This cost gives you access to any and all updates Avid release for free, plus basic tech support. If you stop paying for Avid Support the licence will still function, but if you want to access any new features you will have to pay for a new licence.

Who needs to buy Avid Support?

If you bought Media Composer 8, Media Composer 7 or NewsCutter 11 between 1st April and 29th April 2014, you’ll have been automatically enrolled in Avid Support, and don’t have to do anything until next April, when you’ll need to pay to renew it for another year. All new licences purchased since then will have been automatically enrolled on Avid Support.

Everyone else will need to buy Avid Support before 1st January 2015, or you’ll have to buy new licences. If you’re using an earlier version of Media Composer, signing up to Avid Support will give you access to the latest version at no extra cost.

If you buy add-ons like the Symphony option for Media Composer, these will be covered by your initial Avid Support contract.

In case our aggressive hyperlinking hasn’t already clued you in, you can purchase Avid Support here on our site.

What if I have an existing support plan?

If you have a current Expert Plus or Elite support contract with Avid, then your Media Composer licences will automatically be enrolled in Avid Support, and you just need to renew then annually from now on.

What if I need to buy new licences?

All licences will include one year’s worth of Avid Support, and you’ll be prompted to renew in a year.

What if I choose not to sign up for Support before 2015?

You’ll still be able to use your existing Media Composer licences, but you won’t be able to update them or add Avid Support to them in future. If you wake up on 2nd January 2015 and realise that sweet merciful Zeus, you did need that licence after all, you’ll have to pay for a full, new licence. This will set you back far more than £190, so we strongly advise you to purchase Avid Support here, now, so you know you’re covered.

Isn’t there also a subscription model?

Yep. For those of you who don’t need to own your software licences outright (maybe the number of licences you need changes from project to project, maybe you only need Media Composer for a specific period), Avid now offer annual and monthly subscription plans from £429 ex VAT a year. You pay a regular fee to rent your software, and lose access to it if you miss a payment.

It’s also worth nothing that a Media Composer subscription comes with a load of extras, including access to Symphony, NewBlue Titler, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Complete Lite and a 30 day trial of iZotope Insight.

If you want to move your existing perpetual licences to a subscription model, Avid will let you cross grade for £340 ex VAT, after which you’ll have to pay the usual £429 annual fee.

What are the options too convoluted to discuss here, and who should I contact to find out more about them?

There are two other things we think you should consider. First, Avid are now offering networked and floating licences, designed to help artists in a single facility to collaborate more fluidly. Second, if you’ve been on an elderly version of Media Composer and are about to take out support to get the latest version, it’d be a good idea to check your hardware compatibility. We provide Avid accredited turnkey systems, so it’s a good idea to give us a call and discuss your options before switching versions (our contact details are below).

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.