NAB 2014: Sonnet to show Mac Pro rackmount enclosure with Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system

NAB 2014: Sonnet to show Mac Pro rackmount enclosure with Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system

As the broadcast world ramps up for NAB 2014, the pre-show announcements are getting more and more exciting. Today, Sonnet have announced an xMac Pro Server that will securely house the new, cylindrical Mac Pro and allow you to connect three PCIe expansion cards via Thunderbolt 2. It provides 5.25″ mobile rack expansion — all in a 4U enclosure.

IRVINE, CA — 26th March, 2014. At the 2014 NAB show in booth SL10824, Sonnet Technologies will unveil the xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro computers. Similar in concept to Sonnet’s award-winning xMac mini Server for Mac mini computers, the xMac Pro Server securely mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25″ mobile rack bays.

By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to use the high-performance PCIe cards they need with the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks PCIe expansion slots. Supported cards include pro audio, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel, as well as SAS/SATA RAID controllers, and video capture and editing cards.

“With the success of our rackmountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products, it was natural for us to properly address the need to efficiently rackmount the new Mac Pro and provide much-needed expansion capabilities,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Ever since the new Mac Pro was announced, our customers have been asking us for this product, and we believe they will be pleased with our solution.”

The xMac Pro Server’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for the Mac Pro, PCIe cards, and mobile rack devices installed inside. Occupying a 4U rack space (7″) and just 16″ deep, this system is perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a server room. The computer, PCIe card expansion system, and mobile rack devices reside in separate modules to simplify setup and maintenance. To make the Mac Pro fully rack- and road-ready, Sonnet constructed a protective cocoon for the computer out of formed steel and lined it with soft-touch padding to hold the computer firmly in place while safeguarding its lustrous finish.

The xMac Pro Server’s PCIe card expansion system incorporates ultrafast 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, providing sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing PCIe cards. The expansion system supports up to three full-length PCIe cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. Along with an integrated 300-watt power supply, the system includes a 75-watt PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power such as the Avid Pro Tools HDX or the RED ROCKET-X cards.

Mounted on its side inside the xMac Pro Server, the Mac Pro is kept cool by a quiet and efficient cooling system with an airflow path that remains unchanged and unobstructed according to Apple’s specifications. The PCIe card expansion system’s two remarkably quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans manage airflow to ensure cool, reliable operation in noise-sensitive environments.

The xMac Pro Server extends the Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI interfaces to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit for easy external cable connection, while a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front to enable the user to conveniently connect a USB peripheral and activate the computer’s power switch. The included Thunderbolt cable connects the Mac Pro to one of the xMac Pro Server’s two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an included lock secures the Thunderbolt cables in place when connected to the expansion system. These features make the xMac Pro Server ideal for use in both fixed and mobile applications.

With the optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, the xMac Pro Server provides space for additional expansion equipment. Users can install two 5.25″ mobile rack devices in the outer enclosure and connect them easily to cards installed in the PCIe slots. Without taking up additional rack space, the kit supports a wide array of devices such as an internal LTO tape drive, four or eight swappable 2.5″ SSDs, a Blu-ray burner, a Sonnet Qio MR pro universal media reader, or three swappable 3.5″ hard disk drives. The kit easily installs into the xMac Pro Server’s enclosure, and an integrated 100-watt power supply inside the kit powers the installed devices while its internal fan works to keep the devices cool. Sonnet will also offer preconfigured kits that include the mobile rack devices, PCIe card, and necessary cables.

Along with the new xMac Pro Server, Sonnet expects to display the RackMac Pro, its upcoming rackmount enclosure for two Mac Pro computers. Similar to the xMac Pro Server in many ways, the RackMac Pro offers users a simpler way to rack one or two Mac Pro computers in a 4U rack space. Pricing and availability will be announced at a future date.

The xMac Pro Server (part number XMAC-PS) has a suggested retail price of $1,499 and is expected to be available from 2nd June. The basic-edition Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, formerly named Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit (part number EXP3FR-MRM), has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. An extensive list of PCIe cards compatible with the xMac Pro Server is available on Sonnet’s website, with the list continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like Sonnet’s Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems, the xMac Pro Server was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

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axle to launch iPhone, Android, Avid and Adobe support at NAB 2014

axle to launch iPhone, Android, Avid and Adobe support at NAB 2014

axle Video have announced that their eponymous axle platform will be receiving a major update ahead of this year’s NAB show. On display in Vegas will be new versions of axle Gear with support for Avid Media Composer and Adobe Anywhere, a brand new UI and GearStack – a combination of Gear technology and ingest hardware from MOG. Here’s the press release.

NAB (Booth SL15516), Boston, MA – March 25, 2014. axle Video, the company redefining media management, today announced axle 2014, the newest version of its award-winning media management software, featuring much faster performance, up to 300,000 assets, optimised iPhone and Android support, and support for localised user interfaces. In addition, axle announced availability of the new axle Gear Pro configuration with support for the Avid Media Composer family of editors.

The new mobile interface, included with axle 2014, lets team members search for assets, navigate the folders on their shared storage, and review and approve video assets. It complements axle’s existing support for the iPad and nearly all PC/Mac desktop browsers, by providing a tailored mobile experience for quickly finding and checking media. axle’s lineup of new and upgraded products being demonstrated at NAB 2014 includes:

axle 2014 – New: Building on axle’s easy-to-use, web-based UI, and compatibility with almost every type of storage and operating system, axle 2014 is the latest in the award-winning company’s core software offerings. axle 2014 offers much faster UI speed, increased asset scale, iPhone and Android support, and support for localised user interfaces.

axle Gear Pro – New: An integrated package of axle Pro media management software with support for Avid media, Telestream Episode Pro software for proxy creation and transcoding, and two Mac Mini server CPUs in a single 1U rack mount chassis. This is the Pro version of axle’s Gear appliance, which won DV Magazine’s Black Diamond best of show award at NAB 2013.

axle GearStack – NAB Debut: An integrated package of axle Gear configurations coupled with baseband and file-based ingest appliances from MOG Technologies, a leader in broadcast ingest systems. GearStack allows high-volume media ingest and live logging to feed directly into an axle search, browse, select, review and approve workflow.

axle Gear for Adobe Anywhere – NAB Debut: The axle Gear media management solution including Telestream Episode Pro transcoding software and dual Mac Mini servers, with specific integration for Adobe Anywhere users, allowing them to browse, annotate, collaborate on, review, and approve media from any location.  This is the first turnkey media management solution available for Adobe Anywhere.

“We installed axle Video software to help our producers and editors manage our extensive archive of ‘mood shots’,” said Daniel Chaput, Creative Director at Knock Knock London, a creative post-production house in the UK. “Not only has axle Video made it easier to find content, but it has helped our teams work much faster. They can swiftly find just the right shots to fit our clients’ exact requirements, and as axle integrates seamlessly with our editing software, we’ve been able to dramatically increase productivity by spending far less time searching for shots and more time working creatively to produce fantastic promos and programmes for our customers.”

NAB attendees can learn more at the axle Video booth, SL15516, in the lower South Hall, 7-10 April. NAB 2014 also provides a showcase for axle’s rapidly growing industry partnerships, just 18 months after axle’s original launch at IBC 2012. Of the more than 25 axle partners in the South Hall, seven will be demonstrating axle media management in their booths, including five new strategic partners: Dell (SL16014 and StudioXperience SU621), Harmonic (SU1210), IBM (S115LMR), Promise (SL5329), and Qualstar (SL13016).

Availability and Pricing

axle 2014 software starts at $1695/€1395 for five users and is shipping now.

The axle Gear Pro software-hardware bundle starts at $8995/€8465 for five users and is shipping now.

axle GearStack software-hardware bundles start from under $20,000/€15,000, depending on the mix of ingest requirements; shipping now.

The axle Gear for Adobe Anywhere software-hardware bundle starts at $11,995/€10,160 for five users and is shipping now.

Want to know more about what axle Video and co are doing at this year’s NAB show? Call 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.  

Download: NewTek’s 7 essential live streaming lessons

Download: NewTek’s 7 essential live streaming lessons

If you’re thinking of taking up live streaming, this is your lucky day. NewTek, the brains behind the TriCaster range and the 3Play replay system, have taken their years of experience and expertise and compressed it into a single, easily downloadable PDF. 

The guide, nattily titled ‘How to Take Your Production Into Real Time, Big Time’, is available for free from NewTek’s site. It covers seven essential streaming lessons, including:

– How to get a post-production look even if you’re shooting live.

– How to make social media work harder for your productions.

– How more accurate measurement can help you better monetise your content.

…and four other secrets we’re disinclined to type here. To find out what they are, simply go and download NewTek’s free guide – it doesn’t even make you fill out an annoying form beforehand.

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All hail Sibelius 7.5! (Or at least all take a look at our Sibelius offers)

All hail Sibelius 7.5! (Or at least all take a look at our Sibelius offers)

Tomorrow Avid will be replacing Sibelius 7 with the vastly superior and infinitely newer Sibelius 7.5 (don’t panic if you’re a music teacher and need new seats of 7 for your music lab – there’s a special licence for you). Here’s what you need to know before making the big switch…

Avid Sibelius 7.5 is available from 28th February 2014

Your Sibelius 7.5 upgrade options

We’re putting this at the top as we’ve noticed a sneaky way for you to save money, and who doesn’t love that? From Friday, you’ll be able to buy a relatively cheap upgrade from Sibelius 7 to 7.5, and a more expensive update that’ll take you from any version of Sibelius between 1 and 6 to 7.5.

However, if you head over to our website right now, you can buy Sibelius 7 for just £49 ex VAT and get a completely free upgrade to Sibelius 7.5 as soon as it’s released. Cunning, eh?

That £49 Sibelius licence will work for any commercial users and anyone on an ‘academic’ licence (i.e. students and teachers), but if you’re purchasing on behalf of a school, this is not for you. You’ll need to get a Sibelius education licence instead – the good news is that education licence upgrades are only £41.50 ex VAT anyway.

Buy now from Jigsaw24

So what’s new in Sibelius 7.5?

Over to Avid to explain why 7.5 is far superior to any and all other Sibelii you may own:

Unrivalled expressiveness and feel

With the unique and fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature, Sibelius 7.5 gives you complete control over and customisation of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings. And because the software can now better interpret such notation distinctions as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks on playback, you can hear every nuance of your score—the way you intended it to be heard.

Accelerated navigation

With the new Timeline window, you get a quick view of the entire structure of your score—no matter how large or complex—enabling you to navigate to any part fast for editing or playback. Simply click on any bar, in the timecode ruler, or on any landmark—the important objects that make up your score, including rehearsal marks, repeat structures, comments, key signatures, tempo, and more—to jump immediately to that section.

Easy collaboration and sharing

Get all of the score sharing and social media features of Sibelius First in Sibelius 7.5, enabling you to collaborate more easily with others and distribute your compositions for the world to hear. Share scores through email, upload and publish them as sheet music on, and even share your composition as a video or audio file on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.

Export video of your composition

Save a video file of your score to share your work with others on a DVD or online. Sibelius can export in a variety of resolutions—up to 1080p—in QuickTime format (.mov) on Mac or Windows Media Video (.wmv) on Windows, enabling others to see and hear your work without requiring Sibelius.

Full Scorch app integration

Export Sibelius scores directly to Avid Scorch on your iPad (available on iTunes) for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing. Sibelius automatically optimises your score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.

It also supports Russian and Brazilian Portuguese, but based on previous blog traffic we don’t think that’ll be a huge selling point for anyone reading…

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Upgrading Swansea City FC to HD and exceeding Premiership standards

Upgrading Swansea City FC to HD and exceeding Premiership standards

Having finished in the top half of the Premiership and qualified for the UEFA Europa league, Swansea City decided it was time to update their media infrastructure in order to give fans, pundits and their analysis team the best possible coverage of each game. Using Blackmagic Design’s production gear, they were able to update their network to HD, increase the number of video feeds they can deal with and how quickly they can be dealt with.

During summer 2013, Swansea City’s senior multimedia officer, Mark Williams, decided to update the AV system at Liberty Stadium. “It’s a relatively young stadium, and at the time there was no idea that we’d have Premiership football straight away, so everything was done in the most economical way possible. This only included provision for analogue systems throughout the stadium, as opposed to the digital we all know today.”

At the end of the 2013 season, Liberty Stadium could only send a single camera feed from their OB facilities to the rest of the stadium, and were struggling to keep up with the Premiership’s requirements.

“When we first came up to the Premiership, there was a requirement for 80 different cable runs between the stadium and the OB compound, whereas at the start of the season there needed to be 240 in place [to cater for more overseas television],” explained Mark. “We wanted to make sure that we took the specification from the Premier League and at very least we matched it. We were hoping to future proof the system for years to come.”

Managing feeds centrally using ATEM Television Studio

As well as increasing the stadium network’s capacity, Mark wanted to improve the efficiency of the media team’s workflow. They decided to centralise their entire system by creating a Fibre bridge between the control room and OB compound using a pair of ATEM Studio Converters and an SDI-to-Fibre converter.

“The ATEM Television Studio has been fantastic,” said Mark. “It gives us the ability to switch the video between different sources, and monitor all the various sources [which is important because] in addition to the video feeds coming in from the game itself, we’ve got cable runs going down to a couple of interview areas – two in the tunnels and one in our press room. So it’s allowed my desk to become a mini television gallery; I can monitor all the feeds, make sure everything is running smoothly and then switch stuff to the live TV in the concourse, or between the various computers that we’ve got in the office to record things.”

Helping analysis teams make the most of every game

Once broadcasters supply the feeds to the control room, Mark and his team use a pair of 16×16 Micro Videohubs to route the signals to over 130 press seats, 54 commentary positions, the team’s analysis department and their commercial arm.

“The strange thing about football analysis is that they need video in order to do their work, but that’s the one thing that they never get taught. We’ve had a lot of interns and new graduates, and they’ve learned a lot about the tactical analysis side of things, but not what they need to do in order to get that video content in the first place. So we worked with the coaches and the analysis department to make sure they get what they need, because regardless of what we do with the press, ultimately it’s what goes on on the pitch that’s key.”

In order to help the analysis team further, Mark’s next job is to move them from their current analogue system to an H.264-based one that allows them to capture HD feeds during international games, where no analogue signal is available.

“We use one of the Blackmagic Design’s H.264 Pro Recorders, and the great thing about them is that you can take any of the various formats that are out there, whether they be HD, SD, analogue, composite, you name it, and convert it into a feed that literally just goes into [any computer] via USB cable, which almost any machine can handle,” explained Mark. “It allows the team to have an entire game in full HD quality in a fairly manageable file size, which they can feed off to the coaching staff, copy to laptops or stick it on hard drives, so when they do their more detailed analysis afterwards, they’ve got the best quality that they can.”

Improving efficiency and speeding up recording workflows

“I realised one of the things we needed to do was make our workflow more efficient,” explained Mark. Because they never know how much time they have between two managers coming in to be interviewed after a game, the media team can’t work on the first interview until the second is complete – “we don’t want to waste time filming and recapturing, so we capture while we’re filming.”

Mark and his team now use Micro Videohubs to direct one interview feed to each of the media department’s Mac Pros, enabling them to record both independently while recording the OB compound’s post-match broadcast to an Atomos Samurai. “We’ve got multiple systems that allow us to keep working rather than sitting and waiting for something to happen. At the last game it went from an hour and 15 minutes from when the interview finished [to us having processed it] to something like 15 minutes.”

Finding an IT provider to help with the transition

“The very first Mac bought by the club was bought from Jigsaw24,” Mark said. “All the analysis software was on PC, but all the editing software was on the Mac, so we needed the flexibility of working between the two [which is only possible on Mac].

“We saw it as a good opportunity to build up a lasting relationship, because not only do Jigsaw24 do Macs, but they also do all the Blackmagic Design kit, they do camera equipment, and it made sense for us all to look for a company that was able to cater for all the various aspects of what we did.

“The sales team have been really helpful, and really patient with me as well, to be totally honest! And I spent hours on the phone with them, because they were our main go-between with Blackmagic Design, and were instrumental in being able to stretch our budget further than it was originally going to go.”

Continuing to move to digital

The system at Liberty Stadium is still evolving, and future developments include plans to add a giant screen to the stadium so that they can stream content to fans mid-game and, behind the scenes, to replace their analogue-to-digital converters with HyperDeck Shuttles, which will allow them to record ProRes straight to SSD.

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Canon announces remote control for professional video cameras and feature updates

Canon announces remote control for professional video cameras and feature updates

United Kingdom – Canon today expands its professional line-up with the launch of the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 – a new wired remote control unit for its range of professional video cameras. Joining the new remote is also a host of new firmware upgrades that add new functionality to Canon’s world class series of EF and Cinema lenses and Cinema EOS cameras.

Take control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100

Developed in direct response to market feedback, the RC-V100 offers greater creative flexibility for Canon camcorder users by expanding the scope of possible installation locations and increasing compatibility with multi-camera shoots, freeing DoPs and cameramen to concentrate on getting the shot they really need.

Providing access to any in-camera function using the standard operating menus, the RC-V100 features dedicated interfaces that allow users control of common settings such as iris, zoom and white balance, whilst a number of more advanced adjustments, such as knee point/slope and master pedestal, can also be made directly. Support for custom settings is provided in the form of four buttons that mirror the operation of assignable camera buttons 1-4 on the body itself.

“Our customers are constantly inspiring us with their creativity and desire to use our products in new and different ways – sometimes in ways we didn’t expect. We really want to feed this creativity by expanding shooting possibilities even further, and this has resulted in the development of the new Canon Remote Controller RC-V100,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing, Canon Europe. “The customer feedback we receive is invaluable to us, and we hope that the addition of this new remote will enable even more of our customers to realise their vision.”

At launch, the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 wired remote will be compatible with a range of Canon professional video cameras and Cinema EOS cameras, including the XF300-series, EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500. A free firmware update will be required to provide compatibility with models announced prior to the launch of the new remote control.

New firmware and upgrades

Continuous Recording functionality will soon be available for the EOS C100, thanks to a free firmware update that will permit uninterrupted recording and the ability for users to set in and out markers directly, in-camera. Selected moments can then be instantly accessed during editing, saving time and effort. Furthermore, the ability to record in full, particularly when shooting significant moments such as weddings or important events, allows users to access moments that might not have been spotted on the day, or to adjust the marked shots for the best possible end result. Compatible NLE software is required to take full advantage of Continuous Recording; at launch the feature will be supported by EDIUS Pro 7 from Grass Valley.

In addition, Canon is announcing the future availability of a paid-for upgrade that brings Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality (DAF) to its professional EOS C300 camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a ground-breaking, Canon-developed technology that expands shooting possibilities by providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus in large sensor video cameras, to offer even greater creative flexibility in everyday use.  First announced for the EOS C100, and since requested by many EOS C300 users, this unique feature expands shooting opportunities for the popular cine camera even further.

Finally, Canon is also bringing Peripheral Illumination Correction for its CN-E35mm T1.5 L F and EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM lenses to the EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500. Peripheral Illumination Correction balances any light fall-off, or drop in illumination, that may darken the edges of an image as a result of lens characteristics or shooting conditions.

Pricing & Availability

The Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 and associated firmware updates are expected to be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £2,799/€2,999. Continuous recording on the EOS C100 is expected to be available via a firmware update from late February 2014. DAF functionality for the EOS C300 is expected to be available via a firmware update from May 2014 costing approximately £340/€400. The firmware update to enable Peripheral Illumination Correction for the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F and EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM lenses is expected to be available from June 2014.
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Sassafras offers Ableton Live Networked License Server option

Sassafras offers Ableton Live Networked License Server option

Ableton have announced that the latest version of Live (that’s Ableton Live 9.1) can be used on networked computers using Sassafras KeyServer.

“With the release of Live 9.1, Ableton will introduce support for authorizing Live via Sassafras KeyServer in a networked environment,” said a post on their blog.

“Contrary to Live’s default ‘node-locked’ authorization system that fixes each installation to a specific computer, utilizing KeyServer allows for the ‘concurrent’ use of Live on networked computers. This is especially useful in institutional computer labs, for instance.”

What does that mean? Well, if you have five licences of Ableton and 15 computers in your lab, you’ll now be able to use Ableton on any of the 15, rather than just the five that they were originally installed on, as was previously the case. This means that students aren’t locked to one machine anymore – they can access their Ableton files from any machine in the lab at any time, which is great for anyone who wants to use the lab between lessons, or smaller schools where you may need to have two groups using the labs for different reasons at the same time.

For more information, call 03332 409 333 or email For all the latest news and FAQs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

NewTek launch TriCaster and 3Play offers ahead of BVE

NewTek launch TriCaster and 3Play offers ahead of BVE

NewTek have announced a pair of massive price drops ahead of this year’s BVE show, knocking two grand off the price of TriCaster and 3Play setups until 31st March 2014. 

An early contender for our offer of the show is this corker from NewTek, who are offering anyone who gets in touch with them or one of their elite partners (i.e. us) during BVE the chance to get a TriCaster 8000 for just £28,000 ex VAT. And not only that, but they’re throwing in extras Virtual Set Editor and LiveText gratis, creating a bundle so compellingly discounted that we’ve chosen to use three exclamation marks in our product description.

If you’re sorted for live streaming, let us turn your attention to the equally discounted 3Play Multi-camera Replay Server, which is also available for £28,000 until 31st March for anyone who talks to us or NewTek during BVE. Key features here include redundant capture, with the 3Play doubling  up on up to four ISO recordings; live replay switching, allowing you to monitor angles and add transitions on the fly; slow motion playback and social media integration, so you can share straight to Facebook, Twitter and other networks.

Not only are these offers limited time, they’re on limited stock, so when our current crop of 3Plays and TriCasters are gone the price will be hiked back up. Get clicking now to avoid disappointment!

Want to know more about TriCaster or 3Play Multi-camera Relay Server? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

How do you build a billion dollar app?

How do you build a billion dollar app?

“Do you have a billion dollar app idea?” our development team are fond of asking people (they’d quite like to build someone a billion dollar app, you see). Often, they’re met with blank faces. Received opinion seems to be that a successful app needs to be overloaded with complicated functionality, that it needs to be incredibly technical or solve some kind of mind-bending problem. In short, people tend to think a billion dollar app is a bit beyond them. 

But let’s look at WhatsApp.

First launched in 2008, WhatsApp is essentially a clever implementation of texting, allowing people with caps on their messaging to communicate for free. It was developed by a team of 32 engineers. Its name is a terrible pun. It is not complicated by any stretch of the imagination, and yet it’s just been bought by Facebook for $19 billion.

So why has WhatsApp been so successful?

It’s simple. We learned to text well before 2008, so getting to grips with the app was incredibly simple. We already knew how do everything it asked us to, which meant there was no learning curve to put off nervous new smartphone owners.

It’s cross platform. WhatsApp’s developers managed to get it on every major platform quickly, meaning that when it started getting great word of mouth reviews, users didn’t have to twiddle their thumbs waiting for it to appear on their platform of choice. They just downloaded it, used it, and told everyone else about it. This has helped the app clock up over 400 million users, with an estimated 1 million signing up every day, and 70% of those users WhatsApp-ing each other on any given day. (For comparison look at BBM, which took several years and a series of highly publicised delays to get onto Android and iOS, and has lost ground as a result.)

It makes life easier. Another obvious reason for WhatsApp’s popularity is that it saves people money. Why shell out for a better phone contract when you can just message people for free? And while you’re at it, why commit the social sin of mass texting when you can simply message a group? It’s a very simple problem, solved simply. And it’s a $19 billion dollar app.

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Canon launch 0% interest deal on Cinema cameras and lenses ahead of BVE

Canon launch 0% interest deal on Cinema cameras and lenses ahead of BVE

In case you’ve been distracted by JVC’s latest or Panasonic’s move to Micro P2, allow us to gently redirect your attention to Canon for a second. Following the success of last year’s finance deal, they’re now back with something even bigger, offering 0% interest on a whole swathe of cameras and lenses. 

Canon EOS 700D

What’s the catch?

You have to be a pro user in the UK who’s over the age of 18, and you have to buy one of the Cinema range cameras and/or lenses listed below between February 17th and May 2nd 2014. Other than that, you’re pretty much interest-free and easy.

So what’s included?


EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL

EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL

EOS C100




CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP

CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP

CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP

CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S/SP

CN-E14mm T3.1 L F

CN-E24mm T1.5 L F

CN-E35mm T1.5 L F

CN-E50mm T1.3 L F

CN-E85mm T1.3 L F

CN-E135mm T2.2 L F

You can see our full range of Canon Cinema Primes here, and we’ve also go our own stonking C100 deals, in case you want to buy now but would still like a freebie. And let’s face it, who doesn’t?

To find out more about the latest Canon finance options, call the team on 03332 409 306 or email To keep up with news and reviews, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook