Make the most of your Adobe apps with a colour critical display

Make the most of your Adobe apps with a colour critical display

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, part of an agency or a creative type embedded in a larger company, choosing the right display is key if you want to get your work looking right first time, every time. Investing in a colour accurate display means that what you see on screen will reflect the final output, be that a print campaign, a web image or anything in between.

Displays are often a forgotten part of your designers’ workstation, but if you’re working in Photoshop or InDesign you could be wasting time and money by using a monitor that doesn’t display images accurately. For example, non-colour-accurate displays often have variations in brightness and chromaticity across the screen, so you end up correcting for variations in the display rather than in the image itself. With a colour accurate monitor, you can see the images as they were captured, saving you time and money by reducing the number of iterations needed, and ensuring that you’re working to your client’s specifications rather than your monitor’s variations.

Obviously, different displays are suited to different tasks. Here, we’re looking at the top monitor options for people using key Adobe apps, such as Photoshop or InDesign, at different levels of production.  If you want some more information, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or at Asking costs nothing, after all, and it might save you a few iterations in the long run. If you already know what you need, just click on the banner below to see our full range!

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For professionals who need the highest levels of colour accuracy

These displays are ideal for photography, retouching, pre-press and post-production. 

EIZO 24 inch ColorEdge CG246 Self-Calibrating IPS Display

If you’re working in photography, image retouching, video post-production or design, you’ll want to opt for the highest possible level of colour accuracy. We recommend the EIZO CG series or NEC’s SpectraView Reference monitors. As Deborah, our product manager explains: “These are the most advanced displays in their line-ups, with the tightest uniformity and colour tolerances. They also come with additional features such as 3D LUTs for smoother colour mixing, hoods to keep glare off the screen and pixel failure warranties for extra peace of mind.”

Both can represent the majority of Adobe RGB, and support hardware calibration, meaning corrections are performed in the display’s LUT itself as opposed to on your graphics card, giving a more accurate result.

Top picks: EIZO’s 24″ ColorEdge CG246 and NEC’s 24″ SpectraView 241 reference display.

For professionals and prosumers

These displays are ideal for general design and photography work.

EIZO 24 inch ColorEdge CX240 Self-Correcting IPS Display

If you need colour accuracy but aren’t too fussed about extras like hoods or the tightest fault tolerances, save yourself a penny and opt for the EIZO CX range or the NEC SpectraView series. While these don’t have the hand-picked panels of their more expensive peers, they’re still capable  of hardware calibration, boast high-bit LUTs and will represent the majority of the Adobe colourspace.

Top picks: EIZO’s 24″ ColorEdge CX240 self-correcting IPS display and NEC’s 24″ SpectraView 241 widescreen P-IPS display.

For business users and enthusiasts

These displays are ideal for web graphics, photographers capturing images in sRGB/JPEG and video editors. 

NEC 23 inch MultiSync P232W Widescreen IPS Display

“If you’re capturing images in sRGB and JPEG formats, or are developing content for the web and only need to work in sRGB, then the EIZO CS and NEC P series offer great value for money,” says Deborah.”The EIZO CS230 has DUE (digital uniformity equaliser) technology to ensure the most uniform colour representation across the display, a 16-bit LUT, a self-calibration sensor and a five year warranty. Finally, the NEC P range are a good call if you’re after value for money. They don’t have quite the colour critical chops of the others we’ve featured, but cover most of the sRGB space and are ideal for general office use as they have great ergonomics, a wide viewing angle and broad connectivity options.”

Top picks: EIZO’s 23″ ColorEdge CS230 self-correcting IPS display and NEC’s 23″ MultiSync P232W widescreen IPS display.

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Congratulations to Netherfield on winning Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Netherfield on winning Teacher of the Year!

One of our earliest e7 adopters, Netherfield Primary School, have just had some amazing news: headteacher Sharon Gray has won teacher of the year at the Pride of Britain awards!

Netherfield Primary School students working with their e7 iPad

We couldn’t be happier for Sharon and the rest of the staff over at Netherfield, who have put a huge amount of work into creating an inclusive, nurturing environment that plays to their students’ strengths. As our interview with assistant head Nadeem Shah shows, the school has put some fantastic ideas into play, including creating a week-long investigation into an ‘alien landing’ that included every school department as well as the local community.

As well as working with them on their e7 iPad deployment, we’ve helped Netherfield Primary bring literacy to life with NewTek’s TriCaster, and can attest the staff there are some of the hardest working and most enthusiastic we’ve seen. Congratulations to everyone there on their well-deserved win!

To find out more about how technology can bring out the best in your classroom, get it touch with our team on 03332 409 333 or at For all the latest news, tips and reviews, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Student purchase schemes: Making technology affordable

Student purchase schemes: Making technology affordable

A student purchase scheme is the most affordable way to give your students the latest classroom technology like iPad. Now, we’ve come up with our own scheme to help you purchase laptops, notebooks and tablets without giving your accountant palpitations, all pre-configured, paid for and delivered through your very own bespoke purchasing portal.

What is a student purchase scheme?

A student purchase scheme is a four-step process that gets you the latest technology while spending the least possible amount of your budget. Here’s how it works:

– We arrange for you to take out a compliant operating lease on the number of devices you’d like to make available to students (this won’t show up on your books and is cheaper than the options they’d be given by a high street outlet). By levering public sector borrowing, you can get fantastic rates, which you can then pass on as savings to your students.

– We then make all the devices and their accessories available in an online portal, which we’ll build specifically for your scheme and brand to fit in with your school’s identity. (We’ve already managed successful portal schemes for the University of Nottingham, Guardian News & Media and more.)

– Students (or parents) log in to the portal, select the device and accessories they want, and set up a monthly direct debit to pay for it – you then use that money to cover the cost of the lease. This can be over up to three years, depending how long your students’ courses are.

– We deliver your laptops and iPad devices to your school, pre-configured and ready to go. We can even provide three year warranties for your iPad deployment, and set you up with insurance options which mean the school isn’t liable if a parent misses a payment.

Why should I try a student purchase scheme?

It lets students get their hands on the latest technology. As well as helping prepare them for workplaces where Macs and iPad are increasingly common, we’ve seen Mac and iPad increase pupil engagement, improve classroom behaviour, open up the curriculum for SEN and EAL students and help teachers find new, innovative ways to deliver learning. At the same time, the opportunity is a great plus if you want to attract top students.

It lets you pass on the cost of innovation. While it’s obviously important to keep your IT setup up to date and ensure the technology you’re teaching students to use has kept pace with the stuff they’ll encounter in the real world, the fact is that innovation can be costly. With a student purchase scheme, you can pass on the bulk of that cost to parents and students, and invest the money you would have spent in improvements to things like your WiFi network and infrastructure, which will ensure students get the best experience out of their devices.

It lets you sidestep time-consuming admin. Because our portal system is entirely paperless, your admin team won’t find themselves with any extra forms to process or have to waste time working out yet another filing system – everything is done online, and managed centrally by our in-house team.

You can even open it up to teachers. If you’re thinking of providing staff with their own laptops or mobile devices, a staff purchasing scheme extends all the same benefits to them, including making it easier for them to work with whichever device suits their teaching style, all while cutting down on your IT costs (although you can of course subsidise the cost of devices if you want or can afford to).

If you’d like to know more about iPad for education, or want someone to run through your IT options with, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333 or email

Sony release v2.0 update for F55, F5 and AXS-R5

Sony release v2.0 update for F55, F5 and AXS-R5

F5 and F55 users, we have exciting news. Sony have released a free update for the F55, F5 and ASX-R5 that unlocks 30 new creative features (you’ll need to update your camera and recorder to access them). 

Highlights of the new firmware include the introduction of High Frame Rate (HFR) support, comprehensive exposure tools, 24p support and the ability to control audio using the rotary dial.

The download is available for free from the Sony site, but there are a couple of things to note before you hit download. First, you will need to update both your camera and recorder to access all the new features. Second, the download contains 15 files, and you shouldn’t attempt to install the update until all 15 have finished downloading. Third, if you find that after installing the update you still can’t access HFR features, do an ALL RESET on the camera, and that should sort if out.

If you’re using a DVF-EL100 or DVF-L700 viewfinder and want to get false colour, you’ll need to download the v2 software to your camera then send the viewfinders away to Sony Service to get this feature unlocked.

Download firmware version 2.0 for the F5, F55 and ASX-R5 now.

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Award-winning radio production at English Martyrs School

Award-winning radio production at English Martyrs School

Paul Allen, head of KS2 at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School recently added a radio production suite which has engaged students, improved speaking and listening, and even bagged them a recent Sony Radio award. Head of KS2 Paul Allen told us why he chose the Apple Mac, iPad and GarageBand setup, and how the training from our Apple Professional Development expert Paul Ford helped get staff up to speed.

What were your main goals for the radio lessons?

“The radio was to promote oracy skills. We noticed that as a school we were having more children arrive not able to speak properly, and it was just there to help us promote standard English. We thought that was a creative way of doing it, so that they actually had an end product at the end of the process.”

What setup are you using?

“The first time that we [recorded a radio show], it was all based on the Mac and a lot of children sitting round a microphone, but following Paul’s training we were a bit more clued up and able to go and use GarageBand on the iPad devices, and the pupils went out and recorded the show themselves and then brought it back [to edit with our help].”

How have pupils found using the setup?

“The radio has impacted on children’s speaking and listening, it’s impacted on their writing, it’s also impacted on social skills and confidence as well, because some of the children we targeted the project at were the children who were wary of speaking in front of others, and it’s interesting to see how they’ve developed in confidence.”

Have staff found it easy to pick up?

“Paul ran a session for all the staff, he showed us how to do simple podcasts, he then showed us how to make music as well. Because all staff now have a bit more confidence in using [the Mac and iPad devices] themselves, the children are better, so we feel we’re able to roll them out across the whole school.”

You recently won a Sony Radio award for a piece the school submitted too…?

“They said it was a very entertaining piece, and that’s why we won […] There were lots of stories and different things from across the school. In about May time about three members of staff actually got invited to the actual Sony Radio Awards ceremony in London, and the group of children who produced that particular show, are going for a day at BBC Radio in London to see how it all works.”

How was working with Jigsaw24 and Paul?

“Paul was really friendly, the staff have enjoyed working with him. He’s obviously really passionate about it, and believes that iPad can be used to promote teaching and learning. Whenever he’s come, he’s always worked with a small group of children and he’s showed them how to do something, so we’ve almost got some experts among the children who can then share it with the other children as well, so that approach has worked really well for us.”

– You can find out more about Apple’s GarageBand in our review here. If you like the sound of radio production using iPad, check out our article on iPad music-making, How to start an iPad band: Leamore Primary School.

Want to know more about our radio production and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


Stocks Taylor Benson: Delivering on deadline thanks to Apple, Adobe & Jigsaw24

Stocks Taylor Benson: Delivering on deadline thanks to Apple, Adobe & Jigsaw24

Stocks Taylor Benson are a 25-strong graphic design agency based in Leicester, with clients as diverse as Morrisons, Next, Herbalife and Avon. Founded in 1988, they’ve been coming to us for equipment and support “almost since year dot”, as designer and account manager Greg Jolley explains…

“Being a design company, it’s pretty much default that we’re Apple-based,” Greg explains. “Although the gap is narrower now between PC and Mac, designers will still favour Mac over PC to run their design software!”

Stocks Taylor Benson have been using Apple hardware "almost since year dot"

Stocks Taylor Benson have been using Apple hardware “almost since year dot”

 Finding an experienced Apple support supplier

It wasn’t easy finding someone who had the depth of knowledge they needed to keep their Macs online and their clients happy. “Jigsaw24 have sold Apple for a long time, and they’ve supported us almost since year dot,” Greg said. “When we moved to a new building a few years ago, they installed a new server and backup system. They now provide our IT support remotely, accessing any workstation on the network to diagnose and solve any issues, which is great.”

“If something goes wrong, it always tends to go wrong at the point when you don’t want it to. Jigsaw24 are really good at being there to solve problems. We are a deadline driven company, so having things fixed speedily is a big advantage, and Jigsaw24 support that. The remote access [to solve IT issues] is something that’s come in in the last year or two and been a real help,” said Greg. “If any individual machines have particular problems, we can get someone from Jigsaw24 to look at it online and you get an instant fix or an instant answer, rather than having to wait. ”

Keeping everything onsite and under control

Stocks Taylor Benson prefer to keep their resources on-site, rather than in the cloud, so the network, servers and storage we set them up with are “integral, we couldn’t work without them,” said Greg. “We all work on different projects at different times, so having a central store of all our files that we can access and see who’s working on what is important.”

Another key component of the workflow is Adobe’s Creative Suite, which we supply and support. “Creative Suite is pretty much the only choice for us. It’s the industry standard, especially for the kind of design we do.” As well as helping them manage their licences, we also provide software support for all STB’s Adobe products, and are helping them “keep with the times” by making sure they’re on the latest solutions across the board.

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Rewarding partners and driving sales with iPad at Raleigh UK Ltd

Rewarding partners and driving sales with iPad at Raleigh UK Ltd

In late 2012, Raleigh UK decided to set up an incentive scheme to reward independent cycle and accessory outlets who hit sales targets over the Christmas period. Given the option of receiving an iPad 2 or an LCD television, customers overwhelmingly chose to go after the iPad – even though the sales target was much higher.

“We supplied a significant number of our trade customers with a target turnover for 2012, and if they hit that target they’d receive a 19” LCD television or an iPad 2,” explained Barrie Timson, Raleigh UK’s Business Systems Manager. “We have an incentive scheme every year, but iPad proved particularly popular due to the strength of the brand and the ‘kudos’ associated with it as a product.”

Barrie was particularly pleased with the interest in iPad as the device works well in a retail environment, allowing staff in the cycle shops that received an iPad to use it to interact with customers, increasing engagement and driving further potential sales.

Choosing a device for the Raleigh brand

“We’d been using iPad on our stand at the NEC Cycle show, where we launched the scheme,” Barrie said. “So [rolling that out to shops] was a fairly seamless process. We also wanted a product that wouldn’t give us problems in terms of quality – getting returns and such – and the reliable nature of iPad was a factor in the decision making process.”

Over 60 outlets hit the target required to receive an iPad, and after securing the devices from Jigsaw24, Raleigh chose to dispatch them using their own fleet, to make it clear the device was a reward from Raleigh.

Choosing an IT partner for the scheme

Raleigh are no strangers to the Apple ecosystem, as their sales force are supplied with iPhones and their design team are dedicated Mac Pro users. “We’ve always used Jigsaw24 for our Apple hardware and software,” said Barrie. “They’re local to us and have always been very accommodating of our requests. We’ve always had a good relationship and I’d recommend the Jigsaw24 team to anyone thinking of doing a similar thing.” And would he recommend using iPad as an incentive? “Of course it depends on the kind of business you’re doing, but as a product incentive iPad worked for us. We gave away over 60 devices and we still made enough margin for the scheme to be a success.”

Want to know more about setting up iPad as an incentive scheme? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

What’s new in QuarkXPress 10?

What’s new in QuarkXPress 10?

Quark have just shipped the latest version of their flagship design package, QuarkXPress 10. According to Quark, it’s been “redesigned from the inside out”, giving you access to a new Xenon graphics engine, HiDPI support and a far slicker workflow. Here’s what you need to know about the key features (and the new upgrade plan).

QuarkXPress 10

QuarkXPress 10

The new features

Xenon graphics engine – The new Xenon graphics engine is intended to let you make the most of your computer’s processing power to give seamless graphics performance – think of it as their version of Adobe’s Mercury engine. The improvements you should notice include faster rendering of rich PDFs, Photoshop files and TIFF images, even if they’re not at their lowest resolution, so you can work far faster.

HiDPI and Retina display support – With Apple rolling out Retina displays left, right and centre and ultra-hi-res images becoming common across the creative industries, Quark have done us all a favour and added support for these super-smooth images in QuarkXPress 10, whether you’re working on those screens or just creating work for them.

A brand new GUI – Cleaner, clearer and with a full screen view that lets you hide even dockable palettes, QuarkXPress 10 has been designed to ensure nothing gets between you and your image.

PDF pass-through transparency – This update is designed to help you create flatter, more device-independent PDFs, so work can be shared, edited and approved by colleagues and clients on the go. Any QuarkXPress objects you add can now interact with placed PDFs, which Quark hope will help you maintain a more transparent workflow.

QR code creator – If you need to get people from a print element of your campaign to the web quickly, this is for you. QuarkXPress 10’s QR code creator lets you generate vector QR codes directly in the program, then style and colour them however you want. vCards, URLs and SMS are all supported.

Layer Enhancements – As layers are now supported in master pages, it’s far easier to make them an integral part of your design. Paste in QuarkXPress 10 also has the ability to remember layers, and automatically create new layers in your target layers if what’s there doesn’t match its memory.

Highlight missing fonts – Worried some of your text uses a missing font? QuarkXPress 10 will helpfully highlight any text that’s lost its font for you – you can even choose your own highlighting colour. Lovely.

Improved support for Japanese, Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean typography, including IMEs – Unlikely to be relevant to anyone reading this blog, but we approve of the effort. Our Thai typography could still use some work, though…

A warning to QuarkXPress 8 users: you only have until December 31st to upgrade!

After this release, Quark are amending their upgrade policy so that you can only get discounted upgrades from one version back. Anyone using QuarkXPress 8 can upgrade to 10 at the lower price until December 31st 2013, but after that you’ll have to fork out for a new full licence. This also means that you’ll only be able to upgrade to the inevitable v11 from v10, v12 from v11 and so on, so in the long term you’ll save more if you get (and stay) up to date.

QuarkXPress 10 on Jigsaw24

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IBC 2013: ARRI unveil AMIRA and 9.5-18mm ultra wide zoom lens

IBC 2013: ARRI unveil AMIRA and 9.5-18mm ultra wide zoom lens

This year’s offerings from ARRI include the new AMIRA camera and an ultra wide zoom lens that’ll take you from 9.5-18mm. The AMIRA is being pitched as “a versatile documentary-style camera that combines exceptional image quality and affordable CFast 2.0 workflows with an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation.” Who’s going to argue with that?

ARRI launch the AMIRA at IBC 2013

ARRI launch the AMIRA at IBC 2013

Also of note are the AMIRA’s in-camera grading capabilities, which are complemented by a range of preloaded looks based on 3D LUTs, and 200 fps slow motion recording. Armed with the same sensor as the ALEXA, AMIRA has 14 stops of dynamic range, “low noise levels subtle highlight handling, natural color rendering, breathtaking skin tones” according to the official ARRI statement.

“AMIRA records Rec 709 or Log C images using ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444 codecs. By recording to in-camera CFast 2.0 flash memory cards with super-quick data rates, the route into postproduction is made as simple as possible. CFast 2.0 is an open format, easily accessible to anyone and delivering a fantastic price-performance ratio through incredible transfer speeds, long recording times and compatibility with standard IT tools. Costs per GB are brought right down and higher-than-broadcast-quality image pipelines are made available even to low budget productions.” Watch the showreel below.

AMIRA Showreel from ARRI Channel on Vimeo.


9.5-18mm Ultra Wide Zoom lens
ARRI release 9.5-18mm ultra wide zoom lens at IBC 2013

ARRI release 9.5-18mm ultra wide zoom lens at IBC 2013

“The new ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom UWZ 9.5-18/T2.9 is the first super wide-angle zoom lens for the professional cine market,” ARRI have announced. “With an unusually accommodating image circle of 33.7 mm, the UWZ has been designed for both existing and future generations of large-sensor digital cameras, incorporating patented, cutting-edge lens technologies that overcome known problems with previous wide-angle zooms. The optical performance of the UWZ is comparable to, or even exceeds, that of high-end wide-angle prime lenses. For maximum flexibility and cost efficiency on set, the UWZ can easily replace a complete range of wide-angle primes.

“Optimized for the requirements of VFX applications, the UWZ is ideal for plate shots or any other situation where maximum image quality is vital. Distortion is at a level of less than 1% at 9.5 mm and less than 0.1% at 18 mm, which means that straight lines stay straight, even at close focus. Due to a new multilayer, anti-reflective coating, flare and veiling glare are reduced to an absolute minimum, while exchangeable matte box interfaces ensure adequate sun protection whether filters are in use or not.

“The telecentric optical design of the UWZ means that it has a highly uniform field illumination, from the center to the very corners of the image. Built-in ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) functionality provides precise lens metadata for zoom, focus and aperture settings, smoothing postproduction workflows.”

Want to know more about the latest from IBC? Take a look at our roundup post. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2013: Blackmagic Design update ATEM, HyperDeck, and Mini Converter ranges, and Resolve 10 goes public

IBC 2013: Blackmagic Design update ATEM, HyperDeck, and Mini Converter ranges, and Resolve 10 goes public

Grant Petty is kicking off IBC in his inimitable style, revealing Blackmagic Design’s new releases in a truly epic pre-show email. While Blackmagic are being fairly restrained this year – we count a mere nine new releases, as opposed to their usual hundred and twelve – the annual Blackmagic email is still present and correct. Enjoy: 

“I wanted to send you a quick email with information on some new products we are announcing at IBC in Amsterdam today. We have a lot of new Ultra HD products this year with 6G-SDI and HMDI 4K connections to help make Ultra HD workflows even better!

New products include:

– ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K

– SmartScope Duo 4K

– HyperDeck Studio 2 and HyperDeck Studio Pro 2

– DaVinci Resolve 10 Public Beta

– Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K

– Mini Converter Multiplex 4K

– Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K

– New HyperDeck ProRes Codecs

– New Desktop Video 10

ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K

At NAB in April we introduced ATEM Production Studio 4K which was the world’s first Ultra HD live production switcher. This was a very powerful switcher because we wanted it to handle both HDMI and SDI cameras. So it could be used by people starting out in live production, it had a lot of HDMI inputs.

Now we are introducing a new model to the family that includes more advanced features. This is a high end model featuring all SDI inputs, so it’s designed specifically for broadcasters and professionals who are building all SDI based systems.

The new ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K includes features such as 10 independent 6G-SDI inputs each with frame sync, built in DVE with zoom, scale and rotate, 4 upstream chroma keyers, 3 independent aux outputs with front panel control and a larger media pool that holds both still frame graphics as well as motion video clips.

The current ATEM Production Studio 4K will be reduced in price to US$1,695 so it becomes the entry level model of the family.

What’s exciting about these new switchers is the built in 6G-SDI and HDMI connections allow Ultra HD connections with a single cable, however those SDI and HDMI connections instantly switch between SD and HD as well. So even if you don’t ever think your going to need Ultra HD, these switchers still have amazing features when used in regular SD and HD live production. Of course you can then switch to Ultra HD in the future any time you need!

One of the most exciting features is the built in DVE. You get full position, resize, scale and rotation of any live video source so you can position graphics, use it for picture in picture effects and it’s great for DVE transitions. The DVE works also with the media pool so you can call up graphics and do stringer transitions with audio.

This new model features a much larger media pool with 32 RGBA still frame graphics plus 180 frames of clips in Ultra HD or when switched to 1080p or 1080i video formats the media pool allows 720 frames of full motion clips.

These are very exciting switchers and it’s been fun playing with the pre release model and checking out all the features! The new ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K will ship in October for US$2,495.

Learn more at the Blackmagic Design site

SmartScope Duo 4K

SmartScope Duo 4K is a new updated model of our SmartScope Duo that now includes 6G-SDI connections so it’s the perfect solution for rack mount video and waveform monitoring in SD, HD and Ultra HD television formats.

SmartScope Duo 4K features two large 8 inch LCD screens in a rack mount design and each screen can be switched between video monitoring or a choice of 6 scope displays including waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade, YUV parade, histogram and an audio scope with 16 channels of SDI audio and audio phase meter.

SmartScope Duo 4K overcomes the main difficulties when using multiple monitors, which is trying to match color settings on all monitors. SmartScope Duo 4K connects to your Ethernet network using Mac and Windows software to adjust all your monitors from one central location. This utility also lets customers choose between monitoring video or the various types of scope views.

This is an important update because now we have a great solution for multi camera monitoring when doing live production. Our ATEM range of live production switchers has a fantastic multi view feature, but there is nothing like having an independent screen for each camera source. With our latest production switchers supporting Ultra HD, this updated SmartScope Duo 4K means you get that camera monitoring solution as well as scopes built in for tech monitoring as well.

This new model replaces the older model and is available now for US$995.

Pre-order your Smart Scope Duo 4K from Jigsaw24

New HyperDeck Studio Models

Over the last few years we have introduced many new products with attractive front panels that we manufacture by machining a solid block of aluminum. It’s a lot of work however we get a very elegant front panel that’s also very strong.

We felt it was time to upgrade the HyperDeck Studio family to this new look, so when all our products are mounted in a rack they all match and look great. I have a portable mini rack at home I use for small live production and it has all our latest Ultra HD equipment, but the HyperDeck Studio just did not match!

Now with these two new models, HyperDeck Studio and HyperDeck Studio Pro get an attractive machined metal front panel. Machining front panels from solid metal like this was something I only dreamed about a few years ago!

All other features are the same, however the HyperDeck Studio model now features a built in power supply that replaces the external DC supply on the older model. The prices remain the same and HyperDeck Studio is the perfect SD and HD SSD recorder and player priced at US$995. HyperDeck Studio Pro is perfect for SD, HD and Ultra HD recording and playback and is priced at US$1,995.

These models will start shipping next week.

Pre-order you new HyperDeck Studio or HyperDeck Studio Pro from Jigsaw24

DaVinci Resolve 10 Public Beta

As you might know, we have been working hard on DaVinci Resolve 10 and we are very happy to let you know the public beta was posted onto our web site today for download.

If you are a DaVinci Resolve user then please download this new version and check it out. We have both the full DaVinci Resolve 10 as well as the DaVinci Resolve 10 Lite editions posted for download.

DaVinci Resolve 10 is a major upgrade that includes new features for integrating the workflows of multiple different software products used in the film and television industry. DaVinci Resolve 10 has upgraded on set tools, upgraded editing features, support for OpenFX plug ins as well as new tools for delivering final project masters to cinemas. Other changes include the addition of Ultra HD resolutions and additional GPU support on the free of charge DaVinci Resolve Lite edition.

This is a free update for all DaVinci Resolve customers and we hope you fall in love with the new features we have worked hard to include in DaVinci Resolve 10. We think this is the biggest update to DaVinci color correction in over 30 years!

We have also added to the DaVinci Resolve page on our web site two videos showing whats new in DaVinci Resolve 10 and how to get started with DaVinci Resolve 10. These are great videos to watch even if you’re an experienced colorist because there is lots of really powerful new features and these videos explain these and more from a colorists point of view!

Read Dan Moran’s hands-on review of the Resolve 10 beta or learn more at the Blackmagic Design site.

New 6G-SDI Mini Converters

We have some exciting new models of mini converters with 6G-SDI connections so they can be used for any SD, HD and Ultra HD workflows. These new mini converters really help build broadcast, live production and post production systems that are future proof because you can switch to Ultra HD any time you need!

There are 3 new models with 6G-SDI, Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and the Mini Converter SDI Multiplex 4K.

Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K is a new optical fiber bidirectional mini converter that includes 6G-SDI and 6 Gb/s optical fiber for automatic switching between all SD, HD and Ultra HD television standards. This model is a more advanced 6G-SDI version of the original Mini Converter Optical Fiber model which operates up to 3G-SDI which will now be reduced to $295 as a lower cost model.

I think optical fiber has a bigger role to play when dealing with 6G-SDI and Ultra HD. With regular SDI and HD-SDI, the cable lengths were very good and it was easy to run SDI cabling all around your facility. Optical fiber was really only for much longer distances. However with 6G-SDI, the data rate is so high, it’s impossible to get the same length of SDI cable as we could with HD-SDI. Sometimes that length will be shorter than required and so optical fiber is the perfect solution to this problem. We think this new Mini Converter Optical Fiber is really going to help broadcasters build Ultra HD ready infrastructure without the high cost.

The new model of Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K is a SDI to HDMI converter that features 4 SDI inputs that allow support for Ultra HD video inputs using a single link 6G-SDI, dual link 3G-SDI and quad link HD-SDI connections. Although this model allows Ultra HD monitoring using a single 6G-SDI connection, some older equipment still uses 4 HD-SDI connections to connect Ultra HD devices and Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K supports these formats using its 4 SDI inputs.

The new Mini Converter SDI Multiplex 4K, features four SDI inputs and four SDI outputs allowing conversion to and from quad link HD-SDI, dual link 3G-SDI and now single link 6G-SDI video connections. This model can also handle different types of Ultra HD SDI connections as well as performing 4:4:4 Single Link and Dual Link 4:4:4 conversions. This model is perfect for interfacing between the latest 6G-SDI Ultra HD products and older Ultra HD equipment such as displays that use 4 separate HD-SDI connections.

We think these new models will really help when building Ultra HD systems and they will be shipping in October for US$495 each.

Learn more at the Blackmagic Design site

HyperDeck Studio Pro ProRes Update

We have been adding a lot of updates to the HyperDeck Studio family over the last few months and recently we released updates to add ethernet control, on screen menus for settings and adjustments as well as Ultra HD recording.

Now we have another new update HyperDeck Software Update 4.0, which adds additional ProRes formats to the HyperDeck Studio Pro model. The new formats are ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes (Proxy). This means you can go into the menu on the front panel and simply select the recording quality you want, and if you need long recording durations you can simply select a lower quality!

HyperDeck Studio Pro can already record and playback in uncompressed, ProRes 422 (HQ) and DNxHD formats, and now you can also choose ProRes 422, ProRes 422(LT) and ProRes 422 (Proxy). Of course you can get much longer recording durations with these formats, but you can also save disk space, which is important when you don’t need the quality of uncompressed 10 bit, or the highest quality ProRes 422 (HQ).

With these new recording formats you save so much disk space that you can record for around 24 hours using a single large size SSD, which is amazing. With the dual slots you can record for 2 days before you need to change disks!

This software update is available today free of charge.

Learn more at the Blackmagic Design site

New Desktop Video 10 Update

Lastly, we are announcing Desktop Video 10 at IBC and this is a major software update for the UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme capture and playback models.

With this new software update, these models get lots of new features but the most dramatic one is simultaneous capture and playback. At IBC we are going to show this working with DaVinci Resolve 10 and UltraStudio 4K where we will show live capture, color grading and then output live on the single UltraStudio 4K.

This update is a lot more than just simultaneous capture and playback and after 11 years of shipping thousands of capture and playback products for Mac, Windows and Linux, it was time to redesign the firmware and drivers to allow a new generation of features and performance.

This new architecture has been designed from the ground up to be optimized for high speed Thunderbolt and PCIe computers and the new emerging Ultra HD television formats that require massive data speeds to support. This new design has also been driven by the needs of high end DaVinci Resolve customers who are working on high end feature films.

The new design replaces the entire driver set and internal processing in the UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme models. This change is a purely modern design that allows exciting features such as capture and playback at the same time and in different video formats. The new design features almost zero latency, depending on the host computer for the highest performance Direct GPU support.

DaVinci Resolve 10 customers will benefit from the capture and playback support as this lets them capture direct from cameras on set, then grade the live video with multiple nodes of correction and then to output to an on set monitor, all live! This makes lighting a film set easy and allows DOP’s, directors and colorists to work together to optimize the film’s look on set. Other features included in Desktop Video 10 for DaVinci Resolve include new frame buffers supporting R10K RGB, 12 bit support, higher frame rates and much more.

I also think OEM developers will like the new features to help support custom system development. These new features include full frame genlock timing, closed caption in all bit rates, automatic input detection support, better CRC input checking, extremely low latency and Direct GPU support, plus the ability to write pixels direct into frame buffers and the ability to write their own custom drivers.

This is a very exciting update that will be available in October free of charge for all UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme customers.

Learn more at the Blackmagic Design site

We hope you like these new products and we have worked extremely hard to make sure they are packed with the latest video technologies while remaining affordable. It’s very exciting!”

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