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.

Want to know more about how we can support your Macs? Call the team on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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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Which new TriCaster is for you?

Which new TriCaster is for you?

We’re so big on TriCaster that we’ve got a NewTek Certified Operator on staff, and are running two exclusive demo days later this month. What has this unassuming black box done to deserve so much of our attention? Well, with the latest updates, it’s officially one of the most powerful live production solutions around, with more inputs, social media integration across the board and new holographic sets. You can book a hands-on demo with experts from JVC, NewTek and Jigsaw24 to help you sort out your workflow.  Here’s our guide to the latest models.

TriCaster 40 v2

NewTek’s entry level model, the TriCaster 40, is about the size of a backpack and can be moved between locations as long as you’re not afraid of a bit impromptu weight training or plan to keep everything in a mobile case (for example, if you’re a school and want to roll your recording setup from class to class). Really, we’d recommend it for a single cramped space. As with all TriCasters, one operator can do everything, or you can use control surfaces to split out tasks. And while it only accepts component cameras, it still delivers HD video at a great price point, and is perfect if you’ll mostly be working with VGA feeds.
TriCaster 40 v2
We recommend TriCaster 40 for: 

  • Schools who want to get students creating their own broadcasts.
  • Lecturers and teachers who want to record content for distance learners, or stream lessons online.
  • Businesses who want to deliver simple content to internal websites or digital signage.
  • Events videographers who want to be able to offer live streaming as a service for clients.
  • Webcasters who want to deliver a more polished product than the competition.

Buy the TriCaster 40 from Jigsaw24

TriCaster 410, TriCaster 460 and TriCaster 860

These models allow four or eight video cameras to be combined with graphics, transitions and pre-recorded footage to create a more complex, polished final product for streaming. You can even do basic post-production tasks like trimming clips, and an improved audio mixer means you’ll have better sound quality then anyone on a TriCaster 40, 455 or 855. This is particularly important if you’re going to be doing outside broadcast work and may need to tweak your presenter’s audio levels.
TriCaster 860
The TriCaster 410 is unique in the TriCaster lineup as it only includes the tools you’ll need for live delivery (the downside: no recording of your ‘cast for you to archive; the upside: it’s only £8499 ex VAT for four HD-SDI inputs and four M/Es). However it, the 460 and the 860 are all capable of delivering 32-bit floating point 4:4:4:4 video processing and will accept 720p and 1080i inputs, along with SDI, Y/C, component and composite inputs. The 460 and 860 include NewTek’s IsoCorder technology, which allows you to record every camera stream to your TriCaster’s hard drive, even if only one of them is being streamed.

Exciting features in these newest models include the ability to AirPlay content directly to nearby iOS devices; support for panoramic holographic 3D sets based on iPhone or DSLR images; ‘hotspots’, which allow presenters to trigger titles, transitions or effects by gesturing to a certain part of the screen and social media integration, which was previously only available with the TriCaster 8000.

We recommend the 410, 460 and 860 for:

  • Anyone who needs to be equally at home in the studio and in the field.
  • Companies looking to monetise existing content or attract sponsors, as TriCaster gives you an extra channel to offer advertising on.
  • Sports teams looking to provide live games coverage for executive boxes and concourses, or screen their own pre- and post-match analysis.
  • Leisure facilities who’d like to show off what they can do, and/or offer streaming as a service to anyone who rents their space.
  • Anyone looking to deliver content to multiple locations at the same time – this could include a website, an intranet, digital signage, large-scale displays or a mobile device deployment.
  • Colleges and universities who are serious about giving their students experience of professional workflows, or who work with industry to create professional content at their facilities.

Buy Parallels Desktop 9 from Jigsaw24

TriCaster 8000 v2

The biggest and best of the TriCaster range, the 8000 v2 lets you deliver 24 channels of content to 14 different destinations with help from 15 M/E rows, an on-board audio mixer and the best graphics capability of any TriCaster. The v2 update has brought increased stability and failover to the TriCaster 8000, meaning it’s the best choice if you need absolute reliability. Basically, this is an OB van in a box.
TriCaster 8000
We recommend the TriCaster 8000 v2 for: 

  • Anyone doing large scale events work – if you’re running a huge expo, hosting the cup final or staging a Rolling Stones concert, this is for you.
  • Anyone who needs to deliver broadcast quality footage to the web in realtime, for example to tie in with a traditional broadcast or provide additional content for a major media outlet.
  • Multi-site organisations or those with complex in-house AV setups, such as large houses of worship.
  • Anyone in need of a really powerful chromakey setup – this has one of the best we’ve seen.

Buy the TriCaster 8000 from Jigsaw24
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Education app of the week: Somantics for iPad

Education app of the week: Somantics for iPad

If you’re working with students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions or other communication difficulties, try Somantics for iPad – a suite of applications that use touch, gesture and camera input to encourage greater communication and engagement. 

What is Somantics?

Not so much a single teaching app as a range of interfaces, Somantics gives students who struggle to communicate traditionally a range of gesture and camera-based interfaces that they can interact with. All of the elements are non-competitive and have no set goal – the idea is for students to decide how they want to express themselves, and to provide intuitive tools that let them do so simply. For example Painter, shown in the video below, allows students to use their whole body as a paintbrush to colour their environment, with different movements setting off different patters.

Painter from Somantics on Vimeo.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Self-expression and self-awareness are sometimes difficult for students who struggle to communicate, and Somantics gives them the opportunity to explore their own interests at their own pace, and hopefully reveal some previously untapped creative skills! Because the interface allow students to explore abstract patterns or manipulate pictures of real-world objects, Somantics gives them a great opportunity to explore the objects they encounter in an autonomous, self-directed way, and so should hopefully improve their communication skills and confidence.

Where can I get it?

Somantics (Cariad Interactive, free) is available from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes.

– Missed last week’s app? Catch up with our review of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy for iPad here.

Want to know more about our favourite apps 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.

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!”

You can take a look at the latest Blackmagic Design releases in our online shop.

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IBC 2013: Aja announce new Mini-Converters, IO4K Thunderbolt box and TruZoom

IBC 2013: Aja announce new Mini-Converters, IO4K Thunderbolt box and TruZoom

AJA are the first company to promise big things at this year’s IBC, with new 4K devices and converters promised, plus an all-round firmware change. 

What’s out now?

The new Ki Pro firmware we were promised a while back is now ready to go, and the public beta for AJA Control Room is about to hit Mac and Windows machines. There’s also a new Wirecast plug-in available now that will let you perform four channel multicam ingest or capture from 4K and UHD inputs with a bit of help from a Kona 3G card. The Kumo range is due a new, free firmware update that’ll add ganged connection for dual link, 2K or 4K work.

What’s coming soon?


The IO4k is a AJA’s first Thunderbolt 2.0 device (20 Gbps! We still can’t get over this). Unsurprisingly, it’s designed to work with the new Mac Pro, and will be shipping around the same time that does – not that we could strongarm anyone into giving us thatdate. According to the official literature, “Io 4K offers a broad range of video and audio connectivity, supporting the latest 4K and UltraHD devices. AJA’s proven conversion technology allows realtime high-quality scaling of 4K and UltraHD to HD. Io 4K also seamlessly integrates with leading post-production and delivery tools such as Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Cloud, AJA Control Room, Telestream Wirecast 5 and more.”

The IO4K will work with anything from SD and HD to 4K and UHD, with HD to 4K scaling supported. Here’s how the connections look:

Connections available on the new AJA IO4K

Connections available on the new AJA IO4K

For the curious, the full list of supported video formats is below:

SD: 480p, 525i 29.97, 625i 25.

HD: 720P 50, 59.94, 60; 1080i 50, 59.94, 60; 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30; 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.

2K: 2048 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60; 2048 x 1080PsF 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30

4K: 3840 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30; 3840 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25; 4096 x 2160P 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30; 4096 x 2160PsF 23.98, 24, 25

For more specs check out the official AJA IO4K brochure.


This new application brings 4K to HD ROI scaling to the Corvid range, complete with its own hardware controller and realtime debayering for anyone using a Canon C500. EVS have adopted a Corvid Ultra/TruZoom workflow for all their scaling and selecting ROI in their replay systems, which is a pretty solid endorsement.

Key features include:

– Extensive I/O: 3G SDI, 4K HDMI output, embedded and AES audio (2-channel analog audio monitoring).

– Supports video formats from SD through to 4K at up to 60 frames per second.

– Color depth up to 16-bit half float RGBA with full color space conversion.

– Powerful, onboard Debayering for RAW workflows.

– High-quality AJA TruScale™ means incredible quality at any resolution.

– Two 4K-capable expansion slots for additional I/O or processing.

– Fast 8x PCIe 2.0 host connection provides 2500+ MB/s in each direction.

– 2RU form factor.

Find out more in the official AJA TruZoom brochure

All-new Mini-Convertors 

AJA have really quite a lot of Mini-Convertors and related accessories on the slate – so many that they’ve built an app to help you find the right one – but the ones that have really caught our eye are the 10-bit 4K2HD, which converts UHD or 4K to HD, and the new low-cost V2analog and V2digital,  which convert SDI to Analogue and Analogue to SDI respectively and come in at just $345.

See the full list here.

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IBC 2013: All the news from Avid, Blackmagic Design and more…

IBC 2013: All the news from Avid, Blackmagic Design and more…

And they’re off! The IBC 2013 conference is underway, the show isn’t far behind, and we’re waiting with bated breath for our first glimpse of this year’s game-changers. As news stories break we’ll be adding them to our blog, and uploading them here to create one IBC masterpost, with all the news, reviews and previews you could want.

If you have a question or think we’ve missed something, just let us know in the comments. To get your pre-orders in on this year’s releases, get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email To keep up with news from the show, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


IBC 2013: Adobe add a ton of new video and Photoshop tools to Creative Cloud

Adobe’s latest round of updates to their Creative Cloud applications will delight video and web design professionals alike. As well as improving Premiere Pro/SpeedGrade integration, there’s the addition of Adobe Anywhere, Generator for Photoshop CC and Edge Reflow, plus a list of… Read more


IBC 2013: Aja announce new Mini-Converters, IO4K Thunderbolt box and TruZoom

AJA are the first company to promise big things at this year’s IBC, with new 4K devices and converters promised, plus an all-round firmware change… Read more 


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? Read more 


IBC 2013: Expansion pack brings new features to Autodesk 2014

It’s a good day to be an Autodesk user. Not only have the 3D giants revealed new features for their M&E range, they’ve also dropped the price of Entertainment Creation Suites and announced that you can upgrade to the Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate for 20% less… Read more

IBC 2013: Get 20% off new seats of Autodesk Smoke 2013!

Ah, IBC offers, how we’ve missed you. Just in time for the start of the conference, Autodesk have announced that they’re knocking 20% off the cost of new seats of Smoke 2013 for anyone who buys between 12th September 2013 and 20th October 2013… Read more


IBC 2013: Avid introduce modular new S6 interface, update ISIS and Interplay

In a welcome break from their usual routine, Avid are leading with an audio interface at this year’s IBC (they’ve also updated ISIS and Interplay, and are showcasing the still-new Media Composer 7, too, so video types should still swing by their stand). Read more

IBC 2013: Avid release Everywhere whitepaper

In case you were distracted by their modular control surface, the S6, while you were actually at their stand, Avid have done us all the courtesy of sending out a whitepaper about their most difficult to pin down IBC offering, Avid Everywhere. Read more

Blackmagic Design

Dan Moran gets hands-on with the DaVinci Resolve 10 beta

Dan Moran of Smoke & Mirrors and mixing has been kind enough to let us share his review of the Resolve 10 beta, which he’s been working with for a few weeks prior to IBC… Read more

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… Read more

GB Labs

IBC 2013: GB Labs introduce new releases ahead of the show

So excited they couldn’t even wait for the expo proper to kick off, GB Labs have announced new 4K storage solutions. They’ll be on stand J15B showing off their Space 4K duo and a new Space-based storage cluster workflow and, we assume, chatting away about their new partnerships with Cantemo, Marquis and Sohonet… Read more


IBC 2013: Matrox 4K video monitoring card for Adobe Creative Cloud to be featured at show

At IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17, stand 7.B29), Matrox Video will feature the new Matrox Mojito 4K quad 3G-SDI, 4K video monitoring card for use with Adobe Creative Cloud professional video editing tools on Windows platforms. Matrox Mojito 4K enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60). It is a single ¾-length PCIe card with five full-size BNC connectors directly on the card bracket… Read more 


IBC 2013: Panasonic unveils the AG-AC8, their new shouldermount AVCCAM

Panasonic Professional Camera Solutions announces a new shoulder mounted Full-HD 1080P AVCCAM camera recorder, the AG-AC8. It features exceptional ergonomics and functionality, simultaneous recording to dual SD Cards, 21x optical zoom and intelligent auto mode (iA) with up to 50x zoom. Read more

IBC 2013: Panasonic announces prioritised development of a 4K VariCam

In response to the growing worldwide demand for 4K production, Panasonic Professional Camera Solutions is prioritizing the development of the 4K VariCam camera recorder. The VariCam will be a highly practical camera, boasting features and performance suitable not only for 4K cinema, but also HDTV content production. The camera is set for launch in 2014. Read more


IBC 2013: SanDisk launch world’s first CFast 2.0 memory card

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card, designed for professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography. Read more


IBC 2013: Sony launches its first professional SSD and HDD portable storage range

Sony today announced at IBC2013 its first SSD and HDD portable storage range. The PSZ-SA25 SSD drive, PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T HDD drives will be available from September 2013. Read more 

The Foundry

IBC 2013: The Foundry preview Nuke 8.0

The Foundry have released this great promo video running down all the features that are coming your way in Nuke 8.0. The gist? Bigger, faster, stronger, simpler. As well as new features, there’s an improved UI and improved colour grading toolset with additional waveforms and colour analysis tools. Brew yourself a cuppa and have a watch. Read more

Think we’ve missed something? Let us know in the comments! To get your pre-orders in on this year’s releases, get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email To keep up with news from the show, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook



Featured app: Parallels Access

Featured app: Parallels Access

Parallels Desktop has been one of the leading desktop virtualisation tools out there for longer than we care to remember, giving Mac users everywhere seamless access to Windows applications and desktops. With Access, they’re revamping their iOS offering in order to give you access to your PC’s resources from your iPad…

What is Parallels Access and what can it do?

Access is the latest version of Parallels’ iOS app, a free six month subscription to access comes with every purchase of Parallels 9 Desktop for Mac. It allows you to log in to your PC environment remotely using your iPad, and access all the apps and files on there remotely. And because it’s harnessing the power of your PC, you can work in far more intensive applications than you’d expect a tablet to handle. Take a look at Parallels’ tutorials for a more in-depth overview:

How does Parallels Access work?

As long as your office (or home) computer has Parallels 9 Desktop for Mac on and is connected to the internet, you can log into it straight from the app and access all the applications on it remotely, essentially turning your iPad into a long distance remote control for your PC.

What’s the most useful feature?

Parallels Access ‘appifies’ the controls of your PC apps, allowing you to launch them as if they were apps, then zoom, swipe, pinch and drag content, and move between files the same way you’d move through open apps. All of this means you get a far more native, intuitive iPad experience, and can accomplish things far more quickly than you’d be able to if you were trying to impose traditional PC controls on a touchscreen. And Parallels are so committed to getting you the full range of Windows functions that Access even adds a Windows key to your iPad onscreen keyboard.

How much is Parallels Access and how do I get it?

If you already have Parallels 9 Desktop for Mac, you’ll have been given six months free access to the app; after that it’ll cost you £34.99 for a year’s licence. You can download it now from iTunes or purchase through the App Store on your iPad.

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