NAB 2015 news: Canon corner 4K with the XC-10, Atomos announce support

NAB 2015 news: Canon corner 4K with the XC-10, Atomos announce support

Canon have played their 4K card ahead of NAB 2015 in Vegas, by unveiling the XC-10. This clever compact video camera captures 4K Ultra-HD footage to internal CFast 2.0 cards at up to 305Mbps or Full HD video to an SD card at up to 50Mbps, has pro-standard 4:2:2 colour sampling and is capable of 12MP stills. Oh, and the Atomos Shogun recorder is fully approved for recording from the XC-10 too.

For the full lowdown on why integration between Canon’s latest “pocket rocket” the XC-10 and Atomos’s Shogun recorder is such a blessing, check out the official word from the Atomos press release below…

Canon XC-10

Melbourne, Australia – 8th April 2015: Canon’s latest announcement sees the Japanese giant launch a compact 4K video camera, the XC-10. Inheriting many features from the Cinema EOS range but in an incredibly small form factor it delivers 4K on the run and most importantly has the essential feature of clean HDMI, start/stop trigger and timecode over HDMI for perfect integration with the Shogun and other Atomos recorders.

“Atomos is proud to be playing a major part in the 4K revolution by enabling these amazing cameras to record to edit friendly formats,” said Jeromy Young, CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “Canon today has changed the playing field again with this pocket rocket that is only unleashed by the addition of a Shogun recorder or an Atomos CFast card, we are confident Shogun will be the first accessory purchased for the XC10.”

Atomos Shogun on Jigsaw24

With the Atomos Shogun, XC-10 users will gain:

– Direct to ProRes/DNxHR 4K recording (up to 2160p30) and ProRes/DNxHD recording (up to 1080p60). This means users do not have to transcode the XC-10’s internal recordings ready for editing in Apple FCP X, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer.

– The 4K recording, apart from being the native codec for NLEs, is also 4:2:2 color accuracy and 10-bit colour depth that enables the freedom in post-production to integrate 10-bit effects and overlays.

– A 7″ monitor almost six times the area of the XC-10’s 3″ display, is the best and only way to truly set up pro shots with professional features not available on the XC-10 like 3D LUTs, 2:1 and 1:1 zoom for critical focus, vectorscope, false colour and the ability to have ongoing colour calibration using an optional Spyder unit.

– Ability to tag footage on the fly as Favorite/Reject ready for immediate integration into Final Cut Pro, Adobe or other NLEs.

– Long record times onto affordable and reliable SSD media as opposed to the more expensive $/GB media option on the XC-10.

– With built-in HDMI to SDI signal conversion, the Shogun/XC-10 combination can perfectly integrate into an existing SDI workflow.

– The breakout XLR connection gives the Shogun/XC-10 combination both balanced analogue XLR audio and 48V phantom power options for condenser microphone solutions.

For all of this added functionality, users do not sacrifice usability since the Atomos Shogun and the Canon XC-10 have synchronised start/stop trigger and timecode over HDMI meaning one touch recording from the Canon will trigger the record and timecode to start on the Shogun.

Want to know more about Canon cameras or the Atomos Shogun recorder? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

NAB 2015 news: Boris FX and axle team to provide Transfer FCP and AE

NAB 2015 news: Boris FX and axle team to provide Transfer FCP and AE

Big news ahead of NAB – Boris FX, creators of the excellent and much-loved Transfer FCP and Transfer AE sequence transferring software, have teamed up with axle Video, media management supremos, in an exclusive partnership. That means axle are now the sole providers of Transfer products. More from axle in their pre-NAB press release below…

BOSTON, MA, USA, April 7, 2015 – Boston companies Boris FX and axle Video today announced a partnership agreement under which axle Video has become the owner and sole publisher of the Transfer FCP and Transfer AE products originally developed by Boris FX. These innovative products, designed to facilitate the transfer of sequences between video editing and effects software from Adobe, Apple and Avid, will now be sold on axle Video’s website and integrated into future products from axle.

Pricing for Transfer FCP and Transfer AE will remain unchanged, at $299.00 each, and for both bundled together at $399.00. The products work with both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

“We’re thrilled to make this powerful technology available to the video industry,” says Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle Video. “As video creation continues to flourish and become more and more common, there’s a growing need for tools to move projects quickly and easily between editing platforms. We also see clearly that this type of technology can improve future versions of our radically simple media management systems.” These products join axle Video’s award-winning lineup of media management solutions.

“Following our successful acquisition and merger with software developer Imagineer Systems, we are focusing our development on creative visual effects, image restoration, and motion graphics tools for post-production,” says Boris Yamnitsky, founder and CEO of Boris FX. “Yet there is also a market need to concentrate on this area of interoperability. With their knowledge and resources, axle Video is a perfect partner to further develop the Transfer products for more hosts and workflows.”

axle Transfer FCP is a two plug-in set for Final Cut Pro 7 to transfer sequences between FCP and all Avid editing and finishing systems; one for AAF file format-compatible FCP7-to-Avid transfer, the other for Avid-to-FCP7 AAF file import. Editors can exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, 3rd-party effects, and keyframes. All media markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio are also preserved.

axle Transfer AE is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects to perform seamless sequence transfer from Apple FCP7 and Avid Media Composer, including direct import and translation of Avid AAF format files. Transfer AE preserves every Avid or Final Cut Pro project component including edits, cuts, dissolves, and treatments; in addition, it uniquely translates Boris Continuum Complete effects used in Avid or FCP7 projects to corresponding BCC effects in After Effects.

As part of the agreement, Boris FX will take a minority equity stake in axle Video. Both companies are privately held. Boris FX and axle Video will both be exhibiting at next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas in the South Lower hall. Boris FX will be in booth SL4225. axle Video will be in booth SL16015.

About axle Video

axle Video LLC is a Boston-based software company dedicated to radically simple digital media management for small and mid-sized workgroups. Founders Sam Bogoch, Steve Ryan, and Patrice Gouttebel have extensive experience in media asset management for creative applications. axle’s media management software has been recognized with a Best of Show award at its introduction at IBC 2012, and at NAB 2013 received prestigious DV Magazine Black Diamond and Post Picks awards.

About BorisFX

Founded in 1995, Boris FX is a leading developer of VFX, compositing, titling, video editing, and workflow tools for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Boris FX products have grown to serve over a million artists worldwide. The company’s success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Nexidia, Sony, Quantel, and other leading developers of video editing software.

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Education app of the week: Seesaw for iPad

Education app of the week: Seesaw for iPad

It’s not always easy to catalogue exactly what students are working on, but with the Seesaw app for iPad, you can easily create learning journals by snapping pictures of projects that can then be viewed by teachers and shared with parents too. Here’s how it works… 

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw: The Learning Journal (Seesaw Inc, free) is a free iPad app that lets students build up a digital portfolio of all the projects they’ve been working on in class. Made by the same developers as the excellent Shadow Puppet app (check out our review of that here), it’s incredibly easy to add assets to a portfolio, and you can do it in a number of different ways: using the iPad Camera, you can take a picture of the worksheet, diagram or any other paper-based work, shoot a video to give a recorded account of things students have learned, add items from the Camera Roll or even draw directly in the app to make diagrams and notes on what they’ve been working on. Once loaded into Seesaw, students can then add annotations as well as voice comments to the items for further explanation.

Seesaw for iPad

From a teacher point of view, Seesaw lets you browse and sort assets from the whole class (you’ll need to set up a free Seesaw classroom account first, then get students to join by scanning a QR code). Everything’s all in one place, so you can just scroll through the whole class’s submissions or drill down into a particular student’s work, and easily access the whole lot on your iPad from anywhere.

Seesaw are also adding PDF support so you will be able to export from Book Creator or Pages as a PDF and then import to Seesaw, as well as support for adding ePUBs to Seesaw.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Giving students the ability to create and organise their own work in a digital journal empowers them to develop their academic voice and collaborate with classmates. And by bringing in the parent communication aspect, with realtime notifications, gives an insight into what their children get up to during the day, as well as providing an opportunity to support learning at home.

Seesaw for iPad

What’s the best feature?

While Seesaw is great for students and teachers, we really like how there is also the added bonus of being able to share work with parents. Once a teacher has approved a submitted piece of work, a feature in Seesaw sends automatic notifications to parents’ iPad or iPhone. This means they can see what their children have been up to in class, and discuss the work with them later at home. Parents just need to set up and sign in to their own free Seesaw account.

Where can I get it?

You can get Seesaw: The Learning Journal (Seesaw Inc, free) from the App Store on your iPad or here on iTunes. All you need to get started is to sign up for a free Seesaw account.

– Missed last week’s app? Catch up with our review of MathBoard 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 learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Adobe case study: Collaboration with Creative Cloud at Nature’s Path

Adobe case study: Collaboration with Creative Cloud at Nature’s Path

Nature’s Path Organic Foods are the largest indie manufacturer and distributor of breakfast cereal, snack bars and other wholesome grub in the whole of north America. With a 30 year history (they’ve got five years on Photoshop!) and a brand to retain, they decided it was high time their in-house graphics team made the move to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams for all their packaging, print materials and digital artwork.

The result? More consistent branding, easier collaboration, an expanded toolset and seamless workflows.

Click the image below for the full lowdown on Nature’s Path Organic Foods and their new Adobe for Creative Cloud for teams workflow (PDF).

Adobe case study: Consistency and collaboration with Creative Cloud at Nature's Path

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Wacom release the darlin’ new Cintiq Companion 2

Wacom release the darlin’ new Cintiq Companion 2

A little over a year ago, Wacom released their very first graphics tablet with onboard processing power, the Cintiq Companion. Now they’re back with the second generation Cintiq Companion 2, your all-in-one tool for creating on the go. With five different models to choose from, we’ve broken down what’s what with the new Wacom…

What is the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2?

Just about the most flexible graphics tab ever. Running Windows 8.1 and packing Intel Core processors, the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 lets you run all your creative apps while you’re on the move. Edit images in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, create characters in Autodesk Mudbox or even just fire off a few emails (and check Twitter, obvs) – whatever your workflow, the Cintiq Companion 2 lets you get creating with all the precision and pressure sensitivity you’d expect from a Cintiq, but without needing a separate desktop/notebook machine to run everything from. We’re not usually ones to over-react, but it is truly awesome (we recently held an event at our Soho office to show off the Cintiq 27QHD and Companion 2, and you guys said the same).

Wacom Cintiq Companion on Jigsaw24

So what’s new?

Fawning hyperbole out of the way, let’s look at what’s actually new in the Cintiq Companion 2 compared to its forebear:

– A simplified range that now allows users to work in full Windows 8 or hybrid mode on one device. This means the Cintiq Companion 2 will work as a fully functional mobile tablet running full professional creative software, as well as a Cintiq Interactive Display when attached to a Mac or PC.

– Improved CPU and graphics performance which enables the customer to run 3D applications properly.

– High resolution (2560 x 1440) display impresses with sharp pictures and colour brilliance.

What’s this about five different models?

So there are actually five models in the Cintiq Companion 2 range – Value, Standard, Premium, Enhanced and Enterprise (specs haven’t been released for this yet), the difference between each being memory (ranging from 4GB to 16GB), storage (from 64GB to 512GB) and processing power (ranging from Intel i3 to i7). The better specced models also come with Windows 8.1 Pro as opposed to standard Windows 8.1, as well as an additional stand and carry case.

These five models will replace the current old Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid models:

Cintiq Companion 2

Model Name

Cintiq Companion 2 64GB Value

Cintiq Companion 2 128GB Standard

Cintiq Companion 2 256GB Premium

Cintiq Companion 2 512GB Enhanced

Cintiq Companion 2 Enterprise

Processor

Intel i3

Intel i5

Intel i7

Intel i7

TBC

RAM

4GB

8GB

8GB

16GB

TBC

SSD

64GB

128GB

256GB

512GB

TBC

Operating System

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro

Windows 8.1 Pro

TBC

Included Accessories

Pro Pen

Pro Pen, Stand & Carry Case

Pro Pen, Stand & Carry Case

Pro Pen, Stand & Carry Case

TBC

When can I get hold of the Cintiq Companion 2?

The first four models – Value, Standard, Premium and Enhanced – are available now from Jigsaw24 with an expected shipping date of the end of March. The Enterprise model hasn’t been released yet but we’ll update our website with more information as soon as it is.

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 on Jigsaw24

Want to know more about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, or our full Wacom Cintiq rangeGive us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Flash

Keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Flash

 Could your Adobe Flash workflow be a little more efficient? We’ve put together these keyboard shortcuts that make it easier to switch between all your essential tools, shaving precious seconds off your web work! Just click on the image to see the keyboard a bit bigger…

Adobe Flash keyboard shortcuts (click to enlarge)

– Using Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator? You’ll want our keyboard shortcuts for those here.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

Keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

Want to make your Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator workflow that little bit more efficient? Learning these little keyboard shortcuts will soon have you jumping between cropping, lassoing and zooming tools like a pro. Just click on the images to see the larger keyboard…

Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop keyboard (click to enlarge)InDesign CC
Adobe InDesign keyboard shortcuts (click to enlarge)Illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator keyboard shortcuts (click to enlarge)

– Working in web? Check out our Adobe Flash keyboard shortcuts here.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Thanks for attending our wonderful Wacom hands-on event

Thanks for attending our wonderful Wacom hands-on event

Last week we held a free Wacom event down at our Golden Square digs all about the Cintiq 27QHD and Cintiq Companion 2 – a chance to get hands-on with Wacom’s brand new top-end graphics tablets, and pose any questions to the team from Wacom and Jigsaw24. We’ve had some great feedback from the day, so we’d just like to say a big thanks to everyone who made it down!

Wacom specialist Sian Maskell started off by giving a brilliant demo on all the great new features of the latest Cintiq and Cintiq Companion 2, and how they’re going to benefit your workflow. The Cintiq 27QHD improves on the 24HD by upping the screen size and resolution, enhancing colour performance, adding the new ExpressKey Remote and going under the knife to make it bigger, sleeker AND lighter (check out our full review of the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD here).

After lunch, the floor was open for you to try the 27QHD and Cintiq Companion 2 (more details on that here) out yourselves in an informal environment, and see how your content looks on that gorgeous new screen. Sian was still on hand to field any queries, as were our team. From speaking to people on the day quite a few of you mentioned how useful it was to get to try the products for yourselves, as well as get all your Wacom questions answered and network with other professionals. We really enjoyed the chance to see you all, and the whole thing was great fun (take a peek at the pics below to see the Cintiqs in action). Again, a huge thank you to everyone who popped in!

Getting up close and personal with the 27QHD at our free event…The Cintiq 27QHD even found itself a 'companion' at our hands-on Wacom eventThe Cintiq 27QHD hands-on event in full swing down in Wonderland, Soho…The Wacom Cintiq 27QHD looks so good on Wonderland's bar, we might not be able to give it back…

Jigsaw24 Events

Want to know more about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD? Fancy popping down to one of our future events? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email events@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Education app of the week: Squeebles for iPad

Education app of the week: Squeebles for iPad

This week we’re looking at Squeebles, a series of apps developed to test primary kids in areas including maths and spelling. Their cute visuals and engaging games have won them rave reviews across the web and with our education consultants (especially with the team’s kids themselves…)

What is Squeebles for iPad?

Squeebles (KeyStageFun, various pricing) are educational apps for numeracy and literacy, aimed at five to 11-year-olds. Pupils must complete various spelling, multiplication and division activities which can be customised by a teacher or parent, and are rewarded with a game afterwards. The Squeebles series includes Squeebles Times Tables 2, Division 2, Maths Race, Maths Bingo, Addition & Subtraction, Fractions and Spelling Test. Rather than just looking at one app, we’ve decided to feature the whole lot, as they all complement each other nicely.

Squeebles for iPad

How does it benefit the classroom?

Numeracy and literacy might not sound like the most engaging topics for Key Stage 1 level kids, but rest assured the developers have really gone to town on making the apps as fun as possible. The friendly interface and cast of fun characters, along with mini games that children get to play if they do well in the test sections, help to give motivation and encouragement to pupils. It all makes for a very interactive environment and learning experience that attracts repeated plays.

What’s the best feature?

We’re going to plump for Squeebles Spelling Test as our standout feature. This spelling app allows parents and teachers to create and manage an unlimited number of customised spelling tests for an unlimited number of users. The whole premise is that the Spelling Snake has taken a number of squeebles (the app’s animated characters) hostage and won’t release them until kids complete spelling tests. You earn stars, power-ups and more for the game while completing their tests. Great fun!

How can I get it?

All the Squeebles apps are available to download individually, or you can get the full Squeebles Bundle (KeyStageFun, £10.49) from the App Store or iTunes. Priced between £1.49 and £2.99 for each app on its own, you do make quite a significant saving by buying the seven app bundle (£10.49 rather than £14.23).

– Missed last week’s app review? Catch up with Post-it Plus 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 learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Apple Spring Forward with newly refreshed 2015 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Apple Spring Forward with newly refreshed 2015 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

While Apple showed off the Apple Watch and radical 12″ MacBook to the throngs assembled at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco yesterday, there was another announcement that may not have had all the hoo-hah of the new wearable and notebook, but still had us bumping fists while we live-streamed the Spring Forward event: newly refreshed MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs!

It’s been a little while since both Apple’s notebooks have had a refresh, so this slew of updated models, as announced by Phil Schiller, will be very welcome. And they’re all ready to pre-order too!

What’s new in the 2015 MacBook Pro?

The first thing to know is that only the 13″ MacBook Pro have had a refresh, with the 15″ model remaining as is. As well as new Intel processors giving a significant speed boost, a Retina display, and more efficient storage architecture, the 13″ MacBook Pro now sports Apple’s latest Force Touch TrackPad too, as announced on the 12″ MacBook.

– Souped-up speeds. Fifth-gen Intel Core processors with standard speeds up to 3.1 GHz and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4GHz, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, make the new 13″ MacBook Pro a much speedier beast. The flash memory is also double the speed of the previous version, with Apple claiming throughput of up to 1.6GBps.

– Tantalising Touch. The new Force Touch TrackPad is the only real change to the form factor, but it’s a great one. Now using four force sensors and a ‘Taptic Engine’, it allows anywhere clicking and adjustable click feel, Apple say. It’s completely pressure sensitive, with new ‘Force Click’ technology letting you press harder for different functionality (preview files, bring up directions, fast forward in media apps etc).

– Better battery. It was also announced that the battery life would be longer, now giving up to ten hours of battery life and up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback, the company says.

– Retina display. Every 13″ MacBook Pro now has a brilliant Retina display as standard. Hurrah!

The 2015 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display is available to pre-order right now from Jigsaw24. Click on the banner below to check out the full range of options and specs we have on offer!

What’s new in the new 2015 MacBook Air?

There aren’t any major standout changes to report in the new 2015 range of MacBook Airs – the TrackPad remains the same, its the same thinness as ever and still rocks the same ports and connectivity – but, as expected, the whole lineup have had a speed boost.

Both 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs for 2015 have had upgraded flash memory that’s now twice as fast as the previous generation. Add to that fifth generation Intel Core processors with up to 2.2GHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for double the bandwidth at 20Gbps, and the 2015 models will be significantly speedier.

All the new models are ready to order now from Jigsaw24 too. Just click on the banner below to see all our available options and specs, or indeed get in touch with the sales team to get your hands on a new MacBook Air.

Want to talk to us about any of the newly released Apple products? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.