Get a free Thunderbolt card with your Apollo interface

Get a free Thunderbolt card with your Apollo interface

From now until 31st March 2014, anyone registering a new Universal Audio Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, or Apollo 16 audio interface bought from us will receive a free pre-installed Thunderbolt Option Card worth £409!

The Apollo Thunderbolt Option Card provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus FireWire. Compatible with the latest generation of iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini, the Thunderbolt Option Card offers unrivalled bandwidth and next-generation connectivity for Apollo.

Universal Audio Thunderbolt Option Card

So how do you get your hands on this astronomic offer? Just click on the banner to buy your Apollo interface without the Thunderbolt Option Card, or get in touch with us on the details below, and you’ll receive the free card from us. As an authorised Universal Audio reseller, we can provide all your Apollo needs!

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Thunderbolt vs Thunderbolt 2: ATTO’s comparison guide

Thunderbolt vs Thunderbolt 2: ATTO’s comparison guide

With Mac Pro finally upon us, you might be wondering just how the new Thunderbolt 2 connection stacks up against regular old Thunderbolt. Luckily, ATTO have been experimenting with Thunderbolt 2 and released their findings in a handy document for you.

The first thing to remember, ATTO say in their comparison guide, is that Thunderbolt 2 doesn’t mean 2x the bandwidth of Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt 2 enables two 20Gbps bi‐direction channels instead of four 10Gbps channels, and performance is limited due to protocol, host and bandwidth capability. ATTO’s key findings are as follows:

– 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology‐enabled devices are backwards compatible with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology‐enabled hosts. It works!

– Overall aggregate performance for Thunderbolt 2 is the same as Thunderbolt.

– A single Thunderbolt 2 or multiple DP1.1a connections will support 4K video performance.

– Overall storage throughput still depends on the quantity and types of drives that are connected.

– It’s not practical to daisy chain a 4K monitor and high‐speed storage. Independent connections are required!

You can download ATTO’s guide, ‘What is Thunderbolt 2? How does it compare to Thunderbolt?’ here.

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Atomos Samurai Blade gets new edge with AtomOS 5.1 firmware

Atomos Samurai Blade gets new edge with AtomOS 5.1 firmware

Atomos have unsheathed a brand new firmware update for their Samurai Blade field recorder. AtomOS 5.1 adds an LCD screen adjustment option, colour adjustments and more, and is available to download now for all Blade users.

The most notable features of the new firmware will be the adjustable Gamma, Y Lift and Y Gain slider controls (and a new reset button), with the added LCD screen adjustment page located in Menu > Display Options > Adjust Screen. Canon C-Log users will have a field day with the C-Log colour display and additionally, users can now switch instantly between Rec. 709 and C-Log with just one touch.

AtomOS 5.1 also features calibration Matrix and 1D LUTs for the SamuraiBlade, and more battery display options with D-Tap Mode and AC.

On top of that, new improvements in AtomOS 5.1 include updating the horizontal audio level meter clip indicator to be more visible and in correct colours, improved accuracy and responsiveness of audio level meters, and improved SSD performance by partitioning sectors to a 1MB boundary.

The AtomOS 5.1 firmware update is available to download now from the Atomos website, along with full release notes, and a handy video tutorial explaining how to update your Blade.

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Cubase and Cubase Artist 7.5 are on their way!

Cubase and Cubase Artist 7.5 are on their way!

One for Cubase users’ Christmas lists: Steinberg have announced that version 7.5 of Cubase and Cubase Artist are going to be here just in time for the festive season. With new track handling and recording tools, instruments and first-class effects processors, it’s an ideal digital stocking filler for producers and audiophiles everywhere.

What’s new in Cubase 7.5?

It’s been a year since Cubase reached its 7th version, and in that time Steinberg have been working on a number of updates. The main ones to look out for, according to Steinberg, include:

TrackVersions. For creating, renaming and managing parallel versions of tracks.

Track visibility. Shows only the tracks you want to see in the Project window.

Instrument (t)rack 2.0. Supports multi-outputs and multi-inputs, and merges instrument tracks with the Instrument Rack.

HALion Sonic SE 2. Giving you tons of fresh new sounds plus a totally new synth.

Groove Agent SE 4. With 30 new drum kits and smart user interface for creating beats and hits in no time.

New EDM construction kits. Adding flavour to your productions and giving you new song ideas.

LoopMash FX. For realtime modern-style breaks, tape-stops, stutters and more.

REVelation. Super-smooth and silky-sounding algorithmic reverb that brings back the memories of those old fancy hardware units.

Magneto 2. Adding warmth to your tracks.

VST Connect SE 2. Unique remote recording plug-in now with MIDI data transmission.

Transient navigation. Tab to transients on audio events in the Project window thanks to the new instant hitpoint navigation.

How do I get Cubase 7.5?

Steinberg Cubase and Cubase Artist 7.5 are officially released on 4th December. If you’re already working in Cubase 7, you can download the 7.5 update to get hold of all the new features. We’ll have details on UK pricing when the update hits. Anyone who’s new to Cubase (or has bought since 15th October 2013), will be entitled to the update free of charge!

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Canon release new C300 firmware, add shooting enhancements

Canon release new C300 firmware, add shooting enhancements

Got the latest firmware for your Canon C300 camcorder? Canon have realised they pushed the button a bit early with their 13th November update, v.1.1.0.1.00, which included incorrect colour balance. But all has now been rectified, with the release of v.1.1.1.1.00.

As well as fixing the colour balance discrepancy, the new firmware brings a huge list of updates to your EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera and EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera, with new shooting enhancements including ISO up to 80,000, on-set support, and support for Cinema and EF lenses too. You can download the snappily-titled v.1.1.1.1.00 firmware update from Canon’s site here. Alternatively, if you’re rocking a C100, you can find out more about the latest firmware for that here.

What’s new?

– Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function.

– Support for a 1440×1080/35Mbps recording mode.

– ISO up to 80,000 has been added.

– Added functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1.

– A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.

– Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link providing simultaneous camera operation and control, and metadata input simultaneously.

– [Lens Exchange] and [ND+]/[ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.

– A new Wide DR Gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%.

– Flicker Reduction has been improved (EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera only).

– Push Auto Iris and One-Shot AF operation.

– A new AE Shift function and the selection of various light-metering modes are now available when used with some Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and Canon EF Lenses.

– Ability to assign the two control dials to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently.

– Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and 15 Canon EF Lenses.

– A function has been added to enable continuous focus and iris setting on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses (EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM) is attached.

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Get free training on your JVC camcorder

Get free training on your JVC camcorder

If you’re using a JVC GY-HM600 or GY-HM650 camcorder, and reckon you could do with a few helpful pointers, JVC are now offering free one-day training courses worth £175!

Aiming to help people make better content with their new camcorders, the courses are ideal for both beginners and those with more intermediate video skills, covering key points including correct camera setup, an overview of camera functions, and best shooting practices.

The first of these one-day courses will be held at JVC’s London headquarters on Wednesday 11th December. It’s completely free to anyone who’s bought a GY-HM600 or GY-HM650 camera (proof of purchase is required) but if you haven’t, and you still want to go, it’s open to anyone else at the normal rate of £175. You can sign up for the JVC training here.

How the training day will work

Hosted by Kevin Cook, a long-time member of the Institute of Videography, the course aims to help you get the most from your camera, and will cover the following topics: Basic overview of camera functionality, Recording media and formats, General camera setups, Audio, Recording,Editing and workflow, Best shooting practices and Accessories. For any more details about the event, and to sign up, click here.

– Interested in streaming and FTP from your JVC GY-HM650? Find out how in our whitepaper.

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Sony November news: PVM-A series, F5/55 accessories and more

Sony November news: PVM-A series, F5/55 accessories and more

Want the latest news on Sony products? You’ve come to the right place, as we round up all November’s biggest headlines from Sony, including the launch of the PVM-A monitor range, new accessories for the F5 and F55 camcorders, and shipping info on the ODS-D77U Optical Disc Archive…

Sony unveil the PVM-A monitor range

To kick off, Sony have announced two new additions to the TRIMASTER EL Professional OLED line – the 25″ PVM-A250 and the 17″ PVM-A170. These new monitors feature all the high accuracy, contrast and picture quality of their predecessors, but in a lightweight, slimmed down form factor. In fact, they’ve had approximately 40% shaved off the depth and weight compared to previous Sony models, which is going to be ideal for live production and OB truck usage.

Sony PVM-A250

“Higher resolution content creation – 4K and beyond – requires monitors with larger screen sizes for accurate colour evaluation on site,” said Daniel Dubreuil, senior product marketing manager, professional monitors, Sony Europe. “But bigger monitors are harder to carry and take up more space. These new models have the screen size needed for critical evaluation, with a thinner and lighter design that’s perfect for live broadcast and outdoor shooting. They even have a handle for easy carrying.”

The PVM-A250 and PVM-A170 also include I/P conversion that delivers automatically optimised signal processing according to input signals, with low latency (less than 0.5 field). They’ll both be available come January 2014, but if you just can’t wait for that, take a look at the current range in our Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED comparison chart.

Introducing new Sony F5/F55 camera accessories

Looking for the perfect addition for your PMW-F5 or PMW-F55 camcorder? Sony have now extended their accessory line-up with tools for 4K Live production, flexible lens adaptors and cable solutions. All in time for Christmas…

The CA-4000 4K Live Fiber Adaptor docks to the back of your F55 to turn it into a 4K Live system camera, with 4K fiber transmission up to 2000m. Other features include support for HDCU-2000/2500 Camera Control Unit operation, high frame rate recording up to 240 frames in 1080p and HD cut-out functionality.

On the lens front, the latest adaptors for the F5 and F55 let you use your favourite glass with the FZ mount, making them flexible enough for everything from news and sport to documentary and run-and-gun filmmaking. The range includes an FZ to PL adaptor with 12-pin connector, a B4 adaptor for use with 2/3 inch lenses, and a remote control version too.

Browse the F5, F55 and Sony’s F-series accessories at Jigsaw24.com.

Sony ODS-D77U

ODS-D77U Optical Disc Archive to ship soon

If you’re after long-term, reliable storage for huge volumes of media assets, look no further than Sony’s new ODS-D77U. The latest in their line-up of next-generation Optical Disc Archive solutions, it brings high speed reading and writing capabilities to the table, being able to achieve a maximum of over 1Gbps – more than twice that of Sony’s ODS-D55U. The ODS-D77U also features a high speed standard USB 3.0 interface for fast and easy connections, and an updated version of its graphical user interface Content Manager 2.0, which supports more formats and features, and has improved metadata operation. The ODS-D77U will be shipping in mid-December.

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Lexar’s Workflow Reader: the stuff of DIT dreams

Lexar’s Workflow Reader: the stuff of DIT dreams

Need to offload hundreds of GBs of RAW, 4K, HD and 3D files all at the same time? Lexar have answered your prayers with the Professional Workflow Reader Solution – a four-bay reader hub that speeds up your workflow by letting you transfer from up to four memory cards simultaneously while using just one USB 3.0 port!

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is made up of a four-bay reader hub plus your choice of readers, supporting the most popular file formats – SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I, UDMA 7 CompactFlash and XQD. Already dubbed the ‘DIT’s dream’ in the Jigsaw24 offices, team it up with a new MacBook Pro and some Thunderbolt storage, and we reckon you’ll have yourself the perfect solution for field work.

Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub

“We designed the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution to allow users to build a completely unique system that suits their needs so they can get to editing and shooting sooner,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar.

“Whether photographers or videographers are shooting on four cards of the same format, or four different types of cards, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution lets them offload work faster, greatly reducing the time spent moving content from a card to a computer.”

The solutions

– Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 (Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub).

– Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 (SDHC UHS-I and SDXC UHS-I USB 3.0 Reader).

– Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 (UDMA 7 CompactFlash USB 3.0 Reader).

– Lexar Professional Workflow XR1 (XQD USB 3.0 Reader).

Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader

The highlights

– Transfers images from up to four memory cards at once.

– Supports today’s latest card formats: SDHCTM/SDXCTM UHS-I, UDMA 7 CompactFlash and XQDTM.

– Innovative, modular design.

– Use the readers with the hub or on the go.

– USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

– Two-year limited warranty on hub and readers.

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MOTU’s MachFive gets an update to version 3.2

MOTU’s MachFive gets an update to version 3.2

Virtual instrument fiends, prepare to go gaga for wah wah, as MOTU have just released the latest update for their MachFive 3 instrument software. Version 3.2 sees MachFive getting AAX plug-in support for Pro Tools and a new WahWah filter effect.

Performance has also been enhanced and soundbank libraries expanded in the new update. You can download 3.2 from MOTU’s website, or if you don’t already have MachFive 3, you can purchase it from us here. Either way, enjoy MOTU’s flash MachFive 3.2 video below…

What’s new in MachFive 3.2?

AAX plug-in support for Pro Tools. MachFive 3.2 is now fully compatible with Avid’s new AAX plug-in format for Pro Tools 11 and above. MachFive 3.2 includes legacy RTAS support for earlier versions of Pro Tools.

New WahWah filter effect. The new WahWah Filter emulates the sound of a classic wah wah pedal. Right-click any of the parameters, including amount (Wah), Drive, Model and Master to modulate them or assign remote control (via MIDI or OSC).

Enhanced performance. You can now work faster thanks to MachFive 3.2 providing improved memory efficiency, much less RAM usage, and improved CPU performance.

Updated soundbank libraries. MachFive 3’s included soundbank libraries have been updated to provide better scripting and smaller, more efficient file sizes. They are backward compatible with your existing projects.

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Canon release new firmware update for the C100

Canon release new firmware update for the C100

Hot on the heels of news of a paid upgrade for the C100, Canon have now announced brand new and completely free C100 firmware. The update gives your Canon C100 camcorder a whole host of super added features, including new magnification functionality and ISO up to 80,000.

You also get a new Key Lock Menu setting, Peripheral Illumination Correction Data for Canon lenses, better camera menu controls and improved focus and aperture functions. The firmware update (version 1.0.2.1.00, for anyone counting) is free, and can be downloaded now from Canon’s website, where you’ll also find the lowdown on preparing your camera for a firmware update.

Here’s the full list of new features:

1. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function.

2. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.

3. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.

4. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and eleven Canon EF Lenses.

5. Internal camera menus are now controllable from buttons on the camera body. Previously, they were only controllable from the joystick grip unit.

6. In addition to the [EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM], the function to enable continuous focusing and correct aperture on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses is attached, has been extended to include the [EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM] lens.

[UPDATE, 28/11/2013] – Continuous Auto Focus/Auto Iris
The EOS C100 is also capable of continuous auto focus and auto iris control when fitted with the 18 – 55mm f/3.5 -5.6 IS STM or 18 – 135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS STM lens. These lenses, which feature a new Stepper Motor system for focusing, give a smoother focus action which is ideally suited to video shooting. This feature is activated via the camera menu and requires the latest firmware to be installed. It is anticipated that this feature will work on all future EF-S STM lenses.
Need to get your hands on Canon’s C100?

You’re in luck, friend. We’re currently offering a huge £100 off the Canon C100 camcorder, plus a free battery and charger kit. All you have to do to get this brilliant discount is enter promo code ‘SAVE100C100′ when you head to our shop to order your Canon C100 camcorder.

Buy the Canon C100 now!

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