VR headset firms come together to form virtual reality alliance

VR headset firms come together to form virtual reality alliance

Virtual reality’s march to victory continues, as Google, Facebook, HTC Vive, Samsung, Sony and Acer Starbreeze come together to form the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA).

The worldwide cabal of headset manufacturers has been set up with the aim of promoting the growth of the global VR industry by developing and sharing best practice. It will also commission international research, create educational materials and host and participate in discussions about VR.

Taking his headset off for two minutes, general counsel for Oculus at Facebook Jordan McCollum said: “We’re still very much in the early stages of VR, so it’s critical that industry leaders work together to create and share ideas on how we can safely build this industry.

“I’m looking forward to working with other hardware makers to proactively address the challenges we need solve to make VR a success over the long term.”

HTC Vive senior vice president Rikard Steiber added: “It is important that we as an industry are working together to establish best practices and common resources for our industry that will drive toward the $120 billion projection by 2020.

“The GVRA represents industry leaders and hardware manufacturers across the globe who are creating the best VR experiences available.”

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A spotter’s guide to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps

A spotter’s guide to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps

Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps are the gold standard in professional software for creatives of all stripes. But whether you’re a graphic designer who uses Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator day-in, day-out, or a videographer who knows Premiere Pro and After Effects like the back of your hand, there’s a wealth of apps you have access to under a Creative Cloud All Apps subscription that, while you may not be that familiar with, could be a very welcome addition to your creative workflow.

So here we’ve put together a quick spotter’s guide to all Adobe’s fantastic desktop apps, and where to find them. How many have you tried?

Design tools

Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop CC is your common or garden digital imaging app, the number one choice the world over for photographers and designers. It lets you enhance, retouch, and manipulate photographs and images in any way you can imagine, with clever content aware technology and powerful design tools like editable shapes and vector layers. (Also available as a Single App.)

Lightroom. Often spotted in the same habitat as Photoshop, Lightroom lets you organise, edit and share your all photos from anywhere, whether that’s on your computer, on the web, or on your iPad, iPhone or Android devices.

Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator CC is the industry-standard vector graphics software. Create compelling vector art and illustrations using advanced, precise drawing and typography tools, and work quickly and intuitively on everything from brand identities and marketing materials to graphics for the web, video, and film. (Also available as a Single App.)

InDesign. InDesign CC is professional page layout software for print and digital publishing. Use it to design, preflight, and publish a broad range of content in print, online, and for tablet apps. You can create simple or complex layouts quickly and efficiently with precise control over typography, built-in creative tools, and an intuitive design environment. (Also available as a Single App.)

Experience Design (beta). Still a fledgling at the moment, the Experience Design app is designed to improve teamwork among workgroups who are prototyping apps and mobile content, and allows you to build and share prototypes, then collaborate and feed back on them in realtime.

InCopy. Adobe InCopy CC makes it easy to collaborate in demanding editorial workflows. With InCopy CC, writers, editors, and designers can work simultaneously on a single document without overwriting each other’s contributions. (Also available as a Single App.)

Video tools

Premiere Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is a powerful, customisable, nonlinear video editor that lets you import and freely combine virtually any type of media, from video shot on a phone to raw 5K and higher resolution footage, and then edit in its native format without wasting time transcoding. (Also available as a Single App.)

After Effects. The industry-leading animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists, After Effects CC gives you powerful timesaving features like a Live 3D Pipeline with Maxon Cinema4D software and Mask Tracker, which lets you apply a mask and effect that travels frame by frame throughout your composite. (Also available as a Single App.)

Audition. Adobe Audition CC is a cross-platform audio editor that speeds up production for video, radio, music, games, and more, thanks to uncompromising sound quality and intuitive workflows. (Also available as a Single App.)

Media Encoder. Ingest, transcode, create proxies, and output any format – this powerful media management tool allows users to work with media in a unified way across applications, tightly integrating with Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and other apps for a seamless media processing workflow.

SpeedGrade. SpeedGrade is a colour grading application that delivers layer-based colour correction and look design tools to ensure that digital video projects are visually consistent and aesthetically compelling.

Prelude. Rapidly tag and transcode video footage and quickly create a rough cut with Prelude – a video logging and ingest tool designed for intuitive, efficient media organisation and metadata entry.

Story Plus. This service combines collaborative screenwriting, reporting, and scheduling tools with script metadata logging to help you edit video in Premiere Pro. (Also available as a Single App.)

Character Animator (beta). Create 2D characters in Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC and bring them to life in Character Animator. Act out movements and record your voice using your webcam and microphone, with realtime facial expression and motion tracking.

Fuse (preview). The new 3D modelling app lets you quickly create unique human characters for your Adobe Photoshop CC images, designs, prototypes and more.

Web tools

Dreamweaver. Build sites and apps with Adobe Dreamweaver CC – the all-in-one, industry-leading web design tool. Dreamweaver CC provides a robust and integrated solution to design, develop, and publish projects for any screen size. (Also available as a Single App.)

Muse. Adobe Muse CC lets you design and publish HTML websites for desktop and mobile devices without writing code. Design freely using familiar tools and shortcuts, easily add engaging effects and interactivity, and even integrate third party functionality like blogs and shopping carts. (Also available as a Single App.)

Animate. Design interactive animations with cutting-edge drawing tools and publish them to multiple platforms – including Flash/Adobe AIR, HTML5 canvas, WebGL, or even custom platforms – and reach viewers on broadcast TV or virtually any desktop or mobile device. (Also available as a Single App.)

Flash Builder. A development environment for building games and applications using the ActionScript language and the open source Flex framework. Flash Builder Premium includes professional testing tools such as profilers, network monitoring, and unit testing support.

Scout. Adobe Scout is a lightweight but comprehensive SWF profiling tool designed for Adobe Flash game developers. Any SWF file, regardless of whether it runs on mobile devices or in browsers, can be quickly profiled with no change to the code — and Adobe Scout quickly and efficiently detects problems that could affect performance.

PhoneGap Build. Take the pain out of developing mobile apps by simply uploading your HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript assets to the Adobe PhoneGap Build cloud service, and Adobe will do all the work of compiling for you while you put your feet up.

Spark. Are you a social butterfly? Create social graphics, web stories and animated videos with real punch, using Spark’s free graphic design app.

Workflow tools

Acrobat Pro DC. Keep a sharp eye out for the all-new Adobe Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud, designed to change the way you work with important business documents. Do away with ink signatures and overnight envelopes, protect your important documents, work anywhere and edit anything.

Bridge. Bridge CC gives you centralised access to all the files and assets you need for your creative projects. Organise personal and team assets, batch edit with ease, add watermarks, set centralised colour preferences, and even upload your photos to Adobe Stock.

Creative Cloud. Where it all begins. The Creative Cloud for desktop app is where you can quickly launch and update your desktop apps, manage and share your assets, download fonts and assets, and showcase and discover creative work on Behance, all while staying conveniently out of sight.

To find out more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 251 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or like us on Facebook

Buyers’ Guide: Mac for business

Buyers’ Guide: Mac for business

Looking to refresh your business’s computer deployment? These days, looking to Apple is probably your best option. As well as their power, flexibility and ease of use, they’re also incredibly durable and reliable, so you can count on a better TCO and ROI than with PC counterparts.

Your options are much simpler too – you have a choice of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (with or without Touch Bar) and the 12″ MacBook, as well as desktop computers in the form of Mac Pro, iMac and Mac mini, which can come with differing internal features depending on your needs. When shopping for PC ‘ultrabooks’ and desktops, on the other hand, there simply isn’t one single contender to match Mac, but a whole universe of laptops and desktops sporting differing processors and screen sizes (not to mention vastly varying build quality), which can get rather confusing.

To make things even easier, we’ve broken down the range below, giving recommendations based on the team’s actual experience using Mac within the business, as well as links to buy. If you are wanting to deploy a raft of new notebooks and desktops, you’ll probably want to talk to us first, as experts in all things Apple, including integration, rollout, management and post-sales support. But let’s take a look at the actual products available first…

MacBook Air

Ideal for: Mobile workers who need long battery life

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MacBook Air has been around since 2008, and in that time, Apple have really worked on making its internals match its external form factor. One of the thinnest (just 1.7cm at its thickest point) and lightest (as little as 1.08kg) notebooks around, it is undoubtably good looking, but that stunning design also means it’s incredibly portable. That makes it a great choice for anyone who needs to run applications on the move when a tablet just won’t cut it – so salespeople, client-facing consultants and other staff in the field, for example.

Equally, if we are called in to a meeting, we can just pick up our MacBook Air and head down, hooking up to the room’s display (either wirelessly over AirPlay and Apple TV, or through a wired Mini DisplayPort connection) to share with the group. The 11″ model in particular, can easily be stowed away in your bag and carried around all day without putting your shoulder out.

Another feature that’s bound to be a boon for business is the battery life. Apple say the 11″ model will go nine hours without a recharge, while the 13″ model, which includes larger batteries, tops out at 12 hours. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on what apps you’re running, display settings and other factors, but that’s more than enough to get you through a full business day before you have to plug in again. The fact that they rely solely on solid state flash storage also means MacBook Air is speedy too – 17x faster than a traditional 5400-rpm notebook hard drive, in fact.

The latest versions feature:

11″ MacBook Air

– 11.6″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

– From £549 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

13″ MacBook Air

– 13.3″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

– From £702 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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MacBook Pro

Ideal for: Those needing more power from a portable computer

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MacBook Pro is Apple’s powerhouse portable (our designers use it on shoots, and it happily handles rendering and exporting compositions in processor-intensive apps like Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photoshop and InDesign, while they get on with the rest of their workload).

The latest generation of MacBook Pro comes in three flavours: MacBook Pro 13″, MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar and Touch ID, and MacBook Pro 15″ with Touch Bar and Touch ID.

The no-frills 13″ model was described by Apple CEO Tim Cook as “a MacBook Pro for MacBook Air users” and is the lightest and slimmest of the bunch. It’s 12% thinner than the current MacBook Air (at the wide end of the taper, admittedly, but still), and is 13% smaller by volume. Despite this highly portable form factor, the MacBook Pro 13″ still boasts a Retina Display, a 2.4GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor, 512GB of flash storage and 16GB RAM, to make it the clear winner if you need a combination of power and portability.

The other two MacBook Pro models features Apple’s Touch ID biometric sensor, allowing users to log in, switch accounts and even make purchases simply by scanning a fingerprint. It also means that these models will support biometric security measures and two-factor authentication, so if security is your top priority, these are the laptops for you.

These models are the first to feature Apple’s unique Touch Bar, a Retina-quality display that sits where the function keys used to and offers context-aware shortcuts to common tasks. For example, in Mail, you’ll see keys for sending and replying to mail, while in a video editing app you’ll see your timeline in miniature – great for helping your creatives work more quickly and intuitively.

All three models use the latest USB-C standard which, depending on which adaptor you’re using, can act as a power cable, DisplayPort connection, Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI port or VGA port, meaning you can use the MacBook Pro as the basis of a much larger workstation with desktop storage and multiple monitors.

13″ MacBook Pro

– 13.3″ widescreen Retina display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Dual-core Intel Core i7 processors.

– Intel Iris 540 graphics.

– From £1347 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID

– 13.3″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Dual core Intel Core i7 processors.

– Intel Iris 550 graphics.

– From £1449 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID

– 15.4″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 2TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors.

– AMD Radeon Pro 460 graphics processor.

– From £1947 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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MacBook

Ideal for: Mobile workers who need maximum energy efficiency

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The 12″ MacBook joined the Mac notebook lineup in 2015. It was the first non-pro Mac notebook to feature a Retina display and also the first to come in a range of colours. While it’s not as powerful as the MacBook Pro and Air, it’s still speedy, complete with the new Intel Core M processor, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of flash storage.

Apple say it’s also their most energy efficient computer, using just five watts of power, and doing away with the fan for silent running. Like the MacBook Pro range, it takes advantage of the USB-C standard to combine power, video and ultrafast data transfer into a single cable, so you will want to invest in USB-C adaptors if your staff opt for this model.

12″ MacBook

– 12″ Retina display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– 8GB RAM.

– Core m processor.

– Intel HD Graphics 5300.

– Gold, silver or space grey colour schemes.

– From £1035 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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Mac Pro

Ideal for: Video and heavy creative work

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Moving on to desktop workstations, we have the Mac Pro – Apple’s workhorse. While you may not need 64GB RAM or 12 cores of processing power for everyday business tasks and systems, if you have an in-house creative team, they’ll thank you for investing in Mac Pro, the industry standard for design work, and video and audio editing.

This latest generation of Mac Pro, released in 2013, introduced a radical new design. Ditching the classic tower form factor in favour of a sleek cylindrical casing, Mac Pro manages to pack all its internals into a 25cm high, 5kg casing that will happily sit on a desk, and it comes with enough ports that you’re able to connect all the displays, storage and peripherals you require. And, if there’s a specific configuration you need, you can add your own RAM, processors and storage with our online Mac Pro Configurator.

Mac Pro

– Up to 2.7GHz 12-core processor.

– Up to 1TB PCIe-based flash storage.

– Up to 64GB (4x16GB) memory.

– Up to Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.

– Support for three 4K displays,

– Six Thunderbolt ports.

– From £1799 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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iMac

Ideal for: Creative teams or those needing an all-in-one workstation

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iMac has long been the choice of graphic designers and imaging specialists for its power and large display, but it’s perfect for the office too. An all-in-one workstation, all the internals and connectivity are neatly contained within its incredibly slim form factor, so there’s no desk clutter, and it comes with an Apple keyboard and Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad too. In 2014, Apple also launched a 27″ iMac with Retina 5K display, which is great for seeing content with an increased level of colour and detail, as well as being ideal if you want more screen real estate so you have a larger workspace to fit your toolbars, and work on the content itself.

21″ iMac

– 21″ widescreen display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i7 3.1GHz processor.

– From £869 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

21.5″ iMac with 4K Retina display

– 21.5″ widescreen display.

– Up to 2TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i7 3.3GHz processor.

– From £1199 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

27″ 5K iMac with Retina display

– 27″ 5K Retina display.

– Up to 3TB Fusion storage.

– Up to 8GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Quad Core i7 4.0GHz processor.

– From £1449 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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Mac mini

Ideal for: General office work

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The smallest of Apple’s desktop options, Mac mini is ideal for the desk, but that doesn’t mean it’s lightweight. With up to 16GB RAM and 3GHz processing power, it’ll breeze through spreadsheets, as well as more processor-intesive tasks, while using up a tiny amount of power. All you need is to hook it up to a display, and add a keyboard and mouse.

Mac mini

– Up to 2TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Dual Core i7 3GHz processor.

– From £395 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

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Want to know more about MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or just pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Or fill in the form below to find out about our b7 proof of concept trial for executives that lets you see the benefits of Mac – such as improved productivity and lower total cost of ownership – before you invest.

Video: Our 1:1 iPad Impact Study on the benefits of iPad

Video: Our 1:1 iPad Impact Study on the benefits of iPad

We’ve worked with some of our partnering schools gathering data to measure the effects of their 1:1 iPad rollouts and give an honest look into the effects iPad has had on teaching and learning, including progress, attainment, judgments by Ofsted and curriculum goals, rather than just the technology itself. This video highlights some of our key findings from the report.

 

If you’d like to find out more about iPad in education, drop us an email at education@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 290. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

Sony expands the FS series with their new FS7 II camcorder

Sony expands the FS series with their new FS7 II camcorder

Creative documentary and indie film producers rejoice, for Sony are adding to their FS Series Super 35mm professional family with the addition of the new FS7 II camcorder. The original FS7 was a firm favourite with the video team here, and its new incarnation looks set to be just as well loved, adding advanced features like Electronic Variable ND technology, a lever lock type E-mount, and a new mechanical design for faster and easier setup.

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“Since its introduction in 2014, the FS7 has become one of the most widely used cameras in a range of production applications, and the original model remains in the Sony line-up. The new FS7 II now gives creative professionals a broader range of creative tools, with new features all based on end user feedback.

The new FS7 II camcorder is designed for long-form shooting and production applications, especially for documentaries and independent filmmaking. Amongst the many enhancements outlined below, the FS7 II can also record in BT2020 colour space, hence making it ideal for today’s 4K broadcast productions.

Electronic Variable ND Technology

The camcorder’s Electronic Variable ND Filter system, combined with its large sensor, delivers greater exposure control, with the option of preset or variable operation modes. Variable ND mode (clear + 2~7 stop range, in seamless transition steps up to 1/128) allows the user to vary the density of the ND filter during shooting and to transition seamlessly between steps. This also ensures an optimum motion delivery by maintaining desired shutter speed.

The camera’s expanded ND operations enables fine exposure adjustment by relegating iris to set depth of field, prevents soft focus caused by diffraction, and prevents colour shift caused by stacking multiple external ND filters. The camera can compensate for exposure fluctuation caused by iris control while adjusting the depth of field. Users can adjust exposure while keeping the same bokeh in changing shooting or lighting environments.

Preset mode lets users assign three ND settings to the filter turret, useful in selecting the most appropriate filtration range for changing light conditions, for example. Auto ND mode is also available allowing exposure to stay at a fixed level while adjusting the depth of field with iris control.

E-mount (Lever Lock type) for professional shooting

The FS7 II revisited E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed, saving time during a production. The new E-Mount has been designed for demanding applications in the professional environment and will fit any existing E-mount lenses in the market and other mount lenses with an adapter. The new FS7 II camcorder also supports Sony α Mount System, which includes more than 70 lenses.

Mechanical Design Enhancements 

Like its counterparts in the FS Series family – the FS7 and FS5 models – the new FS7 II features several design and ergonomic updates for comfortable and functional use in the field. These new features are based customer feedback around the FS7. The FS7 II “tool-less” mechanical design lets users make on-the-fly changes to the camera’s set-up and operation. For example, no tools are required to adjust the Smart Grip or viewfinder positions.

The detachable viewfinder eyepiece, which comes with a pop-up hood, provides a third stabilizing contact point when shooting handheld. Durable square section rods and lever-clamps on the LCD and camera body provide simple and precise front-to-back VF adjustment while retaining level positioning.

New Sony 18-110mm Sony G lens

Sony also introduced a new E-mount, Super 35mm lens specifically designed for documentary and motion picture production. The new lens, model E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS, covers Super35mm and APS-C sensors. Compact and lightweight — 2.4 lbs (1.1Kg) — with an 18 to 110 focal range (6x zoom) it uses a new fully mechanical/servo zoom switchable system, capable of snap zooms and entirely devoid of lag. The focal range is optimised for Super 35 and APS-C sensors.

The lens is compatible with Sony α Mount System cameras, including the α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras and professional Super 35mm 4K camcorders like the FS7 or FS5. Although perfectly suited for still image taking, filmmakers will fully appreciate the lens’ extended creative capabilities for shooting motion images.

The lens benefits Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design from Sony, which is developed to optimise performance during motion image capture. This lens design eliminates undesirable characteristics and artifacts that do not affect still image taking, but can severely limit a lens’ usefulness for motion shooting, such as:

– Ramping: F stop gradually diminishes when zooming tight.

– Not holding focus while zooming.

– Breathing (angle of view variation while focusing).

– Optical axis shift (image moves in the frame while zooming).

*Due to a change in the SELP18110G specifications it is no longer compatible with the SEL14TC and SEL20TC teleconverters.

XQD Cards

The FS7 II supports the XQD memory card format, designed for capturing and transferring high-bandwidth, high resolution files. The newest XQD card from Sony, QD-G256E — with an industry first 256 GB capacity — enables recording time of approximately 45 minutes at 4K 60P and 3.5 hours at 2K 30P. Combined with a read speed of 440MB/s and write speed 400MB/s, users can shoot for longer without needing to change media cards.”

– The Sony FS7 II is planned to be available in January 2017, and you can pre-order it from us now here.

Want to know more about the Sony FS7 II camcorder? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Quiz: Is it time you upgraded your storage infrastructure?

Quiz: Is it time you upgraded your storage infrastructure?

Are you struggling with storage, or quite happy with your hard drives? As businesses grow with new employees, projects and devices, and take on new and more diverse creative work (which usually means increasingly large file formats), it can put a real strain on old storage systems and networks. 

So could your business do with souping up in the storage stakes? Take our quick quiz to find out, and don’t hesitate to get in touch to quiz us on all things storage too!

 

Take the quiz…

How well is your storage network performing?

A. It’s chugging along just nicely, with plenty of bandwidth to cope with our editors working on high end video, thank you for asking.

B. As we’ve taken on more work involving increasing file sizes, resolutions and frame rates, we’ve noticed data transfer is getting slower, meaning less productivity.

C. Our network has ground to a halt – our storage is over 80% full and we’re forever juggling storage, archiving and retrieval.

Are your staff collaborating as best as they can?

A. Our employees are like one singular, living, breathing collaborative entity.

B. It would be great if staff had access to all our shared digital files remotely from home and other offices as well as our office, so they could work and edit together more collaboratively.

C. Does shouting across the office count as collaboration…?

Is your storage hardware arranged effectively?

A. Our storage estate is optimised for space, power and multiple platforms, and is protected against any eventualities.

B. We have lots of disparate shared drives and racks and would ideally like to consolidate them into one resilient storage estate that allows for hardware failures.

C. We have a cupboard with some hard drives in…

Do you have the storage capacity to cope with business growth?

A. We’ve just incorporated 4K, and are coping with storing larger assets.

B. We’ve only just moved creative in-house, and could do with more storage as we’re finding winning new business and creating rich media such as videos is meaning a lot more unplanned data.

C. We can’t really pitch for new business as we just don’t have the storage capacity to take on rich media projects.

 

How did you get on?

– Mostly As: Well done, you. Your storage sounds like it’s in good shape, but do get in touch if you need any advice.

– Mostly Bs: Not bad, but room for improvement. Talk to us about how you can improve your storage infrastructure going forward.

– Mostly Cs: Yikes. Sounds like you could do with some help! We’d recommend calling us for an Infrastructure Review – see below.

What to do next

Whether you’re looking at making your storage fit for purpose for your creative files and workflow, bringing video in-house or scaling up to 4K, the best thing you can do is talk to a qualified systems architect or solution designer. Our expert team can pop in to take a look at your existing setup, and give advice on how storage can accommodate your workflow and bring you the best benefit – all for just £450 ex VAT!

Want to know more about storage and bandwidth, or want to book your Infrastructure Review? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email thrive@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Buyers’ Guide: iPhone for business

Buyers’ Guide: iPhone for business

Using iPhone in business is nothing new. In fact, Apple’s iOS accounted for 66% of enterprise device activations for the third quarter of 2015. That’s compared to 31% Android, and just 2% Windows Phone.*

So clearly uptake is on the rise among business users. But with a range of different handsets available, and with the new iPhone 7 joining the lineup as of Autumn 2016, the question isn’t whether your business should go for iPhone, or whether to upgrade from older iPhone models, but just which model should you plump for?

Each iPhone comes with the same inherent benefits that make them attractive to enterprise – a secure iOS platform, built-in and third party apps for business, integration into the Apple ecosystem and your business systems, and fast, smooth deployment – but a few subtle differences between the hardware and internal architecture could sway your decision on which iPhone is right for your business. Below, we take a look at the current crop of iPhone models, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As always though, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team for advice on iPhone in business, and the deployment services we can offer.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Ideal for: Field teams, creatives and multitaskers.

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With a 64-bit, four core CPU and an A10 chip that’s 40% faster than the preceding A9, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are by far the fastest models in Apple’s lineup. Graphics performance has doubled in speed, and the iPhone 7 is actually powerful enough for creatives to use Adobe’s Lightroom to edit RAW images.

Despite this, it still has the best battery life of any iPhone – a new performance controller balances tasks between two ‘high efficiency’ cores for urgent work, and two slower ones for ongoing background tasks. This is obviously great news for field teams who’ll be using iPhone 7 on the road or onsite, as is the fact that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus now meet the IP67 protection standard for water and dust-proofness.

The improved camera will comes as a welcome addition for creatives and anyone who has to record evidence as part of their workflow. The latest cameras have built-in image stabilisation, a larger sensor for better low light performance. When that fails you, there’s a 50% brighter flash that can sense and compensate for the flickering of artificial light. (Lens manufacturer Zeiss will be releasing a range of lenses and mounts designed to help you capitalise on the creative potential of your iPhone 7).

If you want a device that is primarily for image capture, iPhone 7 Plus has another camera on the back – this time with a telephoto lens, which can be combined with the standard camera to give better zoom performance and achieve the popular shallow depth of field look.

iPhone 7 Plus

– 5.5″ Retina HE display with Multi-Touch, LED-backlit widescreen.

– 1290×1080 pixel resolution

– Available in 32Gb, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

– Available in jet black, black, silver, gold.

Prices start from £599 ex VAT.

iPhone 7 

– 4.7″ Retina HE display with Multi-Touch, LED-backlit widescreen.

– 1334×750 resolution

– Available in 32Gb, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

– Available in jet black, black, silver, gold.

Prices start from £499 ex VAT.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Ideal for: Businesses who need speed, but aren’t worried about having the latest model or its extra camera.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus boast a lighter, tougher build than their predecessors, thanks to 7000 series aluminum, ion-strengthened glass, a 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and WiFi.

The 3D Touch feature, only available on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, senses pressure to enable new gestures like Peek and Pop, which lets you dip in and out of content like attachments without losing your place, and Quick Actions give you shortcuts to the things you do most – a handy boost for anyone who is constantly pinging off emails to the same people, for example.

It uses Apple’s third-generation 64-bit A9 chip, giving 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU performance than the A8 chip in the previous generation of iPhone and, in conjunction with iOS 9, will give you longer overall battery life. You can also enjoy advanced wireless technologies including faster WiFi and LTE Advanced, with support for up to 23 LTE bands – the most in any smartphone – for those international business jaunts.

As with the iPhone 6 before it, Apple have given the option of two different sizes for the 6s – the 4.7″ iPhone 6s, and the 5.5″ iPhone 6s Plus. Aside from the size of the screen and the resolution, the feature set is identical between the two, so which size you opt for depends very much on what kind of user you are. If you type a lot of emails and notes, and prefer to see content in a little more detail, then go for the 6s Plus; if you’d prefer something slightly more pocket-sized, it’s the 6s for you. This iteration of iPhone are also the only ones that are available in gold, and the new, fancy rose gold colours, should that sway your decision.

iPhone 6s Plus

– 5.5″ (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine.

– 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi with 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

Prices start from £515.50 ex VAT at Jigsaw24.

iPhone 6s

– 4.7″(diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine.

– 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi with 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

Prices start from £439 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

iPhone SE

Ideal for: Businesses who want to move to iOS for the first time

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If having the hardware design of the iPhone 6 and 6s doesn’t bother you too much, a good – and ultimately more affordable – bet would be Apple’s  4″ iPhone SE. Apple are positioning this as both an option for those users who prefer a smaller phone, and who want a more entry-level option. The small size and price tag doesn’t mean it skimps on features and specs though, matching up to iPhone 6 in most departments, but being more akin to the old iPhone 5 in design.

They’re calling it the most powerful 4″ phone ever, with a 64-bit A9 chip that’s great for graphics- and processor-intensive apps, and their most advanced camera system – 12MP iSight, Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Live Photos and 4K video capture, plus a front-facing cam with Retina flash to help you get the perfect selfie. Hey Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay are all present and correct too, with battery improvements and speedy LTE and WiFi.

iPhone SE

– 4″ (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display.

– 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi with 800:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB and 64GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

– Prices start from £439 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

 

Let us manage your iPhone deployment!

Take the pressure off your tech team – our managed iOS device service is designed to take complete care of any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch deployments in your organisation. You tell us how you want them configured, which applications you want and what level of support and warranty you need, and our Apple-accredited team deliver it straight to your staff, so all they have to do is press the start button. We’ll even provide a dedicated asset tracking app, and training videos and reference docs for your end users.

– Find our more about our managed iOS device service here.

 

Want to know more about iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, and iPhone SE? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or just pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

*Source: Good Technology Mobility Index Report

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise now available under VIP

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise now available under VIP

Great news for enterprise customers wanting to move to Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe’s enterprise-specific version, Creative Cloud for enterprise, is now available under the Value Incentive Plan (VIP), offering business customers advanced content protection, deployment and access control – all through a flexible licensing programme.

Here’s everything you need to know about what you get in Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, how it stacks up against Creative Cloud for teams, the different licensing options, and that all-important information – how much it’s going to cost you…

What is Creative Cloud for enterprise?

Just as Creative Cloud for teams is tailored towards creative teams, and Creative Cloud for education is the option for educational institutions, Creative Cloud for enterprise has been specifically designed for enterprise organisations. You of course get access to all the top creative apps you’d expect, including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and the rest, but also some nifty enterprise-only features.

It includes all the necessary licence management, deployment and content protection capabilities required to safeguard your organisation’s valuable creative assets, and it’s now available under the VIP programme, so you can access all these features without being tied into a multi-term contract.

Is Creative Cloud for enterprise for me?

If you have a dedicated IT resource and are looking to streamline management and have more control over your environment – including identifying and authenticating users, and protecting assets and documents – then Creative Cloud for enterprise is going to be ideal for you. Already a Creative Cloud for teams customer? If you want to upgrade to the enterprise version and receive all those extra features, you’ll just need to wait until your renewal window (30 days before and after the anniversary date).

What do I get?

As mentioned, with Creative Cloud for enterprise you get everything available in Creative Cloud for teams (essential creative apps, automatically updated at no extra cost, along with connected mobile apps, cloud storage, and online collaborative tools and services), plus:

Advanced licence management

– Integrate with existing corporate identity system single sign-on (SSO).

– Remove users or reassign licences individually or by group.

– Automatically remove users who leave the company when federated ID (SSO) is enabled.

Advanced security

– User authentication via federated ID (SSO) or Enterprise ID.

– Dedicated encryption key for at-rest assets (with domain claiming).

– Ownership of assets stored in the cloud.

Ability to turn on/off cloud services

– Limit non-core services for certain users or groups.

Enterprise-grade support

– Dedicated onboarding call.

– 24/7 support for IT and end users.

– Ability to open and track support cases.

– Unlimited expert services sessions.

How does buying under VIP compare to ETLA?

Creative Cloud for enterprise is available through either a VIP (Value Incentive Plan) or ETLA (Enterprise Term Licence Agreement).

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Perfect for… Dynamic organisations. Large organisations who are stable or growing.
Licence type Subscription. Term.
Commitment Annual (option to extend up to three years). Three years.
Purchasing Transactional – buy and pay for users as needed. Consolidated – you can ‘true up’ your balance, but not down.
Minimum purchase No minimum. Approx 60 seats.
How much does it cost?

For customers on T1, the pricing costs £840 per user, per year for the All Apps package, and £360 per user, per year if you just opt for the Single App version. Under VIP you can access volume discounts the more licences you purchase, and you also have the option to sign up for a three year commitment to access an even higher level of discount. Find out more about Adobe VIP in this guide.

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise? Give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Jigsaw24 add EditShare asset management and storage to the family

Jigsaw24 add EditShare asset management and storage to the family

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve just signed on with EditShare, the provider of video workflow and asset management solutions, and can provide their exciting range of products to customers in broadcast, post, higher education and beyond.

What do Editshare do?

Editshare offer a whole host of media management solutions designed for video production and the creative industries, from ingest to archive. Central to the range is EditShare Flow, a powerful media asset management platform that lets you take creative control of all files during the production process, including 4K and remote editorial workflows.

Flow tags, organises and manages your media, improving efficiency and increasing productivity. With Flow Automation, you get the ability to automate complex and repetitive workflow tasks including transcoding, and the new AirFlow tool enables you to organise your media files and permissions via the cloud. It includes server-based modules as well as Mac OS X, Windows, and web client applications for a complete palette of production tools.

Other great tools in the Editshare stable include:

XStream shared storage. From capturing media in the remotest locations to managing petabytes of data for the largest media organisations, there’s an XStream storage system for every scenario. EditShare also provides a complete production MAM and archive platform, so you get a comprehensive toolset for managing your media from ingest to delivery.

Geevs ingest and playout. Geevs Broadcast Servers tackle a wide range of demanding workflows including simple ingest, complex newsroom integration (Mos), live sports replay and highlight, multi-camera studio ingest with edit sequence and 24/7 scheduled play-out.

Ark backup and archiving. Ark Disk and Ark Tape seamlessly integrate with EditShare’s XStream central storage and Flow media asset management, providing a tiered storage environment with tremendous automation and media management capabilities.

Who is EditShare for?

EditShare is ideal for just about any size of organisation, and a wide range of applications, including:

Broadcast. While EditShare has over 1000 dedicated Geevs servers deployed for on-air playout and VTR replacement, many broadcasters have also leveraged the complete set of EditShare capabilities to create an integrated end-to-end workflow solution.

Post. From feature film and TV companies, to commercial producers and post houses, EditShare customers benefit from high-performance, cost-effective, intuitively managed and scalable central storage solutions.

Universities. Prepare students for the fast-paced collaborative media production environment, and better manage your workload with EditShare’s Energy and XStream shared storage solutions. EditShare Media Space allows students to log in from any editing workstation on the network, while innovative project sharing features let instructors and students review work together.

Getting on board with EditShare has got Richard Jones, Director of Product Management at Jigsaw24, very excited too: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering up with EditShare as a reseller. It means we can now offer the full range of EditShare’s award-winning video workflow and asset management solutions, providing even more value to our customers in the media and entertainment industry. We can’t wait to start working together.”

Want to know more about EditShare asset management and storage solutions? Get in touch on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just teamed up with Fujifilm to become an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller. That means we can now offer video production customers the full range of Fujifilm’s awesome Fujinon TV and Cine lenses. 

About Fujinon lenses

Fujinon lenses have been renowned in the world of television broadcasting for years – even bagging a few Emmy awards along the way – but because of their ultra high quality optical technology and extensive range, they’re also perfect for any application from movie production to sports, entertainment and electronic news gathering.

And with the rise of 4K broadcasting over the past couple of years, Fujifilm have responded to the new resolution demands of broadcasters by enhancing their high precision optical technologies to support the cutting edge of TV and film production. Their UA-Series 4K UHD range of lenses was recently honoured at the IBC Innovation Awards for the part it played in allowing BT Sport to deliver a Ultra HD channel.

Their Cine range boasts the ultimate in 4K optical performance lenses for cinema production, including the HK 4K Plus Premier Series, ZK 4K Premier Cabrio Series and XK 4K Premier Cabrio Series, while the TV range covers all kinds of TV videography, including studio and field box lenses, and ENG and EFP portable lenses.

Fujifilm and Jigsaw24

As we’re now an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller, if you’d like any more information on the full range of Fujifilm Fujinon TV and Cine lenses, just get in touch with the sales team for a chat on the details below.

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