Check out your new Vidcheck software UK reseller

Check out your new Vidcheck software UK reseller

Well, check us out – we’re now an authorised reseller for the UK for Vidcheck, meaning you can come to us for the full lineup of all their fantastic software solutions for post-production, broadcast, content distribution and archive.

Who are Vidcheck?

Vidcheck provide, in their own words, “unique and advanced software applications to automatically check and correct video and audio in file-based digital video, focusing on the requirements of the broadcast industry, at a cost-effective price.” Their main solutions are Vidchecker and Vidchecker-post (designed for the lighter user).

There’s also their new product Vidcheck OnDemand, the OPEX licence model of Vidchecker. This is burst-capable and public or private cloud-compatible. Like Vidchecker, it is fully scalable, easy to operate and integrate, and conducts automated QC and error correction to industry specifications.

Benefits of Vidchecker and Vidfixer include:

– Thorough checks of file, video and audio parameters as well as video and audio quality, legality and correctness.

– Not only checks video and audio, but also intelligently corrects out-of-spec video levels and audio levels including loudness.

– Highly cost-effective: full-featured QC at a price that the smallest post production companies and broadcasters can comfortably afford, and fully scalable using the Vidchecker Grid for enterprise installation with very high file volumes.

– Supports sub-SD, SD, HD, 4K and mixed workflows.

– Four levels of checking: information, warning, fail on error and correct on error.

– Supplied standards templates including DPP and Netflix plus ‘1 Click’ auto test template from known good media.

– Built-in media player to play the video at alert points by clicking on the alert thumbnails.

– Easy workflow support: use multiple watch folders with filtering, automatically send reports, move files on pass/fail/correction.

– Comprehensive online Help.

– API web services for full integration with production and broadcast workflows and media asset management systems.

Want to know more about Vidcheck’s solutions for post, broadcast, distribution and archive? 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.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2016: What’s new?

Adobe Creative Cloud 2016: What’s new?

It’s hard to believe that a year’s passed since Adobe unveiled Stock, Artboards and a whole load of cool new features in their desktop and mobile apps. Now, they’re at it again, with the 2016 update to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams. This comes replete with a whole arsenal of new creative tools and improvements across Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and more, as well as always-welcome performance improvements.

Our pick of the new features

With dozens of new features available for desktop apps as well as mobile and Adobe Stock, we’d be here all day talking about every one, so we’ll concentrate on the main apps that our creative team use day-in, day-out (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and After Effects, mainly), and some of the tools and workflow improvements they’re most excited about.

Photoshop. With every new iteration of Photoshop, there are always one or two big crowdpleasers, and this time round is no different. The Content-Aware tools were a real game-changer when they were originally released, and the new Content-Aware Crop, which fills in the gaps when you rotate an image or expand your canvas, looks very handy indeed.

The one that we’ve had the most fun with so far, though, is Face Aware Liquify, a very clever tool for detecting and magically making adjustments to facial features in images. Graphic designer Liana had a play with an unsuspecting subject’s face below, and had this to say: “On first play, it’s really good, detecting faces straight away and very accurately. You can use the sliders or grab the various facial features, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting there to be so many options, eg eye tilt or distance. Obviously these examples are the extremes, but I think this would be very useful in making subtle changes.” Cheers, Li…

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Another new Photoshop feature of interest is Match Font, which identifies Latin fonts in images. “It’s recommended to get a straight-on image, so I did a quick Perspective Warp because the photo was at an angle,” Liana said. “It did seem a bit hit and miss (just nudging the box along could make it come up with different results even though the text was still in the box). But even though it didn’t find the font that we’ve used here, it did come up with similar suggestions. I love the fact that it searches Typekit too, which is obviously really handy. I think this is a good tool to get a similar style font and various options, but maybe not if you really need ‘that exact font’.”

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Illustrator. No silly faces in this one, unfortunately, just cold hard workflow improvements. The latest update for Illustrator features Fast Export of assets and artboards. When you need an icon scaled for multiple screen sizes, instead of exporting each size configuration individually, now you can export the icon across all the required size configurations at the same time with just one click, which is going to make life a lot easier for our design team.

Premiere Pro and After Effects. Earlier this year at NAB 2016, Adobe made a big announcement about upcoming updates to their core Creative Cloud for teams (CCT) video apps. They promised VR video capabilities and faster than ever media ingest and editing workflows in Premiere Pro CC, as well as a more responsive After Effects (as well as the usual performance and stability enhancements across all the Adobe video and audio applications). And with this update, they’ve made good on their word.

New Virtual Reality features have been added to Premiere Pro, including a ‘field of view’ mode which makes it easy for editors and filmmakers to preview media and see what the viewer will see. Then there’s the new Character Animator in After Effects, which makes it easy to match an animated character to a real-life actor’s speech and movements in real time. If you’re a Simpsons fan, you’ll be interested to know that this latest update was recently tested by The Simpsons’ animation team when they used it for Homer Simpson’s live Q&A session in the 15th May episode.

Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries was a big hit with our design team when it first came out, meaning easier access to key tools, colours, fonts and more. And now it’s even better, with read-only library collaboration, followable Libraries with a Send Link, an updated Libraries panel for Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC (Beta), Adobe Muse CC and Animate CC, and new asset type support for InDesign CC, including gradients, colours, styles, tints and swatches.

When can I get them?

As always, if you’re a current Creative Cloud for teams subscriber, you get all new updates immediately for free. A notification should have pinged up in your Creative Cloud app. If you don’t currently hold an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription though, you can of course get in touch with us, as the UK’s leading Adobe reseller, to get it all sorted.

– Want to get the most out of Adobe Creative Cloud? For tutorials, tips and other resources, check out our Adobe Creative Cloud Hub

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 251, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Get a Sony FS5 or X70 camera with upgrade and save up to £100!

Get a Sony FS5 or X70 camera with upgrade and save up to £100!

Among Sony’s many exciting announcements at NAB 2016, their 4K RAW upgrade for the PXW-FS5 and MPEG HD upgrade on the PXW-X70 (two of our favourite cameras) were probably pick of the bunch. So now we’re bundling the upgrades together with the cameras, meaning you can get up to £100 off when you buy the FS5 or X70 along with the upgrade. Aren’t we good…?

What are these upgrades?

The RAW upgrade on the PXW-FS5 offers 4K RAW up to 60p and a 240fps slow motion in 1080p, allowing greater flexibility in post-production, and making the FS5 ready for just about any production, be that corporate, events, fashion, music videos, drone, rigs, online, you and your dog’s talent show submission tape, or whatever. And the MPEG HD upgrade on the PXW-X70 is perfect for anyone who wants to maintain a consistent workflow with existing broadcast, MPEG HD infrastructure.

Why are they so great?

4K RAW output. RAW is lightly compressed (3:1), 12-bit 444 signal. The firmware also enables true DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) RAW over the standard UHD, at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50 and 59.94p. This means infinite creative possibilities for grading or correcting in post. It’s based on a well-known RAW system (the same as for NEX-FS700 (SDI & HXR-IFR5)), and internal HD recording is possible during 4K RAW output.

4K and 2K super slowmo. Over-crank and shoot genuine slow motion in RAW – the upgrade gives you infinite creative possibilities in post, in super-slick slow-mo! Shoot 2K (continuously) up to 240fps at 100, 120, 200, 240 fps, and DCI 4K RAW (4096 x 2160) up to 120fps (in a 4 second cache).

MPEG-2 4:2:2 50mbps recording. With this upgraded codec, the X70 becomes a unique palm-sized broadcast camcorder, integrating into the professional broadcast and documentary environment. It optimises your existing workflow for Full HD takes without having to shell out for new editing systems or updates.

Easy to upgrade. There’s no need for a hardware upgrade – you just buy the camera/upgrade bundle from us, and perform a simple firmware update.

It’s just important to remember that, while the firmware enables the RAW output, you do need something to capture that output, and because it’s such a large amount of data, only a few solutions are qualified. Great options include the Atomos Shogun Inferno or Shogun Flame – both are High Dynamic Range (HDR) monitor/recorders, enabling accurate on-set monitoring when shooting in RAW.

Sounds good. Where do I get them?

You can get both the special camera and upgrade bundle deals from Jigsaw24 for a limited time by clicking on the links below (or giving the friendly sales team a tinkle, of course)…

Sony FS5 on Jigsaw24

– Purchase the FS5 with the RAW upgrade at the same time and save £100!

Sony X70 on Jigsaw24

– Purchase the X70 with the MPEG HD upgrade and save £50!

Want to know more about Sony camcorders? 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.

Chasing auroras: An interview with photographer Jamen Percy

Chasing auroras: An interview with photographer Jamen Percy

Jamen Percy is an international, award-winning photographer, designer and Adobe Stock contributor (check out his Stock portfolio here). He’s also got a bit of a thing for the Northern Lights, winning Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015: Aurorae Category and setting up his own Arctic Circle photo tour group, Aurora Chasers (see more on Jamen’s Instagram). We quizzed him on his photography workflow, selling for stock services and why you shouldn’t get between a mother bear and her cubs… 

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How did you first get into photography? 

I was at the ripe old age of 26 when I was in need of a fresh change in my life, so I relocated from my home town in Sydney to London. There I soon became addicted to travelling abroad and this gave me that extra reason to invest in a proper SLR camera. The two went in hand, and it was wanderlust at first sight.

What kind of work and styles do you specialise in? 

I cover quite a variety of subject matter – I started with travel, specialising in the Aurora Borealis up in the Arctic circle, but then branched out as my lust for wildlife and nature adventures exponentially expanded. I would then do small studio shots in my London home for technique practice, which also helped pay for all the gear I ‘just had to have’ for my next trip.

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What’s been the hardest shoot you’ve been on?

Every subject is hard – if it’s easy, then it’s not worth it. You can bet many other people have done the same if it’s too easy. When it gets hard, you know you’re on to something good. It’s also when most people give up. In terms of stock photography, a unique picture is key. I love shooting wildlife and, although it’s not as profitable for stock as other subjects, I enjoy it so much it never feels like work to me.

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The hardest shoot so far would have to be brown bears in the forests of Finland. Their behavior is so unpredictable; you can’t just come out of your hide and give them some creative direction. They are tough models to work with! Although they aren’t aggressive if they do see you, if you come between a mother and her cubs you won’t come out on top. It makes toilet breaks outside the hide interesting…

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You’ve shot some amazing pictures of the Aurora Borealis too – how was that?

Very cold! It’s extreme conditions and it can be very hard to chase them as the weather seems to be against you 95% of the time. But, that 5% is always worth it, even if you can’t feel your toes or hands and it’s 4am. It’s never the same and always awe-inspiring.

Do you have a photography Moby Dick you’re still on the hunt for?

Yes, there’s a list! Working with wildlife is a game of patience and persistence. I have a project in Central America photographing one of the world’s most elusive predators – wild jaguars. It’s been going for three years now, still with no shot yet, but I know it will come. And when it does…

So what’s in your kit bag? And what non-techy item are you never without on a shoot?

I’ve gone from owning every lens possible to having just the bare essentials. For day to day use, I have a super wide-Carl Zeiss 15mm lens, then an all-rounder Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II, followed by the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II. This gives me a full range and I rarely need anything else unless it’s really specific – telephoto or fisheye, for example – and for that I would hire the lens out. In terms of non-tech, I always have a soft cloth for cleaning the lens and a chocolate bar to keep my energy levels up. If you get tired and hungry you can’t focus and get lazy – photography can be surprisingly physical.

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Can you describe your workflow for us?

I load my images straight into Lightroom, where I do a quick pass marking the ones worth keeping and deleting the rest, which usually reduces the collection to 25% of the original amount. From there I apply an overall lens correction and adjustments, then I go through each image and make local adjustments and tweaks to the lighting. By then I can usually spot the favourites and I keyword and export them to be uploaded. I try to avoid uploading similar images to keep my portfolio to a high standard.

Do you use any other editing tools such as Photoshop?

I only use Photoshop to do studio shoots where I remove infrastructure and tools used to position the subjects, combining images or changing colours of objects. Most of my photos stay in Lightroom though. It now has so many more features that I don’t need third party software for panoramic and such like I used to. I also use Adobe After Effects to compile timelapses.

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You do a lot of stock imagery work – how do you decide what to give over to stock services?

If I think it will sell on Adobe Stock, then I will submit it, otherwise the photo will sit on my hard drive and cost money rather than make it. However, context does apply to stock – some images will sell at high prices as art prints but never sell at all on Adobe Stock – these tend to be more creative visions which are too abstract to sell commercially but highly prized as unique in the art world. It’s all about finding the right audience for each image.

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So is there a balance between what you think will be commercially successful and still retaining your style?

No never, but I seem to always get some of my style in each photograph, regardless of the subject matter. I will photograph anything that will sell, as soulless as its sounds – the image selling industry has become so hardline for making money you cannot afford to exclude anything and often the subjects people don’t want to photograph are in demand because of this. You can always use different aliases to separate your portfolio into styles with most stock libraries however. Also, having a good variety of work will increase your opportunities. Every subject matter is a challenge and has lessons to learn.

What kind of thing do you receive the most interest in?

My timelapses and photos of the Aurora Borealis have always outsold any of my other work. To get all the conditions right for a good shoot can take many seasons to crack, as well as the aurora coming in 11-year cycles of strength, so for 5 years there are almost no chances to photograph strong activity – which adds to its rareness.

Do you have any advice you can give to up and coming photographers?

Always be unique if you want to sell. If you don’t, you’re just adding to the pollution.

Check out more of Jamen’s great work on his Instagram, and over in his Adobe Stock portfolio.

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Adobe at NAB 2016: Rounding up the latest video app updates

Adobe at NAB 2016: Rounding up the latest video app updates

Missed NAB 2016? If so, you may have missed Adobe’s announcement about upcoming updates to their core Creative Cloud for teams (CCT) video apps. So we’ve picked out the highlights below. And remember, existing CCT users will get the updates for free as soon as they are released…

The next Adobe Creative Cloud release will be available in early Summer and will bring with it, Adobe say, faster than ever media ingest and editing workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Media Encoder CC. There will be new VR Video capabilities in Premiere Pro, including field of view mode for spherical stitched media, and a new Essential Sound panel in Audition CC which they’re hoping will revolutionise the way you mix and edit audio projects. After Effects will also become more responsive, and there will be the usual performance and stability enhancements across all the Adobe video and audio applications.

While the announcement will be most relevant to users working with the core video apps, such as video editors and VFX artists, it’s handy to know that as an existing Creative Cloud user, you’ll have access to all these updates for free as part of your subscription.

The all-new Adobe video app features

Here are the features Adobe have picked as highlights of the upcoming summer release:

Editing immediately during ingest allows Premiere Pro CC users to get straight to work while importing their video and audio files in the background, and switch between native and proxy formats freely when using multiple devices. With initial support for Apple Metal and H.264 hardware decoding (Windows Intel Iris only).

Powerful proxy workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC help editors work with heavy 8K, HDR and HFR media even on lightweight machines like laptops. Editors can work natively with high-resolution formats up to 8K – such as RED Weapon – or with a new workflow that creates lightweight proxies at ingest.

Enhanced Lumetri Color tools within Premiere Pro CC adds HSL Secondaries. This will help expand editors’ toolkit, making colour correction and adjustment easier for all filmmakers.

Performance improvements, like the new video and audio preview architecture in After Effects CC, deliver superior playback of cached frames for a smooth experience. You see overall efficiency improvements when interacting with the application while GPU-accelerated effects deliver faster rendering results.

Cinema 4D Exporter Improvements allow you to transition a project from After Effects CC to Maxon Cinema 4D with new export options. Animated 3D text and shape layers can now be saved directly into the Cinema 4D file format. Add depth and customisations to your text and shapes in Cinema 4D and changes are automatically updated in After Effects for a roundtrip 3D motion graphics workflow.

Easier and more efficient Character Animator includes a simplified puppet creation process that enables users to easily tag puppet layers and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Users can animate puppets to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly.

The new Essential Sound panel in Audition CC enables novices to mix audio content with professional results in a single panel. Modeled after the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro, the Essential Sound panel provides simple controls to unify volume levels, repair sound, improve clarity, and help your video projects sound like they were mixed by an audio engineer.

Also new in Audition, Direct Export with Adobe Media Encoder enables you to export video projects with finished audio directly with Adobe Media Encoder, saving the trip back to Premiere Pro. All formats and presets are available, including formats which support re-wrap to minimise re-encoding video. Get full control over audio channel streams for multichannel audio formats, such as MXF, ensuring compatibility with your workflows and standards.

Quickly find Adobe Stock assets with new filtered search in Creative Cloud Libraries. Licensed assets in your library are now badged for easy identification, videos are displayed with duration and format information, and saved videos are linked to video previews on the Adobe Stock site. Adobe Stock will have enhanced connections with CC apps and new workflows to enable Adobe Bridge and Lightroom users to contribute to the Adobe Stock marketplace directly from within the application.

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Pop your details in the form below, give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Streamlining design efficiency with Adobe CC Libraries: A Pfeiffer report

Streamlining design efficiency with Adobe CC Libraries: A Pfeiffer report

They might not be able to agree on the ultimate typeface, but if there’s one thing our design team are unanimous on it’s their love of Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries, making access to key tools, colours, fonts and more between apps infinitely easier. Now, to show just how much they impact on efficiency and productivity, Pfeiffer Consulting have produced a report commissioned by Adobe that gives benchmark results based on real world workflows.

Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries: The Productivity Impact of Shared Assets and Settings‘ compares the results of using Adobe CC Libraries to “typical workflow situations that rely on shared template documents stored on a server, or on the use of corporate style guides”, as well as “how small, repetitive productivity gains can add up over time, particularly in a workgroup situation that relies on frequently shared and updated elements”.

Key findings

– Creative Cloud Libraries allow highly efficient sharing and updating of settings, styles and assets among different applications and computers, as well as team members.

– Benchmarks conducted for this project show significant productivity gains resulting from the use of CC Libraries: the average of six workflow benchmarks showed close to 10x productivity gains for the benchmarked operations (see chart below.)

– Cumulative, small productivity gains in repetitive operations add up significantly and could save workgroups hours in the course of a week.

– Sharing and one update of colour settings, one set of graphics, and one image asset, took almost twenty minutes to complete using common workflow methods – and just over three minutes with CC Libraries.

Real world workflows

Applying colour setting from shared template document: with Adobe CC Libraries (16sec); without Adobe CC Libraries (2min 33sec).

Applying type setting from corporate style guide: with Adobe CC Libraries (28sec); without Adobe CC Libraries (3min 59sec).

Finding and placing corporate asset: with Adobe CC Libraries (14sec); without Adobe CC Libraries (2min 35sec).

Licensing high-res image and replacing in composition: with Adobe CC Libraries (3min 13sec); without Adobe CC Libraries (19min 56sec).

– Check out the findings in full by downloading the Pfeiffer report on Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries here.

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

 

Boosting design efficiency with Adobe Stock: A Pfeiffer report

Boosting design efficiency with Adobe Stock: A Pfeiffer report

If you’re still unsure about how beneficial Adobe Stock, Adobe’s new stock image service, could be to your design workflow, Pfeiffer have just published a very interesting report on the matter. ‘Adobe Stock: Boosting Design Efficiency Through Integration’ looks at how integration with Adobe Creative Cloud significantly increases productivity for creative workflows working with stock images.

The findings

The main findings of Pfeiffer Consulting’s market-specific benchmarking project they conducted on behalf of Adobe included:

– Adobe Stock provides tight integration with Creative Cloud applications that resulted, on average, in 10x efficiency gains over working with common stock image services in the benchmarks conducted for this research.

– Adobe Stock allows images to be licensed directly from Creative Cloud applications. All occurrences of the placement image are replaced, and non-destructive adjustments in Photoshop are automatically applied.

– Productivity gains measured in these benchmarks are very significant. Efficiency improvements linked to using Adobe Stock are particularly important in complex workflow situations where images are included in complex Photoshop compositions or used in multiple documents and resolutions.

Real world workflows

They came to these conclusions by looking at three real-world workflow examples, designed and executed by professionals with many years of experience with the programs and workflows involved. As you can see from these cases, using Adobe Stock integrated into Creative Cloud took only a fraction of the time it took to use another web-based stock service.

Workflow 1: Simple replacement of licensed image. Time necessary to license high resolution image and replace in composition: with Adobe Stock (16 seconds); without Adobe Stock (2min 52sec).

Workflow 2: Replacement of licensed image, including colour adjustment. Time necessary to license high resolution image, apply colour grading and replace in composition: with Adobe Stock (28 seconds); without Adobe Stock (4min 47sec).

Workflow 3: Stock images as Smart Objects in Photoshop. Time necessary to update placement image used as Smart Object in Photoshop and replace with licensed file: with Adobe Stock (28 seconds); without Adobe Stock (2min 31sec).

– Check out the findings in full by downloading the Pfeiffer Report on Adobe Stock here.

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Thanks for coming to our #GrowSocial event

Thanks for coming to our #GrowSocial event

The second in our series of Digital Creatives events, #GrowSocial, went down at our Soho service and customer experience centre at the end of April, and it was another big success. This time round, we were looking at how to grow brands using digital tools and social media, and had some great speakers on hand imparting their wisdom.

To everyone who made it down, we just wanted to say a big thank you! We’d love it if you could let us know how you found the evening by filling in this feedback form. To anyone who didn’t, we’ve given a quick rundown of some of the highlights below. Keep an eye on our events page for the next Digital Creatives event!

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Drop-in session with Apple, Adobe, Wacom, EIZO and Extensis. Before the presentations were underway, we held a drop-in session with demos from Apple, Adobe, Wacom, EIZO and Extensis – a great way for attendees to check out the latest kit and solutions.

An update from Jigsaw24 – Tariq Saied, CTO, Jigsaw24. Our CTO Tariq kicked off the talks with an insight into Jigsaw24’s solutions and services, and some of the great projects we’ve completed over the past few months. He also spoke about the new training packages we’re offering and our upcoming events in May.

Unleashing your audience – Adam Stamper, Founder and CEO, Hashtag’d. As a curation platform whose sole domain is social, Hashtag’d were able to give a fantastic and cutting edge insight into online marketing. They demonstrated how their product has been integral to many social campaigns, including realtime adverts for IMAX.

JAMF Nation: Growing an online community – Paul Gibbons, National Accounts, JAMF Software. Paul from JAMF Software explained how they’ve grown their JAMF Nation online community from zero to nearly 30k users in just five years. Their JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC), a series of community presentations, education sessions and expert insights, received 1750 registrations last year, showing how generating a community and getting the user base talking can be an extremely useful promotion tool and enhance your brand.

Generating content for social with Apple and Adobe – Ed Reisner, Marketing Manager, Jigsaw24. One presentation that really got people talking was Ed’s look at designing for social media campaigns with Apple and Adobe, across both mobile and desktop workflows. He showed how you can use the Adobe Capture app for iOS to take inspiration and create while on the move, before taking designs to Adobe’s desktop apps for editing and delivery. You can see Adobe Capture and Adobe Draw in action in our short video here.

The move to digital media – Iain Seers, Managing Director, Watershed Consulting. Our final talk of the evening saw Iain Seers from Watershed Consulting explaining how prolific social and online marketing campaigns are becoming. It was a really great talk that included some interesting (and one particularly hilarious) videos on social methods.

“Good session with some useful insights. It was well judged, the speakers were given the right amount of time to keep it lively. We came down from Leeds, it was worth the trip. Thanks for organising it.” – Pete Camponi, Creative Partner, Us And Them Ideas

Jigsaw24 Events

Want to find out more about our upcoming 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.

Infographic: The power of producing video content

Infographic: The power of producing video content

Not quite sure that video content is right for you? This infographic might just change your mind, exploring just how valuable in-house video production is in expanding your brand. Speed up your production time, lower your costs, be more flexible and take out the middle man by taking video in-house.

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We’re holding a free event all about the benefits of taking video production in-house on Wednesday 6th July in Soho. If it sounds like something you’d like to attend, get in touch with the events team on events@Jigsaw24.com, call 03332 409 284 or pop your details in the form below to register your interest and we’ll keep you updated.

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Apple MacBook Air now comes with 8GB RAM as standard

Apple MacBook Air now comes with 8GB RAM as standard

It wasn’t just the 12″ MacBook receiving updates today: Apple have also tweaked their 13″ MacBook Air, bestowing it with 8GB RAM as standard, rather than the 4GB their base model previously shipped with (8GB was only available as a chargeable upgrade).

8GB makes the MacBook Air an even more formidable notebook, with more power to breeze through demanding tasks (8GB is the minimum requirement for most pro creative apps). Other than the RAM, it’s business as usual with the 13″ MacBook Air – there’s no change on the Broadwell CPU front, and looks-wise it keeps exactly the same classic design you’re used to. Which means, if your heart’s set on rose gold, it’s the 12″ MacBook for you…

New 13″ MacBook Air specs

– 13.3″ (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours.

– 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory.

– 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache.

– 128 to 256GB PCIe-based flash storage.

– 12 hours’ battery life.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000.

Want to know more about the new 13″ MacBook Air with 8GB RAM? Call us on 03332 400 888 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com, and keep up with all things Apple by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24