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

New faster Apple 12″ MacBook with better battery and rose gold!

New faster Apple 12″ MacBook with better battery and rose gold!

iPhone and iPad both got new models at Apple’s Spring Event, so it was only fair they gave their notebooks some time in the sun too. Step in Apple’s newly refreshed 12″ Retina MacBook, with new faster Skylake processors and improved battery life. Oh, and a new rose gold colour option to match up nicely with your iPhone.

Faster processors

Processor-wise, the new 12″ MacBook now sports Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake Core M, and range from 1.1GHz to 1.3GHz. It’s only the second Mac to benefit from Skylake after the 27″ 5K iMac last year. The memory’s had a bit of a bump too, from 1600MHz modules in the 2015 edition to 1866MHz, and the integrated graphics have also been upgraded to Intel’s more powerful 515 module for what Apple say will give 25% better performance.

Better battery

The new 12″ MacBook also promises improved battery performance, supposedly lasting up to 10 hours while browsing the web and 11 hours of continuous movie playback (this is about an hour more than the estimates for the 2015 model). That’s more than enough for the average work day or long journey!

Now in rose gold

For many customers, this is the real biggie: the 12″ MacBook is now available in the rose gold colour option to go along with the previous silver, grey and gold.

Your options

The new 2016 12″ MacBook comes with 8GB RAM as standard, 1.1-1.2GHz (1.3GHz built to order), between 256-512GB storage, and in the aforementioned range of colour options. You can order yours from Jigsaw24.com now!

Want to know more about the new Apple 12″ Retina MacBook? 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

NAB 2016: Symply slip StorNext 5 into storage

NAB 2016: Symply slip StorNext 5 into storage

The team haven’t even touched down in Vegas for NAB 2016 yet, but big news is already filtering in. First of all, we’re hearing Symply Inc have announced they’re embedding the StorNext 5 storage management platform into their hard drive lineup. This is big news for the portable and shared storage market, giving content creators powerful low-cost collaboration. 

Check out the press release from Symply below. We’ll have more Symply news from the guys on the ground in Vegas over the weekend, so check back in for the latest. Symples!

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“TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Symply, Inc. today announced it has partnered with Quantum (NYSE:QTM) to embed the StorNext® 5 storage management platform into the company’s products. StorNext will bring industry leading user collaboration to Symply’s upcoming portfolio of easy-to-use storage solutions designed for rich media workgroups and collaborative teams, especially those working with 4K and higher resolutions.

The recently announced company, Symply, Inc. aims to create exceptional storage solutions that are “made for media,” offering excellent performance and functionality in rapidly deployed configurations. The combination of Quantum’s StorNext 5 storage management system with Symply’s ease-of-use, intelligent design and intuitive management tools delivers unmatched capabilities to even the smallest content creation workgroups.

“Symply is a different kind of startup, and we’re using StorNext in a different way,” explained Alex Grossman, CEO of Symply Inc. “With StorNext embedded into our systems, any user can take advantage of powerful high-speed sharing, while our intuitive software makes system deployment and management much friendlier for workgroup administrators.”

“StorNext 5 is the ‘go-to’ choice for high-performance file sharing and archiving,” said Geoff Stedman, senior vice president, Marketing and Scale-Out Storage Solutions at Quantum. “Our partnership with Symply will enable a broader range of customers to experience the power of StorNext, and we look forward to Symply’s innovative use of StorNext 5 within its product line.”

Symply will unveil its new products at NAB 2016 in Las Vegas, in booth #SL9321.”

About Symply

“Symply, Inc. creates high-performance digital storage for media creators and content owners, from the single editor to an entire facility. As a privately-held, employee-owned company with locations in Los Angeles, New York, and London, Symply blends intuitive, user-friendly software with rock-solid engineering to move storage from a need, to a want.”

Want more info on all the latest from NAB 2016? 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.

Newsflash! JVC unveil GY-HM660 and GY-HM620

Newsflash! JVC unveil GY-HM660 and GY-HM620

This is the news! JVC have just released the industry’s first ever streaming camcorder, the GY-HM660, with an integrated IFB (interruptible foldback) audio channel, perfect for live broadcasts. In other news, they’ve also launched the GY-HM620, which rocks an improved CMOS sensor.

Whether you’re reporting in your wellies from a flood-ravaged coastal town or waiting on the latest big money movement for that Premier League prodigy, the integrated IFB in the GY-HM660 (a free firmware update available in June 2016), along with the live streaming capability, means reporters in the field can communicate directly with the studio through IFB while streaming live HD reports. Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) support means you can even connect directly to YouTube and the like, and it’s compatible with Streamstar’s range of streaming production tools too.

JVC GY-HM660: Perfect for news

Over to you, GY-HM620

Also new in the 600 series camp (the 660 and 620 replace the 650 and 600, respectively) are the sensors. Both the GY-HM660 and the GY-HM620 feature three new 12-bit CMOS sensors with improved F13 (50Hz) sensitivity for better performance in low light. As well as an upgraded 3.5″ LCD display, the integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens offers a wide 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and includes three ND filters as well as manual zoom, focus and iris rings.

Craig Yanagi, Product Marketing Manager at JVC Professional Video, had this to say: “The new 600 Series camcorders are built to deliver the best performance for run-and-gun ENG and EFP shooters. They have all the tools you need in the field – a specially designed Fujinon lens with optical image stabilization, excellent low-light performance, and multiple native recording formats for the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow.”

– The JVC GY-HM660 will be available in April 2016, and the GY-HM620 is expected to ship in June 2016. We’ll have more as we know it!

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iPad in retail: Offer your customers point of sale finance

iPad in retail: Offer your customers point of sale finance

ePOS systems are a great way to quickly take transactions in-store, but what if you’re a retailer selling high ticket items like a sofa suite or the latest fancy 4K TV? Your customers may very well expect to pay on finance for a product with a high price tag, rather than in a one-off, upfront payment. With point of sale finance, you can run through the customer’s options right there with them on an iPad. 

Why point of sale finance?

Being able to discuss flexible buying options, and a range of rates and terms suited to different types of customer, means you can grow sales, increase order value and improve your cash flow. The opportunity to defer payment with a ‘buy now, pay later’ schedule and an attractive APR instantly makes those large purchases more affordable, meaning you can more easily convert casual window shoppers into real customers.

Another great thing about ePOS solutions in general is that sales assistants can provide a more consultative sales patter to the customer, being able to use their iPad to describe and compare different product options and specifications face to face, rather than having to return to the till. It provides a seamless, paperless transaction with all information captured quickly and documents electronically signed for, without reams of forms needing to be filled out and mailed.

If you’re not already using iPad as a POS system, finance can also make purchasing the hardware much more affordable, with iPad paying for itself after selling a certain number of additional products on finance. Sometimes only one or two high-ticket transactions would see off the ROI for the iPad.

How do we get into point of sale finance?

There are currently a few finance providers offering solutions specifically for point of sale, with one of the largest being Barclays Partner Finance (part of Barclays Bank PLC), who offer thousands of business partners a way to maximise their sales opportunities by helping their customers afford new purchases. With their solution currently being iOS-only, this is a great way to go if you’re a retailer who currently works with Barclays and uses iPad as ePOS.

On the ePOS side, we can kit you out with everything you need, as well as iPad services and apps:

– Apple-centric ePOS and mPOS. We can provide a complete Apple-centric ePOS system, no matter whether you’re a micro-retailer, or a national company with multiple stores. We’ll consult with you to understand your practices and customer journey, and develop a payment solution that works for you, whether that’s a completely new ePOS solution to replace your existing system, or us writing an app or middleware that can extend your existing till system to Mac or iPad.

– Managed iPad in-store. We offer services including design and consultancy around iPad to support your business needs, pre-flighting of devices with all your corporate apps and settings prior to supply. Our post-sales services cover employee training including tech bars and workshops, support contracts to ensure business continuity with next business day swapouts and replacement, and mobile device management.

– Custom apps and proximity tech. Our team of developers can create iOS, Android and web apps, purchasing protals or interactive brochures and presentations, and offer support throughout the lifecycle of your app and subsequent iterations. Our integrated mobility solutions have seen tremendous ROI.

– Missed our previous iPad in retail article? Read up on the omnipotence of omni-channel retail here.

Want to find out more about our solutions for retail? Get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email retail@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.