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. 

 

All the news from Apple’s spring event

All the news from Apple’s spring event

It’s not every spring that we see an iPhone launch, so Apple’s ‘Let Us Loop You In’ event from Cupertino took us a little by surprise, with not only the new iPhone SE on the agenda, but also a new smaller iPad Pro 9.7″. We’ve rounded up all the news on those, plus the latest on iOS 9.3, Apple TV and more below (as well as our over-excited live tweeting…)

Apple iPhone SE

First up, in terms of new product at least, was Apple’s new 4″ iPhone SE. Apple are positioning this as both an option for those users who prefer a smaller phone, and who want a more affordable option, coming in at a modest 4″ and $399. Having said that, it doesn’t skimp on features and specs, matching up to iPhone 6 in most departments, but being more akin to the old iPhone 5 in design.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

They’re calling it the most powerful 4-inch phone ever, with a 64-bit A9 chip that’s great for graphics-intensive games 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, with battery improvements and speedy LTE and WiFi.

Read more about Apple’s iPhone SE here.

iPad Pro 9.7″

The other headliner at the event was iPad Pro, with a new 9.7″ model that takes everything great about the larger 12″ iPad Pro and shrinks it down to a more portable form factor. As with the larger version, the main talking point here is the power-efficient oxide TFT display that’s 40% less reflective than iPad Air 2 and 25% brighter, with a wide colour gamut and 25% greater colour saturation. It now sports True Tone technology which measures colour temperature of ambient light and adjusts to match, becoming warmer for more comfortable working.

iPad Pro 9.7" at Jigsaw24

The A9X chip gives great processor and graphics performance, making it ideal for modelling and rendering, and it also features the most advanced iPad camera ever – a 12MP iSight cam with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Live Photos and a front-facing 5MP cam too. Then there’s the four built-in speakers which give it twice the audio performance of the iPad Air 2, and support for the excellent Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Read more about Apple’s iPad Pro 9.7″ here.

And the rest…

Among the other, smaller announcements, we had new bands for Apple Watch (including a woven nylon strap and new colours), and incremental software releases. tvOS gets an update with improved Siri functionality and new folders system, while iOS 9.3 sees a new Education Preview suite designed for students, teachers and administrators, Night Shift mode which switches colours in the evening to the warmer end of the spectrum to help you sleep better, password-protected Notes and other updates in CarPlay, News and Health.

Apple also showed off a new addition to ResearchKit, with new CareKit, an open source scheme to build apps to enable people to take more active role in their care. And they were keen to stress their green credentials too, mentioning that they are operating with 100% renewable energy in 23 countries, using more and more recycled and sustainable packaging among other good stuff.

As it happened

It’s become a bit of a tradition to unleash our Core Operations Manager Charlotte Barton on our Twitter feed during Apple launches, and this time round was a real stream of consciousness belter, touching on iPad, iPhone, yaks and elbow patches…

 

 

Want to know more about the new Apple releases? 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


Catch Canon’s crazy cashback promo while you can

Catch Canon’s crazy cashback promo while you can

Copped a Canon cam you’re kinda craving? The crazy cats are currently offering up to £250 cashback on a crop of kit, so if you’re looking to upgrade your kit bag, you’ve got until 31st August to save on a new DSLR, lenses, accessories and more.

What’s included?

There’s a whole load of products eligible for cashback, including Canon’s range of DLSRs (including the 5DS, 5D Mk III, 7D etc), their C100 and XC10 video cameras (Jigsaw24 team faves), LEGRIA and PowerShot cameras, PIXMA printers and a massive range of EF lenses. All with cashback offers ranging from £30 up to £250. There’s too much to go into detail here, but you can see (and buy) the whole host of Canon cashback offers here.

Canon cashback promo at Jigsaw24

How does it work?

Claiming your cashback is really easy. Canon have broken it down into three steps:

1. You purchase the promotional product online at Jigsaw24.com.

2. You then redeem the offer online at canon.co.uk/springcashback16, uploading your details including serial number and invoice. This needs to include bank details as it is BACS direct payment only (no cheques, soz).

3. We’ll then validate all the details and process your claim.

When do I have until?

The live sales dates only run until 31st August, so you’ll need to buy your eligible Canon product before then. You then have until 18th June to redeem your cashback claim.

Canon cashback promo at Jigsaw24

Want to know more about Canon’s cashback promo? 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.

Avid and Boris FX extend their free plug-in deal!

Avid and Boris FX extend their free plug-in deal!

Thought you’d missed out on the Avid and Boris FX Media Composer Subscription offer? Think again – you now have until the end of March to purchase a new Subscription to Media Composer and get the Boris FX Continuum Transitions Unit free!

The Boris FX Continuum Transitions Unit is a set of 34 realtime creative plug-ins designed to help editors create visually stunning transitions. You can choose from cutting-edge transition effects like Swish Pan, Lens Flares, Flutter Cut, Damaged TV, and many more. Who doesn’t love a bit of lens flare? Check out some of the effects in Boris’s video below…

BCC Transitions Unit from Boris FX for Avid Media Composer from Boris FX on Vimeo.

How do I take advantage of this awesome offer?

That’s easy. Purchase a new Subscription to Avid Media Composer from Jigsaw24 before 31st March 2016 and get the Boris FX Continuum Transitions Unit free! Terms and conditions below:

– Applies to new Subscriptions only (not renewals).

– The offer only runs until 31st March 2016 (so be quick!).

– Customers must redeem products in their Master Avid Account by 15th April 2016.

– A link to the installer will be provided to customers in their Master Avid Account upon redemption of their Activation Card.

– Registration with Boris FX is required.

Free event: Post with the Pros – Monday 21st March, Soho

Want to get hands-on with the latest plug-ins before they’re released? We’ve got an exclusive hands-on session with mocha for Avid before its NAB launch, plus speakers from Avid, Red Giant and Boris bringing their own demo kit and doling out their best workflow advice. Register now.

Buy Avid Media Composer Subscriptions at Jigsaw24

Want to know more about Avid Media Composer Subscriptions? 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.

JVC GY-LS300 goes slow mo with new free firmware update

JVC GY-LS300 goes slow mo with new free firmware update

Just before Christmas, JVC released a firmware update for their GY-HM170 and GY-HM200 that included slow motion recording (see their appetising M&M test footage here). And now, they’re slowly rolling it out to the GY-LS300 4KCAM handheld Super 35 camcorder too, with a firmware update slated for April.

The slo-mo upgrade will allow the GY-LS300 to record HD footage at up to 120 frames per second, and also drives the Prime Zoom feature, which enables fixed-focal (prime) lenses to zoom in and out without losing resolution or depth of field.

Other features in the firmware include the J-Log gamma setting, which expands dynamic range by 800 percent with film-like latitude and a built-in HD streaming engine with WiFi and 4G connectivity for live transmission to hardware decoders or content delivery networks (CDNs). The camera records 4K, HD and SD footage in a variety of formats to dual SDHC/SDXC card slots.

JVC GY-LS300 on Jigsaw24

About the JVC GY-LS300

With its small form factor, 4K capabilities, live streaming functionality, pro audio and, above all, small price tag compared to equivalent cameras with similar features, the GY-LS300 is ideal for event and corporate videography. Read up more here.

– The new JVC GY-LS300 firmware update will be released in April 2016, and you can download it then from JVC’s Pro Firmware Update page.

Buy the JVC GY-LS300 at Jigsaw24

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Free event: Hear how social media is helping grow brands at #GrowSocial

Free event: Hear how social media is helping grow brands at #GrowSocial

Over the past ten years or so since the huge rise of Facebook, it seems that every week there’s a new social media platform springing up. Ostensibly designed as new ways to keep people in touch, it isn’t long before clever companies twig on to the value of these platforms as tools to promote themselves and help grow their brand.

Facebook and Twitter have offered businesses sponsored content options for a while, and the Facebook-owned Instagram also started allowing paid advertising in the UK in September 2014. These options let businesses push their post more prominently into users’ timelines, regardless of whether the user is a ‘friend’, ‘follower’ or ‘likes’ the business’s page, allowing them to target new customers and demographics.

While these are great for promoting your business and any special offers you’re currently running, and can be really effective, some brands are taking their social campaigns a bit further than a ‘2 for 1′ or ‘10% off’ code, leveraging social media in more innovative ways to engage potential customers more personally, create a buzz around products and increase the impact of PR stunts.

Innovative brand social campaigns

One brand that’s really made an impact recently is Cadbury, specifically with their Creme Egg. After a recent recipe change to the product, statistics showed there was a £6million slump in sales of their ovoid confection. So in January 2016, Cadbury decided to try to reengage customers and reverse the product’s fortunes by opening a pop-up Creme de la Creme Egg Cafe, on Greek Street in Soho, selling nothing but calorific Creme Egg-based treats (toatsties, tray bakes etc). To promote the pop-up, they took to social media, using Facebook to take reservations for their limited-opening cafe, with a snappy hashtag #CremeEggCafe used across Twitter and an Instagram-friendly aesthetic all creating a sweet, joined-up social campaign.

Iconic fashion house Burberry also turned heads in 2015 with an inspired campaign on Snapchat. Using the picture and video sharing service, they leaked their entire spring and summer line a day before the London Fashion Week launch, with the hashtag #LFW, which gave Snapchat users a look at the range before anyone else (Snapchat messages automatically erase after ten seconds, really adding to that sense of exclusivity).

The winner of the Webby Award 2015 for Social Media Campaigns also leveraged Snapchat. The Worldwide Fund for Nature wanted to raise awareness and increase donations to protect endangered animals, and used the platform and the popularity of the ‘selfie’ picture to create an innovative social campaign – #LastSelfie. They explained: “Creative utilisation of the emerging Snapchat mobile social platform, using native “timed message” functionality to highlight that time is running out for endangered species, while engaging millennials with the selfies phenomenon was the key to our campaign.”

Free #GrowSocial event in Soho

These are just a few examples of companies using social media to grow their brand and reach audiences, but we’re always seeing new campaigns on new platforms that continue to innovate and engage. So for our next Digital Creatives event, #GrowSocial (let’s get it trending…), we’re going to be focusing on using digital media to grow brands, with a whole host of VIP speakers talking about how they’re using social media, mobile marketing and apps to get their branding across to new audiences. To sign up, fill in the form on our events page.

When: Thursday 28th April 2016, 6pm till late
Where: 8 Golden Square, Soho W1F 9HY
Why: Hear how marketing/advertising is evolving, using digital tools to grow brands.

On the day, we’ll be hearing from Adam Stamper, founder and CEO of social curation platform Hashtag’d, about some of the successful social campaigns they’ve been running with agencies. He said: “At Hashtag’d we’ve worked with agencies big and small who are putting social to work, sourcing fresh content from their audiences and fostering true engagement that spans both the web and the real world. Social media has been both hero and villain to marketers over the last few years; we’re looking forward to talking a bit more about what we’ve seen work and some of the best brands are winning with social as part of multi-platform, multi-touchpoint marketing campaigns.”

 

 

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.


The omnipotence of omni-channel retail

The omnipotence of omni-channel retail

With the rise of internet shopping, and more recently mobile devices, the way people shop is changing, and customers now expect a joined-up shopping experience in whatever channel they’re using. Which means retailers are now challenged with developing a clean, engaging omni-channel customer journey across eCommerce, mobile, social and good old in-store retail. Even the biggest, previously online-only retailers like Amazon are setting up traditional brick and mortar stores.

At the backend of 2015, they opened their first physical shop in Seattle, Amazon Books. And they’re not the only ones. Over here, clothing retailers Simply Be and Jacamo, part of the N Brown Group, started life online before making the move to the high street, opening a £1million 6500 sq ft Oxford Street flagship in 2014, and now operating some 15 or 16 stores.

So why make the move? With hundreds of thousands of retailers online, getting customers’ attention is challenging and costly, meaning businesses ploughing money into keywords and such to get higher up Google rankings. An actual physical presence, then, can give retailers a recognisable physical presence with tangible products for customers to window shop and try out, and better customer relations with real sales assistants able to offer advice face-to-face, which all helps drive sales both in-store and by directing customers to the eCommerce site. More than anything, though, it’s about improving the customer journey with an ‘omni-channel’ experience.

Omni-channel retail

Omni-channel refers to modern, joined-up shopping that allows customers to interact with retailers through multiple channels and experiences. Whether that’s their desktop computer, iPad, social media, in-store with technology like ePOS and beacons, through the sales team or through customer services, omni-channel retail gives the customer the same user experience from each channel, and the ability to transition seamlessly between the whole lot.

One example is persistent baskets, whereby you put something in your basket digitally online in the eCommerce store, and it’s then also there in your app version. Or, you go into store, and your consumer app allows you to scan products that you like for more information and maybe to add to basket or a wishlist, and they should also appear in your eCommerce basket when you get back to your desktop – along with previous orders (whether that has been orders in store or wherever).

One of the frontrunners of omni-channel retail is Apple (we’re not biased, honest), whose mobile store app and physical stores feed into each other to enhance sales, letting them book support appointments at the Genius Bar, and receive order notifications that make the sales process more streamlined. Others who are doing this well across online and physical stores include Argos and Harrods, who utilise NFC and QR codes in their window displays to tie in with their eCommerce site (see this article from Insider Trends for more companies using omni-channel brilliantly).

It’s a retail concept that’s only going to grow too. As new channels constantly emerge – social media being a relatively young one – retailers will have to look at how to integrate them into their current customer journey, as an ongoing, constantly evolving set of goals.

Aiming for omni-channel?

So where do we come into all this, you might wonder. Together with solutions from Apple, we can support retailers who want to develop an omni-channel approach and improve their customer journey. Just some of the retail solutions we can help with include:

– 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, 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.

– 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. Be that 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.

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. 

Get a unique point of view with Yuneec drones

Get a unique point of view with Yuneec drones

It seems these days that drones are popping up in every aspect of our lives, whether we’re exploring abandoned theme parks or simply ordering our online grocery shopping. Now, with Yuneec’s range of clever drones, they’re even following us as we carve out wicked downhill bike trails.

Or so the Yuneec Typhoon H’s unveiling at CES 2016 showed, as a mountain biker careered around an on-stage course followed and filmed agonisingly closely by the drone, at one point even dodging a falling tree. Crazy stuff. You see, Yuneec’s Typhoon H has Intel’s RealSense technology integrated into its brains, which helps it sense and avoid obstacles while in flight.

Just check out the CES launch video below and then try and tell us you don’t need this drone in your life…

And here’s the official product vid from Yuneec…

Yuneec Typhoon G

Admit it, you’re thinking about buying a drone, aren’t you? Luckily, we have the Yuneec Typhoon G is available for you to buy right now from Jigsaw24. For anyone into extreme sports, or looking to get a unique aerial shot in their photography, the Yuneec Typhoon G is ideal. It’s completely compatible with GoPro cameras, so if you’re already shooting with one, you’re ready to go – just hook up your GoPro to the Typhoon G using the clever gimbal for incredibly stable imaging from the skies. It gives you:

– Up to 25 minutes flight time.

– Personal Ground Station with built-in touchscreen.

– 3-axis precision gimbal for GoPro.

– Up to 400m direct digital video down link.

– Dedicated App compatible with GoPro.

– SteadyGrip for GoPro to capture stable footage on the ground.

Yuneec Drones on Jigsaw24

Want to know more about Yuneec drones? 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

Finance your new tech with Jigsaw24 and Azule

Finance your new tech with Jigsaw24 and Azule

Any new tech upgrade comes with a price tag, and that can be particularly hefty if you’re looking at a new shared storage solution, or a full studio kit-out. But taking advantage of financing lets you soften the blow, and spread out the cost of your investment.

We’ve now teamed up with financing company Azule to offer financing options for any kit you order from Jigsaw24 over the value of £1000. Contracts can be from 12 to 60 months in length, allowing you to repay the cost in manageable monthly payments, rather than forking out upfront. They even offer instant credit decisions on any order up to £25,000.

Benefits of using finance

– Purchase equipment with minimal initial outlay – just an agreed monthly payment.

– Retain cash for working capital.

– Another source of credit.

– Spread the cost of the asset over the useful life of the equipment.

– Receive tax benefits on the payments.

– Get the chance to upgrade equipment during or at the end of the lease.

How to get finance

Financing through Jigsaw24 couldn’t be simpler, as you can see in the flow diagram below. First, apply for finance over at azule.co.uk. They’ll give you instant credit decisions on any deal under £25,000. Then, you just need to sign the agreement and pay your first instalment, and we’ll ship your  equipment out to you directly.

azule

Want to know more about financing through Jigsaw24 and Azule? 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.