Enter the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX

Enter the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX

Jigsaw24 welcomes the launch of the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX, a new versatile audio interface for Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native. Developed by Digital Audio Denmark, the Pro Tools | MTRX features include modular interface options, Eucon-controlled monitor functionality, a massive integrated router and exceptionally high quality analogue input, output and Mic Pre card options.

The Pro Tools | MTRX offers Pro Tools | HD users the superior sonic quality of DAD’s legendary AD and DA converters – along with incredibly flexible monitoring, I/O, and routing capabilities – all in one powerful unit. Powered by the MediaCentral Platform, it integrates seamlessly with the Avid Pro Tools | S6 and Pro Tools | S3 control surfaces.

Avid PT MTRX 2016

Pro Tools | MTRX will enable users to:

– Gain extended monitor control and flexible routing with Pro Tools | S6, S3, and other EUCON surfaces.

– Use the converter as a high-performance 64-channel Pro Tools | HD interface.

– Connect and route their entire studio through AES3, MADI, Dante, and/or SDI I/O (MADI, Dante and SDI I/O option cards sold separately).

– Add high-quality mic preamps as an option and remotely control them from Pro Tools.

– Customise Pro Tools | MTRX to their needs through eight available 8-channel card slots.

– Keep everything in sync through Word Clock, AES11, Video, and all digital I/O.

– Get automatic sample rate conversion on AES inputs.

Avid MTRX AES 2016

The Avid Pro Tools | MTRX will be available in Q4 2016. For further information please contact our Pro Audio Product Specialists on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, 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.

 

Zeiss announce new Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, plus new Milvus additions

Zeiss announce new Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, plus new Milvus additions

Zeiss have just announced some new additions to their lens lineup, with the Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, and three new additions to the Milvus range in 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2.0/135 flavours. And they’ll all be shipping in time for Christmas. 

The Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens

The Loxia range are perfect for both photography and video, being both compact and portable, as well as the most affordable of Zeiss’s high quality lenses. Now, joining the current Loxia 2.8/21, Loxia 2.0/35 and Loxia 2.0/50 is this new focal length in 85mm moderate telephoto, the Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85. It features:

Zeiss 2.4/85 lens on Jigsaw24

Optimised Zeiss Sonnar design. Designed for digital sensors, with a minimum object distance of 0.80 metres and a manual focus ring with 220 degrees rotation for subtle focusing, large aperture and high-quality optical design for appealing bokeh, and electronic interface to transfer lens data (EXIF) and focus movements, and activate the camera’s magnification.

Great video features. The lens is designed for video as well as photography, in particular, mirrorless full-frame cameras with E-mount like the Sony PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS5. Video-friendly features include the De-Click function which lets you mechanically deactivate the click stops on the aperture ring for silent and smooth adjustments of the aperture while you’re filming, and a robust but compact design.

Zeiss Lens Gears. Loxia lenses can also be used with a follow focus system. Slide the Lens Gears onto your lens to mount your follow focus system for the precise focusing you’d get from a full-scale cine lens. The Zeiss Lens Gear Rings in the sizes mini (62 – 69mm, 60 – 67mm with GumGum) will fit Loxia lenses.

Zeizz 2.4/85 lens on Jigsaw24

New Zeiss Milvus lenses

Zeiss also announced the addition of three new lenses to the Milvus family of manual focus lenses optimised for high-resolution DSLR cameras – with two super-wide angle lenses, the Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 and Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18, and the telephoto lens Zeiss Milvus 2.0/135.

All three lenses feature the floating elements design and ZEISS T anti-reflective coating for outstanding bokeh and a high degree of control over ghosting, flare or shading effects. Dust and water spray protection means they’re great for outdoor use too. On top of that, the Milvus 2.8/18 also boasts a newly-calculated Distagon optical design and now offers full-frame coverage.

Want to know more about Zeiss 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.

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

JVC are running a load of amazing deals on camcorders and monitors during the IBC 2016 show, including freebie mics and lenses, and glorious cashback. We’ve rounded up the best offers below so you can buy online, but if you need any more information on any of the deals, please get in touch with the sales team on the details at the bottom (or give one of the guys at the show a nudge if you see them). And remember, once the show’s over, the deals are over!

JVC GY-HM170E on Jigsaw24Purchase a GY-HM170 and get a microphone and handle for free! – Only £995 ex VAT

JVC GY-LS300CHE on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-LS300CHE and get a free EZ1240 Olympus lens! – Only £2939 ex VAT

GY-HM620 on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-HM620 and receive £150 cashback!

JVC GY-HM660 on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-HM660 and receive £250 cashback!

JVC DT-N17F display on Jigsaw24

Special promotional price on DT-N17F monitor – Only £1150 ex VAT during IBC 2016!

 

Just remember, these JVC camcorder and display deals are only valid for the duration of the IBC 2016 show, so get your skates on!

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, 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.

Video: Jigsaw24 at the Media Production Show 2016

Video: Jigsaw24 at the Media Production Show 2016

Back in June, we were at the Media Production Show, demonstrating our key solutions and services around Avid, Blackmagic Design, HP and Rohde & Schwarz (as well as dishing out the pic’n’mix and playing splat a rat). Catch up with everything that went down on day one in this official video from the Media Production Show…

Day 1: The Media Production Show from The Media Production Show on Vimeo.

Want to know more? 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.

Need tech training on Mac? Our macOS Core Essentials course is for you

Need tech training on Mac? Our macOS Core Essentials course is for you

If you’re deploying Mac in your business, but your tech team are more Windows whizzes than Mac management maestros, it always helps to get a bit of guidance on how the new system differs, in the form of technical training. 

So we’ve developed our macOS Core Essentials training course just for that. Run by our friendly systems engineers, who have bags of real world experience managing Mac in business environments of various size, it’s the ideal way to make sure your tech team understand the core functionality behind macOS, how best to manage it, and how it compares to similar Windows environments, so your business can get the most from your system.

Who’s it for? Our macOS Core Essentials training is for helpdesk teams, technical co-ordinators, service techs, ICT technicians etc who are deploying macOS for the first time. It’s designed to help technicians who are familiar with Windows systems to master the key functionality of macOS and understand Apple’s technical terminology where it differs from Windows standards.

What does it include? The training will include demos of Apple hardware and software, plus a deep dive look at supporting macOS devices delivered by a senior systems engineer from Jigsaw24. If you’re managing your Apple devices using Jamf Pro, we can also provide an overview of how these will work to manage your devices, and what you need to know to get devices profiled, managed and working with your other internal systems.

As well as being accredited by Apple, our engineers have practical experience designing and supporting mixed platform enterprise environments, so can advise on how to address real world issues you’re likely to find in your environment. You can see the full course curriculum here.

Who’s running it? It’s all delivered by our senior systems engineers. As well as being accredited by Apple, our engineers have practical experience designing and supporting mixed platform enterprise environments, so can advise on how to address real world issues you’re likely to find in your environment.

Where does it happen? This is an all day session, and can be held at our Nottingham or London offices (where we’ll provide lunch), or at your place (in which case you’ll need to bring sandwiches).

How much does it cost? £350 per person (minimum booking three people).

– Want to book your team onto our macOS Core Essentials training course? Get in touch on the details below… 

Want to know more about our Apple training? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Need iPad technical training? Check out our Apple iOS Core Essentials course

Need iPad technical training? Check out our Apple iOS Core Essentials course

Getting a new device and learning its ins and outs is an exciting time! However, setting it up correctly first time is important and makes or breaks the overall experience – especially if you’ve never worked with Apple iOS and iPad before. 

First of all, you need to get yourself familiarised with the key functionality and terminology, the benefits of mobile device management (MDM), and integrating the new devices into your existing infrastructure. While there are reams of technical documents and lengthy YouTube tutorials that can guide you through, but a helping hand from someone who has real world experience in such matters is always more useful.

So we’ve developed our iOS Core Essentials training to do just that!

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Who’s it for? iOS Core Essentials is designed specifically for helpdesk teams, technical co-ordinators, service techs, ICT technicians and anyone who’s deploying iOS or requires a deeper understanding of how to leverage its potential. If you’re familiar with PC-based systems, it’ll help you master the key functionality of iOS and understand Apple’s technical terminology where it differs from what you may already know.

What does it include? The training will include demos of Apple hardware and software, plus a deep dive look at supporting iOS devices. If you’re managing your Apple devices using AirWatch or JAMF Software’s Casper Suite mobile device management (MDM) solutions, we can also provide an overview of how these will work to manage your devices, and what you need to know to get devices ready, managed and working with your other internal systems. You can see the full course curriculum here.

Who’s running it? It’s all delivered by our senior systems engineers. As well as being accredited by Apple, our engineers have practical experience designing and supporting mixed platform enterprise environments, so can advise on how to address real world issues you’re likely to find in your environment.

Where does it happen? This is an all day session, and can be held at our Nottingham or London offices (where we’ll provide lunch), or at your place (in which case you’ll need to bring sandwiches).

How much does it cost? £350 per person (minimum booking three people).

Want to know more about our Apple training? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Avid launch Media Composer floating licence five packs (with up to 50% off!)

Avid launch Media Composer floating licence five packs (with up to 50% off!)

Great news for smaller post or production houses: Avid have announced their Media Composer Floating Licences are now available for purchase in packs of five. Even better news: they’re currently offering 15% off new licences, or a massive 50% if you convert your current Media Composer licences across the entire floating licence range. 

Avid’s floating licences enable you to purchase packs of shared licences to deploy across your entire facility using a single system ID. This means multiple editors can use Media Composer simultaneously on any number of workstations when the licences are available (not actively in use).

Once you close your Media Composer application, the licence is automatically returned to the pool of available licences on the licensing server. All you need is a Windows server running Windows XP SP3 or Later, Windows Server 2003 SP1 or Later, 32 or 64-bit OS.

Avid Media Composer floating licences on Jigsaw24

Why choose floating licences over standalone licences?

Going with Avid Media Composer floating licences over standalone ones has many benefits. For example, it lets you:

Maximise your investment. Licences are only consumed when in use and returned to the server when not, so additional editors can connect when licences become available.

Use licences outside your facility. Floating licences give you the ability to ‘check out’ licences – ideal for projects that need to be completed on the road or at home for an extended period of time.

Save time. Save countless hours of activation, installation, and upgrade time using Avid’s Floating License Server software and your existing hardware to establish a single, centralised licensing server – just activate a pack of licences, tell Media Composer the server address, and the system will automatically request licences from the server on the internal network.

Save money. Save money and gain more operational flexibility over purchasing individual seats of Media Composer that often go unused when a designated editor or system isn’t working.

Save up to 50% on floating licences

You can now buy new or conversion licences in packs of 5, 20 or 50 for Media Composer, NewsCutter Option, Symphony Option and Production Pack. You can buy these in any combination, with no minimum order required, and five packs can be added to your existing floating licences at any time.

Avid are currently running an offer until 30th September 2016 whereby you can trade in your current Media Composer licences for a floating licence and save 50%, or buy a new Media Composer floating licence and save 15%! You can buy new floating licences from us at the links below, but if you want to convert your current floating licences, please get in touch with the team on the details at the bottom of the page.

Avid Media Composer floating licence, 5 users – Save 15%!

Avid Media Composer floating licence, 20 users – Save 15%!

Avid Media Composer floating licence, 50 users – Save 15%!

Want to know more? 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.

How does Backup24 stack up against other backup services?

How does Backup24 stack up against other backup services?

If you’re looking for a way to look after your digital assets, and get the peace of mind that your work is protected against human error, air conditioning failures, hardware faults, computer viruses and the like, a hosted backup service is the way to go.

We offer our own service called Backup24, which is durable, reliable and – crucially – affordable. But how does it compare to some of the other solutions out there? One popular option is Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), part of Amazon Web Services. But there are a number of reasons we believe Backup24 is more suitable than Amazon S3 for users who work in the creative industries and have large digital files.

Simple pricing

Taking a look at Amazon’s pricing structure, you can see it’s rather complex, with charges for number of requests, type of request and the duration of data being held (Standard, Standard Infrequent Access and the more long-term Glacier package). Backup24, on the other hand, is priced on a simple £40 per TB stored per month model. As part of this, we provide help with restores should it be required, or there is also a self-service option available. There are also no bandwidth costs.

For larger businesses, we can also provide dedicated connectivity, which gives you a secure VPN connection to the data centre with ring-fenced bandwidth for your backups and restores, at £500 per 100Mbps dedicated connectivity per month.

Fully managed

With Backup24, one of our engineers will check your backup each day. With Amazon S3, the onus is on you to check that your backup has worked each day. You also need to complete online training on Amazon Web Services, whereas you don’t need to learn anything with Backup24 – we set it up, run it for you and will perform restores for you (or we can show you how to do this for yourself).

Designed for creatives

We’ve designed Backup24 specifically for creative users, whereas Amazon lead on being backup for business customers. And because creative work like video, audio and image files are high capacity and very valuable, we price our service per TB, rather than per GB.

Customer-focused

As with all our services and solutions, we like to put you, the customer, front and centre, and make sure we talk to all our customers regardless of size. You get a dedicated point of contact for your account, plus engineers available on the end of the phone during normal business hours.

They can advise on all things backup and storage, check in on the state of your backups and help you find files too. With Amazon, only the largest customers have someone to speak to about the service.

And the rest

As well as all that, here are a few of the other benefits of choosing Backup24 from Jigsaw24:

Someone on the end of the phone to give you advice and guidance, and to see how your backups are doing.

No file recovery costs so there’s no limit to your file access.

Fast, simple retrieval of your mission-critical data – if you lose your data, we should be able to retrieve it.

Secure connections initiated by you, making for safer transfer of data.

Live mirror copy of your existing data structure.

Daily snapshots of data, so any version of a file can be retrieved.

Physical checks of the integrity of the backup every day.

Physical pre-stage of data. Imagine you have 20TB of data – to get that into  cloud backup over the internet would take forever, so this eliminates that.

Restore of data onto physical drives if required (at an additional cost).

Want to find out more about Backup24? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

What went down at our Expand Your Brand with Video event

What went down at our Expand Your Brand with Video event

If you want to engage new customers and strengthen your brand, video production is a great way to go. To that end, we held our Expand Your Brand with Video event down in Soho on 6th July to show companies how to get started and bring video in-house. Thanks to everyone who came down and enjoyed a drink or two over some video chat – for everyone else, here’s what went down…

Laurie Castelli on video

First up, we had Laurie Castelli (former Creative Producer at Facebook, acclaimed director/producer and brand communications expert) giving a great presentation on why video is so important, why you should be making it and what factors you should be thinking about before you take the plunge.

He also stressed the critical thinking behind video – why you shouldn’t just be producing it for the sake of it, but really thinking about why you’re doing it to make sure you’re constantly producing the best content with the best finish quality, and achieving your objectives.

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Lewis Brown talks video kit

We also welcomed Lewis Brown from Atomos, who presented on a more technical aspect of taking video in-house. He spoke about the basic kit you need to get started, the spectrum of kit available and other considerations, from back-end storage through to the actual production kit. He also touched upon the role of brands as the new broadcasters.

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Pizza and Euro 2016

Of course it wouldn’t be a Jigsaw24 event without a few drinks and a bite to eat while ‘networking’. We also stuck Euro 2016 on our big screen to see Wales unfortunately crash out in the semis and end their heroic run to eventual tournament winners CR7 and co. Sad times.

– If you’d like to know more about expanding your brand with in-house video, check out our Infographic: The Power of Producing Video Content here. Or if you’re ready to start creating your own content in-house, take a look at our full range of video production solutions, or speak to one of our experts on 03332 400 888 or broadcast@Jigsaw24.com

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Want to know more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.