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.”



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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 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 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 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.


Want to know more about financing through Jigsaw24 and Azule? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

What’s big in visuals for 2016? Adobe give their predictions…

What’s big in visuals for 2016? Adobe give their predictions…

Choosing the right stock imagery to make your marketing more engaging can sometimes be a challenge, especially with literally millions of assets available at the click of a mouse. Sure, everyone loves a good shot of a businessman pointing to a blank pie chart with a wide grin, but is that really the right image to inspire modern audiences?

To give you an idea of the kind of images that might do, the forward-thinking folk at Adobe have put together a guide to what they think will be visual trends in 2016, including new technologies, low poly style and hipster chic. With their Adobe Stock asset library constantly growing, they’re a fair bet to predict what’s going to be big. We’ve lovingly copied it below, but you can read the full article from Adobe Head of Content Scott Braut here.”

Tech Turns Cool

“The appearance of young, tech persona in imagery is on the rise. With the popularity of tech culture (HBO’s successful “Silicon Valley” TV show as a prime example) and gadgets like virtual reality headsets and hoverboards in the mainstream, the tech industry and those in it are becoming more sought after. The next generation is learning to code and jobs in the tech landscape are desirable, replacing previous connotations that the industry is filled with hooded hackers hunching over laptops.”

Rise of New Aesthetics

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an affinity for all things “hipster” – cappuccino art, bowties and suspenders, handlebar mustaches, 1950s tea dresses, black and white filters. Hipster aesthetic has been a mecca for brands and still remains popular, but new ones are on the rise. Brands should keep their eye out for new aesthetics representing the aspirations of the young urban creative.”

New Perspective Portrait

“The smartphone profoundly transformed not only the way people interact with cameras but the way we photograph ourselves. A new visual language arose with the “selfie” though we may be seeing a shift towards perspective portraits. Perspective portraits offer a more intricate take on a subject than the standard selfie, giving the impression that you are not looking at a photo, but are instead alongside the subject and part of the scene itself.”

Colour Consistency

“Ever year brings predictions for what will be the most popular colour. Pantone released two colours of the year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – and many trend reporters are heralding white as ‘the’ colour for 2016 (a sharp contrast from Behance’s announcement that red was their most popular hue of 2015).”

“In stock imagery, brands generally have a consolidated color scheme that already exists. Therefore, our outlook for color in 2016 is envisioned around how we will use colour instead. Consistent, bold, colour saturated images ensure an image will stand out amongst others, increasing a brand’s positioning whether that be white for calmness, pink for youthful appeal or green for sustainability.”

High-Impact Aerial

“As technological innovations increase our ability to explore more of Earth and afar, so too does the technology to photograph in stunning detail previously unchartered sights. Whereas drones were previously costly, high-tech photographic equipment, they’re now readily available for all photographers to take to the skies and capture bird’s eye view panoramas.

“Additionally, scenic backgrounds have always been a popular search result for users; they can be applied toward a multitude of projects, appealing to a wide range of people. What we will see more of in 2016, however, is the geographical locations captured.

Current Affairs

“We devour news and content on an hourly basis thanks to social media’s hold on our lives, and companies therefore need to stay on top of current affairs. As the world changes, audiences want brands to share similar values and expect companies to take stances and demonstrate support for causes. For example, in June 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalised in the United States, we saw an increase of rainbow filters and rainbow flags on social media.”

Low Poly Style

“Minimalism will remain a trend year after year, but in variations. This year’s minimalism will be low poly style. The simplicity and cut of this graphic style will increase to become a winning formula in 2016. When used in backgrounds, the style makes for a voguish, cutting edge aesthetic particularly when composed with strong, offset colours.”

Want to know more about Adobe Stock? Give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Massive thanks to all who made our Digital Creatives event!

Massive thanks to all who made our Digital Creatives event!

On Thursday 21st January, we held our first ‘Creativity in the digital world’ event, a forum for digital creatives to hear from experts on the challenges facing the digital media industry, and learn how to better service clients and take advantage of new revenue streams (as well as indulge in a spot of beer and pizza, naturally).

So we just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the awesome attendees and superb speakers who made it down on the night. Here’s how it went down…

The speakers

We had a whole host of fantastic speakers, all touching on the topic of creativity in the digital world from a different angle. First of all, we had Iain Seers from Watershed Consulting (who spearheaded the move to digital media for Redworks WPP and Ogilvy & Mather) discussing how the creative landscape is evolving in the face of new technologies. From old radio ads to examples from his previous companies, Iain talked about how marketing and advertising agencies are using these changes to their advantage.


Next, we had the privilege of hearing from Katy Starling, Head of Communications at DHL. Talking from a brand viewpoint, she touched on her background at DHL, and carried on to talk about how they’ve come to incorporate digital methods into their marketing strategy, working across different platforms. Katy also spoke about social media as a growing part of their marketing, particularly Twitter, and how it allows them to connect with their audience.


We also welcomed our friend Neil Rostance, Managing Director of Fat Free Media, who discussed how agencies should remain aware that they are targeting actual people, using emotion to capture an audience, and how this is increasingly important in the digital age where social media campaigns often place emphasis on figures and data when considering their demographic. His witty Q&A about user-generated content on some of his previous campaigns was a particular highlight!

Our Creativity in the digital world event

Our partners

As well as the above speakers, we also had event sponsors Adobe, ThinkingPhones, axle, Extensis and Blackmagic Design on hand to answer any questions or queries attendees may have had. Plus, Jigsaw24 Solutions Architect Jamie Allan presented a talk on working with creatives to manage workflow and increase productivity, while Client Director Vince Pittman discussed the great solutions Jigsaw24 offer to help creatives maximise digital media.


What you lot said

We had a great night, and were very glad to hear that everyone who came along found the event both engaging and useful. Here’s what a few of our attendees had to say…

“We found the evening to be most informative, with a genuine desire to bring creatives together to share and discuss the current challenges we are all facing. I found the presenters engaging and overall the night was thought provoking and light on selling, high on concept. Great venue and the speakers and the attendees were not too London-centric either. I would heartily recommend to anyone in the marketing/creative industries.” – Neil Cleverley, TTS Group

– “Thought Neil was great, and that his talk on digital was spot on. Great location.” – Dominique Devoucoux, Founder/Managing Director, Tate Post

– “Enjoyed the event, and learnt lots of new things from the speakers to take away. Would like to attend future similar events.” – Keith Pang, Pipeline Developer, Hibbert Ralph Animation 

– “Really good talks, thought the time was good. Would like to see similar events during the day, more video featured.” – Byron Wijayawardena, Creative Director, Blackmagic Design

– “Super.” – Doug Griffiths, EMEA Director, Angels Den

So, once again, to everyone who made our ‘Creativity in the digital world’ event such a success, a heartfelt thanks. If you didn’t make it down, or would like to relive the whole thing again (even if just for the free beer and pizza), you’re in luck – we’re going to be running a series of events for digital creatives, so keep an eye on for all the details!

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.


Adobe Stock review: Our design team give their verdict

Adobe Stock review: Our design team give their verdict

It’s been just over half a year since Adobe announced their very own stock image service, Adobe Stock. And in that time, there have been significant updates, plus a load of new images added to their library.

Just after its release, our design team made the move over to Adobe Stock from the service they were previously using. While changing the tools you use day-in, day-out, is never without its wobbles, they managed to transition from Adobe Creative Suite to Creative Cloud and remain relatively unscathed, so as Adobe Stock plugs directly into CC apps, and uses a familiar Adobe interface, it was a doddle. Now they’ve had a while to get to grips with all the functionality and features, we thought we’d ask for their verdict on Adobe Stock, how it ties into their daily design workflow and whether they’d recommend making the move from any other stock service. Take a look at how they’re using it in the video below, and read on to find out their thoughts.

What’s new in Adobe Stock?

First of all, it’s worth pointing out some of the new updates since Adobe Stock‘s release. The library of assets is constantly growing, with 5 million new images and videos being added already (taking the tally from 40 million to 45 million). Adobe have also introduced Pooled Images, whereby if any member in your team purchases an Adobe Stock licence, all the images that the user then buys will automatically be shared with your creative team.

Our design team’s verdict

So what do our delectable designers think of Adobe Stock, six months on? And would they suggest making the move from your current service? We collared a few to pick their brains on everything from the layout of preview images to search options and prices…

Xenia: “The first major bonus for me is that Adobe Stock makes it really easy and quick to search for images and add them to your library straight from Photoshop. The imagery is constantly being updated too. The difference is obvious from just a few months ago when I searched for “tablet device” to now – there are more of them, and the quality of the images, taking composition and content into consideration, has improved greatly (as opposed to the sometimes cheesy ones you can come across!).

“Another thing I like is the simple pricing. Other photo stock sites use credits, meaning you have to figure out how much a credit is worth and, as each photo can have different credit values, it can get confusing. But Adobe Stock just has a simple, flat price plan. For us the ten images a month plan is perfect – at £19.99 it works out at really good value, and you can even roll over unused images for up to a year. It’s easy to manage the subscription too, as it’s through the same Admin Console we use for our Creative Cloud for teams licences.”

Liana: “There are now more options on the search tools drop-down menu, which is great. I especially like the extra long landscape size option on the orientation search tools, which is very useful if you’re looking to use images as headers or backgrounds on websites, for example. The only drawback at the moment, and this really is a minor quibble, is that you can’t uncheck a box – you have to clear them all, which means having to enter all the options again.

“The way the images are laid out is great too, as you get larger thumbnails because of the way that they’re stacked. The hover options are intuitive and ‘Find Similar’ option is also really handy. I quite like how it expands on the page when you click on an image, rather than taking you to a new page, as I often end up with loads of windows open.”

Thierry: “I find Adobe Stock really useful for mocking up how a project (especially brochures or magazine layouts) can look by placing in preview images without having to leave the application. If an image is then going to be used for print, I can simply click to purchase and the image in my project is updated to the highest quality available.”

Simon: “I really like how I can access Adobe Stock in the same place as Typekit, up in the toolbar. And once you’re browsing, the interface feels cleaner and simpler than other libraries I’ve used. It’s actually really nice to just have assets in Libraries ready to drag into any of the apps.”

– So, are you using Adobe Stock? Let us know what you think of the stock image service in the comments below. If you’d like to know more about the service and pricing for licences, click the banner or get in touch with the team on the details below… 


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What is 12G-SDI? A guide to the standard

What is 12G-SDI? A guide to the standard

While the serial digital interface (SDI) has been the professional standard for AV interfaces since the 90s, with 4K and UHD becoming much more prevalent video formats for broadcasters (and requiring a massive four times the bandwidth of HD), moving it around isn’t as simple as pushing it through your beloved SDI cables. Step in 12G-SDI… 

What is 12G?

12G is an SDI standard developed to support greater resolution, frame rates and colour fidelity. It provides four times the bandwidth of HD, carrying 12Gbps, making it ideal for the 4Kp60 format. It’s not new as such, with 6G/12G being in development since 2012 for UHD, but has not yet been ratified by the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), the governing body of standards, with the draft name of SMPTE ST-2082.

For a bit of historical perspective, the original SDI standard 259M (introduced way back in 1989) could carry about 270Mbps of data. As broadcasters transitioned from 480i to 480p to 720p to 1080i to 1080P, and from copper to fibre, the SDI specification was updated, with 292 (for 1080i) carrying about 1.5Gbps and 424 upped this to about 3Gbps (for 1080p).

Who’s using it?

12G is available to any manufacturer but not many have stepped in yet to support the unratified SMTPE standard in their products. One manufacturer who has done so is Blackmagic Design. Their DeckLink 4K range of capture and playback cards all support 12G, as well as their Teranex Mini and Teranex Express (the world’s first broadcast convertor to include multi-rate 12G SDI connections).

Simon Westland, director of sales, Blackmagic Design EMEA, said that as a manufacturer they’ve always championed the use of common, open standards and non-proprietary connectivity and codecs. “What a customer wants to do is plug anything into anything and for it to work,” he said. “Fast action production has required the use of high frame rates for many years now, but while HD formats up to 1080p60 are very common, a lack of support for the same high frame rates in Ultra HD has hampered adoption of the format.

“With that in mind, we have been through nearly every aspect of our product range and added 12G-SDI, which supports single cable connectivity for the 2160p60 format. Customers can instantly see the benefits of not only the higher frame rates that 12G-SDI can offer in Ultra HD production, but also the simplicity that single cable connectivity offers. So while other technologies might be able to offer the necessary bandwidth, they will add unnecessary weight and cost, and will increase the overall risk of image degradation and signal dropout.”

Within broadcast and production, facilities are still built on 3G SDI standards, as 6G and 12G will not work over long distances and not many ‘end points’ have 6G or 12G inputs yet. We’ll probably see more 12G-enabled products at the next NAB show, but the more interesting development will be 12G over fibre, as this gives both the distance and the bandwidth to provide 4K and UHD signals around facilities.

Want to know more about 12G and Blackmagic Design video products? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Sony PXW-FS5 gets v1.1 firmware update

Sony PXW-FS5 gets v1.1 firmware update

The Sony PXW-FS5 has only been around for a couple of months (check out our first-look review here), and has already received its first firmware update, v1.1. This new release adds both 4K QHD output to the HDMI port, and face detection too.

The first of these updates is big news to those shooting 4K on the Sony PXW-FS5. On arrival, the FS5 was unable to record 4K internally at the same time as outputting an image externally via the HDMI port (so you couldn’t record internally and use an external monitor or recorder at the same time).

Responding to popular demand, Sony have now made HDMI output with QFHD resolution available at the same time as the camcorder is recording QFHD XAVC-L internally. This means the FS5 can record internally in QFHD resolution while being either monitored or recorded externally in QFHD resolution. Great for anyone using an Atomos Shogun, Ninja Assassin or the like.

This is at the expense of losing the video image on the FS5’s built-in display though – LCD and VF signals are lost, and only parameters are screened, but with no live signal.

The second feature in the new v1.1 update is face detection. This will help users easily focus on a selected face, and even follow that person while moving. On the LCD, each face is framed, and the camera operator can select which one is the ‘priority’ face, that can be followed automatically by focus (if the lens allows it).

– You can download the new Sony PXW-FS5 v1.1 firmware update here.


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Avid Artist | DNxIO now supported with Pro Tools

Avid Artist | DNxIO now supported with Pro Tools

If you missed it over the Christmas break, Avid gifted media professionals the news that the Avid Artist | DNxIO video interface is now supported with Pro Tools. It’s another step towards their streamlined, integrated Avid Everywhere vision (and a great reason to upgrade to Pro Tools 12 and or Media Composer 8). 

Official word from Avid below:

Avid Artist | DNxIO

“The Avid Artist | DNxIO is a powerful, professional video I/O interface designed to simplify and accelerate your entire HD, Ultra HD*, 2K*, and 4K* workflow. Available as standalone hardware or bundled with industry-standard Media Composer software, Artist | DNxIO enables you to capture**, monitor, and output media quickly – in the highest quality possible. And because the interface is designed to be open and flexible, you can use it with Avid and other creative tools too – like Pro Tools.

– For Pro Tools support with DNxIO, Desktop Video for Artist DNxIO version 10.5.1 is required.

– Pro Tools 12.3 and higher qualified with DNxIO.

– For more detailed information click here.

*Pro Tools does not yet support video playback of any rates and resolutions larger than HD. However, 2K/4K/UHD playback may be achieved using DNxIO with Media Composer 8.4.2 or higher as a Video Satellite.

**Capture is only supported in Media Composer.”


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