Get HDR ready with the latest from Atomos, Sony, Blackmagic Design and more!

Get HDR ready with the latest from Atomos, Sony, Blackmagic Design and more!

HDR has taken the industry by storm, and makes such a difference to the quality of your images that soon we’ll be wondering how we got by without it. To get the latest tips on getting the most out of your HDR-capable technology, we brought in the experts and laid out the kit for our drop-in session on utilising your Atomos monitor and recorder to create HDR content.

Why is HDR so important?

HDR is arguably the biggest step forward for moving pictures in a generation. New standards set in REC.2100 take advantage of the luminance and colour reproduction capabilities of modern displays to produce high levels of brightness, contrast and colour volume, leading to images that closely resemble what our eyes naturally see.

Content producers have long been working with high dynamic range source material through Log and RAW captured images. But output and delivery standards haven’t progressed much for decades, meaning we’ve spent years compromising. HDR is a new way forward as it is a resolution independent technology, with the new standards outlined in REC.2100 being applicable to both 1080p (HD), UltraHD and 4K – even 8K come 2020.

Unlike previous technological progression that required significant hardware overhauls, HDR doesn’t require lots of new hardware. The most significant piece of new kit is the display we monitor HDR material on, and how we process the signal to see the images we are creating appropriately. This is where Atomos, one of the fastest growing companies in pro video, are pushing the envelope in the field, on set and in the studio.

Our HDR portfolio

Up your game with Atomos recorders and monitors

We featured a great range of HDR-capable products, and much more at our recent Production Drop in event. We were excited to demo the Sumo On-Set and Studio monitor/recorder, the first production monitor that also records 4K 12-bit Raw, 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR and 1080p60 live switching and recording. With the Sumo, for the first time your on-set production monitors can be HDR capable as well as having recording capabilities.

We also had the Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder on show, a combination of the most advanced monitor technologies, the latest recording capability, and playback and editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Rounding off our Atomos offering was the Ninja Flame monitor/recorder, with its true-to-life vibrant colors, 7″ 10-bit 1500nit panel, AtomHDR engine and HDMI connections to record and play back video to 4K/HD 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR.

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Get HDR ready with our favourite camcorders

Camera-wise, we had some of the newest models to be announced, plus some of our old favourites. The new Canon Cinema EOS C200 camcorder is the latest in the EOS range, big brother to the very popular C100 MK II and following in the footsteps of the C300 MK II. With this camcorder, you can easily capture and record UHD/50P footage to internal SD cards in MP4 format, and use the new Cinema RAW Light codec to film moments in stunning 4K to internal CFast 2.0TM card.

We also showcased the Sony FS5 and FS7 camcorders, both firm favourites with Jigsaw24. The FS7 is a must-have run and gun camera equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS image sensor, while the FS5 is an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera that’s great in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics.

Also on show was the long-awaited Panasonic Lumix GH5, which gives you the highest picture quality in the history of Lumix G compact systems cameras. With its compact design, high frame rate and intuitive controls, the GH5 has been described as a great fit for creative agencies, photographers and videographers. And let’s not forget the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, a professional digital film camera that combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera.

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Complete your kit with lenses and lighting

Top of the range lenses and lighting were provided by Zeiss and Cirro Lite, rounding off the perfect shoot setup.

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Our HDR events

If you missed out on our exclusive Atomos and HDR drop-in, we’ve got plenty of upcoming events where you can check out the latest kit. You can have a look at our past events and register for upcoming ones on our Jigsaw24 events page.

 

Still not sure whether you’re ready to commit to purchasing, or have any questions about products that could help you create HDR content? Give us a call on 03332 409 284 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com

 

How can root6 and Jigsaw24 help you?

How can root6 and Jigsaw24 help you?

Jigsaw24 and root6 have joined together to create the largest and most experienced audio and video technology services and solutions provider in Europe.

Combined, we have more than 40 years’ experience, working alongside leading creative companies and growing a small army of highly qualified consultants and engineers, so we’re now better positioned than ever to deliver the very best solutions and services for audio and video.

Together, we cover your entire workflow from ingest, editing and finishing to tiered storage and delivery. We also provide root6’s range of industry-standard creative products from top brands, including handy local drives and cables, complete suites and entire network infrastructures.

So how can we help?

The combination of root6’s technical expertise with Jigsaw24’s datacentre, managed service and logistical capabilities means that we can now offer the fastest, most innovative and reliable audio and video solutions on the market, helping you incorporate new technologies ahead of your competitors.

We can provide the full range of the latest products, services and solutions for production, post and broadcasters, allowing you to consolidate existing purchasing and support contracts into a single agreement with one supplier, and drastically reducing the amount of admin your IT and purchasing teams have to slog through.

Our solutions include ROOT6 Technology’s industry-leading ContentAgent solution for media ingest and file workflow management, which makes it easier for non-technical staff to tackle complex ingest, conversion and delivery workflows, including work in the AS-11 standard.

If you want to get hands-on with the latest technology (including DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools and more), head to our demo facility at 8 Golden Square in Soho to get to grips with the kit and meet our Apple engineers.

If you 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.

Sony announce new firmware for PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 camcorders

Sony announce new firmware for PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 camcorders

Sony have confirmed the release of a new batch of firmware for their PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 XDCAM shoulder mounted camcorders.

Both models will receive the same new features, and the free firmware updates will provide parity with the PXW-Z450 – the world’s first 2/3″ 4K shoulder mounted camcorder. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s what with the upgrade packages…

USB 3.0 Host support 

Clips recorded on SxS memory cards can now be copied to storage or USB media connected to the camcorder’s USB 3.0 interface. This is especially handy for speeding up workflows when out in the field, and you’ll be able to save yourself the hassle of lugging a laptop around for copy or backup.

Partial hi-res clip transfer

The free Content Browser Mobile app for iOS and Android has been updated to version 2.4, and allows users to mark In/Out timecode points of high resolution files recorded on SxS cards before FTP or Cloud upload. This saves time and data upload volume when out in the field, and ensures the user only transmits relevant content to be pushed to the station FTP server for editing and playout later on.

New Full HD proxy recording formats

Sony have added a host of Full HD proxy file formats for improved HD workflow integration, which can be played on air right away without any visible progressive strobe effect. With the latest lot of firmware updates, the PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 now support HD/SD Auto, 1920 x 1080 50i and 1280 x 720 50p proxy files, which can be recorded in 9Mbps or 6Mbps on an SD proxy card.

New streaming formats

Thanks to version 5.0 on the PXW-X500 and version 3.0 on the PXW-X400, users can now select 0.3Mbps and 0.2Mbps low streaming bit rates. Nicely, lower streaming bit rates are available within the bandwidth constraints of BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) Inmarsat satellite transmission.

Added user menu items

Users can now find Scene Files in the File Menu, offering a bit more freedom and flexibility in camcorder setup and configuration.

You can download the latest firmware packages from the links below:

– PXW-X500 V5.0

– PXW-X400 V3.0

For more information about Sony camcorders, 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.

Check out your new Vidcheck software UK reseller

Check out your new Vidcheck software UK reseller

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

Who are Vidcheck?

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

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

Benefits of Vidchecker and Vidfixer include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Comprehensive online Help.

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

Want to know more about Vidcheck’s solutions for post, broadcast, distribution and archive? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Cisco suggest that video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic by 2017, meaning the time is now to get involved in video content creation. We think these fine pieces of production tech are a great starting point for anyone looking to step it up in the studio.

First off, we’d suggest giving some studio basics from Blackmagic Design a look. With the Hyperdeck Studio 12G Professional VTR (an advanced, high-quality broadcast deck), the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K (adding 4K to your workflow) and a Blackmagic Audio Monitor (featuring a dual subwoofer design with extra wide speakers), your studio will be off to a strong start.

If you’re making video, you’ll need a camera. Fortunately, we’ve got an awesome 0% finance offer running on the JVC GY-HM890CHE. This compact shoulder camcorder is perfect for filming in the studio or out in the field. It can even live stream content wirelessly via WiFi or 4G-LTE/3G.

Keeping it in the JVC family, we’re giving away a free training day worth £300 with every purchase of a GY-HM170E. Take this compact 4K camera anywhere and grab the footage you need without being lumbered down by a larger unit.

Finally, we’ve got a Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm lens to give away when you pick up a JVC GY-LS300 from us. Get recording in a variety of formats ranging from web friendly proxies and SD to full HD and Ultra HD 4K. It’ll work perfectly with photographic lenses you already own, so make sure to grab this bargain offer while it lasts.

If you’re interested in putting together your own studio build and would like to find out more, call us today on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.


Jigsaw24 Roundtable: Broadcast Awards 2016 Best Post House

Jigsaw24 Roundtable: Broadcast Awards 2016 Best Post House

A few weeks before the 2016 Broadcast Awards take place at the Grosvenor Hotel Ballroom, Jigsaw24 partnered up with Broadcast TECH magazine editor, George Bevir, to invite the nominees for Best Post Production Facility 2016 to come into Jigsaw24’s Soho Studio and discuss the state of the industry now and looking forward to the next year of business.

 

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Nominees getting ready for the shoot

 

We’d like to thank the attendees – Johnny Whitehead, Director of operations for Encore, Dave Cadle, Managing Director of Envy, Leo Casserley, Managing Director of Flix, John Rogerson, Chief Executive Officer of Halo, Julie Parmenter, Managing Director of Molinare and Matt Adams, Director of Sales for Technicolor – for providing us with an invaluable insight to the industry and a very interesting discussion with topics including rates, creative UK talent, Soho facility dominance and where new business opportunities can be found. Here you can watch the discussion in its entirety, or scroll below for links to specific sections covering the topics you may be interested in.

Featured Section Shortcut Links:

What do TV production companies want from post facilities in 2016?

What has happened to the rates paid by production companies?

What is the best way to grow post facility?

Is there enough creative talent in the UK?

How much of a threat to post facilities are in-house post operations?

Will Soho always remain the capital of UK post?

Where do the opportunities for post firm lie in 2016?

If you’re interested in how we’ve helped the nominees become so successful as a key technology partner and supplier for all of the represented companies, get in touch with our post production and broadcast experts by emailing broadcast@Jigsaw24.com and checking out our solution pages at jigsaw24.com/workflowspecialists.

 

How to get the most out of TriCaster Mini

How to get the most out of TriCaster Mini

TriCaster Mini is NewTek’s smallest, most affordable all-in-one live streaming and broadcast solution, which also means it’s incredibly flexible, whatever kind of presentation you’re looking to stream. But you might not have realised just how much you can do with it at once, so here I’ve explained how you can get the most from TriCaster Mini, and some of my top bundle deals too… 

TriCaster Mini in media and entertainment

The term ‘multimedia’ seems quite outdated these days, but TriCaster Mini really is the quintessential tool for recording and delivering all kinds of media. It ticks so many boxes, but I’ve found it’s quite rare that it’s actually used to its full extent and capabilities (namely recording multiple channels, adding effects and delivering content all at the same time). It’s a bit like Photoshop in that sense – an incredibly deep and powerful tool that sometimes just gets used for cropping images or creating simple graphics, rather than the full extent of its functionality.

The five jobs of TriCaster Mini

To see the full extent of TriCaster Mini’s functionality, it’s best to split it into five distinct categories: video capture, streaming, effects, audio mixing and output. Of course, the fact that it packages all these jobs up into an incredibly easy to use and very portable package, which can even be controlled using an iOS app, is just the icing on the cake.

1. Video capture. In its most basic function, TriCaster Mini works as a video capture device, letting you capture up to four streams simultaneously into a choice of codecs/formats. You can also take in content from any computer screen to use, whether that’s a website, a Skype feed, video apps like iMovie and Premiere Pro or presentation apps like PowerPoint and Keynote. You’re even able to take direct streams from Apple AirPlay on any iOS device.

2. Streaming. One of the other main uses of TriCaster Mini is for streaming live events and HD performances to the internet. You can also record the stream at the same time to upload to your website for use as a pre-recorded stream.

3. Effects. TriCaster Mini is also ideal for easily adding effects to your presentation, with hardware chroma and greenscreening built in. The TransWarp effects engine lets you add full colour, animated transitions, and supports their Virtual Set Editor, so you can drop your presenter into a virtual environment.

4. Audio mixing. TriCaster even has an audio mixer, so with the addition of a low cost audio control surface, or even a mixer, you can plug in numerous microphones and mix within the production environment.

5. Output. TriCaster Mini also lets you output in a huge number of different formats, and publish direct to social media. For example, you can stream clips straight to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or over an FTP to help get it to as wide an audience as possible. Alternatively, TriCaster Mini is quite happy driving screens around offices, school sites and live events with content.

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Example: TriCaster Mini on the red carpet

So how can you use all that functionality at once? One neat example is for live events, and especially something like an awards show. As well as capturing and recording everything coming in from cameras (presentations, speeches, live music performances etc), you can use it to play clips and graphics out at the same time for everyone watching in the audience (showreels, backgrounders and the like).

You essentially have two audiences – those in the room, watching third screen content, and those you’re cutting the show and streaming for. You can record, play content and stream footage, and have a separate programme streamed live to a website at the same time, using social media to drum up interest in your stream.

The great thing is, with multiple video feeds, you don’t miss any gems from around the room while you’re focused in on a closeup (audience reactions, or any little slip-ups or bloopers that add colour to your presentation). You can record three other inputs at the same time, bring the footage in and use it while recording. Just grab the clips, mark in and out points, and immediately upload to social media, while you’re still recording and streaming, adding effects and realtime titling.

Because it’s so portable, you can simply bundle TriCaster Mini up in a flight case, rock up to the event and you’re ready to go.

TriCaster Mini in education

We’ve been mainly talking about using TriCaster Mini in live broadcast and event situations so far, but it’s also a brilliant option for education, with applications across the curriculum. Creative subjects like English, music and drama are obvious candidates (think oral presentations, magazine pieces, plays and sitcoms, and music and dance videos), but it’s also great for science and humanities, helping put students in different global locations, and live events like sports days open evenings, where you can show off to prospective students.

One of the most interesting things I’ve seen schools doing with TriCaster is one of our customers, a mixed faith school. They were using TriCaster Mini to show different places of worship with hi-res photos, and reenacting the prayer routine, without having to bring students to the church or temple.

Your TriCaster Mini options

The most basic NewTek TriCaster Mini (base configuration) retails at Jigsaw24 for just £3995 ex VAT, or you can get the fully-featured version with screen and storage for £5495 ex VAT. However, I’ve also put together some budget bundles below (available while stocks last) that come with a few recommended extras like a switcher control surface and flight case that will really help you get the most out of your TriCaster workflow, and save you a few quid. Or you can go the whole hog and get all of that with added cameras too!

Corporate streaming bundleThis great value entry bundle sees you essentially getting a GoPro Hero 4 camera, Joby GorillaPod tripod and Lastolite chroma kit completely free with your TriCaster Mini. Great for corporate use! – £3995 ex VAT.

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Fully featured streaming bundleIf you need more professional footage, this bundle comes with the fantastic Sony PXW-X70, rather than a GoPro, as well as the fully-featured TriCaster Mini, Lastolite chroma kit, E-Image EG03A2 tripod and NewTek boosted HDMI cable kit. – £6699 ex VAT.

The ultimate education bundle. Designed specially to give schools or colleges everything they need to start using the TriCaster Mini to its full potential. With the Tricaster Mini you get a Canon Legria Camcorder so you can begin shooting, a Joby GorillaPod tripod and a RØDE microphone to get your audio recording off the ground, as well as a Lastolite pop-up greenscreen and stand to start using the chroma functions. – £6999 ex VAT.

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.