Check out our new Creative Kit Configurator

Check out our new Creative Kit Configurator

Forking out for new kit for your creative team can often throw up a purchasing dilemma – go for the cheaper upfront costs, or plump for the very best kit that may give better value in the long run?

Using our Creative Kit Configurator, you can pick a setup that’s ideal for the needs of your end users, from powerful Mac workstations to essentials like desktop storage and Wacom graphics tablets, as well as warranties, to help you better manage your budget. Watch our video, then give it a go at the link below!

 

– Try our Creative Kit Configurator now!

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NAB 2017: New TVLogic reference 4K and OLED monitors

NAB 2017: New TVLogic reference 4K and OLED monitors

LCD and OLED HD displays manufacturer TVLogic are choosing NAB 2017 to introduce several new 4K HDR and OLED monitors. The new displays are designed to address the ever-increasing demands of broadcast, production, post-production, and multi-viewer applications. Here’s the full press release… 

The new lineup includes the LUM-310R – a 31″ 4K HDR Reference Master monitor featuring 2000 nit maximum luminance, the LEM-550R – a 55″ UHD OLED HDR monitor for broadcast QC and post production, the VFM-055A – a 5.5″ HD OLED viewfinder/onboard monitor offering stunning cinematic quality, and the LVM-171S – a 17″ QC-Grade HD Dual-Channel LCD monitor with unmatched wide viewing. The displays will be on display at the company’s Booth N5306 during NAB.

Wes Donahue, Director of Channel Sales & Marketing, TVLogic USA & Latin America, said: “We look forward to major industry events and shows each year, such as NAB, where we have an opportunity to showcase our newest products while also having a chance to meet one-on-one with our customers. This year, we are highlighting some of our most advanced video monitor designs ever. As high-resolution image technologies like 4K and HDR continue to struggle toward standardisation, the need for reference monitors that support a range of new imaging formats is imperative. NAB is the perfect venue to introduce these offerings to the industry.”

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LUM-310R

The LUM-310R is a 4K HDR Reference Master production monitor with a 31″ wide Super-IPS 4K LCD (4096 x 2160) and a local-dimming backlight array designed to reproduce reference HDR content at a maximum luminance of 2000 nits with a simultaneous deep black minimum of 0.002 nits.

The LUM-310R supports various HDR standards such as SMPTE ST2084, ST2086 and ST2094 (pending), Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG), and more. It also supports multiple colour gamuts including Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec.2020. Signal I/O includes 3G/6G/12G-SDI input via one, two, or four SDI connections as well as HDMI (ver. 2.0).

LEM-550R

The LEM-550R is a QC-Grade HDR monitor for broadcast and post-production with a 55″ OLED panel with UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160. The OLED panel can reproduce a maximum luminance of up to 750 nits. The LEM-550R supports various HDR standards such as SMPTE ST2084, ST2086 and ST2094 (pending), Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG), and others. It also supports multiple colour gamuts including Rec.709, DCI, and Rec.2020. Signal I/O includes 3G/6G/12G-SDI input via one, two, or four SDI connections as well as HDMI (ver. 2.0).

VFM-055A

The VFM-055A is a 5.5″ OLED (organic LED) on-camera viewfinder monitor with native 1920×1080 resolution. It offers truly cinematic image quality with deep blacks, wide-gamut colour reproduction, a very wide viewing angle, and support for multiple video formats via 3G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs. Useful functions include cinema camera log-to-linear LUT conversion, HDMI-SDI cross-converted output, waveform and vector scope, markers, focus assist, audio level meters and more.

LVM-171S 

The new LVM-171S is TVLogic’s top QC-Grade 17″ model with a 16.5″ IPS LCD panel with 1920×1080 native resolution, wide-gamut reproduction (up to DCI-P3) enhanced contrast ratio and wide viewing angle all unmatched by other LCD monitors. A completely redesigned video processing unit provides powerful dual-channel performance and artefact-free image reproduction. Support for various cinema camera log-to-linear LUTs, easy field upgradability and a full array of image processing features are standard.

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

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.

Jigsaw24 ask the experts: Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch

Jigsaw24 ask the experts: Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch

In this edition of our not-at-all-regular feature, we ask award-winning boudoir and burlesque photographer (and proud Wacom user) Tigz Rice nine niggling questions about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, and finally learn why this model comes with a remote. 

Over the course of six highly educational minutes, Tigz gets down to the brass tacks of Wacom Cintiq 27QHD ownership, explaining why she’s pro new features like the edge to edge display, ExpressKeys being on a remote (one of our lot was baffled by this, but it does actually make sense), and the motivational benefits of opting for the touch-enabled version.

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Video: An introduction to EIZO ColorEdge displays

Video: An introduction to EIZO ColorEdge displays

Wondering which EIZO ColorEdge display is right for you? In this quick video, we go hell for leather to round up the full CS, CX and CG roster, and explain why each of them is perfect for a certain creative workflow. You can also take a more leisurely amble through the range in Debs’s EIZO ColorEdge roundup here, or of course get in touch with the team on the details below to talk all things EIZO.

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Your guide to EIZO: ColorEdge CG, CX and CS series

Your guide to EIZO: ColorEdge CG, CX and CS series

Need a new monitor? Desperate for an accurate display? EIZO’s ColorEdge range are recognised as the top choices for a huge array of professional applications, from photography, design and print, to video and post-production. But with three separate series on offer, how do you know which is right for you? 

Across all the ColorEdge CG, CX and CS lines, there are certain features that are common to all three, making them all great at delivering consistent, predictable and accurate colour, no matter what your level. These features include 10-bit simultaneous colour display, 16-bit LUT, support for hardware calibration, brightness and colour uniformity with DUE technology, and a gamma curve which has been individually adjusted at the EIZO factory. They all also feature a fantastic non-glare IPS panel for more accurate and comfortable working.

Essentially though, you could break the three ranges down into ‘good’, ‘better’ and best’ – the CS series are great for entry level use, the CX displays are more for professional work, and the CG series for very top-end, colour accurate work. Find out more about each below…

The CG series

Go for this if: you need the ultimate in colour accuracy, as well as additional features like a built-in calibrator and hood included.

EIZO CG277 on Jigsaw24

Whether you work in photography, design or video production, the CG series really is the cream of the displays crop. Its colour accuracy makes it ideal for critical photographers and retouchers, as well as designers and architects who need the best colour and texture representation. As the image quality in the CG series surpasses Grade 1 standards, it’s a strong choice for those in broadcast, and it’s become the monitor of choice for top post-production houses too. It’s even perfect for commercial print use as an accurate soft proofing monitor, displaying the Fogra colour space and other print standards.

Key features of the CG series include 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage, and a 3D LUT for smooth colour mixing and neutral greys. There are also several preset colour modes you can switch between including REC709, EBU and SMPTE. The CG series also comes with a range of extras like the built-in pop-up calibrator, which eliminates the need for third party calibration hardware, bundled shading hood and ColorNavigator software, and a five year warranty with 12 month pixel defect warranty.

The options:

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CG247 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 27″ ColorEdge CG277 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

The CX series

Go for this if: you need a high level of colour accuracy, but not necessarily the precision or extra features you get in the CG series.

EIZO CX271 on Jigsaw24

The CX series is a good shout for photographers and anyone working in design and imaging. They can reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, and come with a built-in correction sensor that automatically maintains white point and brightness values. CX displays will also handle architectural simulations, and can even be used for on-set preview, post-production and in broadcast, although the lack of 3D LUT means you’re slightly more limited when it comes to really accurate work.

Other notable features of the CX series include EIZO’s ColorNavigator software bundled in for simple, precise calibration, and a five year warranty for peace of mind.

The options:

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CX240 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CX241 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 27″ ColorEdge CX271 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

The CS series

There are quite a few differences between the CS240 and CS230, so it’s worth looking at each in turn…

Go for the CS240 if: you need an entry-level colour-accurate monitor that can display the majority of Adobe RGB colour space.

The CS240 can reproduce 99% of Adobe RGB, which makes it ideal for serious amateurs or professional photographers who need to balance accuracy with budget. It’s also a strong display for non-critical evaluation in post-production, as well as editing and previewing for on-set video work and broadcast, checking print marketing and the like. The CS240 also comes with ColorNavigator software included, and a five year warranty.

EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CS240 wide gamut IPS display – black.

Go for the CS230 if: you need an entry-level, colour-accurate monitor, but only need to work in the sRGB colour space.

EIZO CS230 on Jigsaw24

The CS230 is similar to the CS240, although without the Adobe RGB coverage. That means it’s more suited for entry-level application where you only need to rely on the sRGB colour space. Having said that, it still gives good colour accuracy, so will be ideal for amateur photographers and home users, as well as less critical reviewing of simulations in design and architecture programs, and some video editing, on-set previewing and broadcast.

Unlike the CS240, the CS230 also comes with a built-in self-correction sensor to maintain white point and brightness values.

– EIZO 23″ ColorEdge CS230 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

Want to know more about EIZO ColorEdge displays? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @Jigsaw24Design on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Choosing the right display for design and imaging workflows

Choosing the right display for design and imaging workflows

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or enthusiast, if you use a display for imaging work you need to be confident that what you see on screen will match the final output, be that a print campaign, web image, or anything in between.  

For example, if you’re editing an image in Photoshop, you could be compensating for variations of hues and tones in the display and not the actual image. Choosing the right display is therefore crucial to getting your work looking right first time, cutting out on revisions and mis-matches which could cost both time and money.

EIZO ColorEdge CG276 and NEC SpectraView 271 Reference displays

EIZO ColorEdge CG276 and NEC SpectraView 271 Reference displays

So if you work in design or photography, which display is right for you? As well as giving our top recommendations at the bottom, we’ve also come up with some key features to consider when purchasing a display:

Even brightness

Fluctuations in brightness are common in LCD displays, and this variance could potentially cause a lot of problems. For instance, when looking at an image one side could appear artificially brighter than the other. This can mean that when you edit an image you are compensating for problems in your display’s uniformity rather than the image itself.

Higher end colour critical displays will have features such as digital uniformity equaliser (DUE) technology or Digital Uniformity Control to counterbalance these influences and ensure uniformity and stability over time.

DUE comparison

EIZO DUE illustration

Full tone curve and smooth gradation
If you are viewing an image on a display, you want to be able to see details within shadows and highlights as well as mid tones. Try going into Photoshop and selecting the ‘Info’ window – when you move your mouse over highlights and shadows, can you see the tone change along with the numbers?  Both EIZO and NEC Colour Critical displays guarantee a full tone curve resulting in smooth gradations of colour.
The look up table (LUT) is a key factor in a monitor’s ability to display tonal grades and transitions; a display designed for colour critical applications will have a LUT with a high humber of bits, around 14 or 16, and the best ones will have 3D LUTs that allow an even better mixing of colour.
EIZO CX smooth gradation

EIZO gamma curve illustration

Wide colour gamut
If you’re shooting in RAW or working in Adobe RGB, you should consider a display which has a wide colour gamut as it will be able to reproduce almost the entire Adobe RGB colour space. This allows colours such as rich blues and vibrant greens to be reproduced more faithfully and accurately than on a display with sRGB colour space, which can only reproduce approximately 75% of Adobe RGB.
EIZO CX and Adobe RGB

EIZO colour space comparison

Hardware calibration

With hardware calibration, the adjustments are made directly in the display rather than the graphics card, enabling these displays to produce more accurate calibration results. EIZO’s CG displays come with a built-in calibration sensor, which means they can calibrate automatically and eliminate the need for a third party calibration device.

Hardware warranty

If you are investing in a display then the length and coverage of a warranty is an important consideration. All EIZO displays and the NEC SpectraView Reference displays come with a five year warranty, and some high end displays will also come with a pixel defect warranty (meaning you’re covered for any pixel problems you may have within the warranty period).

 

Our top display recommendations…

For colour professionals who need the highest level of accuracy

 Ideal for photography, retouching, pre-press and post-production.

We recommend considering a display such as the EIZO ColorEdge CG series or NEC SpectraView Reference. These are the most advanced displays in their line-ups, with the tightest uniformity and colour tolerances, and come with additional features such as 3D LUT, hoods and pixel failure warranties.

For colour professionals and prosumers

Ideal for general design and photography work. 

If you need colour accuracy but don’t need extras like hoods or the tightest tolerances, the EIZO ColorEdge CX series or NEC Spectraview are ideal. They offer excellent quality, high bit LUTs, cover the majority of the RGB colour space and are capable of hardware calibration.

For enthusiasts and users working in sRGB

Ideal for web graphics, photography  captured in sRGB/jpeg, editing video.

If you only need to work in sRGB, the EIZO ColorEdge CS230 offers great performance at a lower cost. It has a 16-Bit LUT, self-calibration sensor, and comes with a five year warranty. And NEC’s P series displays offer great value for money – they cover the majority of the sRGB colour gamut and have IPS panel and Digital Uniformity Control for great imaging performance.

The Jigsaw24 Displays shop

The Jigsaw24 Displays shop

Want to know more about finding the right colour accurate display? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Make the most of your Adobe apps with a colour critical display

Make the most of your Adobe apps with a colour critical display

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, part of an agency or a creative type embedded in a larger company, choosing the right display is key if you want to get your work looking right first time, every time. Investing in a colour accurate display means that what you see on screen will reflect the final output, be that a print campaign, a web image or anything in between.

Displays are often a forgotten part of your designers’ workstation, but if you’re working in Photoshop or InDesign you could be wasting time and money by using a monitor that doesn’t display images accurately. For example, non-colour-accurate displays often have variations in brightness and chromaticity across the screen, so you end up correcting for variations in the display rather than in the image itself. With a colour accurate monitor, you can see the images as they were captured, saving you time and money by reducing the number of iterations needed, and ensuring that you’re working to your client’s specifications rather than your monitor’s variations.

Obviously, different displays are suited to different tasks. Here, we’re looking at the top monitor options for people using key Adobe apps, such as Photoshop or InDesign, at different levels of production.  If you want some more information, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or at displays@Jigsaw24.com. Asking costs nothing, after all, and it might save you a few iterations in the long run. If you already know what you need, just click on the banner below to see our full range!

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For professionals who need the highest levels of colour accuracy

These displays are ideal for photography, retouching, pre-press and post-production. 

EIZO 24 inch ColorEdge CG246 Self-Calibrating IPS Display

If you’re working in photography, image retouching, video post-production or design, you’ll want to opt for the highest possible level of colour accuracy. We recommend the EIZO CG series or NEC’s SpectraView Reference monitors. As Deborah, our product manager explains: “These are the most advanced displays in their line-ups, with the tightest uniformity and colour tolerances. They also come with additional features such as 3D LUTs for smoother colour mixing, hoods to keep glare off the screen and pixel failure warranties for extra peace of mind.”

Both can represent the majority of Adobe RGB, and support hardware calibration, meaning corrections are performed in the display’s LUT itself as opposed to on your graphics card, giving a more accurate result.

Top picks: EIZO’s 24″ ColorEdge CG246 and NEC’s 24″ SpectraView 241 reference display.

For professionals and prosumers

These displays are ideal for general design and photography work.

EIZO 24 inch ColorEdge CX240 Self-Correcting IPS Display

If you need colour accuracy but aren’t too fussed about extras like hoods or the tightest fault tolerances, save yourself a penny and opt for the EIZO CX range or the NEC SpectraView series. While these don’t have the hand-picked panels of their more expensive peers, they’re still capable  of hardware calibration, boast high-bit LUTs and will represent the majority of the Adobe colourspace.

Top picks: EIZO’s 24″ ColorEdge CX240 self-correcting IPS display and NEC’s 24″ SpectraView 241 widescreen P-IPS display.

For business users and enthusiasts

These displays are ideal for web graphics, photographers capturing images in sRGB/JPEG and video editors. 

NEC 23 inch MultiSync P232W Widescreen IPS Display

“If you’re capturing images in sRGB and JPEG formats, or are developing content for the web and only need to work in sRGB, then the EIZO CS and NEC P series offer great value for money,” says Deborah.”The EIZO CS230 has DUE (digital uniformity equaliser) technology to ensure the most uniform colour representation across the display, a 16-bit LUT, a self-calibration sensor and a five year warranty. Finally, the NEC P range are a good call if you’re after value for money. They don’t have quite the colour critical chops of the others we’ve featured, but cover most of the sRGB space and are ideal for general office use as they have great ergonomics, a wide viewing angle and broad connectivity options.”

Top picks: EIZO’s 23″ ColorEdge CS230 self-correcting IPS display and NEC’s 23″ MultiSync P232W widescreen IPS display.

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Want to know more about finding the right colour accurate display? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook