Take production to the next level with Sony Craft training courses

Take production to the next level with Sony Craft training courses

Want to make your student’s work stand out in the competitive creative industry? Sony Craft training courses are designed to help you learn the best techniques to ensure top-notch production.

Here to help professionals and amateurs alike, Sony Craft courses cover all the bases and are led by industry veterans that help teach filmmakers how to get the most out of their kit. They’re a great chance for them to up knowledge, develop their skills over a one day session, and achieve the results from their filming they’ve always wanted.

Sony Craft training sessions are held at Sony Professional Solutions Specialist premises in Pinewood Studios, or our London office. Courses available include:

Sound fundamentals for videographers – £289

Camera lighting fundamental course – £289

Each course requires a minimum of five people, so don’t be a loner – get a squad together! Each course has specific equipment requirements, so make sure you’re packing the right kit before you attend or let us know if you need us to provide it for you. You can find details on other Sony Craft sessions on our store.

For more information on Sony Craft training courses, 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.

 

What’s so exciting about Anova PRO?

What’s so exciting about Anova PRO?

Rotolight’s new LED studio/location light (an update of 2013’s Anova) has location shooters all a-twitter thanks to its 10% weight reduction, 43% jump in brightness and its potential to help rolling shutter cameras handle stroboscopic light. 

LED lights have been gaining momentum for a while now, and one of the best received was Rotolight’s Anova, which brightened our 2013 considerably. This year’s update, the Anova PRO, was a big hit at NAB, not in the least because it’s 10% lighter. This has gotten a big thumbs up from the ENG section of the Anova user base, as exemplified by the good folks at NewsShooter, who got a good look at the PRO at NAB:

 

Anova PRO: key specs

As well as being easier to lug around, the Anova PRO has 720 LEDs compared to the Anova’s 576. That 25% jump in the number of LEDs translates into a 43% brighter light, with an output of 6545 Lux and three feet. The colour temperature is tuneable from 3150 Kelvin to 6300 Kelvin and it has a fifty degree beam angle.

As well as these excellent specs, it comes with four excitingly-named features of Rotolight’s own design, namely:

CINE SFX mode. This equips your Anova PRO with a series of effects you can deploy on set or location in order to imitate, say, a roaring fire, a flickering television, a welding torch and several other things that have historically made rolling shutter cameras very unhappy indeed. (The official list appears to be: strobe, lightning, fire, cycle, throb, police, TV, spin, weld, spark, film, neon and gunshot.)

Flash Sync. Flash Sync lets you integrate the Anova PRO into your photography workflow, using your Anova PRO as a strobe and meaning you only need one set of lights to shoot stills and video.

True Aperture Dimming. This feature allows you to accurately calculate and display the correct aperture for your subject at any distance, meaning you no longer need to meter.

Designer Fade. This mode gives you custom fade up/fade down effects, so that you can capture those in camera rather than having to add them in post.

You can order yourself an Anova Pro here. 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.

Now in stock: Fomex flexible lighting kit!

Now in stock: Fomex flexible lighting kit!

We’ve got a fresh supply of Fomex flexible lighting kits in stock and ready for order now! Complete with LED light and 30cm x 30cm light mat, you’ll have all the tools you need to hit the ground running, whether you’re shooting in the studio or out. Grab your Fomex lighting bundle for £549 (£658.80 inc VAT)

Want to know more? Here’s the good stuff:

– Flexible LED light: Designed with filmmakers and stills photogrpahers in mind, the Fomex flexible lighting unit combines light weight, thin design and 360o pliability into an LED lighting fixture. The LED mats can be adhered directly to walls, windows or virtually any surface – curved or otherwise.

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– Weather protected: For use both in the studio and out, the Fomex flexible lighting comes bundled with an FL-600 light mat with rain and dust protection so you can work in all weather conditions and environments.

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– Portable: Fomex lighting is thin and lightweight – the mat weighs in at just 387 grams.

Innovative design: LED lights remain cool to the touch even after hours of use.

What do you get?

The Fomex flexible lighting kit bundle comes complete with:

– FL-600 LED mat.

– Lighting controller with V-mount battery plate.

– X-mount with 16mm female spigot mount.

– 5m controller extension cable.

– SuperClamp adaptor shoe for lighting controller.

– AC power supply.

– UK IEC cable.

– Carry bag.

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Buy now from Jigsaw24

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.

Thanks for swinging by our 4K shootout

Thanks for swinging by our 4K shootout

We’ve released the models, sent our demo units back on the road and written John Harrison a long and embarrassing fan letter, but there is one thing left to do: thank you, the people, for bearing witness to our epic 4K Shootout last week. 

As well as cameras from JVC, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, AJA and Blackmagic, we managed to round up some of the best peripherals available (Zeiss, Samyang and Tokina glass, Atomos DTEs, Dedolite and Kinoflo lights, Libec tripods, IDX charge kits, Shape rigs, Konova sliders and – last but not least – HPRC cases) so that visitors could try out the cameras fully rigged, and in a fully lit environment.

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Broadcast Consultant Anthony contemplates the universe

Award-winning cinematographer John Harrison was there to deliver two oversubscribed seminars on lighting for 4K. Sorry to everyone we had to turn away from the first session, but even our warren-like office can only hold so many people. Those who were lucky enough to make it in were treated to a lighting masterclass on how to make the best use of your Dedolight and Kinoflow kit when you’re shooting at high res, complete with some fascinating questions from a really engaged crowd. For those who like to keep track of these things, John was shooting on a Sony F55.

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John Harrison summons light from our boardroom floor, a feat only true DoPs can perform.

Downstairs in Wonderland, we had the shootout proper, with a Sony FS7, AJA Cion, Blackmagic Design URSA (hint, we have £1000 off these at the moment), Sony A7-S, Panasonic GH4 and JVC LS-300 all available for shooting. We’d rigged the cameras as far as possible, with a DTE on pretty much anything (thanks to Atomos for showing up in force with more toys than we knew what to do with).

We also had the incredible JVC GW-S100e 4K remote control camera system, which allows you to capture 4K footage remotely from what is possible the smallest MFT camera we’ve ever seen.

We can't tell if those guys in the back are crowding round an FS7 or queueing for free beer.

We can’t tell if those guys in the back are crowding round an FS7 or queueing for free beer.

Thanks for everyone who was involved, from the vendors who bought their kit to those who showed up last minute for the beer and networking. If you didn’t see anything that was right for you, try our Small is the New Big event on 20th August, where we’ll be pitting pro handheld cameras like the Panasonic GH4, Canon C100 and Sony X70 against each other to find the tiniest and mightiest of the current handheld crop, as well as giving you the chance to try out Optica’s latest sliders and gimbals.

You can register for our pro handheld event here.

Need 4K kit? Take a look at our best video deals here. 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.

Making a music video with DAOR

Making a music video with DAOR

Metalheads DAOR wanted a professional video for their debut release, and the director they approached was also in the market for some new kit. Luckily, bassist Andy is an account manager at Jigsaw…

DAOR’s riff-laden, frenetic (N.B. quite “sweary”) metal has earned them support slots for the likes of Napalm Death and Raging Speedhorn. They wanted a music video for ‘The Truth, The Way, The Gun’ – from their 2010 EP release ‘From the Bleeding River’ – that reflected their style but also had a polished feel.

They contacted Phil Berridge at Creative Junkie Media whose professional directing, shooting and editing have launched his videos onto the Scuzz music channel. With an idea in mind for how to achieve what he and the band wanted from the video, Phil decided he should invest in some new equipment. He then found out that, as well as laying down destructive bass for DAOR, Andy Crawford is an account manager at Jigsaw by day, specialising in audio and broadcast equipment sales.

Phil was already using a Panasonic AG-HMC151 AVCHD camcorder for shooting his music videos, but needed some extra equipment to meet the style of the film. For the tracking shots, he bought a Hague D5T tripod tracking dolly kit from Jigsaw. This affordable system is lightweight and small in form, so it would be ideal for shooting on location and in tighter spots. The director also needed a range of lamps that would keep the band looking good without saturating them, and consulted with Andy to get the perfect kit for the video.

Phil said: “Jigsaw has given me a great customer experience with brilliant advice, great pricing and negotiation on large purchases as well as doing me a fantastic deal on a set of professional Kinoflo lighting, which I was in desperate need of for one shoot. I have to thank them for their sound advice on how I should delegate the small amount of cash that I had to get a wide range of gear which was still capable of providing professional results.”

Hear more from the DAOR boys over at DAOR.co.uk.

To find out about the equipment used in filming the video, contact the broadcast team on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. Keep up with the latest broadcast news and offers by following @JigsawVideo on Twitter or heading to our Jigsaw Video Facebook page.

 

Maya lighting tutorials

Maya lighting tutorials

The other day I stumbled across these lighting tutorials which I thought I would share with you. They were published a few years ago and provide a brief introduction to the theories of lighting as well as how to practically implement them into Maya.

The tutorials are broken down into six separate sections that cover different types of lighting such as moonlight, candlelight and underwater light. I really recommend reading them even if your choice of weapon isn’t Maya or Mental Ray.

Below are some examples.

maya lighting tutorials Underwater

maya lighting tutorials Twilight

Enjoy!

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