IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping the field of media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016.

Sony’s announcements at IBC explore how its innovations in the fields of image, IP and media workflow are helping broadcasters rethink the ways audiences and production teams alike engage and interact with creators and their content. Sony also showcased how its ‘Beyond Definition’ vision and rich technology heritage serve as the foundation for exciting new consumer experiences and a range of business opportunities for media organisations.

“Sony is committed to exceeding our customer expectations” said Adam Fry, Vice President, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The Image, IP and Workflow innovations we’re demonstrating at IBC show how we’re continuously reshaping our technology and services to exceed the demands of the ever-changing media industry. From sensors to full blown Media Operations Management,” continued Adam Fry, “Sony is continuing its mission to unleash the incredible power of images, through innovative technologies and with great people.”

End to end production workflow for HDR and SDR production

Creating lifelike images involves more than just resolution: content creators familiar with the production of higher resolution 4K images are now turning to areas such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) to improve the viewer experience even further and create more long term asset value. Throughout IBC Sony will present the benefits of an end-to-end HDR production workflow across different production needs including, live sports production and program production:

4K Live sports: HDR is a game changer

Sony is introducing the HDRC-4000 HDR production converter unit that fills in a missing piece of 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous live production workflow. Based on Sony’s recommended S-Log3 and BT.2020 production workflow in 4K HDR live production, the unit is able to do real-time conversions to the appropriate delivery formats for various applications (broadcast, OTT, public viewing), as well as formats for input (OETF/EOTF, colour space, HDR/SDR and resolution), including conventional HD content production, and video signals apart from S-Log3 (Hybrid Log Gamma, ST.2084) without compromising picture quality.

It eliminates the need for independent workflows for HDR and SDR on the same event and saving a production time and money. This innovative end-to-end workflow solution for 4K HDR Live Production is introduced as “SR Live for HDR”. This enables broadcasters to enjoy outstanding HDR image production as well as conventional 4K SDR and HD production.

4K Program production: XAVC allows excellent HDR capture in S-Log3

The version eight firmware update for F55 and F5 (PMW-F5 requires CBKZ-55FX installed) enables support for XAVC 4K Class 480 recording, enabling a higher bit rate, and capture of excellent HDR in S-Log3. XAVC allows for reviewing of images captures immediately after shooting on-site, making it ideal for HDR production of documentaries and natural history programmes.

4K OLED Monitor for HDR production

Sony has two 4K OLED monitors capable for HDR production. Both are high performance TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors providing professional quality black performance, colour reproduction, quick pixel response, and accurate signal processing. They also support high dynamic range mode and a wide colour gamut conforming to DCI-P3 and most of the ITU-R BT.2020 Recommendation.

BVM-X300, an award-winning 30-inch 4K OLED Master monitor, the flagship model in its professional monitor line-up will feature updated Version 2 firmware including additional HDR EOTF and function support, a new hardware with an HDMI input for easy connection to cameras or Blu-ray players, and a second 3G/HD-SDI 4K input for simpler system integration.

The PVM-X550, 55-inch 4K OLED picture monitor offers a large 3840 x 2160 pixels high-grade picture for critical monitoring performance. A Quad view display mode allows individual picture settings for each display quadrant.

Enhancing solutions for an IP Live system that is ready today, open for tomorrow

Sony further demonstrated its commitment to leading an industry-wide shift to interoperable IP. A core part of Sony’s strategy is its commitment to deliver fully interoperable solutions & systems that are ready to implement today, using current available standards while remaining open to upcoming future standards.

Sony has played a strong role in the industry since 2012, starting from the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), later joining the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups, and more recently the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the Networked Media Interface framework.

Sony’s persistent advances support of open protocols is what cements Sony’s place as a technology innovator and leader in interoperability. Sony has disclosed technical specification of related NMI technology components to the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD): Essence Independent Mapping (RDD40), LLVC (RDD34) & NDCP (RDD38).

Working together to lead the industry towards interoperability, the expansion of the IP Live Alliance includes the addition of four new members: Asaca Corporation, ASTRODESIGN,Inc. , Lambda Systems Inc. and Studer by Harman.

Sony also introduced several new products that are built around its Network Media Interface (NMI):

NXLK-IP45F, a new AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board enables to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio.

NXL-IP4F, an SDI-IP Converter Unit ideal for 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System.

HKCU-IP43F, an NMI board for HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network.

XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166, an NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board (output) for XVS switchers that allows the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fiber link.

PWA-MV1N, Multi-viewer Software enables a very efficient monitoring solution into an IP Live Production Infrastructure, reducing drastically the video matrix resources used for monitoring.

Sony is taking action to bridge the gap to IP Live by providing a venue for training and education. In June 2016, Sony opened a unique facility in the UK, the Digital Motion Picture Centre IP Live at Pinewood Studios. This landmark centre provides educational resources, training and practical tools to aid the excellence and growth in IP for broadcasters and productions companies alike.

Since its opening in June this year, Sony has trained numerous people from leading broadcasters, enabling them to go beyond isolated proof of concept demonstrations and theory to experience interoperable products in a functioning live environment and upskill to become the professionals of tomorrow.

Transforming production and distribution workflows

Sony also emphasised its pledge to working with media organisations as a strategic business partner, evolving their production and distribution workflows to help them transform across various production platforms. Specifically focusing in on news production, Sony also introduced a number of solutions and services that add intelligence and greater communication between the on-field camera and the news centre.

XDCAM Air, harnessing the power of cloud computing and XDCAM: XDCAM Air services address the growing need for speed to air. Harnessing the power of cloud computing and the strengths of Sony’s XDCAM solutions, operators now have the ability to work more quickly and efficiently, concentrating on the story at hand, with the camera directly hooked into the workflow.

XDCAM Air is a portal for content workflows with intelligent functions such as new mobile applications, content management by metadata automation, connection control using GPS geo-location and distribution to multiple locations. Additionally, XDCAM Air will be interoperable with most of major systems, both from Sony and 3rd parties

Sony’s Media Backbone Hive introduced to European broadcasters: Media Backbone Hive utilises the latest IT technologies built using datacentre infrastructure to deliver a complete news and sport production workflow. Showcasing a range of intuitive web-based applications, Hive exists to deliver fast ‘Omni-media’ publishing serving all Web, mobile and social media as well as traditional TV playout. It gives access to clever and tailored dashboards that can inform business decisions, delivering efficiencies driven by insight.

Hive gives media companies the opportunity to truly excel in content creation by empowering their creative teams. Hive is dynamically scalable, drives better management of operational costs, as well as lowering total cost of ownership and avoiding unnecessary investment in underutilised resource.

Protecting, preserving and preparing content with scalable asset management

To meet the ever-growing demands for managing, storing and repurposing digital content, Sony introduced robust, long-term solutions that maximise flexibility, scalability, reliability, and performance.

Media Backbone NavigatorX, an upgraded version of Sony’s Media Navigator solution, offers new features to deliver easier, quicker and more efficient asset and workflow management. Building on the launch of Media Navigator last year, Media Backbone NavigatorX has been designed based on customer feedback to suit multiple modern workflow environments. Users will be able to manage content assets in a range of formats, with flexible feature options for production, archiving and workflow automation. Media Backbone NavigatorX features a simple user interface and is HTML-based web application compatible with multiple browsers.

Launched in April 2016, Sony’s second generation Optical Disc Archive system provides a secure long term archive on a proven format, the disc. This newest media is rated with a 100 year shelf life, achieve 3.3TB as a capacity of a single cartridge with affordable price. Optical Disc Archive System has higher accessibility than other general archive media and able to use for several workflow like exchange media, project backup and nearline archive. Additionally, Memnon Archiving Services (a member of the Sony group) offers large-scale audiovisual archive digitalisation for wider archiving projects. Further demonstrating Sony’s commitment to securing precious data and investments for generations to come.

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Introducing EIZO ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420

Introducing EIZO ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420

EIZO has added two new 24” monitors to its professional ColorEdge range – the CG2420 and CS2420. Both units have resolutions of 1920×1200, an IPS non-glare panel, and ensure smooth gradations with 10-bit display from a 16-bit look up table.

EIZO ColorEdge is great for photographers, allowing users to accurately simulate their finished product, cutting out the need for later revisions and confusion down the line. In the long run, this saves both time and money.

The CG2420 and CS2420 feature new, sleek cabinet designs with slim bezels, making them 39% smaller than their predecessors. A carrying handle is built in for improved manoeuvrability, and electrostatic switches replace traditional buttons for seamless access to monitor settings.

CG2420

– The CG2420 is a professional grade display ideal for use in photography, design, print, and post production.

– For anyone who knows the ColorEdge range this essentially replaces the CX241, but offers enhanced features such as high contrast panel, slimmer design and self-calibration sensor.

– It sits just under the CG247, which offers the best subtle tone due to its 3D LUT and self-calibration sensor which measures full tone as well as chroma.

– Key features include 99% coverage Adobe RGB, 98% coverage DCI-P3, self-calibration sensor, high contrast ratio of 1500:1, delta-E difference of 3 or less across the screen, stable colour in just three minutes, and bundled ColorNavigator software and shading hood.

The CG2420 is available now from Jigsaw24 for £958 exVAT.

CS2420 

– The CS2420 is the entry level display in the ColorEdge range; ideal for hobbyists and prosumers working in photography and illustration.

– For anyone who knows the ColorEdge range this essentially replaces the CS240 and comes with a new sleeker cabinet design.

– It lacks the brightness stabilization and self-correction sensor of the CS230 but has a wide colour gamut.

– Key features include 99% coverage Adobe RGB, high contrast ratio of 1000:1, uniformity controls and bundled ColorNavigator software.

The CS2420 is shipping soon.

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NAB 2016: Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL 4K OLED monitor

NAB 2016: Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL 4K OLED monitor

Sony today announced the new PVM-X550, a 55-inch 4K OLED monitor ideal for verifying 4K footage during production. The PVM-X550 incorporates Sony’s exclusive TRIMASTER EL technology, achieving superb colour and picture quality reproduction, and making the monitor ideal for 4K cinema production and 4K live production.

As demand continues to grow for next generation video formats such as 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR), improved workflows will become even more critical for cameramen, directors and producers evaluating video in the field. A 4K OLED large display that can be used alongside the BVM-X300,Sony’s award winning 30-inch 4K OLED reference monitor, has long been desired. The new PVM-X550 is ideally suited for this use as it is equipped with the same signal processing system as the BVM-X300 for picture accuracy and calibration. The combination of the Sony BVM series master monitors for critical evaluation and the PVM-X550 client monitor deliver the ideal image reproduction and picture quality.

The PVM-X550 supports HDR through various Electro-Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF), such as S-Log3, SMPTE ST.2084 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, covering applications for both cinematography and broadcast. It is equipped with the same signal-processing engine as the BVM-X300, providing a 12-bit output signal for the best picture accuracy and consistency. It also supports various industry standard colour spaces including the wider ITU-R BT.2020 for Ultra High Definition. These all work in tandem with TRIMASTER EL technology to ensure that professionals across the broadcast and cinematography industries are provided excellent, vibrant and reliable images.

The PVM-X550 is the quad-view OLED monitor, which allows customized individual display settings across four distinct views, including:

– Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF).

– Colour space, Transfer Matrix and colour temperature.

– Contrast, Bright and Chroma.

– Interface (3G-SDI,HD-SDI including Single Link/Dual Link and HDMI).

– Signal structure (RGBy and YCBCR).

With great off-axis viewing performance, the PVM-X550’s narrow bezel and lightweight design make it ideal for wall mounting, which is a particular benefit for integration into live production environments where space is often at a premium. At the same time, the 55-inch display also delivers a screen size that can fit in with the need for larger, more detailed monitors in the world of postproduction.

“Professional monitors are essential for 4K productions in the field and aid creators in visual storytelling”, said Daniel Dubreuil, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Sony has listened to its customers and partners about their individual needs during production and the result of those conversations is the PVM-X550 – high-performance, versatile, and customisable quad-view OLED monitor. Cameramen, directors and producers now have the capability to choose individual settings for each of the four displays to achieve their desired outcome. With this range of displays, Sony is putting image quality and dependability at the front of its agenda, giving professionals the confidence to count on excellent, reliable images for the longest time possible.”

The PVM-X550 will be available in Summer 2016.

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NAB 2016: SmallHD announces production monitor prices and proves value with slow-mo durability demo

NAB 2016: SmallHD announces production monitor prices and proves value with slow-mo durability demo

SmallHD announces pricing of their new daylight-viewable SmallHDR Production Monitors and releases a new video on SmallHDR.com featuring extreme durability tests of the displays in super slow motion.

“These are unbelievably rugged production monitors, and the same level of build quality is demonstrated in every model.” says Wes Phillips, SmallHD Co-Founder, “Downtime can be a very expensive side-effect of a monitor built without durability in mind, so we took it upon ourselves to prove that these are the toughest monitors on the market.”

Facing off against baseball bats, off-road vehicles, .40 caliber handguns and more, SmallHD’s new HDR production monitors are truly put through the paces in the latest video found on SmallHDR.com. Demonstrating how milled billet aluminum housings and thick screen protection can prevent damage in even the most severe production accidents, extreme slow-motion shots reveal every bend and twist as the monitors fight to survive each punishing test.

Beyond durability, these bright displays are designed to instill a huge level of confidence through their daylight-viewing ability, extensive software toolset, and groundbreaking accessory flexibility—making ruggedness just a piece of the value they bring to the industry.

The SmallHDR 17-inch, 24-inch and 32-inch models come in at $3999, $5499, and $7999 respectively, positioning them as the most affordable line of HDR capable Production Monitors on the market. All three models and a full array of custom accessories will be available on SmallHD.com and through SmallHD authorized resellers May 2016.

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Dynaudio PRO LYD Monitors

Dynaudio PRO LYD Monitors

The Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 know a good thing when we hear it and our latest listening pleasure is the new LYD range of studio studio monitors from Dynaudio PRO.

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Building on the heritage of the industry standard BM series of near-field monitors, LYD completely refreshes and updates the segment with the latest DSP and amplifier technology, to offer producers and musicians authoritative and powerful studio monitors that still excel at low volume, while still maintaining the precision Dynaudio PRO is famous for.

Each LYD monitor speaker drive unit is powered by a state-of-the-art Class-D amplifier that features a 96kHz/24bit signal path, plus the hand-made and consistent non fatiguing drivers (all new soft-dome tweeters and trademark Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) woofers) ensure an unerring accuracy. Finally, a DSP used in just the right way offers the option to extend or curtail the low frequency response by 10Hz where needed, while both ‘Position’ and ‘Sound Balance’ controls ensure the best possible performance for any environment.

Utmost care in selection of materials and production, combined with the industry’s most thorough and extensive testing programme allows Dynaudio PRO monitors to achieve 100 percent uniformity – not just between different pairs, but also when crossing pairs or relying on pairs in different locations.

All of this makes the LYD range THE personal reference monitors – redefined!

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LYD Range Main Features

• Handcrafted personal reference monitors
• Bi-amped speaker design, with state-of-the-art Class-D amplification
• Bass Extension control – extends or curtails the low end frequency response
• Position Mode control – better sound when monitors are placed close to a wall • Sound Balance control – influence the overall response of the speaker
• Made in Denmark

Want to book a demo? drop an e-mail to our Pro Audio Solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We always enjoy adding a new vendor to our canon, especially when it means we get to try out exciting new gear. Which is why we’re very pleased to welcome Sonos into the Jigsaw24 stable.

Sonos manufacture a smart speaker system that allows you to stream music to one room or every room, then control multiple speakers with a single app. They’ve also introduced Trueplay, a responsive technology that analyses the room your speaker is placed in and then adjusts each woofer and tweeter sounds, so you always get the best sound for the room you’re in.

So what are we most excited about?

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PLAY:5

Sonos have just released the largest player in the range, PLAY:5. It comes with six custom-designed drivers with dedicated Class-D amplifiers that are lightweight and energy efficient. The PLAY:5 uses Trueplay tuning to deliver sound that’s tailored to the acoustics of your room, thanks to smart-synchronised mid-woofers and tweeters.

Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass. All filter settings, active equalisation, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there’s absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Then you can simply control your PLAY:5 unit over WiFi using the Sonos app on any smart phone, tablet or computer, or the convenient touch controls on the device itself.

PLAYBAR

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A player that we think would be great for the M&E sector is PLAYBAR, a sound bar that complements HD screens with highly detailed, richly textured sound. As it works over your WiFi network, it’s easy to set up and expand your system over time, plus it requires just two cords: one power cord and one optical cord, both of which are included. Paired with Sonos PLAY speakers and a SUB unit, it can be used as the basis of a 3.1 or 5.1 surround sound system.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

JBL 7 series: Professional monitors

JBL 7 series: Professional monitors

JBL Professional has a long standing reputation for being the industry standard monitor for cinema sound surround installations. Look behind the screens at any major film or TV dubbing facility and you’re likely to find a JBL. The company has now brought this unrivalled reputation to smaller scale installations with the new JBL LSR 7 Series Master Reference Monitors, and boy do they look and sound good!

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Here’s the press release from JBL…

The first in JBL’s new 7 Series line, the 705i and 708i models answer the call for next generation multi-channel monitoring in post-production suites, professional music studios, broadcast facilities and OB trucks. Leveraging patented technologies developed for the flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, 7 series studio monitors deliver detailed imaging, extended frequency response and remarkable output from compact enclosures. Centrally amplified and tuned, and easily installed, 705i and 708i studio monitors are the heart of an elegant, scalable system for broadcast and post facilities working in next generation, immersive audio formats.

JBL 7 Series Specs

Next generation systems for post and broadcast production in control rooms and trucks

– Modular and scalable for number of channels and room size.

– 7 Series Monitors and the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor can be combined to produce a wide range of systems.

– Compact enclosures and mounting hardware allow versatile mounting options and unobstructed sight lines.

– Centralised amplification and processing eliminates the requirement for a power source at each speaker location.

– BSS BLU link Networked Audio for ease of interface and reduced system noise.

– Harman HiQnet equipped components can be centrally controlled via hardware, software or wireless tablet.

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Amplification

JBL removed all but the essential components from the speaker. The system leverages the superb performance and high density of eight channel Crown CT8150 and DCi8300N amps to:

– Reduce speaker system size and weight.

– Eliminate the need to provide electric power at each speaker location.

– Reduce system complexity. Blue link networked audio in the DCi N amps simplifies installation and reduces opportunity for system noise.

– LSR705i and LSR708i Dividing Network can be bypassed for bi-amplified operation.

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Signal processing and control

– Speakers are centrally processed using BSS Soundweb London signal processors.

– The BSS London allows perfectly matched tunings for the LSR708i and LSR705i models.

– Available room tuning filters provide a more consistent listening experience in a range of post production and broadcast rooms.

– Inputs to the system can be analog or digital.

– Session functions such as level, individual speaker solo, fold down and more can be centrally controlled via BSS hardware, Audio Architect Software, or tablet via a wireless router.

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Want to find out more about the JBL 7 series? Good news, we’ve just installed them in our Soho centre! Contact audio@Jigsaw24.com to find out how you can demo our new kit. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Sony November news: PVM-A series, F5/55 accessories and more

Sony November news: PVM-A series, F5/55 accessories and more

Want the latest news on Sony products? You’ve come to the right place, as we round up all November’s biggest headlines from Sony, including the launch of the PVM-A monitor range, new accessories for the F5 and F55 camcorders, and shipping info on the ODS-D77U Optical Disc Archive…

Sony unveil the PVM-A monitor range

To kick off, Sony have announced two new additions to the TRIMASTER EL Professional OLED line – the 25″ PVM-A250 and the 17″ PVM-A170. These new monitors feature all the high accuracy, contrast and picture quality of their predecessors, but in a lightweight, slimmed down form factor. In fact, they’ve had approximately 40% shaved off the depth and weight compared to previous Sony models, which is going to be ideal for live production and OB truck usage.

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“Higher resolution content creation – 4K and beyond – requires monitors with larger screen sizes for accurate colour evaluation on site,” said Daniel Dubreuil, senior product marketing manager, professional monitors, Sony Europe. “But bigger monitors are harder to carry and take up more space. These new models have the screen size needed for critical evaluation, with a thinner and lighter design that’s perfect for live broadcast and outdoor shooting. They even have a handle for easy carrying.”

The PVM-A250 and PVM-A170 also include I/P conversion that delivers automatically optimised signal processing according to input signals, with low latency (less than 0.5 field). They’ll both be available come January 2014, but if you just can’t wait for that, take a look at the current range in our Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED comparison chart.

Introducing new Sony F5/F55 camera accessories

Looking for the perfect addition for your PMW-F5 or PMW-F55 camcorder? Sony have now extended their accessory line-up with tools for 4K Live production, flexible lens adaptors and cable solutions. All in time for Christmas…

The CA-4000 4K Live Fiber Adaptor docks to the back of your F55 to turn it into a 4K Live system camera, with 4K fiber transmission up to 2000m. Other features include support for HDCU-2000/2500 Camera Control Unit operation, high frame rate recording up to 240 frames in 1080p and HD cut-out functionality.

On the lens front, the latest adaptors for the F5 and F55 let you use your favourite glass with the FZ mount, making them flexible enough for everything from news and sport to documentary and run-and-gun filmmaking. The range includes an FZ to PL adaptor with 12-pin connector, a B4 adaptor for use with 2/3 inch lenses, and a remote control version too.

Browse the F5, F55 and Sony’s F-series accessories at Jigsaw24.com.

Sony ODS-D77U

ODS-D77U Optical Disc Archive to ship soon

If you’re after long-term, reliable storage for huge volumes of media assets, look no further than Sony’s new ODS-D77U. The latest in their line-up of next-generation Optical Disc Archive solutions, it brings high speed reading and writing capabilities to the table, being able to achieve a maximum of over 1Gbps – more than twice that of Sony’s ODS-D55U. The ODS-D77U also features a high speed standard USB 3.0 interface for fast and easy connections, and an updated version of its graphical user interface Content Manager 2.0, which supports more formats and features, and has improved metadata operation. The ODS-D77U will be shipping in mid-December.

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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.

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The Jigsaw24 Displays shop

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