NAB 2017: New Avid Media Campus programme provides flexible volume licensing and industry solutions for educational institutions

NAB 2017: New Avid Media Campus programme provides flexible volume licensing and industry solutions for educational institutions

Avid have announced Avid Media Campus, a new programme that makes it easier than ever for educational institutions to access professional solutions from Avid.

Offering a deeper partnership with Avid, and flexible volume licensing and deployment options, the new program helps educators better prepare the next generation of creative talents and media professionals for careers in the media and entertainment industry. Avid will showcase Avid Media Campus at the Avid booth during NAB 2017 (Booth #SU902).

With exclusive education discounts and flexible solutions specifically tailored to the needs of educational institutions, Avid Media Campus offers new options that align with official industry-recognised Avid certification. The program facilitates a deeper engagement with Avid across its comprehensive tools and workflow solutions—spanning film/video/TV, sports, graphics, journalism, music/audio production, live sound, and theatre.

“The new Avid Media Campus programme is allowing UCLA to expand our engagement with Avid, further our investments in Avid solutions, and implement professional industry workflows for our students,” said Jeff Burke, Assistant Dean, Technology and Innovation, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

“The Avid Media Campus program will enhance and strengthen students’ experience with the advanced tools and workflows used by real-world production facilities, significantly boosting their employment prospects,” said Daniel Sosnowski, Faculty Technical Manager at Middlesex University. “Investing in Avid NEXIS and Interplay | Production has enabled us to facilitate remote access to media and we’ve seen notable workflow improvements as a result.”

The programme provides a foundation for colleges and universities to partner with Avid toward campus-wide production and classroom implementation based on Avid’s MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, efficient and tightly integrated platform designed for media—along with the industry’s leading creative tools that most of the top professionals rely on, including Pro Tools, Media Composer, and Sibelius. Since educational funding often favours investments in support of programmes that provide meaningful industry credentials, educational institutions that utilise Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions as a part of their curriculum are better positioned, and are better preparing tomorrow’s media professionals.

“Under the Avid Media Campus programme, Columbia University quadrupled the number of Pro Tools, Media Composer, and Sibelius licenses to 200 of each,” said Peter Vaughan, Director of Motion Picture, Instructional and Information Technology, Columbia University School of the Arts.

“Avid Media Campus is the latest expression of how seriously we take our commitment to supporting tomorrow’s creative talents and media professionals,” said Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer, Avid. “This program helps educators everywhere—from public high schools to the world’s most highly esteemed film, music and communications institutions—upgrade their facilities to include the same advanced workflows used by enterprise-level media organisations around the globe. And with Avid’s leading community of Media Composer-trained film/video editors earning 44% more on average, the programme provides students with better income and career opportunities in the media and entertainment industry.”

Benefits of the Avid Media Campus program include:
– Volume licensing on Avid software for campus-wide deployment.
– Deeper education discounts on key Avid solutions including Avid NEXIS, MediaCentral | UX, Interplay, PlayMaker, Pro Tools | HDX, Pro Tools | HD Native, Avid DNxIQ™, Pro Tools | S6, Avid VENUE™ | S6L, Maestro, and more.
– Simple annual partnership renewal with software maintenance.
– Promotion of college/university in the Avid Directory to help recruit new students and connect graduates to employment opportunities.
– Regional and campus events to facilitate industry connections for educators and students.
– Support for student competitions such as film festivals and music mixing competitions.
– Planned Student Campus Rep to facilitate student events, social networking, and more.

Availability
The Avid Media Campus program is available now.

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Did you spot us at the LUPC & SUPC Conference 2016?

Did you spot us at the LUPC & SUPC Conference 2016?

If you swung by this year’s LUPC & SUPC meetup, you may have seen us plying our wares on stand 15, where our HE team and tame Adobe expert were doling out advice on how to make the most of your Creative Cloud licences. For those who stayed home, here’s what you missed.

What is the LUPC & SUPC Conference?

It’s the annual shindig that provides procurement staff from members of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium and the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium to meet with vendors who sell through their frameworks. There were also talks and workshops to keep everyone up to date with the latest best practices, and cake, the highlight of any corporate event.

Why were we there?

We’re proud providers of Adobe software on both frameworks. As an Adobe Platinum Reseller and the largest Adobe provider in the UK, we have the expertise and bargaining power to get you the best deal possible on your licences, so we were keen to meet university staff and show off the benefits of Adobe’s VIP scheme for staff and students. (Here’s a quick recap of the VIP tiers, for anyone who forgot to take notes.)

Do we only do Adobe?

Goodness, no. We can also provide Apple kit and peripherals, PC hardware, video and audio equipment, and all of your underlying cabling and infrastructure. Once we’ve got you creating content, we can also provide end-to-end storage solutions (including separate shared storage for media labs) and help you share everything via a new WiFi network.

Do we drop off your hardware and leave?

Absolutely not. We have PRINCE 2 certified project managers to ensure all your major installs go off without a hitch (and get finished before term time), and we also offer a range of support and maintenance services to help you stay on top of your tech.

These include support contracts with guaranteed response times and service level agreements (SLAs); a managed repairs service (in which we pick up and fix all your broken Apple kit on a regular basis and book it all in as one job, so you can reduce the admin burden of broken machines); onsite tech bars to supplement your help desk team; embedded engineers and techs to work alongside yours; health check days where we comb through your systems to identify problems before they arrive, and even just good old fashioned phone and email support.

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Autodesk Desktop Subscriptions: What you need to know

Autodesk Desktop Subscriptions: What you need to know

Our resident licensing expert Kim Beard explains the difference between Autodesk’s new Desktop Subscriptions and your usual common or garden Autodesk licence…

What are Autodesk Subscriptions?

Back in the day, Autodesk only offered one kind of subscription, and it gave you access to support, resources and free version upgrades. Now, that’s known as a Maintenance Subscription and a new player has entered the game: Desktop Subscriptions.

A Desktop Subscription is also termed a Licence, and in layman’s terms it’s a you rent the licence on  an annual or quarterly basis, rather than buying it outright. Rather than buy a licence and then pay an annual maintenance fee, you pay a flat fee every year or quarter, and Autodesk make sure you have access to the latest version of your software.

Does this mean perpetual licences are being phased out?

No! Both perpetual licences and Desktop Subscriptions are available from Autodesk.

Who would want an Autodesk Subscription?

If you’re a new business looking to limit your initial spend, renting your licences for the first couple of years is a cheaper alternative to buying them outright straight away – especially if you expect the number of staff you employ to fluctuate over your first few years of operations. Similarly, any company that takes on extra staff on a project-by-project basis can save by having a core of perpetual licences, then effectively renting any additional ones on an annual or quarterly basis using Desktop Subscriptions.

And, surprisingly, this could actually be a great deal for any of you using Autodesk’s LT range. With the full versions of applications like AutoCAD and Maya, it only takes three to four years for a Desktop Subscription to add up to the price of a perpetual licence. But if you’re using an LT package, the lower subscription fee means it could take up to a decade for a Desktop Subscription to cost you as much as a perpetual licence, by which time your workflow could have changed entirely.

How does the cost compare to perpetual licences?

Buying a full licence of Autodesk 3ds Max or Maya costs £3625 (all prices are SRP), and a Maintenance Subscription to keep your licence up to date will cost £1280 every year thereafter. An annual Desktop Subscription includes maintenance, so will just cost you £1280 per year. Over time, you end up with a cost comparison that looks like this:

So if you’re going to need your licence for any longer than four years, you’re better off buying a perpetual licence. AutoCAD gives much the same result, as a perpetual licence costs £4350 with an annual £595 maintenance fee, whereas a Desktop Subscription costs £1360 annually.
Our helpful graph for AutoCAD LT looks markedly different:
A perpetual licence with Maintenance Subscription costs you £1140 for the first year and £190 thereafter, putting it far ahead of a Desktop Subscription’s £300 annual payment.
Obviously, this is a sizeable investment either way, and we recommend that you drop Kim and the ever-knowledgable autodesk@Jigsaw24.com team a line before you buy, but hopefully our charming graphs have cleared things up a bit.
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Avid’s new upgrade plan: what you need to know

Avid’s new upgrade plan: what you need to know

Attention all Avid users: the software giants are saying goodbye to their current upgrade model, and are giving you until 1st January 2015 to move to the latest version by taking out one of their new annual support plans. Here’s what you need to know.

How the new plan works

First off, this isn’t a subscription model. When you buy a new licence of Media Composer, Symphony or NewsCutter, it’s yours and you own it forever. However, the only way you can get access to updates and new versions is by signing up for Avid Support, which costs £190 ex VAT and needs to be renewed annually. This cost gives you access to any and all updates Avid release for free, plus basic tech support. If you stop paying for Avid Support the licence will still function, but if you want to access any new features you will have to pay for a new licence.

Who needs to buy Avid Support?

If you bought Media Composer 8, Media Composer 7 or NewsCutter 11 between 1st April and 29th April 2014, you’ll have been automatically enrolled in Avid Support, and don’t have to do anything until next April, when you’ll need to pay to renew it for another year. All new licences purchased since then will have been automatically enrolled on Avid Support.

Everyone else will need to buy Avid Support before 1st January 2015, or you’ll have to buy new licences. If you’re using an earlier version of Media Composer, signing up to Avid Support will give you access to the latest version at no extra cost.

If you buy add-ons like the Symphony option for Media Composer, these will be covered by your initial Avid Support contract.

In case our aggressive hyperlinking hasn’t already clued you in, you can purchase Avid Support here on our site.

What if I have an existing support plan?

If you have a current Expert Plus or Elite support contract with Avid, then your Media Composer licences will automatically be enrolled in Avid Support, and you just need to renew then annually from now on.

What if I need to buy new licences?

All licences will include one year’s worth of Avid Support, and you’ll be prompted to renew in a year.

What if I choose not to sign up for Support before 2015?

You’ll still be able to use your existing Media Composer licences, but you won’t be able to update them or add Avid Support to them in future. If you wake up on 2nd January 2015 and realise that sweet merciful Zeus, you did need that licence after all, you’ll have to pay for a full, new licence. This will set you back far more than £190, so we strongly advise you to purchase Avid Support here, now, so you know you’re covered.

Isn’t there also a subscription model?

Yep. For those of you who don’t need to own your software licences outright (maybe the number of licences you need changes from project to project, maybe you only need Media Composer for a specific period), Avid now offer annual and monthly subscription plans from £429 ex VAT a year. You pay a regular fee to rent your software, and lose access to it if you miss a payment.

It’s also worth nothing that a Media Composer subscription comes with a load of extras, including access to Symphony, NewBlue Titler, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Complete Lite and a 30 day trial of iZotope Insight.

If you want to move your existing perpetual licences to a subscription model, Avid will let you cross grade for £340 ex VAT, after which you’ll have to pay the usual £429 annual fee.

What are the options too convoluted to discuss here, and who should I contact to find out more about them?

There are two other things we think you should consider. First, Avid are now offering networked and floating licences, designed to help artists in a single facility to collaborate more fluidly. Second, if you’ve been on an elderly version of Media Composer and are about to take out support to get the latest version, it’d be a good idea to check your hardware compatibility. We provide Avid accredited turnkey systems, so it’s a good idea to give us a call and discuss your options before switching versions (our contact details are below).

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How to stay on top of your Autodesk licences

How to stay on top of your Autodesk licences

We’ve banged on about how we think every Autodesk user needs a subscription, we’ve told you about all their latest offers, and now it’s time to reveal what comes next. Keeping your Autodesk licences in order and making sure all your subs are in sync can look like a tricky business, but we’ve got our team on hand to help.

Consolidating your licences

If you’re a busy facility with ten copies of Maya, five of MotionBuilder and a few copies of 3ds Max just in case, the last thing you want to do is waste time performing admin tasks for eighteen different products, each with a different serial number, each of which were forgotten by everyone about ten minutes after the software entered the building. One of the (totally free!) services we can provide is the consolidation of all your licences for each Autodesk product, so you’ll have one serial number that covers all your Maya licences, another for all your MotionBuilder ones and a third for 3ds Max. Far easier to manage, no?

Aligning your renewal dates

Alas, subscription plans are not indefinite. At some point, your time will be up, and you’ll need to pay for the next year, three years or what have you, and if you’ve got a lot of subscriptions to manage, that can become a major budgeting headache. If you’d like to align your licences and subscriptions so that all of them expire at once, or clusters expire at the same, convenient time, we can help with that too. Give our team a call (or ask the fella on the end of the phone when you call up to buy) and we can arrange to have your licences and subscriptions expire when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to budget for renewals.

We can either help you produce a plan of what you need to renew and when in order to get out of whatever rats’ nest of licences you’re trapped in and into a smooth software management workflow or, if you’re already organised, we can arrange it so that any additional licences you take on expire at the same time as your existing ones.

If you’re phone-phobic, there’s always the Autodesk Subscription Centre

The Autodesk Subscription Centre is where you can track your own subscriptions and licences, and keep an eye on which are coming up for renewal. As well as being the place where you access all your Autodesk 360 cloud benefits, the Subscription Centre is where you go to request access to an older version of your software should you need it, download new releases and request any serial numbers that you’ve lost, so it’s well worth a bookmark.

Visit the Autodesk Subscription Centre

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The top 5 benefits of Vectorworks Service Select

The top 5 benefits of Vectorworks Service Select

Making sure your software is up to date can be a pain – particularly when that means keeping track of different versions, having to fork out every time a new upgrade is released, and then being forced to take a crash course on new features. Thankfully, with Service Select from Nemetschek, staying on top of your Vectorworks software has become more affordable (and a lot easier).

Officially, it’s labelled as “a new and exclusive way of helping you maximise your investment in Vectorworks,” with an eye for making sure customers get the best upgrade price possible as well as a heap of other resources, such as priority tech support. But what exactly does that mean? In the spirit of making life easy, we’ve decided to put Service Select through its paces and run you through the top 5 benefits of the Vectorworks programme.

1. Free upgrades
As far as keeping up with the Joneses is concerned (or rather making sure you have the tools to work on projects with colleagues), having the latest version of an application is vital. VSS makes this much more affordable. Rather than paying for upgrades as and when they are released, you automatically get any updated versions (including service packs) released during the term of your agreement – for free. This guarantees that you are always using the most up-to-date tools while saving money, as VSS is more cost-effective than the standard upgrade route.

2. Free premium support
Nobody likes a queue jumper – that is, unless they’re the one doing the jumping. It’s not strictly the same thing but, with VSS, anyone in need of tech support is able to skip the main Vectorworks tech support queue and get their call dealt with first by using the Service Select telephone number. Again, the key word here is free – as long as you’re giving them a call during the length of the agreement. There’s also a dedicated email address for any general enquiries, and for larger problems, VSS offers its members remote support, which lets the Vectorworks team diagnose any problems by remotely accessing your computer.

3. Free training
New software updates mean new features and, in turn, require new skills. VSS comes with the option of two half-day training sessions per year – regardless of whether any new versions are released during the length of your agreement. It means, whether you’re looking to refresh your knowledge or learn about the latest tools, you’ll have the option to. There are also online training sessions that are delivered in webinar form and give you the chance to find out more info on some of the more important topics such as data exchange with DXF.

4. Free access to knowledge portal
Every VSS agreement comes with a personal portal password. The knowledge portal includes tips and tricks, tutorial movies, the Vectorworks Knowledge Base search engine and much more. More than just training, this gives you access to on-demand resources. Stuck on a specific Vectorworks tool? Chances are you’ll find the answer in the portal, whenever you need it!

5. And the rest...
It’s not technically all one benefit, but VSS also includes:

– Licence protection, which gives you dongle-free replacement in case you lose or damage your existing one.

– Access to new libraries, textures, plug-ins and templates.

– Discounts on training and services offered by partners.

– Easy account management.

– And the Service Select newsletter…

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