SGO Presents New Toolsets and Capabilities in Colour Grading, Finishing and Intelligent Broadcasting Solutions for Mistika at IBC 2013

SGO Stand A11, Hall 6 – The RAI, Amsterdam 13– 17 September 2013

SGO will be showcasing at IBC 2013, its world-leading line of powerful 4K+ Mistika DI and Stereo 3D post production solutions. Visitors to the show will be able to see how Mistika’s creative power can be put to use at the centre of every stage of production. Headlines include the unveiling of Mistika Post Version 7.4 and further exciting developments will be revealed including Mistika’s new Shape Tracker providing colourists and compositors alike with an impressively fast and powerful tracking tool at the mere touch of a button. Other highlights include the introduction of Mistika Air, the complete real-time Ultra HD Solution for Intelligent Broadcasting, including highly paralleled HD – Ultra HD – 4K – 8K operation with multiple codecs, enabling broadcasters with cost-effective, high-end production tools. Mistika V7.4 combines next generation colour grading tools, in an ACES Compliant environment, with advanced editorial, VFX, finishing, and more, making it the true differentiator in a competitive market space.

SGO presents Mistika Air for Broadcasters at IBC 2013 – SGO presents the complete Mistika real-time Ultra HD Solution for Intelligent Broadcasting offering seamless integration to support leading broadcasters to maintain their competitive advantage, as launched at SGO’s booth at NAB this year. Mistika Air equips broadcasters with high-end production tools from HD, Ultra HD and 8K providing cost-effective post production television technology. Mistika offers total support for many cameras including those from Sony, Canon, ARRI and RED with highly paralleled codecs making a significant difference in speed compared to other systems – critical when working at 4K in broadcasting. Mistika also comes with the most complete 4K video-board (4K QuadHDMI / 4K QuadDVI, 4K QuadSDI option both 1.5Gbit and 3G, single connector 4K connection over HDMI 1.4, 4K HFR).

Recent broadcast projects achieved using Mistika include Little Crackers, Mr Stink (the BBC’s first scripted Stereo 3D drama), Galapagos 3D, Kingdom of Plants 3D for Sky 3D TV including Inside the Mind of Leonardo for BSkyB.
Mistika is also being used on the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who for the BBC to be shown in Stereo 3D for the first time.

Mistika V7.4 Highlights to be Showcased at IBC 2013

SGO reveals Mistika’s new Shape Tracker – New for IBC 2013 – Mistika’s new automated tracking tool will now enable colourists to track the most demanding action shots at lightning speed. It provides Shape, Stabilisation and Motion Smoothing functions in one single click that both compositors and colourists can enjoy. As the new Shape Tracker relies entirely on Mistika’s proprietary technology, it tracks with a speed that outstrips other technologies in the industry, whilst also providing the user access to the underlying tracking process to allowing “tweaking” for more demanding shots.

Mistika’s Revolutionary Colour Grading Without Constraints – New for IBC 2013 – SGO’s evolution of Mistika’s next generation colour grading system which was originally launched at IBC last year, has been further developed to provide unprecedented levels of control over every aspect of the image and, as with all functions in Mistika, is ready for 2D and Stereo 3D productions using standard or High Frame Rates and at all resolutions. New features include infinite possibilities to route and combine colour selections across any number of layers, with all layers having a complete set of colour transform functions, and all in a single tool designed to maintain real time performance. All features are accessible directly from Tangent Elements control surfaces, which have been especially programmed to create a highly ergonomic and efficient working environment. New features include an updated grading interface, including new Curves Mode for very fine colour control, choice of blending modes for every layer and new mask processing options.

Mistika’s support for High Frame Rate and High Resolution workflows – SGO has further developed Mistika’s already proven HFR support such as for 48 and 60 Frame Per Second (fps) projects. These developments are enabling high-profile projects today and include complete workflow solutions such as the ability to export “half frame rate” material to standard editing systems, along with the complimentary functions to conform the resulting edit lists from the original High Frame Rate footage. Resolutions beyond 8K are already supported, making Mistika easily capable of high resolution work for feature-film or Ultra HD TV and Super Hi-Vision. The latest HFR formats are available through the fastest HFR interfaces, via four SDI-3G or four HDMI 1.3 (also 1x HDMI 1.4). HFR and 4K HDMI rasters are also now available.

Mistika played a major role in the world’s first High Fame Rate (HFR) film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for which it has been shortlisted for The IBC2013 Innovation Awards in the Content Creation Category as Leading Technology Partner with Park Road Post Production for the World’s First HFR-3D Post for The Hobbit Trilogy. Park Road utilised SGO’s Mistika platform as the hub of its large DI infrastructure. Park Road in partnership with SGO, co-developed tools across the entire pipeline and SGO worked in parallel with the Park Road team in Wellington from pre-production through to final delivery of the film developing the tools and inbuilt-HFR feature-set needed to meet the extremely high demands of this complicated production. The IBC Awards recognise those who have made a real contribution to the industry and whose expertise have had a positive impact on its future direction.

Mistika’s Smart Collaborative Workflow Caching– extending real time performance – Mistika expands upon its already proven SAN storage technology which already allows many of its customers to share project assets across multiple Mistika systems and non-SGO products. SGO introduces the development of clustered processing, which allows any number of Mistika systems or “render nodes” to pre-cache items from another Mistika system’s timeline. This means that where real-time (render-free) performance would otherwise be impossible, for example because of high image resolutions and complex image transformations, real time playback can be ensured because as soon as the artist makes a change, all available processors compute the result in time for immediate playback. The artist does not need to create an intermediate render, just to see their work in real time. This groundbreaking approach enables Mistika customers to work with their clients in real time, even with high resolution, high frame rate, Stereo 3D projects.

Mistika’s award-winning stereo 3D tools advances even further – Mistika remains the accepted leader in Stereo 3D post production tools leading innovation across all dimensions, with high-profile projects across film and television, making it the first choice for clients who demand the very best, placing the technology at the heart of their pipelines. However, development continues and at IBC new Stereo 3D features and enhancements will be shown to ensure Mistika is the most advanced and efficient system used in both native stereo 3D productions and 2D to 3D conversion pipelines. Some of the many new projects include Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet with many more currently in production.

Mistika general upgrades – SGO’s rapid development of Mistika, based on essential customer feedback, means there are many new features on show at IBC 2013. These include improved DCP creation tools including 60 fps HFR support, the addition of even more codecs that allow import-free and real time access to many camera and post production file formats including camera support for the Sony F65 and F700. XML and AAF support have been improved to further assist integration with non-SGO products. Mistika users can now create bespoke filters from any combination of effects and attach them to the monitor, editor or rendering outputs, for example to place LUTs, crops and watermarks onto the image without having those effects visible in the timeline. Other general upgrades include overall interface speed enhancements, Japanese/Chinese/Korean utf8 filename support, 16 channel per clip audio improvements and support for xml: xmeml, DCSubtitle and USFSubtitles subtitle formats.

SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations Geoff Mills states “IBC provides a crucial European platform to showcase SGO’s technology being used in first-rate projects achieved by the world’s most highly talented and successful creatives ranging from the small boutiques to the largest international film studios and broadcasters. Mistika is the most prominent workflow solution and system now associated with leading developments addressing current cutting-edge trends in the post, DI and broadcast arenas. We will continue to push development that provides our customers with the most advanced solutions keeping us one step ahead of the competition in an exciting fast-paced industry. We look forward to another successful IBC show.”

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