SGO Inspires “Aspiration in Post” at NAB


SGO Reveals Future-Ready Cutting-Edge Innovation in Post Production
Booth SL3825 – Las Vegas Convention Centre – 13 – 16 April 2015

Creative post production specialists SGO presents version 8.5 of the Mistika colour grading and finishing system and version 2.06 of the Mamba FX compositing software on Booth SL3825 at NAB2015.

Be Distinctive with Mistika
Powerfully Different
Leading the products on display is Mistika, the market’s most powerful comprehensive visual creation suite designed for ambitious artists who aspire to be at the cutting-edge of post production. It has gained kudos by redefining the “Hero suite” model with seamless integration between colour grading, visual effects, conforming and editing. It effortlessly handles any client and project size including 4K, 8K and beyond, for broadcast, cinema and commercials at impressive speed in real-time. The Mistika product range offers scalable solutions for a variety of applications, including Mistika Air which provides efficient and prolific capabilities for broadcasters of content, from HD to 8K 60P, and everything in between.

Discover the Radical Effects of Mamba FX
Affordable Node-Based Compositing
Mamba FX is the Complete Real-time VFX Suite. It is SGO’s dedicated VFX compositing software which can either be used as a stand-alone visual effects platform or as the perfect add-on for any editing or colour suite. Mamba FX includes infinite layer compositing, tracking, keying, painting, restoration, optical flow, warping and many built-in effects. It can also be extended with OFX plug-ins and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. With an intuitive node-based interface which can be set to flow in any direction and with its very wide file format support, it fits seamlessly into almost any post production pipeline. From under $260, it represents unbeatable value. More information and a free trial are available at www.sgo.es/mamba-fx.
Read the latest review of Mamba FX published by highly regarded industry publication Post Magazine.

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Geoff Mills, SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations states, “SGO develops technology for aspiring artists that want to stand out as being the best in their field, and with Mistika, we provide a high-end system that enables them to achieve this. We are passionate about excellence at SGO, continually striving to make the difficult easy with determination to make technology accommodate creative intent. Our motivation is always to best serve the creative industry by equipping every driven artist with exceptional tools.”

Highlights for NAB 2015
The Mistika Precision Control Surface, unveiled for the first time at NAB is an enticing differentiator. The Panel provides the ultimate interface for complete project-finishing and is not restricted to purely manipulating colour; but also provides a tactile and intuitive surface for controlling every facet of the finishing process.

Mistika Precision Control Surface

Mistika Precision Control Surface

Pioneering facilities company, ONSIGHT, invested in the Mistika Precision Grading Panel hours after SGO’s announcement at NAB last year, complementing its long-standing Mistika offering and the skills of its creative team.

Max Horton, ONSIGHT’s new Senior Colourist with a wealth of experience in film and high-end television, remarks,
“As I begin to use the Mistika Precision Panel more and more, it’s clear it offers increased flexibility and time efficiency. Having four track balls means I can work faster when accessing additional Mistika tools in a grade, particularly luminance specific functions. I also noticed accurate and quick control with the mini-joy stick. The surface design looks great too!”

Cluster Playback” is another revolutionary feature for Mistika. Already the envy of its competitors due to its real-time performance and incredible processing speed, the Mistika Cluster Playback facility allows Mistika operators to create stunning images in real-time no matter how complicated the processing is that is required, or how high the image resolution needs to be.

Not only can Mistika make use of multiple GPU cards within a host platform, it can also harness the CPU and GPU power from multiple computers to provide limitless scalability. Unlike a traditional “render farm”, Mistika aggregates the available processing power to permit the artist to create images in real-time, rather than having to wait for rendering before playback. The result allows Mistika users to out-perform their competitors, to benefit from greater project throughput and to take on complex projects that were previously inaccessible.

Mistika’s AAF conform features have also been further developed, offering the benefit of advanced compatibility with Avid-based workflows. Editing effects created in Avid are accurately replicated in the Mistika timeline, including animated re-timing curves, shot framing, multi-camera groups and multi-track conforms. Mistika can read and write Avid compliant media files which permit “round trip” pipelines between Avid and Mistika.

“The Mistika is a great conform environment, with its truly mixed media format timeline, re-link and versioning tools. The new enhanced AAF features build on this solid foundation and are another useful tool for the online editor.” Rob Gordon, Senior Online Editor at Park Road Post Production, New Zealand

Mistika’s Extended and High Dynamic Range (EDR/HDR) workflows are another exciting upgrade addition that have undergone supplementary refinement, including PQ support according to SMPTE 2084 regulations. Supporting next-generation technologies such as these, ensures that SGO’s customers are the first to embrace new opportunities and provide market-leading services for their clients.

Mistika also boasts over fifty new enhancements, including updates to accommodate the latest ACES specifications, interface advancements such as user-inspired upgrades to the “story board”, as well as even wider file-format support.

Emerge from the crowd and dare to be different with SGO’s future-proofing technology.

Meet the welcoming team at the show where industry professionals are at hand to provide expertise and helpful solutions on the booth. Register at www.nabshow.com and gain free entry using SGO’s Visitor Guest Code LV8948. Book a Mistika and Mamba FX Demo in advance at feelthedifference@sgo.es

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Resolution Revolution of Pixel Plus Perfection at the 19th #3Dday


Canon and SGO Co-Organise 4K /UHD-Focused #3Day

Madrid, Spain, 13 November, 2014 – SGO and Canon have partnered to host SGO’s 19th 3Dday Conference this year. It takes place on the 3rd December at the Film Academy Theatre in Madrid, and will focus on 4K (Ultra High Definition) in all its glory, featuring a series of case studies by industry professionals. The 3Dday will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to explore the creative and technical aspects of the format within the entire production process, from shoot to screen.

Co-organised by Canon and SGO, the high-profile event is sponsored by HP, Red.es and Solid Angle, and aims to approach the various challenges that have to be considered when facing a 4K/UHD production. 4K/UHD projects require workflows that make the most out of capturing the footage with the aim of preserving the original image quality. The 4K zeal is not just about merely more pixels, but better high-quality pixels, including High Frame Rates, EDR and new colour spaces which play a significant role.

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The Speaker’s Panel opens with Sébastien Devaud, director and producer at BIGSENSORS & FILM, who is well-known for his pioneering work using Réflex cameras for video shoots. Devaud will share his experiences of filming in 4K with the Canon EOS-1D C and EOS C500 cameras, including the various lenses within the L series, as well as the groundbreaking Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras. He will also detail the development of his involvement in the recent production of the Disneyland Paris attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy.

Sam Sheppard, International Film and Broadcast Consultant and SGO team member, will examine the considerations needed to tackle a 4K/UHD production from script to screen. Sam will share his invaluable experience of working on complex productions that include HFR, 4K resolutions, VFX workflows and colour space issues, such as ACES and rec2020. He will also talk about BSkyB’s stunning post production of Inside the Mind of Leonardo. Sheppard is an expert on script to screen workflows and has a broad experience of working on high-level projects such as Avatar and The Lovely Bones.

John Daro, Senior DI Colorist, FotoKem – The #3Dday will also feature one of the world’s most respected and talented colorists, John Daro, who will present compelling case studies on recent projects he completed at FotoKem using Mistika, such as The Boxtrolls and 99 Homes, including exciting work involving large formats of up to 65/70mm for the Giant Screen. John Daro will also speak about his experience on 2D-to-3D conversions.

Following the SGO tradition, the #3Dday Party will take place afterwards at the Moby Dick Club. An annual date not to be missed by industry professionals.

The #3Dday Programme
Academia de Cine, Calle Zurbano, 3, 28003 Madrid
3.30 pm Doors Open
4.00 pm Conference Commences
– Sébastien Devaud, film director and producer at BIGSENSORS & FILM.
– Sam Sheppard, International Film Consultant and SGO team member.
– John Daro, Senior DI Colourist at FotoKem.
7.00 pm Conference Ends
8.00 pm The #3Dday Party starts, with Live Music and Drinks to Quench your Thirst!
The Moby Dick Club, Av del Brasil, 5, 28020 Madrid

About the Speakers

Sébastien Devaud
A director and producer for over 15 years, Sébastien Devaud is, above all, passionate about the image. Having studied directing, photography and lighting, Sébastien started his career as a cameraman but later, in order to maintain control over all stages of production, he developed his editing skills. In 1999, he set up his first production society AkwabaPROD to shoot and post-produce commercials and music videos. From there, he enjoying the adrenalin of live recording, and moved into broadcast TV and created scenarios notable for their use of contemporary lighting and depth of field effects. For Sébastien, the release of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR was a revelation. Always interested in new technologies, he grasped the potential of this revolutionary camera from the outset and today uses the full range of Canon cameras and lenses in all his productions. Today he regularly shoots for major broadcasters including M6, FranceTV, Canal+ and MTV, and also creates and produces many TV commercials, titles and campaigns for major multi-national brands. Further information about him, can be found here.

Sam Sheppard
Sam Sheppard is an international film consultant specialising in script to screen workflows, post production supervision, and stereo 3D; with a Minor in film-making in general. Sam was originally trained in New Zealand where he worked in post at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production, and on set for high-profile films as The Lovely Bones and Avatar. As well as working internationally as a technical specialist for SGO Mistika, training and advising in digital workflows for 2D and 3D production, Sam is also a founding partner of Silverscreen Pictures.

John Daro
John Daro is a Senior Colorist at FotoKem in Burbank, California. He began his career as an Avid editor helping FotoKem set up a film to disk dailies pipeline in 2001. From that position he moved into film scanning and recording. With the advent of the digital intermediate process he moved into his current role as a DI artist. Daro quickly became a leader in the stereoscopic community taking his passion for advanced imaging techniques and knowledge of post production to provide end-to-end stereo workflows. John has worked on ground breaking projects such as the award-winning Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, Contagion, and The Boxtrolls, to name a few. He continues to push technology with the use of SGO’s Mistika platform, diving into the world of HFR and High Resolution image manipulation.

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Mistika’s Captivating 4K Capabilities at InterBEE 2014


Mistika’s Comprehensive Visual Creation Suite and Precision Panels on Display in Japan

kyoshin_logo1 (2)KYOSHIN COMMUNICATIONS,
Booth #4201, Hall 4,
InterBEE2014, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan,
19 – 21 November 2014

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