SGO’s Remarkable Pizzazz Captivates World-Class Creatives at IBC


Enriching Mistika Sessions Engaged Audiences On All Levels

This IBC we did something Different, feel the SGO vibe…

The committed SGO team presented another inspirational experience at IBC with panache, sporting a striking stand-space, demonstrating that Mistika and Mamba FX post production systems provide the only real differentiator for companies wanting to stand out from the competition. Creative professionals including leading broadcasters, colourists, compositors, post facilities and famous film studios paid the stand a visit to suss-out the very latest technology on display. The new “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” trailers, finished in Mistika by customer Bad Robot, proved a big hit.

The absorbing sessions presented by SGO’s Marketing Manager Sofia Pensado and Mistika Application Specialist Peter Amies throughout the 5-day show, drew numerous delegates to SGO’s stand. Intriguing topics engaged everyone about the challenges of post producing high production-value long-form drama and documentaries, referring to ONSIGHT as a Mistika customer success story. How Mistika enables artists to stand out in a fiercely competitive arena when post producing high-end commercials was demonstrated with projects by Norwegian post facility Hocus Focus. Cutting-edge workflows used in some of the biggest blockbusters, such as Fotokem’s work on “Carrier 3D” were a highlight, as well as how to prepare for the future in post with HDR, VR and 8K looming. SGO’s main overview session explored what colour-finishing really means in the ever-changing world of broadcast and post, by validating how colourists can successfully integrate colour, online, VFX and delivery in one powerful commercially-viable Mistika system.

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Development highlights of the Mistika and Mamba FX systems were also on show. Performance-leading HDR-enhancing grading features linked to the stylish Mistika Precision finishing control surface, as well as an entirely new media management sub-system were launched. SGO’s brand new “UniColour” tool also caused a great deal of excitement, as it allows seamless bi-directional transfers between many different colour spaces. This single tool removes substantial headaches from modern professional workflows. Also on show, was a sneak preview of SGO’s all new 3D Keyer – arguably the most powerful and intuitive 3D keyer available.

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Furthermore, Mistika’s “Additional Mistika User Log-in” programme announced at NAB2015, enables customers to add systems without having to purchase extra licenses, making the ownership of multiple Mistika systems extremely affordable without compromising or devaluing SGO technology. This exclusive approach is an alternative option for customers to help them increase artistic output and profits.

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Also new this IBC, Boris FX Graffiti has now been integrated into SGO’s low cost, node-based compositing software Mamba FX. The supporting Windows version will be ready to ship in October 2015, with Linux and Mac versions to follow soon.

In addition, SGO proudly partnered with Canon, displaying pioneering advancements in HDR technology with a red-hot Mistika system holding the reins of an end-to-end HDR-4K colour-process workflow demonstration on the Canon booth.

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It was another successful show for SGO all round and Marketing Manager Sofia Pensado enthusiastically closes with these remarks, “Our customers continue to inspire us! The incredibly positive feedback we received at IBC has been overwhelming. We feel privileged to provide progressive high-end technology to ambitious creative companies that prepare and think ahead, further advancing the industry to even greater heights with high-calibre quality work on amazing projects.”

Ready to be Inspired this IBC?


This IBC, we’re doing something a little different…

11-15 September, Amsterdam RAI

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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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FotoKem Adds the Power of Mistika to DI Suites


“We are thoughtful and diligent in our choices of tools and technologies. After meeting with the Mistika team, we are confident that this system will provide the powerful features we need to support our clients and enable them to work the way they want.”
Mike Brodersen, VP of Strategy, FotoKem

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