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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Cathedrals of Culture aspires to great new heights with the Mistika finishing treatment


Online Editor Christian Tröger working at Berlin’s ARRI Mitte used Mistika’s advanced toolsets to post produce majestic scenes in Cathedrals of Culture.

Neue Road Movies, owned by Oscar award-winning director Wim Wenders, produced the striking film which portrays various buildings around the world. Using the visual language of stereoscopic film-making, it was directed by acclaimed directors bringing their own unique style. Wim Wenders covers the Berlin Philharmonic building; Robert Redford‘s film shows off the Salk Institute at La Jolla in California; Michael Glawogger depicts the National Library in Russia’s St. Petersburg; Michael Madsen features the Halden Prison in Norway; Margreth Olin sheds light on the Oslo Opera House and Karim Ainouz focuses on the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Neue Road Movies selected ARRI Mitte’s creative team to conduct the visual post work. The complete finishing process, including conform, Stereo 3D alignment, as well as most of the VFX shots, were achieved by Christian Tröger using SGO’s Mistika post production system based at ARRI Mitte. The successful collaboration between Neue Road Movies and Christian with Mistika at the helm, goes back many years now, where they have worked together before on award-winning and high profile films such as Palermo Shooting and PINA. In Cathedrals of Culture most of the offline editing occurred on location where the buildings were filmed, or where the director resided. A variety of cameras and formats were used ranging from the ARRI Alexa, Canon RAW 5k timelapse, RED 3, 4, and 5K, right through to archival and still shots.

Opera House – Oslo - Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Oystein Mamen 2013

Opera House – Oslo – Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Oystein Mamen 2013


Christian Tröger shares his experiences on how Mistika enabled him to accomplish the required results, “Mistika was again used as the main tool for most of the work but also used as a hub and collector for all other processes. The Mistika timeline was simply created based on an EDL and a reference, with some episodes only modestly tweaked after editing, while other timelines requiring up to 20 stereo layers to organise the different sources, and also to visually vary and blend them to create interesting pictures.”

Online Editor Christian Tröger at Berlin's ARRI Mitte selected Mistika

Online Editor Christian Tröger at Berlin’s ARRI Mitte selected Mistika

Christian explains further, “We decided to complete this project in a 2.5K workspace, but always directly from the camera footage, which meant that all of the array of resolutions were brought down on-the-fly to a specific 1:1.85 ratio which would fit exactly into the final 2K DCP at a later stage. From this unity resolution, we continued to add the stereoscopic treatment that the film required, including re-framing, compositing, stabilisation and so forth.”

The idea was to merge as many logical steps and tasks together as possible, because the goal in mind was to have only one render process from the camera native file to the final resolution at all times. Christian continues, “When working directly from the native camera files like this, it is still necessary to have robust real-time playback in order not to disrupt the creative flow. Our Mistika runs on the latest HPZ820 with a Nvidia Quadro K6000 GPU, and this provided direct real-time playback in many areas. Where this was impossible, for short sections, I used Mistika’s “look ahead” cache, which pre-processes non real-time elements further along the timeline “on-the-fly”. By the time the play head reaches these elements, they are cached and therefore play in real-time. For longer playback needs, I background-rendered several parts as a 2.5K pixel-native proxy for each eye.”

Christian adds, “A 2.5k stereo as a proxy sounds crazy, but the machines are ready to give – so we should take it, as they can handle it! I made extensive use of Mistika’s built-in batch render manager, so that I could split system performance by processing multiple files in the background while still carrying on with creative work. I also used the batch manager to give Mistika a task-list to complete while I slept! For the real output, Mistika generated a 16bit DPX file sequence, which is the format we use as standard for exchange within ARRI Mitte, as we believe that our interchange format must be of the highest possible quality.”

Halden Prison – Norway - Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Heikki Farm 2013

Halden Prison – Norway – Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Heikki Farm 2013


ARRI Mitte’s workflow solution allows for the DOP and stereographer to work in-house at the same time on the images, but on different systems. Every evening throughout this project, Mistika would diligently output the daily work as stereoscopic 16bit DPX in 2K, which automatically replaced the source pool to feed the grading session.

Every morning began with a screening session with all collected work visible in the theatre. These morning sessions Christian describes as the most important times throughout the six episodes: – DOP, directors, stereographer, producer and artist assembled to spend a concentrated hour together, to define a to do list for that day regarding the overall post production timing. “In my opinion,” he adds, “a stereoscopic project needs more options for collaborative working than 2D projects for example, because the contribution of each department, including editing and colour grading, influences the perceived depth of the images.”

Christian goes on to describe how he approached the management of the project when considering how much to do within Mistika: – “As a finishing artist, you have to understand the moment your client explains the idea. Sometimes it is more efficient to start a separate VFX pipeline with the producers, which means outsourcing a task and then, exporting, coordinating and collecting the results thereafter. On other shots it was much more efficient to complete the shot directly within Mistika. Many other tasks such as tracking, roto-scopic work, relatively complex warps and matching archival footage to the filmed stereo material, were also completed using Mistika.”

Centre Pompidou, Paris - Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Ali Olkay Gazkaya 2013

Centre Pompidou, Paris – Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Ali Olcay Gozkaya 2013


He adds further, “When all conform, VFX and stereo work was approved on the Mistika, and this output had been finally graded and rendered, it was just a simple re-link in the timeline to have final colours in the Mistika environments. The next step was to title and finish all the episodes and create the first versions. Projects like this always have a long list of versions and a huge list of deliverables. The versioning is part of Mistika’s role too, as they need to be created from the original sources, which are sometimes within the set-ups or from steps in-between processes.”

Christian explained how all of the set-ups needed to be amended for the mono-scopic theatre version as well, to meet the client’s requirements, discarding all unnecessary stereo adjustments, but keeping all other decisions that had been made on the picture. “The stereoscopic television version also needed a different depth grade and an additional colour grade to bring it to the REC709 standard. All of these important tasks took place within the Mistika timeline.”

National Library - St. Petersburg, Russia - Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Wolfgang Thaler 2013

National Library – St. Petersburg, Russia – Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Wolfgang Thaler 2013


Christian noted, “Our last sizeable Stereo 3D project was back in 2010, and since then, the Mistika stereoscopic toolset has grown into a very complex and main core solution. Without the smart functions and the utterly phenomenal speed and usability, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such complex depth grading work, not to mention as well as all the other demanding tasks that Mistika handles at the same time for us.”

The 168-minute film which combines all of the six episodes, examines human life through man made structures, and will be released in Stereo 3D to distinctly capture the very essence of each building. The Director of Stereography was Joséphine Derobe. The films will be shown across the globe, following their Première at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. Discover more about this fascinating project at the production company’s website.

Salk Institute – La Jolla, California - Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Alex Falk 2013

Salk Institute – La Jolla, California – Cathedrals of Culture, Courtesy of Neue Road Movies via ARRI Mitte, Copyright Alex Falk 2013


CREDITS
Wim Wenders: Berliner Philharmonie – Berlin, Deutschland (DOP Christian Rein)
Michael Glawogger: Russische Nationalbibliothek – Sankt Petersburg, Russland (DOP Wolfgang
Thaler)
Michael Madsen: Haftanstalt Halden – Halden, Norwegen (DOP Oistein Mame)
Robert Redford: Salk Institute – La Jolla, Kalifornien, USA (DOP Edward lachman)
Margreth Olin: Opernhaus – Oslo, Norwegen (DOP Wolfgang Thaler)
Karim Ainouz: Centre Pompidou – Paris, Frankreich (DOP Ali Olkay Götzkaya)
Produced by: Erwin M. Schmidt, Gian-Piero Ringel
Executive Producer: Wim Wenders
Co-Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Anne Köhncke (DK), Tommy Pridnig,
Peter Wirthensohn (AT), Maria Ekerhovd (N), Charlotte Uzu (F), Laura Michalchyshyn, Sidney Beaumont (USA), Nobuya Wazaki, Kayo Washio (JP)
Produced by: Neue Road Movies (D)
Co-produced by: Final Cut For Real (DK), Lotus Film (AT), Mer Film (NO),
Les Films d’Ici 2 (FR), Sundance Productions / RadicalMedia (USA), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg In Collaboration with Arte D/F), Wowow (JP)
Director of Stereography: Joséphine Derobe

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SGO dares to be different in new NAB line-up


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Booth #SL9021, 7 – 10 April, NAB 2014, Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada



SGO’s new strap line “Beautifully Creative Technology” sums-up the ethos behind the company’s avant-garde performance-leading development drive to provide creative artists with the most empowering facilities available. SGO will exhibit the latest additions to its range of extremely powerful Mistika post production systems and Mamba FX compositing software at the 2014 NAB Show. SGO’s technology will demonstrate how broadcasters and post facilities can transform their companies by accessing new markets and revolutionising creativity and efficiency in colour grading, finishing and compositing with Mistika and Mamba FX.

NAB annoucements
– Mistika post production system will support the stylish Precision Grading Panel, read more
– Mamba FX is now available on Linux and soon on MAC! read more
– Preview of the Mistika V8.2 Spatial Isolation Toolset, read more

Mistika Post – Powerfully Different
Designed to be different, SGO unveils its new Mistika range based on accelerated optimum performance levels, namely Mistika Post, Mistika Optima and Mistika Ultima in version 8.0. Radically crossing the boundaries between grading, compositing and editing for ultimate creative freedom in real time, Mistika seamlessly merges all post disciplines for broadcast and film. All projects, irrespective of size, can be completed on any Mistika system, with the fastest being Mistika Ultima, handling HFR capabilities, 4K and beyond, in real time. New features include a Spatial Isolation Toolset with the ability to allow grading selections or keying mattes to be derived from CGI object meta data. Other new key features in version 8.0 include an all-new node-based compositing interface, support for Canon’s RMF, Sony’s XAVC, enhanced AAF support, ProRes 4:4:4:4 file formats, a re-branding output render module and Dolby Atmos DCP generation. SGO will also showcase Mistika on other booths at NAB, with updated information soon to be made available on the SGO website.

State-of-the-art Mistika Suite, Courtesy of Europa Sound & Vision, Stockholm Sweden, photographer Mattias Segnestam

State-of-the-art Mistika Suite, Courtesy of Europa Sound & Vision, Stockholm Sweden, photographer Mattias Segnestam

Mistika Air – Intelligent Broadcasting
Mistika Air is a specific version of Mistika especially tailored for broadcasters of HD, Ultra HD and beyond. Mistika Air Ultra allows for even greater speed and throughput in a crowded multi-platform environment that caters for the delivery of high resolution programmes, which are swiftly becoming the standard. Mistika provides a viable and stress-tested solution which promotes seamless integration and high-end production tools for HD, Ultra HD and 8K productions. Mistika also boasts 4K HFR modes at 59p and 60p speeds for the UHD market, supported through the QuadSDI standard.

Mamba FX – Evolution Redefined
Mamba FX is SGO’s affordable and very powerful, open, node-based compositor introduced at NAB for the first time since its initial launch at IBC2013. It displays an intuitive node-based graphic interface delivering an integral visual effects suite with unlimited compositing layers and effects. Mamba FX can also be extended with OFX plug-ins or additional options from SGO. These options include DCP creation and access to SGO’s unbeatable stereo correction tools. Mamba FX is available to order online at www.sgo.es/shop including access to tutorials and forum support.

Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO of SGO says “What keeps SGO’s technology at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation is that we are continuously creating radically cool new solutions that transcend traditional film and broadcasting. We are not hesitant to embrace change in new ways in the best interests of the industry that we passionately serve.”

Geoff Mills, SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations adds “SGO is enjoying continued growth around the world as more and more people adopt our products. Customers are drawn to agile technology that gears them up for every potential encounter. SGO’s future-ready dependability and foresight enables customers to prepare for any project of any size, at any time, anywhere, right now and in the future.”

SGO appreciates the dedicated support of technology partners ATTO Tech, Bright Technologies, Canon, Dolby, Dot Hill, DVS, HP, NVIDIA and Tangent Devices at the show this year. Look out for further NAB announcements on SGO’s website as the event date draws closer.

Book your Mistika Demo at feelthedifference@sgo.es and register for NAB at www.nabshow.com using Guest Pass Code: LV9255. Feel the difference at the SGO Booth – the SGO team looks forward to welcoming you to enjoy their technology.

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Press Release Date: 28 February 2014, Madrid, Spain

ONSIGHT shows insight by setting its sights on Mistika expanding further to deliver high-end DI and Stereo 3D productions to meet increasing film and broadcast demand


“We have been users of Mistika for a long time. It continues to help us meet increasing and complex requirements in DI and Stereo 3D productions with impressive and importantly, real-time results. …Updating our Mistika facilities was vital for the benefit of our creative and technical teams, in order to keep delivering high quality and time sensitive material.”
Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT

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SGO wins International 3D Society Lumiere Award for Mistika


SGO’s Development Team Honored for Mistika Innovation and Impact in the Industry

Hollywood, 5 September 2013 – Spanish developer SGO receives the prestigious International 3D Society’s 3D Technology Lumiere Award for its Mistika finishing and color grading system for advancements in Stereo 3D and Ultra HD technology. The Lumiere Technology Awards are voted by a professional awards committee via balloting where the judges recommended SGO’s Mistika for the top tier award, specifically due to its impact and innovation in the marketplace. SGO will be honored at a ceremony in Hollywood which takes place on the 18th September, where Geoff Mills, Director of SGO Global Sales and Operations, will receive the Award on behalf of the pioneering technology team.

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SGO Accelerates Mistika’s Lightning-Speed Performance with New NVIDIA Quadro K6000


Mistika powers up with NVIDIA to increase interactivity and HFR support

“The combination of SGO’s toolset and their ability to convert GPU resources into workflow acceleration so efficiently makes Mistika and the Quadro K6000 an incredibly exciting solution for 4K, stereo and HFR workflows.”
Sandeep Gupte, senior director of Product Marketing for the Quadro professional graphics business at NVIDIA

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Mistika and HP shed light on Star Trek Into Darkness at Post Production Conference in Madrid – 30th May 2013


Mistika is good at Bad Robot

Mistika has opened up an entirely new world of workflow efficiency and quality control to us by bringing high-end finishing capabilities inside our facility.”

Ben Rosenblatt, Production Executive, Bad Robot

Star Date: Madrid, Thursday 30th May 2013, 10.15 am

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