SGO discloses unique colour grading tools


Mistika, powerfully different, revolutionizes colour correction and finishing with the most advanced tools and workflows for grading.

To provide enhanced creative capability within online grading and finishing SGO is proud to announce the development of Spatial Isolation Toolset to its world renowned Mistika DI, Grading and Finishing system for Mistika version 8.2

In both 2D and Stereo 3D finishing it is common for multiple objects to brought together from separate creative systems, using masks, object IDs, positional information, travelling mattes, etc, and in the case of live-action Stereo 3D, associated z-depth maps. Unfortunately, it is standard practice for such information to be dropped before entering the on-line grading and finishing, especially when the number of objects being combined is large in number, resulting in a single-plane image with no ability to re-adjust objects independently within the grading and finishing stage of the project workflow.

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SGO’s new Spatial Isolation Toolset works with all the associated additional object information, enabling the simple selection of any object or group of objects, providing total interactivity with respect to blending objects together through the use of Mistika’s advanced grading tools.
A colourist can use any object selection options by single clicking any elements or part of an element, correcting only object surfaces pointing in certain directions, or separate objects by a z-depth range selection, all of which can be combined with traditional object isolation modes, such as windows and colour or luminance range selection, but now with total object isolation accuracy.

What Spatial Isolation offers to the colourist is not compositing – it is object separation inside the colour grading workflow, using the information provided by the previous effects and compositing systems. This means it is no longer necessary to spend time attempting to fine-tune objects integration with their surroundings with the slow and non-interactive capabilities provided within effects systems, instead allowing the real-time and fully interactive capabilities of Mistika to creatively light and grade 3D animation objects sympathetically within their final surroundings.

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When working with Stereo 3D footage the associated z-depth map can just as easily be used to perform object and image plane isolation, allowing the colourist to perform far greater creative manipulations, from grading and colour correction, to defocus, and re-lighting, further enhancing the reality that Stereo 3D can bring to the big screen.

“SGO strives to bring unique and unmatched creative capabilities to its customers, and Spatial Isolation is a perfect example of SGO’s ability to think beyond the normal constraints associated with grading and finishing”, added Geoff Mills, Sales Director, SGO.


Spatial Isolation Toolset

Directional Relighting
(a.k.a. “pick direction”)
Utilise the Surface Normals layer of an EXR source clip to simulate directional lighting within the original 3D environment.


Localised Positional Relighting (a.k.a. “pick position”)
Use the XYZ Position layer of an EXR source clip to generate grading selections or alpha channels that simulate localised positional lighting within 3D space


Object Selection (a.k.a. “pick object”)
Use either the Object ID layer or Material ID layer of an EXR source clip to generate clean and accurate grading selections or alpha channels that specifically isolate individual CGI objects.


Stereo Depth Selection (a.k.a. “pick depth”)
Generate grading selections and alpha channels that allow both colour correction and other effects to be applied either locally within a narrow depth plane, or variably within the depth of a stereo 3D scene.

NY Premier Post Production and Mocap Studio WorleyWorks, LLC. Kick-Starts East Coast Productions with a Mistika 4K System


WorleyWorks, LLC. is ahead of the Game Investing in New York’s very first Mistika
Already Hard at Work in a City that Never Sleeps

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Greg Worley, Image Courtesy of WorleyWorks LLC.

Brooklyn, New York, 7 January 2014WorleyWorks, LLC., a dynamic 2D/3D post stereoscopic production and motion capture studio has become the first East Coast company to invest in a Mistika 4K Post Production Solution from SGO’s official North American reseller partner AArmadillo. The Mistika system will be integrated into the facility providing world-class 2D and stereoscopic 3D grading, finishing and delivery. Founded by Greg and Minah Worley, WorleyWorks, LLC. provides a host of boutique services in 2D and High Frame Rate Stereo 3D production, 4K post production including DI colour grading and compositing, high-speed lighting, green screen (Composite Component’s Digital Green), and motion capture for high-profile clients that include Paramount, MTV, Viacom and many more.

“We chose Mistika because it is the most intuitive system in the industry and forms the next step-up in our expansion by enabling us to support and reinforce complex 3D 4K productions as well as exciting 2D post projects. SGO attracted our attention as a company rapidly innovating and changing their field which appealed to us, as well as their high level of support on offer. Having a Mistika on board certainly helps to validate our offerings as it is such a well-respected and powerful system,” says Greg Worley Co-Founder and CEO of WorleyWorks, LLC. Expanding further he adds “We started by building stereoscopic 3D systems utilising Stereolab’s PURE Stereo 3D analyser with live analysis and rig correction, enabling the use of zoom lenses and fast initial alignment after changing prime lenses. This was then followed by the addition of matched Cooke primes, global shutter f55s, and Aladin MK2 motorisation on Stereotec Light Weight rigs. Although, WorleyWorks, LLC.’s speciality is 3D we also deliver a wonderful 2D post experience which Mistika’s versatility will also fully support and enhance tremendously well. So, we are absolutely thrilled to now have Mistika’s award-winning technology to join the ranks at WorleyWorks, LLC.”

The team at WorleyWorks, LLC., Image Courtesy of WorleyWorks LLC.

The team at WorleyWorks, LLC., Image Courtesy of WorleyWorks LLC.


AArmadillo’s CEO, Colin Ritchie, who is also an associate member of the ASC, and an active member of the VFX Society says “It’s great to place the “first one” of anything, – and placing the first East Coast Mistika at WorleyWorks, LLC. in Brooklyn NY is especially exciting! Greg is a true visionary and the perfect client for us in NY, expanding his client services with a 4K 2D/3D Mistika will give him tremendous advantages over the traditional NY post house.”

SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations, Geoff Mills confirms “SGO received further recognition last year by winning the prestigious Lumière Award for its Mistika finishing and colour grading system, and for advancements in Stereo 3D and Ultra HD technology, and specifically, due to its impact and innovation in the market. This is testament to the fact that Mistika’s advanced toolsets in both 2D and S3D, are of the highest standard, and are setting new performance and flexibility benchmarks in the entertainment industry today. They play an integral role in professional facilities of WorleyWorks, LLC.’s calibre and in their growth and ongoing expansion. We are absolutely delighted to welcome WorleyWorks, LLC. as an important member of the growing SGO Mistika community and look forward to a long-standing relationship with them.”

Recent high-profile projects using Mistika include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Justin and the Knights of Valour, Star Trek into Darkness, The Great Gatsby, Stalingrad and many others in 2D and 3D for film and television.

For more information, see Greg Worley’s Blog and Facebook Page.

About WorleyWorks, LLC.
With a passion to share their expertise and help their clients achieve their dreams, WorleyWorks, LLC.’s stereo department offers a vertically integrated 2D and High Frame Rate Stereoscopic 3D experience with the highest quality 3D production equipment available on the market today with award-winning 3D Mirror Rigs by Stereotec, real-time 3D analyzer PURE by StereoLabs, high-speed specialized lighting rentals appropriate for their camera systems and high-end post production services using SGO’s Mistika. Their motion capture stage is based on a 24 camera PhaseSpace system providing real time pre-visualization and high quality robust marker tracking. Visit them at www.worleyworks.com
Contact: info@worleyworks.com or call (646) 797-2941.

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