Mistika Unveils Ground-breaking Developments in Las Vegas
SGO BOOTH #SL9027 / 18 – 21 April 2016 / Las Vegas Convention Centre
SGO will be carving its own path this NAB, bringing its award-winning finishing system Mistika to the limelight and unveiling a multitude of incredible future-proof developments that have been in the pipeline for the past few years. Mistika will be the frontier of Virtual Reality, equipping professionals with the most innovative and accessible virtual toolsets and workflows. With an NAB highlight of VR in post, SGO will reveal its distinctive, forward thinking 3D feature-sets, VR Mode and VR Device connections, depicting how Mistika provides Colour Grading, HDR, Stereo and Compositing in Virtual Reality, in just one system.
In partnership with Boris FX, SGO confirms integration of the popular titling and motion graphics plug-in, Boris Graffiti, with Mamba FX V2.5 for Windows. Mac and Linux are to follow suit.
Boris FX is a prominent developer of visual effects, titling, video editing, and workflow tools for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Boris FX products have grown to serve over a million artists worldwide.
Mamba FX is a high performance, node-based compositing platform which comes with a large range of filters and effects. These can be combined to create an infinite variety of looks and styles. Adding these effects to the very flexible Boris Graffiti, gives creative artists the possibilities to produce limitless styles of text and graphics.
SGO’s CEO Miguel Angel Doncel affirms, “We are delighted to have a solid relationship with Boris FX. I strongly believe that the way to provide our customers with the most innovative technology and workflows is to create solutions in tandem with leading companies. This joint venture is a great example of this.”
“We are very excited to be working in collaboration with SGO”, says Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Officer of Boris FX / Imagineer. “Mamba FX is a powerful visual effects platform, so it makes perfect sense for Boris FX and SGO to work together and integrate Boris Graffiti, our 3D titling and animation engine. Boris FX is well known for quality tiling tools and the Mamba FX community will surely appreciate the Graffiti toolset. The collaboration will bring the capability to design and create advanced 2D/3D motion graphics and title animations directly inside of Mamba FX.”
SGO also announced at IBC that Mamba FX customers will receive a free upgrade to the new version 2.5 of Mamba FX which will also include Graffiti at no cost (offer currently available for Windows only, from October 2015).
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SGO elevates performance of its Mistika and Mamba FX post production products with support for the new NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 graphics processing unit. This latest GPU is built on NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture and provides increased performance, which allows SGO’s customers to work even more efficiently with ever-more demanding projects.
SGO’s Mistika post production system, which leverages NVIDIA CUDA programming and is exclusively accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs, is already the envy of competitors because of the real-time creative experience it provides users. Even at 4K and beyond, Mistika allows artists to compose their images without lengthy and distracting breaks for rendering. Adding the new Quadro M6000 extends Mistika’s real-time performance further to include more complicated processes to ensure unrestricted creativity. Mistika can also make use of multiple internal GPU cards, as well as harness the power of remote GPU and CPU processing power, for almost limitless scalability.
“NVIDIA’s continual developments help SGO to provide more creative and more efficient solutions for our customers, letting them stand out from their competitors by offering better, faster and more flexible and powerful services to their clients,” says SGO CEO Miguel Angel Doncel.
“The Quadro M6000 is the world’s most powerful pro graphics card. With 12 GB of memory and 7 teraflops of peak single-precision performance, it’s on an average 30 percent faster than the previous generation across a range of applications,” explains Greg Estes, VP Enterprise Marketing and GM of Media & Entertainment at NVIDIA. “Coupled with SGO’s highly optimised programming and wide-ranging creative tools, this empowers SGO Mistika to provide incredible performance for colour, visual effects and project finishing.”
The Quadro M6000 is supported by both Mistika and Mamba FX. Mistika seamlessly combines colour grading, conforming, online editing and visual effects to provide the complete post production platform. Mamba FX is SGO’s dedicated compositing software, featuring infinite layer compositing, roto-scoping, optical flow tools, OFX support, paint, tracking and much more. Mamba FX is available for free trial from www.sgo.es/mamba-fx.
With determined focus to reinforce and expand Mistika’s influence in Eastern Europe, as well as build on its existing success in the region, an enterprising collaboration between SGO and PlayBox Technology Europe has been confirmed. This mutually beneficial strategic move will help to further extend Mistika’s prominent position in the area as a complete and powerful post production solution with the profound capability to dramatically enhance broadcasting efficiency. With over 15,000 multi-national broadcast and branding channels on air, PlayBox is trusted by global broadcasters offering a “complete solutions service” for their dealers and clients.
Ivanka Vassileva, Executive Director of PlayBox Technology Europe states, “PlayBox Technology Europe has retained a strong presence in the broadcast, film and post production markets in the Balkans for over fifteen years now. The Company is also the main distributor in Eastern Europe for the most advanced and renown worldwide brands of creative software, armed with modern vision as well as contemporary approaches.” Ivanka Vassileva continues, “We have selected Mistika because it complements the PlayBox Technology Europe vision to provide large-scale solutions in a single product. Mistika is designed to meet the needs of single users as well as the expectations of large organisations with advanced requirements. We like the fact that Mistika has combined all the creative capabilities for real time editing, VFX, colour correction and finishing, in a cohesive way. We think that Mistika will provide our customers with all they need for post production.”
“SGO continues to deliver technically sound and robust Mistika systems that integrate well with other technology that customers own. It is a very exciting time in the industry to work with PlayBox Technology Europe. They will help play an important role in increasing awareness of the advantages that SGO’s Mistika and Mamba FX offer, both to new channels and established broadcasters, in terms of efficiency, reliability and expandability in the Eastern European domain. Our combined efforts will translate into viable solutions that deliver value and quality-service for customers all round, covering the main sectors in countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Estonia, Belarus and many others.” confirms Jose Luis Acha, Regional Sales Manager at SGO.
Geoff Mills, SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations adds, “SGO expands its market reach by working with key industry partners and we are delighted to team up with PlayBox Technology Europe. They share SGO’s core values and we are very impressed with their business model and unshakable track record. Mistika and Mamba FX are a perfect match for PlayBox Technology Europe who provide excellent pre and post-sales support and offer their customers a complete solution with efficient and seamless file-based workflows, which are a key requirement for any post facility or broadcaster.”
SGO accelerates its high-end post production products with the NVIDIA Quadro K5200. This new graphics board provides significantly higher performance and greater data handling capability than the previous generation Quadro, for SGO’s Mamba FX and Mistika products, which are utilised in the world’s biggest film, television and commercial productions.
“The NVIDIA Quadro K5200 is the perfect partner for SGO’s Mamba FX. With phenomenal performance and 8GB of on-board memory, visual effects compositors can work at even higher resolutions, bit depths and frame rates with ever more complex composites, while maintaining industry-leading throughput,” says SGO’s CEO, Miguel Angel Doncel.
SGO’s Mamba FX is a high performance but very low cost visual effects compositing suite. It costs from just 239 Euros and is available for free trial. It can be downloaded from the SGO shop or from www.MambaTutorials.com, where Mamba FX’s extensive compositing tools are explained in a library of online video tutorials.
“Our new Quadro line-up is at the center of visual computing workflows,” says Greg Estes, VP Enterprise Marketing and GM of Media & Entertainment at NVIDIA. “SGO’s highly optimised programming with NVIDIA’s advanced graphics processing have enabled SGO Mistika and Mamba FX to provide ground-breaking real-time post production environments for 4K, Stereo 3D and high-frame rate productions.”
Credits spanning every type of production across the globe include commercials for Emirates Airlines, television drama for BSkyB and feature films such as Peter Chan’s American Dreams in China, Edge of Tomorrow, Stalingrad, The Hobbit Trilogy, Switch, Walking With Dinosaurs (for BBC Earth), The Amazing Spiderman 2 and many others. Mistika also played a major role in David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (3D) 4K film which received a BAFTA TV Award this year.
NVIDIA Quadro K5200 graphics boards will be supported in Mistika’s V8.4 software and Mamba FX’s version 2.0, showcased this month at IBC at the SGO Booth A11, Hall 6, at The RAI in Amsterdam.
Mamba FX 1.0 customers receive free Mamba FX 2.0 update
SGO has made another significant development upgrade to its compositing software, Mamba FX in version 2.0 available for Windows, Linux and Mac, providing advanced additional features which give compositors infinite opportunities and possibilities to enhance their creativity. Redefining VFX and rapidly evolving, Mamba FX’s new toolsets extends the existing SGO product line and draws on Mistika’s powerful compositing and image quality technology, as well as adding a host of innovative features and functionality.
One of the key highlights in Mamba FX 2.0 is the Layer Route Effect, providing support and associated functions for working with multi-layer EXR files.These files are capable of carrying multiple streams of images as well as metadata, in a single file. They are commonly used to hold multiple render passes from CGI software, or to carry multiple matte or alpha channels. Mamba FX 2.0 includes features to split and route the multiple layers, allowing Mamba FX’s other compositing tools to act on individual elements during the compositing phase.
Furthermore, Mamba FX’s all new “Spatial Isolation Keyer” interfaces with metadata that can be passed from CGI software via the EXR files. This enables advanced compositing techniques such as isolating elements in a scene by their 3D (XYZ) location, their surface direction (normals), their object ID or their Material ID.
Also new for Mamba FX 2.0 is a high-speed, “point cloud” shape tracker, which enables compositors to track 2D roto-shapes to shots very quickly. Multiple shapes can be tracked and combined using Boolean operations to rapidly create moving matte shapes. Mamba FX 2.0 also includes new colour space conversion tools to aid project colour management including ACES workflows. Other additional features include an adaptive interface for monitor configuration, as well as Dolby EDR support.
CEO of SGO, Miguel Angel Doncel confirms, “SGO’s development team is dedicated to deliver ever more efficient and flexible VFX workflow management with finely-tuned integration in Mamba FX ‘s version 2.0 . The results are a combination of a powerful, node-based VFX finishing suite designed to empower creative artists and provide them with a new way of working – making the impossible possible at affordable rates.”
Mamba FX 2.0 is available for Windows, Linux and Mac (Mountain Lion 10.8.5) and is fully compatible with SGO’s Mistika, which together provide a powerful complete conform, online, VFX, grading and delivery workflow that stands out from other systems. Mamba FX 1.0 customers will receive a free Mamba FX 2.0 update. Mamba FX 2.0 is now available to buy and trial at www.sgo.es/shop with online video tutorials at www.mambatutorials.com
Mamba FX Version 2.0 Product Specification Details
– Number of processors: 2
– Number of cores: 6 per processor
– RAM: 32GB or 64GB
– Screen Resolution: 1920×1200
– Graphic card dedicated video memory: 1GB
– Graphic card model: NVIDIA
– OpenGL version: 2.0
– Shader (GPU): shader4 (GL_EXT_gpu_shader4)
Minimum Configurations Required:
– Number of processors: 1
– Number of cores: 2
– RAM: 4 GB
– Screen Resolution: 1920×1200
– Graphic card model: NVIDIA
– Graphic card dedicated video memory: 512 MB
– OpenGL version: 2.0
– Shader (GPU): shader4 (GL_EXT_gpu_shader4)
Tested MacOXs distributions:
– Mountain Lion 10.8.5
– Maverick 10.9.3
SGO will be showcasing its world-class leading Mistika colour grading and online finishing system at this year’s Broadcast Asia conference held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 17 – 20 June. Mistika is widely regarded as the most powerful and efficient finishing and grading system for projects at any resolution and frame rate, including 4K at 60P and stereoscopic 3D. Mistika’s diverse and versatile creative toolset is not restricted to 4K and is already able to provide for 8K post production pipelines. Global credits span every type of production from commercials for Samsung, television drama for Sky and feature films such as The Hobbit trilogy, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Young Detective Dee and the Sea Dragon, Let Go for Love, Switch and many more.
SGO will preview the new Mistika version 8.2 software which includes many new and unique features such as their in-context node based compositing capability and the incredible Spatial Isolation toolset, which was unveiled for the first time at NAB in April this year. Customers visiting the SGO booth 5K6-06 in The Spanish Pavilion will be able to experience firsthand how Mistika performs effortlessly with mixed resolution raw camera files on the same timeline and all in real-time. Mistika provides seamless integration between conforming, editing, colour grading and visual effects to create the ultimate post production finishing platform all in one system. Mistika’s unique abilities allow “next generation” colour grading by blurring the line between colour grading and compositing, enabling colourists to be more creative by adding textures and filters to their looks.
SGO will also be introducing its affordable compositor Mamba FX to Broadcast Asia which provides unlimited layers of compositing in a resolution-free, node-based environment, running on Windows, Linux and soon available on Mac. It can be used as a stand alone compositor, or collaboratively, as part of a highly efficient post production pipeline with many Mamba FX platforms connected to a central Mistika as the post production hub.
Visitors to the show can also meet and discuss workflows and industry trends with specialists from SGO, including Mojo Media Solutions, SGO’s official reseller partner for South East Asia. Advance bookings for Mistika demonstrations can also be made by contacting Stuart Monksfield at Mojo Media Solutions at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly through SGO at email@example.com. Register for Broadcast Asia at www.broadcast-asia.com.
With ever increasing demand for future-ready post production solutions, SGO reported a highly successful outcome at NAB. Located in the South Hall, the popular Mistika post production systems and Mamba FX compositing software were showcased at SGO’s booth, attracting a lot of visitors, among them content creators, post facilities and widely known broadcasters. SGO’s progressive creativity and efficiency in colour grading and finishing received positive feedback resulting in new relationships, collaborations and sales.
SGO’s forward-looking quantum-leap development leads in giant strides. One of the many breathtaking highlights which amazed colourists in engaging demonstrations included SGO’s new Spatial Isolation Toolset for Mistika 8.2. It provides colourists with a number of methods to isolate individual objects within a scene, so that they can be graded separately, for example based on their depth in the scene or by metadata provided by CGI animation systems. The new features allow both the colour and the directional lighting of CGI objects to be fine-tuned in real time and in context. Find out more and watch the demos at www.sgo.es/2014/04/sgo-discloses-unique-colour-grading-tools/
Also on show was a stylish Precision Grading Panel for SGO’s Mistika made by Digital Vision, delivering an additional option to boost Mistika’s powerful colour grading feature-set even further. It was proven to be a sensation, and within hours of the show opening, an order was placed for two Precision Panels by ONSIGHT for their 4K, 3D, HD Mistika grading and finishing suites.
SGO’s affordable compositor Mamba FX made its first NAB appearance and was a smash-hit with its intuitive node-based graphic interface delivering a complete visual effects suite with unlimited compositing layers and effects, running on Windows, Linux and soon available on Mac. With the recent addition of GenArts Sapphire 7, over 250 new effects and pre-sets are accessible to users. Mamba FX tutorials were launched at the show and are available at www.mambatutorials.com
For Broadcasters, Mistika Air Ultra enables a viable and stress-tested solution with seamless integration of high-end post finishing tools for HD, Ultra HD and 8K productions. Mistika Air Ultra is capable of delivering real time and render-free colour grading and finishing processes, even at 4K 60P. Its diverse and versatile creative toolset is not restricted to 4K and is already able to provide for 8K post production pipelines.
Other exciting new features in Mistika version 8.0 this NAB included 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. Mistika’s presence on Canon’s booth played a vital part in exciting presentations demonstrating Canon’s Colour Management ACES process for Digital Motion Imaging. SGO also hosted Stream TV Networks, Inc.’s revolutionary Ultra-D™ glasses-free 3D technology marking the first time their auto-stereoscopic screens have been shown at NAB. Stunning footage of Mistika-related projects including the jaw-dropping Stalingrad 3D film trailer and David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D stunned passers-by.
News following on from NAB is that Mistika is to support Dolby® Vision™ technology. Working in close collaboration with Dolby, the capabilities are available in Mistika from version 8.2, previewed at NAB and due for release shortly after IBC. Mistika has inherently supported HDR workflows, and perfectly placed for its customers to enjoy this exciting advancement.
“NAB creates dynamic access to global markets and it’s a great sphere of energy where we meet interesting new people and provide them with the very latest technological breakthroughs to fully support their creativity.” SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills said.
SGO will be exhibiting at Broadcast Asia 17 – 20 June at Booth 5K6-06 in the Spanish Pavilion.
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