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

ABOUT NAB
NAB Show® is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. www.nabshow.com

“Every Thing Will Be Fine” with Mistika at ARRI Mitte


World Première in Official Selection of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015

Wim Wenders’ production company Neue Road Movies entrusted online artist Christian Tröger and SGO’s Mistika at ARRI Mitte to complete the post production of “Every Thing Will Be Fine”.

The film celebrates its World Première in the Official Selection at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival this week. It was produced by Gian-Piero Ringel with DoP Benoît Debie, and director of stereography, Joséphine Derobe. Director Wim Wenders was also nominated for three Oscar© Awards for Buena Vista Social Club, PINA and The Salt of the Earth.

Christian Tröger is a key member of the creative team at ARRI Mitte’s state-of-the-art facility, in the heart of Berlin. He chose Mistika to perform the online, conform, depth grading, finishing and subtitling in the film. The solid relationship that exists between Neue Road Movies and the team at ARRI Mitte dates back to 2008, when they worked together on high-profile films such as Palermo Shooting, PINA, and most recently, all six episodes of Cathedrals of Culture.

“Mistika has established a successful track record which has made a lasting impression on our clients. The system played a central role in the post production of many complex film projects, and always served as the main hub for each department. Aware of how incredibly reliable and powerful the Mistika is from previous experience, it was great when Neue Road Movies approached us to do it all over again for “Every Thing Will Be Fine”, notes Christian.

“Mistika was an asset at every stage of the project. It handled the native camera formats and was involved in overcoming challenges throughout the entire post process for the 2K-S3D delivery.” Christian reflects. “Mistika’s efficiency and speed enabled the team at ARRI Mitte to expediently execute the depth-grade at the same time as the colour grade, in two separate suites and dedicated artists. This also had a unifying effect by including the DoP, Director and Stereographer into the post production process and enabling the completion of the project’s final stages to take place collaboratively.”

Synergy of A Perfect Timeline in a Mistika-Centred Workflow
Christian briefly describes the harmonious workflow process at ARRI Mitte and how it helped to bring about a productive outcome, “Our Mistika-driven workflow ensured that the online and conform always led to a perfect stereo timeline which only ever required touching-up colour grading-wise, for the final look. The shared pipeline also catered for the VFX department that required perfectly aligned images for precise tracking and roto-scoping tasks. It meant that right from the start, the colorist’s source files were adjusted and received directly from the Mistika timelines.”
Christian adds further, “Step-by-step, the final depth-graded version took form within a 2K-framed scope 16bit file. Mistika perfectly stereo-matched the left and right eye images that were made at earlier stages of the two symbiotic grading sessions. The synergy between the colour and depth grading suites are now part of the standard procedure at ARRI Mitte, owing to Mistika’s unique capabilities and polished toolset. We have a streamlined process in place here now which is a time-efficient way to work.”

The Finer Details in Clever Subtitling Techniques
During two weeks of grading, the subtitle versions were then prepared over various shifts in a dedicated Mistika timeline created by using the DCI XMLs. Oscar award-winning director Wim Wenders and stereographer Josephine Derobe were eager to present the subtitled version of the film to the festival in a more creative way. They wanted the subtitles to appear outside of the film’s frame. Although it is not a convenient design for distribution purposes, they knew it would work well for a première.

Christian explains how they designed it, “We conducted a few tests to set-up a scope picture inside a flat DCP, but with very low luminance and within the “letterbox” shape of the film frame itself.” He continues, “Darkening the images helped to eliminate “ghosting” and we kept the image as clean as when it had first originally been shot by the DoP. I then finished the scope and continued working with the finals in the prepared subtitle environment, which retained all the metadata, leading to a flat derivative with subs. We then spent an additional session concentrating fully on defining the detailed depth of each sub for the final stereoscopic version. This formed the foundation template from which all of the other language versions were to proceed from later on.”

Mistika’s Interactivity Made “On-Demand Screening” a Breeze
Another great advantage of having Mistika on board was that both the director and stereographer could quite comfortably focus on their own specific areas at their own convenience. Mistika’s immediacy, speed and real-time capacity, along with its batch render, played a crucial role in making this a reality.
“It literally took us a matter of minutes to combine their respective depth and colour grading work for prompt viewing on a big screen at our in-house theatre.” Christian reveals. “We called them “On-Demand Screening Sessions” and they were designed to be delivered on impulse and as often as the client required for their visual ease which Mistika smoothly facilitated.”

Christian expands, “It was a great opportunity for our clients to address and analyse various elements in the dedicated sessions, and always in regard of one another. They were able to see what a decision about contrasts in the colour-timing session would look like, for example, combined with a certain depth budget defined at the same time in the other suite. Another illustration was how the VFX and depth of a certain scene would come across with a different look, and so forth. This coefficient workflow was down to Mistika’s flexibility and would not have been possible if the software was not able to connect openly with our existing technology and communication modes that most modern post facilities like ours comes with.”

Stereographer Joséphine Derobe says, “As a stereographer, I have worked with a variety of companies in Europe that use Mistika. I believe in SGO’s remarkable technology and admire its accuracy, versatility and beautiful toolset, that provides me with a plethora of options to choose from in order to deliver a truly great picture with sheen, even after filming has taken place.”

Christian and the team at ARRI Mitte achieved exceptionally high quality results and met the tight deadlines and high-level demands with coordinated professionalism that an international feature film involves. Christian closes with the following statement, “As a Mistika operator, I have the confidence that I can deliver uncompromising image quality perfection of the highest standards to our clients – producers and creatives on all of our projects. I can therefore conclude by echoing this specific film title, that “Everything Was Absolutely Fine with Mistika at ARRI Mitte” and the production team was very pleased with the results.”

“Every Thing Will Be Fine” is based on a script written by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, which portrays a traumatised writer’s life-changing struggle to make sense of what happened after accidentally running over and killing a child. It will be released in cinema theatres on 2nd April 2015.

SOME OF THE CREDITS INCLUDE
Post Production System and Technology – SGO’s Mistika
Post Production Facility – ARRI Mitte Berlin
Online Editor – Christian Troeger
Cast: James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze
Director: Wim Wenders
Script: Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
Producer: Gian-Piero Ringel
Director of Photography: Benoît Debie
Stereographer: Joséphine Derobe
Music: Alexandre Desplat
3D Producer: Erwin M. Schmidt
World Sales: HanWay Films
Release Date – 2 April 2015 distributed by Warner Bros.

ABOUT ARRI MITTE
Arri Film & TV Services Berlin GmbH, Auguststr. 48, 10119 Berlin , Phone +49 30 726267-150
Visit them at http://www.arrimitte.de/en/
www.arricommercial.de
www.arri.de/filmtv
www.arri.com

ABOUT CREATIVE TOOLS
SGO’s official German Reseller.
Haferweg 26, DE-22769 Hamburg, Tel: +49 40 851507-0
Info@creativetools.de
www.facebook.com/ct.hamburg
Visit them at www.creativetools.de

ABOUT NEUE ROAD MOVIES
Berlin based independent production company NEUE ROAD MOVIES was established in 2008 by director/producer Wim Wenders and producer Gian-Piero Ringel. The company is dedicated to working with innovative directors and focuses on international co-productions with a crossover potential. The producers in the company are Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel. They are supported by Martina Hedwig, Bernadette Kamp and Christine Rennert.
Contact: Neue Road Movies GmbH, Saarbrücker Straße 24, D-10405 Berlin, fon: +49 30 8145293 50; fax: +49 30 8145293 75
Visit them at www.neueroadmovies.com

Mistika Works Swimmingly in Lake Baikal 4K Documentary


Referred to as “The Blue Heart of Siberia”, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake on earth and magically lures different cultures to coexist and fuse peacefully within its realm of mind-blowing beauty. Moscow-based RSS Production set out to capture the essence of this unique area in the exquisite new documentary film “Baikal” directed by Alexander Dukhon. The compelling portrayal was entirely produced and post produced in 4K native Stereo 3D using SGO’s Mistika technology at RSS Studios. Post involved editing, colour grading, sound design and CG and took two months to complete. Native stereoscopic 3D optimisation was successfully accomplished in Mistika by Daniel Ovrutsky.

«Baikal» Teaser 2D from RSS Production on Vimeo.

“Using the industry’s most powerful visual formats and resolutions that Mistika can easily muster and deliver, helps us to plunge audiences into a high quality film such as Baikal. The visionary technology we now have at our disposal in productions such as these, play a vital part in exposing viewers to the beauty of stunningly remote locations such as this ancient Siberian lake, bringing intense clarity like never before.” states director Alexander Dukhon, “Our aim is to make Baikal the first of many future documentary series dedicated to awe-inspiring places on our planet, and at the same time using the world’s most innovative technologies, such as Mistika, which contribute enormously to enrich our work.”
RSS Production invested in Mistika in 2013 predominantly for colour grading and finishing. Mistika was put straight to work on various projects including blockbuster Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. It was heralded as Russia’s first movie ever to be completely produced with Stereo 3D technology and digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format.

Courtesy of RSS Production

Courtesy of RSS Production

Baikal’s Filming commenced in February last year with eight adventurous RSS Production film crew members embarking on a gruelling ten-day trip through the Lake Baikal region. Located in central Asia, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and also contains approximately twenty percent of the globe’s unfrozen fresh surface water. The shoot took place in just seven days in extreme weather conditions of minus thirty degrees Celsius with few sunlight hours over the short winter days. The team made their way along the lake’s western coast, visiting Olkhon Island and Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia in Russia.

Courtesy of RSS Production

Courtesy of RSS Production

Baikal’s Footage was shot using RED Epics and Stereotec 3D rigs, including RSS Production’s unique set-up on a small sized sightseeing helicopter for aerial footage. “This approach makes filming native stereoscopic 3D aerials much easier, avoiding the need to use large vehicles with massive stabilisation systems, and reduces costs as well.” noted Alexander. In addition, the soundtrack music was especially written and composed from scratch and produced exclusively for the film. It was creatively intertwined into the sound design to reflect the eerie atmosphere of Lake Baikal’s land and spirit. The film warmly depicts the human element in a sub-zero and unearthly landscape by sharing endearing stories of the local people whose hearts belong to it.

Courtesy of RSS Production

Courtesy of RSS Production

CREDITS
Directed by Alexander Dukhon
Written by Iliyas Akhmedov, Jennifer Eremeeva
Post Production System and Technology is SGO’s Mistika
Filmed with RED Epic and Stereotec 3D Rig
DP Sasha Romm
Steadicam Operator Nikita Rozhdestvensky
Edited by Sonya Kapnik
Native Stereo Optimisation by Daniel Ovrutsky
Colourist Artem Ignatov
Music by Andrey Bochko, Dmitry Bochko
Sound design and mixing by Rustam Bekmuratov

PO Group Grades and Finishes Peter Chan’s “American Dreams in China” on Mistika


“Mistika was the perfect grading and finishing tool for this movie.”
Antonio Zhang, Mistika Colorist, PO Group, China

PO Group graded and finished American Dreams in China on Mistika. Produced and directed by Hong Kong’s Peter Chan, the Mandarin-language film brought in US$87.6 million at the box office.

American Dreams in China - Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

American Dreams in China – Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

PO Group purchased from SGO, a Mistika 4K Colour Grading and Finishing System, a Mistika Assist Station and an SGO SAN to support their Stereo 3D and high end Colour Grading services for film and commercials projects a few years ago. Founded in 2003 by famous entrepreneur and actor, Nicholas Tse, PO Group is the largest post production house in Hong Kong, which grosses over one billion Hong Kong dollars annually, with branches in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing.

American Dreams in China is Peter Chan’s first digital camera shoot where he filmed the entire movie using ARRI Alexa and recorded it on Codex. His strong affection for the filmic look set the tone and brief for PO Group’s colorist Antonio Zhang to work with, selecting Mistika for the grading and finishing of the entire movie.

American Dreams in China – Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

American Dreams in China – Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

Antonio Zhang, Mistika Colorist at PO Group, explains the colour grading process, “I chose the ARRI Log C as the default debayer and applied a FPE (Film Print Emulation) 3D LUT on top of all of the shots to mimic the “filmic look” that Peter Chan was after. Also, my aim was to preserve the highlighted elements and enhance them further by revealing even greater details where possible.”

The film is based on a true story about three friends who graduated from Peking University and go on to build a successful English language school in China called “New Dreams”. This school helps to make the dreams of Chinese teenagers come true. As the film covers a time-span of over 3o years which involved various scenes flicking backwards and forwards into the present and past, the PO Group team combated this challenge by setting the looks for each time period. The first part covers the time the three friends study in Peking university and the second focuses on them building the language school, followed by their success in the stock market.

American Dreams in China - Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

American Dreams in China – Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

Antonio outlines how he achieved the various looks and tones for each decade in the film, “For the first look, we tried to make the colours more vivid to depict university life and the passion for the characters’ start-up days. We used an old 1980’s Chinese magazine as a reference and made the grade look really old but colourful.” He adds further, “The second look had to be really cool, professional and business-like, and due to the fact the characters had a lot of arguments, the cool tone helps to portray that antagonistic atmosphere effectively.”

American Dreams in China - Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

American Dreams in China – Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

While the 4K Mistika system forms PO Group in Beijing’s principal system, the Mistika assistant station is a fully capable file-based Mistika system in its own right, which allows the studio to increase efficiency and throughput, by having an assistant to the main colorist to prepare projects in advance, or to work alongside to ensure the smooth running of even the most complex projects. The SGO SAN not only allows the two Mistika’s to share project assets, but also allows the media sharing to extend to all other technical facilities at PO. Projects of various formats occupy the facility’s pipeline from 2K to 4K, and S3D to higher frame rates. With the SGO Mistika and SGO SAN, PO Group have built a very efficient pipeline.

“Mistika was the perfect grading and finishing tool for this movie.” Antonio expands, “It has a strong editing function, and we were also able to achieve both the conform and grading in Mistika. This really created a smooth and effective workflow, as I could grade from the original ARRI RAW Raw file and easily change the debayer for individual shots which was so convenient.” He concludes, “Flexibility is really important to us here at PO Group, especially as we face a lot of different digital camera formats, however Mistika’s compatibility with various camera formats is a great advantage and provides an excellent high-end service for us throughout the entire post production process.”

American Dreams in China - Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

American Dreams in China – Courtesy of “We Pictures Ltd.”

General Manager of PO Group in Beijing, K.C. Yeung states, “Mistika forms the core of our DI suites and its speed and performance is phenomenal. The comprehensive toolset allows for tasks to be completed in one suite which provides an interactive and immediate environment in real-time for client-facing work.”

CEO of SGO, Miguel Angel Doncel affirms, “PO Group is one of China’s major post production companies and SGO is proud to be associated with them and continues to support the company in meeting the growing and complex demands that feature film productions involve. PO Group have raised the bar for what clients should expect in terms of quality, speed and efficiency.”

American Dreams in China features Huang Xiaoming, Deng Chao, and Tong Dawei, and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Find out more about the film here.

ABOUT PO GROUP
Visit www.postproductionoffice.com

Sky’s Major Mistika Upgrades Provide Impetus for their Grading and Finishing 4K Capabilities


Sky Continues to Revolutionise its High-End Programming with Mistika

13 September 2014, IBC, The RAI, Amsterdam – SGO Booth A11, Hall 6 – Sky has made significant upgrades and enhancements to its state-of-the-art dedicated 4k-capable Mistika client suites to boost its colour grading and finishing services.
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Mistika, which has already been placed at the heart of Sky’s creative pipeline, plays a vital role to meet quality and time-sensitive stringent requirements. At the centre of Sky’s high-end programming, the powered-up Mistika systems boast increased speed storage capacity, based around SGO’s SAN.

Following the upgrade, Sky now has additional capacity to host multiple client platforms from their Mistika systems which have their own localised storage for real time 4K playback, but also integrate directly with their large near-line storage infrastructure, supported by several render nodes that work in the background, for maximum efficiency and delivery.

Cara Cheeseman, Senior Manager of Operations for Entertainment, Creative & R&D comments: “With an already well-established and long-standing alliance with SGO, and the fact that they have been very much involved in the future of broadcasting right from the start, it makes sense for us to continue with significant investment in their technology.”

“With the newly built designated client area, we have consolidated and upgraded our systems, which also include the addition of 4K grading monitors from Canon. Our Mistika systems serve as our client-focused colour grading and finishing suites. Mistika’s open integration, compatibility with other systems and its flexibility, facilitates the process enormously.”adds Cara Cheeseman.

Chris Johns, Chief Engineer at BSkyB confirms, “Mistika is such a well-respected and powerful solution and it lets clients know we are serious about our work. It forms the core of all our workflows and continues to impress us with its speed, real-time immediacy, highly developed functionality and much more. The Mistika continues to play a part in the innovation by which that Sky strives to deliver ongoing improvements to the customer experience.”

“SGO is hugely excited to be associated with Sky and delighted that they have continued to entrust Mistika for their post and finishing requirements. Our relationship with Sky remains loyal and strong, and is immensely important to us. This vital move to upgrade SGO’s technology, provides Sky with a future-proof seal and plays a major role to further revolutionise and advance their excellency in speed and efficiency for audiences worldwide.” says SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations, Geoff Mills. “SGO is at the leading edge of creative technology and we cherish our relationship with Sky for many years to come.”

Mistika played a significant role in the launch of Sky 3D television and is used to complete numerous long and short form programmes. With many awards including BAFTAs to their name, Sky has recently worked on an impressive number of high profile projects using Mistika which include Inside the Mind of Leonardo.

SGO Powers Up With New NVIDIA Quadro K5200


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.
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“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.
Quadro_K5200_F (2) Courtesy of NVIDIA (640x296)
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.

LevelS3D organises a 10 days Mistika training on Stereo 3D post production


Within the framework of its international development, LevelS33D, a company specialized in high-end post-production and development of augmented reality applications and transmedia solutions, will organise, from April 21st till May 2nd, 2014, a 10 days Mistika training on Stereo 3D post production.

Location
LevelS3D
Commune Image
8, rue Godillot
93400 Saint Ouen
France

Date and duration
April 21st – May 2nd, 2014
10 days (70 hours)

Operating hours
10:00 am to 6:00 pm / Monday – Friday

More information here

Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO Technology


Hollywood’s most innovative stereoscopic and visual effects company Legend3D, has invested in SGO’s trail-blazing technology to launch them to the next level. Esteemed for delivering the highest-quality Stereo 3D film conversions, Legend3D will integrate its Mistika post production system with two Assist Stations into the conversion and visual effects pipeline at the Company’s impressive 60,000 sq. ft. studio with multiple theaters and R&D facilities. With the capacity to work on up to three full feature films and multiple commercials concurrently, Legend3D delivers world-class high quality projects such as The Lego Movie, Man of Steel, Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Smurfs 1 & 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and many others.

Smurfs 2, Courtesy Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Imageworks

Smurfs 2, Courtesy Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Imageworks

Legend3D’s Director of I.T. Anthony Lopez, says “We looked at Mistika a while ago and were immediately impressed, and after researching all competitive products, we came to the conclusion that SGO is refreshingly different and a company we can work with, not only because of their passionate commitment to the S3D industry, but also for our mutually beneficial development opportunities.” He expands, “As we continue to grow, so do our systems and technology. Mistika is a trustworthy system with dependable 4K S3D real-time playback and visual effects capabilities that can handle everything from editorial, depth grading, and they are open and accessible to partner on development projects. We plan on using Mistika as a client facing platform to create realtime, on-the-fly adjustments to suit our clients creative needs.”

L3D Logo“Legend3D’s constantly evolving tools and workflow, combined with Mistika’s innovation, manages to liberate precious man hours into productive creativity. We foresee Mistika playing a huge role here and its time-saving strengths make it a wise investment.” explains Jared Sandrew, Legend3D’s Creative Director. “We have a great deal of respect for SGO’s development team with their professionalism and flexibility to tailor their technologies around our specific needs. Their personalized service has won us over as well as Mistika’s compelling attributes that cleverly merge S3D toolsets, grading, compositing and finishing all in one powerful system, providing us with ultimate control, instilling even greater confidence in our work from our clients. We are very enthusiastic about this next chapter and we look forward to ongoing development with SGO as we work on new feature films using Mistika such as Jupiter Ascending and many more.”

Geoff Mills, Director of SGO’s Global Sales and Operations adds, “It’s incredibly rewarding to see Legend3D set the pace with SGO’s technology in their pipeline. With Mistika as an indispensable resource, we are immensely proud to contribute to their successful productivity and to play a crucial part in their new development phase. We look forward to a profound relationship with them for many years to come.”

SGO’s official U.S. Reseller Partner, Colin Ritchie at AArmadillo confirms, “Legend3D is the perfect client for SGO and Mistika, they share a desire to deliver the best that 3D can offer. The plan is to integrate Mistika into the unique Legend 3D pipeline with custom tools and configurations. This is an exciting time for both companies as we approach 4K, HFR and HDR imaging, it’s good to know that Mistika will be a big part of what Legend 3D delivers next.”

ABOUT LEGEND3D – California-based Legend3D, Inc. is an innovative 3D visual effects and conversion company committed to advancing the 3D medium globally. Legend3D leverages the most sought-after 3D talent with cutting-edge technology and works closely with the creative community to elevate the art of 3D on new feature films while also identifying opportunities to generate new revenue from iconic library titles. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Barry Sandrew, Legend3D utilizes its patented proprietary technology to create the highest quality conversions with the fastest turnaround time at the most competitive pricing in the industry. For more information, please visit www.Legend3D.com.

ABOUT AARMADILLO – AArmadillo is a unique resource to the Entertainment industry consistently introducing ground breaking products to the business. They have been in business 10 years and during that time have played a significant role in Private Media Networks, On Set Recorders, 3D workstations, On Set Daylies Systems, Mobile video and rendering trucks and Color Correction Suite design. The company has a wealth of knowledge with digital pipeline development, both 2D and 3D and has advanced solutions to solve today’s production challenges. Visit them at www.aarmadillo.com

28 March 2014, Los Angeles, California

Berlin’s ARRI Mitte Invests in a Mistika 4K DI System to service Feature Film and High-End Commercial Projects


ARRI also chose Mistika to Finish Engaging 4K Feature Film “Run Boy Run”

Berlin, Germany, 18 October 2013 – Strategically placed in the centre of the trendy Mitte area of Berlin, brand new post production house ARRI Mitte has emerged and has invested in a Mistika 4K DI post production system from SGO’s German Reseller creative tools, to service its high-end commercial and feature film projects. ARRI Mitte is the second facility related to the established parent company ARRI Film and TV Services Berlin GmbH and works on feature films by leading directors and with blue-chip clients for big brand names for ad campaigns for the likes of McDonald’s, VW, Nikon, Fiat, Mobile.de, SKY, Danone Activia, Vodafone, Schweppes, BMW, Toshiba, Goretex, Sony Ericsson, Lipton Ice Tea and many others.

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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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