root6 to show off Mistika’s power at Broadcast Video Expo


BVE logo_2014Stand H16 – Excel, London, 25 – 27 February 2014

SGO’s recently appointed Reseller Partner root6 is proud to present for the first time at BVE this month at stand H16, the might of Mistika’s capabilities including UHD.

root6’s stand theme “Work. Anywhere.”, epitomises everything about Mistika with its expedient cost-effective workflows, unbeatable speed, sheer versatility and coveted toolsets. Root6 will demonstrate how innovative technologies like Mistika can eliminate constraints imposed by location, achieving increased efficiency and more profitable post production. The company will also showcase Mistika workflow demonstrations, highlighting its proven and trusted DI colour grading and finishing capabilities for post production facilities and broadcasters.

Rupert Watson, Founder of root6 affirms, “We’ve set aside a dedicated area for Mistika on the stand as we’re confidently expecting great interest from our customers in high-end post. They’ll be blown away when they experience the incredible performance of this revolutionary system.”

“BVE is an ideal opportunity for media industry professionals to realise that Mistika is ahead of the game and vital technology their organisation cannot afford to miss. They will discover how SGO’s strategy for delivering a complete post production solution can solve their specific challenges of today and the future. We are excited that root6 will be placing Mistika in the limelight at this very important UK event.” confirms Geoff Mills, SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations.

ABOUT BVE
The UK’s broadcast and production technology exhibition hosting over 300 exhibitors, including manufacturers, distributors and resellers of professional production and broadcast equipment and systems. Register for the show at www.bvexpo.com

More info about SGO and root6 here.

SGO appoints root6 as Reseller Partner


“Mistika is a beautiful thing. It has power and agility and is like no other system on the market. Its enormous speed and elegance crush the most demanding finishing tasks…”
Rupert Watson, Director of root6, London

Rupert Watson, Director of root6

Rupert Watson, Director of root6

SGO has appointed root6 as an official reseller for its Mistika post production systems and workflow solutions, including the recently introduced Mamba FX compositing software. root6 will work alongside the SGO team covering the UK and Ireland for both sales and support services.

Director of root6 Rupert Watson says, “We primarily founded root6 to introduce Microsoft Softimage | DS to UK post production so we are more than familiar with the requirements of bringing revolutionary kit to the attention of our friends in high-end post. Mistika is a beautiful thing. It has power and agility and is like no other system on the market. Its enormous speed and elegance crush the most demanding finishing tasks and we look forward to introducing the technology to our clients as they head for the sunlit uplands of 4K (UHD) post production.”

SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations Geoff Mills states, “We met with root6 at the end of last year where they highlighted increasing customer interest in Mistika and Mamba FX. Consequently, and also due to SGO’s ongoing expansion, we have agreed to form a reseller partnership which will bring valuable expertise and additional resources to support our growing customer base, while at the same time, maintaining SGO’s key values of personalised service. The decision to combine efforts with root6, a well-respected high-profile organisation, further compliments our current activity and position in the region.”

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Established for over 16 years, root6 supplies technology, consultancy and systems integration services to UK broadcasters, post houses and production companies for the creation, management and delivery of digital content. root6 offers customer support from individual products to systems and facility-wide installations and many organisations large and small rely on its service which can be tailored to suit individual requirements.

More about root6 at www.root6.com

Mistika’s Grading Tools Helped Create Filmic Look in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”


© New Line Cinema’s and MGM's fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2013 New Line Productions, Inc.

© New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2013 New Line Productions, Inc.

Mistika’s Award-Winning Grading and Workflow Technology plays a Crucial Role

Wellington, New Zealand, 13 January 2014 – SGO’s award-winning Mistika DI Colour Grading post systems form the core at Park Road Post Production and were utilised again in epic fantasy film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.

Mistika’s involvement at Park Road included supporting on-set services and screening HFR digital dailies, all the way through to the DI online, stereoscopic work and stunning final grade for the film. The world-class facility boasts impressive purpose-built state-of-the-art DI theatres for both high-end 2D and stereoscopic finishing work, supported by Mistika 4K/Stereoscopic master systems combined with dedicated finishing suites with matching SGO technology and shared storage for speed and fluidity between their online editors and colourists.

Supervising Digital Colourist for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trish Cahill worked with a team at Park Road alongside Lead DI Colourist Vickie-Lynn Roy, using Mistika’s world-leading colour grading toolsets to complement the second film’s darker and richer narrative as the company head through Middle-earth toward both Erebor and, of course, Smaug – the extraordinary creature brought to life by Benedict Cumberbatch and the VFX geniuses of Weta Digital.

“At Park Road we are inspired by filmmakers who share our constant desire to push storytelling tools forward. That motivation allows us to deliver world-leading results for our clients which never let technology take the lead, but which give us compelling colour grading tools with which to achieve a director’s vision. The Mistika is simply a great asset creatively and technically, and is at the core of our work on this incredible production.”

Trish further explains the DI process using Mistika and how she put her creativity to work behind the head-spinning action scenes and help enhance the picture-book beauty in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
“Park Road choose tools which are not only scalable and technically deep, but have truly focussed on using those tools as enablers for creative expression. With the Mistika we were able to work interactively with the production, at High Frame Rate, taking the unique looks developed for the second film and extending them in the final grade sessions to focus on visual narrative. The best thing about great tools is they enable us to work with filmmakers to bring the world they imagined to life.”

Vickie-Lynn expands explaining some of the technical intricacies behind the scenes, “Beyond the look development undertaken prior to the final online sessions, such as the variable ‘lens’ effects built entirely in the Mistika, we were able to effortlessly fold in highly technical requirements for specific shots – such as deep mattes, themselves mathematically driving complex grade and stereo effects – all on the same platform, and all the time running critical stereo work in parallel with the ongoing look refinement, as the team headed towards the final delivery.”

Lead Stereographer Meetal Gokul explains “The interaction of grade and stereo is so often underestimated, so at Park Road we work in parallel – with any screening format, 2D or 3D, available for review at any time. The stereo toolset in the Mistika was definitely used to its fullest for the second film in the Trilogy, and as always my team’s focus is on an incredible 3D experience which drives the story forward. This film is amazing, and the Mistika continues to provide exactly the right platform to service productions of any scale.”

Head of Technology at Park Road Phil Oatley confirms “We rely on the capability of SGO’s Mistika when creating stunning content for all our clients. Once again, on a ground-breaking production of this magnitude, Mistika has provided a proven and reliable architecture that was both flexible and robust, giving us the immense speed we required. It is a huge advantage to work on one unified platform, and the Mistika combines immense power with remarkable versatility.”

It took Park Road Post Production, together with SGO, years of research, development, testing and refinement to create the unique workflow for The Hobbit Trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey realised a new technical and aesthetic standard. Workflow Architect Anthony Pratt played a pivotal role in developing Park Road Digital Cinema, VFX and 3D workflows and is part of the lead team that designed the world’s first HFR-3D workflow. “The pipeline we have built around SGO’s tools is seamless both for the client and for our team. The core of our entire pipeline was enabled by the dedication, support and innovation of the team at SGO, and use of the Mistika as our primary platform. We were delighted to put it to work again on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Tony adds, “Mistika has not only energised our team, and replaced the previous ‘heavy-iron’ infrastructure at Park Road, but is the absolute heart of servicing large-scale productions and with timeliness previously impossible to achieve.”

Park Road, with technology partner SGO, also won the industry’s prestigious IBC2013 Innovation Awards for their pioneering work building the World’s First HFR-3D post workflow. The 2013 IBC International Honour for Excellence was also presented to Sir Peter Jackson. In addition, SGO received the coveted International 3D Society’s 3D Technology Lumière Award for its Mistika finishing and colour grading system and for advancements in Stereo 3D and Ultra HD technology, a highly complimentary recognition alongside Park Road’s receipt of a Lumière Award recognizing their HFR Pipeline.
SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills affirms “We are very proud that Mistika continues to play an integral role at companies of such a high calibre such as Park Road, in yet another exceptional feature film delivery as part of The Hobbit Trilogy. The team at Park Road continue to stretch the boundaries of film production and SGO eagerly supports them with current and future project work.”

CEO of SGO Miguel Angel Doncel asserts “Park Road’s highly creative and brilliant technical teams rely on advanced technology that grows with them. The loyal relationship that exists between our two companies, and which we cherish, has grown stronger than ever, and is a significant testament to our shared commitment to quality and innovation to remain on the very edge of new filmmaking technologies now and in the future.”

The second film in The Hobbit Trilogy follows the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), as they continue their journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way they encounter the skin-changer Beorn, giant Spiders of Mirkwood, Wood-elves led by Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), and King Thranduil (Lee Pace), and a mysterious Man named Bard (Luke Evans), who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they face their greatest danger – the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped the worldwide box office, crossing the $500 million mark in its first two weeks of release. The film began releasing in markets as of 11 December 2013, and is currently showing in cinemas in HFR 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D. Visit the official movie website at www.thehobbit.net/

ABOUT PARK ROAD POST PRODUCTION
A premier post production facility located in Wellington, New Zealand. Developed by filmmakers for filmmakers, Park Road offers a relaxing and inspiring environment for filmmakers to realise their vision. Park Road was established as a one-stop shop with world-class integrated picture and sound departments all under one roof. Park Road is uniquely placed to supply all post services for a feature from on-set support, rushes, stereoscopic alignment, digital intermediate, foley and sound mixing through to the final completion of all film and digital deliverables for distribution. Visit them at: www.parkroad.co.nz

ABOUT THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. www.thehobbit.net

Action 14 – Studio l’Equipe presents Mistika’s 4K Ultra HD award-winning capabilities in action


17 & 18 January 2014 @ Event Lounge, Bd. Général Wahislaan 16F, 1030 Brussels

Brussels-based Studio l’Equipe, one of Belgium’s leading post production facilities will be demonstrating Mistika’s award-winning Ultra HD capabilities at the Event Lounge at Action 14.Mistika was Studio l’Equipe’s answer to the versatile tool they were looking for, that could go well beyond colour grading.
Visit Studio l’Equipe at Action 14 and find out how Mistika meets the demands of a rapidly changing and highly competitive film and broadcast market.

Philippe Bosman, Studio l’Equipe’s CEO stated recently – “We have literally acquired one of the best colour grading systems around from SGO – the Mistika …The past 5 years have brought a significant change in the industry, with increasingly advanced high-end digital cameras, and the challenges that come with them, which include file capture and colour space formats. Digital projection has also taken over from 35mm at tremendous speed, bringing new exciting developments such as 48 or 60 frames per second and 4K technology, where Mistika leads in this area.”

Mistika offers total support for many cameras including those from Sony, Canon, ARRI and RED with highly paralleled codecs making a significant difference in speed compared to other systems – critical when working at 4K in broadcasting. Mistika also comes with the most complete 4K video-board (4K QuadHDMI / 4K QuadDVI, 4K QuadSDI option both 1.5Gbit and 3G, single connector 4K connection over HDMI 1.4, 4K HFR). Mistika also now boasts a new feature as announced at IBC2013 for the UHD market, delivering new 4K HFR modes at 59p and 60p speeds, supported through the QuadSDI standard.

Marking its 50th anniversary last year, Studio l’Equipe, with two sites in Belgium and one in France, is the only full service post production studio in Belgium to offer comprehensive post production facilities at a single site. The company’s various departments consist of state-of-the-art film, rushes and digital labs offering editing, colour grading, sound, subtitling and screening services.
Films and documentaries currently being post produced using Mistika at Studio l’Equipe include Welcome to Fukushima, Le Prix du Pain, Algerian feature Titi, Chez Nous, C’est 3, Dutch feature Zwarte Zee and shortfilm titled Eliot. The company has worked on many other feature film projects with titles that include Number Station, A Perdre la Raison; Little Black Spiders; Sammy 2 3D and Maddened by his Absence.

Visit Studio l’Equipe at www.studio-equipe.be/
To find out more about Action 14, visit http://m.cmotion.eu/shop/upcoming-trade-shows#action14
To find out more about the venue, visit http://www.eventlounge.be/facilities/lounge-bar-area/

Mistika at Inter BEE 2013 Japan with Kyoshin Communications


Date: Wed, 13/11 – Fri 15/11
Location: Makuhari Messe
Booth: Hall 7 N0.7101

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