SGO’s Mamba FX Integration with Boris Graffiti brings Endless Opportunities for Artists


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 to Showcase Mistika’s Real-time Capabilities with Mamba FX at BIRTV


SGO Booth 8B09, CIEC, Beijing, 27 – 30 August 2014

20 August 2014, Beijing, China – Mistika and Mamba FX will be showcased at the SGO Booth 8B09 at BIRTV held at the CIEC in Beijing from 27 – 30 August. BIRTV provides an inspiring platform for creatives featuring leading-edge technology in a rapidly growing marketplace, attended by over 55 000 people across the world.

Powerfully different, Mistika is recognised as the most potent 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. SGO will preview the new Mistika version 8.2 software at BIRTV 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 8B09 will witness Mistika’s stunning performance with mixed resolution raw camera files on the same timeline in real-time. Also on show will be Mistika’s next-generation colour finishing functionalities supporting the Precision Grading Panels. Other new features include support for Dolby Vision, improved ACES workflows, enhanced AAF support, Dolby Atmos DCP generation and support for an even wider range of image codecs such as Canon’s RMF, Sony’s XAVC and ProRes 4:4:4:4. To meet high customer demand for the new toolset, Mistika 8.2 will also be launched this August, prior to IBC, with a preview of the next version 8.4 being demonstrated at IBC.

Redefining VFX, Mamba FX provides unlimited compositing layers in a resolution-free, node-based environment, running on Windows, Linux and now also on Mac. Main headlines for Mamba FX 2.0 include the Layer Route Effect for working with multi-layer EXR files; a “Spatial Isolation Keyer” interfacing with metadata and the high-speed, “point cloud” shape tracker, enabling compositors to speedily track 2D roto-shapes to shots.

“SGO is delighted to attend BIRTV again this year in an exciting and vital market, and we continue to make our customer requirements a priority focus in the region and abroad, in order to provide the best creative technology that the industry demands.” says SGO’s CEO Miguel Angel Doncel.

Chinese companies already adopting Mistika include the Xuke 3D team, Guangxi TV, The China Academy of Broadcasting and Planning, Royia Media Group, JiangSu TV, Xian Changqing TV, Goldrose Media, PPO Group, Phenom China and many others.

Global credits span every type of production from commercials for Emirates Airlines, television drama for BSkyB and feature films such as Peter Chan’s American Dreams in China, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, Edge of Tomorrow, Stalingrad, The Hobbit Trilogy, Switch, Transformers: Age of Extinction, 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.

Visitors to the SGO Booth can also meet specialists from SGO’s China Office, including Eric Liu (Tel: 13910737940, Eric@sgo.es); Jackeyia Zhang (Tel: 18601136665‍, Jackeyia@sgo.es) and David Rivero (Tel: 13041297729‍, david.divm@gmail.com‍). Advance bookings for Mistika and Mamba FX demonstrations can be made by contacting them directly or at feelthedifference@sgo.es.

Register for BIRTV 2014 here.

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SGO Exhibits its Enviable Scope of High-Performance Creativity at IBC2014


Mistika Redefines the “Hero” Suite enabling Creatives to Unleash their Extraordinary Talent

SGO will showcase Mistika and Mamba FX at Stand A11, Hall 6, from 12 – 16 September at IBC2014. Powerfully different, SGO’s flagship product, Mistika appeals to filmmakers, broadcasters and content creators for its efficient finishing, grading and Ultra HD capabilities for any project regardless of resolution or frame-rate, including 4K at 60P and stereoscopic 3D. SGO will feature version 2.0 of its compositor Mamba FX which provides unlimited layers of compositing in a resolution-free, node-based environment. Running on Windows, Linux and now also available on MAC, Mamba FX represents another choice at incredible value to the VFX community.

SGO is immensely proud of all its customers that work on amazing projects that span across every type of production, including short and long-form formats such as promos and commercials for big brand names such as Samsung, Emirates Airlines and Ford; television drama for BSkyB and well-known 2D and 3D feature films such as Edge of Tomorrow, Jupiter Ascending, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Transformers: The Age of Extinction, The Hobbit Trilogy among many other familiar titles listed on the SGO website at http://www.sgo.es/on-screen/

Mistika – Powerfully Different – The “Hero” Suite Redefined
SGO will demonstrate at IBC how Mistika provides seamless integration between conforming, editing, colour grading and visual effects to create the most comprehensive visual creation suite. Mistika has redefined the “Hero” suite, designed to empower the user to unleash their inner creativity. Operators can take full advantage of Mistika’s remarkable toolsets equipping them to accomplish stunning results that deliver and impress. Mistika’s unique abilities boast innovative colour correction by blurring the line between colour and compositing, enabling colourists to be even more creative by adding textures and filters to looks. Artists can tap into Mistika’s world-leading capabilities to produce high quality work that meets exacting standards.
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Continuing the SGO custom of rapid development and to meet the high demand for the new toolset, Mistika 8.2 will be launched this August, prior to IBC, with a preview of the next version 8.4 being demonstrated at the show itself. New highlights include the incredible Spatial Isolation Toolset (previewed at NAB) which allows unrivalled control over multi-layer EXR image files by making full use of meta-data provided by CGI animation systems.
Also on show will be Mistika’s next-generation colour finishing functionalities supporting the Precision Grading Panels. Other new features include support for Dolby Vision, improved ACES workflows, enhanced AAF support, Dolby Atmos DCP generation and support for an even wider range of image codecs such as Canon’s RMF, Sony’s XAVC and ProRes 4:4:4:4. SGO will present Mistika performing effortlessly with mixed resolution raw camera files on the same timeline all in real-time.

Mamba FX – The VFX Evolution Redefined
Main headlines for Mamba FX 2.0 include the Layer Route Effect, providing associated functions for working with multi-layer EXR files; an innovative “Spatial Isolation Keyer” which interfaces with metadata that can be passed from CGI software via the EXR files and a high-speed, “point cloud” shape tracker, which enables compositors to track 2D roto-shapes to shots very quickly. Mamba FX 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.

Geoff Mills, SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations remarks, “SGO’s innovation continues to push all boundaries, evident in its artist-leading toolsets which are revolutionising the way post production is evolving today. The fact that Mistika is the most complete and powerful creative suite that can conform, grade, finish, edit and do much more, in all resolutions and formats, in real-time and at mind-bending speeds, empowers users beyond what other systems can offer them.”
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SGO appreciates the loyal support of its long-standing specialist technology partners ATTO Tech, Canon, Dot Hill, DVS, HP, NVIDIA, Tangent Devices and many others. Visitors to the show can also benefit from SGO’s expertise along with customer guests at hand to discuss industry trends and projects. Advanced bookings for Mistika demonstrations can be made by contacting SGO at feelthedifference@sgo.es. Register for IBC at www.ibc.org. Follow SGO on Twitter @SGOMistika.

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SGO Releases Mamba FX Version 2.0


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.

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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.
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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
Recommended Configurations:
– 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

Visit the following links for further information
Forums
Manual
Support
Tutorials

SGO to Showcase Mistika’s Real time 4K capabilities at Broadcast Asia


BCA2014Logo-ntSGO Booth # 5K6-06, The Spanish Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 17 – 20 June 2014

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 stuart@mojomediasolutions.com or directly through SGO at feelthedifference@sgo.es. Register for Broadcast Asia at www.broadcast-asia.com.

Mamba FX on MAC Coming Soon!


Taking the industry by storm and due to popular demand, SGO will soon launch its new open node-based compositor MAMBA FX on MAC. As a versatile multi-level platform compositor serving all VFX artists, Mamba FX already runs under Microsoft Windows and Linux, and its compatibility with Mac completes the next step in its evolution.

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Miguel Angel Doncel, SGO’s CEO confirms, “To be able to run Mamba FX on various platforms significantly broadens its appeal. SGO’s multifaceted development approach is designed to invite everyone to enjoy the Mamba FX experience and widen the fast-growing community. I am delighted with the fact that Mac users from all over the world will soon reap the benefits of SGO’s technology as well. Mamba FX brings convenience, flexibility and affordability to all our customers. Try Mamba FX and have some fun.”

Follow Mamba FX on Twitter @sgomambafx to keep up to date on the Mamba FX on Mac release date. Mamba FX will be shown at NAB 2014 for the first time. It can be trialled or ordered online at www.sgo.es/shop with access to forum support and tutorials.

Visit the following links for further information:

Manual
Support
Forums
Tutorials

Visit SGO’s Booth SL9021 at NAB to see Mamba FX live and kicking!

27 March 2014, NAB, Las Vegas, Nevada

SGO Unleashes MAMBA FX: Accelerating Compositing to New Levels


Mamba FX takes VFX to new heights of performance and interactivity, striking at the heart of real-time compositing

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 September 2013 – SGO today unleashed new heights of performance and interactivity for users with the launch at IBC 2013 of MAMBA FX, a new powerful and innovative compositing software. Mamba FX is aimed at compositing at all levels, from the highly creative indie market through to major TV and studio productions. Running under Windows and available for a wide variety of PC configurations, Mamba FX is aggressively priced, making it the most accessible professional compositor on the market.

logo_mamba_webAs well as equipping users with an entire visual effects suite with keying, tracking, painting and restoration, Mamba FX can also extend its already considerable feature-set as a fully OFX-compliant plug-in host. Utilising a brand new intuitive node-based graphic interface, Mamba FX boasts unlimited compositing layers and effects. Its compositing “trees” also generate plain text files that describe the chain of processes that are scripted and manipulated to automate functions and workflows. In addition, Mamba FX can run other SGO feature options (at additional cost) including its industry-leading Stereo 3D toolset, for shot by shot-based corrections, and DCP Creation.

Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO of SGO, said, “Responding to market demand, we have been working on delivering a suitable, sleek and dedicated product that specifically serves the direct needs of VFX artists of all levels within all budgets everywhere. From the learning student, the freelancer working from home through to professionals in facilities that may require numerous reliable and stable VFX stations, Mamba FX is for everyone.”

MAMBA FX benefits from the SGO philosophy behind its world-renowned and award-winning software technology, which makes Mistika the fastest total post production and broadcast solution. The same software optimisation exists inside Mamba FX, permitting effects to be constructed and reviewed either directly in real-time or processed at a blistering rendering pace. This is owing to SGO’s long experience of super-charging their algorithms through highly-efficient programming and extensive use of NVIDIA GPU graphics boards. Alternative compositing systems can be notoriously sluggish, leaving operators and clients alike frustrated as they lose creativity due to a loss in interaction and slow renders.

“With Mamba FX accelerated by NVIDIA’s CUDA API and Quadro enterprise-class GPUs, we expect it to be one of the industry’s fastest compositors, making the impossible possible for a demanding creative community,” said Sandeep Gupte, senior director of Product Marketing for the Quadro professional graphics business at NVIDIA.

Mamba FX will be available to order online which also provides access to tutorials and forum support. Launching at IBC 2013 it can be pre-ordered for a special introductory and market-beating price from only €239.

SGO’s Director of Global Sales & Operations Geoff Mills says, “It is very exciting for SGO to be entering a different market to the one in which Mistika has become so successful. Mamba FX is a revolutionary product that brings SGO’s advanced technology to all compositors at all levels and at an incredible price. And this is just the beginning for Mamba FX, there are plenty of exciting developments still to come.”

MAMBA FX is completely open in terms of file structure, which allows it to be easily integrated into an existing workflow alongside other systems or used independently to complete VFX shots in their entirety. Another powerful advantage is that the visual effects it creates are 100% compatible with SGO’s own Mistika Post Production and Broadcasts systems. This permits the most efficient workflow solutions to be created where Mistika forms the hub of any creative production process. Mistika provides the conforming, high-end finishing, grading and client review facilities while numerous Mamba FX systems can share Mistika’s storage and file system for a fully integrated POST-VFX-GRADE-DELIVERY pipeline.

Mamba FX will be released later in 2013 and will be available for pre-order online at www.sgo.es/shop
giving early access to the application during the beta-phase.

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