Beyond the looks of Startup, Sony’s tech-infused thriller Series


StartUp, the Florida-set series, distributed by Sony’s streaming service Crackle in the US and Amazon Prime Video in Europe and Japan is not the mellow tech-industry satire one might expect when hearing its title for the first time. It is a fierce thriller set in the fuzzy world of cryptocurrencies and the dark web.

 

LightBender, a boutique-size finishing facility in Santa Monica created Startup’s final look, ensuring the show’s murky crime revealed it’s true colors. “We took care of conform, VFX plates, SDR & HDR color grading, marketing materials, mastering and final deliverables. All of it completed in SGO’s post-production hero suite Mistika Ultima,” told Juan Ignacio Cabrera, lead colorist and founder of LightBender.

Cabrera worked on the Startup series together with two assistant colorists Fran Lorite and Álvaro Barrasa.

Third season of Startup on its way, this time shot in 8K!

An extremely tight schedule was one of the biggest challenges Cabrera, Barrasa, and Lorite faced while color grading the Startup series. “Delivering a quality show without any major issues in three different delivery versions was quite demanding, so having the best possible toolset was essential; It allowed us to be as efficient as humanly possible.”

LightBender had to deliver the UHDTV version first, so the workflow was designed to be UHDTV native from beginning to end. “That requires a lot of bandwidth and we were working on multiple systems simultaneously. Luckily, we have SGO’s Open Storage solution which enabled a centralized working environment with all the machines running at the same time and over the same project seamlessly.”

The original shooting resolution was another of the project’s complexities. “We were working with 6K RED files and needed to create an HDR delivery, so we decided to unify everything to UHD EXR-16 image sequences, keeping all the TC information, tape names and other information to allow a quick re-conform if needed,” continues Cabrera. The LightBender team is about to start the third season of StartUp, this time shot on Helium 8K to make the show even more demanding and dramatic!

Mistika Ultima enables a non-linear modern post-production workflow

LightBender Studio completes feature films and also TV series where lately, there has been a significant increase in production. “Mistika Ultima allows us to tackle from low-budgets shows to incredibly complex blockbusters with ease!”

Cabrera has been using award-winning Mistika Ultima for more than eleven years and in his opinion, versatility is one of the most apparent advantages of SGO’s hero suite. “The flexibility you have with an infinite timeline, being able to have numerous versions in the same space, extremely powerful conform tools and the ease to work with multiple versioning and mastering requirements are the things that make your life easier.”

In Mistika Ultima both conform and color grading happen in the same place. “It does not force you to follow any specific order. You can go back and forth as you need. It is a unified environment, not a ‘Frankenstein’ made up of different programs, modules or plugins.”

Mistika Ultima allows making creative decisions right to the very last minute, keeping a solid workflow throughout. “When the pressure is high and the production team start to get nervous, being the facility that helps and makes things easier is what makes the client want to come back. We could not do that without Mistika Technology.”

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SGO, HP, KanDao and Los Secretos to boost immersive benefits of 360º Stereo Virtual Reality


SGO is delighted to announce a very special project which demonstrates the immersive benefits of 360º Stereo Virtual Reality. Together with HP and KanDao Obsidian as official camera partner, SGO will capture a concert by Los Secretos, one of Spain’s most famous bands of the 80’s, as part of their 40th-anniversary tour.  The event will take place on 6th July 2018 at the WiZink Centre in Madrid.

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Using SGO’s award-winning Mistika VR and Mistika Ultima with HP’s incredibly powerful workstations to create the finished piece you will be able to enjoy the mythical anthems from Los Secretos for the first time in a 360º dimension. As a preview, we are sharing with you today one of their most famous songs in 360º Stereo VR. Enjoy!

Mistika VR introduces new Keyframe Animation feature providing even better stitching flexibility


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New toys from SGO are coming to NAB 2018!


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SGO to demonstrate new multi-dimensional workflow tools at IBC 2017


Collaborative solutions include Mistika Ultima with Mistika Co-Pilot, Mistika VR with new Stereo 3D toolset, Mistika Insight and Mistika FX preview.
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SGO announces availability of its training software Mistika Insight


Free download offers hands on experience of using the world’s most powerful Hero Suite ‘Mistika Ultima’ as a training tool.
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SGO Introduces Multi-dimensional Workflow Concept and Launches Solution-Based Applications using Mistika Technology


SGO is set to introduce a new natively integrated workflow concept at this year’s NAB and launch the first phase of products as part of the company’s evolutionary growth which include ‘Mistika VR’ and ‘Mistika Insight’.
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SGO to reveal Mistika 8.7 capabilities at InterBEE 2016


SGO will be showcasing Mistika version 8.7 with exclusive demonstrations on VR, HDR, Colour grading, 4K and 8K capabilities at InterBEE 2016 in November 2016.
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UNIQUE MEDIA CREATES UHD AND HDR CONTENT FOR KOREAN AUDIENCE WITH MISTIKA


We are pleased to announce that Unique Media has purchased our flagship product Mistika Ultima, to expand its current business range from high quality television programmes to cinema and commercial productions.
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SGO wins 2016 Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Engineering Excellence Award


Madrid, Spain, 7 September 2016 – SGO, the high end post production software and systems developer, is proud to announce it has been awarded the coveted 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Award for its Mistika post production digital intermediate (DI) solution. The Engineering Excellence Awards recognises companies and individuals that provide outstanding services to the professional media content industry. The award will be presented to SGO on November 17th, 2016 at the 11th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.
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