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.”
Collaborative solutions include Mistika Ultima with Mistika Co-Pilot, Mistika VR with new Stereo 3D toolset, Mistika Insight and Mistika FX preview.
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’.
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.
SGO, the high end post production software and systems developer will be showcasing a substantial number of new post-production tools to service the most demanding high end finishing for Virtual Reality (VR), High Dynamic Range (HDR) grading, and 8K post production at IBC 2016. These capabilities will be demonstrated through Mistika v8.7 that will be displayed on Booth 6.A11 at the RAI in Amsterdam from the 9th-13th of September.
“Unwrapped VR images routinely demand high resolutions and the additional GPU memory of the Quadro M6000 will help Mistika users maintain real-time performance, as they finesse their projects with Mistika’s unique VR features.” Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO and Founder of SGO
SGO further enhances performance of its Mistika and Mamba FX post-production products with support of the new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 24GB GPU to handle extremely large, complex files for feature film and broadcast projects.
Intelligent Broadcasting with Mistika Air Ultra
26 – 28 March 2015 – Booth 4101,5109 – China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC)
SGO China, with authorised reseller partner Beijing Offline Video Tech Co. Ltd will showcase Mistika Air Ultra from 26 – 28 March at Booth 4101, 5109 at the China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition (CCBN2015) at the CIEC in Beijing. On display will be the latest version of the Mistika post production system with Tangent Element Grading Panels.
Mistika Air – Post for Broadcasters – Creative Freedom to Air
Mistika Air is a specific version of Mistika especially tailored for broadcasters of HD, Ultra HD and beyond. Mistika Air Ultra allows for even greater speed and throughput in a crowded multi-platform environment that caters for the delivery of high resolution programmes. Mistika provides a viable and stress-tested solution which promotes seamless integration and high-end production tools for HD, Ultra HD and 8K productions. Mistika also boasts 4K HFR modes at 59p and 60p speeds for the UHD market, supported through the QuadSDI standard.
With over 1000 exhibitors, CCBN2015 is the largest broadcasting technology expo in the Asia-Pacific region, attracting over 100,000 delegates from across 30 countries. CCBN provides a platform for interaction between Chinese and foreign enterprises in the broadcasting sector. As China’s economy continues to grow, the role of Chinese companies in the global broadcast and media technology market is becoming ever more important.
Register for the show at www.ccbn.tv/en/
For further information, contact Jackeyia Zhang, SGO China’s Sales Manager, MP:+8618601136665
The 23rd China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition features a combination of exhibition with technical and business conferences. The Keynote Speech Conference (March, 25, 2015) and the CCBN-Broadcasting Development Forum (CCBN-BDF) allow industry leaders to illuminate the latest trends and showcase cutting edge broadcast technologies. CCBN is your access to the Chinese marketplace. Visit them at www.ccbn.tv/en/
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