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 Sponsors Creative Week at BAFTA


Showcasing Excellence in Creative Output | 2 – 6 June 2014 – BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN

30 May 2014, London, UK – SGO is proud to sponsor Creative Week which takes place at BAFTA from 2 – 6 June, drawing the television, film and advertising worlds together. Creative Week is the perfect environment for visitors to meet SGO and discover even more about Mistika’s remarkable 4K capabilities and Mamba FX’s node-based compositing, within the context of an experts forum. The high-profile event is produced by Media Business Insight (MBI) – the publishers of Broadcast, Screen International and Shots. The full programme covers enticing topics delivered by top industry players from BSkyB, ONSIGHT, The Look, The Mill, The Framestore, The Farm, MPC, Atlantic Productions, and many others.

The Post Perspective session at 15:00 on Thursday 5th June, chaired by Will Strauss as part of the HD Evolved 4K and Beyond seminars, will take place in the David Lean Room and covers Ultra High Definition (UHD) and vital information for anyone working in 4K. Panellists include SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations, Geoff Mills, Dave Klafkowski, Technical Director and MD of The Farm and Rik Tester, Post Production Supervisor of ONSIGHT. The discussion includes how the challenges that 4K brings are overcome; the benefits of 4k for both the post sector and producers and where 4K will lead the industry in the future. Mistika is already at the forefront of 4K with all the necessary underlying facilities to post produce 4K projects, even at 60 frames per second, guaranteeing SGO customers a future-proof return in their investment.

Armed with a roaming Mistika, Senior Product Application Specialist Sam Sheppard at SGO will also be at hand on Thursday to provide delegates with a taster of Mistika and a unique opportunity to gain a sense of the system’s immense power and capabilities. For VFX creatives, SGO’s Mamba FX equips artists with resolution-independent compositing with unlimited layers. VFX Sessions at the dedicated The VFX Summit – Imagination Unlimited are outlined here. Other seminars at Creative Week include the Media Summit and the International TV Forum.

SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills states, “In a dynamic and ever-evolving sector, Creative Week provides an inspiring platform from which key figures can discuss their thoughts for pushing beyond the world of HD. SGO is delighted to be involved in this engaging event that encompasses the very best in the television and film markets, of which SGO’s technology is recognised as playing an integral revolutionary leading role.”

Find out more about Creative Week at their website.
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ONSIGHT shows insight by setting its sights on Mistika expanding further to deliver high-end DI and Stereo 3D productions to meet increasing film and broadcast demand


“We have been users of Mistika for a long time. It continues to help us meet increasing and complex requirements in DI and Stereo 3D productions with impressive and importantly, real-time results. …Updating our Mistika facilities was vital for the benefit of our creative and technical teams, in order to keep delivering high quality and time sensitive material.”
Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT

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Successful SGO-sponsored 3D Creative Summit at London’s BFI attracted key industry figures


Highlights included Park Road discussing ground-breaking HFR post on The Hobbit

“The 3D Creative Summit proved to be an exciting industry platform to showcase excellence in Stereo 3D content from the people who unlock creativity through passionate commitment and ground-breaking production.”
Geoff Mills, Director of Global Sales and Operations, SGO

1st April March 2013, London – SGO was a proud sponsor of the 3D Creative Summit produced by Ravensbourne College and The International 3D Society. Located at London’s BFI, the high profile event featured talented people behind the best 3D films and television programmes of the past year. A series of exclusive screenings and in-depth Q & A’s with some of the industry’s leading practitioners lined-up an exciting event including the first 3D Producer’s Lab.

Geoff Mills, Director of SGO Global Sales & Operations

Geoff Mills, Director of SGO Global Sales & Operations

SGO’s Geoff Mills was involved in a compelling discussion titled “3D Post — Quicker, Smarter, Easier” with Andy Shelley (ONSIGHT), David Wigram working on Dr Who using Mistika and hosted by Jonathan Tustain where they discussed how post production has adapted and improved at a remarkable rate to make 3D more streamlined for productions. The session introduced some of the leaders in 3D post and explains how workflows and technologies have evolved to make the process better than ever.

SGO customer Park Road’s Phil Oatley and Meetal Gokhul travelled from New Zealand to discuss some of the insights and challenges of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This exceptional film is the world’s first Digital Cinema Release in Stereo 3D 48 high frame rate and is a pioneering adventure.

A Mistika suite was also in The Atrium for visitors to view live demonstrations followed by Q&A’s. SGO’s Mistika Application Specialist Sam Sheppard was on hand to explain how Mistika remains at the forefront of leading technology and innovation and why it has been adopted by leading industry professionals across the world for both broadcast and film.

Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee joined the summit for an exclusive interview live from New York, shared with the audience his experiences in overcoming technical and creative challenges on the awe-inspiring ‘Life of Pi’ and his post-Oscar thoughts for the future. The high-profile panel of speakers also included famous names such as Sir David Attenborough, Declan Lowney (director of Mr Stink), Phil McNally from Dreamworks, Chris Parks (Vision 3), Steve Schklair (3Ality), John Cassy (Sky 3D) and many other well-respected figures such as SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills, Park Road’s Head of Technology Phil Oatley and Lead Stereoscopic Artist Meetal Gokhul, alongside many other speakers. The full list can be viewed at the 3D Creative Summit website. http://www.3dcreativesummit.com/speakers

Courtesy of BSkyB

Courtesy of BSkyB

Mistika was used in a plethora of notable Stereo 3D films and programmes which include the world-first HFR film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Little Crackers, Mr Stink (the BBC’s first scripted Stereo 3D drama), Galapagos 3D, Kingdom of Plants 3D, Storm Surfers 3D, Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough, The Amazing Spiderman, Prometheus, Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service and many others.
Other exciting new film projects which are currently in post production using Mistika and have not yet been released, include Inside the Mind of Leonardo, The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Geoff Mills states “SGO was delighted to sponsor the 3D Creative Summit which has proved to be an exciting industry platform to showcase excellence in Stereo 3D content and the technology that makes it possible. Visitors to the event had the unique opportunity to understand how Mistika has been instrumental in Stereo 3D becoming a reality and why it is being used for outstanding productions in the UK and all around the world, both in broadcast and cinema. Mistika delivers complex workflows and creative solutions which stretch the boundaries of film and television productions to their ultimate limits, and it is very rewarding to see SGO’s revolutionary technology being recognised and adopted by leading visionaries across various genres. Not forgetting it is the people who unlock creativity through passionate commitment and ground-breaking production.”

BTV Post is wild about Mistika in spectacular Wildebeest 3D documentary


BTV Post delivers stunning results using Mistika’s Stereo 3D toolsets to immerse viewers in the centre of the action of an epic animal mass migration across Africa

“The Wildebeest Migration 3D; Electric Sky Productions for Animal Planet, 3Net & Sky 3D

“The Wildebeest Migration 3D; Electric Sky Productions for Animal Planet, 3Net & Sky 3D


Mistika excels with its very robust toolset that allowed me to achieve perfect 3D alignment and colour matching in post production…Once the technical alignment pass was complete, I could then continue to use Mistika’s colour grading and compositing environment to provide a high quality finish to the final programmes.
Ross Copeland, Online Stereographer and Mistika Grading and VFX Artist

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BSkyB wins ‘Best 3D TV Live Event of the Year’ for The Isle of Wight Festival 2012, posted in Mistika at Preditors


London, 18 January 2013 – BSKyB won the “2012 International 3D Society Lumiere ™ Award-Europe for outstanding “Live 3D TV Event” for The Isle of Wight Festival programme. The project was produced by Blink TV for BSkyB and directed by Marcus Viner.

PreditorslogoSenior Editor, Reg Wrench at Preditors oversaw the transition from offline to Mistika 3D online. Online Stereographer, Ross Copeland was responsible for the 3D geometry alignment, depth grade and finishing of the two 90-minute highlight films in record time, over just seven days, using Mistika at Preditors. Reg and Ross established a very fast workflow to transfer the finished 3D edit to Mistika where all the parts and graphics conformed instantly.

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BSkyB wins 3D Creative Arts Awards for ‘Best European Documentary of the Year’ for The Bachelor King 3D, Meerkats 3D and Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough, post produced at ONSIGHT using Mistika


London, 21st December 2012 – SGO is delighted to announce that The Bachelor King 3D, Meerkats 3D and Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough, which were all post produced at ONSIGHT using Mistika, have won the
2012 International 3D Society Lumiere ™ Award-Europe for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary”.

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