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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¡Únete a Canon y SGO en la 21 edición del #3DDay!


Este año tenemos con nosotros a tres fantásticos profesionales que compartirán su conocimiento y experiencia con las últimas tendencias tecnológicas en VR y HDR.
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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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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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SGO GOES VIRTUAL AT NAB


Mistika Unveils Ground-breaking Developments in Las Vegas

SGO BOOTH #SL9027 / 18 – 21 April 2016 / Las Vegas Convention Centre

SGO will be carving its own path this NAB, bringing its award-winning finishing system Mistika to the limelight and unveiling a multitude of incredible future-proof developments that have been in the pipeline for the past few years. Mistika will be the frontier of Virtual Reality, equipping professionals with the most innovative and accessible virtual toolsets and workflows. With an NAB highlight of VR in post, SGO will reveal its distinctive, forward thinking 3D feature-sets, VR Mode and VR Device connections, depicting how Mistika provides Colour Grading, HDR, Stereo and Compositing in Virtual Reality, in just one system.

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A Sea Of Love makes Waves with Mistika


Australian Cinematographer & Scientist Pawel Achtel creates HFR project for the Giant Screen using Mistika

SGO’s Asia Pacific Reseller Partner, Mojo Media Solutions, has been working closely with Australian cinematographer and scientist Pawel Achtel on his high frame-rate stereoscopic 3D project Sea Of Love. Mistika was used for all the colour grading and stereoscopic adjustments.

The incredible project which has been made for the Giant Screen, is being shot at 5K using RED Epic® cameras which has been modified by the installation of Achtel’s custom designed TrueBlue™ optical filter, which virtually removes all magenta contamination in the blue spectra.

Sea of Love 3D from Pawel Achtel on Vimeo.

Filming under water produces many blue colours in the imagery which on an unmodified RED® camera tends to look magenta. This is because the red photo-sites on the camera sensor are not only sensitive to red light, they are also sensitive to blue light. By replacing the factory supplied OLPF with Achtel’s TrueBlue™ OLPF, the colour separation in the raw camera files is significantly improved. TrueBlue is available now for RED Epic® and RED Dragon® cameras.

In addition, Mojo Media Solutions will also be showcasing SGO’s Mistika at SMPTE15 in Sydney from 14 – 17th July at Booth # D4 where customers will be able to review sample footage from this spectacular project. The SMPTE15 exhibition takes place at the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park. With world renowned manufacturers SGO and COLORFRONT both sending product specialist to provide support at the exhibition, visitors to the Mojo Media Solutions stand will be able to participate in in-depth demonstrations with opportunities to ask detailed questions from the manufacturers’ own representatives.

Please contact Mojo Media Solutions for more information.

SGO China showcases Mistika for Broadcasters at CCBN2015


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

About CCBN2015
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/

About Beijing Offline Video Tech Co.Ltd
Visit them at www.offlinevideo.com

Park Road Relied on Mistika in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”


Epic Adventure Film Trilogy Involved Mistika’s Grading Technology From Start to Finish

New Zealand facility Park Road once again used Mistika for the post production of “The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies”, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the third film in “The Hobbit Trilogy” directed by Peter Jackson.

Mistika’s colour grading and finishing systems have played a central role at the Wellington-based post house since shooting began for The Hobbit Films in 2011. SGO’s cutting-edge technology was again used throughout the DI online, stereoscopic post and final grade of the monumental final film hailed by critics as a colossal technical achievement.

Park Road’s grading theatres are based around the worlds largest installs of Mistika 4K and S3D master systems. Very large shared storage provides high-speed efficiency between online editors, stereographers and colourists. Dolby Atmos equipped mix theatres, foley and sound edit facilities complement the picture offering, and all work can be delivered to their in-house 176-seat cinema, capable of projecting all major formats, film/24/3D and higher frame rates.

The Mistika 3D tools were driven at full throttle in the third film of the Trilogy, “Mistika’s real-time immediacy again enabled interactivity with the grade and stereo where we could screen any formats in 2D or 3D,” Senior Stereographer Meetal Gokul explained. “The Mistika continues to provide exactly the right platform to service productions of any scale, with superb tools both for development and final mastering of stereo projects.”

Smaug, played by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Smaug, played by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Park Road are at the forefront in the development of High Frame Rate filmmaking, from on-set digital acquisition, support for offline editorial, final online, through to HFR deliverables. It took Park Road, together with SGO, years of research, development, testing and refinement to create the unique workflow for The Hobbit Films.

Workflow Architect Anthony Pratt played a pivotal role in the development and is part of the lead team that designed the world’s first HFR-3D workflow. Neither the facility, nor the platform, has stood still since the first film. A novel and highly efficient approach to VFX workflows was deployed for the latest instalment – using wrapped OpenEXR version 2 files – a world’s first. “The team at SGO really helped us prove and integrate this new approach, and we hope to see this released into the open source file format and libraries. Of course SGO’s clients now have it built-in!” Tony says, “Once again the Mistika sits firmly at the core of our business, servicing all of our team and our clients with timeliness previously impossible to achieve.”

“Park Road’s exceptional talent is evident in yet another phenomenal feature film delivery as part of “The Hobbit Trilogy.” SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills stated.

SGO’s CEO Miguel Angel Doncel confirmed, “Park Road continues to push innovative boundaries of stunning film production. Their leading-edge needs are an infinite source of inspiration for current and future developments.”

Resolution Revolution of Pixel Plus Perfection at the 19th #3Dday


Canon and SGO Co-Organise 4K /UHD-Focused #3Day

Madrid, Spain, 13 November, 2014 – SGO and Canon have partnered to host SGO’s 19th 3Dday Conference this year. It takes place on the 3rd December at the Film Academy Theatre in Madrid, and will focus on 4K (Ultra High Definition) in all its glory, featuring a series of case studies by industry professionals. The 3Dday will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to explore the creative and technical aspects of the format within the entire production process, from shoot to screen.

Co-organised by Canon and SGO, the high-profile event is sponsored by HP, Red.es and Solid Angle, and aims to approach the various challenges that have to be considered when facing a 4K/UHD production. 4K/UHD projects require workflows that make the most out of capturing the footage with the aim of preserving the original image quality. The 4K zeal is not just about merely more pixels, but better high-quality pixels, including High Frame Rates, EDR and new colour spaces which play a significant role.

#3Dday

The Speaker’s Panel opens with Sébastien Devaud, director and producer at BIGSENSORS & FILM, who is well-known for his pioneering work using Réflex cameras for video shoots. Devaud will share his experiences of filming in 4K with the Canon EOS-1D C and EOS C500 cameras, including the various lenses within the L series, as well as the groundbreaking Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras. He will also detail the development of his involvement in the recent production of the Disneyland Paris attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy.

Sam Sheppard, International Film and Broadcast Consultant and SGO team member, will examine the considerations needed to tackle a 4K/UHD production from script to screen. Sam will share his invaluable experience of working on complex productions that include HFR, 4K resolutions, VFX workflows and colour space issues, such as ACES and rec2020. He will also talk about BSkyB’s stunning post production of Inside the Mind of Leonardo. Sheppard is an expert on script to screen workflows and has a broad experience of working on high-level projects such as Avatar and The Lovely Bones.

John Daro, Senior DI Colorist, FotoKem – The #3Dday will also feature one of the world’s most respected and talented colorists, John Daro, who will present compelling case studies on recent projects he completed at FotoKem using Mistika, such as The Boxtrolls and 99 Homes, including exciting work involving large formats of up to 65/70mm for the Giant Screen. John Daro will also speak about his experience on 2D-to-3D conversions.

Following the SGO tradition, the #3Dday Party will take place afterwards at the Moby Dick Club. An annual date not to be missed by industry professionals.

The #3Dday Programme
Academia de Cine, Calle Zurbano, 3, 28003 Madrid
3.30 pm Doors Open
4.00 pm Conference Commences
– Sébastien Devaud, film director and producer at BIGSENSORS & FILM.
– Sam Sheppard, International Film Consultant and SGO team member.
– John Daro, Senior DI Colourist at FotoKem.
7.00 pm Conference Ends
8.00 pm The #3Dday Party starts, with Live Music and Drinks to Quench your Thirst!
The Moby Dick Club, Av del Brasil, 5, 28020 Madrid

About the Speakers

Sébastien Devaud
A director and producer for over 15 years, Sébastien Devaud is, above all, passionate about the image. Having studied directing, photography and lighting, Sébastien started his career as a cameraman but later, in order to maintain control over all stages of production, he developed his editing skills. In 1999, he set up his first production society AkwabaPROD to shoot and post-produce commercials and music videos. From there, he enjoying the adrenalin of live recording, and moved into broadcast TV and created scenarios notable for their use of contemporary lighting and depth of field effects. For Sébastien, the release of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR was a revelation. Always interested in new technologies, he grasped the potential of this revolutionary camera from the outset and today uses the full range of Canon cameras and lenses in all his productions. Today he regularly shoots for major broadcasters including M6, FranceTV, Canal+ and MTV, and also creates and produces many TV commercials, titles and campaigns for major multi-national brands. Further information about him, can be found here.

Sam Sheppard
Sam Sheppard is an international film consultant specialising in script to screen workflows, post production supervision, and stereo 3D; with a Minor in film-making in general. Sam was originally trained in New Zealand where he worked in post at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production, and on set for high-profile films as The Lovely Bones and Avatar. As well as working internationally as a technical specialist for SGO Mistika, training and advising in digital workflows for 2D and 3D production, Sam is also a founding partner of Silverscreen Pictures.

John Daro
John Daro is a Senior Colorist at FotoKem in Burbank, California. He began his career as an Avid editor helping FotoKem set up a film to disk dailies pipeline in 2001. From that position he moved into film scanning and recording. With the advent of the digital intermediate process he moved into his current role as a DI artist. Daro quickly became a leader in the stereoscopic community taking his passion for advanced imaging techniques and knowledge of post production to provide end-to-end stereo workflows. John has worked on ground breaking projects such as the award-winning Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, Contagion, and The Boxtrolls, to name a few. He continues to push technology with the use of SGO’s Mistika platform, diving into the world of HFR and High Resolution image manipulation.

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SGO Powers Up With New NVIDIA Quadro K5200


SGO accelerates its high-end post production products with the NVIDIA Quadro K5200. This new graphics board provides significantly higher performance and greater data handling capability than the previous generation Quadro, for SGO’s Mamba FX and Mistika products, which are utilised in the world’s biggest film, television and commercial productions.
Quadro_K5200_3qtr (2) Courtesy of NVIDIA (640x571)
“The NVIDIA Quadro K5200 is the perfect partner for SGO’s Mamba FX. With phenomenal performance and 8GB of on-board memory, visual effects compositors can work at even higher resolutions, bit depths and frame rates with ever more complex composites, while maintaining industry-leading throughput,” says SGO’s CEO, Miguel Angel Doncel.

SGO’s Mamba FX is a high performance but very low cost visual effects compositing suite. It costs from just 239 Euros and is available for free trial. It can be downloaded from the SGO shop or from www.MambaTutorials.com, where Mamba FX’s extensive compositing tools are explained in a library of online video tutorials.

“Our new Quadro line-up is at the center of visual computing workflows,” says Greg Estes, VP Enterprise Marketing and GM of Media & Entertainment at NVIDIA. “SGO’s highly optimised programming with NVIDIA’s advanced graphics processing have enabled SGO Mistika and Mamba FX to provide ground-breaking real-time post production environments for 4K, Stereo 3D and high-frame rate productions.”

Credits spanning every type of production across the globe include commercials for Emirates Airlines, television drama for BSkyB and feature films such as Peter Chan’s American Dreams in China, Edge of Tomorrow, Stalingrad, The Hobbit Trilogy, Switch, 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 this year.
Quadro_K5200_F (2) Courtesy of NVIDIA (640x296)
NVIDIA Quadro K5200 graphics boards will be supported in Mistika’s V8.4 software and Mamba FX’s version 2.0, showcased this month at IBC at the SGO Booth A11, Hall 6, at The RAI in Amsterdam.

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