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’.
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).
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 https://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.
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.”
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 email@example.com. Register for IBC at www.ibc.org. Follow SGO on Twitter @SGOMistika.
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.
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.
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
– 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or directly through SGO at email@example.com. Register for Broadcast Asia at www.broadcast-asia.com.
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.
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.
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Visit SGO’s Booth SL9021 at NAB to see Mamba FX live and kicking!
27 March 2014, NAB, Las Vegas, Nevada