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SGO to Show 8K-Ready Mistika Post Toolset at IBC

High Resolutions and High Frame Rates on Offer in Latest Software Version

SGO will show version 7.4 of Mistika Post, its high-end post-production and finishing tool, at IBC next month, the company said.

The latest version of Mistika will include a new automated shape-tracking tool combining shape, stabilization, and motion-smoothing functions into a single tool aimed at both compositors and colorists. It's designed for speed, but users can also tweak the tracking parameters to get a better handle on more demanding tracking tasks.

New color-grading features include the ability to combine color selections across any number of layers, each of them having a complete set of color transformation options, in real time. Tangent Elements control surfaces have been programmed to allow direct access to all Mistika features. The interface has been updated and includes a Curves Mode for fine color control, the ability to choose blending modes for each layer, and new options for mask-processing.

SGO said the Mistika supports Ultra HD as well as the 8K Super Hi-Vision format that's capturing the imagination in Japan and elsewhere. High frame rates (HFR) of 48 and 60 frames per second are both supported via four SDI-3G or four HDMI 1.3 connections, as well as over a single HDMI 1.4 connection. Workflow options include a kind of proxy workflow where standard NLEs get material at half the frame rate of the original camera files, with the ability to conform the EDL to the original HFR material.

SGO made sure to point out that Mistika was used in production on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first commercially released HFR film.

Also on display  at IBC will be Mistika Air for Broadcasters, a collection of real-time Ultra HD and 8K production tools for broadcasters that debuted at NAB. 

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