SGO Releases Mistika Ultima 8.8

The upgrade speeds up rendering by up to 10x and enhances collaborative capabilities.

SGO has released Mistika Ultima 8.8, a substantial upgrade to its postproduction suite that adds Apple ProRes support and enhances collaborative workflows. 

Improvements include revised toolsets such as shapes, keyframes, and notes and markers. Among the newly added features are align, mute moving clip and unscale functions, a bypass toggle and new processes for HDR workflows. The upgrade also includes support for the latest hardware developments, including AJA Kona 5, as well as Tangent Arc grading control panels and new SGO storage solutions. 

To meet the demands of today’s post industry, Mistika Ultima 8.8 speeds up rendering by up to 10x through software optimization and Nvidia hardware render support. The playback speed of industry-specific formats has also been enhanced, allowing real-time interactivity of UHD 8K at 60p. 

The new Apple ProRes support enables users to work with and create ProRes media significantly faster than before and at the highest quality available. The scope of professional format support is now even wider and includes the latest Arri, Red and Canon SDKs. 

Mistika Ultima 8.8 expands collaborative capabilities between natively integrated Mistika Technology products, including Mistika CoPilot, an application that runs inside the same workstation but on a second GPU. Included at no extra cost, CoPilot provides a second user interface, enabling an assistant to simultaneously work on the same project without interfering with the main operator’s tasks. 

The Immersive Reality Toolset has been enhanced and is fully compatible with Mistika VR , the industry-adopted solution for optical flow stitching. This eliminates the need for intermediate rendering by allowing Mistika Ultimato share project metadata, thus improving efficiency when creating VR content. 

Utilizing a new hardware and storage configuration, Mistika Ultima 8.8 provides real-time finishing and workflow for UHD 8K at 60p, even with uncompressed formats. Real-time capture and playout at 8K 60p is also possible when using the latest 8K recorder from Panasonic. These developments are also relevant for customers involved in giant-screen or complex projects using very high resolutions and frame rates. 

“With Mistika Ultima, we’re using all our knowledge and expertise to deliver the most agile and innovative solutions available in the market,” says Geoff Mills,SGO managing director. “We’re proud that our customers all around the world continue to put their trust in us.”

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