BSkyB increases Stereo 3D capacity with two additional Mistika Systems and SGO SAN
“Mistika played a significant role in the launch of Sky 3D television last year and we’ve completed many long and short form programming using Mistika. Mistika forms the core of our stereo 3D workflows and SGO’s technology continues to impress us with its speed, real-time immediacy, highly developed functionality, openness, flexibility and ability to integrate seamlessly with other systems.”
Sarah Cloutier, VFX Manager, Sky Creative
London, UK, 4 March 2011
– In order to meet increasing stereoscopic 3D demand for content, global broadcasting giant, British Sky Broadcasting Corporation (BSkyB) expands its stereo 3D capacity with the purchase of two additional Mistika Post production systems working on a 64 TB SGO SAN, to enable powerful collaborative workflows. BSkyB launched Sky 3D, Europe’s first 3D TV channel, using the latest technology which included Mistika to create an incredible 3D experience, providing sports programmes, movies and entertainment into people’s homes across the country. History was made in January last year, with the world’s first live 3D sports broadcast, in which Mistika played a major role in the delivery. BSkyB continues to lead the way in TV entertainment with Sky 3D which is Europe’s first 3D channel.
Mistika, which had already been placed at the heart of Sky Creative’s pipeline, is vital for the creative team to meet high quality and time-sensitive stringent requirements which include editing, colour correction, geometry-alignment and producing material as quickly as possible. The additional Mistika systems will play a crucial function in delivering an even more efficient workflow at BSkyB. One of the new systems is based at Sky Creative to work alongside the existing Mistika, with the other one installed in a different building for ingest and QC of stereo 3D content, demonstrating Mistika’s speed and flexibility, between all three systems across two main locations.
“Mistika forms the core of our stereo 3D workflows and SGO’s technology continues to impress us with its speed, real-time immediacy, highly developed functionality, openness, flexibility and ability to integrate seamlessly with other systems. These features of the system are significant because we don’t have the luxury of time and therefore Mistika’s speed and immediacy is perfect for our needs. The SGO UK team also provides an incredibly high level of support and assistance. Mistika played a significant role in the launch of Sky 3D television last year and we’ve completed many long and short form programming using Mistika.” says Sarah Cloutier, VFX Manager, Sky Creative
“Mistika has already demonstrated its position within Sky and these additional systems will further complement its existing infrastructure to deliver the best quality stereo 3D content for television.” adds Geoff Mills, Director of SGO Global Sales & Operations, SGO UK.
BSkyB has recently worked on an impressive number of high profile stereo 3D projects using Mistika which include Dance, Dance, Dance with the English National Ballet, Diversitoys Tour – Diversity Live, The Reef and Panasonic Sponsorship idents for Sky 3D and cinema.
The Mistika post production system is a flexible high-end post production system, capable of SD, HD, 2K, 4K, and stereoscopic 3D with real-time ARRI, RED camera and other native data work-flows. It seamlessly integrates timeline-based editing, conforming, infinite layer compositing, colour grading and image restoration all in one complete system with various toolsets working together in the timeline. Mistika enables live interaction between all functions and accepts almost any image resolution from SD to 4K and beyond, in 2D and 3D.
SGO is a leading European developer of high-end solutions for the post production and broadcast industries and has been distributing and providing system integration and developing solutions for the film and media industries since 1993. Mistika, SGO’s high-end post production system offers a complete solution and industry-leading performance for post production across all genres from advertising, film and TV productions. Customers include Park Road Post Production, BSkyB, Framestore, The Look, OFFHOLLYWOOD, Preditors, On Sight, Chroma Film & TV Hamburg, BTV, ATM, Mighty Horn, Videomedia, Molinare Madrid, Infinia, El Colorado, Thomson Technicolor Madrid, Real Madrid Televisión, PICTORION das werk GmbH and OPTIX Post Production Inc., amongst many others. www.sgo.es