New Zealand’s Park Road Post Production invests in SGO Mistika

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Wellington, New Zealand, 10 September 2010:

SGO is delighted to announce at IBC 2010, the exciting and significant news that highly esteemed New Zealand-based facility Park Road Post Production, following elated reactions to Mistika, has invested in two Mistika 4K systems as their system of choice for stereo 3D production. Park Road’s creative and technical team were initially attracted to Mistika’s unrivalled stereoscopic 3D capability but the direct relationship with SGO was a key factor to ensure they continue to push the boundaries of development and technology.

Head of Technology at Park Road Post Production, Phil Oatley states: “There’s no disputing that Mistika has the best stereo 3D toolset on the planet bar none, but this is complimented by equally capable conform and grading tools, all of which run faster than we ever thought possible on a stock workstation. SGO’s open approach to storage and the sheer script-ability of Mistika means that we are able to integrate the system seamlessly into our operations.” Phil adds further: “To be honest, what’s impressed us most is SGO themselves, their commitment to their customers and the future of Mistika is like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. To say they are committed is an understatement.”

David Illingworth, Head of DI and Colourist at Park Road Post Production, continues to comment: “Mistika is one of the first genuinely exciting developments in DI platforms in a long time. What SGO have created is a truly exciting, powerful and creative tool that has taken Park Road’s capabilities to new levels, and has allowed us to complete some incredibly complex jobs in impossible time frames.”

Park Road, is a premier post production facility in Wellington and part of a creative community that includes some of the finest film making technology and talent in the world. Their reputation for creativity and delivery keeps them in high demand with some of the world’s leading film studios.

Park Road were decidedly impressed with SGO’s experience and astounded by Mistika’s mind-blowing technical proficiency, not only in the area of stereoscopic 3D, where it excels as a market leader, but also for its remarkable 2D post production capabilities, which include colour grading, image restoration, conforming, finishing and editing functionalities. They were predominantly taken aback with the fact that Mistika is a complete and competent finishing tool with the ability to successfully and efficiently support their entire post production process. Owing to Mistika’s truly open architecture, powerful real-time capacity, advanced tool-sets and work-flows, the two 4K systems will form the hub of Park Road’s post production work-flow infrastructure, placing Mistika at the heart of their stereo 3D productions.

District 9, The Lovely Bones, Battle of Red Cliff, Knowing, 30 Days of Night amongst many other high profile films were post produced at Park Road; illustrating the superior level of quality and expertise that the much-admired facility delivers. Mistika will now play a key role in the creative work-flow process from start to finish through each post production stage of their prestigious projects at the worldwide-leading group.

Geoff Mills, Director of Sales and Operations, SGO UK states: “We are delighted Park Road Post has put its trust in SGO and Mistika and is the result of an extensive and successful evaluation along with the building of a unique relationship to provide the very best available tools and work-flows, both now and for the future. Once again SGO has demonstrated that it is a clear world leader in stereo 3D and importantly, proves Mistika as a solid investment for both 2D and stereo 3D production.”

The Mistika post production system is a flexible high-end post production and live on set system capable of SD, HD, 2K, 4K, and stereoscopic 3D with real-time RED camera and other native data work-flows including ARRI. It seamlessly integrates home-based editing, conforming, infinite-layer compositing, colour grading and image restoration all in one complete system with various tool-sets working together in the timeline.

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About SGO

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, Preditors, On Sight, BTV, ATM, Mighty Horn, Videomedia, Molinare Madrid, Infinia, El Colorado, Thomson Technicolor Madrid, Real Madrid Televisión, PICTORION das werk GmbH and OPTIX Digital Pictures.