Deluxe Australia’s post-production studio, DDP Studios, recently completed upgrades to its two SGO MISTIKA systems in preparation for high resolution and high-frame rate work, including 4K UltraHD.
Nic Smith, Head of Technology at Deluxe Australia commented: “We are seeing a healthy number of enquiries from our local and international clients to finish their projects at 4K. MISTIKA is un-matched for speed and efficiency when it comes to handling mixed resolution camera source files in their native RAW format, so the obvious strategy for us was to extend its capabilities by upgrading to MISTIKA OPTIMA specification.”
The upgrades, supplied by Mojo Media Solutions, SGO’s official Australian Reseller Partner, allow DDP Studios to work in real time at project resolutions of up to 4096 x 4096 and 60 frames per second. With native file format support for all commonly used high-resolution digital cinema cameras, including ARRI, Sony and RED, a MISTIKA OPTIMA timeline can be a mixed bag of file formats, resolutions, aspect ratios, frame rates and bit-depths without needing to transcode first. Working natively with such formats avoids the unnecessary ballooning of data on disk, as well as time consuming transcode render passes and copying, which at 4K and High Frame Rates becomes at least 8x more of an issue than when working at HD or 2K.
“4K UltraHD is definitely taking off as a delivery requirement around the world, with several countries having already launched dedicated UltraHD channels to the home. It’s vital that Australian content creators are able to provide high quality 4K content for international consumption, and it’s wonderful that DDP Studios continues to rely on SGO MISTIKA to make that possible,” said Stuart Monksfield, Managing Director of Mojo Media Solutions.