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SGO adds direct support for Avid DNxHD MXF format to its Mistika DI and on-line finishing system (17/9/2010)

In a continuing raft of developments for its Mistika DI and on-line finishing system, SGO has added direct support for Avid’s DNxHD MXF format, with the unique ability to both directly capture the format, and render and write back to disc in the same format. Along with Mistika's open storage, the addition of DNxHD continues to make Mistika the ideal system for all on-line and DI post-production workflows, and now provides direct media interchange with Avid’s range of offline editing systems. When viewed alongside Mistika’s impressive accomplishments for auto-conforming, editorial, grading, effects, and stereoscopic 3D, the addition of media interchange with Avid’s DNxHD format further extends the scope of creative capability Mistika represents.

Stereoscopic projects have become a major production focus, and demand a high-level of creative power and capability. Often, filming is performed using a stereoscopic rig set to a parallel configuration, which implies that scenes will be difficult to view until a post convergence change is added. With Mistika having the amazing ability to work directly from a cameras' RAW files without any importing or cross-conversion overheads, the addition of DNxHD format workflow, means it is now possible to simply export a side-by-side single stream of DNxHD files ready for offline editing in Avid, directly from the live dual camera input.

SGO’s Technical Director, Javier Moreno explains further. “From this example, the Mistika artist can continue to refine the rushes, by further correcting the camera line ups, adding colour grades and any other "fixes" that are required. When the offline editing process has been completed, Mistika can conform from the material and settings it already has, which means that the conform benefits from direct access to the full resolution original camera RAW files, as well as all of the corrections that have been achieved, both before and after the editing session commenced.”

From the perspective of the offline editor, the headaches and time-overheads of cross converting stereoscopic camera raw files prior to import are entirely avoided. Instead, the editor works directly from single stream files that are natively supported by the edit system and have stereoscopic alignment, and even colour transforms, already embedded. The result is an efficient and streamlined process. The main advantage of the new conform tool in Mistika is the capability to be able to start the post production process in parallel with the offline editing, because all VFX, colour grading and stereo adjustments can now be re-conformed for new EDLs automatically. Previously, many of these tasks had to wait until the EDL editing had been completed, involving extensive manual work. Thanks to the new workflow in parallel, the total production time will now be reduced.

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