Now that SGO Mistika systems are being installed here in the US, postPerspective thought it would make sense to find out what the company is doing about training artists so studios that have invested in the product have a deeper pool of talent to pick from when the need arises.
With that in mind, we reached out to David Cox, who has been helping SGO with their training efforts. Here is his take on the subject.
By David Cox
An interesting challenge for any manufacturer that aspires to bring a new product to market — or a different way of thinking to an existing market — is how to cultivate an extensive user-base by training enough individuals to allow their technology to take hold.
Soho, London – To help manage the training strategy for its Mistika and Mamba FX software solutions, SGO has hired training and education mentor Peter Amies.
Aimes comes with a strong technical background that includes customer services, workflow coordination, and technology management for high-end post. Before joining SGO, he worked at New Zealand’s Park Road Post Production for six years, starting out in their film laboratory and moving to in-house post production coordinator, and working on managing workflow and delivery for a range of short-form and feature length projects through the laboratory, DI and sound departments. He began his career at Norway’s Cinevation as product manager for the Cinevator film-recorder product line where he worked for over four years.
Geoff Mills, SGO’s director of global sales and operations said, “Peter Amies has joined SGO at an important time, and we are delighted to welcome him as a key member of our team. As SGO expands further, it is imperative that our educational strategy is in place as demand increases. Armed with an impressive portfolio, Peter will be an excellent asset with his relevant expertise and knowledge and will predominantly focus on the technical development needs and post production skill sets, which are of enormous value in the industry.”
SGO, manufacturers of Mistika, introduced Mamba FX. Mamba FX is a stunningly cost-effective node-based, shot-based, Windows-based effects software package. Mamba FX is effectively the full subset of effects tools that live in Mistika.
Mamba FX allows capture of all the same camera codecs/file formats as Mystika.
Mamba FX has the same stabilizing, speed change, compositing, tracking, text, color, and 3D tools as Mystika. In my understanding the only tools that have been removed are the Stereoscopic toolset. Continue reading →