NAB 2014: SGO is to add a Spatial Isolation Toolset to its Mistika DI, Grading and Finishing system

The company said it would provide enhanced creative capability by offering object separation inside the colour grading workflow.

In both 2D and stereo 3D finishing it is common for multiple objects to brought together from separate creative systems, using masks, object IDs, positional information, travelling mattes, and in the case of live-action Stereo 3D, associated z-depth maps.

It’s currently standard practice for such information to be dropped before entering online grading and finishing, resulting in a single-plane image with no ability to re-adjust objects independently.

SGO’s new Spatial Isolation Toolset works with all the associated additional object information, enabling the simple selection of any object or group of objects, providing total interactivity with respect to blending objects together through the use of Mistika’s grading tools.

SGO said a colourist would be able to use any object selection options by single clicking any elements or part of an element, correcting only object surfaces pointing in certain directions, or separate objects by a z-depth range selection. These can all be combined with traditional object isolation modes, such as windows and colour or luminance range selection, with total object isolation accuracy.

The company said it would enable the real-time and fully interactive capabilities of Mistika to creatively light and grade 3D animation objects sympathetically within their final surroundings.

When working with stereo 3D footage the associated z-depth map could be used to perform object and image plane isolation, allowing the colourist to perform greater creative manipulations.

SGO sales director Geoff Mills said: “SGO strives to bring unique and unmatched creative capabilities to its customers, and Spatial Isolation is a perfect example of SGO’s ability to think beyond the normal constraints associated with grading and finishing.”

SGO earlier announced that the Mistika post production system would support Digital Vision’s Precision Grading Panel, with integrated systems available to order by existing and new customers in Q3 of 2014