Mistika's Innovative Creativity is a Success at London's BTV Post in Making "How Cities Work" in Both 2D and 3D


“If it wasn’t for Mistika's compositing tools we would have lost some vital Stereo 3D shots from the series.” George Dutton, Colourist & Online Artist, BTV Post, London, UK

Last Updated: December 5, 2013 4:21 pm GMT
(London, United Kingdom--December 5, 2013) London's BTV Post provided full post production using Mistika for the stunning five-episode television series "How Cities Work," commissioned by Discovery. Working closely with Electric Sky Productions, BTV Post ensured that the series portrayed the footage in 2D as well as Stereo 3D formats. Filmed in S3D, "How Cities Work" shows coverage of world-leading cities such as London, New York, Barcelona, Las Vegas, Berlin and San Francisco and their key advancements in planning, technology and engineering.

(Images courtesy of Electric Sky Productions).

Ian Grey and George Dutton were the talented BTV Post colourists and online artists that put Mistika to work on the project to complete the picture post.

Ian Grey explains BTV Post’s approach for delivering the Stereo 3D post production for How Cities Work, "The production data was transferred over our ultra-fast connection between our Brighton to London facilities. We then completed the eye alignment, depth and colour grade using Mistika."

In addition, there were disparities in the S3D post caused by lens flare and dirt on the camera lens which required compositing from one eye to the other.

George Dutton discusses the technique he used to achieve the required results “If it wasn’t for Mistika's compositing tools we would have lost some vital Stereo 3D shots from the series. Using a combination of these tools we were able to paint out disparities caused by lens flares and dirt by compositing from the unaffected eye. Mistika's auto alignment and colour balance tools worked brilliantly on most of the shots. When faced with the more complex challenges such as lens flares, extreme colour and focus mismatches, Mistika's manual alignment tools allowed us to fix these problematic shots very quickly as well.”

Post Supervisor, Chris Gallani said “How Cities Work required a well planned workflow to be conceived within a relatively short space of time before filming. Luckily, our experience of working on major stereoscopic 3D productions helped us deliver a workflow that merged seamlessly with production. It was great to see it flourish into full, glorious 3D and 5.1 surround. The team were very happy with its delivery.”

How Cities Work was filmed earlier in the year using a range of cameras including the Sony TD-300, with the media transferred via BTV Post’s fast data connection for online and mastering on Mistika and editing suites. The deliverables were managed using Eclipse which is BTV Post’s bespoke digital media management platform.

The series went on air last month on Sky 3D, with the 2D version scheduled for broadcast in March 2014 on Discovery.

To view the trailer on YouTube, visit: http://bit.ly/1gJPs1N

BTV Post is a cutting-edge production facility, leading the way in post production, digital media solutions, and video editing. A specialist in HD, 3D, and 4K content, BTV Post delivers on behalf of the world's most prominent production companies across all genres, standards, and formats. In 2004 it opened its doors to Brighton's creative and digital media community, growing rapidly to attract an international client base, as well as a diverse range of creative producers around the world. In 2010 BTV Post opened a second facility in London, Soho, aimed at putting it at the forefront of stereoscopic 3D, digital media services, and traditional post-production. More information is available at http://www.btvpost.com

An established European developer of leading high-end solutions including its flagship DI and Stereo 3D finishing system Mistika, and on-set application Mistika Live for the post production and broadcast industries, supported by specialist technology partners such as HP and NVIDIA. A global company, SGO continues to expand with offices and reseller partners across the world. Visit them at http://www.sgo.es


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