Mistika Ultima Configurations

Mistika Ultima is an All-In-One post production system. 

As a difference to other Mistika products,  Mistika Ultima is provided as a turnkey solution including all the important aspects:  Software, hardware, storage, and high speed connections to collaborate with  other systems. It is global solution fully configured and pre-tested by SGO, and specifically for the client workflows. 

These systems are built for the purpose, so they do not have predefined specifications:

1- First the client  provides a description of the workflow to accomplish, including camera formats to use, realtime needs, displays to use, storage size, etc.  (please send a description to your sales representative  or open a support ticket).  

2- Then our engineers will talk with the client to define the exact hardware and software specs to achieve the requriments of the project, and the client will receive an economical proposal  

As a result it is not possible to provide detailed hardware specs in advance, but these are the basic guidelines. 

Please note that the mentioned realtime capabilities of Mistika Ultima are only warranted for turnkey systems provided by SGO, including the Mistika workstation and the Mistika storage.

Mistika Ultima reference configurations

OS: CentOS 7.4 (needs to be installed with Mistika Installation iso)

Workstation:  Hp Z8. The particular specs will mainly  depend on the realtime needs. Some preliminary guidelines are:

All Mistika processing is made in the GPU, but decoding and encoding of media files may need intensive use of CPUs depending on the codec.  These are typical recommendations:


NVIDIA Quadro P4000 - Up to 4k/UHD 60p in realtime, including colour grading, framing, and basic effects. NVIDIA hardware encoder up to 4K

NVIDIA QUADRO RTX 5000 - Up to 2 x UHD 60p in realtime, including colour grading, framing, and basic effects. NVIDIA hardware encoder up to 8K.  This is considered the sweet spot in terms of performance / price ratio 

NVIDIA QUADRO RTX 6000 - For complex 4K/UHD workflows and 8K+.  NVIDIA hardware encoder up to 8K.  Also recommended for complex VR workflows.

2nd GPU: For background rendering and Mistika Totem function (both GPUs rendering the same clip). It does not need to be the same model as the first GPU, but they need to be supported by the same NVidia driver version. It also requires the high end power supply option for the Z8 worksation, and up to double amount of RAM to get full advantage of both GPUs.


2 x Xeon 4114:  For working with 4K uncompressed formats, and mid-complexity compressed formats like Prores, mpeg4, h264/h265 

2 x Xeon 6136 (Recommended):  Double faster than 4114. Highly recommended for for scenes with multiple compressed layers or for single layer of  CPU intensive codecs like R3D, J2K / DCP,  XAVC, EXR, etc .  Also recommended for dual GPU systems in general. 

2 x Xeon 6154: Triple faster than 4114.  But in general it is only useful for heavy usage of the above codecs when having dual GPU. In general it is not worth the extra cost.

RAM: 96 GB for typical 4K usage.  128 GB for complex multi-layer 4K workflows and background render.  256 GB or more for 8K and beyond 


GUI Interface:  

Minimum: 1 monitor x 1920x1080.  Recommended: 2 monitors x 1920x1200 ( plus a reference display connected to Aja board).

Note: In current version 4K monitors are not recommended for the GUI, as the interface elements may look to small.  In general using a 4K GUI monitor  is only a good idea if the monitor is 37" or more.  This is planned to change in future versions (a new scalable interface is already work in progress), but 2x1920x1200 is the current recommendation.

Video boards


Aja KONA 4: Up to 2 x 2K (2K Stereo3D)  or 1 x 4K / UHD 60p 

Aja Corvid88: Up to 2 x 4K/UHD 60p  (for 4K Stereo3D and for  SDR + HDR simultaneous monitoring at UHD resolutions )

Dual Aja KONA 5  8K (quad 12G input / output):  Up to 8K 60p 10 bit uncompressed (8K realtime when used with specialised Mistika Storage only).

Note: The dual KONA 5  8K requires special firmware and additional hardware/software options still in beta stage. Currently the KONA 5 boards are only supported when provided by SGO on Mistika Ultima turnkey systems. 

Support RGB444 10bit modes up to 4K. 

Support YUV422 10bit modes  up to 8K 60p, also 4K stereo3D dual link.

Frame rate support:  Up to 60fps

DVS (Legacy ):

DVS video boards are still supported in Mistika Ultima, although they have been discontinued for new systems.

Supported color panels:

Tangent CP200. 

Tangent Ripple2

Tangent Wave and Wave2

Tangent Elements.

Tangent Arc 

Precision panel

Mistika-Storage (main reference models and their performance with uncompressed formats):  

Mistika-Storage-16. 16 disks 3.5" raid6 protected:  Realtime uncompressed formats:   UHD 60p 10bit, 4K DPX 444 10 bit 24p.  

Mistika-Storage-32. 32 disks 3.5" raid6 protected:  Realtime uncompressed formats:  2 x 4K 24p / 2 x UHD 60p (the 2 streams can be shared between two systems),  4K Tiff16 24p (DCDM),  EXR 16bit  uncompressed 24p.

Mistika-Storage-48 48  disks 3.5" raid6 protected:  To share between  3  systems, working at 4K uncompressed.    

Mistika-Storage-64  64 disks 3.5" raid6 protected:   It can provide up to 8K 60p 10b  uncompressed to one system, or to be shared between  3 or 4  systems at 4K uncompressed speeds.    

Mistika-Storage-NVMe:  NVme storage ( up to 8 NVme internal drives ) . All realtime uncompressed formats up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed.

Note: The above realtime performance numbers are only warranted in Mistika storage units provided by SGO.  Mistika storage is extremely fine tuned for Mistika software, and in general it has demonstrated to provide more than double performance for this application than other manufacturers, even when using identical storage hardware.

Note: In general Mistika-Storage can be shared with the above speeds between multiple systems, as long as the number of disks is multiplied by the number of systems. There are also high speed connectivity options as per next point.

Mistika-Storage QOS: This option permits to prioritize Mistika systems while they are doing playbacks and instantly release reserved bandwidth when no more playbacks are happening. This permits to avoid the expensive need  for over-provisioning storage bandwidth

Realtime filesystems and connectivity options

XFS: For standalone systems, up to 4K 24p. 

SGO OEM SN5 SAN: For SAN storage shared  between different systems, up to UHD stereo and  8K 60p performance with Mistika uncompressed  files. 

QOS Option: To prioritize access to realtime systems over non realtime connections.

Connectivity options: 

This is an important aspect to consider. The extreme speeds of Mistika-Storage combined with the QOS option and wide range of connectivity options makes Mistika-Storage the ideal central storage for the whole production.  Or it can start as a small local storage for a standalone system and then evolve into a dedicated NAS / SAN infrastructure over the time. 

For standalone systems, the storage is connected  in DAS mode (Direct Attached Storage) to the Mistika workstation, which can also  share it  trough NFS and Samba with other linux, windows, and mac systems.  

Next stage is to add a dedicated Mistika Storage Server and move the previous DAS storage to it. In this way its availability does not depend on the Mistika workstation anymore (or only as a failover option)  and it  permits to add high speed connections for more systems.  The Mistika Storage Server can provide the following high speed connections, mainly for realtime purposes:

Mistika Storage server connections, sorted from faster to slower:

- Fibre channel 32G: ( up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed, unlimited distance . Supported Clients: Windows, Mac, Linux ) 

- SAS 4x12Gb target mode ( up to 8K 60p 10b uncompressed, short cables only. Supported  Clients: Windows, Linux )

- 10 Gb ethernet, ( Up to 2K Stereo3D uncompressed ), unlimited distances. Supported Clients: Windows, Mac, Linux )