(Last update 7th August 2018)



What is new in Mistika Ultima 8.7.  


Main highlights: 


Mistika Immersive Reality Toolset module:


  • VR mode / VR 360 / VR 180 support

  • VR Stabilization

  • Stitch effect, with similar manipulators and functionality to Mistka VR 

  • VR Shapes

  • Lens distortion effect

  • VR View effect, for compositing in VR environment

  • Import Mistika VR files and presets

  • Rnd files produced in Mistika VR can be sent to Mistika Ultima & BatchManager, including path translation (MistikaVR->Add to render queue).

  • Streaming to VR headsets


Streaming live output over a network (LAN, Wifi, Internet, VR Headset..) 


Support of shapes in VR mode, providing natural and intuitive behaviour while drawing the shape.


New Edit->Align Clips function, to align clips by audio or by Timecode


Overall revision of Shapes in general, with many improvements in all aspects, improved bounding boxes and more.


New keyframe organization and visualization in Shapes: 


  • Added a Tracking Folder in the Shape's Parameters where all tracking information of the shape will be stored. 


  • The form of the shape now displays Keyframes independently. This improves usability providing the operator the ability to modify the form of the shape without affecting the tracking information.



Improves Notes & Markers, with multiple colour types and navigation “per type”.


New Edit->ByPass capability to mute selected effects, also with separate control per eye


Smart Paste function to paste effects to multiple clips. 


Support NVidia HEVC hardware render (H264 & H265/HEVC, both lossless and user defined compression). Fast HEVC encoding of high quality based on hardware render with NVidia GPUs,  up to UHD 8K 10 bit.  Supported both for rendering and for streaming. 


Typically it can be around 10 times faster than software encoding.


Many formats are possible. Specially we recommend the LossLess modes when very high bitrates are possible, and the YUV420 QP mode for optimal quality to bitrate ratio. Support H254 up to 4K, and H265/HEVC up to 8K


NVidia encoder is much faster than any other encoder (up to 10 times faster).  But supported resolutions depend on the GPU model (see these tables https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-video-codec-sdk )


Playback speed optimizations for complex formats. For example tiff16 can now playback in realtime at 4K 24p for DCDM reviews.


Visual Editor -> Unscale function, to see full source images or scaled to render format.


Support for Dolby Vision (via CMU). For HDR workflows with Dolby HDR monitor, to create different HDR adjustments and metadata for different displays, also supporting Dolby xml metadata export.


Support latest SDKs from RED, Arri, Sony, Canon...


New Canon formats:  C700 12bit support and Canon raw format


Read support for DNxHR HQX UHD


New format Mistika js YUV4444 16b


Much improved support for DNG format, much faster and with timecode support.


Improved support for Phantom “Flex” cameras: They use the same container (.cine) but store the image as uncompressed 16 bit RGB, so debayer isn't needed. Now allowed the use of Phantom Params effect in Flex movies, using neutral values as default. Please note that the parameter Color Matrix should be set to "None" if you want to get the same result as "no effect" )


Speed optimizations for MP4 and H265 formats


Support Rec2020 on automatic conversions between YUV and RGB (now you can choose between 601, 709, and 2020 in mConfig->MasterFormats->YUV color space )


New function Edit->Setup->MuteMovingClips. To disable monitor evaluation temporally while moving clips of complex formats. The image refresh is restarted when you release the clip in one place.


Improved Load From Rnd function, and also the management of the render name


Improved Render by Segments in "Selected" mode, to render selected clips in separated files rather than joining adjacent clips (as a difference to rendering "by blocks"


New control to permit to cancel the import processes


Locked clips can not be changed by "Set Duration"


Added "currentFrame" and "totalFrames" parameters to GLSL effects



Support new Hardware


Added support for Tangent Arc colour panels


Added support for new Hp Z8 workstations 


Added support for new Mistika Storage models, also with QOS capabilities (realtime systems are prioritized). Permits to build a “SAN in a box” in cost efficient manner, using 32G Fibre Channel or SAS 48Gb (both initiator and target mode). Support both rotational disks and NVMe raids.  Realtime performance up to 8K 60p 10bit uncompressed, even with  traditonal 7.2K rpm disks in raid6.


Support for Dolby CMU



mConfig new functionalities:


Improved MultiGPU support:


New “Mistika Copilot”,  to create an Assistant style seat on second GPU. Now you can install a second GPU and attach a monitor, keyboard and mouse to it, then have an assistant operator working on it. It works without interfering with the main seat and with no extra license cost.  It can be used for a local operator or for having a remote session using the second seat, without interfering with the main seat.


Improved background renders on multiGPU mode. When used in Copilot mode, now background renders on 2nd GPU do not affect the interactivity of the main GPU session at all, as the desktop manager is not shared in this mode.  In addition there is more control: the render progress bar from the 2nd GPU is  shown in a window in the main seat, and it provides an easier way to terminate the render by simply closing this window.


Unattended upgrades to multiple workstations remotely. The Version Manager permits to upgrade all the systems through the network, or to change them to a same version.  (still beta, use with care)


Improved Mistika-Storage management, now with support for dual servers, failover,  and synchronised boot.


Added new function FilePaths->PlaybackCache->Max MB size. To delete less recently accessed cache files automatically when the limit is exceeded. Used in combination with a new function Mistika->Edit->PlaybackCache->Cache_Verify to refresh cache state.