Mistika Review is designed to run even on the smallest computers. But it will also use all the resources that you can throw to it. These are the important bits:


Hardware considerations:


RAM: If possible, Install enough RAM as to permit to cache the longest shots that you plan to use. For simple formats it is not important as they can be read and decoded in realtime. But when using difficult formats then the RAM  is the most important component for Mistika Review. The bigger the RAM the better.


GPU:  A modern GPU is recommended. We can distinguish two cases:


 Media Files:  When  working with media files, the GPU is only used for the color and framing processing of the Review Controls. This can be done with average models, a  high performance GPU is only  important for decoding some specific formats like R3D that use the GPU more intensively.  


Mistika effects: When reading a Mistika script (for example aMistikaVR timeline) the effects will need to be processed on the fly, so for this particular workflows a high performance GPU can be very recommended.


In any case, official support is offered for all NVidia boards from Kepler generation (2012) up to current models, as it is what our engineers have for testing and support services.  But other GPU models from other manufacturers will also work, as long as they are not very old.


Format dependant considerations:


Uncompressed formats (DPX, EXR uncompressed, Tiff16..):  Use  storage devices as fast as possible (SSD NVMe or disk arrays). For complex cases, please note that SGO provides storage solutions that permit to playback up to 8K uncompressed in realtime.


Compressed formats (EXR compressed, H264/H265, R3D, Prores ..,): Those formats mainly depend on the CPUs of the system, although in some cases the GPU is also used. We recommend to use the OS task manager or similar tools to study where are the hardware bottlenecks for your particular case. In general Mistika is able to decode these formats in parallel, so it will use all the cores available to the system, although it also depends on each particular case


OS platforms:


Mistika Review is supported on the following operating systems:


Windows 10


Linux: RedHat / CentOS.  Versions 7.xxx


Note: Mistika Review may also work in other modern Linux distributions. However, the license server daemon is only auto configured at installation time if the system has the systemd daemon manager running. Linux users not having systemd will need to start the sgoLicenseServer.bin process on their own.


Mac OSX  (Sierra and High Sierra)