Mistika Boutique is a software-only product for Windows (currently in Beta state) an Mac (to be released 2019), based on a subscription model.  


The usage of Mistika workstations or Mistika Storage is optional. As a difference to Mistika Ultima  no hardware or storage connectivity software is included with Mistika Boutique by default.


Below you will find hardware recommendations for installing Mistika Boutique in your own hardware (for the case of turnkey systems please read the Mistika Ultima configurations document). 


Please note that SGO can not provide any realtime warranty for computers and storage volumes not provided by SGO.  However, what we can say is that Mistika is agnostic in terms of component brands. If your system is fast and stable then Mistika should also behave fast and stable on it.


Mistika Boutique configurations


OS: 


 - Windows 10 (64 bit)


-  Mac:  Planned for 2019


-  Linux systems are only supported for Mistika Ultima, not Mistika Boutique.


Image format considerations:


All Mistika processing is made in the GPU,  except the decoding and encoding of media files which may need intensive use of CPUs and fast storage volumes ( depending on the codec).  


These are the typical recommendations Please note that both the playback speed and render speed will be limited by the slowest component in the system. Which mainly depends on the particular image format:


 Compressed codecs (Prores, R3D, EXR compressed, J2K, H264, H264...):  


They mainly depend on the CPUs of the system. For these formats it is recommended to use CPUs as fast as possible. Mistika provides good parallel processing, and in general it can use many CPU cores in parallel both for playbacks and rendering. It is recommended to use CPUs with a clock speed not less than 3.0 GHz, and with as many cores as possible.  


Note: Some compressed codecs can also use the GPU for additional speed. In particular:


 * RED R3D  decoding. Both the CPU and GPU are important


 * H264/H265 encoding: These particular formats can be rendered with the NVidia GPU encoder, which is much faster than using CPU. Requires a modern NVidia board (check NVidia website for the supported codecs for each model). 


Note: The NVIDIA encoder works on Windows and Linux, but at the date of this document Apple does not support it. 



Uncompressed formats (DPX,  EXR uncompressed, Tiff16, Mistika .js, ..):  


The uncompressed formats mainly depend on the storage speed.  For these formats it is highly recommended to use fast NMVe drives or a fast disk array



Hardware components:


GPU:


The GPU is the most important component for most Mistika functionality, except for the decoding and decoding of some formats (as explained above).


A modern discreet GPU is necessary (any model from 2012 or later should work, but the newer the better). NVIDIA is highly recommendable (Kepler generation or later). Other brands of discreete GPUs  should also work, but NVidia is what our developers and engineers have for optimising and testing the software, so they are the recommended option.


The GPU memory is also important.  For 4K production we recommend GPUS with at least 11 GB memory, ideally more. Please note that Mistika is optimised for high performance, not to save GPU memory. 


Mistika Boutique does not support multi GPU. There is no benefit from doing this in Mistika Boutique (multiGPU is only available to Mistika Ultima on linux). 


In general, Quadro boards are better than equivalent GeForce models of the same generation and specs , mainly in these aspects:


- Quadro boards can upload and download images at the same time. This provides faster realtime speeds when using AJA SDI video boards for the video output. 


- R3D decoding  will also benefit of this capability.


- Quadro boards have more memory than their equivalent Geforce of the same generation, so they can accomplish more complicated jobs


For more details about Quadro & GeForce differences please check this document: https://support.sgo.es/solution/articles/1000247927-nvidia-quadro-or-geforce-



RAM


8 GB  for learning systems working on simple jobs, also permits basic HD workflows on laptops or computers with few cores. 


16 GB for  HD / 2K production on systems with up to 16 cores


 64 GB for  normal 4K production with few layers.  More RAM  for complex multilayer workflows on many-core workstations.


128 GB for complex multi-layer 4K workflows, or basic UHD 8Ḱ production


256 GB or more for complex UHD 8K production or 16K 


Note: The above resolution indications are only approximated, as the resolution is only part of the story. For example, basic  8K VR projects do not really need too much RAM as typically they are made of just one 8K layer and a stitch effect.  Meanwhile,  UHD 8K production typically requires much more complexity. So the term "8K" does not say too much in itself.



AJA Video board


An AJA video board  is a highly recommended component. Mistika Boutique is specifically designed to playback trough professional outputs provided by the AJA board:


- Images:  AJA SDI or AJA HDMI outputs (both are always active)


- Audio: AJA digital AES output or AJA SDI/HDMI embedded audio. (AJA converters to analog audio are also available)

  

- If not having an AJA video board then a  playback to graphics is also possible trough the GPU (and using the motherboard for the audio output), but the quality is not considered to be  professional and there will be an impact in several aspects:


-  The performance can be reduced an it will not be as stable as using a dedicated video board. This is because the GPU will need to do both the processing and drawing the display, and also because GPUs do not have native video buffering to provide additonal stability (processing ahead).


- In general most GPUs can have a frame rate error of 1 fps, which can lead to slight visual artifacts during playbacks.


-  The audio can easily go out of sync, as the images and audio will follow different hardware paths. Meanwhile, the AJA board can take care of both and ensure that audio is on sync with the corresponding images.


Note: If not having an AJA video board it is highly recommended to at least have two GUI monitors, mainly for using the second one as a full screen display for the images. Working with only one monitor and no video output is still possible (for example in a laptop), but not  recommended due to significant interface limitations. This is not how the software is designed to be used.


- Supported video board models:


Aja Kona4:  4 x SDI 3G. Up to 2 x 2K (2K Stereo3D)  or 1 x 4K / UHD up to 60p 10b.  


Aja Corvid88: 8 x SDI 3G. Up to 2 x 4K / UHD 60p (for 4K Stereo3D and for UHD  SDR + HDR simultaneous monitoring ). 


8K Quad 12G. Up to 8K 60p 10bit. Currently supported for Mistika Ultima only, not supported on Mistika Boutique.



Supported Colour Grading panels:


Tangent CP200. 


Tangent Elements.


Tangent Arc 


Note: Tangent drivers are not provided with Mistika Boutique. Please download the TangentHub from  www.tangentwave.co.uk 

             


GUI Interface:  


Minimum: 1 monitor x 1920x1080.  Recommended: 2 monitors x 1920x1200.


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.



Wacom tablet: 


Any model supported in your OS