In general the software functionality of Ultima and Boutique products is pretty similar in all platforms, but they are important aspects to consider, mainly related with hardware support and codecs:

Mistika Boutique is a software-only product based on a pay-per-use subscription. It is designed to run on client hardware. Mistika Boutique is an all-in-one application for general purpose post production.

Mistika Ultima is a turnkey solution including a Mistika workstation, Mistika Storage, and high performance  connectivity  solutions for sharing the storage at high speeds  (up to 8K uncompressed performance for multiple systems).  Mistika Ultima configurations are designed by SGO for the specific workflows of each client, also providing a realtime warranty for the agreed formats and integral support for the whole solution. It's specialities are client attended sessions and high end complex  productions.  

Notes:  Both Mistika Boutique and Mistika Ultima have optional modules that are specified in the SGO Shop. The rest of this  document is not about optional features but about the technical differences of each platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux)

Other differences:

OS support:  

Mistika Ultima: Linux CentOS 7.4 (installed with Mistika specialised  iso)

Mistika Boutique on Windows:  Windows 10 

Mistika Boutique on macOS: High Sierra and Mojave 

MultiGPU, Totem, Ultima BatchManager

MultiGPU is only supported on Mistika Ultima, trough the Totem & BatchManager tools. 

Totem and Ultima BatchManager are linux only and are not planned to be supported on other platforms.

However,  since version 8.10 Mistika Boutique supports the submission of render jobs to external render managers (like Uberware Smedge and others, similar to what was already available in MistikaVR). This capability provides a good alternative to Ultima BatchManager for the case of Windows and Mac.

Realtime capabilities for uncompressed formats and Mistika effects

Mistika Ultima provides warranted realtime playbacks up to 8K 60p 10bit uncompressed, depending on the configuration. The SGO provided workstations, storage, and connectivity are extremely optimized for Mistika performance and deeply tested in terms of stability. 

Thanks to all these optimisations Mistika Ultima is faster than Mistika Boutique in general, but the exact differences will depend on each client hardware.

Mistika Boutique does not come with a realtime warranty, but it is known to work in realtime up to 4K 60p if the client provides a fast enough configuration. 

In any case the Mistika Boutique software is agnostic about the brands of the storage components, so if it is given a fast & stable configuration for other applications then Mistika should also behave fast and stable on it.

The same can be said both about compressed and uncompressed formats, although the speed differences between both products are expected to be more noticeable with uncompressed formats. As a result, Mistika Boutique should work particularly well with compressed formats, but it is not limited to those.


Mistika Ultima is a global solution and the support will cover all aspects of the infrastructure, also including storage issues, realtime  performance issues, connectivity issues, operating system issues, etc. Also including on site visits from our engineers and operators as specified by each contract.

Mistika Boutique support only covers the operational issues of the Mistika software, not any issues related with the performance and stability of the client hardware, operating system issues, storage issues, and neither connectivity issues between systems.

Image format limitations

Our objective is to fully support all formats in all platforms. However this is not always possible for all codecs, these are the current limitations:

- NVidia hardware encoder/decoder  (h264, h265/HEVC encoding and RED R3D Cudanew decoder):  At the date of this document Apple  does not support NVidia hardware encoder / decoder (nvdec ). For this reason the hardware encoders for h264/h265 and hardware decoder for R3D are currently available on Linux and  Windows only. 

Video boards:

Windows and Mac versions support Aja and Blackmagic videoboards.  Linux versions also support DVS video boards.

8K Video IO

Mistika Ultima supports 8K 60p video modes using dual Kona5 boards (uncompressed playback and video capture at 8K 60p 10bit, trough 4 x 12Gb signals).  These boards are not supported on Mistika Boutique (although it is planned as a future development).


The streaming  feature (the ability to stream the live video output trough an URL stream) is only available in Mistika Ultima on linux. It is planned to support it on Mistika Boutique in future versions, but not available yet.

Mistika QOS

The QOS capability permits to prioritize storage access to realtime systems while they are doing a playback, and when no playback is active then unrestricted access is provided to all systems. This is a capability of Mistika Ultima on Mistika Storage, but Mistika Boutique systems can also benefit of realtime prioritization when used in a Mistika Storage infrastructure.

System management 

Mistika Ultima provides additional tools to manage the hardware infrastructure as a whole. Including automated system installation (OS , software and drivers),  version management (to switch all systems to use a particular version at the same time ), and automated management of render nodes. These tools are very related to  Mistika Ultima hardware  infrastructures and are not available for Mistika Boutique. 

However, 3rd party render managers are supported in all platforms, which can provide good render farm management  functionality. 

Color panels:

Since Mistika 8.10, all platforms support the same color panels: Tangent and Precision.