TUTORIALS FOR MISTIKA ULTIMA & MISTIKA BOUTIQUE - THE FULL COLLECTION



Important notes::  


Some of the tutorials are not made or maintained by SGO but independent users.  Please report if you find broken links, and also if you find other interesting tutorials not mentioned in here.


Some tutorials are made with older versions and can miss some changes compared with latest versions.  Those links are prefix with an orange label to warn about this:  **



Introduction


Masterclass: Mistika Boutique Fundamentals 




Mistika Configuration and project settings


License activation 


Mistika Configuration Tool - mConfig.  (file paths, project resolution,  video settings, render paths, hardware resources, performance optimizations...)


Mistika user login ( creating different users with customized hotkeys for each one)


Project manager


Current settings information in the Mistika interface




File Browser, mass import and media management


File browser and source monitor


Single clip import


Mass import (import multiple clips, .lnk files,  clipnames and media folders structure)


Replicating an original media folder tree inside the Mistika project


Details mode and Icon mode.


Working with enumerated sequences


Path bookmarks


Selection bookmarks


Batch import of single image Vs enumerated sequences

  

How to organise your media under sub-folders of the DATA folder of the project 


How to delete a project folder (with separate control for Mistika metadata files and other user files not created by Mistika)


How to configure or disable Timeline autosave


How to export a group




Online Editing and Timeline panel



Timeline & Edit panels


Creating a new timeline


Timeline navigation (scrolling with right mouse button, play head, temporal axis locking, center monitor, zoom levels)


Zoom to selection


Shuttle and Play Marks


Next Clip / Previous Clip


Media clips (view modes, clip icons and icon strips, scrubbing, audio break, active frame)


Clip movement constraints,


Autoexpand (automatic stack expansion when inserting new FX nodes or ungrouping)


The overview panel


Groups


Frame numbers Vs Timecode visualization 


Flow monitor (Visual clues about effect stack hierarchy)  


Raise monitor function


Align functions


Cutting clips (Split at active frame, Split at play head),


Global razor (Editing a whole stack of effects)


Clip attributes (clip metadata, clip timecodes, trimming head & tail, join adjacent clips)  


Editing Timecodes in the Attributes panel


Trimming by dragging the clip active frame.  Freeze Head / Freeze tail. Clone function.


How to snap clips together (Pack left / Rigth)


Shift function


Using the calculator in combination with the editing functions, and direct math on the TC field.


Clip reverse


Remove Time. how to extract part of the timeline while contracting the gap


Removing empty space from the Timline (Remove time)


How to colapse ransitions into a single track


Lock, Hide, Mute, and Bypass functions


Split conform macro.  (Propagate all cuts found on any track to the whole stacks)


Controlling the effects on trimming on parameter animations  (Animation Extend / Animation stretch )


Fast comparison of clip durations with edit & play marks


Scene detection


** Playout to VTR



Audio controls in the Timeline


Mute audio


Audio Vumeters


How to break or combine audio and video tracks



Cross fades and transitions


Fade Up  effect.  Controlling the effect duration.


Transitions between clips located in two tracks 


Transitions between clips  in the same track.   


Tricks & Tips:  Fast range adjustment by dragging Down+Up.  Fast creation of one-second fades. Fast fade reverse.


Fade from color. Easy In / Out ( moothing tangents) 



Editing workflows with the Source Monitor


Editing with the Source monitor (Filtering, 3 point edit, Paste on Top)


Using the source monitor as a clipboard 

 

Global copy and insert with edit marks and the source monitor



Conform workflows


Match & Paste


XML conform (Example using an XML from Adobe Premiere) 




Notes and Markers


Creating notes and markers


Timeline navigation by using notes and markers (and how to hide notes content when not necessary).  


Removing markers and notes




Mistika Effects and the Visual Editor


Introduction


Introduction to effects and parameters panel. (Example with Wipe effect . Introduction to Keyframe graph & animation curves. Adjusting sensitivity when dragging numeric values). 



Mistika effects 


Framing effect.  The Visual Editor "Unscale" function. How to convert between different resolutions and aspect ratios.   


Title effect.  Example: Text fade in/out animation using Autokey. 


Comp3D effect.  Creating effect layers.


** Warp. Creating Warps and Morphs


** Basic keying:  Pick key. Luma key. Green screen / Blue Screen. Screen build. External Key. Difference key. Grow alpha. Shrink alpha. Show key Blur alpha. Alpha clear. Edge build. Stroke. Foreground blur.        



FX basic techniques


Text shadows (Example: Using Comp3D & Title )  


Effect reverse


Letterbox 


RGBA channels visualization mode (Wipe example). 


Tracker. Stabilization example . Plus how to drag several parameters at the same time.


FX presets (Example with LUT3D) 


Display Filters.


Shapes: Introduction 


** Shapes: Advanced usage


** Shapes: Tracking shapes


** EXR object selection in CGI images.


** EXR positional relighting


** EXR directional relighting



Advanced VFX examples



** Give your 2D image a 3D look.  Example using Comp3D displacement mapping


** Label substitution. Example combining stabilization, Comp3D, Shapes, and the Warp effect,     


** Compositing layer shadows on walls and floor (Example using Comp3D, Gradient, Non linear mix, Distort )


** Lightwrap. Example creating masks to isolate edges and work on them. Plus a example of using dummies for creating a Group template, 


** Fixing chromatic aberration


** Importing 3D Tracking from Boujou


** Match moving


** Creating Bolts


** Frecuency separation (Beauty technique)




Colour grading


Introductory masterclass


Masterclass: Introduction to the Color Grade node



Color grading basic workflows


LUT3D & Propagate example. (Applying a 3D LUTs and propagating it to other clips).


Macros->LoadRaw Parameters . Accessing camera metadata.  (Example using r3dParams )


Color Grade effect. Basic introduction. Scopes. Primaries. Bands. Fixed vectors. Curves. Vibrancy. Windows. Vignette. Inside/Outside controls.     


Color grade operation without having control surfaces. Balls & Rings. HSL Keyer manipulators. Highlight selection. Blur selection.     


Dynamic grade. (Example: day to night ).  


Mute vector. Mute Inside/Outside. 


Copy vectors. Vector reset  


Using LUTS inside the Color Grade effect


How to adapt interface colors to the lighting and display conditions 


Tricks & Tips: How to speed up r3d workflows in the Parameters panel.


** 3D Keyer


** RGB Keyer



Storyboard








Specialized techniques


Emulating a Pro Mist  filter. Removing camera flare. Reducing detail enhacement and ringing artifacts.


** Unicolour: Workflow example working with Arri footage 




VR Workflows 


Introductory masterclass


Masterclass: The Essential Guide for Finishing Immersive Content



VR Workflows


How to load a Mistika VR project in Mistika Boutique


Tripod removal. (Example using VectorPaint, and VR View  effects).


Color grading in a VR environment (Example using Color grade, shapes, VR visualization mode, exr Z depth), 




Output and rendering


Render basics ( How to render to one clip by selecting the render folder interactively and a render format.  The project RENDER folder, The .clp files, and  the.rnd files  )


Selecting a predefined path and a render preset. (Selecting a predefined naming syntax and a predefined combination of render settings, for faster access and to ensure coherence of all rendered media )


Path Builder and Render Preset panels. (How to create new predefined paths with new syntax,  and how to create new presets containing all the render settings)


** DCP creation




Apendix A: Latest version Upgrades


What is new in Mistika 8.8

(note: For newer features provided by minor 8.8.x updates please check the change log in the Release Notes)





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