Mistika: A Different Kind Of Free Editing App

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

When it comes to free video editing apps, everyone knows about Lightworks. In development for over a decade, it finally reached version 1.0 and while still free, you have to buy support. Then there’s HitFilm, which expands to include not only cutting your film, but adding visual effects as well. There are other options out there, but there’s a high end gesture based video editor that’s called Mistika Insight, by SGO, that seems to be turning some heads for its alternative approach.

The world’s most advanced Hero Suite, providing editing, VFX, colour grading, text, paint, audio, S3D, full finishing, and more, in a completely scalable, truly interactive, fully real-time, and totally resolution independent post-production system. Such wide-ranging features and capabilities enable Mistika to be used on-set with a laptop, through boutique facilities to large multi-faceted studio workflows, enabling Mistika to redefine the traditional concept of a Hero Suite. – SGO.ES

Through Mistika, the post production workflow kicks up a notch by giving one man post crews the ability to edit, color balance and then master all at the same time, or what they call Conform, Colour, Composite, Online and Master. But in order to dive into Mistika’s workflow, you have to first unlearn what you have learned.

For Mistika isn’t your basic track based editing system. There is no system of tracks with which to lay out your videos, cut them and link them together. What you do is stack your videos free form and then move them about the space kinda like using nodes when creating visual effects.

Users then select the video they’ve imported into the workspace and select the the range indicator for the in and out points of each video. The idea here is that by doing away with the linear structure, users can then juggle all aspects of the post workflow at the same time. It is certainly unique, and I think if you’re coming into video editing with no baggage from how we’ve done things in the past, you may be able to pick it up right away. But I’m not sure this free form workspace will be beneficial for old school cutters.

Another thing that makes Mistika interesting is that it supports gesture-based functions.  If you’ve grown up using a tablet or drawing interface like a Wacom, then using a stylus on the tablet to make gestures will seem like second nature. So you can do commands by using gestures, much like keyboard based editors can by pushing a key to set in and out points, or to snap an edit, or even insert a track.
Along with the editor are utilities for adjusting noise, grain, color correcting, and making 3D comps. There’s also a timing app called TimeWarp, which enables users to apply both frame blend and optical flow conversions at the same time, or make it as easy as matting out what you don’t need.

To Color, Mikstika uses highlight reaction and softening, as well as a function called SoftClip that can give the colorist precise, non destructive control over highlights without affecting the midtones and low lights as you make changes.

Mistika has largely been the realm of Linux users, but there’s now a free download for both Mac and Windows users.  And there appears to be a Virtual Reality suite as well. Since its free, users are kept under the glass ceiling that separates HD and 4K, so you’re limited to 1920×1080 MPEG4. Additionally, if you bother to read the SGO End User License Agreement (EULA), you are to agree to make only not for profit video projects, and the license is good for only a year.

For more information, visit SGO.ES.

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