UNESCO’s Van Nelle Fabriek virtual tour created by Panoptice with Mistika Technology

Netherlands-based VR production company Panoptice created a virtual tour of Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam, declared UNESCO heritage of architecture and historical value. The team deployed SGO’s Mistika Boutique for the creative post-production process and Mistika Workflows to automate rendering of high-res deliverables.

Van Nelle Fabriek was very futuristic and pioneering for its time; it was built with concrete pillars instead of brickwork with steel and glass sides that provide abundant natural daylight to create different facilities for the employees’ comfort. Today, this historical building is being used by many companies as a shared co-working space.

“It is such a wonderful installation to share with the world. We wanted to deliver a realistic virtual experience for everyone who could never physically visit the facility,” says Marcel Knotter, 360º video developer at Panoptice.

Optimizing post process with Mistika Boutique

When capturing 360º content, sometimes keeping a minimum distance between camera and objects can be problematic. Mistika Boutique allowed Panoptice to adjust every image and camera input in the Stitch Node, facilitating an optimal balance between sharpness and overlap. The software helped them to speed up the workflow, by allowing them to simply copy and paste stitching presets and other nodes to individual or multiple clips.

The VR Stitch and sharpen tools were used for improving the stitching of the images, and to add a nadir logo in the 360º shots. The creatives also used the keyframing feature to simulate virtual movement and make the stitches picture-perfect.

In addition, Mistika’s ability to add annotations was essential during the lockdown as it allowed them to make suggestions and easily switch between working from home and the office. Mistika Boutique’s unique infinite Timespace was also extremely useful for the project, facilitating the creation of multiple formats to match the output needed. “We used the same environment to export PNG files and H.265 for Social Media,” adds Knotter.

Automating the deliverables with Mistika Workflows

The main objective of the project was to immerse the viewer by capturing details in very high resolution. Despite the original heavy files, the team managed to ensure cross platform delivery by optimizing the compression of the shots. “After the creative part was completed in Mistika Boutique, we deployed Mistika Workflows to take care of the rendering process. We used 8K and 20K resolution outputs, both stereoscopic and monoscopic,” says Knotter.

To fully automate this process, the team created render scripts in Mistika Boutique, saving both videos and photos in a dedicated Watch folder that was then automatically programmed to run at the end of the day. “This allowed me to liberate Mistika Boutique from rendering tasks and move forward with other creative steps. In the background Mistika Workflows was programmed to take care of the rest – rendering and direct delivery to clients’ FTPs,” concludes Marcel.

About Panoptice

Based in The Netherlands, Panoptice provides ultra-high quality, unique full motion and 360º video productions. The company is specialized in the design and the development of VR workflows and technologies, and offers a wide range of services, including 360º productions, XR experiences and customized development.

About SGO & Mistika Technology

SGO is a Spanish technology company with more than twenty years of experience in the development and integration of solutions for high quality post-production. Its most recognized product is Mistika Ultima, which has reached notoriety in the market due to its personalized tools and its creation of new workflows for leaders of the industry. As part of the multidimensional workflow, SGO has begun to select Mistika Ultima’s functionalities to cover the specific needs of the industry and to develop apps for advanced workflows. After Mistika VR, SGO’s virtual reality software, the third to arrive has been Mistika Boutique, a post-production solution completely scalable, interactive and with independent resolution. It has been offered as a unique application, exclusively for the ones subscribed to SGO’s online shop. The most recent has been Mistika Workflows, a completely new and affordable software solution, that allows the creation of standard and user defined media workflows, and for which there is no need to know about programming.

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