Creating a deeper talent pool:
Training for Mistika, Mamba FX
Now that SGO Mistika systems are being installed here in the US, postPerspective thought it would make sense to find out what the company is doing about training artists so studios
that have invested in the product have a deeper pool of talent to pick from when the need arises.
With that in mind, we reached out to David Cox, who has been helping SGO with their training efforts. Here is his take on the subject.
By David Cox
An interesting challenge for any manufacturer that aspires to bring a new product to market — or a different way of thinking to an existing market — is how to cultivate an extensive user-base by training enough individuals to allow their technology to take hold.
As a long-time user of the SGO Mistika post-production system, I have spent some time
over the last few years training new operators so they will get the most out of the system. I created and maintain the video tutorials at the SGO online user forum and recently opened
MambaTutorials.com to enable VFX artists to download and learn SGO’s low-cost compositing software, Mamba FX.
Those two core SGO products have very different sales volumes since they are at opposite ends of the pricing spectrum, and this directly impacts how training takes place. Mistika training tends to start as one-on-one during pre-sales and this continues when a new system is installed. Training for Mamba FX is via online video tutorials and by peer-to-peer assistance.
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