Mimikri Frequently Asked Questions

How does Mimikri work?

Mimikri compares uncorrected and corrected images made in one resolution (standard definition) and applies the result to an image in another resolution (high definition).

Mimikri does not have to know how actually the color correction was made. It makes a statistical analysis of the color spaces in both the uncorrected and corrected image and creates color vectors which estimate the offset of the color correction.

Mimikri can work in a color mode, which analyzes the whole image, which will allow for primary and secondary color correction. It can also work in a space mode, which analyzes also the location of the pixels and therefore can process spot color correction.

Mimikri works both in RGB space as in Component space (Y Cb Cr), and the results are comparable.

The user will only have to set the mode, the rest of the process is automatic.

How can I use Mimikri?

Mimikri will be available in various implementations:

How do I prepare my film for Mimikri?

The quality of the image should be preserved at it's best.

How fast is Mimikri?

This will depend on the processor, the access time to the harddisk and on the platform. The filter itself has a complexity which is comparable with a good quality blur or with intra-frame noise reduction.

What is the meaning of the Color and the Space mode?

In Mimikri, you have the choice to use two methods to analyze the color correction.

Normally, spot color correction is only applied to a fraction of the footage. If you have information about the color correction, you will use Color mode in most of the cases and separate the footage which needs Space mode. If you are not sure and have the time, use first Color mode and redo the footage which does not work in Space mode. However, you can also decide from the beginning to do all footage in Space mode.

A special case is when you need to lengthen a shot which has been color corrected. In this case, you can only use Color mode.

What are the limitations of Mimikri?

I have a friend with a Final Cut Pro on his Powerbook and he will colorgrade my first HD short film. Will I be able to use Mimikri to upgrade it to HD?

As I said before, Mimikri cannot be better than the original color correction. You need a experienced color grader to successfully color correct your film, and he must also have the tools to properly judge the image (reference monitor, waveform).

Can I restore a color correction with Mimikri?

We actually used Mimikri for that on a feature film. They corrected the film in 3 days on a DaVinci. Later, they decided to recut the first reel, because it was too much long. However, when you cut, you always have to add some frames here and there. With Mimikri, we could apply the color correction from the shot to the new frames.

What does the word Mimikri mean?

Mimikri (actually: Mimikry) is a technique of insects to mime an aspect of another animal which is dangerous and therefore avoided by birds. We do not have the budget of George Lucas here in Europe, but still want to make good looking movies.