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Vision Research with Phantom Flex4K

Vision Research with Phantom Flex4K

Vision Research, manufacturer of digital high speed imaging systems, previewed with the the Phantom Flex4K the next member of its digital cinema product line at NAB 2013. The high-speed camera offers new workflow options, a user-friendly camera control interface and improved performance at standard frame rates. At its full acquisition resolution of 4096 x 2304 the camera is capable of recording from 24 to over 900 frames-per-second (fps), and up to 1,000 fps at 4096 x 2160 resolution.

“We are excited to announce the Phantom Flex4K, our first professional cinema camera that is designed to capture normal frame rates, and high speed up to 1,000 fps at 4k resolutions,” said Toni Lucatorto, Cinema Product Manager at Vision Research.  “We are previewing the Phantom Flex4K in its current form here at NAB, however, there are still features to turn on and work to be done.  We plan to use the summer to roll out those features and really run the camera through its paces before it officially hits the market.  When finished it will truly be an amazing piece of technology that has the potential to revolutionize cinematography and overall video production.”  

The Phantom Flex4K will support three distinct in-camera workflows to address different production styles. Phantom’s uncompressed raw format ensures the fastest high-speed workflow on set and maximum quality and versatility for post-production.  Alternatively, record compressed files for a simplified workflow directly out of the camera. 2x 3G-SDI video outputs are also available and compatible with the industry’s latest field recorders.

Capture the full 4K super 35mm sensor and then save those files at full resolution, or choose to save them at 2K resolution for a rich, over-sampled image.  Sync-sound frame rates and time code is fully supported.  For high-speed capture, it’s possible to record up to 1,000 fps at 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160, up to 2,000 fps when windowed down to 1920 x 1080, and over 3,000 fps at 1280 x 720.

Another notable feature of the camera system is the new on-camera control interface, still in development.  All capture, playback and save parameters will be set from the built in menu on the right side of the camera body, no separate software connection is necessary.  Shortcuts are available for popular functions and multiple user presets exist to allow for a quick setup.  Monitoring, playback and save controls will be available from both sides of the camera. (4/13)


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