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Vision Research Introduces 10Gigabit Ethernet PhantomÂ® CineStationâ„¢
New 10GbE PhantomÂ® CineStation Streamlines Workflow for Digital High-Speed Video
LAS VEGAS, N.V., April 20, 2009 â€“ Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of high speed digital imaging systems, announces the 10Gigabit Ethernet PhantomÂ® CineStationâ„¢, the companyâ€™s docking station for its CineMagâ„¢ hot swappable, non volatile memory magazine. The new 10Gigabit Ethernet Phantom CineStation enhances the overall digital high-speed video workflow by offering the production team uninterrupted use of the camera, and the post-production team a separate, ultra-fast system to download the cine files.
High-speed imaging requires a significant amount of memory, and this is especially true with high-resolution cameras such as the Phantom HD, Phantom 65, or the new v640. For example, with a resolution of 1920×1080, the Phantom HD camera consumes almost four megabytes of memory for each frame shot. At a speed of 1,000 frames-per-second (fps), the camera needs almost four gigabytes of memory for each second of record time, depleting 16 gigabytes of internal camera memory in just over four seconds!
Thanks to the CineMag, which mounts to an optional interface directly on the body of the Phantom camera, users are now able to upload images saved to the internal camera memory to non volatile, removable memory, providing added storage and data protection. Available in 256GB or 512GB, the CineMag gives end-users the ability to record 490 fps at 1920 x 1080 HD, directly to the magazine, enabling very long record times. To record at higher speeds, users can record to the cameraâ€™s onboard memory and then manually or automatically transfer those files to the CineMag at a speed of 1GB per second.
Prior to the availability of the Phantom CineMag, a shot in camera memory had to be downloaded to a hard disk drive over GigaBit Ethernet, taking between 10 and 16 minutes depending upon network and computer performance. This download time interrupted the momentum on set and made a day of shooting longer and more costly. The CineMag has been a breakthrough on set, but until now, still required using the camera offline to download the massive amounts of high-speed imagery. Streamlining the high-speed imaging workflow for the end-user, the 10 GbE CineStation allows the high-speed footage – also known as â€œcinesâ€? – stored on a CineMag to be viewed, trimmed, played over video, and saved to hard disk. This enhanced workflow ultimately provides uninterrupted use of the Phantom digital high-speed camera as the cines can be downloaded and edited offline, rather than utilizing the valuable camera asset to transfer the data.
The 10 GbE Phantom CineStation is a simple setup that connects to a PC using GigaBit Ethernet. Users simply snap in a CineMag to the CineStation and use the supplied software to view each cine stored on the CineMag, play the cine files over the dual HD-SDI ports or component video ports, set in- and out-points to trim the cines, and save the files to a connected hard disk drive.
Additional information and detailed specifications for the Vision Research Phantom CineStation can be found at
About Vision Research
Vision Research designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in applications including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing and packaging, sports and entertainment, and digital cinematography for television and movie production.
The Wayne, N.J.-based company prides itself on the sensitivity, high-resolution and image quality produced by its systems, robust software interfaces, and reliability and versatility of its camera family â€“ all which continue to stand as benchmarks for the high speed digital imaging industry.
Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when itâ€™s too fast to see, and too important not toâ„¢. For additional information regarding Vision Research, please visit
Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.
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