Vision Research Unveils Flex4K

Vision Research is previewing the next member of its award-winning digital cinema product line at the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters show.  Redefining what’s possible when it comes to high-speed imaging, the Phantom Flex4K offers exceptional image quality, 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.

Additional high‑performance features include:

Phantom CineMag™IV support
Up to 64GB of internal memory
2x 3G-SDI outputs which can be configured as independent 4:4:4 1080p signals or used together to monitor the full 4K image
Component viewfinder output
Several 12V and 24V accessory outputs
Integrated battery mount
Sync connector to simplify 3D capture
Gb Ethernet port for software operation
Built-in Bluetooth enables wireless control up to 100 meters with Phantom RCU
Lens mount interchangeable between PL, Canon EF and Nikon F/G standards

Vision Research will be previewing the Phantom Flex4K at NAB 2013 and plans to start deliveries later this year.




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