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The fps1000 HD Kickstarter project has surpassed it’s funding goal by nearly twice the amount requested and with only a 2 and 1/2 days left it may be able to do substantially better considering the home stretch push. It certainly has garnered a lot of attention from the camera enthusiast market and it may cement even more the longevity of now known “The Slow Motion Camera Company Limited“ as an established retail option and separate itself from a mostly Kickstarter backed product.
We also have new images from the case and a few tidbits on what may be possible to do for 3D slow motion which is a a field relegated to a few labs and 3D Hollywood productions that need high speed shots shot in stereo. The fps1000 HD has an option for you to do 720p high speed video in full stereo to use in a 3D production or scientific endeavor. It is pertinent to say that other cameras including the edgertronic SC1 and SC2 can be rigged to shoot in 3D easily with Genlock due to their size.
The finding is closing in on £60,000 British pounds which is almost double the £35,000 Pounds goal for the campaign with 43 backers as of this posting. It is interesting that of the available options only the fps1000 HD 128GB flash memory configuration has been backed for.
fps1000 HD main Specs:
- 1280 x 720 @1,000 fps
- 640 x 360 @ 4,000 fps
- Higher frame rates at lower resolution
- 12 bit raw video
- 60 seconds of record time
- Self Contained, Portable High Frame Rate Camera
- Full Touch Screen Interface
The interest in the 64GB model has not been measurable which is easily explained by the initial price difference of only £100 Pounds. People want more for their money. And now that the British Pound is lower in value compared to the US dollar at the fault of Brexit primarily it makes it an easier proposition to back these cameras. Today £1 British pound equals $1.29 USD which is much less than a year ago.
Update on the 3D and Genlock and other capabilities by Graham Rowan:
“Triggers, Genlock and Stereo 3D – New Reward
In this update I want to talk about the trigger input and output of the fps1000 HD. There are two 2.5mm jack sockets on the side of the camera – a trigger in and a trigger out. The simplest way of controlling the camera is to connect a standard camera trigger unit to the trigger input. Closing the two contacts of the trigger input will start recording and opening the contacts will stop. Alternatively a low voltage input can be applied. The camera automatically detects this type of trigger input and behaves accordingly.
Another way to control the camera is by generating a low voltage pulse on the trigger input. In this mode of operation the camera will grab a frame of video for every pulse it receives. This allows you to control the frame rate of the camera from an external unit and hence to synchronize or genlock the camera to an external source.
The fps1000HD also generates a low voltage trigger output pulse every time a frame is captured. This allows you to synchronize external lighting or other components to the capture rate.
By connecting the trigger output from one fps1000HD to the trigger input of another, the second camera will automatically synchronise itself to the first. In this mode the second camera will capture video in exact frame synchronisation with the first. Furthermore, in this mode you can control the recording of both cameras from the first – thus when you press record on the master camera, both cameras will start recording in exact frame lock.
The obvious application for this is to record in stereo/3D. I experimented a little with this and produced some nice 3D videos. This is my very first entry into this domain and clearly I have a lot to learn but using a very simple base plate with screws for 2 cameras, I was able to take some hand-held stereo videos. This is the device I used:
This stereo video was made using a couple of extra steps in Adobe Premiere Pro which I normally use for creating videos. You will have to use Red/Cyan glasses to see the 3D effect.
New Reward Tier – Stereo Camera
You do of course need two cameras for this application. But with a simple modification I could provide a camera with 2 image sensor boards mounted on the same motherboard. This would provide a very compact hand held 3D camera with 2 lenses with the correct inter-ocular distance between them. For anyone who is interested in this I have added a new stereo camera reward at a significant saving over 2 cameras. There really doesn’t seem to be any other low cost high frame rate stereo camera on the market.”
HSC’s Take on the new info:
There is value in having the 3D camera not be two separate bodies as the inter ocular distance could be made to precisely match average human eye distance without pre adjustment; it would not require two separate cameras but it will probably require different battery configuration along with some trouble shooting and electronic emissions dilemmas.
We think that if no or very few backers do in fact opt for the stereo version, Graham is better off just offering two cameras to the backers in question without the expense of developing a different product for now. It is best to concentrate on the fps1000 HD, fps1000 platinum, fps1000 4k and fps1000 Hex which are yet to be fully shipped. When those orders are fulfilled it would be now a matter of doing some market research if such a product would be in demand. We have seen a lot of 3D camera rigs that are just sitting there gathering dust as the stereo craze with the 3D HDTVs faded as another fad with limited longevity. Spending resources on yet another product as of now should be scrapped for sake of simplicity and time frame.
Genlock is a great feature to have and should provide professional level sync to shoot with multiple cameras and record events from different perspectives.
We congratulate Graham on the campaign’s great success and for improving the product far past the best expectations of just a year ago regarding the fps1000 line of slow motion cameras.
For more information about the fps1000 HD, the possibility of backing and receiving a unit yourself and more info on other fps1000 cameras visit the Kickstarter campaign page here:
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