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Phantom TMX 7510 does 76000 fps in HD!

Phantom TMX 7510

The scientists at Vision Research are at it again at their favorite pastime of hyper slow motion gear creation.  The new TMX 7510 Phantom camera is the fastest ever in their arsenal with a mind-bending spec of 75 Gigapixels throughput which is capable of delivering 76,000fps  1 Megapixel resolution or slightly higher than HD at 1280 x 800px.

The camera features the first BSI or Back-side illuminated sensor ever used in a Phantom camera. This allows for much better low-light performance which is crucial for slow motion applications.  The camera tops out at a ridiculous 1.75 million fps frame rate at 1280 x 32px in standard width mode or 640 x 64px in Binned mode.  One second recorded at that speed creates a file that plays back for 972min or just over 16hrs in a 30fps timeline.  Yikes! → Continue Reading Full Post ←

CHRONOS 1.4 SOFTWARE V0.3 RC2 Released!

Chronos 1.4 Software V0.3 RC2

The Chronos 1.4c Team has released the latest v0.3 RC2 software for testing.  Be aware that this is not mission critical stable software so only use on your own private testing and not for recording mission critical shoots.  The Interface can now be flipped to the left side though we would love to see an option to be concentrated on the lower part for better screen real-estate distribution.

We have tested over the last few days and are happy to report that the software has been stable and rock solid with no lock-ups and no sluggishness.  The Color science was improved since the first v0.3 RC1 release to render the red colors among others more faithfully. In our testing, there was a definite improvement but we would like to see better treatment of the deep blues and magentas. We are happy to see White Balance is now supporting built-in presets!

Features we have really liked on this new software release:

White balance is something that worked before but only with a 100% white target. It now works with an 80% White-ish target which makes for easier calibration without having an overly bright target.  The new White Balance presets are what you would expect on any manual WB camera feature and have been happy with the Daylight settings.  It’s a major improvement in workflow and would love to see the ability to save presets and or dial Kelvin degrees in 5 unit increments as a possibility.

The interface panel used for saving clips has had a re-vamp with a better slider control and now a color-coded interface that has a different color for every segment already saved. This is an ingenious touch that makes it much easier to make sure that a clip frame selection is saved to the SD card or Hard Drive.   We found the clips saved worked as advertised in H.264 and RAW format. It gave us peace of mind to see the slider being used effectively during an outdoor shoot with limited space available on the card.

The User Interface UI during shooting can be sent to the left side with a tick bot in the options panel.  This helped in avoiding unwanted presses due to the right side interface being to close to the grip side and rocker knob.  This was a needed change and works to avoid that issue.  We sill want to have an option to place it on the top or lower third, especially when shooting at 720p with a lot of space being letterboxed in black which could be used by the live video feed to check focus.

That’s it for now, please refer any bugs to Krontech.ca and let us know your thoughts and any test you want to share below. More info on how to install as follows: -HSC

 

Installation instructions:

  • Unzip the Zip file into the root directory of a FAT32 formatted USB stick
  • This should result in a camUpdate folder in the root directory of the stick
  • Boot up the camera and insert the USB stick
  • Backup your calibration data. Tap “Backup calibration data” and wait for this to complete (about 5 seconds). The cal data is now backed up on the USB drive as cal_[serial number].tar
  • To install the update, tap Apply Software Update
  • A message box should pop up indicating the software update was found. Tap Yes to install the update.
  • The screen will go black, you may see a screen saying “updating”, and the update will be installed. This will take about 30 seconds, potentially longer depending on the speed of the USB drive. There’s no feedback that anything is happening, just give it time. The camera will restart at the end of this process
  • Done!

Download The new Manual & Software v0.3 RC2 Here at the official site: http://forum.krontech.ca/index.php?topic=158.0

For more information on the Chronos camera and where to get one see their official website here: http://www.krontech.ca

Slow Motion – Bubbles 🙂 – Chronos 1.4 by Luke Slow Mo:

Chronos 1.4 Software V0.3 RC1 Released for Testing!

Chronos 1.4 Software V0.3 RC1

The Chronos 1.4c Team has been ramping up software releases with the latest v0.3 RC1 being dropped just a few hours ago.  Be aware that this is not mission critical stable software so only use on your own testing and not for recording once in a lifetime events.  The big fixes are in the color pipeline and how the camera handles pixel color especially red tones which were a little pinkish in previous software releases. It seems the entire color acquisition pipeline has received an overhaul. This should improve the color rendition on all objects plus the added benefit of less tweaking in post.

There are also several UI improvements like the ability to clear some warnings, move the button layout pane around the main interface screen and the ability to auto-save clips after shooting.   HSC will be testing the new software and report back when we get some new images.  We are preparing a color test to see before and after the software update and how much color has improved with the release.

Chronos 1.4 Software V0.3 RC1 Release Notes:

Here is the release candidate for V0.3, for those of you who want to try the latest and greatest. An updated manual is also attached to this post.

Keep in mind this software is still a release candidate. It has not gone through full validation yet, this software is generally stable but we don’t recommend using this for any critical applications where it’s not possible to recreate your shot. We recommend waiting for the final release for any applications that require guaranteed stability.


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Notable Changes (from V0.2.5):
– Colour reproduction is greatly improved especially reds
– Keyboard behavior improved, text is now selected when you tap an edit box
– UI can be flipped, or set to display the main screen menu on the left side
– You can configure the “Unsaved video in RAM” popup when you hit the record button with an unsaved video in memory. It can be set to “Always”, “If not reviewed” (default), or “Never”. The previous behavior was always “If not reviewed”.
– Fixed bug in 0.2.5 beta that resulted in a small portion of saves failing (about 2%)
– Fixed bug where segmented record mode would produce many invalid segments

More notable changes (from V0.2):
– Trigger I/O’s Trigger delay input was moved to the Trigger Delay screen.
– Added Trigger Delay screen and Record Modes screen, accessible from Record Settings.
– Black cal duration reduced by 10s to 15s or so at max resolution. (We still hope to make this much, much faster in a future beta.)
– Use any SD card. Previously, a class 10 SD card was required. You can now use slower cards. Of course, using a slower SD card means that videos save slower too.
– You can now auto-record after saving and auto-save after recording. This can loop.

Minutiae:
– Mark In and Mark Out have been renamed to Mark Start and Mark End, probably just until the video seek bar is made horizontal.
– Playback screen has ‘region to be saved’ marked. Each region saved is marked in a different color.
– The Enter key has been changed to say Apply, since you have to press it to apply your changes.
– The sliders on main screen the play screen have been made larger for ease of grabbing.
– There is now a Settings tab in the Util pages.
– Trigger IO window: The ratio between post-trigger frames and record length in frames is kept constant between resolution and framerate changes.
– Play → Settings: bitsPerPixel, maxBitrate, saved file framerate, format, filename and save location are now saved as soon as they are changed instead of when the Close button is pressed.

Installation instructions:

  • Unzip the Zip file into the root directory of a FAT32 formatted USB stick
  • This should result in a camUpdate folder in the root directory of the stick
  • Boot up the camera and insert the USB stick
  • Backup your calibration data. Tap “Backup calibration data” and wait for this to complete (about 5 seconds). The cal data is now backed up on the USB drive as cal_[serial number].tar
  • To install the update, tap Apply Software Update
  • A message box should pop up indicating the software update was found. Tap Yes to install the update.
  • The screen will go black, you may see a screen saying “updating”, and the update will be installed. This will take about 30 seconds, potentially longer depending on the speed of the USB drive. There’s no feedback that anything is happening, just give it time. The camera will restart at the end of this process
  • Done!

As always, let us know of any bugs you find, we’ll get them sorted out as quickly as possible. We anticipate the fully validated V0.3 release in about a month.

Download The new Manual & Software v0.3 RC1 Here at the official site: http://forum.krontech.ca/index.php?topic=158.0
 
For more information on the Chronos camera and where to get one see their official website here: http://www.krontech.ca

Sample Video – Forging in slow motion on Chronos 1.4 1500fps by Aki Korhonen:

 

FLIR X6900sc can do Thermal Imaging at 1000fps!

FLIR X6900sc

Very little attention is placed on high speed thermal imaging because frankly it’s a field so new that only a handful of cameras can even approach that performance. The FLIR X6900sc is breaking records by now recording 1000fps at 640 x 512 resolution which is pretty high by thermal pixel standards and a memory buffer recorded on-camera RAM for 26 seconds. → Continue Reading Full Post ←