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NBC uses the Phantom High-Speed cameras at Olympics for slow motion playback

Phantom V12NBC is using a super slow motion replay system for gymnastics and track & field events at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The slow-motion replays are being shown on-air as well as archived in the NBC Olympics web site.

The system uses the Phantom V12 to provide high-definition replays shot at up to 7000 frames-per-second. This can yield replays that slow down motion by up to 100 times, giving the viewing audience an experience never seen before.

This photo from the recent British Open shows the Phantom V12 as it is outfitted for the Olympic coverage. It is being used in both hand-held and tripod-mounted applications.

Phantom V12 in useThe camera is in almost continuous use as it moves back and forth between gymnastics, shot at night in a stadium, and track & field, shot in daylight.

The Phantom v12 megapixel camera has set the high-speed digital imaging speed benchmark at one million frames per second. The 1280x800 megapixel CMOS sensor with its wide aspect ratio allows for a “widescreen” view. It operates at 6,242 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution with up to 1,000,000 fps at reduced resolution.

With an active pixel size of 20 microns and improved quantum efficiency, the Phantom v12 camera has superior sensitivity with the lowest noise possible.

The v12 features a high-resolution timing system giving timing resolution of 20ns; high-speed dynamic RAM (8GB, 16GB or 32GB); compatibility with Phantom CineMag TM non-volatile, hot-swappable memory (256GB, 512GB) magazines; and a variety of formats including NTSC, PAL, SDI and high-definition 720p.

Adept Electronic Solutions are "The machine vision and imaging specialists" and a distributor for Vision Research. To find out more about the Phantom v12 camera or any other Vision Research high speed camera please email us at: adept@adept.net.au, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.

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Vision Research - high speed industrial & cinema cameras

Vision Reseach logo Vision Research is a world leader in the design and development of high-speed cameras industry and cinematography. They have a solid foundation in the field of high speed imaging exceeding 50 years. Today, Vision Research cameras are used in a numerous fields where super slow motion playback is required. Scientific research, sports research, digital cinema, impact testing are just a few of the areas covered by Vision Research cameras.

Vision Research has 3 camera families: The Miro, the Phantom V and the digital cinema cameras comprising of 11 cameras with several memory configurations each. The Miro series feature compact handheld cameras that are lightweight and for untethered use. The Miro series starts with the entry-level Miro 1 and includes the Miro 2 workhorse camera, Miro 3 for high-G defence applications and the Miro 4, the flagship Miro camera.

The Phantom V series ranges from the V5.2 with megapixel resolution at 1000fps to the v7.3, v9.1, v10 and most recently the v12 which offers the fastest megapixel recording speed in the high-speed camera industry.

The Phantom HD and Phantom 65 are designed for cinematographic applications with excellent image quality, 1000fps plus 35mm film compatibility. The Phantom 65 offers the highest pixel count in the industry and offers 65mm and HD formats.

Vision Research prides itself in the high resolution of its images, the power of its software, the reliability of its products and its high level of attentiveness and dedication to its customers. The innovative Phantom camera systems from Vision Research have been groundbreaking in being the first to offer EDR "Extended Dynamic Range" for HS (dual slope integration), Auto Exposure control, CAR (continuously adjustable resolutions), setting increments of 1, continuous recording, massive non-volatile storage medium with the CineMag and many more. They offered the first digital cameras with 60,000 frames-per-second and 150,000fps and have recently released the first CMOS camera capable of 1,000,000fps.

The future undoubtedly holds more technology innovation and unique products from Vision Research in store. The company's development goals include electronic imaging products with higher resolution and faster frame rates and "smarter" cameras with more powerful and robust software. While hardware and software products are important, the company realizes that its key to future success is the same now as it was in 1950 and that is listening to and serving its customers.

Adept Electronic Solutions are "The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists" and distributor of Vision Research products in the Oceania region. To find out more about the Phantom High Speed cameras or any other Vision Research product please email us at: adept@adept.net.au, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.

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Machine Vision Software with Colour - Dalsa iPD iNspect 1.6

Dalsa iPD iNspectDalsa iPD has released its new iNspect machine vision software v. with support for colour processing, along with many other tool enhancements. These new features broaden the application reach of iNspect without compromising its trademark ease-of-use.

iNspect is a simple fully configurable machine vision software and vision package designed for plant operators, factory personnel and systems integrators. iNspect offers a wide range of tools for many machine vision applications including measurement and gauging, label inspection, defect analysis, 1D and 2D Barcodes, Pattern Tools, Optical Character Recognition and much more.

iNspect software comes installed as standard on Dalsa iPD Vision Appliances which are robust industrial devices for automated inspection. The new version iNspect will initially be available on only two platforms, the standard VA61 and a modified VA31. Both of these platforms provide GigE ports for interfacing colour GigE cameras. The VA61 is preferred as it provides multiple GigE ports that make it easier to interface camera and network resources.

Dalsa iPD Vision Appliances provide end-users and system integrators with a high performance, easy-to-use, cost effective and compact machine vision systems for single or multiple camera machine vision inspections.

Dalsa iPD Vision Appliances were developed with two primary vision requirements in mind: Power and Ease-Of-Use. Dalsa iPD Vision Appliances offer flexibility, speed and choice of camera to match your needs and the ability to connect multiple cameras to a single Vision Appliance.

When used as a single camera device the Vision Appliances offer a cost effective solution. When multiple cameras are used with a single Vision Appliance Dalsa iPD provides unparalleled cost effectiveness in today's market.

Adept Electronic Solutions (AES) are "The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists" in Australia and New Zealand and exclusive distributor for the iDS' uEye RE series camera range. With a broad selection of world class machine hardware and software products AES provides a one-stop shop for machine vision and imaging components.
So contact us or consult our expert vision engineers today by contacting us at 08 92425411 Perth / 02 9979 2599 Sydney / 03 9555 5621 Melbourne.

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5MP Firewire 1394b CCD camera - AVT Pike F-505

AVT Pike F-505The Allied Vision Technology PIKE camera family is equipped with a FireWire IEEE1394b-S800 interface, as well as high-quality CCD sensors ranging from 640x480 to 2452x2054 pixels in colour and monochrome. The Pike series is designed for the most demanding applications with high sensitivity and true-to-life color reproduction.

The AVT PIKE F-505B (mono) and AVT PIKE F-505C (colour) are smart and fast C-mount cameras, equipped with a highly-sensitive 5MP (2452x2054) SONY Type 2/3" progressive scan CCD sensor. These cameras operating in 14-bit mode, impress in almost any situation by their ability to produce high fidelity images.

The camera offers 2 data ports (Daisy Chain), an external asynchronous trigger shutter and operates in 14-bit mode. At full image resolution the AVT PIKE F-505 produces images at up to 15 fps and is particularly suited for high resolution, fast industrial image processing and factory automation applications. The extensive built-in image processing capabilities (image pre-processing) result in outstanding image quality, reduced computer processing, less load on the system and higher performance overall.

Due to its IEEE1394b interface, the PIKE supports up to 62.5MB/s, a far greater bandwidth compared to the IEEE1394a interface. Combined with a number of smart features the PIKE guarantees high performance in PC-based image processing. The integrated image pre-processing features of the PIKE not only reduce demands on PC computer power, but also cut system costs by eliminating the need for frame grabbers.

To meet the highest requirements in the industry, the PIKE comes optionally in a version with 1x GOF (Fibre). This not only saves costs in multi-camera operations but also makes it possible to transmit images up to 500 meters over fibre cable without the need of a fibre transmitter. The direct fiber technology of the PIKE in the GOF version also provides protection against electromagnetic interference in noisy environments. The other advantage of the GOF Fibre Pike is that it provides perfect electrical insulation. There is no need for any complicated potential reconciliation.

AVT's Pike family of Firewire IEEE 1394b cameras presents a formidable option for cameras of their class with advanced functionality and price-to-performance value.

Adept Electronic Solutions are "The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists" providing expert advice and timely support. To find out more about the AVT Pike F-505 B/C Firewire IEEE 1394b camera or any model from AVT's range of cameras please contact us or call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621

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Sept 2008
  • NBC uses the Phantom High-Speed cameras at Olympics for slow motion playback
  • Vision Research - high speed industrial & cinema cameras
  • Machine Vision Software with Colour - Dalsa iPD iNspect 1.6
  • 5MP Firewire 1394b CCD camera - AVT Pike F-505
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