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Phantom CineMag and CineStation

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Workflow solution for high-speed imaging


High-speed imaging is memory-hungryPhantom CineMag non-volatile memory unit
Shooting 1000 frames-per-second at HD resolution, for example, will record 4 seconds to 16 GB of RAM. And saving that same shot via standard Gigabit Ethernet will take 15 minutes (much quicker with 10GB ethernet option) which are are better spent shooting.

The Phantom CineMag also enables long record times for events that would normally exhaust built-in memory.

Improving workflow
Acknowledging the memory needs of high-speed imaging, Vision Research have developed the CineMag, a reliable hot-swappable, non-volatile memory solution for Phantom digital high-speed video cameras that improves shooting-and-recording workflow. The CineMag is a storage device incorporating secure, non-volatile flash memory for high speed Phantom raw footage. Cines can be recorded into camera RAM and then the recording uploaded to the CineMag in seconds. This eliminates camera down time between shots. If the application demands longer record times, then the CineMag can be used in Run/Stop (R/S) mode, allowing for several minutes of record time at lower frame rates.

Available in two models (see below) the Cinemag is compatible a variety of Phantom cameras. Cines can be recorded at full speed to RAM and shifted the to the Cinemag, or recorded directly into the CineMag with speeds of up to 700 megapixels-per-second with the Phantom HD Gold for example.

CineMag unit attached to cameraRecordings stored in the CineMag can be accessed with the Phantom software in the same manner as recordings in the camera would be accessed. Cines can be viewed, trimmed, enhanced and then saved to hard drive.

When the CineMag is full and cines are safely saved, the unit can be hot un-plugged and another snapped into place and recording can continue without interrupting the workflow. The raw cine recordings can be viewed later using the same camera or a Phantom CineStation docking unit. (See below).

Model CineMag II
for Phantom series: vXX0, vXX1, vXX2, vXX10, vXX11
CineMag IV
for Phantom Flex4K and all UHS-12 models - v1212, v1612, v2012, v2512
Capacity 144GB, 256GB, 512GB 1TB, 2TB
Throughput 800 Mpx/sec 800 Mpx/sec (iTB); 1Gpx/sec (2TB)
Size 192 x 126 x 13 mm 88 x 113 x 11 mm
Weight <0.4 kg 0.3 kg
    CineMag IV PRO
For Phantom Flex 4K only when using ProRes HQ workflow. Specs as above

What happens when I finish recording to the CineMag?


The companion to the CineMag
The CineMag/CineStation combination have been designed to work as a tandem team both to improve workflow and to save valuable CineStation with CineMag attachedcamera time. (Left: CineStation with CineMag attached on top)

How do the CineMag and CineStation work together?
The Phantom CineStation is the download station for the CineMag and is used as an off-camera solution for viewing, editing and saving cines previously stored on a CineMag. This frees up the camera so that it can continue recording.

The CineMag is moved from the camera and installed on to the CineStation from which each saved cine can be quickly reviewed.

The CineStation supports both raw digital and video workflows by providing a fast-file download capability, as well as the ability to play the cine files stored on the CineMag over dual HD-SDI video outputs or component video. The optional 10Gb Ethernet version of the CineStation accelerates workflow even more.

A CineStation works by connecting to a PC running the supplied PCC software via Gb or 10Gb Ethernet, where the user can view each Cine stored on the CineMag, set in- and out-points to trim the Cines, and save the files to a connected hard disk drive. This process can also be fully automated.

Model CineStation - B CineStation - X2SR CineStation - IV
Compatible with Original CineMag; CineMagII Original CineMag; CineMagII CineMagIV
Has Gb Ethernet? Yes Yes Yes
Has 10Gb Ethernet? No Yes, X2SR fibre Yes, 10GBase - T Copper
Has SDI video? Yes Yes No (SDI video outputs and buttons not active)
Power 120W power supply included 120W power supply included 40W power supply included
Inputs CineMag, AC power, Tri-level genlock CineMag, AC power, Tri-level genlock CineMag IV, AC power
Weight 2.3 kg 2.3 kg 0.45 kg
Dimensions 26 x 15.5 x 7.7 cm 26 x 15.5 x 7.7 cm 16.5 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm

Phantom CineStation II Data sheet
Phantom CineStation IV Data sheet



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