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MEN Micro (Ambler, Pa.)
The Imaging Challenge
Develop a flexible camera that enables professional cinematography filming in extreme environments—from arctic to desert—while incorporating an open architecture to allow more cost-effective technology upgrades, additional connectivity options and advanced editing capabilities (direct to disk) at high definition or greater (2048 x 1152).
The SI-2K™'s integrated control system consists of a customized version of MEN Micro's Intel Core2 Duo processor-based F17 3U CompactPCI single board computer (SBC), a unique side card for advanced audio and video capabilities as well as a rugged, compact enclosure. It is the first time PC technology has been employed in a cinematography camera and provides significant cost reductions. The system's design enables the camera to withstand a wide range of rigorous and diverse environments from the hot, dry desert to the extremely cold arctic region in addition to the daily wear and tear to which a portable device is subjected. And, the camera's overall small size is testament to the control system's compact 3U form factor.
The Tools Used
The Difference it Made
The system provides better video transfer capabilities and Gigabit Ethernet performance for sustained video quality. It offers the ability to shoot high-definition raw footage direct to disk with increased operator comfort and low power consumption (less than 50W total). Modularity-field-replaceable components increase long-term ROI and there is more flexibility in on-site editing, reducing the need for later reshoots. It provides a 40 percent reduction in initial purchase price of the camera and the technology is easily refreshed by upgrading the components.