Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

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By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

Vision Research has allocated formats for standard HD 16:9 (1920×1080 pixels) and 35 mm "mopic" @ 1.85:1 using an active area of 25.6 mm×13.85 mm (2048×1108 pixels), making the camera compatible with 35 mm equipment. Phantom HD can be configured for live broadcast or studio production with continuous output which conforms to SDI and HD-SDI (720p, 1080p, 1080i) standards.

Multiple triggering and recording modes are available along with display options, matched to most 12-volt DC YPrPb viewfinders or monitors. Gigabit Ethernet permits downloading of images (which can be converted to AVI, MOV or TIFF file format) and time coding eases post-production tasks. For test and engineering applications needing the ultimate in resolution, Phantom complies with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers' (White Plains, N.Y.) IRIG-B time code-modulated or unmodulated input-and can lock or phase-shift to IRIG time input. Sync connectivity supports coordinated coverage by multiple, networked cameras.

Phantom HD is delivered with 8 GB of internal memory or, optionally, 16 GB. Or, hot-swappable, non-volatile solid-state media mounts to the camera body and stores 128, 256 or 512 GB each. When filled, the magazine's docking station allows video to be downloaded to a PC or played over single (4:2:2) or dual (4:4:4) HD-SDI channel(s) to a recorder, disk array or other HD-SDI device.

With these advancements and more to follow, Advanced Imaging will continue tracking the challenges and as yet unforeseen applications which are certain to ensue.

Contributing editor and industry analyst, Lee J. Nelson, is at the forefront of emerging as well as evolving technologies for compute-intensive electronic imaging applications. Contact him at: 1-703-893-0744, or

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