Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Freeze Frames

High-speed video cameras find their way into numerous new applications
bullet going through an orange
© Pulse Photonics Ltd.
A single high-speed video frame of a bullet going through an orange making the otherwise imperceptible, visible.
evolution of hot vapor and debris
© Prof. P.H. Schultz, Brown University/Geological Sciences (Providence R.I.) and NASA/Ames Research Center (Moffett Field Calif.
The evolution of hot vapor and debris (ejecta) being launched out of an impact crater.

By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

Weinberger Vision Technology Corp. (Grand Blanc, Mich. and Erlangen, Germany) launches SpeedCam MacroVis, an innovative family of ultra-compact high-speed cameras with Bayer CMOS sensors. At 1280x1024-pixels, SpeedCam MacroVis achieves 1000 fps. Explosive events can be imaged at more than 93,000 fps with reduced resolution. The basic model holds 1.5 seconds of video while additional capacity, auto-triggering and multi-sequence recording are optional. All SpeedCam systems are equipped with an Ethernet EIA-802.3 interface, are Microsoft Windows-compliant and delivered with MacroVis software for simple motion analysis. An expanded version of Visart software extends functionality and filtering capabilities.

As promised back in 2007, we will continue to report on the novel hurdles and opportunities for high-speed video, especially in the face of next year's nationwide conversion to all-digital broadcasting (Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, the joint undertaking by the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications & Information Administration).

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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