Phantom CineMag IV & CineStation IV
Digital high-speed imaging is memory hungry!
Every second of high-speed video can take up several gigabytes of the camera’s internal memory. For example, 1,000 fps at HD resolution will record 4 seconds to 16GB of RAM memory. Saving that 4-second shot using standard Gb Ethernet can take up to 15 minutes, which can be better used for capturing the next shot.
Vision Research engineers understood this challenge and changed the Phantom camera workflow forever by introducing the Phantom CineMag in 2008. The CineMag is a proprietary storage device incorporating secure, non-volatile flash memory for high speed Phantom raw footage.
Users can record into camera RAM and then “upload" the recording to the CineMag in seconds. This eliminates camera down time between shots. If your 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.
There are two models of CineMag currently available, the CineMag II and the CineMag IV. Check the table below to check camera compatibility and specs.
The CineMag IV PRO is also available, and is a specialized mag for ProRes 422 HQ recording on the Phantom Flex4K. Please find the CineMag IV PRO data sheet in the column on the right for more information.
The Phantom CineStation is the download station for the CineMag. This keeps the camera free for doing its job – capturing high-speed video. There are three versions of the CineStation currently available: CineStation-B, CineStation-X2SR and CineStation IV. Check the table below for compatibility and specs.
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.
Common resolutions and frame-rates, other resolutions available
Phantom CineMag specs
- CineMag II Weight:
- CineMag II Size: 5.5" x 4.9" x 0.5" (L x W x H); 192 x 126 x 13 mm
- Menu display/controls: Controlled by Phantom camera and/or Phantom software applications, on board display includes: memory remaining, write activity, write protect, magazine enabled, and power LED’s
- Operating temperature: 0C to +40C (+32F to +104F)
- Operating humidity: 80% non-condensing at +5C
- On-set monitoring: multiple HD-SDI formats via camera video port
- Recording: Saved internally as 10-bit log in Phantom's Cine Raw packed format
- Direct recording times: Phantom Flex & v641 examples given. Maximum frame rates and record times can vary by camera model
- 144 GB
- 2560 x 1440 @ 200fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 2.4 minutes
- 2048 x 1080 @ 360fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 2.4 minutes
- 2048 x 1080 @ 24fps: 36 minutes
- 1280 x 720 @ 850fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 2.4 minutes
- 256 GB
- 2560 x 1440 @ 200fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 4.3 minutes
- 2048 x 1080 @ 360fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 4.3 minutes
- 2048 x 1080 @ 24fps: 64 minutes
- 1280 x 720 @ 850fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 4.3 minutes
- 512 GB
- 2560 x 1440 @ 200fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 8.5 minutes
- 2048 x 1080 @ 360fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 8.5 minutes
- 2048 x 1080 @ 24fps: 128 minutes
- 1280 x 720 @ 850fps (maximum write speed at given resolution): 8.5 minutes
- Power consumption: 1.5 amp supplied by camera or CineStation
- Video/data connectors: proprietary pogo-pin data bus
Phantom CineStation specs
- Weight: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
- Size: 10.25" x 6" x 3" (26 x 15.25 x 7.7 cm)
- Inputs: CineMag, AC power, Tri-level genlock
- Outputs: Gb Ethernet, Dual-link HD-SDI (4:4:4)
- Component Video (YPrPb), Optional 10Gb Ethernet