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Stereoscopic Imaging with Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras

Phantom cameras are some of the most versatile digital cinema and broadcast cameras on the market, which offer many advantages when used for 3D imaging.

Synchronized imaging has been an important part of the Phantom system since the first Phantom camera was developed over 10 years ago. Synchronizing multiple cameras for precise motion analysis is an established scientific technique.

Any Phantom camera model can be used with many standard “3D rigs” on the market, and newer models like the Phantom Flex are being developed with stereoscopic 3D imaging in mind. There is also an option for single-sensor stereoscopic 3D imaging with the Phantom P65 camera.

With the emergence of 3D sports broadcast, synchronized, ultra slow-motion video playback is straight forward and easily achieved.

Choosing Your System

While it is possible to synchronize any Phantom camera model for 3D imaging, here we will cover only cameras that are popular in the fields of broadcast and cinema / TV.

  1. 3D Sync Imaging: Cine RAW workflow


When using two Phantom high-speed cameras, sync-imaging involves the following:

  1. Connect the F-sync connector between both cameras
  2. Connect timecode-in on one camera to timecode-out on the other (for matched time-stamps)
  3. Please note: software, and on-camera triggers can not be used for sync imaging.
  4. Use a Gigabit Ethernet switch to connect both cameras to a PC or laptop
  5. Define one camera as the master, and the other as the slave via Phantom software
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