CineMag and CineStation

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Digital high-speed imaging is memory hungry!


The Phantom CineMag

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.


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The Phantom CineStation

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.

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