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Photosonics On Video

Published : 28th November 2003


Does anybody know if there is a way to capture high speed photography of the photosonics kind on video?

Cheers

Matthew Woolf
DP NY



Matthew Woolf writes :

>Does anybody know if there is a way to capture high speed photography >of the photosonics kind on video?

Are you talking about frame rates 500 plus or picture quality as in the Photosonics 4E, etc.?

There are many video systems available ranging in speeds and quality -- and cost.

Check out the Olympus i-Speed on their website :

www.olympusindustrial.com

Brian Heller
IA 600 DP



Matthew Woolf wrote :

>Does anybody know if there is a way to capture high speed photography >of the photosonics kind on video?

Guess what ? Kodak had a system for industrial motion studies frames rates in the 4-5000 for video. It got used for sports, especially tennis replays for line calls. Band width and image quality was especially limited at the higher frame rates.

Mark Smith
Oh Seven Films



>Does anybody know if there is a way to capture high speed photography >of the photosonics kind on video?

Well, I be interested to hear if anybody has used any of this stuff : 1024 x 1024 @ 1000fps ain't too shabby.

http://visiblesolutions.com/phantomv5.html

Dave "barely at 24fps today" Luxton
Cinematographer - Edmonton, AB



Visit :


http://www.photosonics.com/Sales%20HTLM/

High_speed_digital_cameras.htm

There is also a brief description of the history of the company. Fascinating cameras, all of them. Bill Gulla is a CML'er, East coast photosonics specialist, and could answer some of your questions, I'm sure.

I'd like to hear opinions on the Phantom 9.0 (though I'm a bigger fan of the film cameras)

John Babl



Noise issues are a major problem for the high speed video systems out there. A Kodak rep. told me that the reason VNF is still around is because nothing can replace it for the military and the automotive companies when they need high speed shots of missile launches and crash tests.

Mitch Gross
NYC DP



Mitch Gross wrote :

>A Kodak rep. told me that the reason VNF is still around is because >nothing can replace it for the military and the automotive companies

I think you mean VNX, the lovely and wonderful 7250. VNF is slower.

Jeff "one of my two favourite stocks" Kreines



>A Kodak rep. told me that the reason VNF is still around is because >nothing can replace it for the military and the automotive companies

Huh? What about 7218? Do they need reversal for a reason? Or is this a issue about the tensile strength of the film and its ability to stand up to high speed stresses?

Tom McDonnell
DP/Turducken lover
New Orleans, La



I believe most of the Shuttle footage is shot on '246.

John Babl



>What about 7218? Do they need reversal for a reason?

Yes--because they develop it themselves and don't need to make multiple prints. Reversal makes it cheaper.

Mitch Gross
NYC DP



>A Kodak rep. told me that the reason VNF is still around is because .nothing can replace it for the military

VNF ?

Mathew Woolf

DP NY



VNF ?

Video News Film. Old name for 16mm color reversal stock.

Mitch Gross
NYC DP



Mitch Gross writes :

>VNF ? Video News Film. Old name for 16mm color reversal stock.

Thanks Mitch

Matthew Woolf
DP NY