Phantom Flex 4K, now available at Stereovision

The Phantom Flex4K is a full-featured digital cinema camera, capable of speeds that range from standard frame rates to over 1,000 frames-per-second (fps) at 4K and up to 2,000 fps at 2K pixel resolution. Building upon the award winning technology of Phantom digital cinema products, the Flex4K combines features found in the latest cinema cameras with those found only in specialty cameras.

With the planned option to record either uncompressed raw or with industry-standard compression, the workflow will be just as flexible as the camera’s frame rate. The latest in non-volatile storage technology is used to move data quickly, while a complete on-camera control menu eliminates the need for a computer on set.

Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding and audio recording will be available this summer via a firmware upgrade. The ProRes 422 HQ option provides an alternative to the typical cine raw workflow. It works at the camera’s full 4K resolution and up to the top frame rates (938 fps at 4096 x 2304 resolution). The audio feature is intended for use as scratch-sound for sync sound recording on a production where the Flex4K may be used for both high speed and standard speed recording. However, the camera is capable of recording audio at all frame rates above 23.976. More details about these new features will be available soon, as we get closer to their release.

Specifications: 

  • Full resolution 4096 x 2304
  • Up to 1,000 fps at 4096 x 2160
  • Phantom CineMag IV recording media (2TB)
  • 128 GB of internal memory
  • Monitoring : Three main 3G HD-SDI outputs, which can be configured as independent 4:4:4 1080p signals or used together to supply a dual-link 4K output while maintaining a live HD signal
  • Optional Integrated battery mount supporting industry standard batteries
  • Lens mount : Interchangeable between PL and Nikon F/G standards – Canon EF
  • 2x 12V and 2x 24V accessory outputs
  • Both Mac and Windows based software for download and file conversion
For further details, enquiries and rentals, please contact:

Mr. N. Balaji: balaji@stereovision.biz / +91 9841 011449
Ms. Tania Samtani: tania@stereovision.biz / +91 9841 282642

Stereovision Chennai Office (Headquarters):
846 A, Mount Road, Anna Salai,
Chennai – 600002
+91 44 28550658 / +91 44 28416720

Stereovision Mumbai Office:
13/97, Motilal Nagar No. 3,
M.G Road, Goregaon (W),
Mumbai
+91 22 28788916 / +91 22 28728916

Phantom Flex Underwater: first time EVER in India… by Stereovision

You heard well! The first underwater shoot with a Phantom camera in India diving in for the film “Roy” starring Jacqueline Fernandes, Rambir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal produced by T-Series. We are proud to have accomplished this challenging mission with a Phantom Flex 2K and a Hydroflex Remote AquaCam Housing, both available at Stereovision’s rental catalogue.

After leading the industry in India with film camera housings also made by Hydroflex (the best) for over a decade, its no surprise. It was time to move Digital!

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Above, the underwater cinematographer with its professional crew provided by Orca Dive Club Mumbai, so as a set of underwater kino lights, also provided by Stereovision. Although “kinos” do have limitations when shooting high-speed due to flicker issues, we managed to overlap the flicker with other tungsten sources from above the water (+5KW tungsten). Also the flicker is less visible underwater due to water density and the natural motion of it.

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Above one of our Phantoms Flex 2K getting ready to dive. Inside the housing all cabling and motors must be precisely calibrated to operate the focus and the aperture remotely via the Preston Remote Lens Control System. That was only achieved by the underwater application specialist Rajasekaran (right), together with Anand.

The Hydroflex Remote Aquacam MK5 is available in India and Sri Lanka and it works for Red Epic & Dragon, Arri Alexa, Phantom 2K and 4K.

For inquiries please contact Mr. Balaji or Ms. Tania Samtani by e-mail: balaji@stereovision.biz, tania@stereovision.biz or by phone at +91 9841011449 / +91 9841011449.

“We are happy to be exclusive distributors for GoPro in India” – Harish Samtani, Founder, Stereovision

By Philip Bode
November 15, 2014

They’re one of the oldest and most reliable distributors of filmmaking resources in India today, Stereovision is associated with top companies worldwide such as Vision Research, Hydroflex Deep Water, Kino-Flo lighting, Arri Lighting amongst a horde of other well known names. Talking about the latest products that Stereovision’s taken under its wings Harish says, “We have a new product from Australia called Atomos, a field recorder and the unbelievably versatile DJI Ronin, which made a giant step with camera stabilization technology that we are happy to be involved with.” Broadcast & Film, catches up with Harish Samtani, founder of Stereovision at his massive booth at the Broadcast India Show 2014 to talk about his initial beginnings, his Oscar winning cousin Kish Sadhvani, being exclusive distributors for GoPro in India now and participating at Broadcast India Show over ten years in a row.

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“We were able to access a lot of companies based out of Hollywood” So how do you go about gallivanting in the business of aiding resources and specialized products to film-making and broadcasting folks? Harish reminisces and says, “Stereovision, a company based in Chennai was established in 1975. About 15 years ago it moved into products that manly focused on film-making. Thanks to my first cousin, Kish Sadhvani who won an Academy Award many years ago, we were able to access a lot of companies based out of Hollywood since he lived in Hollywood boulevard LA. With my blood ties and good relations with him, we were fortunate enough to start dealing with people there. Back in those days, India was too far away from business dealings in filmmaking and nobody really wanted to do business with an Indian as such. It was because of Kish, I had the luxury of working and networking through the big players there.”

“We became an agent for ARRI”
Giving us a gist on their initial innings in the filmmaking business, Harish says, ”Kino-flo, one of the most popular and high selling lighting systems in the world today was the first product that we started dealing with. Gradually from starting with our first product we became an agent for ARRI, the most popular film camera manufacturers in the world. Today tells a different picture, we deal with special products on the movie making and commercial side such as, the Phantom camera. The Phantom Camera is one of the most widely used slow motion cameras in film and commercials today. Almost 90% of the slow motion content and footage such as cars flying, water, liquid simulations visible on TV is shot using the Phantom Camera. This camera retails at Rs. 1.2 – Rs.1.3 crores and this is one of our premier products at Stereovision.”

“Prime audience included enthusiasts who dove, jump off cliffs, planes”
Talking about being the exclusive dealers for the peppy and innovative Go-Pro Camera series Harish says, “Initially the first 3 years the business was a bit slow because, the Go-pro Camera was a very specialized product which targeted mainly sports people. Their prime audience included enthusiasts who dove, jump off cliffs, planes or even high-octane sports folk such as racers. Suddenly, the makers shifted their focus in a sense towards the broadcasting side of things. All of a sudden you would see that they were using Go-pro cameras for television shows, in broadcasting studios, for wacky interviews etc. The Go-pro Camera is a revolutionary product and it is one of our biggest selling products today, we are happy to be exclusive distributors in India.”

“One of a kind show in the country”
Talking about the importance and his involvement in the Broadcast India Show Harish says, “My involvement with Broadcast India goes back 10 years, and we’ve been supporting them throughout. It’s the only one of a kind show in the country. Although, there are similar shows in Delhi, but they cater to a much narrower targeted clientele such as Doordarshan. This is because they have a budget which needs to be spent or none would be allocated for the same in the following year. Here the story is more diverse because you got all the top honchos and players from broadcast, film, music etc. We have hundreds of these entire vendors and professionals under one roof, which is pretty amazing.”