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

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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.

Newsletter #03 FX School Workshop by Stereovision

Last Friday, Stereovision had the pleasure to present a workshop at FX School Mumbai (www.fxschool.in). We were invited with warmth and excitement by Mr.Arun Kumar, Director and professor at the ideally located institution right in Andheri West, surrounded by all the industry’s top studios and production companies.

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FX School has various kinds of courses and degrees from Film-making, Cinematography, Editing, to VFX and Digital Art. I must say their facilities are equipped with the most advanced material, from last generation iMacs, to Canon 5D mark III, Red Scarlet, and a great set of Zeiss lenses. Their cafeteria is wonderful too. I had the pleasure to witness a lunch break of a production team who was working at one of the FX School studios… Overall a great ambience and working environment.

The workshop started with Atomos and their popular Samurai Blade, almost a standard in Indian TVC sets, together with its Ninja Blade and Ninja 2 (ideal for DSLR film-makers).

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Atomos ended with a quick run of their 4K capable recorder Atomos Shogun, a 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI Monitor & Recorder combines a color-calibrated 1920 x 1200 resolution display with 4K video recording and edit-ready codecs. The Shogun utilizes 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs to record clean output signals at resolutions up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30p, as well as Full HD (1920 x 1080) video up to 120 fps when used with capable cameras.

The Shogun records 10-bit, 4:2:2 UHD 4K and HD video to Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT formats. It can also record HD video using Avid’s DNxHD format, and UHD 4K raw video using the uncompressed Cinema DNG Raw format. Video is recorded to single or raided 2.5″ HDD and SDDs for fast and reliable write speeds.

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As a monitor, the Shogun features a 7″ IPS capacitive touch-screen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. It is Rec. 709 color calibrated and supports multi-frequency operation (48/50/60 Hz) for monitoring and playback of a variety of input frame rates. An SDI loop output is available for passing the signal to an additional monitor.

The Shogun adds several new features over previous Atomos models, including custom 3D LUT support, Genlock In for multi-camera syncing, and improved audio handling with an included LEMO breakout cable for XLR audio. There are also a variety of onscreen tools to help you set up your shots, including a full waveform monitor, RGB parade display, vector scope, focus peaking, and other framing, focus, and exposure assisting tools.

The Shogun comes included with a battery, battery charger, RAID adapter, two drive caddies, and XLR audio LEMO breakout cable. The students absolutely loved these toys!

We then continued the event with a set up of the Phantom Miro, a very popular High-Speed camera capable of shooting 1500fps at 1920×1080… The students at the school really enjoyed watching themselves throwing punches at each other and checking out the monitor to see it in slo-mo. They were thrilled to finally see a Phantom in action!

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Last but definitely not the least, we brought out the GoPro Hero4 as the grand finale! The new action camera recently introduced in India raised a lot of questions among the students who most owned early GoPro editions. Even Arun, while discussing Gopro with the students, recently bought a few and are available for students at FX school. 4K resolution and 120fps at full HD, remember? Welcome to the world of GoPro! The world’s most versatile camera!