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All 4K Music Video Uses the FT-ONE Camera to Shoot Up to a Mind-Blowing 860FPS at 4096 X 2160

02.1.13 @ 11:34AM Tags : , , , , , , ,

The FOR-A 4K high-speed camera from FT-ONE didn’t get all that much attention when it was first announced, due in part to the fact that it’s probably going to be a rental only, but also because the name of both the company and the camera are easily confused and/or forgettable. No worries though, the camera does exist, and it’s capable of some pretty astounding frame rates at extremely high-resolution. It’s a specialty device for sure, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about using one, right? A Swiss company, Kamerawerk GmbH, put one to use in their recent No Sleep 4K music video (which they will be releasing as a 4K download), and they’ve posted a behind-the-scenes video showing the camera recording 4K at an astounding 860 frames per second, as well as another video showing off the rest of the production which is utilizing the Sony F65 as well.

Once things move to all 4K in Hollywood (which will likely happen in the next few years — probably once Arri goes 4K), a camera like this is going to be in much higher demand, as the Phantom 65 Gold, the only other high-speed 4K camera besides the F65 and the RED EPIC, is “only” capable of about 200fps at its lowest 4K resolution (2.40). Sure, slow motion can be overused and it can get boring relatively fast, but there are definitely some things I would be very excited to see at these kinds of frame rates on a 4K screen — like sports, for example.

They’ve also got this behind-the-scenes video with some more on the rest of the shoot:

This is a first short glimpse behind the scenes from our music video with Bubble Beatz, shot in “True 4K” with the Sony F65. An extensive Making Of, which will also detail the post production using exclusively Adobe software, along with all the glorious technical specs will follow after the official release.

“No Sleep 4K” will be available as a free download in full 4K resolution as well as a (for the time being downscaled) version optimised for Apple Retina Displays. Coming soon…

It’s interesting that they are going to release a 4K download — as those with higher than 1080p screens, like Apple Retina Display owners, will be able to see a full-screen video without any upscaling. 4K computer displays will likely be affordable sooner than 4K TVs, and with much closer viewing distances, more people will likely benefit from a 4K display connected to their computer.

Do you any of you think there are more uses for this beyond just becoming the 4K replacement of the Phantom? What are some of your favorite slow motion videos — filmmaking related or not?



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  • As a Retina Display owner, I very much appreciate when the extra effort is taken to support the high resolution.

    Also, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the visual goodness.

  • This camera is a beast. It’s maybe the size of 3 F65s put together.

  • marklondon on 02.1.13 @ 1:12PM

    “probably once Arri goes 4K” – yep. Announcement soon.

    • Joe Marine on 02.1.13 @ 2:09PM

      You should share this insider knowledge with NFS community. :)

      • Marklondon on 02.1.13 @ 3:14PM

        If I could confirm the date I would. I’m not saying the finished cam exists yet, just strong chat about an announcement this year re release date. Won’t be tied to NAB as Arri not fussed about that.
        And you are correct that its what people on this coast are waiting for before committing to full 4K workflow.
        My personal bet is that it will time to coincide with the F55 updates :-)

        • Joe Marine on 02.1.13 @ 7:32PM

          Yeah that wouldn’t surprise me if they announced near when Sony is sending out their firmware upgrades.

  • Dare I even ask how much the camera costs?

  • this camera is great and all don’t get it twisted but 860fps isn’t all that cool compared to 1500fps and 3000fps which the Flex can handle no problem.

    personally with all the experience I’ve had as a DIT with the Flex and Miro it’s all about 1500fps + thats when you really see the magic happen.

    • Phantom is awesome, really awesome. But this is 4K resolution, which phantom cannot do at 900 FPS, phantom gold 65 4K can do 144FPS [1]. Phantom flex can do 2500 FPS in full HD[2]. As far as i know, phantoms also need to be tethered to a computer. Whenever we used them we had to lug around a computer at least. This camera can record in camera to SSDs[3] which is why its such a massive camera (at least one reason).

      only thing is, i cant find anywhere that tells me how many FPS this can do in lower than 4K, they say nothing about it on their site


      • Phantoms don’t have to be tethered to a computer. Operating off a laptop running the phantom camera control software is just one option for using the phantom, not a requirement.

      • FT-ONE records 4K only, it can’t do any real-time down-sampling to achieve lower resolution.

      • it’d probably come down to serious testing if I was directing a flic and had to choose or shoot with both cameras and decide in the edit room. Chances are if the image is exposed properly and lit right the 2K image will hold up very well. When your exposing with so much light at a high shutter and framerate (2500fps+) your image is gonna look so sick just cause of the exposure, the resolution at that point is a plus but I don’t think it’ll matter cause your capturing so much information, like super fractions of a sec which 800fps really can’t do.

    • This not as cool, it is very hot !

      The Rapatronic Camera ( ) developed in the 1940s is able to capture 1 BILLION Frames per second using multiple Cameras. Unfortunately, each Camera only records a single Frame at such a high speed so a whole bank of the Cameras was used; each timed to snap one shot after another onto Film.

      Here is a Video made by combining some of the Frames together: .

      For less money there is a Kickstarter Project called Edgertronic ( ) which will do tiny resolution at over 17,000 FPS and 700FPS at 1280×720.

  • This camera is in excess of 100K$. You don’t need a tech with it, like you do the Flex. The UI is very simplistic. The camera is great for 4K res at just under 1,000 fps but what commercials/ music videos are finishing in 4K right now, really? Even the feature films that are doing 4K finishing are far and few between. No rental houses in LA have these, yet at least, and I seriously doubt this will replace the Flex. Can you see this beast of a camera doing a table top Taco Bell commercial?

    • I can see this being used a lot in research, especially by the military. For films, i see this being big in stock footage, especially destruction type stuff. My university had several phantoms for shock wave research when i was doing my masters (sadly that was not my project :(

  • For those interested, we can offer a sample shot from the FT-One in full 4K over at our youtube channel:
    Make sure to set the resolution to “original” to get a 4K image.

    • Actually, while YouTube used to support 4K, I think they’ve cut everything down to a 2K maximum for the time being.
      For instance, if you set that video to “Original,” right-click the player and select “Show video info,” you’ll see the resolution of the video in the upper left-hand corner. It’s a 2048×1536 image, not 4K.

  • on 02.2.13 @ 9:33AM

    You know, I’m really getting tired of seeing these test videos. Is high frame rate really such a priority in filmmaking now?

  • Vision Research’s bread and butter is in the medical and military field, not so much cinematography, but I don’t doubt that they could put out a Flex replacement if they really wanted to. Is it really necessary to replace the Flex yet though? This 4K camera is still expensive, not like production companies are gonna save a ton using it, and lets not forget the most important fact.. it’s 4K. Inception, Captain America, Jennifer’s Body, Drive, Jackass 3D, the list goes on, but the point is.. not a single one of those films finished in 4K, and they all used the Flex. I know someone will say “but Inception got 35mm converts to Imax”.. I know, but it was still shot 35mm and the bulk of the theaters screening Inception were not Imax. 4K will be more relevant in a year or so when computers and technology in general catch up. I don’t think Net Flix or Amazon Instant are gonna be putting out episodes of Pretty Little Liars (only mentioned because it’s shot on Epics) or anything like that in 4K in 2013, and even if they did… it’s 1.00$ more now for the HD version of an episode off Amazon, so the 4K version.. lets say it’s another 1 or 2 more.. plus you’ll have to have a 4K tv to make it worth it, yea… don’t see all of those chips falling into place for the gernal public for quite some time.

  • Kemalettin Sert on 02.3.13 @ 9:28AM

    where the hack is A-FT One ??? i saw the demo @ IBC and it was amazing but on this vimeo link they are shooting with F65

  • Young Pizzy on 08.5.13 @ 5:11PM

    When computers and technologies can handle 4K properly then we will be in business…..Cos even some countries still work with 2k and don’t even bring out a 2k finish.

  • We did some test shooting with the FT One and it is fantastic. It was Simple/Easy to use and the slo mo / high speed it fascinating. Seeing it at 4K is very interesting. The guys from For-A were really good to work with. It seems rather large at first but it is nt that heavy as the camera has internal memory slots. I would use it on a project any time.