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Amira BrazilLast week, after months upon months of waiting with our breath held, ARRI unveiled the pricing for its ENG-style documentary camera, the highly anticipated AMIRA. As was expected, the camera, which sports the same 16:9 sensor as some of its ALEXA brethren, is not an inexpensive one by any stretch of the imagination, with basic AMIRA packages starting in the neighborhood of $40,000. Even though the cameras are starting to make their way out into the wild, we still haven’t seen too many people put the AMIRA through its paces yet. Until now, that is. Filmmaker Jens Hoffman was recently given the chance to finish up his ALEXA-shot documentary MATA MATAwhich is about soccer culture and players in Brazil, on a brand new AMIRA, and the footage is breathtaking, to say the very least. More »

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10,000,000 FPSEveryone knows that slow-motion makes everything cooler. It might as well be a scientific fact. However, there are cameras out there that can exceed the speed of many of our fastest cinema-style slo-mo cameras like the Phantom Flex 4K and the FT-ONE. One such camera is the HyperVision HPV-X from Japanese manufacturer Shimadzu, which can record at an insane speed of up to 10,000,000 frames per second. Of course, these super high-speed cameras are made specifically for scientific use and are typically very low in resolution, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t produce some absolutely breathtaking images. More »

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stainlessAnyone who’s taken at least one trip on the underground will know by the beligered faces of their fellow travellers slogging to work or elsewhere that, buskers aside, there would seem to be little creativity to be found in underground transit. However, in his Stainless series of photographs, evolved into slow motion urban portrait films, Hungarian artist Adam Magyar demonstrates the hypnotic beauty that can be found in an everyday moment stretched out over a high-speed eternity. Watch an excerpt of how the denizens of New York’s Grand Central station make their commute after the jump. More »

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edgertronic High-Speed Slow Motion Camera - HeroNo that’s not a typo. A new camera called the ‘edgertronic’ is not only claiming to be the first affordable high-speed camera, but it’s also capable of a whopping 17,791 frames per second. MIT engineers Mike Matter and Juan Pineda have joined forces and have been prototyping the slow motion camera for two years now, and it’s finally reached a mature stage where everything is complete — all that’s left is mass production. The team is now turning to Kickstarter to secure funding to get the camera into production in the U.S. and into people’s hands by the end of the year. Check out the launch video below: More »

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Phantom Flex_01Back in April, Vision Research’s Phantom Flex4K prototype previewed at NAB, boasting specs like 4K at up to 1000fps, uncompressed RAW recording, high dynamic range thanks to its Super 35 CMOS sensor size, and high-definition image quality through a wide range of frame rates. Now, with the Phantom’s award-winning technology, the production version of the high-speed digital cinema camera has been unveiled at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam, and with it, some great videos demonstrating what it is capable of. More »

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salienceFilmmaker Paul Trillo (full disclosure: a fellow Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective member, and also my former roommate) used chromakey suits to novel effect in his music video Lonely, and now he’s back with a new experimental short that finds clever uses for chromakey suits — as well as a high-speed Phantom Miro camera. Check out SALIENCE, an experimental short: More »

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Look out FT-ONE, you’ve got competition, and from somebody that you probably don’t want it from — as Vision Research unveils it’s latest high-speed marvel, the Phantom Flex4k, Mitch Gross over at AbelCine brings us the first look at the camera from NAB. Hit the jump to get the specs and to see the first footage captured with the camera: More »

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All the way back in July, we told you about a contest that AbelCine was running in partnership with Vision Research. That contest, the Miro High-Speed Inspiration Challenge, focused on contestants coming up with new and creative uses for high-speed photography, and they’ve now selected five finalists from a group of a few hundred applicants. The winner will be announced on March 1st, but you can watch all five of the short films right now embedded below. More »

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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. More »

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Slow motion is one of the many beauteous benefits gleaned from the advancement and proliferation of digital technology — not only has it been made less of a headache to achieve, it’s also effectively cheaper now, too. Like any of the benefits of digital proliferation, it has the potential to be overused, but more importantly, the potential to be gorgeous when executed tastefully. The music video for CocoRosie’s “We Are On Fire,” shot by Filip Piskorzynski with some additional work by John Brawley, is an example of the latter — in this case, shot on the P+S Technik Weisscam HS-2 Mk II — plus, Mr. Brawley has just posted some impressive looking behind-the-scenes material for the video, shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. More »

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You thought your uncompressed HD or 2.5K was taking up a lot of space? That doesn’t hold a candle to the kinds of data rates being produced by the new expertly named FOR-A FT-ONE. If you thought RED EPIC’s 4K at 150fps or the Phantom 65 4K model at 144 fps, they are both way behind this behemoth. At 900fps, this is one ridiculously fast camera, and at that speed and resolution, the price tag is steep. Check out the videos below for more info. More »

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When you need extreme slow motion, Vision Research is still the name most trust. The Phantom Miro line is a new compact version of their camera system, and there’s even a contest going right now to win your very own worth tens of thousands of dollars (though applications have closed). Fiction, a visual agency specializing in original content, took the Phantom Miro M320S for a spin with the famous watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher, and documented the entire process. Here is the final product: More »

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It’s almost not funny now — it seems like every few days a new camera is introduced (or at least rumored). Vision Research, the company famous for its high-speed cameras, has introduced a new model in its lower-priced (considering) and smaller-sized Miro line, the easy-to-remember LC320S. For starters, it can record up to 1,540fps at 1080p, which is nothing short of astounding if you’ve ever seen it on a large screen. It’s quite a different experience seeing 240fps at 1080p with the Sony FS700 and then seeing Phantom footage at over 1,000fps (or more). Mitch Gross over at AbelCine has a very nice introduction video we’ve embedded below. More »

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High quality slow motion is finally in the hands of the masses thanks to Sony’s new FS700, but if you’re looking for the ultimate slow motion camera, it’s probably going to have the name Phantom in front of it. Vision Research’s Phantom cameras are synonymous with slow motion, and we’re not talking hundreds of frames per second — many are capable of thousands of frames per second. Now, you have an opportunity to not only make a short film with one, but possibly win your very own Phantom Miro M320S package (capable of 1,540 fps at 1080p) worth tens of thousands of dollars thanks to Vision Research and AbelCine. Check out the details of the competition below. More »

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Not to be outdone by the recent Sony announcement of the high-fps FS700, Vision Research is rolling out a brand new camera that should fit a little better in your hands, and in your budget. The Phantom Miro M320S is an update to their Miro line, and with it comes 1540 frames per second at 1920 x 1080. The sensor inside is slightly bigger than the RED Epic, so full frame field-of-view lenses will prevent any vignetting in the corners at 1080 or 1200. More »

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When releasing a pro video camera these days, 1080p at 60 frames per second seems to be some sort of feature tipping point. The $15k (roughly) Sony F3 and Canon C300 can’t do it, but the $5k Sony FS100 and AF100 can. The RED SCARLET-X can do it provided you take into account a 3.2X crop factor. But if slow-motion is really important to you, Vision Research’s new compact Miro line of camcorders (their Phantom camera is a larger, more fully-featured cinema camera) go all the way up to 650,000 frames per second. Even without dropping the resolution, the M310 (there are three models) reaches 3,200 FPS at 1080p, for an insane datarate of 3.2 Gigapixels/second. The Miro cameras do everything in slow motion except drain your wallet: the cams will start at $25k. More »