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This is part of our behind-the-scenes series on a slow-motion, live-burn fire shoot shot on a Phantom Flex4K.

If there’s one indelible image from 1991′s firefighting actioner Backdraft, it’s the sight of flames licking out menacingly from underneath a door. It may be that the folks on Backdraft staged and filmed the effect as it happened for real, but on the short Phantom Flex4K promo Let Me Know When You See Fire, director Brendan Bellomo and DP Greg Wilson came up with a creative way of achieving the same effect without actually setting a room on fire — or being in a room at all. Check out this ingenious way of achieving the effect: More »

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This is the first of our behind-the-scenes series on the slow-motion, live-burn fire shoot Let Me Know When You See Fire, shot on a Phantom Flex4K.

When you’re recording 16GB a second — yes, I said sixteen gigabytes — you’re only going to be able to capture a few sections of action at a time. This is the price we pay for having amazing cameras like the Phantom Flex4K, which shoots 1,000 FPS at full 4K resolution. You’d better get your staging, choreography, and framing right at these data rates! 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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The Phantom Flex4K is the upgraded version of Vision Research’s Flex high-speed monster, designed to be production-ready with form factor improvements, audio options, and the ability to record to compressed formats. Check out the pyromaniac-friendly debut short and our interview, co-presented with FreshDV: 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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Skateboard videos became more popular as digital cameras got smaller and cheaper, and it was practically free to go shoot your friends for a few hours or tape over anything you didn’t like. High-end skate videos are in their own world entirely, and you don’t have to be a fan of skateboarding to appreciate the beauty and talent exhibited by the skaters and the filmmakers. In Red Bull Perspective — A Skateboard Video, DP Marc Ritzema shows off some gorgeous anamorphic photography with the RED EPIC and time-stopping slow motion with the Phantom Flex, and Director Nicholas Schrunk crafts a story that takes you into the lives of some of today’s premiere skaters. Check out the film below. 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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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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Every once in a while a typecasted Hollywood actor goes outside their comfort zone and surprises everyone. Though some might think that there are always selfish motives behind some of these choices, often actors like being challenged and want to participate in projects because they love the material. Shia LaBeouf, unfortunately best known for being the goofy Sam Witwicky in the Michael Bay Transformers series (the newest being Dark of the Moon), turns in a beautifully moving performance in this Alma Har’rel (Bombay Beach) directed experimental music video/film for Sigur Rós. More »

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We’re trying to share more actual shorts and not just camera tests here, as a difference of one stop in dynamic range from one camera to the next is not going to make or break your narrative or doc. From DSLRs costing hundreds to 4K cameras costing tens of thousands, there is a great camera out there for your budget. Still, one question all filmmakers will be asked is, “what do you want to shoot on?” and so it’s still handy to keep tabs on what’s available. Here are several new tests of some of the latest large-sensor imagers: 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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With RED touting 120 frame-per-second shooting speeds — impressive on its own, and even more impressive given each frame is at 5K resolution — Vision Research’s claims that their new Phantom Flex camera shoots at up to 2,800 FPS (2,500 in 1080p) seems like a joke. But it’s not, and the following is proof. Tom Guilmette was hired to shoot the World Champtionships of Ping Pong, and found himself alone in his hotel room before the shoot with the Phantom Flex; here is the resulting video. More »