News | December 4, 2008

Photron's Ultra-High Speed Camera Selected For Slow Motion Imaging On Discovery Channel's Time Warp

Source: Photron, Inc.
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San Diego, CA – Photron, Inc., is supplying the high speed Fastcam SA1 camera for the slow motion imaging of fascinating phenomena, animal behavior, and human feats on Discovery Channel's new hit television series, Time Warp. Photron, a leading manufacturer of high speed cameras and motion analysis software systems, has teamed with co-hosts Jeff Lieberman, an MIT scientist and teacher, and digital photography expert Matt Kearney of Tech Imaging Services (Salem, MA). The slow-motion camera offers super-fast frame rates, capable of broadcasting extremely high resolution, high definition TV (HDTV) up to 5,400 frames per second (fps). The camera can also achieve near HD resolution at up to 10,000 fps for the popular TV series.

Time Warp uses advanced imaging technologies to present natural "everyday" activities and extraordinary human achievements or other phenomena, slowing the imagery down to the point that viewers can see virtually every remarkable detail in an event or process. Photron's Fastcam SA1 camera has produced the extraordinary high speed imagery, including an extremely slow motion sequence of popcorn popping at 10,000 frames per second (fps), a water balloon popping at 20,000 fps, a samurai sword slicing through a tatami mat, a tattoo needle piercing a man's arm 80 to 150 times per second, a Kun Tao master breaking through a stack of concrete blocks with approximately 5 tons of force, and much more. Shown each week on the Discovery Channel, Wednesday evenings, from 8 PM – 9 PM (ET/PT), many of the sequences can also be viewed online at (click on top tab Television Shows – drop down to click on Time Warp tab).

Photron's Fastcam SA1 was also used during the Beijing Summer Games for recording various Olympic events and providing instant replay in extreme slow motion. Photron and their exclusive northeastern U. S. distributor, Tech Imaging (, have also provided the Emmy-award-winning slow motion imagery for Golf on CBS with the revolutionary "SwingVision" high speed imaging system designed by Tech Imaging specifically for capturing golf for slow motion playback.

Photron's slow motion cameras provide superior, true, 12-bit resolution for excellent color fidelity, great light sensitivity and microsecond global shuttering to freeze all the action. Capable of imaging up to 675,000 fps at reduced resolution, the Fastcam SA1 is DC-powered and features both high definition (HD) and RS-170 video outputs for easy integration.

Photron USA, Inc., founded in 1974, is a world supplier of photo-instrumentation, high speed image processing systems and photo optical technologies for the automotive, industrial manufacturing, film and television, medical and military markets. Products include standard and custom high resolution, high-speed cameras, software, and systems for R&D, commercial and defense-related motion image analysis applications.

Tech Imaging Services, Inc. specializes in high speed imaging camera sales, custom design services, slow-motion imaging systems consultation, high speed camera rentals and repairs. As the exclusive distributor in the northeastern U. S. for Photron, Inc., Tech Imaging Services provides custom and standard high speed imaging solutions for commercial, industrial, research and educational markets.

SOURCE: Photron, Inc.