Vision Research® is a pioneer in the high-speed imaging industry. Beginning in 1950 as the “Photographic Analysis Company” and transitioning to Vision Research a high-speed, non-film, electronic imaging company in 1992. Their goal was to increase “Research Through Photography.”
High-speed photography is an scientific or engineering tool, much as is an oscilloscope or a computer. It is a photographic technique that enables us to visualize and analyze motion. Especially motions that are too fast for the human eye, or conventional cameras, to perceive.
Phantom® cameras are made in the USA and offer a wide range of camera options to assist with any type of scientific research. From basic imaging of animal behavior to complex imaging of digital image correlation (DIC) or explosives testing, there is a Phantom® camera that will fit in any laboratory.
Vision Research works closely with research laboratories and educational institutions around the world providing not only the tool, but the knowledge necessary to utilize a Phantom® camera to its fullest potential. Applications experts assist in deciding which camera will work best for an experiment and offer helpful tips that have been learned through years of hands-on experience.
While hardware and software products are important, the company realizes that its key to future success is the same now as it was in 1950, and that is listening to and serving the customer.
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Scientists use schlieren imaging, a non-invasive testing method, to visualize density gradients within otherwise invisible flows. Schlieren imaging is a practical method of visualizing air movement around an airfoil in a wind tunnel or gas interactions within a combustion chamber. Over the past decade, significant improvements in the speed and sensitivity of cameras have greatly increased the quality of schlieren images and the speed at which images can be acquired. Although this advanced imaging technique can now deliver detailed images of highly dynamic processes, obtaining high-quality data requires choosing the best high-speed camera for the application and careful optimization of the optical setup.
Whether explosives are being used to clear land for construction and digging deeper mines, or are being encountered by the military and police, it is important to understand how various chemical mixtures and detonators affect the power of an explosion. High-speed imaging can be used to quantitatively capture explosions, the resulting damage, and to measure other important parameters of the explosion. The data collected can provide information to aid in the understanding and characterization of a detonation, which can then lead to the creation of better and more precise explosives.
There are many challenges associated with recording lightning via high-speed video images, including placing the camera close enough to the chosen structure in an observable way, and the filming process requiring a long observation time to capture the strike – if it happens at all. Now, for the first time, a team of researchers has captured lightning striking a rod using Vision Research’s high-speed cameras. The results not only broaden the understanding of how lightning connects with lightning rods, but also provide the field data necessary to improve current lightning protection systems.
Jay Stepleton with Vision Research spent a few minutes with us to talk about the tradeoffs involved in speed, resolution, and sensitivity when designing high speed camera sensors.
At Photonics West 2017, Gene Nepomuceno with Vision Research spent a few minutes with us discussing the three main factors one should take into account before selecting a high speed camera – resolution, frame rate, and sensitivity (with an honorable mention for transferring the data off of the camera).
Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, today introduces the Phantom® VEO4K camera family, combining the imaging power of the Flex4K-GS with the convenient form factor of the VEO. Designed for demanding scientific research, defense and media applications, it will capture up to 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4K and higher at reduced resolutions.
A major update to the entire Phantom VEO product line was just released, and consists of 10Gb Ethernet connectivity for camera operation and download. With the 10Gb option installed download speeds from the camera are dramatically improved.
Vision Research recently introduced the Phantom® Flex4K-GS, a high-speed camera with a 35 mm, 9.4-megapixel sensor and global shutter. Designed for demanding applications in the scientific research, defense and aerospace industries, it builds upon the award-winning technology of Vision Research’s Phantom digital cinema products.
Vision Research recently debuted the Phantom® Miro® N-Series, the latest addition to its line of Phantom Miro high-speed cameras. With a camera head measuring in at just 32mm x 32mm x 29mm, the Miro N-Series is the smallest model in Vision Research’s robust line of digital high-speed cameras. It was specifically designed to capture footage from locations that were never before accessible.
Vision Research recently debuted its new Phantom VEO® product family. Designed for a wide-range of applications including scientific analysis, material testing and defense research, Phantom VEO cameras offer the unchallenged performance of the renowned Phantom V-Series in a small, rugged, five-inch cube packed full of new features.
Vision Research has partnered with the motion analysis provider IMAGESYSTEMS. IMAGESYSTEMS is the maker of the TEMA software, which analyzes images produced by our cameras. They have created some videos to show how well our Phantom cameras work with their TEMA software, one being of a LEGO car.
High-speed cameras can play an important role in microfluidics research. Vision Research, as providers of Phantom high-speed cameras, has a lot of experience in this area, and the resident expert, Nick Long, Vision Research OEM Manager, has extensive knowledge and application experience using high-speed cameras in microfluidics. Some of this experience and Nick’s knowledge was documented, collaborating with Photonics Online to create a white paper covering the challenges and importance of using high-speed cameras in this evolving field.
The name "high speed cameras" is a bit ironic when you consider they actually slow things down. Technically, "slow motion cameras" would be a more apt title. Regardless of what you call them, 1000 FPS cameras are an integral part of modern research and scientific studies. Researchers recently completed a project in which they used a high-speed camera to capture lightning strikes. The occurrence, origin, and phenomenon of lightning is still not entirely understood or agreed upon by the scientific community, and so the researchers from FIT wanted to shed some more light onto the matter by enlisting the help of high speed cameras to witness exactly where and how lightning forms and strikes.
High speed cameras and photography have been around almost as long as standard photography, and have consistently helped solve numerous scientific problems. One of the earliest uses was in the year 1878 and was conducted by Eadward Muybridge. Muybridge took several photos of a horse while it was galloping, which was done to prove an enigma (or, in some tellings of the story, a bet). He wanted to prove whether or not all of a horse's feet left the ground at once while galloping. The answer to that question was yes, and the method of discovery changed vision research forever.
High speed photography is a modern marvel that has solved countless scientific mysteries, advanced medicine, produced wonderful art, and revealed the inner workings of things like cells and even machines. We take it for granted now, but high speed photography is a very recent invention. This blog article takes a step back in time to find out from where these high speed cameras came from.
Professor Liu, the Director of Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, is working on developing an imaging technology for high-throughput nanoscale nuclear architecture mapping; applications to predict early progression of cancer; phase imaging to improve cytology diagnostics; and super-resolution imaging of the organization of genomes in cancer progression. Professor Liu needed extremely high-resolution, high-speed, and light-sensitive cameras which led him to Phantom cameras. One of the highest-quality Phantom cameras that Liu and his team utilize is the Phantom V1210, which can capture images up to 12,600 frames-per-second (FPS).
The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Tech has purchased an ultra-high-speed Phantom v1210 with hopes of using it to better understand lightning and upper atmospheric electrical phenomena.
The Department of Physics at Syracuse University recently purchased a Phantom Miro LAB340 digital high-speed camera to investigate the dynamics of liquid flows at surfaces, and their interaction with soft deformable filaments and sheets.
Vision Research announces new firmware for the Flex4K camera that introduces a scaled 2K ProRes HQ recording format and dual-save functionality. They also wish to share the new of the recent drop in price across the entire Flex4K product line due to the camera's establishment in the market.
Vision Research and the Colorado School of Mines plans to once again collaborate on a university-level short course on the wide range of applications in high-speed imaging with a focus on experimentation with explosives and ballistic applications. The short course is a carefully structured introduction to main topics in the field of explosive engineering and how to best use digital high-speed imaging when conducting experiments or research for military or civilian applications. Both the fundamentals theory and practical training will be conducted at Colorado School of Mines in Explosive Research Laboratory at Idaho Springs from September 27 through September 30, 2016.
Vision Research is pushing the boundaries when it comes to introducing cameras capable of shooting faster and at higher resolutions with longer recording times and greater memory capacities. Vision Research offers a ultrahigh-speed cameras, users have access to models that offer up to 288GB of onboard memory whereas comparable models available from other manufacturers offer a maximum of just 64GB.
Vision Research has updated the Miro R-Series camera family with two new models for applications requiring a 4 megapixel camera. Other updates include a door to the CineFlash slot, and a standard inclusion of the internal mechanical shutter with each camera.
Vision Research announces the Phantom Ultrahigh-speed v2512 and v2012 with the FAST option that now have ultra-low minimum exposure times--only 265 ns for the v2512, and 290 ns for the v2012. The low minimum exposures are meant to compliment the ultrahigh-speeds of up to 1,000,000 frames per second (fps) offered by the FAST option, helping to reduce motion blur.