Vision Research Unveils Phantom v642

Phantom v642 Brings Multi-Matrix Color Correction Technology to Vision Research’s Dual Video Output Digital High-Speed Camera

Vision Research, the leading manufacturer of the industry’s broadest line of digital high‑speed cameras, announces the introduction of the Phantom® v642.  The high-speed digital camera retains the unique ability to both record and playback ultra-slow motion footage simultaneously, while adding the capability to accurately color match regular speed broadcast cameras using advanced Multi-Matrix Color Correction Technology. The Phantom v642 incorporates Academy Award®- and Emmy® Award-winning technology to record and deliver impressive ultra slow-motion images.

“We at Vision Research pride ourselves on responding to customer feedback. After the introduction of the v641, many customers asked for better color-matching capability. We’ve addressed our customers’ top priority request by adding this technology to the Phantom v642,” comments Patrick Ott de Vries, Broadcast Business Manager for Vision Research. “With advanced Multi-Matrix Color Correction Technology, the Phantom v642 delivers an essential tool to color-match regular speed cameras used in Live Sports Broadcast.  This upgrade is the hallmark of the v642 and marks Vision Research’s continued interest and commitment to bringing innovation to the Live Sports Broadcast market and to our integration partners.”

Vision Research’s ultra slow motion technology has been widely adopted in sporting and other live events around the world, including the Super Bowl, World Series, Olympics, World Cup, and Commonwealth Games.  This technology is also used in television commercials and motion pictures and is a key component of the 3D imaging in many Hollywood films.


The v642 is supported by a custom designed ultra-sensitive 4-megapixel 2K sensor that can record full-resolution frame rates of 1450 frames-per-second and be leveraged to support pan and zoom applications. Typical broadcast resolutions are supported, in addition to 1080p at 2560 frames-per-second.

With shutter speeds down to 1 microsecond and a global electronic shutter, crisp, sharp images are guaranteed with little or no image blur or motion artifacts.  Extremely high frame rates at HD resolutions enables playback speeds as much as 90X times slower than live action.

Multi-Matrix Color Correction Technology
The v642 supports Multi-Matrix Color Correction Technology, which was the number one most requested feature from users of the v641.  This technology allows for accurate color matching to normal frame rate cameras, leveraging independent adjustments of saturation and hue of each of the 16 axes. Working with video matrix, hue, gamma and chroma adjustments enables the Phantom v642 to color match with normal speed broadcast supporting live sporting events.


Storage and Workflow
The v642 includes 8 GB of built in high-speed dynamic RAM with 16 GB and 32GB versions also available.  A unique segmented memory feature allows users to divide images into up to 63 segments, creating multiple back-to-back shots without the need to download data from the camera.  In addition, users can record into one segment while playing back a slow-motion clip from another.  One segment is always recording the live action.

This feature gives the v642 flexibility to support environments with and without playback server support. The v642 can be connected to a controller in the studio or Outside Broadcast truck, which can access the camera’s memory for playback while the camera operator is framing and recording the live action.

The v642 comes standard with a PL-mount for full sensor coverage (2560 X1600 pixels). Native support for 1080p using customized B4 adapter options.


Key  Features Include:
-    Supporting up to 90X ultra-slow motion at 2k, 1080p and 720p resolutions.
-    Multi-matrix color correction for fast and accurate color matching to regular frame rate Live Sport cameras.
-    Breakthrough light sensitivity, ISO 1200T color (ISO 12232 SAT method)
-    Versatile Dual HD-SDI, two HD-SDI ports for dual-link 4:4:4 or 2x 4:2:2
-    Multi-cine recording capability
-    Remote Replay Camera Control
-    EVS integration for camera control and playback
-    1 μs minimum exposure times for sharp images of fast moving events
-    Internal mechanical shutter for hands-free / remote black referencing
-    8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB built-in high-speed memory
-    8-bit or 12-bit pixel depth
-    Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR): two different exposures within a single frame
-    Burst Mode