TV / MEDIA

A 4K high speed camera, but what else? Image quality is the priority with a high speed camera for generating footage for TV or the film industry. We have both HD and 4K (UHD) cameras, but what other factors should a high speed camera for TV ultra slomo include?

FORM FACTOR

IDT CCM high-speed camera

All IDT cameras are very compact, making them suited to being mounted in locations where other cameras cannot.

DYNAMIC RANGE

Most of our cameras now have a 12-bit depth, and with the extremely clean image, a dynamic range of 11 or 12 f-stops is easily achieved

GLOBAL SHUTTER

IDT XStream II camera

For fast moving subjects, a global shutter is very important. A rolling shutter can produce some very off-putting distortions, particularly when the subject is fast moving. All IDT cameras have a global shutter. Normally, a rolling shutter would be used to obtain higher quality images, but IDT’s proprietary technology ensures exceptional quality from a global shutter camera.

LENS MOUNT

As we tend to use small sensors, often a C-Mount lens can be used, but we offer Micro 4/3″ as standard too. The MFT mount includes motorised controls for focus, aprture and zoom, depending on the lens. Using lens adapters, man other lens mounts are possible, many maintaining the electronic control of lens setting from within IDT’s software.

WORK FLOW

Traditionally, high speed cameras record to on board DRAM. This would then need to be downloaded to permanent memory before another recording could be made. The OS II and the XStream Mini Series cameras allow streaming directly to permanent SSD memory, which for the first time, means that the high pseed camera guy is not the workflow bottleneck in the studio.

POWER

All IDT cameras have options for battery power as well as mains options.

Recommended camera for TV/ Media use: – The XStream Mini 4K Veloce

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