Phantom MIRO M / LC Cameras Manual

Phantom MIRO M / LC Cameras Manual
PHANTOM
M / LC C A M E R A S
MANUAL
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Last Updated: Nov. 2012
Phantom Miro M & LC Series Camera Manual
Phantom Miro M
& LC Series
MANUAL
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Phantom Miro M & LC Series Camera Manual
www.visionresearch.com
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Vision Research.
The contents of this manual may be subject to change
without notification.
PN: ZDOC-64084-MA-0003 Rev 1
Last Updated: Nov. 2012
Updated: 06.10.2012
Phantom Miro M & LC Series Camera Manual
Contents
1 Introduction
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2
Quick Start Guides
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3
Miro LC Touchscreen Interface
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4
Phantom Software
35
5
CineFlash & CineFlash Dock
49
6
Phantom RCU
55
7
Batteries & Battery Charger
57
8
FAQ/Support
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features
Phantom Miro M310 (top) and Miro LC320S (bottom)
•• 1 Megapixel and 2 Megapixel custom-
•• Factory and user-definable ‘Presets’
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designed CMOS sensors
Up to 3.2 Gigapixels/second throughput
Excellent light sensitivity
Compact, rugged design
LC-Series includes flip-out LCD touch
screen for on-camera control and
monitoring
•• Rechargeable battery (Sony BP-U30 or
BP-U60)
•• Phantom CineFlash® storage system
(60GB, 120GB and 240GB CineFlash;
CineFlash Dock, eSATA Connectivity)
•• Image-Based Auto-Trigger
can be saved and retrieved
Extreme Dynamic Range
Continuous Recording
Auto-Exposure
Multi-cine Acquisition
Internal Mechanical Shutter
1Gb Ethernet
Tiered Service Contracts to protect
your investment
•• 3.0 lbs, 1.4kg
•• 7.5 x 3.5 x 4 inches, 19 x 19 x 10 cm
(L, W, H)
All specifications are subject to change. Updated specifications are avialble on our website.
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Sensor Characteristics
Introduction
The Miro 110 and Miro 310 are both based on a 1
Megapixel (Mpx) custom-designed CMOS sensor.
The maxiumum resolution is 1200 x 800, with a 20
micron (µm) pixel size and with 12-bit pixel depth.
The Miro 110 and 310 cameras are rated at ISO
11,100T (mono) and 1800T (color).
The Miro 120 and 320S are both based on a >2 Mpx,
custom designed CMOS sensor. The maximum
resolution is 1920 x 1200, with a 10 µm pixel size,
and 12-bit pixel depth. The Miro 120 and 320S are
both rated at ISO 8900T (mono) and 1100T (color).
Throughput / Speed
Both the Miro 110 and Miro 120 cameras provide a
1.6 Gigapixel/second (Gpx/s) throughput while the
Miro 310 and Miro 320S double that for 3.2 Gpx/s
throughput.
These throughputs translate to the Miro 110
yielding over 1600 frames-per-second (fps), the
Miro 310 over 3200 fps, 720 fps for the Miro 120 and
1380 fps for the Miro 320S, all at full resolutions.
Maximum frame rates at reduced resolution are
400,000 fps for the Miro 110, 650,000 for the Miro
310, 250,000 fps for the Miro 120, and 325,000 for
the Miro 320S monochrome.
Exposure
Depending on the model, the minimum exposure
time is either 1 µs or 2 µs for sharp, blur-free
images using a global electronic shutter.
Vision Research’s unique Extreme Dynamic Range
(EDR) feature is standard on all models. With
EDR enabled, each pixel in a frame will receive
one of two exposure times – a short exposure
for potentially overexposed pixels and a longer
exposure for pixels receiving normal light levels.
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This provides detail in areas of the image that
would otherwise be overexposed. EDR is usually
recommended for monochrome cameras only.
The Shutter Off mode was designed for PIV
applications, and maintains a maximum exposure
regardless of frame rate. This allows for a straddle
time of 500 ns on the Miro 110 and Miro 310 and 1.4
µs on the Miro 120 and Miro 320S monochrome.
Mechanical Shutter
Memory
An internal mechanical shutter for remote and
automatic black references comes standard on all
models. This means each shot is properly black
referenced for maximum image quality without the
need to manually cap the lens or even touch the
camera.
Each camera model comes in three memory
configurations: 3 Gigabytes (GB), 6 GB or 12 GB.
The high-speed internal memory can be segmented
into as many as 16 partitions for Cine storage. (A
Cine is Vision Research’s raw image format that
stores all image data in a compact file.)
At the end of any shot, save your Cine to the
removable Phantom CineFlash storage media at
about 4GB/minute. CineFlash allows you to save a
copy of your Cine to non-volatile memory for later
retrieval, and avoid costly downtime while you
download from camera memory to a computer hard
disk. When done with an experiment, just remove
the CineFlash from the camera, insert it into its
docking station connected to a PC, and drag-anddrop Cines from the CineFlash onto your computer
disk or connected hard drive.
Lensing
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Phantom Miro M- and LC-Series cameras are
available with 4 different interchangable lens
mounts, which must be chosen at the time of
purchase. Choose between a Canon EOS, Nikon
F, C-mount or 35mm PL-mount. The EOS mount
enables the use of compatible EF and EF-S lenses,
and focus and aperture can be adjusted via our
Phantom Remote Control Unit (RCU), Phantom
Camera Control software (PCC), or using an
adjustment ring on the lens mount. Remote control
of focus and aperture is a huge benefit when
cameras are remotely located and/or difficult to
reach.
Software Control
Using Phantom Camera Control (PCC) software,
you can configure, capture, view, edit, enhance
and analyze Cine files. Easily extract still shots,
or convert Cines into web- and presentationcompatible formats for sharing with colleagues
and documenting experiments. Use PCC’s
measurement tools to determine distances, angles
and speed. Advanced tools let you crop, scale,
rotate and enhance the image to get to the most
valuable information out of your Cine file.
Camera Control
Control your camera with an extensive suite of
tools in PCC via a 1Gb Ethernet connection, or use
the Phantom RCU and its easy-to-learn and easyto-use touch screen interface.
The Miro LC-Series cameras have a flip-out LCD
touchscreen for on-camera control and monitoring.
Camera settings can be changed with a few taps
on the screen which doubles as a monitor for live
preview and Cine playback from internal memory.
The LCD user interface is available in multiple
languages.
Signaling
Advanced control signals are available, including
a Frame Synchronization signal (FSYNC) on the
camera back panel. Trigger, Ready, IRIG In, Video
Out, IRIG Out and an Auxiliary signal connection
(Event, Strobe, Memgate) are all available on the
standard capture cable.
Video Out is either NTSC or PAL on the Miro 110,
Miro 310 and Miro 120. An HD-SDI port is available
on the Miro 320S. And, a live image is always
available in PCC, on the RCU or LC-Series touch
screen. You can adjust the video to fill the available
monitor space for framing a shot, and then zoom
to a 1:1 pixel representation (center-cropped) for
focusing using the ‘Autoset’ button on the front of
the camera.
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connector panel
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B
A
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H
C
G
F
D
E
Battery Release
A
Release Switch
Battery Compartment
B
Sony BP-U30 or BP-U60 Battery
CineFlash Compartment
C
60GB, 120GB, or 240GB removable Flash drive
F-Sync
D
Switchable (In/Out) TTL Pulse (Falling Edge)
HD-SDI (Miro 320S) /
Trigger (Miro 120, 110, 310)
E
4:2:2 HD-SDI (1080psf, 1080i, 720p) /
Trigger (Switch closure or TTL Pulse)
Power Switch
F
OFF/AUTO/ON Switch
DC Input
G
12 -28 Volts DC
Capture
H
Trigger, Ready, Strobe, A-Sync, Video (120, 110 &
310 only), IRIG-B In (Modulated/Unmod.), IRIG-B
Out (Unmod.), Aux (Strobe, Event, MemoryGate)
1Gbps Ethernet
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CAT5 UTP (for control and data transfer)
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on-camera controls
A
B
Autoset
A Tap to scroll through video tools functions:
Zoom (1:1), Threshold and Live mode
Long press (3 seconds) will perform an internal
CSR (current session reference)
Trigger
B Tap once to trigger the camera
Long press (5 seconds) will delete the last RAM
Cine file and re-arm the camera
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lcd panel controls
C
A
B
Image shown is of the LCD screen flipped around and
folded back into the side of the camera
Menu
A Turns on/off ‘Menu’ icons. Exiting the menu is an
electronic reset of the touchscreen. Reset takes
about 5 seconds. Double-clicking the square button
also resets the screen.
Tapping the center of the screen will
also bring up menu icons
OSD Display
Menu
B Turns on/off all on-screen displays.
C Displays the main ‘capture and setting’ control
interface.
See ‘Chapter 3: Miro LC Touchscreens’
for a brief description of the various
‘Menu’ screens
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via miro lc touchscreen
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Prepare Camera
Quick Start
Guides
Mount camera onto suitable support.
Attach and adjust appropriate lens.
Power Up Camera
Insert battery or connect appropriate power supply
(12-28VDC) to the DC Input connector, then set the
power switch to the ‘ON’ position.
Insert Phantom CineFlash
Insert a Phantom CineFlash, if available. For
detailed instruction see Chapter 5: Phantom
CineFlash & CineDock.
Set Recording Parameters
Click the ‘Menu’ button (square) to display touch
screen menu.
Tap the ‘Menu’ icon as to bring up the main capture
and setting control interface.
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Set ‘Resolution’ to the required width x height
Choose the required ‘Speed’ (frame rate) and
‘Exposure Time’ (shutter)
Set the ‘Post Trigger’ (trigger position) at the
begining, or the end, or some position within
the internal memory
Scroll up and down for desired setting. Tap once to
select parameter to change.
Perform CSR
Press (3 seconds) the ‘Autoset’ button (front of
the camera) to perform an internal CSR (Current
Session Reference).
CSR should be performed after all
recording parameters have been set
Perform White Balance
(Color Cameras Only)
Tap on ‘AWB’ (Automatic White Balance) icon
(upper right).
Place a white or neutral non-saturated object in the
center square and tap once.
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‘Arm’ Camera
Press the ‘Trigger’ button (front of camera) for
5 seconds to switch from ‘Pre-trigger’ or ‘Cine
Stored’ to ‘Waiting for Trigger’ (recording) mode.
Trigger
Tap the ‘T’ (Trigger) icon (right-side) or Press the
‘Trigger’ button (front of camera).
Edit Cine
Tap the play icon in the ‘Cine Stored’ screen.
Tap ‘Forward’ or ‘Reverse’ icons to play RAM cine
(multiple times to speed up playback).
Tap ‘Pause’ icon to stop playback.
Locate the first image to be saved and select ‘MarkIn’ icon.
Locate the last image to be saved and tap the ‘the
Mark-Out’ icon.
Review the edited Cine.
Apply a long press over the Mark-In
and/or Mark-Out icons to reset Cine file
start/end points respectively
Save to CineFlash
Verify Save to CineFlash
(optional)
‘Save’ marked frames to Phantom CineFlash.
Tap the ‘file management’ icon on the LCD menu,
and then tap on the ‘CF’ (CineFlash) icon to bring
up the CF menu. This will show the entire list of
files on the CineFlash drive. Ensure the last shot is
there by checking the time and file size.
Note that the files stored within the CineFlash can
not be played back on the LCD menu or over video.
They can however be viewed in Phantom PCC
software.
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‘Re-Arm’ Camera
From the LCD menu, tap on the File Management
icon. The RAM Cine and status will be visible. Tap
on the RAM Cine and then tap the X to delete. Tap
the Record icon to start the camera in capture.
If there is an asterisk* next to the RAM
file that means it has not been saved to
the CineFlash.
Alternatively, a long press (5 seconds) on the front
camera trigger button will also delete the last RAM
Cine and put the camera back in Capture mode.
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via pcc software
Prepare Your Computer
Camera controlling computers:
1. Must have either the Microsoft Windows NT,
Window XP Pro, VISTA Business Edition or
Windows 7 operating system installed
2. Firewalls must be turned off
(Contact your IT Group if necessary)
3. Using the ‘Windows Control Panel’ set the IP
address of your computer’s network card to
100.100.100.1 with a 255.255.0.0 subnet mask.
If camera is controlled by multiple computer’s
IP addresses must be unique (i.e., Comp. 1:
100.100.100.1, Comp. 2 100.100.100.2, etc.)
Install PCC Software
Prepare Camera
Install the latest version of Phantom Camera
Control (PCC) software from the accompanying CD
or USB key.
Mount camera onto suitable support.
Attach and adjust appropriate lens.
Power Up Camera
If necessary, connect the supplied ‘Capture’ cable
to the capture port on the camera. If an external
trigger is being used, connect it to the capture
cable’s ‘trigger’ BNC, or directly to the back of the
camera on the Miro 110, 310 or 120.
Connect the 12 - 28 VDC power supply to the
camera’s DC Input connector, then set the power
switch to the ‘ON’ position.
Connect the Camera to
the Computer
Insert Phantom CineFlash
Select Camera for Use
Attach the supplied Ethernet cable bewteen the
Phantom camera and the computer.
Insert a Phantom CineFlash, if available. For
detailed instruction see Chapter 5: Phantom
CineFlash & CineDock.
Start PCC application.
In the ‘Manager’ tab double mouse-click on the
Phantom camera to be used from the ‘Cameras’
group folder.
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Set Recording Parameters
Click the ‘Live’ tab.
Click ‘Cine Settings’ and define following
parameters by either the selecting a value from the
pull-down selection list, or type the required value
into the respective data entry field:
1. Set ‘Resolution’ to the required width x height
2. Choose the required ‘Sample Rate’ and
‘Exposure Time’
3. Ensure the EDR, (Extreme Dynamic Range)
exposure time is set to zero (0).
4. Post Trigger to one (1) by:
a. Moving the ‘T’ (Trigger Position) slider to
the right, or
b. Enter zero (0) into the ‘Last’ data entry
field.
Perform CSR
Click on the CSR button to perform a Current
Session Reference.
Perform White Balance
(Color Cameras Only)
Move the cursor over a white or neutral nonsaturated object in the image and right mouse
click.
Click the White Balance command pop-up window,
or
Click anywhere, other than the pop-up window to
cancel.
‘Arm’ Camera
Trigger
Click the ‘Capture’ button to start recording to the
camera’s internal memory (circular buffer).
Click the ‘Trigger’ button at the bottom of the ‘Live’
panel, or
Provide a switch closure or an external trigger
signal (TTL pulse) via the Trigger connector, or
Press the Trigger button on front of camera.
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Edit Cine
Click the ‘Play’ tab.
Using the following ‘Video Control Buttons’
Rewind
Fast Rewind
Pause
Rewind 1 Frame
Play
Advance 1 Frame
Fast Forward
Review Edited Cine
Locate the first image of the Cine to be saved and
click the ‘Mark-In button.
Locate the last image of the Cine to be saved and
click the ‘Mark-Out’ button.
Click ‘Play, Speed, & Options” and enable (check)
‘Limit to Range’.
Save to Computer
Under the Video Control Buttons click the ‘Jump to
Start’ button.
Review the edited Cine using the Video Control
Buttons.
Click the ‘Save Cine...’ button at the bottom of the
‘Play’ panel
In the ‘Save Cine’ window:
1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save
the Cine file
2. Enter a file name for the Cine file in the ‘File
name:’ data entry field
3. From the ‘Save as type’ pull-down selection list
select the ‘Cine Raw, *.Cine’ file format
4. Click the Save button to begin downloading the
cine file from the camera to the computer’s hard
drive
Or, Save to Phantom CineFlash
Click the down-arrow of the ‘Save Cine... button
Select ‘Save RAM Cine to Flash’ (in popup window)
Click the Save button to save the cine file to
Phantrom CineFlash
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Confirm Computer Save
(optional)
Click the ‘Open File’
button.
In the ‘Open Cine’ window:
1. Navigate to the folder containing the saved
Cine file.
2. Highlight the Cine file to be opened.
3. Click the Open button.
Using the Video Control Buttons review the saved
Cine file.
Confirm CineFlash Save
Click the ‘Manager’ tab.
Double-click on the ‘Cine F#’ file under the camera
used to record the cine.
Using the Video Control Buttons review the saved
Cine file.
‘Re-Arm’ Camera
After ensuring the Cine file has been saved:
via ‘Manager’ tab:
1. Highlight the recorded Cine file under the
selected Phantom camera, then
2. Click the ‘Remove From Tree’
button to
erase the Cine stored in the camera’s RAM.
3. Click the OK button when the “Delete all cines
from camera?” warning message appears.
via ‘Live’ tab:
1. Click on the Capture button (bottom of ‘Live’
tab), then
2. Click the OK button when the “Delete existing
RAM cines and proceed to new recording?”
warning message appears.
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via remote control unit
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Connect Camera to
Remote Control Unit
Connect the the Remote cable between the RCU
unit and the Miro-RCU Y-cable
Connect the Miro-RCU Y-cable to the power
connector on the camera.
Connect the appropriate power supply to the MiroRCU Y-cable.
On the Miro M & LC320S with HD-SDI, connect a
BNC cable between the ‘video-in’ on the RCU and
the HD-SDI on the rear panel of the camera.
Power Up Camera
Power Up RCU
Set the power switch to the ‘ON’ position.
Hold in the RCU ‘Menu’ button (2 seconds).
Insert Phantom CineFlash
Insert a Phantom CineFlash, if available. For
detailed instruction see Chapter 5: Phantom
CineFlash & CineDock.
Set Recording Parameters
Gently depress the ‘Setup’ button, then the Acq,
(Acquisition), button.
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Set the‘Aspect Ratio’: Press the down-arrow (right
of ‘Aspect Ratio’ field) and select an ‘Aspect Ratio’
from the pull-down selection list.
Define the Resolution, Frame Rate, Exposure, and
Post Trigger settings using the Numerical Keypad
to specify the desired setting.
To overwrite the present value:
1. Tap the entry field once, (turn entry field
yellow), then
2. Tap the key pad to enter the desired value.
3. Tap the Enter key to set the value.
To append the value:
1. Tap the entry field twice, (turns entry field
white), then
2. Tap the key pad to append the value.
3. Tap the Enter key to set the value.
Press the Return,
to the Setup Screen.
Perform CSR
, icon (upper-left) to return
Press the ‘Capture’ button.
Tap the CSR, (Current Session Reference), button
When prompted tap the Begin button.
Perform White Balance
(Color Cameras Only)
Tap the ‘White Balance’ button.
Place a white or neutral non-saturated object in
front of the camera.
When prompted tap the Begin button.
‘Arm’ Camera
Trigger
Edit Cine
Press the Rec, (Record), button.
Apply a trigger to the camera by depressing
the hardware Trigger’ button (on RCU), or apply
‘Trigger-In’ (TTL pulse) signal to the Trigger
connector on attached Capture cable.
Click the Play button.
Locate the first / last image to be saved by:
Performing a Quick Search:
Rotate the Jog/Scroll dial until desired point in
Cine is achieved, or
Press and hold down on ‘Image Location
Identifier’ arrow,
, located just below the
Cine Editor Bar and slide finger right to quickly
advance Cine, slide left to quickly rewind
(present image number is displayed above).
Using Video Control buttons:
Play
Reverse
Pause
Click the Mark-In
and Mark-Out
buttons to
set the first / last images, respectively, of the Cine
to be saved.
Save to CineFlash
Tap the ‘Save’ button to save the edited RAM Cine
file to the Phantom CineFlash.
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A
B
C
D
E
F
Q
H
K
J
I
R
P
O
N
M
L
G
A Camera State
J Resolution
B Cine # (for multi-Cine setups)
K Voltage / Battery Life
C Time Stamp
L Exposure Time
D Internal Memory
M Speed
E Number of Frames Available
N Serial Number / Name
F Record Time
O Cine Management
G Trigger
P Menu
H Menu Button
Q CineFlash Status
I OSD Button
R IBAT Enabled
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Introduction
Miro LC
Touchscreens
The LCD Touchscreen can be used both as a
viewfinder and for touch screen controls.
The display will flip vertically when positioned
upside down (such as mounted against the side of
a camera, facing outward).
Camera State A The symbol and color will change based on the
state of the camera.
Live: camera is not recording to internal memory.
Displays a ‘Live’ image on the LCD and attached video
monitor.
Capture: camera is recording to internal memory
(RAM), and awaiting a trigger signal. Displays a ‘Live’
image on the LCD and attached video monitor.
Triggered: camera has been triggered, and is filling
internal memory (‘Post-Trigger’ frames). Displays a
‘Live’ image on the LCD and attached video monitor.
Cine Stored: recording has ended, and a Cine is stored
in internal memory. Displays a ‘Live’ image on the LCD
and attached video monitor.
Playback: camera is in PLAYBACK mode. RAM Cines
can be selected for playback.
Cine B
Time Stamp C
Indicates the internal memory (RAM) partition the
Cine is being recorded into.
Indicates the day of the year/hour:minute:second:
microsecond.
This ‘time line’ represents all frames available
in the camera’s internal memory (RAM buffer /
Internal Memory D circular buffer). The ‘T’ symbol above the time line
represents the user-defined trigger point.
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Number of Frames Available E Indicates the exact number of recordable frames
available in the camera’s internal memory.
Record Time F Indicates the total length of recording time (in
minutes and/or seconds).
Trigger G Triggers the camera. Trigger is also available from
the red button on the front of the camera body, or
via capture port.
Menu Button H Turns on/off ‘Menu’ icons. Exiting the menu is an
electronic reset of the touch screen. Reset takes
about 5 seconds. Double-clicking the square button
also resets the screen.
Tapping the center of the screen will
also bring up menu icons.
OSD Button
I
Turns on/off all on-screen displays.
Resolution J Indicates the user-defined resolution (width x
height), in pixels.
Volatge / Battery Life K Indicates the power status (counts down).
Exposure Time L Indicates the user-defined Exposure Time (in
milliseconds or microseconds).
Speed M Indicates the user-defined frame rate.
Serial Number / Name N Indicates the camera serial number or user-defined
camera name.
Cine Management O Tap to view and select Cine files stored in RAM,
save and/or delete to re-arm the camera.
Menu P Tap to view the main ‘Capture and Setting’ control
interface.
CineFlash Status P Displays the status, number of gigabytes used, and
size (in gigabytes) of the Phantom CineFlash.
IBAT Enabled P Displays when IBAT (Image-Based Auto-Tigger) is
enabled.
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main menu
A
B
C
D
H
G
F
E
Factory & User Settings A Tap to display ‘Factory & User Settings’ menu used
to load the factory settings, access 3 factory-saved
presets, or store up to 6 of your own presets.
Capture & Settings B Scroll up and down for desired setting. Tap once to
select parameter to change.
Menu Categories C Used to jump to menu categories in the camera’s
main menu list.
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AWB D AWB (Automatic White Balance) automatically
adjusts the camera’s white balance.
Place a white or neutral object in the center square
and tap once. White subject must not be fully
saturated.
Camera Info E Camera Info displays model, serial #, memory size,
firmware level, and current temperature readings.
Scroll Up F Scroll up the ‘Capture & Setting’ menu.
Scroll Down G Scroll down the ‘Capture & Setting’ menu.
Return H Move up one level in the menu structure.
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menu description
Menu above is always available
Expanded menu (above) is displayed when
‘Advanced Settings’ is set to ‘On’
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Setting Access
From the ‘Main’screen tap the ‘Menu’ icon as
indicated to bring up the main ‘capture and setting
control interface’.
Scroll up and down for desired setting, then tap
once to select parameter to change.
Speed
Defines the ‘Speed’ (Frame Rate / Sample Rate) that
the camera will capture at. The available speeds
will change according to the ‘Resolution’ selected.
Smaller resolutions allow higher speeds.
The Resolution parameter should be set
before setting the Speed.
Exp. Time
Resolution
Defines the amount of time the sensor is exposed
to light (in µs of exposure time and degrees of
shutter angle). A smaller exposure time or sutter
angle reduces the chance of motion blur.
Resolution is the number of pixels used to capture
an image. For example, on the Miro M120, if 1920 x
1200 (width x height) is set, the full sensor space is
available.
Smaller resolutions allow higher recording speeds.
The image aspect ratio will be displayed
with the defined Resolution setting.
Post Trigger
Defines the number of frames past the trigger point
to be stored in the camera’s internal memory (RAM
/ circular buffer).
Auto Exposure
Adjusts the overall exposure of the image based
on the light level measured within a user defined
area of interest. The default is a 50% avaerage
exposure. As the lighting changes, the camera
automatically adjusts the shutter speed to maintain
a constant light level in the defined area.
This feature should not be enabled while
performing a CSR, (Current Session
Reference). Once enabled EDR (Extreme
Dynamic Range) will be disabled.
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Exposure Index
EI (Exposure Index) is a reference value for the ISO
level of the current shooting settings. A camera’s
default EI value is measured at the default gamma
of 2.222. Increasing the EI adds gain to the video
image, the more gain that is added the more digital
noise will be visible in the resulting Cine. Vision
Research recommends maintaining the EI as close
to default as possible for best image quality.
Video Format
Defines the video signal format the camera will
transmit to a monitor. Formats include; NTSC, PAL,
HD-SDI (1080psf, 1080i, 720p).
Color Bars
These are SMPTE Color bars, generated by the
camera and output over the video signal. They are
used for setting up a video monitor.
Production Area
The camera will show the PA (Production Area)
specified placing a red rectangle over the image.
The production area is an overlay and is not
recorded in the RAW data.
White Balance
The camera’s white balance can be set with the
AWB on the upper right or manually by adjusting
the color temperature and color compensation.
Color temperature adjusts the red and blue
components of white balance.
Color Comp.
Color Compensation (CC+0) adjusts the magenta
and green components of the white balance.
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Master Gamma
Gamma is the nonlinear relationship between
signal level and brightness output of pixels, (a
small signal level change at low voltage produces
a larger variation in brightness than the same
change in level at high voltage). A linear gamma
would have the value of 1.0. The camera’s default
gamma setting is 2.2, which is a standard Rec709
compensation for most video monitors.
IBAT Enable
With IBAT (Image-Based Auto-Trigger) Enable set
to ‘On’ the camera triggers itself when the image
changes occur in a selectable region of the frame.
IBAT Area
IBAT Position
IBAT Speed
Defines the size of the area (width x heght) in
pixels to check for an auto-trigger event.
Defines the position of the ‘IBAT Area’ from the top
left of the image at 0,0.
Defines the number of frames (interval) between
updates the auto-trigger region is checked.
IBAT Sensitivity
Defines the amount a pixel value must change for
auto-trigger purposes.
RAM Partitions
Defines the number of partitions, (15 segments
maximum), the camera’s internal memory buffer
(RAM) will be evenly divided into.
At End of Recording
Language
Advanced Settings
End of recording, or ‘automatic actions’ can be set:
Play, Save, Play & Restart, Save & Restart, Play
Save & Restart.
Changes the menu display to the desired language.
With ‘Advanced Settings’ set to ‘Off’, the menu
ends here, and all advanced parameters are set to
the camera’s defaults.
With ‘Advanced Settings’ set to ‘On’, the menu
expands and the camera’s full functionality can be
accessed.
Auto Exp. Comp.
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Allows for + or - the equivalent of F-stops from the
from the default value of 50% of average exposure.
Shutter
This activates shutter-off mode for PIV applications
EDR
EDR (Extreme Dynamic Range™) sets a unique
exposure time (defined in microseconds or a
percentange of the defined ‘Exposure Time’) to
pixels that may become saturated, (over exposed).
This feature should not be enabled while
performing a CSR, (Current Session
Reference). Once enabled ‘Auto Exposure’
will be disabled.
Frame Burst
Sets the number of frames in a burst, (‘off’ disables
Burst Mode).
Burst Period
Sets the interval between frames in a burst (defined
in microseconds).
Auto Black Ref.
When set to ‘On’ a black refernce operation will
be performed when the camera is placed into
the capture or ‘waiting for trigger’ mode with the
results being saved with the Cine.
Save Region Start
Sets the first frame for automatic functions like
auto-save to CineFlash and Auto-Play to video.
If not selected the first frame will always be the
beginning of the full recording.
Save Region End
Sets the last frame for automatic functions like
auto-save to CineFlash and Auto-Play to video. If
not selected the last frame will always be the end
of the full recording.
Frame Sync
This field instructs the camera to utilize one of the
following three frame sync clock sources:
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Internal - instructs the camera to utilize its’
internal crystal oscillator to drive the camera’s
‘Speed’ (sample / frame rate).
--
External - should be selected when an
externally supplied frame sync clock pulse is
supplied to drive the camera’s sample rate.
--
IRIG - should be selected when an IRIG-B signal
is supplied to drive the camera’s sample rate.
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Trigger Polarity
Trigger Filter
Defines whether the ‘Rising Edge’ (leading edge)
or ‘Falling Edge” (trailing edge) of a TTL supplied
input trigger signal is used to trigger the camera.
Specifies the length of time (defined in
microseconds) the trigger signal state (high or low)
must be held at to be a valid trigger signal.
If ‘Trigger Polarity’ is set to ‘Rising
Edge’ the signal must be held low for a
minimum of 10-times the ‘Trigger Filter’
time prior to going high to be a valid
trigger signal.
Frame Delay
Aux Signal
Ready Deasserts
Saturation
Master Black
Gain
Sets a delay time (defined in microseconds)
between the ‘Frame Sync’ clock pulse and the
frame capture to provide a phase shift in the timing.
Sets the signal type to be activated on the
‘Auxiliary’ pin of the capture connector.
Defines when the ‘Ready’ signal is turned off.
Adjust the color ‘Saturation’ of the images being
displayed. Increasing the value results in the
images being displayed with more brilliant color,
while decreasing the value results in the images
being displayed with less brilliant color.
The ‘Master Black’ (Pedestal) parameter is used to
change the voltage level corresponding to black or
to the maximum limit of black peaks.
‘Gain’ will raise or lower the gain in each
independent color channel when adjusted.
Pedestal
‘Pedestal will raise or lower the black level of each
independent color channel when selected.
Gamma
‘Gamma’ will apply an independent gamma curve to
each color channel.
Gain, Pedestal, and Gamma settings are
applied on top of the overall gamma and
color corrections.
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Matrix
Color Matrix is an advanced color matching tool,
which previously was reserved for video engineers
to match the HD-SDI output of cameras in a
broadcast environment. In Phantom Miro M- and
LC-series cameras a user ‘Matrix’ can be specified
to fine tune the color of both the Cine image and
HD-SDI output.
By adjusting the user ‘Matrix’ the image can be
finely tuned, so that individual colors are adjusted
in terms of tint and saturation. A common use for
this is to accurately match the color with another
camera on the same shoot.
Tone
Tone allows manual control over the tone curve
of the image. Tone curves change the shadows /
highlights relationship between the original values
(on X axis) and resulting values (on Y axis).
Tone curves can be useful to boost midtones of
the image without effecting highlights or shadows,
for example. They can also be used to push the
darks lower, which may result in richer images
when detail in the shadows are not required. There
is a relationship with overall image gamma, which
has a predefined curve, which is the equivalent of
Rec709.
PA Offset
The Production Area Offset is used to move a userdefined ‘Production Area’ displayed on the LCD or
attached monitor. By default, the ‘Production Area’
is displayed in the center of the image display area.
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Menu Access
Click the ‘Square’ button once to bring up touch
screen menu. Tapping the center of the screen will
also bring up ‘main menu’ icons.
Select Setting
icon to bring up the main
Tap the menu
‘capture and setting’ control interface.
Scroll up and down for desired setting, then tap
once to select parameter to change.
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On the right, + and - symbols will appear when
applicable, and a keyboard symbol can also be
selected for data entry.
The keyboard/data entry menu allows you to enter
any available value, then tap the ‘return’ key to
accept.
Factory & User Settings
Click the ‘Factory & User Settings’
icon.
Load the factory settings, access 3 factory-saved
presets, or store up to 6 of your own presets.
When saving a user-setup, enter a name and tap
the ‘return’ button to save it. Any of the 3 factory
saved presets can be modified or overwritten.
When loading any of the user settings or factory
defaults, you must tap to confirm or cancel.
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file management
B
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A Camera State
H OSD Button
B Time Stamp
I Play Cine
C Internal Memory
J Cine List
D Number of Frames Available
K CineFlash Mangement
E Record Time
L Erase Cine
F CineFlash Status
M Return
G Menu Button
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H See ‘Capture & Setting’ earlier in this chapter for
descriptions.
M See ‘Main Menu’ earlier in this chapter for
description.
CineFlash Status F Displays the status of the Phantom CineFlash,
space used and the number of frames being saved.
Play Cine
I
Opens the ‘Play’ Cine screen.
Cine List J Used to select a Cine from the list to play or erase
(asterisk indicates Cine had not yet been saved).
CineFlash Mangement K Opens the CineFlash Management screen (displays
list of Cine files stored on CineFlash drive).
Erase Cine L Erases selected Cine from camera RAM (displays
when a Cine is selected).
Delete individual takes or tap ‘XCF’ to format
(secure erase) the drive.
When deleting Cine files from the CineFlash,
you must tap to confirm or cancel.
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K Menu Button
B Cine
L OSD Button
C Mark In Point
M Save to CineFlash
D Image Location
N Mark Out
E Time Stamp
O Forward
F Internal Memory
P Forward 1-Frame
G Mark Out Point
Q Stop / Pause
H Number of Available Frames
R Reverse
I Record Time
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J CineFlash Status
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L See ‘Capture & Setting’ earlier in this chapter for
descriptions.
T See ‘Main Menu’ earlier in this chapter for
description.
Cine B Indicates the internal memory (RAM) partition Cine
being reviewed.
Mark In Point C Indicates the first image of the entire Cine to be
saved.
Image Location D Indicates the displayed frame’s location within the
stored Cine file.
Mark Out Point G Indicates the last image of the entire Cine to be
saved.
CineFlash Status J Displays the status of the CineFlash and the frame
number being saved (counts up).
Save to CineFlash M Saves Cine file to CineFlash.
Mark Out N Sets the end point of the Cine file to save.
Forward O Plays the Cine file. Tap multiple times to speed up
playback.
Forward 1-Frame P Advances the Cine file one image.
Stop / Pause Q Pauses playback. When paused button changes to
‘Reverse 1-Frame’ button.
Reverese R Plays the Cine file in reverse. Tap multiple times to
speed up playback.
Mark In S Sets the starting point of the Cine file to save.
Apply a long press over the ‘Mark In’ and
‘Mark Out’ buttons to reset .
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The latest version of Phanom PCC
software can be found and downloaded
from the support section of the Vision
Research website:
www.visionresearch.com
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4
Pre-Installation
Phantom Software
The Phantom cameras have a few requirements,
which must be met before you can use it.
1. The Phantom Control Unit must have either
the Microsoft Windows NT, Window XP
Pro, VISTA Business Edition or Windows 7
operating system installed.
2. The Phantom Control Unit’s Firewalls must
be turned off. (Contact your IT Group if
necessary.)
3. The Phantom Control Unit must be set to
IP Address (i.e., 100.100.100.1) with a Subnetwork Mask set to: 255.255.0.0.
When using multiple computers to
control the same camera, each computer
requires a unique IP address, for example,
100.100.100.1 (255.255.0.0), 100.100.100.2
(255.255.0.0), and so on.
PCC (Phantom Camera Control)
Application Overview
Toolbar
The software is built around a multi-layered work
area that includes the following work areas:
Provides quick access to the most frequently used
functions. Position the mouse over a button and
wait for a second to display a brief text describing
what it is.
The buttons will be covered in detail later in this
section. Note the ‘Help’ button which provides
valuable reference information on the software and
different camera models.
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Preview & Playback Panel
Control Tabs
‘Preview’ panel displays exactly what the camera
is imaging, while the ‘Playback’ panel displays
recorded Cine files for review and/or editing. The
type of panel displayed depends on the active
control tab.
When first started, the ‘Manager’ tab is selected.
It is in this tab connected cameras are displayed,
select for use, and renamed. It is also used to
manage saved Cine files. To rename, highlight
then click the name of a camera. This can be useful
when working with multiple cameras.
All camera control and setting of shooting
parameters (frame rate, shutter, etc.) is performed
in the ‘Live’ tab.
The ‘Play’ tab is used to review, edit, and save Cine
files, (either from the camera or from files on the
local hard drive).
PVP (Phantom Video Player)
Application Overview
PVP works with the camera’s HD-SDI, NTSC and/or
PAL outputs as connected to a compatible monitor.
PVP, provides the ability to view, capture, review,
edit, and/or save a Cine recorded into the camera’s
RAM to a hard drive, or installed Phantom
CineFlash. PVP is extremely effective when used
with the high-resolution cameras since most
computer monitors will not refresh quickly enough
to produce a smooth visual display.
The camera’s video mode and display settings
are also set through PVP. Video systems will vary
based on the country you are in, what kind of video
monitor used, and the required display resolution.
All available video setting for the connected
camera can be found in the ‘Settings’ menu of PVP.
PVP can be launched directly from the desktop, or
by clicking the ‘Video Out’ toolbar button in PCC.
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Camera Control via PCC
PCC provides the ability to select various units
for specific camera parameters by clicking the
‘Preference’ button at the bottom Manager tab.
Units can be set to commonly used values
(‘Presets’) or they can be customized using the
pull-down selection lists. First time user should use
one of the three ‘Presets’.
The ‘Exp’ unit is probably the most important unit
to be set. It specifies what unit to use when setting
the exposure time. The other two units are EDR
(Extreme Dynamic Range™) and PTF (Post Trigger
Frames). All of these settings will be covered later
in this section.
Selecting a Camera
Double-click the camera to be controlled listed
in the Manager tab, select the camera from the
‘Camera’ pull-down list in the Live tab.
Multiple cameras, if available, will be
displayed in the Manager tab and the Live
tab ‘Camera’ pull-down list.
Image Processing
Once a camera is selected a ‘Preview’ panel will
display to the left of the control tabs showing the
current image being captured by the camera. This
image may differ slightly to that of the image being
output over the camera’s HD-SDI port due to display
differences in the video monitor and computer
screens.
You can adjust the display options by clicking on the
‘Image Tools’ toolbar button.
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The ‘Image Tools’ window is used to view a
‘Histogram’ and change settings that affect the
computer display and the video output of the
camera.
Some of the variables include; brightness, gain,
gamma, saturation, hue, white balance adjustments
(Temp (K) and Tint), individual red, green and blue
pedestal, gain and gamma values, tone control, and
more.
At the bottom of the window is a ‘Default’ button
that restores all parameters except white balance,
tone, and color matrix to their default values.
The ‘Default White Balance’ button restores white
balance to the default (which under the most
typical lighting will produce a green image.)
The Tone ‘Reset’ button restores the image tone to
the default values, and the Color Matrix ‘Restore’
button return the color matrix values to their
default values.
Changes made only affect the meta data
of the Cine file, not the raw data. If you
are recording the camera’s video output,
however, it is important that these be set
to values that produce the image you wish
to record.
The ‘Zoom Actual Size’ toolbar button resizes the
images being displayed in the Preview/Playback
panel to their actual size.
The ‘Zoom Fit’ toolbar button resizes the images to
fit panel.
Images can also be zoomed to a specific
magnification ratio by selecting a number from the
pull-down list to right of the Zoom Fit button.
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Automatic White Balance
Performing a White Balance should be the first step
in color adjustment (color cameras only).
Right mouse click on area that resemble white in
the image in the ‘Preview’ or Playbak’ panel, then
click on the ‘White Balance’ pop-up window. It is
not necessary to fill the frame with white – a small
target can be used.
Capture Setup
Just below the ‘Camera’ selector in the ‘Live’ tab
are a series of expandable headers, which contain
groups of related camera settings.
This manual will cover the most commonly
used settings, see the ‘Pcc Help’ file for
details of more rarely-used settings.
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Camera Settings
Used to display, reset, or synchronize the time
stamp clock, set the pixel bit depth, and/or partition
(segment) the RAM of the camera.
Click the ‘SetTime…’ button, then click ‘Update
and Set’ in the ‘Set Camera Time’ window to
synchronize the time stamps embedded in the
recorded image data to the computer’s clock.
The Phantom Miro M- and LC-series camera models
operate in 12-bit mode only. No other option will be
available from the ‘Bit Depth’ pull down selector.
Select the number of partitions (evenly divided
memory segements) desired from the ‘Partition’
pull-down selection. Partitioning the memory
allows you record more than one clip to the
camera’s memory at a time. For basic camera
setups, this should be set to one.
Cine Settings
Select the required setting from the Resolution
(number of pixels used to capture an image),
Sample Rate (frame rate / speed), ExposureTime
(shutter), EDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) exposure
time, and Last (Image Range and Trigger Position)
pull-down menu. If not displayed type value in the
data entry field (software will round value to the
closest supported value).
A third method can be used to set the ‘Image
Range and Trgger position’. Drag the trigger (T)
slider to the position where the trigger is to occur
in the shot. The visual representation closely
matches the on-screen display of the camera.
Displayed below the ‘Image Range and Trigger
Position’ slider is the ‘Duration’ (total length of
recoding time in seconds), and the exact number
of recordable frames available in the camera’s
internal memory.
One of the most common operations performed is
a CSR (Current Session Reference). A CSR must
be performed after changing the resolution, sample
rate or exposure time.
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After pressing this button, the camera’s internal
mechanical shutter will close, and a progress meter
will be displayed (bottom of the image window).
When completed the shutter re-opens, and the
camera is ready for shooting.
Key Advanced Settings
The first of these key features is the option to
enable the ‘Start/End of recording actions’ to be
performed automatically at the beginning or end of
a shot. The most common ones are:
••
‘Auto save to CineFlash/CardFlash;’ this
feature saves a user-specified portion of a
clip to the Phantom CineFlash immediately
after recording.
••
‘Auto play Video Out’ begins playback after
recording. The range marked under ‘Auto
play Video Out’ affects both playback and
saving to the Phantom CineFlash.
••
‘Restart Recording,’ when enabled,
automatically restarts the recording process
after the auto actions have been performed.
When ‘Restart Recording’ is enabled PCC
does not provide any user confirmation
before the clip is erased from RAM and
starts recording again.
This feature should be used with care!
‘External Sync’ instructs the camera to utilize one
of the following three frame sync clock sources:
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Internal - instructs the camera to utilize its’
internal crystal oscillator to drive the camera’s
‘Speed’ (sample / frame rate).
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External - should be selected when an
externally supplied frame sync clock pulse is
supplied to drive the camera’s sample rate.
--
IRIG - should be selected when an IRIG-B signal
is supplied to drive the camera’s sample rate.
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Recording a Cine
To begin recording to RAM click the red ‘Capture’
button.
The red ‘Capture’ button changes to “Abort
Recording” and the green “Trigger” button is
enabled when the camera is recording
The Abort Recording button instructs the camera to
stop recording, leaving the camera’s RAM empty.
Triggering the Camera
Selecting the ‘Trigger’ button instructs the camera
to immediately stop recording when the ‘Trigger
Position’ is set to zero. If a value greater than zero
is set, the camera will continue to record ‘posttrigger’ frames until the user-specified value is met.
Using the camera’s hardware ‘Trigger’
button, or an external trigger signal
provides a more accurate trigger to the
camera.
Reviewing a Cine
Once the camera has completed recording a Cine
in the camera’s RAM or saving to the Phantom
CineFlash it can be reviewed by selecting it from
the ‘Cine’ pull-down selection list in the PCC ‘Play’
tab.
A previously saved Cine stored on the computer’s
hard drive can be opened using the ‘Open File’
toolbar button (also places the file under the
‘Cines’ group folder in the Manager tab).
The viewing option can be changed via the ‘Play
Speed & Options’ and the Cines’ metadata can be
viewed in the ‘Frame Info’ and ‘Cine Info’ sections.
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Use the ‘Video Control’ buttons to review the Cine.
Rewind
Pause
Play
Fast Rewind
Rewind 1 Frame
Advance 1 Frame
Fast Forward
Performing a Quick Search
Through a Cine
To quickly search through Cine files to find the
points of interest:
‘Scroll’ (scrub) through the clip using the ‘Image
Location’ slider or click anywhere on the timeline
to jump to points in the Cine quickly.
‘Jump’ to the trigger frame by clicking on the ‘T’
button, or jump to specific frames by entering the
frame number into the jump “#” data entry field,
then hit the enter key.
‘Image Search’. The goal is to search or find an
image change in the recording, based on the
difference between image content. Image Search
utilizes two methods, or algorithms, to discover the
image change:
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Difference Method which compares the
difference between two images.
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Correlation Method based on the Normalized
Cross Correlation (NCC) coefficient between
two images.
Besides image content changes, Image Search
can also look for images that are tagged as ‘Event’
images.
For details on how to use Image Search
see the Pcc Help file in PCC.
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Editing a Cine
Using the following ‘Video Control’ buttons locate
the first image of the Cine to be saved and click the
‘Mark-In’
button.
Locate the last image of the Cine to be saved and
click the ‘Mark-Out’
button.
Click ‘Play, Speed, & Options” and enable (check)
‘Limit to Range’.
Under the ‘Video Control’ buttons click the ‘Jump
to Start’
button, then review the edited Cine.
Saving a Cine
Click the ‘Save Cine...’ button to save the edited
Cine to the computer’s hard drive.
If you wish to save the clip to an attached Phantom
CineFlash, click the down-arrow to the right of the
‘Save Cine...’ button and select ‘Save RAM Cine to
Flash’.
Vision Resaerch recommends reviewing
the save cine file before erasing it from
the camera’s internal memory (RAM).
Converting Cine Files
The PCC software provides you with the ability to
convert Cine files into a number of other formats.
Single Cine files can be converted by selecting the
desired format from the ‘Save as Type’ selection
list in the ‘Save Cine’ dialogue window.
The file formats above the separator line in the
‘Save as Type’ selection list is ‘movie-like’ formats
(meaning the entire clip will be saved as a single
file) while the formats below the line are image
formats (meaning each frame of Cine will be saved
as a sequence of images.)
Re-saving a clip in the ‘Cine RAW’ format
can be useful for creating sub-clips with
no loss in image quality or metadata.
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To save a Cine clip in a ‘movie-like’ format simply
select the desired format from the list, navigate to
the destination folder, assign a file name and save.
To convert a Cine clip into a sequence of frames
you must add one of the following annotations to
the end of the file name: ‘!n’ or ‘+n (where n is the
number between 1 to 8). The number you choose
depends on the Cine’s frame count. A Cine with
up to 9,999 frames can use the number 4. If it has
10,000 frames, then the number 5 is needed. This
will assign the sequential frame numbers to the file
name for each frame being created.
Example: image_!5.tif
The ‘!’ annotator instructs the software to append
the cine’s image number (relative to the trigger
point) to the file name. If the first frame in the clip
is - 100, then the first converted frame will have the
name: image_-00100.tif.
The ‘+’ annotator will add frame numbers starting
from 1.
Example: image_+5.tif
This will cause the first converted frame to have
the name: image_00001.tif
Ensure all image adjustments have been
applied prior to initiating the conversion
process. All metadata (gain, gamma,
saturation, etc.) will be embedded into
the converted images.
Batch Convert
The ‘Batch Convert Files’ toolbar button can be
used to convert a single, or multiple saved Cine
files into any one of the supported file formats.
Use the shift and/or control keys, to select the
Cine files you wish to convert in the ‘Open Cine’
dialogue window, then click the ‘Open’ button.
Navigate to the destination folder and select the file
format. The ‘File Name’ will depend on the type of
file format you are converting to.
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If you are converting the Cine file into ‘movie-like’
formats leave the file name as ‘All selected file.’
The software automatically assigns the original
file name to the converted file and appends the
appropriate file extension.
However, if you are converting the file into a
sequence of images, you need to enter the
annotation only detailed in the ‘Convert a Cine’
topic earlier in this chapter.
Example: +4
The software automatically creates a separate
folder for each of the files being converted, assigns
the original file name, and appends the appropriate
image number and file extension to each image.
Once the ‘Convert’ button is clicked a progress
window appears. Each converted Cine will be
placed in it’s own folder named after the original
Cine file.
Using PVP
(Phantom Video Player)
PVP (PhantomVideo Player) can be opened directly
from the desk top or by clicking the ‘Video Out’
toolbar button in the PCC software.
The video output parameters are set by opening
the ‘Image Tools’ and ‘Pvp Settings’ windows.
The ‘Image Tools’ window is used to set various
video controls, including; brightness, gain, gamma,
saturation, hue, post interpolation white balance,
flare percentage, pedestal, gain and gamma of
individual red, green, and blue channels, tone, and
color matrix.
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The video format is set via the “Pvp Settings...”
window.
Video capture and playback
are performed from the main
‘PVP’ window. The ‘Capture’
button places the camera into
the recording mode writing
frames into the camera’s
RAM awaiting a trigger.
Switch to the desired clip
to view by selecting it in
the ‘Cine:’ pull-down menu.
Note: Clips in the Phantom
CineFlash are not available
for video playback. To return
to the live output, select
‘Live’.
Scroll through a cine by
dragging the play head back
and forth on the timeline. Use the playback controls
to play forward and in reverse. Use the speed slider
to change the playback speed.
Use the ‘[‘ and ‘]’ buttons to mark in and out points.
After trimming a clip, press the ‘Save to Flash’
button to save it to the Phantom CineFlash, or
‘Save to File…’ to download it to the computer.
It is also possible to erase the entire contents of a
CineFlash by clicking the ‘Erase All…’ button.
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Introduction
CineFlash &
CineFlash Dock
The Phantom CineFlash is a powerful component of
the Phantom Miro M and LC product line, enabling
Cine raw footage to be quickly transferred from
the camera’s RAM to safe, non-volatile storage.
These lightweight, solid-state storage devices are
hot-swappable and designed to keep you shooting
on the go.
There are several benefits to Phantom CineFlash
drives:
-- Security. Immediately save your high-speed
images from the camera’s dynamic RAM to
CineFlash non-volatile memory so you have a
secure copy of your shot.
-- Productivity. Eliminates the need to download
the file after each shot, meaning less down-time
in between takes.
-- Quality. Files saved to the CineFlash are always
saved in the Cine raw format, which maximizes
image quality and workflow options.
-- Portability. Whether using a Phantom RCU,
the LCD interface or an auto-save setup, when
saving to the CineFlash there’s no need to
connect the camera to a PC during capture.
Once the CineFlash drive is full, download Cine raw
files over the camera’s Ethernet connection or via
the Phantom CineFlash Dock’s E-Sata connection.
Using the CineFlash Dock and appropriate drivers,
you can mount the CineFlash on a PC or Mac
computer and easily manage your Cines files.
Every Miro M-series camera purchase comes
standard with a Phantom CineFlash drive and
CineFlash Dock. CineFlash drives are available in
60GB (Gigabyte), 120GB, or 240GB sizes.
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Phantom CineFlash Installation
Phantom CineFlash Removal
Open the Phantom CineFlash compartment door.
Carefully align the insertion key guards, and slide
the CineFlash into the camera until it is properly
seated, then close the CineFlash compartment
door.
Re-open the CineFlash compartment door.
Prior to removing the Phantom CineFlash verify
that it safe to remove it by ensuring the ‘CineFlash
Recording Indicator’ (located inside the CineFlash
compartment on the lower right-hand side) is
inactive.
CineFlash
Recording Indicator
If the indicator is active (red), do not remove the
CineFlash because a Cine is being recorded to the
CineFlash.
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Phantom CineFlashDock
Introduction
Cine raw files are stored on the Phantom CineFlash
in a 10-bit log’packed format. The files can be
viewed and transferred to a hard drive via PC or
Mac computers directly from the CineFlash Dock,
as long as the proper drivers are installed. On a PC
the file will open in Phantom PCC software. On a
Mac with the Glue Tool Phantom Cine Toolkit, the
file will open in Quicktime 7. Third party solutions
that can read Phantom Cine raw files can also see
tge file directly on the CineFlash.
Phantom CineFlash Dock
Installation
The CineFlash is a Linux EXT2 device, and a driver
that recognizes this format must be installed on
any PC or Mac that will read the CineFlash directly
(without going through PCC.)
Download EXT2 Driver
For Windows PC download the driver from:
http://www.ext2fsd.com/
This will install the driver and a program called
Ext2 Volume Manager, which you can use to assign
a drive letter to the CineFlash.
For Macintosh computer running OSX:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/extfs-mac/
You can use a commercial driver from Paragon
Software. Alternatively, you can install a driver that
runs under the FUSE package at no cost:
http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
The specific driver is available here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fuse-ext2/
None of the above solutions are provided by
Vision Research and we cannot guarantee they
will work or continue to be supported. You can
always access and manipulate Cine files stored
on a CineFlash using the PCC application over the
camera’s Ethernet port, and the above mentioned
solutions are provided for convenience.
To view Cine raw files on a macintosh
computer, you must be using software
that recognizes the Phantom Cine format
such as Glue Tools. www.gluetools.com
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Install the EXT2 Driver
Connecting the CineFlash Dock
to a Computer
Follow the installation instructions provided with
the EXT2 driver.
Insert one end of the eSATA connector to the
Phantom CineFlash Dock.
Insert the other end of the eSATA connector to the
PC/MAC computer’s eSATA interface.
Verify Setup
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Insert the Phantom CineFlash into the docking
station, and ensure the computer recognizes the
drive.
Reviewing a CineFlash Cine
If the Phantom Cine Flash is in the docking station
click the ‘Open File’ button in the PCC. Navigate to
the folder the Cine file is saved in, highlight the file,
and click the Open button.
If the Phantom CineFlash is in the camera select
the CineFlash Cine file to be reviewed from the:
--
‘Manager’ tab by highlighting the file, then click
the Play Control Panel, or double mouse-click
on the file.
--
‘Play’ tab by clicking the down-arrow to the
right of the ‘Cine:’ field and selecting the file
from the pull-down list.
Review the saved Cine using the ‘Video Control’
buttons.
Erasing CineFlash Cine Files
In PCC click the ‘Manager’ tab, then double-click on
the Phantom camera with the Phantom CineFlash
files to be erased.
In the ‘Live’ tab click on the Flash Memory selector
and click the Erase button.
When the dialog box appears with thumbnails of
the Cines select the appropriate command:
--
Delete the selected Cine
--
Delete All the Cines stored on the Phantom
CineFlash
--
Format the Phantom CineFlash
The software will display an ‘Erasing Flash’
message and an Erasing Flash progress indicator.
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6
Overview
The Remote
Control Unit
The Phantom Remote Control Unit (RCU) is an
ideal companinon for the Phantom Miro M & LCSeries cameras. This small, lightweight, hand-held
controller allows you to control most settings on
your camera as well as view and save recorded
Cines to a Phantom CineFlash drive.
Connection
A kit is available that includes everything you need
to connect the Phantom Miro to an RCU. The kit
includes a mounting bracket, a cable that breaks
out the remote connection from the power port, and
a short .6m cable. Longer cables can be used for
hand-held control when the camera is positioned
up to 5 meters away.
Display
The 5” active TFT display is easy to use – even
outdoors. The display can act as both an analog or
HD-SDI video monitor, a full-featured touch-screen
controller, or both.
Functionality
A manual similar to this one is available that
explains the full menu system of the Phantom RCU.
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Sony BP-U60 Lithium-ion
Rechargeable Battery
Sony BP-U30 Lithium-ion
Rechargeable Battery
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7
Introduction
Batteries &
Battery Charger
The Sony BP-U30 and BP-U60 are a lithium-ion
batteries designed for professional video shooting
in both the field and the studio. These BP-U Series
compact lithium-ion batteries boasts high power in
a compact body.
The batteries are equipped with the professional
‘INFO’ function that intelligently communicates
battery status data to the camera.
The remaining capacity of the battery is displayed
on the LCD monitor and viewfinder when the
camera is powered on. This intelligent batterymanagement function allows operators to monitor
the battery status easily and accurately.
The BP-U30 and BP-U60 also have LED displays to
indicate the remaining capacity of the battery at the
push of a button on the battery itself.
The BC-U1 Battery Charger can be used to charge
one BP-U60 or BP-U30 battery at a time. And
provides a 12 VDC, 2.0A power output.
BC-U1 Battery Charger
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BP-U30 Lithium-ion Battery
Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D):
1 11/16 x 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
(41.5 x 82.5 x 69.7 mm)
Mass: 8 oz (220 g)
Maximum / nominal voltage:
16.4 VDC / 14.4 VDC
Miro Run Time:
45 min
Charging time (using the BC-U1):
Approx. 130 min
Operating temperature:
-4 to +113 °F (-20 to +45 °C)
Remaining capacity display:
Four LED (20, 40, 60, and 80%)
BP-U60 Lithium-ion Battery
Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D):
1 11/16 x 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
(41.5 x 82.5 x 69.7 mm)
Mass: 15 oz (350 g)
Maximum / nominal voltage:
16.4 VDC / 14.4 VDC
Miro Run Time:
90 min
Charging time (using the BC-U1): Approx. 170 min
Operating temperature:
-4 to +113 °F (-20 to +45 °C)
Remaining capacity display:
Four LED (20, 40, 60, and 80%)
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BC-U1 Battery Charger
Specification
Power requirements:
100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption:
38W
Operating temperature:
+32 to +113 °F (0 to +45 °C)
Demensions (W x H x D):
5 1/8 x 1 13/16 x 3 7/8 in
(128 x 45 x 98 mm)
Weight:
12 oz (330 g)
DC output:
12V, 2.0A
Number of mountable batteries:
1
Chargable battery:
BP-U90 / BP-U60 / BP-U30
Supplied accesories:
Operating Instructions (1)
DC Output Cable (1)
Warrenty Booklet (1)
Approximate charge time:
170 min (BP-U60, 57 Wh)
130 min (Bp-U30, 28 Wh)
BC-U1 Battery Charger must be used to
recharge the batteies.
Batteries do not recharge through the
camera.
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Battery Installation
Vision Research recommends the
following procedure for safe battery
installation and removal.
Only Sony BP-U30 and BP-U60 batteries
are gaurenteed. Larger, heavier
batteries should not be used.
Failure to follow this procedure could
result in physical damage to the camera,
which must be repaired at a Vision
Research service center.
Carefully insert the battery just above the
terminals. Notice the key guides on the sides of the
battery and camera.
Insert battery either bottom-first or perfectly
straight, then press down gently to lock in place.
Never insert the battery at a top-first angle.
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Battery should lower smoothly, then snap in place.
Guides will ensure the battery lowers over the
terminals perfiectly straight.
Battery Removal
Slide the battery lock, on the top of the camera,
forward, and lift the battery up and back to remove.
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Be sure to check www.visionresearch.com
for additional troubleshooting info, support
information, FAQs, software and firmware
releases, and the Phantom Zone, an online
community of Phantom users.
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8
FAQs & Support
What is the resolution and
size of the touchscreen?
The native resolution of the Miro LC touchscreen is
800 x 480 pixels. The physical size is 4” diagonal,
or 3.5 x 2.0” (87.5 x 52.5mm).
Is the touchscreen
resistive or capacitive?
The Miro LC uses a capacitive LCD touchscreen.
Advantages of the capacitive screen include better
sensitivity and accuracy of the human touch, and
also better image rendition of the screen.
When running under battery
power, the touchscreen seems to
be less responsive. Why?
The touchscreen works best when the person
controlling it is also touching the casing around
or in back of the screen, or a metallic surface on
the camera body. Some people will naturally draw
more current than others when using a capacitive
touchscreen, so the severity of this potential issue
can differ between person to person. If you find
this to be an issue, we recommend always holding
the back or edge of the screen while controlling it,
or touch any metallic surface on the camera with
either hand.
This is not an issue when the camera is running on
AC power.
Is it possible to re-set the the
touchscreen, in case it becomes
less responsive over time?
Can you use a stylus
with the Miro LC screen?
Yes the physical button on the side of the screen
marked with a square icon turns the menu display
on and off. When turning the menu off the screen
automatically resets. A good way to force the reset is to double click that square button. The reset
will take 5-10 seconds before you can access the
controls again.
No, Vision Research has not identified a stylus to
work with the Miro LC. The screen only responds to
a human touch.
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What does the OFF / AUTO / ON
switch do?
In the On position, the camera will boot up with a
battery connected and/or an external power supply
connected to the camera’s DC input. When using a
power supply, the battery acts as a battery backup.
Note: the battery does not charge in the camera.
In the AUTO position, the camera will only power
up when voltage is applied to the DC input of the
camera. A battery can be installed without the
camera booting up. This is useful when a user
intends to power up the camera remotely, and
maitain the battery backup feature.
Are there any tools available to
help judge exposure, especially
on bright sunny days?
A handy feature on all LC cameras is threshold
mode. Tap the top button on the front of the camera
(autoset) to cycle through threshold, zoom, and live
video tools. Threshold mode makes it easy to see
the sections of the image that are overexposed.
What are the differences
between the Miro M-Series and
Miro LC-Series cameras?
The main difference is the addition of a flip-out
touchscreen on the LC-Series. This adds about
12mm to the width of the camera. It also adds an
on-camera control interface and a live preview
image for framing, focus, and playback from
RAM. There are no other functional differences or
differences in specifications.
Can saved Cine files in the
CineFlash drive be reviewed
on the LCD screen?
The camera’s menu system allows you to review
the amount of takes on the CineFlash, their size,
and the drive’s remaining capacity, however they
can not be played back on the screen. Files that
are still in the camera’s RAM can however be
played over video and on the screen.
There are two ways to view and save stored Cine
files from CineFlash drives. The camera can
be connected to Phantom PCC software via an
Ethernet connection, or the drive can be mounted
outside the camera via a CineFlash Dock where
files can be viewed and saved over an eSata
connection, from PC or Mac operating systems.
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When I select a trigger point
using a percentage number like
20%, the trigger is set 20% from
the end of the available frames
not 20% from the beginning.
What is going on?
When selecting the trigger point using frames,
you set the number of post-trigger frames. To be
consistent with this, when using percent, you set
the percentage of frames you want to be posttrigger, rather than pre-trigger.
What does the ‘*’ symbol
next to a cine number on the
cine list display mean?
This means the Cine, in internal DRAM, has not yet
been saved and will be lost if erased or if power
is lost. Once the Cine is saved to CineFlash, the
asterisk will disappear.
Is there any way to select multiple
cines for deletion or saving?
Yes. If you double tap on any Cine in the Cine list
display, all Cines with the same save state will be
selected. This way you can save all unsaved Cines,
or delete all saved Cines.
How can I cancel and reset the
in-point or out-point that I set in
the playback screen?
If you need to cancel your in- or out-point setting,
just long-press on the mark-in or mark-out button.
Can I scrub through the video
on the playback screen?
There is currently no “scrub” gesture, but
subsequent presses on the play or rewind controls
will increase the playback speed allowing you to do
a fast-forward or fast-reverse playback.
Is there any difference in
battery life between the M and
LC-Series cameras?
The LCD screen on the side of the camera uses
slightly more power, therefore battery life is slightly
diminished. A BPU-30 battery provides about 45
minutes of battery life, where the BPU-60 provides
about 90 minutes
What is the best way to get
technical support if I encounter
any issue?
Support details are available as follows:
For technical questions and help troubleshooting,
contact: [email protected] or
call 1-973-692-4003
For basic questions and help with RMAd, please
contact: [email protected], or
call 1-973-692-4402
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