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Award Winning Documentary Filmed with Fastec TS5 High-Speed Camera

Bumblebee documentary, "A Ghost in the Making," filmed with Fastec Imaging's TS5 High-Speed Camera Wins “Best Short” at the 2016 G2 Green Earth Film Festival

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San Diego, CA – (PRWEB) November 09, 2016

Fastec Imaging is pleased to have contributed high-speed camera technology for an award-winning documentary bringing attention to the 4,000 species of native bees in North America that are either endangered or at risk of becoming endangered. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees. His documentary A Ghost in the Making, is the story of one elusive species, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee. For this project, Bolt partnered with Day's Edge Productions, a science, nature, and conservation-oriented, broadcast-ready production company that features a team of Ph.D.-trained scientists and award-winning filmmakers. To film the various bees in action, Day’s Edge Productions used the Fastec TS5 high-speed camera, capturing the bees’ flight behavior in slow motion on many occasions. According to Jason Daley at Smithsonian.com, “Clay and Day’s Edge Productions pulled out all the stops, using drones, slow motion cameras and swelling music to show the beauty of the little bee and the challenges it faces.” Read Jason’s article: "The Bee That Breaks Your Heart"


A Ghost in the Making recently won Best Short at the 2016 G2 Green Earth Film Festival. You can watch the 19-minute documentary and view the “slo-mo” action: Rustypatch


Since its introduction in 2015, the Fastec TS5 High-Speed Camera has been used in a wide variety of scientific, industrial, academic and artistic applications. Featuring a 5MP 12-bit high-speed CMOS imaging sensor, a 7” touchscreen display, and a built in SSD to store up to 2TB of image data, the TS5-Q model records up to 2560 x 2048 (QSXGA) at 243fps to onboard memory for 6.3 seconds. Recording speeds increase to a maximum of over 29,000fps at smaller resolutions. At full HD (1920 x 1080), used for this project, the camera records at up to 634fps.

 

Fastec Imaging is a global supplier of digital high-speed imaging systems, based in San Diego, CA. The company specializes in uniquely portable and affordable high-speed camera systems, including handheld point-and-shoot systems, compact PC-controlled cameras, and long duration record systems used in many industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, packaging, pulp & paper, energy, aviation, scientific, academic, athletics, and artistic and commercial video production. For more information, visit the Fastec Imaging website at http://www.fastecimaging.com, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call +1 858-592-2342.

 

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Fastec High-Speed Cameras Are Faster in 2016

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SAN DIEGO, CA – Fastec Imaging announces higher frame rates for its TS5 and IL5 high-speed cameras.

A frame rate increase for all Fastec 5-series cameras was announced as a New Year’s gift for Fastec camera owners who will be able to enjoy the new speed via a free camera firmware update. The new performance will pave the way to widen the diverse range of applications that the TS5 and IL5 cameras address.


The TS5 and IL5 series launched with maximum data rates from Quad HD (2560 x 1440 @ >350fps) to full HD (1920 x 1080 @>630fps). The new frame rates, achieved through sensor timing optimization, extend this high data rate to lower resolutions as well. For example, HD (1280 x 720) goes from about 940fps to over 1440fps with the update.


Since their introduction in 2015, Fastec TS5 and IL5 cameras have been used in a wide variety of scientific, industrial, academic and artistic applications. While most of the video captured by these cameras is used to solve scientific or industrial problems, images captured by TS5 handheld cameras are now also finding their way into our living rooms in the form of slow motion footage in TV advertisements and nature films.


According to Tim Brandt, product manager for Fastec, “The performance update broadens the sweet spot of the camera to include frame rates over 5000fps, which can now be achieved at much higher resolutions than before. While 250-1000fps is sufficient for capturing most human, animal, and industrial machine movement, the 1000-5000fps range is ideal for many types of product durability testing, automotive component testing, and some microscopy applications. ”

TS5 and IL5 cameras are available in four configurationseatures:

  • TS5/IL5-Q: Records up to 2560 x 2048 (QSXGA) at 243fps to onboard memory for 6.3 seconds
  • TS5/IL5-H: Records up to 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080p) at 630fps to onboard memory for 6.4 seconds
  • TS5/IL5-S: Records up to 1280 x 1014 at 1000 fps to onboard memory for 6.4 seconds
  • TS5/IL5-L: Records up to 800 x 600 at >1650fps to onboard memory for 10.4 seconds
  • All models are able to record higher frame rates at lower resolutions and have a maximum frame rate of over 18,000fps at 128 x 64
  • Economical base prices: IL5-L < $9K; TS5-L < $13K

Features:

  • New state-of-the-art 5MP 12-bit high-speed CMOS imaging sensor
  • Save an 8GB memory buffer to onboard SSD in as little as 40 sec with SSD option
  • Stream high-speed video directly to an onboard SSD for much longer recordings with the Long Record option
  • TS5 cameras have a 7” touchscreen display and may be operated on internal battery power
  • Gigabit Ethernet Control – with FasMotion software on a PC or Mac computer
  • Remote Camera Control – with any laptop, smart phone or tablet running a web browser on a wired or WiFi network
  • Autonomous control: records and saves automatically to onboard storage given a trigger signal
  • Full HD 1080p60 or 720p60 HDMI video output
  • C-mount, Nikon F-mount, and PL lens mounts available

 

Fastec Imaging is a global supplier of digital high-speed imaging systems, based in San Diego, CA. The company specializes in uniquely portable and affordable high-speed camera systems, including handheld point-and-shoot systems, compact PC-controlled cameras, and long duration record systems.

 

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*specifications updated on 1/19/16

New Quad-HD TS5-Q High-Speed Camera

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SAN DIEGO, CA – Fastec Imaging is pleased to announce the release of the TS5-Q, a portable, battery-powered 5 megapixel (MP) high-speed camera with a 7” touch display. The TS5 is designed for myriad applications from troubleshooting faults in manufacturing equipment, to creating professional commercial video content, to analysis of athletic performance.  Producing high-resolution slow-motion video, the TS5-Q provides beautifully detailed views of fascinating events that go by too quickly to process with the naked eye.

Slow motion sequences are commonly seen in movies, in advertisements and sports on TV, and in all sorts of video on the internet. High-speed cameras have become practically ubiquitous with the availability of built-in high-speed video modes on cell phones and consumer video cameras and SLRs. Getting shots similar to what we see on TV or in the cinema, however, are not really possible with these consumer devices.

Purpose-built high-speed cameras such those from Fastec typically produce megapixel+ video at significantly higher frame rates than those available on consumer cameras and phones. They also have the requisite hardware for fancy event triggering and storing and transferring immense amount of image data as well as the light sensitivity and precision global shutters needed for crisp, accurate, blur-free images without motion distortion.

The “TroubleShooter” TS5-Q boasts new benchmarks for performance, resolution, and flexibility within Fastec Imaging’s growing line of high-speed cameras. The TS5-Q is designed to shine when the goal is capturing high-quality slow-motion video of a large or complex scene. The 5-megapixel sensor used in Fastec TS5-series cameras is capable of 1440p @ 359fps.  (Equal to 2560 x 1440, or 4 times 720p, hence the term Quad-HD.) Contrast this to professional video cameras designated “Super Slo-Mo,” which do 720p @ 180fps. In other words, the TS5-Q supports twice the frame rate at 4 times the resolution when compared to the slow motion playback you might see for sports on TV!

Apart from creating gorgeous high-speed video that matches the resolution (2560 x 1440) of many of the new high-end 27” computer displays, the 2560 x 2048 pixel resolution of the TS5-Q camera has benefits beyond the beauty. According to Tom Boldt, Director of Sales Americas at Fastec, “An application came to our attention recently where a researcher needed to get a shot of a mouse running along a long, narrow track. Using a resolution of 2560 x 500, we could get a beautifully detailed image of the mouse at 1000fps all along the track, perfectly in focus all the way! Normally, to get a shot like that you would need to either sacrifice resolution or move the camera, neither of which would have been practical in this instance.” Tracking objects, people or animals in a highly dynamic scene is often difficult. Beginning with a bigger canvas before processing can be advantageous. And for some applications, non-standard resolutions can be extremely helpful!

Features Include:

  • State-of-the-art 5MP 12-bit high-speed CMOS imaging sensor
  • 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD video recording at 359fps to onboard memory for 6.3sec
  • 2560 x 2048 QSXGA video recording at 253fps to onboard memory for 6.3sec
  • 1920 x 1080 (1080p) HD video recording at 634fps to onboard memory for 6.3sec
  • Save full (8GB) memory buffer to onboard SSD in as little as 40sec with SSD option
  • Stream high-speed video directly to an onboard SSD for longer recordings with the Long Record option
  • VGA (NTSC or PAL) recordings at over 2000fps to onboard memory for more than 13sec. *Over 3000fps for >8sec. with x2 binning.
  • Gigabit Ethernet Control with Fastec FasMotion software on a PC, Mac, or Linux computer
  • Remote Camera Control with any laptop, smartphone or tablet running a web browser on a wired or WiFi network
  • Full HD 1080p60 or 720p60 HDMI video output
  • C-mount, Nikon F-mount, and PL lens mounts available

Other TS5 Models:

  • TS5-H: Records up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) HD at 634fps to onboard memory for 6.4 seconds
  • TS5-S: Records up to 1280 x 1024 at 991fps to onboard memory for 9.7 seconds
  • TS5-L: Records up to 800 x 600 at 1677fps to onboard memory for 15.6 seconds

 

Fastec Imaging is a global supplier of digital high-speed imaging systems, based in San Diego, CA. The company specializes in uniquely portable and affordable high-speed camera systems, including handheld, point-and-shoot systems, compact PC-controlled cameras, and long duration record systems. Fastec cameras are used in many applications including engineering, industrial manufacturing, packaging, medical, and academic research.

 

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*specifications updated on 1/19/16

New IL5 Series

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SAN DIEGO, CA – The IL5 is a new sibling to Fastec IL3 and IL4 cameras, which are used extensively in manufacturing-line and laboratory applications. The IL5 is ideal for these applications because its expanded ISO range gives it the flexibility required to accommodate the challenging lighting conditions common in both. Additionally it is capable of recording 12-bit image data, which facilitates creating high-quality video imagery with uneven or high-contrast lighting.

The relatively small (5µ) pixel of the IL5 makes it easy to find quality lenses that work well even at high resolutions.   At 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080), for example, the IL5-H is compatible with 2/3” format C-mount lenses. This is a great advantage also when mounting the camera on a microscope, which very often causes degradation at the corners and edges of the image at high resolutions when using other cameras.

Binning and sub-sampling features of the IL5 allow the camera to use the full 5MP sensor and give even greater flexibility as the camera is able to use groups of 4 or 16 pixels in place of one, thereby creating images with larger fields of view without changing lenses.

Pricing for the IL5 series is in line with the IL3 and IL4 cameras, starting below $10K for the IL5-L, making them the low-cost leaders for full-featured high-speed cameras. IL cameras have all of the timing, triggering, and optical features needed for capturing high-speed events; the IL5 does it all with superior image quality even in difficult photographic conditions.

 

Features Include:

  • New state-of-the-art 5MP 12-bit high-speed CMOS imaging sensor
  • IL5-H: Records up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) HD at 634fps to onboard memory for 6.5 seconds
  • IL5-S: Records up to 1280 x 1024 at 991fps to onboard memory for 9.7 seconds
  • IL5-L: Records up to 800 x 600 at 1677fps to onboard memory for 15.75seconds
  • Save an 8GB memory buffer to onboard SSD in as little as 40 sec with SSD option
  • VGA (NTSC) or PAL recordings at over 2000fps to onboard memory for more than 13sec. *Over 3000fps for >8sec. with x2 binning
  • Gigabit Ethernet Control – with FasMotion software on a PC, or Mac computer
  • Remote Camera Control –with any laptop, smart phone or tablet running a web browser on a wired or WiFi network
  • Autonomous control: records and saves automatically to onboard storage given a trigger signal
  • Full HD 1080p60 or 720p60 HDMI video output
  • C-mount, Nikon F-mount, and PL lens mounts available

 

San Diego based Fastec Imaging is a global manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems. The company specializes in uniquely portable and affordable high-speed camera systems, including handheld, point-and-shoot systems, compact PC-controlled cameras, and long duration record systems. Fastec cameras are used in

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*specifications updated on 1/19/16

New TS5-H High-Definition Camera

 

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SAN DIEGO, CA – Fastec Imaging announces the TS5-H, a new High-Definition addition to the highly successful handheld TS3Cine and TS3/TS4 “Troubleshooter” high-speed camera lines. Whether it’s used for troubleshooting a factory, or for research in a lab, or bolted to a Kessler CineDrive in a cinematic studio setting, or in a sports stadium… or at the beach, the TS5-H is designed to help any shooter create vivid high-speed video.

Based on a brand-new state-of-the-art 5MP sensor, the TS5-H offers the same convenient touchscreen controls and streamlined workflow as its predecessors, with superior imaging characteristics.

According to Tom Boldt for Fastec, “We believe that compelling imagery is valuable in commercial applications, on public media, in a laboratory, and even on a production line floor.”  Mr. Boldt continues, “In the TS3 and TS4 we have the high-speed camera performance needed for most applications, built into a form-factor our users love, and sold at an affordable price. The TS5-H remains faithful to these same precepts with enhanced performance at higher resolutions, the same revered form factor, and a base price that remains well under $20K USD.”

High-speed cameras generally operate differently than “normal” video cameras. They must often capture events that happen so quickly that they are well under way or even finished by the time an operator can press a record button. For this reason high-speed cameras record into a circular memory buffer that continually stores a couple of seconds of “pre-trigger” footage so nothing is missed due to the slow reaction time of the human operator. The TS cameras operate this way, but they also offer creative recording modes that leverage the presence of onboard storage media. The solid state drive (SSD) option, for example, may be used to save images and free up the high-speed buffers, for direct streaming of high-speed data, or hybrid modes that give the user the most performance and flexibility.

Features Include:

  • New state-of-the-art 5MP 12-bit high-speed CMOS imaging sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 (1080p) HD video recording at 634fps to onboard memory for 6.5sec
  • 1280 x 720 (720p) HD video recording at 1403fps to onboard memory for 6.5sec
  • Save a full (8GB) memory buffer to onboard SSD in as little as 40 sec with SSD option
  • VGA (NTSC) or PAL recordings at over 2000fps to onboard memory for more than 13sec. *Over 3000fps for >8sec. with x2 binning
  • Gigabit Ethernet Control – with FasMotion software on a PC, MAC, or Linux computer
  • Remote Camera Control –with any laptop, smart phone or tablet running a web browser on a wired or WiFi network
  • Full HD 1080p60 or 720p60 HDMI video output
  • C-mount, Nikon F-mount, and PL lens mounts available

Contact Tim Brandt, product/media manager

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The Multi-Camera Update

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SAN DIEGO, CA – Fastec Imaging Corporation, a global manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems is pleased to announce the new FasMotion Multi-Camera update, available for all models of IL3/IL4 and TS3/TS4 cameras. Recording multiple views of high-speed events has become common practice among Fastec camera users. This new version of FasMotion software makes configuration, control, playback and image download from multiple cameras easier than ever!

 

New features include:

  • Camera window with live or playback view for each attached camera
  • Any mix of IL3/IL4/TS3/TS4 cameras may be controlled with a single instance of FasMotion
  • Multi-camera control pane allows selection of any sub-group of attached cameras for ganged control (Arm, Trigger, Playback, Save)
  • New keyboard shortcuts and context menus make navigation through the software quick and intuitive
  • Zoom image window with mouse wheel
  • Playback saved DNG stacks in FasMotion
  • New Advanced Calibration feature: add gain and offset before calibration for increased sensitivity and black level control
  • More robust FasMotion connectivity: better transfer performance, better tolerance for un-optimized systems
  • Improved Web GUI for mobile devices
  • New “Truncate” feature for FasCorder ROC and BROC modes allows deletion to the end of video from any point