High Speed Cameras

High Speed Cameras, Super Slow Motion Filming

Black Flag TV Ltd has provided high speed slow motion filming as one of its core services since the company was first formed. During that time, we have amassed wide ranging experience across all manner of shoots and environments. This collective knowledge provides the foundation to the high level of service we provide to our customers.

Vision Research Phantom Flex 4K Camera

Our current super slow motion service offering centres around the industry leading Phantom Flex 4K high speed camera, providing cinematic quality footage in either raw or ProRes at up to 1000 frames per second in 4K resolution, or up to 1977 frames per second when filming in Full HD.

To put that into context, a 1 second event filmed at 1000 frames per second would take 40 seconds to play back at 25p. All in glorious 4k resolution, with the huge grading potential that becomes available when filming in raw.

Please have a look at the Phantom Flex 4K tab for full specifications of our camera, as well as further information on some of the specifics of the Flex 4K that make it such a good choice to meet the filming requirements of film, TV and commercials.

Flexible Hire Options

We have a number of hire options, depending on your shoot requirements and the experience your crew have with super slow motion cameras and filming:

  • Camera + Tech : by far our most popular option, the camera is managed on the day by one of our high speed camera technicians in line with the creative vision of your Director/DoP. The tech’s job is to take the creative “What” from your Director/DoP, and translate that into the technical “How” of the camera and of super slow motion filming. This gives you, the client the assurance that the day will run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The camera tech will also manage delivery and set up of the equipment, along with remote view, playback and off load of the footage.
  • Fully managed : we provide everything you need. Camera, operator, tech, lights, whatever you need.
  • Dry hire : we provide the camera and kit to you, you provide all the necessary skill to run it on the day.

Please have a look at the Packages tab for further information on camera configuration options.

Fast Off Load

The Flex 4K can fill up it’s 128 GByte buffer in just 10 seconds of real time filming,  it’s not at all unusual to generate in excess of 2 TBytes of footage during the course of a normal day.

One of the functions of the BFTV High Speed Camera Technician is to manage the off load of the data during the course of the day using our fast off load system.

This generally means that footage will be supplied to you on disk at the end of the day. If shoot timings and logistics simply don’t allow for that to happen then footage will be off loaded back at our office and forwarded on to you the following day.

Transcode and Post Services

We can provide a range of post services for footage created on the Flex, from initial transcode to a full artistic grade with client input.

High Speed, Super Slow Motion Underwater

Looking to film a fully submerged slow motion sequence? Give us a call.

Designed with the Cinematographer in mind, the Phantom Flex 4k can adapt to different shooting styles and scenarios with ease. The Super-35mm 4k sensor provides extremely low noise and high dynamic range, producing sharp detailed images at 1000 frames per second in full 4096×2160 4k resolution, or nearly 2000fps in HD.

Ideal for post production versatility when used in the Cine Raw format, the Phantom Flex 4k captures 12 bit colour making chroma keying as easy and accurate as possible. The Phantom Flex 4k can also shoot Apple ProRes 422 HQ for when turn around time and minimal post expenditure are priorities.

Black Flag TV Ltd have the largest capture capacity available at 128GB per shot, that’s ten seconds of realtime action at 1000fps giving over six minutes of playback! More than enough to ensure you’ve captured the moment.

The internal recordings can be saved to our 2TB Cinemags enabling more than 15 full takes, or many more smaller takes, to be stored on board before being swapped out for ingest enabling the shoot to keep moving and minimising on-set delays.

The Phantom Flex 4k can be run entirely from the on-camera control interface, or wirelessly by a Black Flag TV tech from virtually any range using our unique bridge system, freeing you from cables and clutter. Our cutting edge offload systems achieve a sustained write speed of 1400MB per second, which means we can back-up and off load Cinemags quicker and safer than ever before accelerating workflow and minimising delays.

Our Flex 4k packages are available for dry hire or with our exceptional crew. The packages can be tailored to suit you, from use as a barebones spare, to a full shooting package including lenses and an underwater housing.

  • Slow motion filming, high speed camera, HFR recording.
  • The Phantom Flex4K digital cinema camera records up to 1,000 fps at 4K resolution, provides exceptional image quality and offers production-friendly features like auxiliary power outputs and a full-featured on-camera control interface.

Key Features

  • Full resolution 4096 x 2304
  • Up to 1,000 fps at 4096 x 2160
  • Phantom CineMag IV recording media (2TB)
  • Cine Raw and Apple ProRes 422 HQ recording formats at full resolution
  • 128GB of internal memory
  • Monitoring: Three main 3G HD-SDI outputs, which can be configured as independent 4:4:4 1080p signals or used together to supply a dual-link 4K output while maintaining a live HD signal
  • Integrated battery mount supporting v-mount 26v industry standard batteries or 3-pin xlr external power input.
  • Lens mount: PL
  • 2x 12V and 2x 24V accessory outputs
  • Both Mac and Windows based software for Cine download and file conversion.
Sensor Specification
File Formats
Memory & Record Times
Special Features
Full Shooting Kit
Custom Package
Bare bones, Camera Body Only
HD Options Also Available

PCC 2.7 User Interface Part 1

PCC 2.7 User Interface Part 2

PCC 2.7 App Preferences Part 1

PCC 2.7 App Preferences Part 2

PCC 2.7 Capturing a Cine Part 1

PCC 2.7 Capturing a Cine Part 2

PCC 2.7 Reviewing a Cine

PCC 2.7 Editing & Saving  a Cine

Saving To Flash Memory (Manually) Part 1

Saving To Flash Memory (Auto Save) Part 2

Saving To Flash Memory (Direct to Cinemag) Part 3

PCC 2.7 Using Image Search to Find an Event

Performing File Conversions Part 1

Performing File Conversions Part 2

Performing File Conversions Part 3

Image Based Auto Trigger (IBAT)

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