HEBRON, Conn. — Believe it or not, this isn't a trailer for a Hollywood movie — it's real life fireground footage.
To test their new high speed camera, Vision Research asked Director Brendan Bellomo and cinematographer Greg Wilson to put the Phantom Flex4K through its paces by filming the Hebron Fire Dept. and the Glastonbury Fire Dept. in Connecticut.
The camera — which will retail from $109,000 to $164,000 — records video at speeds of up to 1000 fps in uncompressed 4K RAW video in five second bursts.
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of FireRescue1.com or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser.
Iron CompassThursday, April 11, 2013 7:20:04 AMWow the video is so awesome in quality and detail. The wise-guy in me wants to ask, "why does everyone move so slow on the fire ground?" A video like this could certainly aid in recruiting for the fire service (technical details aside).
Justin RothThursday, April 11, 2013 8:54:46 AMGuys, here's a comment from someone involved in the production regarding the fireground practices, so don't be too quick to judge.
"I was involved with this film, and realize that there are a lot of very good firefighters who will find errors in what you see on screen. It should be known that this film was designed to showcase one of the most innovative motion-picture cameras invented, and while we strived for realism, we had adjusted a little to benefit the camera. The slow motion only works in bursts of 5-seconds (hence why the guys with the ladder are jogging, and the removal of a hood at the end would have wasted the entire shot). All of the footage of fire is real, though the scenario was created for filming (this is not a documentary film). We hope we captured the spirit of firefighting, even if it took a little movie magic here and there." -Matthew Troy.
Justin RothThursday, April 11, 2013 8:57:43 AM"I was involved with this film, and realize that there are a lot of very good firefighters who will find errors in what you see on screen. It should be known that this film was designed to showcase one of the most innovative motion-picture cameras invented, and while we strived for realism, we had adjusted a little to benefit the camera. The slow motion only works in bursts of 5-seconds (hence why the guys with the ladder are jogging, and the removal of a hood at the end would have wasted the entire shot). All of the footage of fire is real, though the scenario was created for filming (this is not a documentary film). We hope we captured the spirit of firefighting, even if it took a little movie magic here and there." -Matthew Troy.
Hendrik BilekThursday, April 11, 2013 9:33:39 AMI too was involved with this production with my friend Matt Troy. We enjoyed working on this and I understand that this is not how fire practice is however we were asked to be a part of this to showcase this great new piece of technology. This camera shoots in 5 second bursts at 1000 frames per second so that is why everything action wise had to be sped up per say. I think this looks amazing and its a great way to see fire in super slow and super high definition. Not to mention it looks very cool.
Marcus PullanThursday, April 11, 2013 9:41:28 AMalways gonna be haters
Justin RothThursday, April 11, 2013 9:46:11 AMI hate when people make judgements based on a video when clearly they were not there/have the entire story or, in this case, involved in the production. Now we know exactly why there were things that seemed wrong, and they were that way on purpose.
Roy ThackerThursday, April 11, 2013 2:18:08 PMcool video
Jo BossenFriday, April 12, 2013 1:36:21 AMEin Hoch auf die Technik! (Super-Camera!) ... aber noch mehr Achtung fur die Firefighters!!! ... all Firefighters!!!
Charles O. JonesFriday, April 12, 2013 12:20:53 PM32 years on the job - it doesn't look like any fire I've ever fought.
Carl SmithFriday, April 12, 2013 2:58:34 PMGreat video shot with a new camera. All of it staged, but it is an awesome video.
Karen CorriganSaturday, April 13, 2013 9:22:16 AMI appreciate that your point was to show the ability of this new camera, but comprising your firefighting technique for "movie magic" only hurts us in the real world and perpetuates the myth of movie firefighting. Thus, we end up with citizens screaming at us for why we didn't run around and move faster...like they do in movies...leaving them thinking we are lazy or don't care about their house. I haven't had this personally happen to me, but we've all seen the news stories. We all need to take responsibility and refuse to allow the need for "movie magic" to overcome our pride in doing our job safely and showing the world how it really is.
Dwane S. WilkinsonSaturday, April 13, 2013 9:54:02 AMHendricks and Justin, great video! It just goes too show that haters are going to hate. I understand the issues that were faced in filming with this type of camera. Everytime something like this comes out the 2/20's come out of the woodwork! Keep up the good work. All you critics out there better have your glass houses cleaned up. I'm just wondering if any of you have ever participated in something like this. For a vol. dept. it's a great experience and probably a descent paycheck! Again good work and stop defending yourselves, there's no need too!!!!!
Stanley WielosikSaturday, April 13, 2013 11:51:28 AMIt's cool. Why only 5 sec bursts though? Why can't it record longer? If it can't buffer any larger, why not stick with 2k(1980)? I'd be more impressed with a camera that can capture for a lot longer then 5 sec bursts for that kind of money. It's not like 4k is anything new, so the ability to record up to 30 mins at a time shouldn't be an issue.
Thomas FisherSaturday, April 13, 2013 12:14:50 PMAmen! I don't know of too many departments that NEVER do anything contradictory from the book sometimes. But if anyone thinks that in order to get footage there didn't have to be some artistic license with the scenes to be able to see things they need to wake up.
I just enjoyed the show and seeing the slow motion shots of things in way we never get to see in real life.
Thomas L CluffSunday, April 14, 2013 9:10:41 AMVery Impressive footage! The spirit of this video is why I love being a firefighter!
Sharon Huddleston SparksTuesday, May 07, 2013 6:53:40 AMI can see this piece of equipment being used during research, i.e fire behavior, building collapse, etc. The abilities of this piece of equipment is invaluable to keeping the fire service safe!
Xacta ScicchitanoTuesday, May 07, 2013 8:57:37 AMWhile it looks to be a good camera. As a professional I can see that way to many of the shots have been enhanced or staged. Notice the key light reflecting in the mask et. I look forward to testing the improved model.
Jerry HayesWednesday, May 08, 2013 3:05:25 AMAwesome video.
Jonathan FieldThursday, May 09, 2013 9:23:44 AMCool video. I was wondering how it was done in the heat without melting the camera?