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Video: New high-tech camera captures incredible fireground footage

The camera records video at speeds of up to 1000 fps in uncompressed 4K RAW video in five second bursts

By FireRescue1 Staff

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.




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Joe Dobski Joe Dobski Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:20:29 PM BS
Derek Parish Derek Parish Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:37:03 PM This is a Sweet video!
Adam Verducci Adam Verducci Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:44:45 PM No hood on the LT?
Ron Williams Ron Williams Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:46:24 PM No TIC on RIT. Did have irons. There, s no running on the fire ground. But a fun video to watch. Cool camera. Seems to rival the GoPro.
Mike Robie Mike Robie Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:01:05 PM Ok that was pretty bad ass!
Anthony Asmar Anthony Asmar Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:02:39 PM Awesome video! CT Volunteer Fire Dept. Pride!
Robert Bonfield Robert Bonfield Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:13:03 PM loved the video great photography allround,
Carl Burney Carl Burney Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:12:31 PM Great video but the deededee with the chainsaw needs to learn how to start it.
Tim Bruce Tim Bruce Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:24:01 PM Hollywood crap. No hoods and nobody runs with ladder. Cool technology but don't make us look like hacks.
Jim Panknin Jim Panknin Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:58:17 PM Freeze video @ 2:15. Lt., nozzle and 3rd member all have hoods on. Outside shot must have been a re-take to get the action shot.
Marc Zingarelli Marc Zingarelli Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:39:39 AM wow
Iron Compass Iron Compass Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:20:04 AM Wow 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 Roth Justin Roth Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:54:46 AM Guys, 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 Roth Justin Roth Thursday, 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 Bilek Hendrik Bilek Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:33:39 AM I 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 Pullan Marcus Pullan Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:41:28 AM always gonna be haters
Justin Roth Justin Roth Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:46:11 AM I 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 Thacker Roy Thacker Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:18:08 PM cool video
Brock Wilde Brock Wilde Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:26:59 PM Cool video, very hollywood but who cares. That must have taken a lot of planning and takes to put together.
Jo Bossen Jo Bossen Friday, April 12, 2013 1:36:21 AM Ein Hoch auf die Technik! (Super-Camera!) ... aber noch mehr Achtung fur die Firefighters!!! ... all Firefighters!!!
Charles O. Jones Charles O. Jones Friday, April 12, 2013 12:20:53 PM 32 years on the job - it doesn't look like any fire I've ever fought.
Carl Smith Carl Smith Friday, April 12, 2013 2:58:34 PM Great video shot with a new camera. All of it staged, but it is an awesome video.
Karen Corrigan Karen Corrigan Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:22:16 AM I 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. Wilkinson Dwane S. Wilkinson Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:54:02 AM Hendricks 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 Wielosik Stanley Wielosik Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:51:28 AM It'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 Fisher Thomas Fisher Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:14:50 PM Amen! 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 Cluff Thomas L Cluff Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:10:41 AM Very Impressive footage! The spirit of this video is why I love being a firefighter!
Gonzalo Cruz Poblete Gonzalo Cruz Poblete Monday, April 15, 2013 9:02:44 AM GENIALES IMAGENES..
Sharon Huddleston Sparks Sharon Huddleston Sparks Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:53:40 AM I 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 Scicchitano Xacta Scicchitano Tuesday, May 07, 2013 8:57:37 AM While 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 Hayes Jerry Hayes Wednesday, May 08, 2013 3:05:25 AM Awesome video.
Jonathan Field Jonathan Field Thursday, May 09, 2013 9:23:44 AM Cool video. I was wondering how it was done in the heat without melting the camera?

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