General
Miro eX-Series 1, 2, 4 Cameras
Phantom Camera Control (PCC) Software

General  

Often in high speed imaging, it is difficult to trigger on the event of interest. You may only have a second or two of record time at high frame rates, and you often cannot predict exactly when an event will occur.

Phantom® cameras have a very flexible triggering scheme that actually let's you "look back in time" and capture frames prior to the trigger. This tutorial will help you understand how to trigger your Phantom® camera.

Triggering Tutorial

Miro eX-Series 1, 2, 4 Cameras  

This is a flash-based tutorial that explains in detail the use of the touch-sensitive LCD panel on the Miro® 1, 2 & 4. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the tutorial. It was made when the Miro was first introduced. With the new eX series and new features, this tutorial is a bit out-of-date. Still, it should be useful in learning about the main functions of the cameras and will get you started on using your new Miro camera.

Miro Getting Started Video

Phantom Camera Control (PCC) Software  

Vision Research has produced a series of video tutorials in the hope of jump starting your learning curve on our newly designed and upgraded software.

Phantom Camera Control Software Version 2.2
Capturing Your First Cine - Part I

Capturing Your First Cine - Part I

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to; (1) Select a camera for use, (2) Perform a CSR, (3) Enable the Auto CSR feature, and (4) Perform a White Balance Adjustment. (Length: 5:57)

 
Capturing Your First Cine - Part II

Capturing Your First Cine - Part II

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to; (1) Specify the Resolution, (2) Specify the Sample Rate, (3) Determine the recording Duration and the maximum number of (Frames) that can be recorded, (4) Define an Exposure Time, (5) Specify an Image Range and Trigger Position value, (6) Differentiate between Pre and Post Trigger Frames, (7) Place the camera into the Recording mode, (8) Supply one of the various triggering methods to the camera, (9) Determine if the camera is in the recording mode, (10) Verify a Cine has been captured. (Length: 9:04)

 
Reviewing Your First Cine – Part I

Reviewing Your First Cine – Part I

In these PCC Tutorials, you will learn how to; (1) Select a Cine to review, (2) Use the video control buttons, (3)  Use the various methods to quickly search through the Cine, and (4) Use the many features that allow you to specify how the Cine should be played back. (Length – Part I: 6:23)

 
Reviewing Your First Cine – Part II

Reviewing Your First Cine – Part II

In these PCC Tutorials, you will learn how to; (1) Select a Cine to review, (2) Use the video control buttons, (3)  Use the various methods to quickly search through the Cine, and (4) Use the many features that allow you to specify how the Cine should be played back. (Length – 8:35)

 
Editing and Saving Your First Cine

Editing and Saving Your First Cine

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to; (1) Edit a Cine, (2) Re-edit a Cine, and (3) Save the Cine as a Cine raw file. (Length: 9:40)

 
Saving to Flash Memory - Part I: Manually Saving to Flash

Saving to Flash Memory - Part I: Manually Saving to Flash

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to save image data that is stored in the camera’s circular buffer to the camera’s internal flash memory, attached Phantom CineMag, Phantom CineFlash or inserted Type 1 CompactFlash card manually. (Length: 4:38)

 
Saving to Flash Memory - Part II: Automatically Saving to Flash

Saving to Flash Memory - Part II: Automatically Saving to Flash

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to save image data that is stored in the camera’s circular buffer to the camera’s internal flash memory, attached Phantom CineMag, Phantom CineFlash, or inserted Type 1 CompactFlash card automatically. (Length: 3:33)

 
Saving to Flash Memory - Part III: Direct Recording to Flash

Saving to Flash Memory - Part III: Direct Recording to Flash

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to record directly into a camera’s attached Phantom CineMag, bypassing having to write the image data into the camera’s circular buffer first, and then writing that image data into the attached CineMag. (Length: 5:45)

 
Performing File Conversions - Part I: Via the Save Command

Performing File Conversions - Part I: Via the Save Command

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to convert a single Cine file to one of the many supported file formats using the Save command. (Length: 8:20)

 
Performing File Conversions - Part II: Via the Batch Command

Performing File Conversions - Part II: Via the Batch Command

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to convert multiple Cine files, to one of the many supported file formats, using a single command, the Batch Convert command. (Length: 6:46)

 
EOS Lens Control

EOS Lens Control

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use the EOS Lens Control feature. This feature allows users of Phantom cameras, equipped with a Canon EOS Lens mount, to remotely control lens aperture and focus. Making it ideal for applications where the Phantom camera is not accessible due to positing, the environment, or safety issue. (Length: 2:56)

 
MultiCine in PCC

MultiCine in PCC

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to; (1) Specify the number of memory segments, or partitions, a camera’s DRAM, an attached Phantom CineMag , Phantom CineFlash, or a Type 1 CompactFlash card will be evenly divided into. (2) Select which memory segment to capture or record image data into. (3) Delete the recorded Cine (image data) stored in a specific memory segment, without deleting recorded image data in any of the other memory segments, to free up that memory to perform another capture. (Length: 11:21)

 
Using Bit Depth

Using Bit Depth

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use the Bit Depth feature of a Phantom camera. The Bit Depth feature makes it possible to increase contrast and see images with less light simply by selecting a region of the total dynamic range of the image to display on-screen.  (Length: 9:07)

 
Image-Based Auto-Trigger

Image-Based Auto-Trigger

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use the Image-Based Auto-Trigger feature, of selected Phantom camera models, to trigger themselves when the image changes in a selectable region of the frame. (Length: 8:59)

 
EDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) in PCC

EDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) in PCC

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use the EDR feature which is extremely useful when hot spots do or potentially exist. (Length: 4:05)

 
Continuous Recording - Part I: Basic Operation

Continuous Recording - Part I: Basic Operation

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use Continuous Recording in its native operational mode. Continuous Recording can be used, in a variety of ways, to automatically record a Cine into the camera memory, then immediately edit, and save that Cine, to a user specified location of an attached hard-drive without any user intervention, by providing a "hard" or "soft" trigger to the camera. Once the save process completes the camera will automatically be placed back into the recording mode to repeat the process until the continuous recording feature is disabled by the end-user. (Length: 10:14)

 
Continuous Recording - Part II: Combined w/MultiCine, Auto Trigger, Firmware Ordered Recording, and Image Range

Continuous Recording - Part II: Combined w/MultiCine, Auto Trigger, Firmware Ordered Recording, and Image Range

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use Continuous Recording along with the MultiCine, Auto Trigger, Firmware Ordered Recording, and Image Range feature to trigger the camera at a specified interval, i.e., every 25 seconds, to provide time delayed triggers automatically. (Length: 12:00)

 
Continuous Recording - Part III: Combined w/Calibration Snapshot

Continuous Recording - Part III: Combined w/Calibration Snapshot

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use Continuous Recording to create several matched images to be used as calibration frames for 3rd party software that processes data from two or more synchronized cameras. (Length: 9:58)

 
Continuous Recording - Part IV: Combined w/Image Based Auto-Trigger

Continuous Recording - Part IV: Combined w/Image Based Auto-Trigger

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use Continuous Recording feature combined with the Image-Based Auto-Trigger feature to supply a trigger signal to the camera. (Length: 9:38)

 
Continuous Recording: Calabration Snapshot Part V

Continuous Recording: Calabration Snapshot Part V

 
Adding a Secondary IP Address

Adding a Secondary IP Address

In this PCC Tutorial, you will learn how to use add a secondary IP address to your Phantom camera. (Length: 4:41)

 
Performing Measurements - Part I: Timing and Coordinate Measurements

Performing Measurements - Part I: Timing and Coordinate Measurements

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to; (1) Specify the units of measure, (2) Perform timing measurements, (3) Calibrate a measurement scale, (4) Set an origin point, and (5) Perform coordinate measurements. Using this 2-D motion analysis tool essentially turns your Phantom camera into an extremely effective test instrument. (Length: 15:35)

 
Performing Measurements - Part II: Distance and Angle and Speed Origin +1 Point

Performing Measurements - Part II: Distance and Angle and Speed Origin +1 Point

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to; (1) Specify the units of measure, (2) Calibrate a measurement scale, (3) Set an origin point, (4) Perform distance, angle and speed measurements using the origin and 1 point, and (5) Generate a report file. Distance, angle and speed measurements using the origin and 1 point measures; (1) the distance from an origin point to a selected point, (2) the angle made by the selected point with the Origin and Ox axis; (3) speed which equals distance divided by the time of the point frame minus the time of the origin frame if the point is on a frame different from the one where the origin was set, (4) and angular speed which equals the angle (the measured angle) divided by the time of the point frame minus the time of the origin frame if the point is on a frame different from the one where the origin was set. Using this 2-D motion analysis tool essentially turns your Phantom camera into an extremely effective test instrument. (Length: 11:23)

 
Performing Measurements - Part III: Distance and Angle and Speed 2 Points

Performing Measurements - Part III: Distance and Angle and Speed 2 Points

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to; (1) Specify the units of measure, (2) Calibrate a measurement scale, (3) Perform distance, angle and speed measurements using 2 points, and (4) Generate a report file. Distance, angle and speed measurements using 2 points measures; (1) the distance between two selected points, (2) the angle made by the line formed by two selected points with 0x axis, (3) speed which equals measured distance divided by the time of the second point frame minus the time of the first point frame if the two points are different frames, (4) and angular speed which equals the measured angle divided by the time of the second point frame minus the time of the first point frame if the two points  are on different frames. Using this 2-D motion analysis tool essentially turns your Phantom camera into an extremely effective test instrument. (Length: 10:03)

 
Performing Measurements - Part IV: Angle and Angular Speed 3 Points

Performing Measurements - Part IV: Angle and Angular Speed 3 Points

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to; (1) Specify the units of measure, (2) Calibrate a measurement scale, and (3) Perform angle and angular speed measurements using 3 points. Angle and angular speed measurements using 3 points measures; (1) the angle formed by three points, (2) and angular speed which equals the measured angle divided by the time of the last point frame minus the time of the first point frame if the first and last points  are on different frames. Using this 2-D motion analysis tool essentially turns your Phantom camera into an extremely effective test instrument. (Length: 13:08)

 
Performing Measurements - Part V: Angle and Angular Speed 4 Points

Performing Measurements - Part V: Angle and Angular Speed 4 Points

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to; (1) Specify the units of measure, (2) Calibrate a measurement scale, and (3) Perform angle and angular speed measurements using 4 points. Angle and angular speed measurements using 4 points measures; (1) the angle formed by two lines (Line 1: Point 1 and Reference Point 1, and Line 2: Reference Point 2 and Point 2), (2) and angular speed which equals the measured angle divided by the time of the last point frame minus the time of the first point frame if the first and last points are on different frames. Using this 2-D motion analysis tool essentially turns your Phantom camera into an extremely effective test instrument. (Length: 9:23)

 
Performing Measurements - Part VI: Collect Points Measurements

Performing Measurements - Part VI: Collect Points Measurements

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to; (1) Specify the units of measure, (2) Calibrate a measurement scale, (3) Perform collect points measurements, (4) Sort and optimize a collect points report file, (5) Compute a speed report file, and (6) Compute an acceleration report file for the collect points. Using this 2-D motion analysis tool essentially turns your Phantom camera into an extremely effective test instrument. (Length: 10:57)

 
Performing Measurements - Part VII: Viewing the Report Files

Performing Measurements - Part VII: Viewing the Report Files

At the end of this PCC Tutorial you will be able to review the report files created using the measurement analysis features in the PCC software. (Length: 6:07)

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