Phantom Cine Toolkit for MacOSX & Demo Features
Vision Research Inc. creates and manufactures professional cameras for digital cinema as well as high speed cameras that can capture imagery at several thousand frames a second. The Phantom Cine Toolkit allows MacOSX and Applications to work with the Cine movie files created by these cameras. With this toolkit, Finder is fully aware of these files, including support for Spotlight, QuickLook and QuickTime Playback. Other applications that are QuickTime aware, will also work with the Phantom Cine movie file format.
On Set Quality Control
With the Glue Tools Phantom Cine Toolkit, you can quickly QC your shot before moving on to the next one. This toolkit will let you check color (using the very same color science used in your camera), exposure, metadata (time code and frame rate) as well as data integrity. Simply drag and drop a file on to Quick Time player.
Benefits of Glue Tools in Post
With Glue Tools' plugins, you can load and play native raw files directly inside your editing package without rendering or transcoding. As the footage is completely raw, you have full access to the meta data and the color science that the camera hardware uses. You can modify the color of each individual shot non-destructively, leaving the original raw files unchanged. Glue Tools is not a color grading plugin but instead faithfully reproduces exactly what the camera shot.
- Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later
- Motion 5 and later
- Compressor 4
- Telestream Episode 6.4
- Final Cut Studio 3
- Adobe After Effects CS5 for Macintosh (or later)
- Many other QuickTime compatible applications
- Supports Phantom Flex4K, Phantom Flex, Miro "M" series, Phantom HD/65 and V Series Cameras.
- Reads Phantom Cine files with a Water Mark (A Red Bar through the image.)
- Time Code is Fixed to 24 fps in the demo version.
- Time Code time is Fixed to 09:09:09:00
- Supports 8-bit, 10-bit, 12-bit and 14-bit Phantom Cine files.
- Supports QuickTime 7.6.6 under MacOSX 10.7.5, 10.8.5 and MacOSX 10.9.x Mavericks
- The optional Final Cut Pro import panel is limited to importing a single Phantom Cine Clip.
Phantom Cine Toolkit package now provides complete support for Vision Research's new Flex4K camera. Support for Vision Research's new PCC 2.x as well as Glue Tools' Séance v2.0 package is included. The color processing engine has been updated to allow for White Point as well as Exposure Index controls, providing Cinematographer and Artists controls familiar controls.
The Phantom Cine Toolkit will perform all of the importing, playback, debayer, white balancing and color correction functions to the movie. All applications that use QuickTime can access all aspects of the Phantom Cine files. Applications including Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 can import and play these files without any sort of conversion or preprocessing steps. For the ease of portability with other users, you can quickly and easily convert a Phantom Cine Movie to any other QuickTime movie format that these applications support.
New Colour Processing Capabilities
New for v4.0 is a re-built QuickTime engine that improves the user experience. Support for MacOSX 10.9 has also been expanded, replacing missing functionality. This new engine expands upon the colour engine adding the ability to select a White Point (in Kelvin) as well as pre-defined Exposure Index/ASA values. As before, the package closely matches what you see from the HD-SDI output on the camera. As with previous versions of the software, the user can adjust the debayer quality to allow for full playback on a variety of systems. When high quality imagery is required, the artist can also switch to a high precision debayer mode, to render a great looking image. Along with user selectable debayer modes, you can change the color processing. Selectable tone maps, adjustable display gamma values, adjustable white-balance modes can be modified to suit your needs. You can provide your own white balance values, or use your own XYZ color conversion matrix to adjust the color space of the footage.
OpenCL GPU Acceleration for Nvidia and AMD Graphics
The Phantom Cine Toolkit is fully GPU accelerated using OpenCL! By using the GPU, the rendering of the imagery is significantly sped up. Any Mac with MacOSX 10.7.5 or later can take full advantage of your GPU's power, increasing render performance. Users can expect at least a 2x to 4x speed improvement over previous CPU based releases.
With these components, productions can import Phantom Cine clips directly into your favorite editing application. No additional processing is required. Time code is now extracted from the embedded timestamps that have been generated by the camera. This now provides editors with a reliable Time Code source for all Phantom footage regardless of the source frame rate.
Phantom Cine Toolkit loads Phantom .cine files directly into Final Cut Pro X.
Compatible with your Favourite Software
The Phantom Cine Toolkit provides full Phantom Cine support for most popular Macintosh applications. Adobe After Effects CS5 (or later) can import Phantom Cine files when imported using the "QuickTime" file type. Final Cut Pro X can import Cine Movies using the "File->Import…" menu command. For every other application, a simple "File->Open" menu command is all that is needed.
User Adjustable Imagery
The Phantom Cine Toolkit provides the editor or artist with a wide array of settings. For editors that need raw speed, low quality debayer modes offer quick, yet efficient display modes, to let any application playback Phantom Cine movies. When high quality imagery is required, the artist can switch to a higher precision debayer mode, to extract great looking footage. Along with user selectable debayer modes, you can choose from different Colour Temperatures, Exposure Index values, different display gamma modes, or using automatic defaults provided directly from the camera hard
The Spotlight Plugins enable your system to see inside the Phantom Cine header. The Finder can extract specific information from the Phantom Cine files when it does a "Get Info." You can search for camera models, encoding characteristics, or even "shot notes" from the user modifiable "description field" from the Finder's Spotlight panel. Simple shell scripts can also take advantage of the spotlight services and sift through frames for specific data.
With Glue Tool’s Cineon/DPX Components
Phantom Cine QuickTime Toolkit in conjunction with Glue Tool's Cineon/DPX Pro Components, allows users to export a Phantom Cine movie as high quality dpx frames. The combination provides universal access of Phantom Cine footage to many industry-wide visual effects, editorial and color correction packages. In addition, all of the features of the Cineon/DPX Components will also be available such as adding Time Code, adding custom Metadata into the headers, Adjusting the Frame Rate and Exporting files out to film or have the footage color corrected at a DI facility and then printed to film.
Important Notes about Phantom Cine File Format
Vision Research has been in business for a number of years, building high speed digital cameras. As time has gone on, the camera capabilities have greatly improved. As a result, each generation of camera has required the Cine file format to expand and change. Vision Research's more modern cameras create Cine movies that have a different image payload from the cameras that the company originally built several years ago. As a result, some legacy cameras create a movie file that is not supported with this software.
The Phantom Cine QuickTime Toolkit currently supports the following cameras: Phantom Flex4K, Phantom Flex, All Miro models (including the new Miro " " and "LC" series), V1610/V1210, Phantom HD/65, v10, v9x and v7x cameras. When the Phantom Cine QuickTime Toolkit is installed, you can do a "Get Info" on Cine file, and see which camera model created the Cine file.
The Phantom Cine QuickTime Toolkit will only open files with a ".cine" extension. Files with a ".cin" extension will be confused with the Cineon file format. If you can't open your Phantom Cine files, check to see that the extension is set properly.
Exporting a New Movie from QuickTime Player 7
For the ease of portability with other users, you can quickly and easily convert a Phantom Cine Movie to any other QuickTime Movie format. You can do this by opening a Phantom Cine Movie using QuickTime Player 7, and then selecting the "File->Export...". Select your codec, location and filename as you would with any other movie, and start the export. It is that easy.
“Phantom Cine is awesome! Now with one touch playback
of the .Cine files from the Vision Research Phantom, I
have the ability to see and playback the camera native
files directly within AfterEffects and QuickTime. Your
tool has mind numbingly simplified the workflow for acquisition
with this amazing addition to my Production tool kit.”
Gary Adcock, HD and Film Consultant
Studio 37, Chicago, IL
- Intel Mac
- Mac OS X 10.7.5
- QuickTime 7.6.6
- 1280 x 1024 display
Recommended System for Playback:
- A High-Speed ATI or NVidia Graphics Card
- MacOSX 10.9.1 (or later)
- QuickTime 7.6.6
- Dual 1920 x 1200 Displays
- Thunderbolt 2, SAS, SATA, Fiber-Channel RAID or SAN
Supported Application Suites:
- Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 or later
- Final Cut Pro X 10.1
- Motion 5
- Compressor 4
- Final Cut Studio 3
- Telestream Episode 6.4
- And many others
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