Film Jams is slowing it down this week by testing out the Phantom Flex 4k Camera with slo mo footage from 2000 fps to 1000 fps. The Phantom Flex 4k Camera is great for capturing ultra high speed slow motion footage. It sits atop the food chain as the ultimate slow motion camera, and we’re trying it out in the studio to prep for an upcoming documentary we’re filming on Ted Williams (see it premiere on PBS 9pm 7/23/18: Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”.) In this Phantom Flex 4k Slow Motion Test, we’ll be running the camera at a variety of settings and speeds to see what it’s capable of. Let’s see what it can do!
The Phantom Flex 4k does 4k Slo mo up to 1000 fps, and it can shoot full HD slow motion up to 2000 fps. (In the video you can see the settings in the bottom left corner.) Now, not only are we testing the slow motion footage, but we also wanted to test which lights would be best to use with high speed filming with the Phantom Flex Camera.
A problem with shooting at higher frame rates is that standard fluorescents, low wattage tungsten, and even some LED lights can create flicker. So before getting to set and shooting at higher speeds like 1000 fps and 2000 fps, we wanted to see if the ARRI Skypanel s60 LED lights and Litepanels Astras 6x LEDs would live up to the challenge.
In general, more light is also needed when shooting high speed slow motion footage, so we wanted to ensure we had enough punch with just these lights to capture the frame rates we wanted.
We concluded the Skypanel and Astras didn’t result in any flicker that we could see, and there was enough light with our 3 light setup. Check out the video to see how we setup the lights, and the different frame rates.
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Filmed on location at: Litewave Media in St. Petersburg, FL – Video Production Company.
Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program for making this web series possible.