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May 24

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FOR-A Company Limited, based in Cypress, Calif., is upping the ante on advanced slow-motion camera systems with the introduction of its new FT-ONE full 4K variable frame rate camera. The new high-resolution camera will be demonstrated at the Cine Gear Expo, June 1-2, at The Studios @ Paramount in Hollywood.

FOR-A developed the camera’s high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, called the “FT1-CMOS” inhouse. It records full 4K (4096 x 2160) “film look” imagery in super slomo at up to 1,000 frames per second and can also simultaneously record and play back in 4K resolution.

High-resolution images are captured as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal (RAM) memory, which has a recording capacity of 8.5 seconds.

The company said images are captured as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal (RAM) memory, which has a recording capacity of 8.5 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges. Each solid-state memory cartridge is capable of storing 75 seconds of full 4K resolution images, enabling up to 150 seconds with a maximum of two cartridges.

Depending upon the application, one output channel can provide either full 4K output, or four 1080p HD-SDI outputs; while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and the control menu.

Hiro Tanoue, President for FOR-A Corporation of America, said that the ability to record super slow motion images at 4K resolution has heretfiore been missing and the new FT-ONE addresses that “gap.”

The FT-ONE camera uses a PL mount lens and a global shutter system that reduces image distortion caused by the rolling shutter system. The FT-ONE is designed as a self-contained unit that weights approximately 15 pounds and measures 235mm(W) x 294mm(H) x 384mm (D).

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