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Color Correcting the Phantom Miro

The new Phantom Miro M320S high-speed camera from Vision Research records 12-bit raw cine files for advanced color correcting with professional imaging software such as GlueTools or DaVinci Resolve. However, many shooters are instead utilizing the camera's HD-SDI output to record directly to an external device like the Sound Devices PIX 240. This is a super fast way to get gorgeous high-speed shots recorded in Apple's ProRes codec for easy ingest into an editing system.

To get the best possible image out of the camera's video output, I've come up with some settings to use in Vision Research's Phantom Camera Control software. There's an Image Tools window, which you can access by clicking the paint palate icon; it allows you to change settings that apply to the video output image only, not the recorded raw image.

In the example above, I inputted 1.56 for the brightness, .981 for the gain and 1.1 for the saturation. I then changed the matrix settings to get a more accurate REC709 look for my video output. By changing R,B to .1, G,B to .2, B,R to .037 and B,G to .2, I ended up with a much more pleasing shape to my color wheel when viewing a vectorscope and saw more saturation added to my magenta hues.

Below are some before and after shots to give you an idea of what the finished product can look like.

Juliet McNally
Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA


Intro image for article Phantom Miro M-Series Lineup
Tech News
Phantom high-speed is now at every professional filmmaker's fingertips with the Miro M-series. The flagship of the Miro lineup is the Phantom Miro LC320S, which offers an entry into high-speed imaging with 1500 fps at 1920x1080 resolution and a touch-screen LCD display. Its compact size, smooth workflow and entry-level pricing make the Miro M-series the most accessible high-speed cameras available today.
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Tutorials & Guides
Today, Vision Research revealed the new Phantom Miro LC320S Digital Cinema High-Speed Camera, which brings together the best of the two Phantom camera lines. The Phantom Flex, and its predecessor the HD Gold, introduced straightforward, on-camera controls and ease of use to digital high-speed imaging, while Miro cameras offer the same uncompressed RAW HD high-speed capture a in small, lightweight package.
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