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A must see for fire videographers. New camera’s test run gives fascinating view of a fire.

- First footage from the new Phantom Flex4K – “Let me know when you see Fire” from Gregory Wilson on Vimeo.

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News producer, volunteer firefighter and reader Adam Bearne sent me a Tweet this morning alerting me to this video posted by cinematographer Greg Wilson. Anyone interested in videography and photography will find this test of the Phantom Flex4K Digital Cinema Camera quite interesting. Even if you are not into cameras, I think you will find this view of a fire very compelling. The video is directed by Brendan Bellomo. According to Wilson, the two were asked by Vision Research and Abel CineTech to shoot the first test footage with the camera still in its alpha prototype stage.  Here’s more from Greg Wilson on

All the live action footage was shot on March 24th, 2013. Some additional fire elements were shot on the 23rd and 25th of March with the Hebron and Glastonbury Fire Departments in Connecticut. We were thrilled with the camera’s performance at this early stage of its development and are very much looking forward to this camera as it matures prior to it’s release this fall. This is a true 4K RAW camera capable of at 1000fps at 4K resolution.

Thanks to our great crew, including lead Phantom camera technician Edward Richardson, VRI and Abel CineTech for giving us the opportunity to shoot with this amazing new camera system. For more info check out

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  • Fire21

    Gee, how did they get a fire that burned so smoke-free that we could even see the nozzleman’s face? Cool video, but I don’t care so much for the slow-motion.

  • David Mitchell


    As “NotSoOldHippy” said on the Vimeo website: “Firefighting is NOT a job, it is who one is. Fire Fighters are born, it’s something they’re touched with, and this video captures that wonderfully. Truly awesome.”

    The possible uses of this new camera are immense…

  • RJ in florida

    very nice., the HD exposes alot of the intensity in true to life fashon…except for a few fire dept flubs, it was real good

  • jeffk

    Stunning video quality on my laptop. But when I capture the file and look at the properties, it shows 1920×1080, not 4K. 4K might look even better, if anyone has a 4K display. And the frame rate of the video shows as 23 frames/sec. But that’s the playout rate, not the capture rate. Was the capture rate really 1000 frames/sec?

  • http://msn retiredFFin SC

    Lets see it used on a real fire not a staged one. Then we can judge on how it preforms

    • dave statter

      I don’t think the camera is meant as a replacement for helmet-cams or even geared toward the fire service. I think it was more a chance to show what detail it could under some unusual conditions as a demo for filmmakers.

  • Matthew T

    I worked on this production, and am thrilled with the excitement this film has generated amongst filmmakers and firefighters alike. The project was intended to showcase the remarkable abilities of this camera (the Phantom Flex4k), while capturing the spirit of firefighting. The “flubs” that you may see we’re intentional adjustments to benefit the slow motion features of this camera, but in every other way we tried to stay as true as possible. All of the fire is real (and includes a mix of Class A and B fuels), and I assure you there were times when smoke levels were detrimental to exposure (but yes, we wanted you to see the firefighters!).

    Most of the film was shot at 1000 frames/sec, with some shots a bit quicker (in the range of 600 fps), and everything was shot at 4k resolution (though Vimeo does not support 4k playback yet). This film would look remarkable on a large movie screen because of the resolution. The final sequence of the water hitting the fire is in fact 1000 fps.

    We’re proud of this, and hope it excites everyone that sees it. Stay safe out there!

    • dave statter

      Thanks Matthew. Fascinating.


  • Anonymous

    Looks fake to me.

    • BH

      Thanks for solving the case, Sherlock.