- Controls up to 4 cameras from a single computer -
Shimadzu has released the HyperVision HPV-2 high-speed video camera. In addition to the features offered by the current HPV-1 model, which offers ultra high-speed recording at 1 million frames per second and high resolution at all recording speeds, the HPV-2 allows control of up to 4 cameras from one computer. It now also includes a synchronized recording function that allows simultaneous or intermittent recording at ultra high speeds, which was very difficult with previous systems. Synchronized recording from multiple directions allows analyzing a phenomenon that occurs in a very short time in more detail than ever before. Furthermore, the separate controller unit is now eliminated to allow controlling the camera via USB 2.0 connection to a laptop computer. This makes it more compact and easier to carry, set up, and prepare for recording.
High-speed video cameras have commonly been used for observing explosions, impacts, and shock waves, but they are increasingly being used as an essential tool for observing many high-speed phenomena not visible by the human eye, such as to observe the fuel injection and combustion processes to improve automotive engine performance and the fracture processes of functionally engineered materials, and in fields developing inkjet and microvalve technologies. When testing advanced composites and other materials used to reduce the weight of aircraft and automobiles, it is becoming necessary to perform synchronized recording using multiple high-speed video cameras to analyze high-speed strain from multiple angles. Therefore, there is increasing demand for high-speed video cameras that are both easy to use and functionally advanced.
The HyperVision HPV-2 high-speed video camera was developed for such requirements. The HPV-2 can be used in a wide range of applications that require high-speed recording, such as the development of advanced technologies and products, defect cause analysis, scientific, engineering, or medical research, improvement of manufacturing technologies, and sports science.
The system consists of the camera head connected to a control computer via a USB 2.0 cable. This reduces its weight to about 9 kg, from a previous weight of about 22 kg, and makes the system more compact and portable. The standard USB 2.0 cable is 5 meters long. If an interface cable extension unit and fiber optic cable is used, the system can be operated remotely from 50 meters away. The camera monitor image is displayed on the computer, which allows remotely confirming the image being recorded and helps ensure reliable imaging.
The dedicated software, which runs on the control computer and is Windows Vista®-compatible, is easy to use and offers intuitive, simple-to-understand setting screens. This enables users to start recording video right away with just a few simple settings. Recorded image data can be saved in common WindowsÒ formats, such as AVI, BMP, TIFF, 16-bit TIFF, and JPEG.
The previous model could only record video from one camera, but the HPV-2 includes synchronized recording functionality for up to 4 cameras from one computer. This means that accurately synchronized recording can be performed from three different directions, for example, to allow analyzing the phenomenon in detail by observing it 3-dimensionally.
Just as with the HPV-1, the HPV-2 includes an IS-CCD sensor to offer the world’s fastest class of high-speed recording at one million frames per second.
On normal high-speed video cameras, resolution drops as recording speed increases, but resolution on the HPV-2 does not drop even at maximum recording speed. Since high-resolution 312 ´ 260 pixel images can be maintained at all speeds, ultra-fast phenomenon can be analyzed in more detail. As with the HPV-1, this is a feature offered by no other competitor.
Name: HyperVision HPV-2 High-Speed Video Camera