Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Promote Upgraded FPS1000 High Frame Rate Camera
Graham Rowan, inventor of the original fps1000 high frame rate camera, has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for garnering widespread support and financial backing to manufacture and distribute an upgraded version called the fps1000HD.
September 10, 2016 ( datsyn.com) – Hertfordshire, UK – The fps1000 low cost high frame rate camera was successfully launched on Kickstarter in 2014. The newly upgraded fps1000HD camera features; 1280 x 720 @1,000 fps, 640 x 360 @4,000 fps, 12 bit raw video and 60 seconds of record time. While the essence of the design, the sensor and memory board has changed little from the original prototype, a second ‘motherboard’ was added. This new motherboard houses a new, high speed DSP processor, a battery holder for internal batteries to make it self-contained, trigger inputs and outputs, a USB 3 port and a new 5 inch touch LCD display.
The camera software of the original fps1000HD has been completely re-written for the new hardware. All operations are available via the LCD touch screen, allowing the user to record playback and save image sequences to the built-in micro SD card. The new camera is significantly superior in appearance and functionality.
“Traditionally, high frame rate cameras have been very expensive and bulky – I wanted to achieve this in a low cost, small hand held device.” Said project creator and fps1000HD inventor Rowan. “I decided not to cut corners and aim for a product that I was going to be proud of. I think I have achieved this and the feedback from customers has been how well engineered the product is.”
Most video cameras produce encoded video files. The process of encoding compresses the image to reduce the file size so decisions have to be made about what data to discard. It is impossible to reconstruct this missing data once it is lost. With the fps1000HD’s raw files no information is lost. Each frame retains the full 12 bit colour information and full resolution so it is much easier to post process.
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. ‘Backers’ who support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. All ‘Backers’ of the Kickstarter campaign who pledge £1,599 or more (approx. $2,128 USD) will receive a fps1000HD 64G Colour or Mono Camera.
The Kickstarter campaign is officially open until October 6, 2016. For more information about the Kickstarter campaign, visit: kck.st/2cDIoKq
The fps1000 differs from many high frame rate cameras. Firstly it is completely self-contained. Many high speed cameras need to be operated from a computer and have no built-in screen. The fps1000’s built-in LCD screen allows you to easily frame the scene and focus as well as play back clips once taken.