SPIE and Photonics Media have named near-infrared (NIR) optimized QuantumFilm a finalist for a 2017 Photonics Prism Award. Winners will be announced on February 1st, 2017 at the 9th annual Prism Award gala held during Photonics West in San Francisco. Our thanks to the judges for recognizing QuantumFilm’s benefits for NIR image sensing!
The number of camera sensor-equipped IoT devices in the fields of authentication, autonomy, and augmented reality is projected to grow to 580 million units by 2020 ($2.1 billion, 48% CAGR). IoT devices rely on active illumination for authentication, autonomy, and augmented reality, and NIR QuantumFilm enables them to perform more accurately and safely with significant power savings.
Sensing light with NIR QuantumFilm:
- Allows cameras to achieve 40% QE at the 940 nm wavelength with built-in global shutter capability
- Enables active illumination applications to pulse their illumination in sync with global shutter in order to outshine ambient infrared light outdoors and minimize power consumption (leading in turn to a more compact form factor)
- Eliminates the necessity of operating at 850 nm for NIR sensors, which produces an obtrusive red glow and suffers from competition with ambient infrared in sunlight
Read more about QuantumFilm technology and its benefits here.
DPReview featured an in-depth interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who just received his third consecutive Oscar win for The Revenant this year. For photography and film buffs, we highly recommend reading the fascinating full interview, which covers everything from the differences between film and digital to the importance of standardizing displays.
Here’s an excerpt that particularly made us smile:
DPR: You’ve worked with InVisage, the company behind QuantumFilm, and seem very enthusiastic about what that technology can do for filmmakers and photographers. Why?
EL: When InVisage approached me and showed me their sensor technology I got very, very excited. As people would say, it’s music to my ears. Actually, it’s music to my eyes what they are doing! What they’re attempting to do is everything I’ve been looking for, and that’s why I’m so excited to work with them.
The first thing I’m excited about is the high dynamic range of QuantumFilm, but the other thing that’s important is a camera that has a global shutter as opposed to a rolling shutter. That’s something that we suffered with a bit during Gravity. When you’re doing a lot of digital effects and stitching things together, not having global shutter can become a big issue, as you guys know.
InVisage was delighted to welcome Artistic Advisor Emmanuel Lubezki to our offices in Menlo Park on Feb. 17th. Last night, Mr. Lubezki became the first cinematographer to win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for three consecutive years (for The Revenant; previous wins included for 2014’s Birdman and 2013’s Gravity).
During his visit, Mr. Lubezki was the featured guest at a luncheon held with customers in conjunction with the release of SparkP2, the first QuantumFilm IR product. He also visited the InVisage office for a tour of the facility and lab, and provided input on the latest demonstrations of QuantumFilm’s capabilities. We had a great time, and it was an honor to host the most distinguished camera enthusiast out there!
Mr. Lubezki is known for his acclaimed work with directors Alejandro Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men), Ethan and Joel Coen (Burn After Reading), and Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life).
Read more about the launch of the SparkP2 infrared camera with QuantumFilm here.
InVisage demonstrated Quantum13 at CES 2016 in Las Vegas last week. Check out some of the coverage so far!
DPReview loved QuantumFilm’s electronic global shutter:
QuantumCinema’s dynamic range made an impression on Videomaker, who gave QuantumFilm a “Best of CES: Most Innovative” award:
On November 11th in Beijing, InVisage launched our first product, the 13MP, 1.1um smartphone camera sensor Quantum13. The event was a major milestone not just for us here at InVisage but for cameras in general, which are now implementing QuantumFilm for the first time! Speakers included Jess Lee, Remi Lacombe, Emanuele Mandelli, and Xuefei Yang. The launch also featured live dynamic range, global shutter, low light, and drone-mounted demonstrations, as well as a photo booth, all with Quantum13-enabled smartphones.
Quantum13 is shipping to customers this quarter. This is the start of many product launches from InVisage to come! Thanks to all who attended.
You can read more about the event and Quantum13 in the official news release here, but we also wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the event.
InVisage is pleased to release “Prix” and “The Making of ‘Prix,’” a set of videos that introduce and demonstrate the benefits of QuantumFilm. With an increasing number of feature films being shot partially or entirely on smartphones, “Prix” marks an important milestone for bringing cinema-level quality to mobile cameras. It also tells the story of a group of young RC car enthusiasts as they vie for the title of Fastest Racer in Archwood. The actors who play them then visit the InVisage office in Menlo Park in “The Making of ‘Prix'” to learn about QuantumFilm and how it works.
The footage for “Prix” was shot simultaneously with both a QuantumFilm smartphone camera sensor and a comparable silicon CMOS smartphone camera sensor to highlight the difference in image quality. Side-by-side comparisons shown in “The Making of ‘Prix'” demonstrate QuantumFilm’s higher dynamic range mode, QuantumCinema, and the power of the world’s first electronic global shutter for smartphones. You’ll notice more details in high and low light, and no more distortion when capturing moving objects. Pretty cool if we say so ourselves!
We had a fantastic time making these films and want to thank everyone who was involved in the production. Stay tuned for the next movie shot on QuantumFilm by signing up for our email list!
On October 18th, InVisage participated in a panel on “The Future of Film and Technology” at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Visual effects designer John Gaeta (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) and cinematographer Shane Hurlbut (Terminator: Salvation, Need for Speed), as well as filmmakers Tiffany Shlain (Connected, The Tribe) and Christopher Coppola (Gunfighter, Deadfall) joined InVisage CEO Jess Lee on the panel, which was moderated by WIRED associate editor/writer Angela Watercutter.
Panelists discussed whether they miss celluloid film, the increasing use of smartphones to shoot feature films, what new camera technologies have to offer, the democratization of filmmaking, the impact of social media, and whether audiences will still be watching movies in theaters fifty years from now. Our favorite anecdote: Shane Hurlbut on deliberately exploding the cameras he shot with and having to hunt for SD cards in the forest.
We were also excited to include an advance screening of “Prix,” the first film to be shot with a QuantumFilm smartphone image sensor. It was awesome to see QuantumCinema on the big screen. Want to see it yourself? The public release of “Prix” is coming soon—watch this space, and check out the “Prix” trailer below!
InVisage has been selected for the EE Times’ annual “Silicon 60” list of startups to watch for 2015. According to the EE Times, 50% of the companies selected for the Silicon 60 were replaced between 2014 and 2015, so we’re proud to have held our spot as a startup worth paying attention to. This marks the third time we’ve made the Silicon 60 cut (EE Times also granted us the award in 2012 and 2014), and the third time we’ve won a promising startup award this year. Thanks for recognizing the power of QuantumFilm™ and InVisage, EE Times! See the full list here.
InVisage is happy to announce that we have been selected as one of the 2015 AlwaysON Global 100 Companies to Watch. The award recognizes private startups at the forefront of technological innovation that also demonstrate sound business strategies. For more information, click here.
InVisage opened our first high-volume QuantumFilm manufacturing facility, QFAB3, on June 11th in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The party began with an acrobatic Taiwanese drumming performance and featured speeches from C. H. Tu of Hsinchu Science Park and our own Jess Lee and James Chou. We also showed a sneak preview of our upcoming short film shot on QuantumFilm, Prix, and gave guided tours of the factory to show off our custom tools and brand new set-up.
The opening of QFAB3 is a huge step forward for QuantumFilm and for cameras. Being an image sensor company, we took a lot of photos for those of you who missed it. Here are some of the highlights!
Cutting the ribbon (left to right): James Chou (VP of Manufacturing Operations, InVisage), C. H. Tu (Director General of SIPA), C. C. Wei (CEO, TSMC), Jess Lee (CEO, InVisage), Kenneth Kin (Associate Dean, National Tsing Hua University), Robin Cheung (VP of Materials and Manufacturing, InVisage)
Thanks to everyone who came to the event and helped make it a huge success!