CinePlex 3.5 Digital Video Recording/Tracking
|May 29, 2014|
Good news for labs using video recording – CinePlex® Behavioral Research System software version 3.5 (CinePlex System) is now available on the Plexon website.
The CinePlex System is possibly the industry’s most advanced approach to digital video recording, position tracking and behavioral analysis for freely moving and behaving animal experiments. Further, Plexon’s CinePlex System is the only behavioral research system that can either be operated in full synchrony with neural data acquisition, or as a stand-alone solution.
Since the last release, the development team has dedicated countless hours not only to expanding functionality, but also simplifying the interface, refining the algorithms and improving the performance. The result is an easier to use system, yet unexpectedly with more granular control of data capture and analysis. Some of the more significant additions include freezing detection, support for more economical cameras and the significant expansion of multi-camera support.
Freezing detection is especially valuable in learning and memory research, most specifically for fear conditioning studies. CinePlex System v3.5 now empowers researchers to avoid the tediousness, variability and low throughput nature of manual scoring by confidently automating the detection and resulting calculations. The user can average the motion measure, set the freezing threshold, span gaps if desired, and then generate markers around the resulting freezing episodes. Multiple sets of detected episodes can be created with varying parameters, reviewed, modified if needed, and saved for future analysis.
CinePlex System v3.5 now also offers the researcher operating CinePlex in the stand-alone configuration a more economical camera option with Point Grey Firefly cameras while still maintaining good quality. Taking camera features a step further, the new release supports calibration in one or two dimensions, as well as speed measurements and events for multiple cameras.
This latest download can be found on the CinePlex System webpage as well as at plexon.com/software-downloads under the CinePlex Behavioral Research System header.
JoVE/PlexBright® Contest Deadline Saturday
Previous winner, Jonathan Ho of Rebecca D. Burwell’s Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory and Attention Lab at Brown University, shares his perspective regarding the contest and winning:
“What I took away the most from this experience was that Plexon is genuinely interested in our research and wants to provide us with the best platform to carry out our work. I now consider Plexon as an important partner in our research rather than simply a company supplying our equipment. Winning Plexon’s contest gave us the fantastic opportunity to showcase our research and experimental protocols using Plexon’s products to a wide audience through JoVE’s unique publication media.
The partnership between Rebecca Burwell’s lab and Plexon has no doubt been strengthened from this positive experience, as have individual professional relationships, which will undoubtedly be an advantage in future endeavours. Our partnership enables us to have an open dialogue with Plexon to suggest improvements and developments to their already excellent products that would suit our ongoing research needs. More importantly, strong partnerships like this result in continual innovation in both research and technical means to tackle the infinite questions neuroscience poses.”
Plexon truly values the experience with Dr. Burwell’s lab, whose article titled “Automated Visual Cognitive Tasks for Recording Neural Activity Using a Floor Projection Maze” has now reached nearly 1,400 views from approximately 30 countries, and looks forward to being a catalyst in launching another innovative research group into the international spotlight.
For more information, the Official Rules or to download the application, visit https://plexon.com/plexonjove-promotions.
NeuroExplorer® v5 Available June 30
Plexon announces the much anticipated launch of NeuroExplorer® version 5.0 in less than five weeks! NeuroExplorer is a neurophysiological data analysis package that supports sophisticated analyses and generates professional presentation of the results. It is the undisputed industry gold standard in data analysis programs cited by more than 1,700 scientific publications.
Version 5 is a truly significant expansion of functionality over the previous version – seven years in the making! Some of the most significant advances include:
For a quote with NeuroExplorer v5 single or three-seat licensing packages, or for upgrades from any prior version of NeuroExplorer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plexon – the Lead Sponsor of the NIC
Plexon is thrilled to have an opportunity to demonstrate its strong support as the only Platinum+ sponsor for the 41st Neural Interfaces Conference to be held in its home city of Dallas, Texas, USA in collaboration with the Texas Biomedical Device Center and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). We are especially pleased to partner with Robert Rennaker, PhD of UTD as the Conference Chair and Joe Pancrazio, PhD of George Mason University as the Steering Committee Chair to host an anticipated crowd of 400 scientists.
As the lead sponsor, Plexon will also sponsor the Tuesday evening dinner at the acclaimed Perot Museum of Nature and Science beginning at 7:30 p.m. – an event not to miss! The museum opened its doors December 1, 2012 and welcomed its millionth visitor just eight months later.
Attendees are invited to Plexon’s island booth to be amongst the first to see the PRE-LAUNCH OmniPlex® D2 Neural Data Acquisition System platform for use with Plexon’s new digital headstages. Researchers will also have an opportunity to work with the PlexBright Optogenetic Stimulation System, the CinePlex Behavioral Research System, the industry-standard Offline Sorter™ Software, and even have an advanced peak into the new NeuroExplorer v5 to be launched June 30th.
Workshop Registration Raffle at NIC
Due to popular demand, Plexon will once again host a Workshop Raffle – this time at the NIC. We will raffle off a FREE REGISTRATION to the very popular, intense, multi-day, hands-on 2015 Annual Neurophysiology and Behavioral Research Workshop in which the winner will receive a full registration valued at $900.00. Earlier this year, the attendees rated the 2014 event an outstanding 9.5/10!
Checkout the green sidebar to see what Yuichi Makino, PhD from the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology at Harvard University had to say about his experience at the Plexon Workshop.
Raffle contestants are invited to enter once during the opening hours of the 41st NIC at the Plexon booth. Contestants can be any researchers in attendance that are not distributors for, employees of, or in any way agents of Plexon Inc. Upon the close of the exhibition, the winner’s name will be drawn and he/she will contacted shortly thereafter.
Contact email@example.com with any questions. Good luck to all raffle contestants!
Did you know . . . How to Upgrade Plexon License Keys?
A number of software products offered by Plexon require a license key for full operation, such as Offline Sorter or NeuroExplorer. New software releases within a version (such as v3.1 to v3.2) are available free of charge and can simply be downloaded from the Plexon website. These minor releases do not have an impact on the license key.
However, when incrementing from one software version to the next (such as v3 to v4), the license key itself must be upgraded. License keys are upgraded using a proprietary program called PlexLicTool and special key serial number-specific codes generated by Plexon. It is important to note that not all Plexon license keys can be remotely upgraded. Only the black, USB keys are upgradeable, while all others will need to be exchanged.
The process to upgrade your black, USB license key is as follows:
1) Identify the serial number for each license key needing to be upgraded (found on the license key label or electronically read from key using PlexLicTool),
When Plexon responds with the upgrade codes, plug the first license key into a computer and launch PlexLicTool. A window will appear populated with information specific to your key on top and displaying four open fields at the bottom (if not, contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Enter the four license key-specific codes provided by Plexon in the corresponding fields numbered one through four. Click Enter Code to accept, then click OK, then click Done when prompted. The license key was successfully upgraded. Repeat for each key you wish to upgrade.
Let us know about your 2014 publication citing Plexon and our equipment and we will send you a thank you award with a mug and a T-shirt! Send notices, address and T-shirt size to email@example.com.
All articles listed are alphabetical based on first author within two categories: articles published online in electronic-only journals or ahead of print, and articles published in full print.
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Plexon Workshop Alumni Speak Out
“I just joined a lab that uses a couple of Plexon recording setups. I had absolutely no experience in using the Plexon system before joining the lab, so I had to struggle for figuring out how the entire system works. I could get a tremendous help from the Plexon workshop because there I could learn every detail of the Plexon system – what each part of the hardware means, how they are assembled to work together, how to use each function of the software and for what kind of purpose, etc. – on a very very hands-on style. Now I am back to the lab and am much more comfortable about using our system. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who uses the Plexon system, but particularly to the people who are new to it.”
Yuichi Makino, PhD
Register for 2014 China Workshop
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• 41st Neural Interfaces Conference, June 23-25; Dallas, Texas, USA