CinePlex Behavioral Research System

The CinePlex® Behavioral Research 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. 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.

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CinePlex Behavioral Research System

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For more than a decade, Plexon has developed, refined and expanded its leading video tracking and behavior analysis system – the CinePlex Behavioral Research System. The CinePlex System expertly transforms abstract activity into quantitative information able to be effectively examined and analyzed. It can be operated as a stand-alone solution in which the research does not require the simultaneous capture of neural signals. Alternatively, it can be operated in synchrony with OmniPlex® Neural Data Acquisition Systems or the Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP) Data Acquisition System.

The CinePlex System functions in all lighting conditions – light to dark – and is capable of operation online or offline with files. It is applicable to research with almost any maze or open field, and offers multiple tracking modes. The CinePlex System is capable of both two- and three-dimensional operation while supporting a choice of standard VGA or high definition cameras. It performs a wealth of statistical computations, and can export data to Excel®, MATLAB® or text files for further analysis.

A complete CinePlex System is a combination of specialized hardware and software customized to your research needs.

The CinePlex System is powered by two primary programs–CinePlex Studio and CinePlex Editor. Together, they are referred to as the CinePlex Software. All users of the CinePlex Behavioral Research System will require CinePlex Studio, while only those using the CinePlex System in conjunction with either the OmniPlex® Neural Data Acquisition Systems or the Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP) Data Acquisition System will require the CinePlex Editor software.

CinePlex Studio is the robust data acquisition portion of the CinePlex System providing the ability to capture video to .AVI files for online or later (offline) viewing and analysis.

CinePlex Studio features:

  • Triggered video capture for more accurate time stamping of video frames
  • Multi-camera support at up to 200 frames per second
  • Flexibility to record in normal light, or via near infrared if the experimental conditions require a dark environment.

While CinePlex Studio provides the core of the behavioral research system functionality, CinePlex Editor provides the ability to manipulate behavioral data in relation to neural data. Together, both programs comprise the CinePlex Software.

CinePlex Editor is an integrated video and neural data file playback program with editing functionality that enables the OmniPlex® Neural Data Acquisition System or Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP) Data Acquisition System user to view and edit synchronized video and neural data files together.

CinePlex Editor offers:

  • Full digital recorder (DVR) playback capabilities
  • Visualization of position data (if utilizing CinePlex Tracking) overlaid on the video image.
  • Sophisticated algorithms for event marker-based searching functionality for rapid data review
  • User-defined audio cues that can be triggered when event markers or neural spikes occur during payback.

When behavioral research requires data capture and manipulation beyond specialized recording capabilities, CinePlex Studio can be unlocked to leverage advanced features through application-specific options:

  • CinePlex Tracking offers arena definition and powerful automated tracking of time and positioning data via multiple tracking modes – both online and offline.
  • CinePlex Basic Behavior enables the further breakdown of arenas into various logically-interrelated zones, the generation of simple and complex digital events in response to activity within the zones, and the automatic calculation of real-time statistics.
  • CinePlex 3D makes possible the recording and tracking of color markers from two or more simultaneous video streams in three dimensions – all with a remarkably simple system and camera calibration, freeing the researcher from a fixed recording environment.

CinePlex Studio is designed in a modular fashion for maximum flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Researchers can minimize costs, choosing only what options, if any, are valuable to their research. All upgrades within a version are free of charge and will be bundled into a single CinePlex Software upgrade package accessible online upon release.

Primary hardware components include:

  • CinePlex Controller: a powerful computer capable of processing the large video files while simultaneously running all associated programs including the CinePlex Software, as well as optional data acquisition programs (OmniPlex Software or MAP Software).
  • Cameras: low-noise, standard VGA or high definition FireWire cameras. The CinePlex System is capable of supporting from one to four cameras depending on the configuration chosen.
  • CinePlex Interface Module: provides camera triggers, Nth frame pulses and recording status to external equipment; utilized in stand-alone operation only.
  • Accessories: including calibration grids, assorted cables, and computer peripherals such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. The CinePlex System is remarkably flexible and can be configured to meet your research requirements and budget. Much of the functionality is within the software and can be expanded when and if necessary.

To observe the CinePlex System in use during a freely behaving rat experiment, we invite you to view the methods section within the publication “Automated Visual Cognitive Tasks for Recording Neural Activity Using a Floor Projection Maze” authored by a team in Rebecca Burwell’s Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory and Attention Lab at Brown University and published in the Journal of Visualized Experimentation (JoVE) on February 20, 2014. The study presented uses CinePlex Studio with the CinePlex Tracking and CinePlex Basic Behavior options, as well as the OmniPlex Neural Data Acquisition System for synchronized neural recording.

A Plexon Sales Engineer is available to provide additional information and to assist you in determining what CinePlex System configuration could best support your research most cost effectively.


For more than a decade, Plexon has developed, refined and expanded its leading video tracking and behavior analysis system – the CinePlex Behavioral Research System. The CinePlex System expertly transforms abstract activity into quantitative information able to be effectively examined and analyzed. It can be operated as a stand-alone solution in which the research does not require the simultaneous capture of neural signals. Alternatively, it can be operated in synchrony with OmniPlex® Neural Data Acquisition Systems or the Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP) Data Acquisition System.

The CinePlex System functions in all lighting conditions – light to dark – and is capable of operation online or offline with files. It is applicable to research with almost any maze or open field, and offers multiple tracking modes. The CinePlex System is capable of both two- and three-dimensional operation while supporting a choice of standard VGA or high definition cameras. It performs a wealth of statistical computations, and can export data to Excel®, MATLAB® or text files for further analysis.

A complete CinePlex System is a combination of specialized hardware and software customized to your research needs.

The CinePlex System is powered by two primary programs–CinePlex Studio and CinePlex Editor. Together, they are referred to as the CinePlex Software. All users of the CinePlex Behavioral Research System will require CinePlex Studio, while only those using the CinePlex System in conjunction with either the OmniPlex® Neural Data Acquisition Systems or the Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP) Data Acquisition System will require the CinePlex Editor software.

CinePlex Studio is the robust data acquisition portion of the CinePlex System providing the ability to capture video to .AVI files for online or later (offline) viewing and analysis.

CinePlex Studio features:

  • Triggered video capture for more accurate time stamping of video frames
  • Multi-camera support at up to 200 frames per second
  • Flexibility to record in normal light, or via near infrared if the experimental conditions require a dark environment.

While CinePlex Studio provides the core of the behavioral research system functionality, CinePlex Editor provides the ability to manipulate behavioral data in relation to neural data. Together, both programs comprise the CinePlex Software.

CinePlex Editor is an integrated video and neural data file playback program with editing functionality that enables the OmniPlex® Neural Data Acquisition System or Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP) Data Acquisition System user to view and edit synchronized video and neural data files together.

CinePlex Editor offers:

  • Full digital recorder (DVR) playback capabilities
  • Visualization of position data (if utilizing CinePlex Tracking) overlaid on the video image.
  • Sophisticated algorithms for event marker-based searching functionality for rapid data review
  • User-defined audio cues that can be triggered when event markers or neural spikes occur during payback.

When behavioral research requires data capture and manipulation beyond specialized recording capabilities, CinePlex Studio can be unlocked to leverage advanced features through application-specific options:

  • CinePlex Tracking offers arena definition and powerful automated tracking of time and positioning data via multiple tracking modes – both online and offline.
  • CinePlex Basic Behavior enables the further breakdown of arenas into various logically-interrelated zones, the generation of simple and complex digital events in response to activity within the zones, and the automatic calculation of real-time statistics.
  • CinePlex 3D makes possible the recording and tracking of color markers from two or more simultaneous video streams in three dimensions – all with a remarkably simple system and camera calibration, freeing the researcher from a fixed recording environment.

CinePlex Studio is designed in a modular fashion for maximum flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Researchers can minimize costs, choosing only what options, if any, are valuable to their research. All upgrades within a version are free of charge and will be bundled into a single CinePlex Software upgrade package accessible online upon release.

Primary hardware components include:

  • CinePlex Controller: a powerful computer capable of processing the large video files while simultaneously running all associated programs including the CinePlex Software, as well as optional data acquisition programs (OmniPlex Software or MAP Software).
  • Cameras: low-noise, standard VGA or high definition FireWire cameras. The CinePlex System is capable of supporting from one to four cameras depending on the configuration chosen.
  • CinePlex Interface Module: provides camera triggers, Nth frame pulses and recording status to external equipment; utilized in stand-alone operation only.
  • Accessories: including calibration grids, assorted cables, and computer peripherals such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. The CinePlex System is remarkably flexible and can be configured to meet your research requirements and budget. Much of the functionality is within the software and can be expanded when and if necessary.

To observe the CinePlex System in use during a freely behaving rat experiment, we invite you to view the methods section within the publication “Automated Visual Cognitive Tasks for Recording Neural Activity Using a Floor Projection Maze” authored by a team in Rebecca Burwell’s Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory and Attention Lab at Brown University and published in the Journal of Visualized Experimentation (JoVE) on February 20, 2014. The study presented uses CinePlex Studio with the CinePlex Tracking and CinePlex Basic Behavior options, as well as the OmniPlex Neural Data Acquisition System for synchronized neural recording.

A Plexon Sales Engineer is available to provide additional information and to assist you in determining what CinePlex System configuration could best support your research most cost effectively.

Tracking Videos


Y Maze

T Maze

Water Maze

Rat on Treadmill

Head Direction Event

3D Monkey Tracking

Tracking Videos

Y Maze

T Maze

Water Maze

Rat on Treadmill

Head Direction Event

3D Monkey Tracking

Integrate with Electrophysiology

Seamlessly integrate behavioral tracking with our OmniPlex Neural Recording System to create time-locked events in the recording data. Additionally, incorporating the Carousel commutator makes it possible to record neural activity and optogenetically stimulate in awake and freely moving animals.

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Integrate with Electrophysiology

Seamlessly integrate behavioral tracking with our OmniPlex Neural Recording System to create time-locked events in the recording data. Additionally, incorporating the Carousel commutator makes it possible to record neural activity and optogenetically stimulate in awake and freely moving animals.

Learn More