CineLAB® Software

Plexon’s CineLAB® Video Tracking Software covers a wide range of behavioral research needs. Record freely-moving subjects from up to four cameras simultaneously and quickly compare groups on a variety of metrics including: speed, distance traveled, and presence or absence in particular locations within a larger arena. Furthermore, positional data can be used to control external devices with a custom digital input/output device from Plexon.

**CineLAB v4.1 is now available and offers enhanced statistical comparisons, more options for quickly analyzing the same data with multiple settings, and flexible modifications of arena settings on a per-session basis! Click here to learn more about these new features.**

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CineLAB® 4.1 Windows 7

Benefiting from more than a decade of development and experience, the CineLAB Behavior Tracking and Analysis System offers possibly the most accurate and reliable video tracking in the industry, accompanied by an easy to use graphical user interface.  Furthermore, the sales and support team at Plexon is more than happy to help guide you through setting up your system to suit your experimental needs.
The CineLAB Software can be purchased as a single camera or multi-camera license and is bundled with up to four camera kits.  Add-ons include a digital input/output device for triggering external devices.  All software upgrades within a version are free of charge and will be bundled into a single CineLAB upgrade package accessible online upon release.
Plexon Sales Engineer is available to provide additional information and to assist you in determining how the CineLAB System could improve efficiency, save time, and minimize human error in recording animal behavior.
The table below outlines selected information regarding the CineLAB™ System.
Features Specifications and Options Remarks
Controller platform Windows® 7 CineLAB multiple camera systems require the purchase of a stand-alone computer fully-optimized to run the software.  Computers are pre-loaded with Windows 7.
Operational modes
– Online (from cameras) and
– Offline (from files)
New trials can be recorded from live cameras or video files.
Tracking speed, distance traveled, time in zones or sequences – Contour, LED, or Color Marker Tracking LED and color marker tracking available with color cameras.
Tracking one or more subjects within an arena – LED or Color Marker Tracking Supports up to three LED colors and up to 12 color markers.
Tracking head direction and angles between markers – LED or Color Marker Tracking Head Direction tracking available with LED or color markers.  Multiple points can be tracked on the same animal.
Resolution (frame rate) Up to 60 frames  Default is 30 frames
Video file format generated Standard .AVI files in MPEG format  Essentially unlimited .AVI file size (Microsoft® extension to NTFS format eliminates the 4GB size limit).
Files read – .AVI
– .MJPEG
– .mjpg and
– .ffds
 Supports CinePlex v2 and v3 files.
Video file compression MPEG quality adjustable from 1 to 10  Default is 4.
Number of cameras supported 1 to 4 System can be ordered with 1-4 color or infared camera kits.  Supported cameras are purchased through Plexon and contain the following specs:
– USB 2.0 camera, 752 x 480 pixels, 1/3″ CMOS, CS Mount
– 1/3″ High-Resolution varifocal lens (3 to 8mm), installed by Plexon.
– Camera heat sink and Manfrotto® RC2 Rapid Connect Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate
– USB 2.0 A to Mini-B 5 -pin cable, 15ft
Playback viewing of .AVI files Supported by most video playback devices.
Inputs and Outputs CineLAB USB digital input/output (DIO) Interface  12 inputs/outputs total:
– 6 high true/6 low true inputs
– 6 high true/6 low true outputs
– 5V TTL signal
Export Options .csv file  Import to Excel®, MATLAB®, R, SPSS, Prism or .txt files
Licensing Available as a Single-Camera or (up to) Four-Camera License. Upgrades within a software version are free of charge and do not need a modification to the license key.  Upgrades to the next version do require an updated key with expanded privileges.
Installation The CineLAB Software can be loaded onto as many computers as you desire.  However, the license key is required for operation.  Recording with single camera license and offline analysis can be performed on computers with Windows 7 installed and the USB license key inserted. Accurate tracking with more than one camera requires use of custom-optimized computer, purchased from Plexon.
Any questions? Ask a Plexon Sales Engineer. We are happy to help.