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.
**CinePlex Studio v3.6 now offers jitter elimination and more!**
The study of animal behavior is a key to unlocking the great mysteries of the brain. Plexon is pleased to be a major force supporting researchers spanning disciplines as vast as behavioral physiology, biophysics, mental health, neuro-informatics, pharmacology, and psychiatry as they define new frontiers in science and medicine.
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. Primary system elements include the following:
- 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).
- CinePlex Software: two powerful programs that form the core of the sophisticated video tracking and behavioral analysis functionality – CinePlex Studio and CinePlex Editor. CinePlex Studio is responsible for the recording, tracking and analysis functionality, while CinePlex Editor enables the OmniPlex System or MAP System user to view and edit synchronized video and neural data files together. CinePlex Studio’s standard capabilities can be expanded to perform specialize functionality through CinePlex Tracking, CinePlex Basic Behavior and CinePlex 3D.
- 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.
The table below outlines selected information regarding the CinePlex System. For more information, see the CinePlex Software and individual application-specific pages – CinePlex Studio, CinePlex Editor, CinePlex Tracking, CinePlex Basic Behavior, and CinePlex 3D.
|Features||Specifications and Options||Remarks|
|Controller platform||Windows® 7||Beginning with CinePlex Studio v3.6.0, only Windows 7 is supported. The last version to support Windows XP was CinePlex v3.5.0.|
|Software required for stand-alone operation||CinePlex Studio|
|Software required for synchrony with neural data acquisition (NDAQ)||– CinePlex Studio and
– CinePlex Editor
|Synchrony with NDAQ systems||– OmniPlex® and OmniPlex D Systems
– MAP Systems
|Also synchronized with Tucker-Davis Technologies data acquisition systems, though with limited functionality.|
|Timing clock||1MHz||Plexon’s OmniPlex, OmniPlex D and MAP Systems use the same timing clock as does the CinePlex System.|
|Resolution of time stamps||25µsec|
|Video and neural file synchrony||Simultaneous starting, stopping, pausing and resuming of both files.|
|Neural files saved to||Plexon (.PLX) and NeuroExplorer (.NEX) files|
|Files read||MPEG and MJPEG files|
|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).|
|Video file compression||MPEG quality adjustable from 1 to 10.||CinePlex Studio default is 4.|
|Camera resolution and frames per second||– AVT Stingray: 640 x 480 resolution, 80fps
– AVT Pike: 640 x 480 resolution, 200fps
– AVT Pike: 960 x 960 high resolution, 60fps
|All cameras are low noise.|
|Number of cameras supported||– AVT Stingray: 1 to 4
– AVT Pike (200fps): 1 to 4
|Advanced functionality options||– CinePlex Tracking
– CinePlex Basic Behavior
– CinePlex 3D
|3 application-specific options are advanced functionality offered through CinePlex Studio, and available through licensing.|
|Integrated viewing of||Neural data files (Plexon .PLX, NeuroExplorer® .NEX) and .AVI files|
|Export to||Excel®, MATLAB® or text files|
|Licensing||Requires the purchase of a CinePlex System, plus a license key for each application-specific option.||All 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 CinePlex Software can be loaded onto as many computers as you desire. However, the license key is required for operation.|
Any questions? Ask a Plexon Sales Engineer. We are happy to help.
Post date December 8, 2015
Post Date August 21, 2017
Post date October 14, 2014. This user guide contains updated functionality for the use of CinePlex integrated with OmniPlex only.
Post date February 2010. Comprehensive CinePlex User Guide through version 3.0.
Post date February 2008.
Post date May 2, 2017
Post date May 23, 2014
Post date August 2014
Guides and How To Papers
Posted May 2, 2017
Technical Specs and Data Sheets
Research Articles with Video
Jacobson, Tara K., Jonathan W. Ho, Brendon W. Kent, Fang-Chi Yang, and Rebecca D. Burwell. “Automated Visual Cognitive Tasks for Recording Neural Activity Using a Floor Projection Maze.” JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) 84 (2014): e51316-e51316.
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- MacDonald CJ, Lepage KQ, Eden UT, Eichenbaum H. Hippocampal “time cells” bridge the gap in memory for discontiguous events. Neuron. 2011 Aug 25;71(4):737-49.
- Wang DV, Tsien JZ. Conjunctive processing of locomotor signals by the ventral tegmental area neuronal population. PLoS One. 2011 Jan 27;6(1):e16528.
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