CinePlex Software

Plexon’s CinePlex® Behavioral Research System revolves around two powerful programs – CinePlex Studio and CinePlex Editor – that form the core of the sophisticated video tracking and behavioral analysis functionality. CinePlex Studio drives the recording functionality, and can be enhanced with any of the following application-specific options: CinePlex Tracking, CinePlex Basic Behavior, and CinePlex 3D.

**CinePlex Studio v3.7 now supports 4 cameras at 200 fps and more!**

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.

Benefitting from more than a decade of development and experience, CinePlex v3 offers possibly the most sophisticated, yet easy to use video tracking and behavioral analysis functionality in the industry. Benefits are further enhanced and unmatched by optional synchronization with either of Plexon’s neural data recording systems mentioned above.

The CinePlex Software arrives pre-loaded on a control computer if purchased with any CinePlex System. All upgrades within a version are free of charge and will be bundled into a single CinePlex Software upgrade package accessible online upon release.

To observe the CinePlex System integrated with an OmniPlex 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 System for synchronized neural recording.

A Plexon Sales Engineer is available to provide additional information and to assist you in determining how the CinePlex System could improve efficiency, save time and minimize human error.

The table below outlines selected information specific to the CinePlex® Software.  See the individual application-specific pages – CinePlex Studio, CinePlex Editor, CinePlex Tracking, CinePlex Basic Behavior, and CinePlex 3D – for more information regarding those specifications.

Features Specifications and Options Remarks
Computer 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.
Operational modes – Online (from cameras) and
– Offline (from files)
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 data 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.
Number of cameras supported 1 to 4 Depends on camera type and application- specific option implemented.
Advanced functionality options – CinePlex Tracking
– CinePlex Basic Behavior
– CinePlex 3D
Integrated viewing of Neural data files (Plexon .PLX, NeuroExplorer® .NEX) and .AVI files
Tracking data saved to .DVT and .AVI files
Export options Excel®, MATLAB®, or text files
Licensing Requires the purchase of a CinePlex System.  Advanced functionality accessible with purchase of appropriate license keys. 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 here to help you explore whether the CinePlex System is the best tool to launch you from experiment to publication the fastest.

Installation Packages/Upgrades

               Post date May 2, 2017

               Post date May 23, 2014

               Post date August 2014

Manuals/User Guides

               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.

Guides and How To Papers

Change Log

               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.