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 as well as newly added, more economical USB Firefly cameras chosen from compatible options. 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.

Further, the CinePlex System is one part of the broader Plexon Behavioral Research Solution for Elecrophysiology, including many other products we offer that complement the behavioral research set-up, reducing human error and increasing efficiency.

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.

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.