The original concepts behind rotating mirror and rotating drum camera technology were devised by Charles E. Miller in the late 1930's. The first camera of this type were built during the Manhattan project by Berlin Brixner to study the conventional explosives system used in the first atomic weapon.

Drum camera technology is closely associated with the work of Dr. Harold E. Edgerton of MIT, the inventor of the xenon flash lamp. While most of Edgerton's work was single frame exposures taken with his short exposure flashes using conventional cameras, he also did some work with rotating drum and rotating mirror cameras to take sequences of images.

In 1959, Sidney J. Nebeker founded Cordin Company, which designs, builds and markets ultra high speed imaging systems for the scientific research market. Cordin is the only manufacturer of drum cameras in the world. They have been refining and improving these camera systems for over thirty five years. Cordin's cameras are designed purely as research tools and have therefore not been useful for cinematography.

Nathan Nebeker is Sid Nebeker's son, the founder of Millisecond Cinematography and the designer of the camera system. The Millisecond camera is an all new camera based on Cordin's proven technology and designed specifically to conform to the needs of the commercial cinematography market. The introduction of Millisecond marks the first time this technology has been available to the cinematography industry.