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Old June 22nd, 2002, 06:38 PM   #196
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All of the titles Jim mentions above, plus quite a few more, may be found at amazon.com by searching the "Books" section for "iMovie." Hope this helps,
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Old June 23rd, 2002, 04:15 PM   #197
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Dead pixel? Spot on lens?

I noticed yesterday on my GL1 that there is a small grey spot/pixel. I shot it against a black background (after cleaning the UV filter & lens) and a red back ground. I also used a head cleaner and tried two different new tapes all with the same results.

My fear was that it was the "dead pixel" disease. However, when I zoom in against a dark background the spot rotates from near the middle of the screen in a counter clockwise fashion right off the screen.

Any ideas on what this is and/or how to fix it?
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Old June 24th, 2002, 04:09 AM   #198
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New camera.....bad WB ?

Hi all,

I just got my GL1 last week. My first 3 chip ! I was excited to get it out and see just how much less noise I would have in available light (low light) situations compared to the old 1 chip camera. Long story short....the auto white balance had a red cast under household tungsten light and the tungsten wb setting was even worse. after I did a custom white it was much better, but my older....much cheaper camcorder produced a better WB under these "common" conditions. I put 2 short clips on a site at http://homepage.mac.com/jeffyr163/iMovieTheater1.html . The first 3 seconds or so is on auto WB and then custom white balance, and then again on another test. Should I bring it to Canon to be checked out already ? I just think it should be giving me a better Auto WB. My wife will be using it as well and she is an "auto" kind of gal....NOT GOOD !

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Old June 24th, 2002, 05:47 AM   #199
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i'm no expert but that sounds bad... I wouldnt wait around, take it back to the shop or return it to canon
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Old June 24th, 2002, 07:05 AM   #200
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The warm tones in the test footage are not objectionable to me. The color of the cabnets in the scene are producing "local color" and a natural, warm tone look. What types of lights are used in the kitchen? You can not have mixed light sources ( tungstin and flourescent) in a scene and get 100% accurate auto white balance. However, for your own peace of mind you might want to call Canon and see what they have to say.

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Old June 24th, 2002, 11:33 AM   #201
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If it rotates, it's definitely a spot on the lens. Hope this helps,
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Old June 24th, 2002, 01:12 PM   #202
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Jeff,

That was at night when it was dark outside. The only lights on were 2 ceiling mounted tungsten fixtures that are both the same and have a diffusion globe over the bulbs.

The warm tone is just a little too much, and the custom WB is a little too green. But the tungsten setting on the camera is objectionably warm. I should have included that too.

I'll contact the distributor and Canon and post an update if I get one.

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Old June 24th, 2002, 06:44 PM   #203
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<<<-- Originally posted by Chris Hurd : If it rotates, it's definitely a spot on the lens. Hope this helps, -->>>


I realized I had the digital zoom on and when it got to the engaging point, that's when the dot, grey pixel, moved. Do you think that it may be a "grey pixel" after all?
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Old June 24th, 2002, 10:08 PM   #204
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Does the pixel rotate or does in move in a linear fashion, off the screen? If it rotates it's on the lens. If it moves linear it is probably a dead pixel.

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Old June 25th, 2002, 01:14 AM   #205
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If it didn't move until you got to the digital zoom, then it's probably on the CCD and *not* a spot on the lens.
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Old June 25th, 2002, 08:55 AM   #206
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That is what is called a Dead Pixel or hotspot only way to fix it is to send it to canon to get the ccd replaced.
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Old June 25th, 2002, 11:32 AM   #207
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<<<-- Originally posted by George Gerez : That is what is called a Dead Pixel or hotspot only way to fix it is to send it to canon to get the ccd replaced. -->>>


Darn, that's what I thought. Arrrrgh, I've only shot 20 hours on that camera too. Thanks to all for the advice.
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Old June 25th, 2002, 12:17 PM   #208
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Cisco. I have a dead spot to.. right in the lower middle part of the screen.
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Old June 26th, 2002, 12:57 PM   #209
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I have developed a dead Pixel as well on my GL1. I have looked at other strings regarding this issue and do not seem to have found what Canon might charge to mask one.

Perhaps one of you might know?

Thanks. First time on this site for me.

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Old June 27th, 2002, 12:51 PM   #210
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Filming direct to a laptop?

Is it possible to film directly from a GL1 to a laptop?
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