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Old June 17th, 2005, 01:10 AM   #1
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lazy pixel hell

hey guys,
so im in the middle of shooting my first feature project here and i'm using my gl1.
its got hardly any hours on the heads, in fact its babied.
so im watching some dalies tonight and i notice 3 hot pixels. i dont mean totaly hot, like turned electric green or anything, these just seem to be sluggish.
if i were shooting a dark blue wall the pixels would appear light blue.
so im way too far into this thing to give up, ive spent the last of the money and im so worried about this i may have a stroke.
anyone have any advise on this? is this the begining of the end?
is there no hope?
can anything be done, either by myself or canon?
ive read a ton of these posts and i never wanted to be the whiney blown pixel guy. i always felt bad for that guy. now here i am.
any and all advise is greatly appreciated.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 04:25 AM   #2
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If it is a dead/hot pixel problem (I'm not sure, it is not my expertise) it can be
fixed by Canon (costs may vary).

Good luck!
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Old June 17th, 2005, 09:57 AM   #3
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Check out Digital Heaven's Reincarnation plugin (I think its $10). It will basically duplicate the pixel next to the bad pixel and produce fairly good results. This is probably the best way to rescue the existing footage. For the future, I would probably think about replacing the camera given the cost to service the chip. The bad pixels probably wont show up unless its dark, so the camera may still be of some use too.

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Old June 17th, 2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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Cost for CCD Assembly

It is the CCD assembly that needs to be replaced to fix hot pixels. I just checked my invoices. I paid $656 to have the CCD assembly replaced in a GL1 about 2 years ago. The work was done at the Canon facility in New Jersey.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #5
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This is most often a problem when video GAIN is applied, especially in relatively dark venues. Shooting with good light will minimized the issue.

As noted the plug-in mentioned below may fix the footage. (I've not tried it.)

Alternatively, create a mask to black/dim out the hot pixel in the edited footage where needed. Not a perfect solution but it can help salvage the footage.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 05:45 PM   #6
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Reincarnation is a plug-in for FCP - anyone know if there is a version for Premiere or Liquid Edition?
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