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Old February 7th, 2006, 02:46 AM   #1
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50 in Plamsa screen + JVC tests

Before I bought the JVC last week I picked up a 50 in HD 720p plasma screen Zenith (a consumer model).

On our first day of tests with the camera, I noticed a dead pixel (not actually dead, but 'burning' w/ a sick green like color as we were watching the footage on the Zenith.

I had not noticed it in the viewfinder or the flip-out screen. Of course once you see a dead pix you don't forget it, and when I looked very closely at the flip out screen I could make it out. Could not see it at all in the viewfinder.

Which makes me very glad I bought the Zenith - obviously I wouldn't have wanted to shoot something I needed w/ that dead pix. Masked it today and no problems.

The consumer Zenith is proving to be a very nice way to review/test the footage because you really can see everything (and by 'you' I mean anyone watching 'cause that sucker is big).

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Old February 7th, 2006, 03:01 AM   #2
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...underscoring the need to properly monitor HD, any which way you can.
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Old February 8th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #3
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Marshall V-R70P HD

Nate,
Do you own, or have you used this monitor with the HD100?

How does it look?

Is it good enough for focus?

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Old February 8th, 2006, 03:16 PM   #4
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Nooooo.

I own a Sony 14" HD PHM-line monitor, soon to be replaced with a 20" JVC HD Pro monitor for edit and a 9" Sony BVM HD monitor for field work.

I have yet to purchase a plasma for home use...hopefully sometime in 2006!
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Old February 9th, 2006, 03:36 AM   #5
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Hmmm...Big tv good

I'm telling you Nate, these consumer plasma's are great. I got a 50 in HD (720p) monitor for $2600 - I love it.

We do all our tests using it. I know the colors are harder to dial in, and I'm oversimplfying the process, but I figure if what I see on the screen is the same color as the stuff I'm shooting, good enough.

Already an actor I've used in a previous film has been 'wowed' by the image of the JVC on the thing.

It's my version of 'shock and awe' because once they see themselves on this big ole screen, they start to understand why they have to hit their marks - they'll be outta focus if they don't - and they can see it whith their own eyes.

Never had that with film of course, and not w/ the Cannon XL1 I used to use. It really is pretty cool....

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Old February 9th, 2006, 10:00 AM   #6
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No no no...I wasn't condemning John's choice in monitors. Just surprised somebody thought I had one too.

I tussled a bit as to what kind of HD monitor to get, since I wanted one for the living room also. In the end, with a bit of shopping, I found production monitors for quite bit cheaper than a good plasma, so I went with those.

Living room is next.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #7
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I have a question. People talk about getting dead pixels, and then "masking" them. Could someone explain what that is exactly? I ask because it seems to me that it would mean making the pixel such that it's always set to a particular colour, or, maybe the same as the pixel next to it. If this is the case, to me that's unacceptable, and why would anyone put up with that?

Wouldn't mind some clarification on this.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 12:34 PM   #8
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A dead pixel is a photosite on a CCD that is unresponsive...or stuck sending out what the camera interprets as red signal, or a blue signal, or the like. It manifests itself as a tiny green dot, or blue dot, or...you get the idea.

They exist in high end LCD and CCD manufacturing, because the makers of such products let them through to make a certain yield. In short, many, many CCD products have a dead pixel or two...it's very common.

If JVC is guilty of anything, it's of not having an automatic mechanism built-in to the camera's power cycle to mask them like some other cameras.
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I understand what one is, just wondering what exactly "masking" is. Do they chose a colour, make it the same as the pixel next to it or what?

In NZ (Don't know about other countries) I would think that this would be deemed unacceptable and any purchaser could return for replacement any camera with one, under our Consumer Guarantees Act. If I was shooting a movie or some important paying gig and one of the pixels was bogus, I'd be an unhappy camper I'd have thought. Maybe it's really not an issue at all in the real world, just sort of scared me that's all.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #10
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Aaron -

When you mask a dead pixel, you tell the camera:

1. To scan its CCD for dead pixels;

2. Then replace the dead pixel with a 'clone' of another 'live' pixel that is next to/close to it.

That's pretty much it. The main effect is that the pixel no longer just sits then and glows.

It is my understanding that ALL CCD based cameras can and will have a dead pixel from time to time and that's its an unavoidable apart of the process.

Remember the more pixels on the chip(s) - over a million on the JVC, the more likely one will die. Also note that certain kinds of TV's can suffer from this effect, ie - projectors.

BOTTOM LINE: Don't sweat dead pixels - they're easily fixed and are a common occurance.

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Old February 10th, 2006, 12:38 PM   #11
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Nate, what was your source for those monitors? Always looking for a good deal.

As far as the Marshal 7" monitor, I've been wanting to know about that myself. Does anyone know if it's good enough to use in the field for focus or could see that stuck pixel?
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