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  • Bob Cole

    November 26, 2017 at 1:35 am

    In film days, it was very common to check for “hair in the gate.” Now, I want to verify that I have no dust specks on the sensor. No matter how careful you are when changing lenses, stuff happens.

    Do you think that a useful tool for this might be a Retina MacBook Pro? Both because it has such high resolution, and because it is a computer, with Photoshop’s Magic Wand tool which is so good at finding sensor dust.

    Adobe used to have software which enabled you to use a laptop as a field monitor and maybe even grab a still frame. Does this exist in any form today? (I know I can always simply capture footage as if I’m beginning to edit, but the goal is to avoid any interruption in the flow of the shoot.)

    Bob C

  • Bouke Vahl

    January 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    You can use Scopebox with a BM mini recorder.
    It also doubles as a backup recording device.

    Bouke
    http://www.videotoolshed.com

  • Bob Cole

    March 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks!

    I don’t understand exactly, how Scopebox would help me. Can you please explain?

    Bob C

  • Bouke Vahl

    March 14, 2018 at 8:18 am

    [Bob Cole] “software which enabled you to use a laptop as a field monitor and maybe even grab a still frame.”

    Scopebox can do this, and display vectorscope / waveform, and record video as well.
    Isn’t that what you want? (Oh, it’s cheap too, and it takes a bit of fiddling around to find where everything is hidden, but you’ll get there.)

    Bouke
    http://www.videotoolshed.com

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