Editor Essentials – Dead Pixel Fixer

Editor Essentials Plugin Suite
3D Axis
4×3 to 16×9
Camera Gamma
Countdown Leader
Dead Pixel Fixer
Frame Leader
Level Horizon
Luma Levels
Obscure Shape
Quick Slate
RGBA Levels
White Balance

Repair footage acquired by video cameras with a dead or “burnt”pixel.

The plugin works with Final Cut Pro X or 7, Premiere Pro CS6, Apple Motion and Adobe After Effects and is included as a component of Editor Essentials.

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25 Comments for Editor Essentials – Dead Pixel Fixer

  1. Sebastian says:

    Will this work on areas where there are a lot of dead pixels together that are purple in colour?

  2. Comcreet says:

    Sorry, but I followed every single detail of this tutorial, but it still does not work.
    What am I doing wrong?

  3. Tim Dashwood says:

    If the pixel is gone while paused, but appears when playing then your timeline preview resolution is probably the culprit. For example, Premiere Pro has a paused resolution setting and a playback resolution setting that can be found in the wrench icon in the lower right of the canvas. Use 100% for paused and play preview.

    Of course, it might just be that your dead pixel is larger than a 1×1 pixel.
    We are finding that this issue is becoming more common with DSLR cameras that use CMOS sensors with Bayer patterns and we have addressed it in the upcoming version of Dead Pixel Fixer.

    You can download a beta version of Editor Essentials that includes the v2.0 beta of Dead Pixel Fixer from https://www.dropbox.com/s/tcftpuf8nlj1424/Dashwood%20Cinema%20Solutions%20Editor%20Essentials.fxfactory.zip?dl=0
    Just unzip and launch (double click) and it should install itself into FxFactory. Please note that since this software is in-development the controls and internal coding are subject to change before release and there is no user guide yet.

    Here are the release notes for Dead Pixel Fixer v2.0:
    Some customers were complaining that the point selector in FCP was covering the pixel as they were targeting it so we have offset the affected area to the lower left. This also affects Premiere Pro, AE and Motion. The crosshairs indicate the actual affected area, however they are no longer scaled within the magnifier window.

    The pixel size slider can be set from 1 to 6. This indicates the affected area to fix from 1×1 pixel dimensions to 6×6 pixel dimensions. Most dead pixels from DSLR style CMOS sensors will probably require a setting of 3. A setting of 1 or 2 still use the original v1 pixel cloning method (cloning a nearby pixel to cover the affected area.) A setting of 3-6 will sample all of the surrounding pixels, scale them down to fit the affected area, and if necessary, overlay with an average colour sample using a median smoother. This new method is still being improved, namely the process of sampling the average colour, but it should still work well in this beta.

    The magnifier window should no longer smooth/antialias the pixels when scaled. The circle is now a little rough around the edges but the pixels will be more accurately represented.

    There are some new controls in the UI. “Show Target Area” turns on a red reticle in the magnifier that will specifically outline the affected area. It’s default is “ON”
    “Soft Edge Blend” will affect the blending of actual pixel samples with average colour samples when a pixel value above 3 is used. It’s default is “OFF”
    “Show Sample Pixels” will darken every pixel except the ones that are being used for sampling. It’s default is “OFF”
    “Show Original” is a button that can be used to toggle the original image and the processed image. It’s default is “OFF”
    There are additional controls in the debug folder that will be removed before release.

    If you run into any issues or have additional suggestions for features please let us know.

    Best regards,
    Tim Dashwood

  4. Rick says:

    I just purchased Editor Essentials and I’m having a difficult time with dead pixel fixer in Final Cut 10.1.4. I can get the crosshairs right on top of the dead pixel but I’m not able to get it to actually repair it.


  5. Tim Dashwood says:

    Hi Rick. Please see my comment from last week and download the beta of v2 of Dead Pixel Fixer. Cheers, Tim Dashwood

  6. Jeff Martini says:

    just wanted to add my comments – THANKS for the beta version Editor Essentials v2.0! The new improved Dead Pixel Fixer works like a charm for me. I have a doc I’ve been working on for over four years and most of the footage was shot on the 7d. Great camera but didn’t handle low light as well as some of my newer cameras (5Dmkiii and C100) -Although I’ve been having a similar issue with my 70D used as B camera to my c100(I’ll need to go through and remap the sensor). Anyhow I have hot/dead pixels in footage shot in very low light. With DSLRs you are correct in that the pixels are more like 3 or 4 pixels in radius and having the options to select that works quite well. I’m fixing a 2 minute scene here that I need and it works for almost every frame (save for a few and I can always go in by hand on those or cutaway). SUPER TIME saver. I’m psyched to use it for the 70D footage with a dead pixel for an event I shot last week as well…Thanks a bunch for your work!!!

  7. Sean says:

    I don’t know what this guy is doing but I am following along exactly as he says and it still doesn’t work.

  8. Tim Dashwood says:

    HI Sean,

    See my comment above and download the beta that expands the capabilities of Dead Pixel Fixer. There will be a major upgrade released sometime after NAB.


  9. Josh says:

    Your description specifically says it’s compatible with Adobe Premiere CS6. After making my purchase and updating all my system information to the requirements, I finally get into your ‘fx’ app and it says CS7 or newer. Better explain or refund my money.

  10. Tim Dashwood says:

    FxFactory just recently dropped support for CS6 in the current (v5.0.2) and future versions. Our plugin is still compatible with versions all the way back to CS3. The solution in your case is to simply install FxFactory v5.0.1 and NOT upgrade again until you eventually move to Creative Cloud. Here’s the direct download link. http://fxfactory.com/download/?version=5.0.1

    You may also want to download the beta of Editor Essentials v2 from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tcftpuf8nlj1424/Dashwood%20Cinema%20Solutions%20Editor%20Essentials.fxfactory.zip?dl=0
    Dead Pixel Fixer has many new features in the next version.

  11. George R says:

    I don’ t want to install FX Factory. Can I still buy this plugin?

  12. Tim Dashwood says:

    No. You can purchase the plugin on the webstore but it is still required to be installed via FxFactory.

  13. Gabriel M says:

    Does this work in Premiere Pro CC?

  14. Jeff says:

    The Beta version works great on a frame, but the sampling is way off when there is motion in the shot. It was even more obvious than the dead pixel. Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong?

  15. Jeff says:

    The dead pixel goes away when the filter is applied, but when the clip plays, the “sampling” does do a good job of covering up the dead pixel. It is just as noticeable of a blemish on the image. Any thoughts on what I’m doing wrong? I did get a warning about an XDcam codec I have installed. Could that be the reason?

  16. Peah says:

    I just bought this but had to install an archived version (5.0) as I was on Mavericks and not Yosemite. I found the pixel remover not working at all (in Premiere CC2014), and when I found this page and read previous posts I realized maybe it’s because I’m running an older version of this software as there’s no option to increase the pixel size (shooting with Canon 7D). Upgraded to Yosemite and installed 5.0.5 and still the dashboard for FXFactory tells me I have version 1.0 installed. Does 5.0.5 of FX factory include a version of Dead Pixel remover later than 1.0? Or should I go ahead and use the dropbox version? If I remove the FXfactory.plugin and ImporterFXFactory.bundle will that completely uninstall everything? I’m just trying to ensure I’ve got a clean slate here. Please help! Thank you.

  17. Tim Dashwood says:

    Peah, you should just install the version posted here. We are still in beta for v2.0 so the release version on FxFactory’s servers is not the same. Without going into too much detail, we are in a transitional time for Apple’s OS versions (now with Metal,) FCP X and FxFactory. In order to maintain backwards-compatibility we need to be very careful with our versions and that’s the primary reason we are in a holding pattern with updates to the new version. Once El Capitan is released things will change.

  18. Tim Dashwood says:

    Jeff, the bigger the sampling are the more noticeable during movement. There unfortunately isn’t much of a workaround.

  19. Peah says:

    Thanks Tim, I went ahead and installed the Beta version which does work. Thank you!

  20. jrube says:

    Just installed this and it’s not getting rid of my red dead pixels. What’s the deal? I’m using Premiere Pro CC

  21. Tim Dashwood says:

    Hi Jen,

    Please see the comment above with the download link for the v2.0 beta. Tim

  22. Tim Dashwood says:

    If you are working in Premiere Pro and trying to work with a pixel be sure your pauses and playback resolutions are set to ‘full’ so that Premiere doesn’t lower the resolution.

  23. Brian Hogan says:

    I’m trying to fix a dead pixel in Premiere Pro and it’s not working. I’ve set the resolution to Full and I have the crosshairs directly on the spot… but the dead pixel is still there. Any ideas of what I should do now?

  24. Tim Dashwood says:

    Hi Brian. Have you downloaded an installed our beta? https://www.dropbox.com/s/tcftpuf8nlj1424/Dashwood%20Cinema%20Solutions%20Editor%20Essentials.fxfactory.zip?dl=0 It has new features described in an earlier post.