One way to remove sensor dust in video

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There's nothing worse than getting your cool new video up on the computer than finding sensor dust (ok, there are many worse things in life, but you get my point). For most of us, that's meant the video is trash – until Tito da Costa (@radraven on twitter) showed me his blog post about “Rotoscoping with Aperture“. I'm impressed with the concept – after all, movies are nothing more than a bunch of stills projected rapidly, so why not be able to go in and remove the sensor spots easily like you can with stills?

From Tito's article: “Not long ago, I posted an article about sensor cleaning. It had a huge response and it is still visited regularly today. It is a problem that affects us all, sooner or later and it isn't going away anytime soon.!!

As you may know, dust bunnies are not so hard to remove on stills, at least on the majority of occasions, but when we're talking about motion picture, the story doesn't always have a happy ending.

I also mentioned (on that same post) that I was going to look at a “feasible solution to clean the dust off your clips” and here it is!

If you are a proficient After Effects user, this method might not be the ideal solution for you… It is intended for those who don’t usually venture into this level of post production, but need a quick and easy fix, to what otherwise could be a good shot turned useless… it isn't perfect, but it might save your life sometime”

So, for all the details, please read Tito's article.

(Photo credit: snap from the article)


  1. This is an interesting approach to dust and spot removal.

    However, if you have Final Cut Pro, it is much simpler to just use CHV Electronics The Repair Collection plugin ($99) and just do the spot removal within FCP. It’s a FXScript plugin. Works for dust, hot pixels, dead pixels. Minimal work. No exporting to TIFFs and all that. I gave a demo of this plugin a while back on my podcast.

    Having said that, I think there’s a lot of potential for using Aperture 3 for rotoscoping applications. So, the premise of the article is intriguing.

    But if you are just removing a few spots or dead pixels, I think CHV’s Repair Collection plugin is the way to go.

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