HOLLYWOOD—At NAB 2015, MTI Film will introduce a new feature of its
CORTEX line of dailies solutions designed to address the persistent problem of
dead pixels in digital cinematography.
All CORTEX v 2.0 products will include Dead Pixel Detection,
a  tool for identifying dead pixels in
camera media or in later rough cuts or assemblies.  On set, this can give early warning about
faults in the sensors of digital cinema cameras. Information about dead pixels
can then be stored, along with corresponding timecode information and other
metadata, in a CORTEX Manifest file so that it can be passed on to post
production.  Facilities with CORTEX
Enterprise, a full features dailies solution and post production “Swiss Army
knife,” will be able to use the Dead Pixel Correction feature to automatically
heal dead pixels in footage, either based on reports sent from set or by
running a detection pass.

Dead pixels, sometimes referred to as “stuck” or “hot”
pixels, are a frequent problem in digital cinematography, the result of pixels
in a camera’s sensor malfunctioning. “It’s very common,” says MTI Film Product Director
Amy Hawthorne. “All cameras have some number of dead pixels and the problem
worsens with usage, age and travel.”
“Some cameras include the ability to ‘map out’ dead or stuck
pixels so they aren’t visible on the actual footage,” Hawthorne adds. 
“But at a certain point in a camera’s life, there may be too many or they may
be located in positions such that mapping no longer works.”
Current methods for identifying and correcting for dead
pixels are time-consuming and expensive. The new Dead Pixel Correction feature
of CORTEX Dailies Enterprise solves such problems quickly and automatically.
MTI’s Dead Pixel Correction is based on proprietary technology developed
through MTI Film’s expertise in digital film restoration.
Dead Pixel Detection and Correction are part of MTI Film’s
effort to expand CORTEX functionality beyond dailies processing and address
common gaps in post workflows. At NAB, MTI Film will introduce a number of
other new CORTEX features including a basic edit tool. It will also launch a
free CORTEX product, CORTEX D.I.T., and a low-cost transcoding-only edition,
CORTEX Transcode.
At NAB 2015, MTI Film will demonstrate CORTEX Dailies v 2.0
and other products at Booth SL14616.
Since 1997 MTI Film has provided
award winning software applications to the post-production industry with a
focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital dailies. The
CORTEX family of products go beyond comprehensive dailies to provide full post
utility including dead pixel correction, UHD UpRes and IMF deliveries. DRS™
NOVA has been the industry standard for digital film restoration, thanks to MTI
Film’s advanced image processing research and development.

For more information visit www.mtifilm.com.
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