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harvwald Aug 25, 2014 1:53 PM

Flip video camera recording in magenta
Hello, I apologize if I selected the wrong forum for this question. This is my first post to the site. I have an OLD Flip video camera -- the first model they came out with. I enjoy using it for quick, fun little videos. Before I left for my recent trip to Africa, I tried it out as it was a while since I used it. The videos shot fine. After arriving there and attempting to film some videos, the result was off-color (magenta) scenery, with lines through it. Anyone have any idea what caused this, and more important is it fixable? Or could the video itself be edited and color-corrected? I used Lithium batteries, but have done so before. The camera went through security screening -- could that have been the cause? Any input most appreciated!

VTphotog Aug 25, 2014 4:53 PM

It sounds as if the problem is with the sensor itself, as this symptom is one which came up a lot with those cameras with defective sensors. There were a number of Sony 5MP sensors which developed corrosion, internally, causing those failures. Of course the problem could also be caused by an impact. Unless you noticed it being mishandled by security, I would consider that unlikely. More probably, the environmental conditions are the culprit.
If this is a problem with the sensor, it is likely that one of the colors (green, in this case, is totally lacking, and attempting to color correct it wouldn't work. You could probably be successful in converting it to black and white.


harvwald Aug 26, 2014 8:15 AM

Thanks, Brian. I suspected the situation was not correctable, but wanted an expert opinion. I guess the sensor must have died. Funny that it worked at home but not when I got to Africa. Well, that's the way it goes, I guess. At least I got some great stills from my Panasonic. Appreciate your response.

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