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Error Code:

Color - Negative Stain 


Negative Stain is an artifact that appears as the inverse of an expected on-screen appearance.


Similar to a pixel error, appearance is typically unintended and can act as a distraction pulling attention away from the focus of the program.

Severity Structure:




Major artifact across single frame or minor artifact across multiple frames, overlaps onscreen character or object of focus.

How to Prevent:

Negative stains are most commonly introduced on the DI, especially when grain is added to the image for a "film look."


Remove the artifact from the image, likely introduced by an external effect on the image, may only require a re-render of the DPX frame to remove. VFX may be necessary if experienced in-camera.

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