New: The Pixel Farm PFClean 2017 Now Available

New: The Pixel Farm PFClean 2017 Now Available
New Products, News Feb 07, 2017 at 09:41 AM

The Pixel Farm has updated their PFClean film and video restoration software, building on over 10 years of improvements.

From film transfers to remastering blockbuster movies, PFClean serves a broad client base from audiovisual archives to broadcasters and film studios. Fast, flexible, non-destructive and designed for media restoration artists who care, The Pixel Farm’s unique approach to software design has resulted in a comprehensive suite of restoration tools that mask complexity and the science behind an easy to use and intuitive interface.

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New in PFClean 2017

  • Digital Wet Gate
  • Colour Management Pipeline
  • Expanded Standards Conversion Node
  • Extended Video Restoration Tools
  • UI Changes and Software Enhancements

Digital Wet Gate

Fast, non-destructive and unlike its physical counterpart – harmless. The Digital Wet Gate reduces the divide between physical and digital restoration, removing scratches, dust/dirt and other optical anomalies quickly and in one single pass.

  • A completely new processing node in PFClean’s renowned Workflow Manager
  • Produces comparable optical results to film scanner/telecine wet gate
  • Pre-process footage prior to more detailed restoration in Workbench
  • All new texture management engine for noise/grain removal
  • Remove dirt/dust/scratches in a single pass
  • Remove printed dirt or scratches where wet film gate cannot
  • Non-destructive
  • Works at any resolution or colour depth
  • GPU processing for fast, high quality output

Colour Management Pipeline

A completely non-linear, non-destructive colour management pipeline based on OCIO, designed for archival work, meaning colour space decisions can be made at a later date when needed.

  • Convert multiple file types into a consistent colour space quickly and easily
  • OpenColorIO (OCIO) colour management pipeline with support for ACES workflow
  • Consistent colour management with a range of OCIO compatible applications
  • View your restoration correctly on multiple display types
  • Burn in colour space transforms per export
  • Completely non-destructive

Expanded Standards Conversion Node

Cross convert video to film standards, film to video, or to the many new digital formats. Providing a boundless alternative to restrictive linear hardware solutions.

  • Easier than ever to create multiple deliverable formats with streamlined user interface
  • New GPU accelerated edge-preserving upscale algorithm*
  • All output formats in a single, streamlined user interface
  • Convert to multiple standards in one node
  • Support for film & broadcast formats

*18fps for SD to HD, 8fps for HD to UHD conversion on single GPU

Extended Video Restoration Tools

Our archive focussed video restoration pipeline has been extended for 2017. We’ve deepened the toolset, and made video restoration more efficient to contribute our little bit to the great video archive race.

  • Support for AJA video cards
  • Video scopes for monitoring during capture
  • Preview on external monitor
  • Enhanced EDL batch import
  • Integration with Smart Bins for EDL workflow
  • Audio capture to common uncompressed formats such as .aiff or .wav

UI Changed and Software Enhancements

  • Updated LUT switching in Cinema
  • 1920 x 1200 minimum resolution
  • Updated Media Bin Artwork
  • Colour Management preferences panel
  • Better scaling of fonts when using high resolution monitors
  • Use EDLs to manage media in PFClean
  • Smart Bins re-introduced (initially for EDL management)
  • EDLs can be used to set up video import as well as managing file based media
  • Improvements to OpenCL GPU processing
  • Updates for OpenImageIO
  • Improvements to GPU card selection

Posted by Alicia VanHeulen

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