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v2018 PFClean for Academic Customers

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PFClean for Academic Customers
PFClean for Academic Customers

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PFClean is the most widely adopted software solution for film and video restoration, from film transfer to remastering blockbuster movies, serving a broad client base from audiovisual archives to broadcasters and film studios.


Highlights

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.

Deeply integrated batch processing and media management tools complimented by powerful remastering utilities make PFClean the tool of choice for key industry players such as Sony, Deluxe, Technicolor, The Criterion Collection, IMAX, Pinewood Studios, the BBC and audiovisual archives including the Estonian, Slovak and Finnish National Archives.

Key PFClean Features Include

The Workflow Manager

The Backbone of your Restoration Project

The backbone of the PFClean project, the Workflow Manager has been completely reworked to allow even bigger projects to be constructed and managed in a flexible and easy to use manner and with greater feedback and control of batch processing.

 

The Workbench

Re-invented Media Restoration Toolset for Artists and Archivists

The heart of PFClean, previously the Edit Panel, our restoration engine that is trusted and loved by artists and archivists worldwide has been replaced by the Workbench. This is the tool where in-depth, per-clip, manual and automatic restoration effects are applied. Even more powerful in use, it will make you more productive.

The Telerack

Ultra High Performance Video Restoration Engine

PFClean’s Telerack is designed to run optimally on PC workstation hardware, and is a cost effective, yet feature packed alternative to expensive hardware video restoration systems. Incredibly flexible in deployment and specifically designed to be used for end to end restoration of tape based media, Telerack can concurrently digitise, restore, standard convert and transcode with a single button press. Utilising smarter algorithms than equivalent hardware systems for better visual results, this is THE tool for fast, automatic, cleanup of tape based video formats.

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What’s new in PFClean 2018

New Project Manager

A new desktop to manage projects and hardware resources with support for project snapshotting and archiving.

New Standards Manager

A new Standards Manager to easily create and manage custom format standards.

Architecture performance improvements

Improved processing and rendering architecture provides significant performance gains.

Workbench Updates

Optimised workflow and processing performance and for Workbench effects.

Batch processing enhancements

Improved administration, installation and setup of distributed processing and streamlined assignment of machine resources.

General Improvements

Further usability and performance improvements.

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

 

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows Windows 7 and 8 (only 64-bit supported)
  • Mac Mac® OS X 10.10 or later (only 64-bit supported)
  • Linux CentOS 6.0 or later (only 64-bit supported)

Minimum Supported Hardware

  • Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors with 4 cores or more
  • 8GB RAM †
  • 2GB available hard disk space for full content installation
  • Mouse or pointing device
  • 1920×1080 resolution monitor
  • 1GB GPU with accelerated graphics (2GB recommended)
  • OpenCL 1.2 or later / CUDA Compute Capability 3.0 or later ‡

† In addition to 4GB for the operating system and for caching, a minimum of 1GB per processor core should be available for processing. Therefore, a workstation with a 4 core processor will require a minimum of 8GB of RAM. ‡ OpenCL is used exclusively on OS X. On Windows and Linux, CUDA is used for NVIDIA GPUs, and OpenCL for all other cards.

Optimal Processing

The following are recommended for optimal processing.

  • A fast (300MB/s or more) storage device. Required for optimal handling of 2K resolution footage and higher.
  • Dual GPU set-up. Split foreground and background processing, maximising efficiency and performance.
  • Increased RAM for data caching. Clips stored in RAM are processed far more quickly.
  • Additional machines for rendering. PFClean batch processing allows any number of additional machines to be used for render and export at no extra cost.

Licensing

Please note: a direct internet connection is required to install and administer the licenses using the license manager. Otherwise, licenses must be managed manually.

 

What’s new in PFClean 2016

The Telerack

A completely new, ultra high performance video restoration engine. PFClean’s Telerack is designed to run optimally on PC workstation hardware, and is a cost effective, yet feature packed alternative to expensive hardware video restoration systems. Incredibly flexible in deployment and specifically designed to be used for end to end restoration of tape based media, teletrack can concurrently digitise, restore, standard convert and transcode with a single button press. Utilising smarter algorithms than equivalent hardware systems for better visual results, this is THE tool for fast, automatic, cleanup of tape based video formats.

  • Simple to use filter stacks – accelerated restoration filters to tackle a large number of common video and telecine defects.
  • GPU accelerated for speed – near real time processing from a single GPU for PAL resolution clips.
  • Instantaneous results – Fast GPU Processing enables responsive feedback of parameter changes, which in turn means faster decisions.
  • Presets – Build your own personal set of restoration presets that can be used time and time again and even shared with colleagues.
  • Simplicity – Simple to use UI with reduced parameter sets for filters means a shallow learning curve for inexperienced operators.
  • Standards Based – Choose your standard, all shots automatically pipe into the node.
  • Live Shot Boundary Detection – No need to pre-cut clips, Telerack sees no boundaries.

The Workflow Manager

The backbone of the PFClean project, the Workflow Manager has been completely reworked to allow even bigger projects to be constructed and managed in a flexible and easy to use manner and with greater feedback and control of batch processing.

  • Completely new Design – Redeveloped to be more logically laid out, with more of the hidden tools exposed. Productivity redefined.
  • Standards Workflow – a key component of the new Workflow Manager is the ability to filter clips based on their standards to autoflow into appropriate work spaces.
  • Reworked batch processing – the batch processing has been improved to (i) better report progress, i.e. more uniform updates and to report run times, throughput speed and estimated time to completion; and (ii) take a more robust and fault tolerant approach to error handling.

The Workbench

The heart of PFClean, previously the Edit Panel, our restoration engine that is trusted and loved by artists and archivists worldwide has been replaced by the Workbench. This is the tool where in-depth, per-clip, manual and automatic restoration effects are applied. Even more powerful in use, it will make you more productive.

  • Effects stack redesign – More powerful, more flexible, more informative.
  • Presets – Complex sets of effects can be stored, recalled and transferred between projects to be used as a starting point for new projects and/or automated workflows.
  • Edit mode – View one effect while editing the parameters for another higher up the stack.
  • Playblast – the new lighter memory caching tool for real-time review of clips. Disk renders are a thing of the past.
  • Worklists – the new easy and intuitive way to create and manage lists of clips to be worked on.
  • Improved copy/paste – Completely new copy and paste tools allow entire effects stacks to be transferred across clips, with user editable options. Manual effects, ROIs, masks and trackers can now be copied between clips.
  • Effects Stack Locking – Ability to lock effects stack against accidental changes.
  • Extended Q/A panel – The Undo panel has been redesigned to form the Q/A panel. It features behind-the-scene optimisation in the way it handles data, and additional UI elements to for multi frame undos.

New Export Manager

Elements of the Workflow Manager and Batch Processing combined to make export strategies easier to manage across larger projects whilst simultaneously reducing operator workload.

  • Designed to ease planning and production of multiple deliverables from a single source.
  • ‘Export all’ button allows the entire PFClean project to be processed and rendered to disk with a single click.
  • Tightly integrated with multithreaded batch processing engine.
  • Ability to export individual clips and/or user defined frame ranges.
  • Better handling and logging of errors while exporting.

Other Notable Changes and Enhancements

Format Standards – Upon import, clips are automatically assigned a standard format, based on the clip’s properties.

  • Ability to add user defined standards
  • Use standards to autoflow work through pre-defined Workflow Manager pipelines

Performance – Many core technologies have been rewritten from the ground up to take advantage current hardware resulting in performance increases across the board.

  • OpenCL 2.0
  • Faster project reads and writes.
  • New locations for disk caches can be easily defined and removed.

Optimised Auto Dirt Fix effect

The Workbench’s Auto Dirt Fix effect has been optimised to get the same reliable results faster.

  • Up to 2 x performance increase (hardware permitting).
  • Massively reduced memory footprint when more than one Auto Dirt Fix effect is present in the same effect stack.
  • Choose to store metadata on disk or re-calculate on the fly based on your requirements.

Quicktime on Mac – Completely re-written Quicktime support on the Mac is now 64 bit native, making it faster, more memory efficient and increases stability over older 32 bit libraries. (Not available for Windows or LInux).

Remaster node – The familiar remastering toolset more logically laid out and easier to use.

  • Remaster and Pan & Scan settings at your fingertips in the new Cinema side panel.
  • Remaster presets share the format standard definitions used throughout the application.

Standards node – Redesigned to use updated workflow tools improving batch processing performance and further productivity enhancements.

  • Updated user interface to incorporate Cinema side panel
  • Supports the format standard definitions used throughout the application.
  • Conversion parameters can be stored in preset.
  • Cache results to disk for review and huge speed increases when rendering multiple deliverables.

Redesigned Media Admin – More tightly integrated into the project pipeline making it easier to manage clips and resolve issues.

  • Focus on relevant clip information about the clips
  • Linked to all workspaces via standards makes it easier to locate clips to modify or update.
  • Clip properties grouped into format standard definitions used throughout the application.

Updated Project Structure – Many aspects of the software have been optimized too to reducing project disk size and load times.

  • The metadata PFClean generates has been streamlined to reduce the average size of projects on disk.
  • Improved robustness against project file corruption.

The Pixel Farm PFClean: Getting Started

In this tutorial you will learn how to perform the initial tasks in any restoration project with PFClean. You will learn how to create a new project, as well as import clips into your project so they can be used with PFClean’s restoration and remastering toolset. Finally, we will view the clips in PFClean.

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