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The Pixel Farm PFClean

Restore, Remaster, Repurpose

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.

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previously the Edit Panel, our restoration engine that is trusted and loved by artists and archivists worldwide has been replaced by the Workbench.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.


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

Any license can be deployed as Floating or Node-Locked.

Burning Question: Where Can I Find Training for The Pixel Farm PFTrack & PFClean?

The Pixel Farm has its own training called PF Academy, where users can learn PFTrack and PFClean for free! With this resource, you'll learn everything you need to know to be proficient with PFTrack and PFClean.


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.