The Pixel Farm PFClean, the most widely adopted software solution for film and video restoration, from film transfer to remastering blockbuster movies. It 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 produced a comprehensive suite of restoration tools. These tools combine complexity with an easy-to-use and intuitive interface.
The Pixel Farm PFClean includes deeply integrated batch processing and media management tools. In addition, work with powerful remastering utilities. Together, these features make PFClean the tool of choice for key industry players, including Sony, Deluxe, Technicolor, and The Criterion Collection. Furthermore, PFClean is used by IMAX, Pinewood Studios, the BBC, and audiovisual archives including the Estonian, Slovak and Finnish National Archives.
Key The Pixel Farm PFClean Features
The Workflow Manager
The Backbone of your Restoration Project
The Pixel Farm reworked the Workflow Manager. To explain, it allows even bigger projects to be constructed and managed in a flexible. By the same token, the easy-to-use Workflow manager allows for greater feedback and control of batch processing.
Re-invented Media Restoration Toolset for Artists and Archivists
The Pixel Farm replaced the Edit Panel, the heart of PFClean, and the restoration engine, with The Workbench. The Workbench, which is even more powerful in use, makes users more productive. Apply in-depth, per-clip, manual, and automatic restoration effects in The Workbench.
Ultra High-Performance Video Restoration Engine
The Pixel Farm designed PFClean’s Telerack to run optimally on PC workstation hardware. In addition, Telerack combines a cost-effective, yet feature-packed alternative to expensive hardware video restoration systems. Telerack embodies incredible flexibility in deployment. In fact, The Pixel Farm specifically designed for the end-to-end restoration of tape-based media. Telerack can concurrently digitize, restore, standard convert, and transcode with a single button press. Utilizing smarter algorithms than equivalent hardware systems for better visual results, Telerack delivers fast, automatic, cleanup of tape-based video formats.
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
14 March 2019
PFBucket is our entitlement management system, empowering customers with a flexible toolset to deploy entitlement tokens to operator workstations, whilst managing permissions and privileges to access our embedded user support with ease, and downloading software installers.
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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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