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v21.x The Pixel Farm PFClean

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 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.

 

The Workbench

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.

The Telerack

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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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

 

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 10, macOS 10.13/14, Centos 7.6+
  • PROCESSOR: Intel / AMD 4 cores
  • MEMORY: 8GB
  • GPU: Dedicated GPU, running OpenCL 1.2 or 2.X
  • GPU VRAM: 4GB
  • DISPLAY: Minimum of 1920×1200
  • INTERFACE: 3 button mouse
  • STORAGE: 2GB of available space for installation

Recommended (4K)

  • OS: Windows 10, macOS 10.13/14, Centos 7.6+
  • PROCESSOR: 3.0GHz or more with at least 8 cores
  • MEMORY: 64GB
  • GPU: Dual GPU, running OpenCL 1.2 or 2.X
  • GPU VRAM: 16GB
  • DISPLAY: UHD 3840×2160
  • INTERFACE: 3 button mouse
  • STORAGE: SSD storage device

General Notes

Processor

In our products the vast majority of the effects processing etc is carried out on the GPU. The CPU (central processing unit) administers the background operations within the application, therefore when choosing a processor we would recommend a lower core count and faster cores.

Memory

In PFTrack It is important to provide enough RAM to perform processing tasks as well as caching a clip you are working on. In addition RAM will also dictate how much footage you can playback, the longer the clip and or higher the resolution the more RAM that will be required to cache the entire clip. The two amounts will need to be added together to give you the total amount of RAM required.

GPU

Both PFClean and PFTrack can utilize more than one GPU to obtain some fairly significant performance benefits. In the case of PFClean multiple GPU’s will yield faster effects processing and PFTrack can use a second GPU for background processing.

File Storage

It is recommended to store your project files etc on a fast drive such as an SSD as these are optimised for input / output operations. Especially useful when reading and writing metadata and loading media into your projects as it makes the application more responsive and increases your productivity.

 

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.

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

PFClean 21.08.04

August 4, 2021

Updates

  • Added Cinema defect display tool to aid users when manually identifying footage defects.
  • Added Media Foundation on Windows 10 platform.
  • Added new Launch Window to easily connect to the PFBucket entitlement server (this new feature renders older Static Entitlements obsolete)
  • Added new User Notifications system for direct updates including product releases, learning resources and general information.
  • Across the board UI performance improvements.
  • Reworked file format exporters for faster exports including JPEG 2000 and EXR.
  • All batch processing now integrated directly into application for ease of setup and improved reliability.
  • Huge performance improvements when using large numbers of individual clips.
  • Remaster node updates resulting in faster interaction and image display.
  • Updated Apple ProRes support on macOS including addition of 4444 XQ.
  • Improved RAM caching for faster processing of auto effects in the Workbench.
  • Improved OpenCL support with NVIDIA display drivers on Windows 10.
  • Installer is now notarised for macOS Catalina and Big Sur.
  • Minor bug and UI layout fixes.
  • Removed discontinued 32 bit Quicktime support from Windows builds.
  • Network distributed rendering has been removed from all OS platforms.

 

PFBucket 2018.15.14

14 March 2019

Introducing PFBucket

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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PFClean 2018.11.05

Improved export error reporting

We have refined the reporting of errors which may occur during exports.

 

PFClean  9 August 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.

Full changelog here.

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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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