By: The Pixel Farm
PFClean is a Restoration and Remastering package from The Pixel Farm. Incorporating a suite of unique focussed tools to deal with those tasks posing the greatest challenges associated with restoring and remastering archive material, PFClean is able to tackle restoration projects such as archive content showing signs of decay or severe physical damage, and accurate optical-flow-based re-synthesis of unrecoverable image data.
Working as a fully automatic, manual, or hybrid solution, the PFClean user is able to define the type of anomalies to be fixed in a completely non-destructive, non-linear and resolution independent environment. All fixes, whether applied automatically or manually, are executed via PFClean's unique per pixel, per frame metadata map - right down to individual dust specks or paint strokes and provides total control over any image modification, effectively providing the operator with an unlimited number of non-sequential 'undos'. The metadata is maintained and fully editable throughout the restoration project and beyond client review.
PFClean integrates easily with existing pipelines and both the application interface and toolset are optimised to provide a fast and efficient working environment. Image sequences can be processed immediately or committed to the Pixel Farm's tightly integrated cross platform batch processing system and the beautifully designed GUI provides full editorial and review functionality in an easy to learn but functional package. PFClean is the restoration package that sets the standards our competitors follow.
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.
The Workflow Manager, unique to The Pixel Farm, is the productivity hub which combined with batch processing and GPU acceleration enables restoration artists worldwide to deliver more content in less time.
Dedicated repair tools for Film, Video and Digital footage are built on a floating point, resolution independent 64 bit processing pipeline for large image file formats.
Check, annotate and log all aspects of your restoration project with embedded QA and report tools.
Platform-independent, scalable, and interoperable with many 3rd party solutions, PFClean will fit comfortably into your pipeline regardless of size.
PFClean has the tools required to enable the post production and finishing workflow from scanners, archive footage and digital film cameras, including:
Auto Dirt & Dust
Can be used either in conjunction with a scanner-generated defect map, or by analyzing the image using advanced dirt detection algorithms.
An effect specifically designed to repair physical celluloid tears of any size in a single frame or across multiple frames. The Fix Tear effect will not only replace the damage, but using tracking technologies, it will automatically align the undamaged portions back into position to compensate for any displacement that has occurred.
Providing an automated pre-grade color balance to restore dye fades and age related color issues back to original tones. Can produce stable results across entire clips, even from clip to clip.
Highly optimized and fast automatic de-spotting tool that requires no pre-processing.
Grain can be profiled and stored for later use on shots from the same reel. These profiles can then be used for grain reduction, removal or for re-graining entire shots, or to seamlessly blend a pixel level repair with the surrounding shot.
Useful for removing or softening compression artifacts associated with video and data compression.
Clean Lens Dirt
Developed for removing dirt captured between the lens and the image plane. Famous examples are 'Hair in the Gate' and 'Lens Mould', but other in camera artifacts such as sensor dirt can also be remedied.
Designed for use with footage damaged by X-Rays or poor storage, this tool can automatically detect and fix low to moderate amounts of fogging.
Fix frame uses motion analysis and retiming technology to repair large areas of damage in a single frame, or over several frames. Can be used to generate an entirely new frame if damage is severe.
The distortion model used in PFClean can be used to correct for both low and high-order radial lens distortion, and can even be animated if necessary. It is also possible for PFClean to estimate the parameters by automatically detecting straight edges in an image.
This automated effect can be used to re-align the different channels from tri-strip (eg. technicolor process) footage, or any footage where a mis-alignment has occurred, for example chromatic aberration caused by the lens.
This tool will automatically paint out a rig or wires. All the user has to do is draw a rough mask around the rig, and PFClean will detect and replace the wires. Can be used with a clean plate, if one is available.
The floating point paint tools make use of tracking or motion estimation algorithms, and are specifically designed to exist in multiple frames. Tightly integrated with grain management tools, it's possible to quickly and seamlessly touch up frames or entire image sequences. Typical paint brush effects are Clone, Clean, Paint, Erode, Repair, Colorize and many more.
- Greatly improved object-based node-based workflow,
- Offering drag-and-drop interaction between the various modules
- Selection lists
- Enhancements to visualisation
- Intuitive timeline-based restoration workflow
- Significantly enhanced export panel and deliverables management.
- Primary grading module, offering timeline-based real time grading tools coupled with ASC CDL support for look exchange with 3rd-party applications.
- Added a Pan And Scan effect
- Added Allow for split view of Workflow Manager and Cinema
- Paint updates: added soft edges for rectangle and ellipse
- Paint updates: added numeric textbox for clone frame offset
- Paint updates, added falloff editor
- Deflicker effect
- look-forwards and look-backwards controls to Fix Frame that specify either or both of the previous/next frames to use
- support for second monitor (preview) output on all platforms and software and 10-bit graphics display support
- %i and %o export format parameters for in/out point
- upper and lower limits on memory cache size such that there is always memory available for processing
- RED SDK to version 4.1
- Export Panel set up so that topmost clip of multiple selections in the output list is displayed in the Cinema
- Improved batch job logging and error reporting
- Import edit and Baselight project create a selection list
- Bugfix. Some 10-bit RGBA DPX files not handled properly
- Fixed bug where paint brushes are not initialized correctly
- Fixed issues with system build
- Extended range of files that are considered quicktime to include avi
- Documented cutting of a reference track clip
- Updated processing of exceptions for OpenEXR files
Specifications & Licensing
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.
Please log into your account at http://www.thepixelfarm.co.uk/support.php for links to download this version.
For Node-locked or Floating:
Software and licenses are delivered via email. After downloading and installation, launching PFClean will generate a "PFHostID", that ID is needed to generate licenses.
Pixel Farm License server (PFLic) is required to serve licenses on the network. Compatible with Windows, OS X and Linux, PFLic uses very little resources.
Upgrades / Support
The Pixel Farm offers the following Upgrades and Support options:
The Pixel Farm Maintenance
- Yearly Maintenance includes upgrades to new releases
- Online technical support
- Online Forums, Manuals and Tutorials
- Upgrade from previous versions of PFClean requires active maintenance
- Upgrade from Node-Locked to Floating
RFX is available for all your support needs
PFClean is compatible with the following applications
- The Pixel Farm PFPrep
- The Pixel Farm PFSilo
Training / Resources
Go to thepixelfarm.co.uk for forums, tutorials and other resources