1.2 Importing Media in PFClean


In our previous extended study material for the Level 1 PFClean training (1.1 Creating and Managing a Project in PFClean), we setup our project and looked at various functions in the project panel. In this extended study we shall be looking at importing media into PFClean.

If you haven’t completed the previous tutorial (1.1 Creating and Managing a Project in PFClean) I would suggest going back and starting from there as we will be using some of the material and profiles we generated.

NOTE: To follow along in this tutorial, you will need access to the clips provided for the class. If you don’t have them to hand, below you will find the link to download the footage again.

Tutorial Footage

The footage used in the training.

Footage: PFClean_Training_Material.zip


01. Workflow Manager

Having loaded our project, we should now be looking at the Workflow Manager. This is the spine of your restoration and is where we are able to control many aspects of the project.

There is always at least one Media Bin and one File Out node, as well as the Media Manager present in any PFClean project. From the Media Manager you can import media into Media Bins. File Out nodes are used to export the result of your work in PFClean.

From the Workflow Manager, you can direct how media in your project flows from your Media Bins to the File Out nodes. You can open any node in the Workflow Manager by double clicking on its icon.

The Workflow Manager is covered in more detail in a separate tutorial.

02. Media Manager

Media is imported into your project from the Media Manager. Let’s begin by double clicking on the Media Manager button to load it.

The main Media Manager user interface is split vertically into two areas. The File Browser & Video Browser Tab at the top, and the Media Bins at the bottom. The File Browser shows the contents of your root directory. Selecting a directory will display the contents of that directory in a new column.

Selecting a media file will open a preview in the preview window on the right of the File Browser. Hovering the mouse over the preview window will activate the player’s controls.

03. Media Bins

Footage is organised via media bins. There are two types available, but for this tutorial we will only be concentrating on the standard media bins.

You can easily and quickly create additional media bins by clicking the M+ button on the left of the GUI. There is no restriction on the amount of media that can be stored in a media bin just that the media is of a file type that can be read by PFClean. Let’s go ahead and create two extra bins in our project.

04. Importing Clips

Let’s go ahead and use the file browser to navigate to the clips you have downloaded. In my case the path would be /Users/adam/Desktop/PFClean_Training_Material/footage. Now click on the film folder inside of the footage folder and then lets select clip_004. Upon clicking clip_004 we can see the contents of this folder and in this instance it is a .dpx sequence clip_004_00000.dpx.

To import this clip into the project, simply drag and drop the clip from the File Browser into the media bin at the bottom. Let’s do that with our clip_004_00000.dpx sequence and drop it into Media bin 1.

If your folder contains multiple clips you can select all of them by holding the Ctrl or Shift key while selecting.

You can also import all clips in a folder hierarchy by dragging and dropping the folder into the Media Bin. Let’s do that by firstly clicking and dragging the film folder and dragging it into the media bin, then repeating the process with the video folder.

05. Saving Common Media Locations

You can create a bookmark for a file location by simply dragging and dropping a folder into the Saved Directories panel. By default, these saved directories are only available in the current project, but clicking the C_1_2_image3 button when one entry is selected will turn it into a global preference, available for all projects. Click the button again to remove it from the global preferences.

Selecting a saved directory in the list will show that folder in the File Browser.

You can delete a saved directory from the list by clicking the C_1_2_image7 button while that entry is selected. When clicking this button, it will turn into a C_1_2_image2. Click the C_1_2_image2 to confirm that you want to delete the saved directory from the list. All delete buttons in PFClean require this second click as a confirmation step.

06. Viewing Clips in the Cinema

Double click on a clip in the File Browser or a Media Bin to open the clip in PFClean’s main clip player, the Cinema.  This is a great way to check clips and review artifacts before you start your restoration.

The Cinema has the usual controls to play forwards and backwards through the clip, as well as controls to step one frame forwards or backwards and jump to the last and first frame of a clip.

You can also click and hold the middle mouse button to zoom, and click and hold the right mouse button to pan.

Some pre-defined zoom levels are available with these buttons at the lower left of the Cinema C_1_2_image8They are: View at full resolution, Fit to width, and Fit to height, respectively. 

Once you have finished previewing the clip, double-click in the Cinema again to return to the Media Manager.

07. Getting Help

On the top left of the PFClean window, you will find a button with this icon C_1_2_image1. This is the help button and will open PFClean’s documentation in your web browser. Other help buttons with the same icon are located throughout PFClean’s user interface and provide more context sensitive help.

Now that we have imported the footage into the project we created we are going to take a look at the media admin panel to administer some of the clips.

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