1.3 Media Admin


In our previous extended study material for the Level 1 PFClean training (1.2 Importing Media in PFClean), we looked briefly at the Workflow Manager and Media Manager and imported some footage into the media bins. In this extended study tutorial we will be looking at three common uses of the Media Admin as well as give a general overview of some of it’s other functionality before returning to the Workflow Manager.

If you haven’t completed the previous tutorial (1.2 Importing Media 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. Media Admin

You can access the Media Admin window by pressing the Media Admin button on the top right hand side of the media manager.

Let’s click the Media Admin button and load it into the GUI. The Media Admin window provides a means of obtaining information on and administering the media in a project. This includes operations such as removing clips from a project; re-linking a clip if the source material it references has moved; specifying defect maps etc.

02. Relinking Media

If for any reason the original files have moved or they were stored on a faulty drive and you need to reconnect them it’s a really easy process with no loss of work. The green link icon on the right shows us that the clip’s source material can be accessed. If the source material is not available, the link icon will turn red along with text saying Disconnected.

No need to follow along with this one. In this quick example let’s say I have moved video_002 out of the footage/video folder to the desktop temporarily to make space on my drive. PFClean registers that the file has been moved and is now displaying Disconnected red link icon along with Media Missing in the thumbnail on the left. I can continue to work with the media in its new location by clicking the missing clip and then clicking the Relink button in the lower part of the GUI.

Upon clicking the Relink button it will immediately load the file browser in the upper half of the GUI where I can navigate to the new path of my footage and click Relink in the preview window upper right.

This will relink the footage, the link icon will turn green and the Media Missing will disappear from the thumbnail and you are ready to continue your restoration with the media in its new location.

03. De-Interlacing Video

Three of the clips in our project are PAL video clips, these are video_001, video_002 and video_003. For the purposes of this exercise I am going to want to de-interlace these clips as we will be making them progressive PAL HD later on. Let’s select the first clip video_001 and holding the shift key on the keyboard select the other two clips. With all three clips selected we will now click the down arrow on the Deinterlace: dropdown on the bottom right of the Media Admin panel.

There are a number of de-interlace options available to us ranging in quality and speed, Temporal blend for example which is a progressive frame created based on motion interpolation between both fields will offer us the best quality result at the cost of speed. Replicate upper or Replicate lower which discards the other field will offer us faster results but at the cost of quality. For this exercise we shall select Interpolate upper, this option will offer a compromise between quality and speed.

NOTE: The de-interlace properties of a clip must be set prior to applying effects to it, adding it to an Export List, Batch List, or Sequence as de-interlacing may alter its duration, hence the de-interlace option is unavailable (greyed out) in these cases.

04. Deleting Clips

When we were importing clips into our media bins in our last follow up exercise we accidently copied the same clip twice, this was the clip named clip_004.

Let’s go ahead and delete the first clip_004 in the Media Admin by clicking once on it to select it and pressing the C_1_3_image2 button at the bottom of the GUI then pressing Yes? to confirm the deletion. There is also an additional clip called clip_005 that we imported which we will not be using in our exercises so let’s go ahead and delete that clip as well. You will only be able to delete a clip if it is not being used elsewhere in the application. Multiple items can be selected by either dragging with the left mouse button held; Shift left mouse button clicking to select a range of items; or Command left mouse button clicking to select multiple items.

NOTE: Deleting a clip only deletes its representation within the application – the original material comprising the clip on disk is not deleted.

After administering our media, click the C_1_3_image4 button to return to the Workflow Manager.

05. Getting Help

On the top left of the PFClean window, you will find a button with this icon C_1_3_image5. This is the help button and will open PFClean’s documentation in your web browser where you can find more information on the functionality of the Media Admin panel.

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