PFClean: Getting Started

9 May, 2016 | PFCLEAN, TUTORIALS

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.

Tutorial Footage

To learn this tutorial you will need to download and use the footage below.

Footage: Chanti.zip

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Footage: Nutcracker.zip | Footage courtesy of RTRW

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01. Starting PFClean for the First Time

When you open PFClean 2016 for the first time, you will see PFClean’s project panel in the bottom of the UI, with most other buttons greyed out. All work carried out in PFClean occurs in a project, and once you have created a project, as described shortly, more buttons will become available.

02. Getting Help

On the top left of the PFClean window, you will find a button with this icon help. 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.

03. Creating a Project

In the project panel, click the Create button to start creating a new project.

The Create button turns into a Confirm button and you can now edit some properties of the new project. Type a name for the project in the Name: edit box. You can specify the path where the project will be saved in the Path: edit box. Rather than typing the path directly into the field, you can click the browse button to open a file browser to select a directory. Projects can become large in size so benefit being location on a fast disk with ample free space.

When you’re done click Confirm to create the project.

04. The Workflow Manager

Your new project brings you directly into the Workflow Manager. The Workflow Manager is the central hub of a PFClean 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.

05. Importing Media Into Your Project

File Browsing

Media is imported into your project from the Media Manager. Double-click the Media Manager node to enter the Media Manager.

The main Media Manager user interface is split vertically into two areas. The File Browser 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.

Importing Media

To import a clip into your project, simply drag and drop the clip from the File Browser into the Media Bin at the bottom. You can select multiple clips 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.

Creating Media Bins

You can organise your media in multiple Media Bins. Click the media bin button button to create a new Media Bin.

You can also create a new Media Bin from a folder by dragging and dropping a folder from the File Browser to the tab area at the bottom. This new Media Bin will contain all clips within the folder and its subfolders.

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 global 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 delete button while that entry is selected. When clicking this button, it will turn into a yes. Click the yes 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.

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 cinema options. They 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. Return to the Workflow Manager

After importing all media, click the wfm button button to return to the Workflow Manager. You should now be able to see all of the bins which have been created.

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