PFClean: The Workflow Manager

9 May, 2016 | PFCLEAN, TUTORIALS

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Workflow Manager to direct the flow of clips through restoration and remastering nodes to the final export. You will create a tree containing all the node types in the Workflow Manager and flow your clips into the File Out nodes. Then you will export your media.

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. Setting Up a Project

Follow the instructions in the first Getting Started tutorial to create a project and import the tutorial clips. Make sure to import all clips into the same Media Bin, then return to the Workflow Manager.

02. Flowing Clips From the Media Bins

Create a Workbench node by clicking on the topmost + button on the left of the Workflow Manager.

The Workbench node is where in-depth, per-clip, manual and automatic restoration effects are applied. If the Media Bin was selected when you created the Workbench, the nodes will automatically be connected to each other. If not, connect the nodes by dragging a line from the Media Bin’s output into the Workbench.

The clips are now available to work on in the Workbench. Double click the Workbench to enter the node. At the bottom of the Workbench’s UI you can see the clips we imported into the Media Bin and flowed into the node.

We are not going to perform any actual work on the clips in this tutorial. The Workbench is covered in more detail in a separate tutorial. Click the Workflow Manager button to return to the Workflow Manager.

Standards Workflow

Our Media Bin contains clips of two different standard formats, 2K and PAL. We only want our 2K clips to flow through the Workbench. To achieve this, open the Select a standard menu on the top of the node. Select Full Aperture 2K from the menu.

We can double click the Workbench node again to see that there are now only the 2K clips left in the node. Return to the Workflow Manager.

The Media Bin now has a second output, containing the remaining PAL clips. Select the Media Bin with a single click, then create a Telerack node by clicking the appropriate + button on the left. The Telerack node is where fast, automatic, cleanup of tape based formats is performed.The new Telerack node is automatically connected to the second output of the Media Bin. Since there are only PAL clips flowing through the new output, the standard format for the Telerack node has automatically been set to PAL. Note the figure in the middle of the connection between nodes – this is the number of clips flowing through the connection.

Top to Bottom Flow

Drag either the Workbench or Telerack nodes with the mouse. You can see that the nodes are only able to move horizontally.

The node types live in their own horizontal layers, and the output of each node can only be piped into a node in a layer below, creating a stream from the Media Bins at the top of the Workflow Manager down to the File Out nodes.

03. Extending the Workflow Tree

Select the Workbench, and create a Remaster node. Since the Workbench was selected, the newly created Remaster node is automatically connected to it and, furthermore, the Remaster node now becomes the new selected node. Next, create a Standards node. This will be automatically connected to the Remaster node. Disconnect the Standards node from the Remaster node by clicking on the connection. As with all delete operations in PFClean, and to prevent the accidental breaking of a connection, you have to click again to confirm you really want to disconnect the nodes. Then connect the Standards node to the Telerack.

For this tutorial, which is about flowing clips in the Workflow Manager, we do not need to concern ourselves about what exactly the Remaster and Standards node do.

04. Exporting the Clips

Connect the Remaster node to the existing File Out node. Then create another File Out node by clicking the bottommost + button on the left-hand side. Connect it to the Standards node.

At the bottom of the Workflow Manager is the hourglass export control. The number at the top of the hourglass indicates how many clips are ready to export. Click the triangular button on the left of the hourglass to start exporting. As export progresses, the number at the top decreases, and the number at the bottom, indicating exported clips, increases. When export successfully complete both File Out nodes and the hourglass control turn green.

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