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3.3 Stabilizing Footage Using Tracking
In our previous extended study material Level 3.2 Creating Custom Standards, we covered using an text editor to create custom standards for our imported footage. Find out more about The Pixel Farm Training Academy and register for the next available class here. In...
3.4 Using Masks
In our previous extended study material Level 3.3 Stabilizing Footage Using Tracking, we covered using the stabilize effect in combination with the tracker panel to remove instability in a clip. Find out more about The Pixel Farm Training Academy and register for the...
3.2 Creating Custom Standards
In our previous extended study material for Level 3 (3.1 Importing via EDL) we covered using an EDL to import footage into PFClean. Find out more about The Pixel Farm training Academy and register for the next available class here. In this tutorial we will be creating...
3.1 Importing via EDL
Welcome to part one of your extended study material for Level 3. Advanced Film and Video Restoration Tools in PFClean training course. Find out more about The Pixel Farm Training Academy and register for the next available class here. In this short tutorial we are...
3.3 Using Survey Data in PFTrack
This document is part of Level 3. Advanced Matchmoving Strategies in PFTrack of The Pixel Farm Training Academy’s PFTrack course. Find out more and register for the next available live class. When survey data is available from the location of a shoot, feature tracks can...
3.2 Tracking a Deformable Object with Geometry
This tutorial is part of Level 3. Advanced Matchmoving Strategies in PFTrack of The Pixel Farm Training Academy’s PFTrack course. Find out more and register for the next available live class. During the Advanced Matchmoving Strategies live class we used a geometric...
3.1 Using Geometry to Solve a Camera in PFTrack
Providing PFTrack with as much information as possible from the set of a shoot can help get a good result more easily. The amount of information you could use can range from which camera and lens has been used, to the distance of specific features from the camera in a frame to a LIDAR scan or a set of photos of the location, to geometric models of structures on set.
1.6 Telerack Overview
We are following on from our previous extended study material for the Level 1 PFClean training (1.5 Workbench Overview) where we looked briefly at some of the tools and functionality of the Workbench. In this tutorial we shall be looking at the Telerack...
1.5 Workbench Overview
In the previous extended study material for the Level 1 PFClean training (1.4 Workflow Manager) we looked at the organisational hub of PFClean, the Workflow Manager. We also added a number of nodes to the tree, one of those nodes is the Workbench which we shall be...
1.4 Workflow Manager
In our previous extended study material for the Level 1 PFClean training (1.3 Media Admin), we looked briefly at the Workflow Manager and Media Manager and imported some footage into the media bins. we used the Media Admin panel to administer the clips we imported...
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...
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...
The Pixel Farm Training Academy
Your journey to becoming a professional in the VFX and restoration industries starts here. The Pixel Farm Training Academy is your exclusive opportunity to learn PFTrack and PFClean for free, directly from our product specialists. Whether you’re a new user looking to...
1.1 Creating and Managing a Project in PFClean
Welcome to part one of your extended study material for Level 1 An Introduction to Film and Video Restoration in PFClean training course. Find out more about The Pixel Farm training course and register for the next available class here. In this tutorial we will be...
1.3 The Importance of Film Back
Why is it important to make sure PFTrack knows the correct sensor size? When solving a scene, PFTrack has to determine a plethora of information about the camera and location a clip was shot. The more information you can give PFTrack about the camera and scene you are trying to solve, the less PFTrack has to figure out itself and the quicker and easier it is to get a good result.
1.2 Tracking Trees in PFTrack
The Introduction to Matchmoving in PFTrack class explained the necessary steps to get from a fresh install of PFTrack to getting a solved camera, testing it and orienting the scene. This article serves as an overview of the steps that have been covered.
1.1 Tracking and Solving a Camera in PFTrack
The Introduction to Matchmoving in PFTrack class explained the necessary steps to get from a fresh install of PFTrack to getting a solved camera, testing it and orienting the scene. This article serves as an overview of the steps that have been covered.
2.1 De-Grain and Re-Grain
Welcome to part one of your extended study material for Level 2. A Closer Look at Film Restoration and Workflows in PFClean training course. Find out more about The Pixel Farm training course and register for the next available class here. In this tutorial we will be...
2.2 Fixing a Film Tear
In our previous extended study material for the Level 2 PFClean training (2.1 Degrain and Regrain), we went over a couple of different methods for building a grain profile to use in your project. In this extended study we will be tackling the first of a number of film...
2.3 Fixing Film Warp
In our previous extended study material for the Level 2 PFclean training (2.2 Fixing a Film Tear) we were looking at CHANTI_SHOT_003 where we tackled a tear running across the frame using the Fix Tear effect in the Workbench. In this extended study tutorial we will be...
2.4 Fixing Faded and Colour Shifted Film
In our previous extended study material for the Level 2 PFClean training (2.3 Fixing Film Warp) we were looking at stretch and squashing artefacts caused by film warp in CHANTI_SHOT_001 and how to fix it using the De-Warp tool in the Workbench. In this extended study...
2.5 Fixing Film Dirt
In our previous extended study material for the Level 2 PFClean training (2.4 Fixing Faded and Colour Shifted Film) we were looking at tackling colour shifts and fade in film. Both the chanti shots were suffering from green colour shift and slight loss of contrast. We...
2.6 Using Infrared
In our previous extended study material for the Level 2 PFClean training (2.5 Fixing Film Dirt) we were looking at tackling dirt in the Chanti clips. Both the chanti shots were suffering from large amounts of dirt and striations. We used the Workbench’s Auto Dirt Fix...
2.3 Using Multiple Views to Solve Nodal Pans
There is one special kind of camera motion, that requires additional views to extract any kind of 3D: Nodal pans. This tutorial explains what nodal pans are and how they are different from other camera movements. After that we will use the same technique shown in the live session to add additional camera views of the same scene in order to obtain a real 3D result.
2.2 Creating a Triangular Mesh from Still Images
In the Extended Matchmoving in PFTrack class we have used PFTrack’s photogrammetry tools to help us solve multiple camera motions into a single scene. These tools can also be used to create textured triangular meshes. This tutorial will walk you through the necessary steps to create a mesh from the scene created in the live training.
2.1 Solving Multiple Cameras Into a Single Scene
When tracking multiple shots from the same location, it is often important that every shot shares the same coordinate system. This way we can ensure that key locations are identical independent of which camera solve is worked on. A straightforward way to ensure a shared coordinate system for multiple cameras is to track and solve them into the same scene in PFTrack.
In Glorious Technicolor: How Pinewood Restored British History with PFClean
Behind the iconic gates of the world-famous Pinewood Studios lies its media preservation, restoration and archiving facility. With PFClean in its arsenal, Pinewood’s team...
PFClean 2017 released
The wait is over. For 2017 PFClean steps further ahead of the competition, bringing digital and physical restoration even closer. With the introduction of our Digital Wet Gate, and the revamped Standards conversion, alternatives are no longer required.
Texture Map Extraction Available in PFTrack 2017
Photogrammetry users rejoice! PFTrack’s Photo Mesh node has recently received a powerful new update that allows texture map extraction from a meshed model. Texture maps are masters of deception...
PFTrack 2017 Texture Maps - The Mari Workflow
PFTrack 2017 has seen a major update to it’s photogrammetry pipeline. The updated Photo Mesh node is now able to generate: Normal, Occlusion, Displacement and Colour maps; this functionality is hugely beneficial for both VFX and real time workflows. Building on the...
PFTrack 2017 Texture Maps - The Unity Workflow
Texture maps are used to enhance the features of an object, recreating the effect of a high resolution model after mesh simplification. PFTrack 2017 has seen the introduction of Texture Map Extraction directly from the Photo Mesh node. The updated functionality of the...
PFTrack 2017 released
PFTrack 2017 is possibly our biggest upgrade since the introduction of the highly acclaimed node tree in 2011. Integrating PFDepth has allowed us to create a groundbreaking next generation of PFTrack unrivalled by any other app on features, functionality and outright innovation.
A Perfect Matchmove: How axisVFX Employ PFTrack for High-End VFX
Matchmoving software that is both flexible and reliable is essential for VFX companies to get the job done on time, inside budget and with incredible results. That’s why...
Identifying Common Tape Issues for Restoration in PFClean
In our previous video restoration blog we showed you how to prepare your system for tape capture, in this blog we will describe some of the more common faults that you may come across during the restoration of tape based media...
Data Capture for Photogrammetry: The Spooky Asset Project
This Halloween we were getting into the swing of things, as the winter nights draw closer we felt like spreading some spook! The best way to do this was by using PFTrack’s comprehensive photogrammetry toolset to create some quality assets. The project was a good...
Tracking a 360º Clip with PFTrack's Photogrammetry Toolset
In this tutorial you will learn how to track and solve a 360º spherical camera into a scene that has been surveyed photographically with a Photo Survey node. By doing so you will learn how to use PFTrack’s familiar tracking toolset to solve 360º footage, ...
Spherical Tracking Toolset added to PFTrack
We are excited to introduce the all new spherical tracking toolset in PFTrack; your fast track to creating incredible 360° content for VFX, VR, games and more. This toolset comprises of three brand new nodes: Spherical Track, Spherical Orient and Spherical Render...
Shooting 360° Footage for Spherical Camera Tracking
We have recently embarked on a 360° adventure, and it has been eye-opening to say the least. Building up to the recent release of spherical tracking in PFTrack, we have been learning all there is to know about the world of 360°, from cameras and filming, to syncing...
Tracking 360º Equirectangular Clips in PFTrack
In this tutorial, you are going to track and solve an equirectangular panorama using PFTrack’s new spherical tracking toolset...
Unity Project: Utilising PFTrack’s New Photogrammetry Toolset
The month of August was set aside for research and development within the walls of The Pixel Farm. New features have been added to PFTrack’s already powerful toolset, making the Photo Mesh node more versatile and more relevant to an unprecedented number of industries...
New Photo Mesh Simplification Tools and Texturing Pipeline in PFTrack
To expand our renowned photogrammetry toolset and unlock innovative pipelines in PFTrack, we have introduced simplification tools to the Photo Mesh node. Now with the option to simplify a mesh model, the Photo Mesh is more powerful than ever, allowing you to pass a mesh...
Creating a Triangular Mesh in PFTrack
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a mesh model from still images with PFTrack’s Photo Mesh node. After creating the dense triangular mesh, you will simplify its geometry to pass the model downstream to create a texture in the Texture Extraction node.
Preparing for Video Capture into PFClean
In this blog we will be covering some useful information to help you start capturing video media from a tape deck straight into PFClean. This will include system requirements for different tape formats, preparing your system for tape capture and some tips to help you...
Choosing a GPU for PFClean
Traditionally in many applications, processing has taken place on the CPU as a series of discrete actions performed sequentially. With low core counts and clock speeds in older processors this led to bottlenecking in processing times, especially in tools that require...
Tracking an Object in PFTrack
Sometimes it is necessary to track motion other than the camera’s, for example to replace moving objects in a shot. In this tutorial you are going to track and solve a prop carried by an actor. You will learn how to use the User Track node to manually track an object...
A PFTrack Twist on a Dickensian Drama
When it comes to delivering visual effects of the highest quality, PFTrack plays a crucial role in helping companies successfully achieve their creative visions. When tasked with producing visual effects for a high profile television show, effects specialists Lexhag...
Solving Nodal Pans in PFTrack
Nodal pans, where the camera is mounted on a tripod, provide a specific challenge to 3D camera tracking, due to the lack of parallax in the shot. In this tutorial, you will learn what that means when solving your camera, and how to use reference frames in order to...
Building a Workstation for PFClean
Purchasing or upgrading a workstation for your restoration work can be both expensive and confusing. Manufacturers and machine builders often offer up a plethora of unnecessary and expensive options which won't improve your productivity at all and are based on a very...
Creating Multiple Deliverable Standards in PFClean
It is often necessary to provide the results of your project in different formats, for example an SD screener, an HD version for BlueRay and a 2K master. In those cases, you can use PFClean’s Standards conversion node to change the resolution and frame rate of clips.
PFTrack Takes The Wrap
PFTrack can inspire students to turn their creative dreams into a reality. This is certainly the case for Roman Kaelin, Florian Wittmann and Falko Paeper; the three Animation and Visual Effects students behind the creation of the award winning short film, Wrapped...
Disk Caching in PFClean
In cases where, due to the complexity of applied effects or hardware limitations, processing time can be high, intermediate results can be cached to disk to improve interactivity. This functionality is available in both, Workbench and Standards conversion nodes...
ST-Maps in PFTrack
The Pixel Farm have been pioneers in making lens distortion data available for VFX pipelines. For years, the PFBarrel plugin for compositing applications has provided the ability to use PFTrack’s leading lens distortion models in third party software. However, with...
PFClean: Auto Dirt Fix
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Auto Dirt Fix effect in PFClean’s Workbench to automatically remove specks of dirt, dust etc from a clip...
PFTrack: Geometry Tracking
In this tutorial you are going use PFTrack’s Geometry Track node to track the performance of an actress. Instead of tracking points, the Geometry Track node uses a triangular mesh model of the object that is being tracked. This can be useful when it is not possible or...
PFClean: Colour Balance
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Colour Balance effect in PFClean’s Workbench to correct colour shifts and restore clips to a more neutral look...
PFClean: Standards Workflow
Common film and video format standards are an integral part of PFClean 2016’s architecture. This tutorial provides an introduction to how these standard formats are used in PFClean...
PFTrack: Photogrammetry
In this tutorial, you will be solving the tutorial clip using PFTrack’s photogrammetry tool set and then add a second camera to the scene. This will be done by creating a point cloud from a set of still images and then automatically solving cameras into the scene...
PFTrack: Auto Track and Camera Solve
In this tutorial, you will learn how to solve for the camera motion in the tutorial clip, and then test the resulting scene so that it is ready for exporting. You are going to solve the motion of the camera in the tutorial clip, using trackers that have been...
Getting Started in PFTrack
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a project in PFTrack how to build a tracking tree using the tutorial clip provided...
Making The Unseen Visible
The Russian State Archive (GTRF) holds a multitude of film and video treasures. From footage of the Bolshoi Ballet and Second World War Siege of Leningrad, to home movies of Tsar Nicholas II, the Soviet space program and rare images of the Chernobyl disaster. But this...
PFClean 2016 Available
PFClean 2016 is our most significant upgrade ever, introducing completely new video restoration engine alongside a more powerful workflow manager and greatly extended film restoration pipeline. Restore, remaster, repurpose - faster, more efficiently and across more...
PFClean: The Telerack
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Telerack node in PFClean. Telerack is PFClean’s ultra high performance video restoration engine. Each Telerack node can only process clips of the same standard format and will apply a single set of restoration parameters to...
PFClean: The Workbench
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Workbench in PFClean. The Workbench is where you can access PFClean’s wide range of high precision, resolution-independent restoration effects. You will learn how to create these effects to fix the defects in the tutorial...
PFClean: The Workflow Manager
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...
PFClean: Getting Started
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...
Starting From Scratch
Realworks is the digital restoration company behind the creation of the documentary film, The Decent One (2014). The documentary illustrates, through unseen writings, photographs and archive footage, the private life of Heinrich Himmler and his family...
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