18. January 2016 18:30
by Team Negative One
Hello Star Wars Fans! In this video I'm going to show you how you can use PFClean to make some improvements to Team Negative One's Grindhouse Edition of The Empire Strikes Back.
While the Grindhouse Edition is a certainly a unique experience, probably as close as you and I are ever likely to get to watching an original 35mm film print of The Empire Strikes Back, some of you may want to try and clean it up a little bit, fix the colors that kind of fade in and out, stabilize the image, and remove some of the more distracting pieces of dirt. Or You may be interested in fixing up just a few short sections of the film so they can be used in your own "Despecialized" style project. Or perhaps you just want to learn how it might be done.
To demonstrate the techniques you'll need, I'm using the new "Personal Learning Edition" of PF-Clean 2015, which is free. All you have to do is visit their website at www.ThePixelFarm.co.uk, click on PFClean, scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "Try PFClean for Free", and then you can download either a 15 day trial of the product or the PLE version which will not expire. Both are available for Mac, Windows or Linux.
It is important to note that the ability to export your cleaned footage is disabled in the PLE version. Let me repeat that. The Personal Learning version will not allow you to export your cleaned footage, it is designed only for you to hone your skills. However, the 15 day trial version will allow you to export your cleaned footage during the trial window.
In this video, I'll show you how to use some of the automated tools to stabilize the footage, clean up the dirt and dust and to reduce the pulsating colors: