The Pixel Farm Ltd, a leading developer of innovative image processing systems for VFX, DI and restoration, today announced the immediate availability of PFDepth: a new, fully integrated toolset for total scene reconstruction, depth map creation and 2D-to-3D conversion.
PFDepth is a radical evolution of the intricate processes involved in accurately representing the perceived geometric shape and depth of objects, buildings and terrain in 3D, making it easy to build complex geometry, detailed per-pixel depth maps, and stereoscopic renders of any 2D scene.
What makes PFDepth truly unique is its use of real-world camera models. Using The Pixel Farm’s renowned 3D camera tracking technology as its foundation, accurate depth cues are assigned to each pixel in the image relative to the real-world camera’s position over time, while dynamic adjustments to convergence can be animated automatically. The result is scene reconstruction and stereoscopy that appears as true to life as the original environment in which it was shot.
“PFDepth is fully integrated with our entire product line, so the creative options are endless.” comments Daryl Shail, VFX Product Manager at The Pixel Farm Ltd. “Throw PFClean into the mix, and you have a complete end-to-end solution for bringing archive films through restoration, remastering and stereoscopic conversion for redistribution.”
Budgets are tight. With PFDepth, there’s no need to invest in multiple applications that each only satisfy a small piece of the creative pie. An entire toolchest of innovation is now at your disposal, allowing artists to create, edit, segment, sculpt, filter and combine objects in world space, without battling the disconnect encountered with other piecemeal processes. If you already own other tools, PFDepth opens new doors by supporting their data within its infinitely flexible and creative environment whilst the Geometry Tracking, Image Modelling and Z-Depth tools found in PFTrack can also contribute to help refine the immense data sets created in PFDepth.
An early version of PFDepth demonstrating it’s concepts was first shown publicly at NAB 2012 and the response was overwhelming. PFDepth was honored with a Silver Edge Award by CGW Magazine, recognising it as one of the best new technologies exhibited at NAB.
A 64-bit application running natively on OSX, Windows and Linux, PFDepth retails for £2000 / $3300 / €2500.