Lesspain Software: Kyno 1.6 is Here

“Kyno 1.6 brings checksum-verified camera offloading, new metadata and copy workflows, Red (R3D, Redcode) Raw support and tons of other improvements. Check out the release notes at lesspain.software…”

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Kyno 1.6 is here!

https://support.lesspain.software/support/solutions/articles/12000016005-release-notes-for-kyno-1

1.6.0 (macOS: 106027, Windows: 1.6.0.23) – Released 2019-02-25

This major update brings a number of exciting new features and improvements as well as fixes for issues that have been reported.

The highlight of this feature is without a doubt the addition of verified copy (sometimes called “offloading”) using industry grade checksum verification based on the established media hash list (MHL) standard. From now on, you never have to leave your favourite workflow tool from camera card to edit/delivery.

Kyno Premium users will welcome the much-requested support for the RED RAW R3D format that you can preview and transcode with Kyno 1.6.

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What’s New (all editions):

  • Added “Copy & verify” function (aka verified copy, aka offloading) that copies your camera media or any folder with industry-grade verification using the media hash list (MHL) standard, full or incremental mode supported.
  • Added workflow for exporting and importing/merging descriptive metadata to aid collaborative workflows that operate on multiple copies of the same material.
  • Added new “Paste & rename” workflow for people copying and batch-renaming in one step as part of their ingest process.
  • When browsing through similar clips using the “next” and “previous” button or shortcut audio track and speed settings are retained for similar clips.
  • Added marker and subclip statistics to “Create report” function
  • Improved stereo audio track handling when sending files to Premiere Pro
  • Use full file name as clip name when sending to Premiere (or exporting for Resolve) instead of removing file extension to be consistent with what Premiere does on regular import
  • Display the XDCAM type in clip metadata for XDCAM footage
  • Support rewrapping of HEVC files to Mov container
  • Selected audio track and playback speed are retained when skipping through similar files
  • Thumbnails are now created with current LUT settings applied
  • LUTs are now applied when exporting still frames from videos
  • Added fade in/out support to transcoder
  • Added preset for XDCAM HD 422 29.97 FPS
  • Added FPS column to Excel export
  • Include marker and subclip titles when matching search term in the Browser filter
  • Added possibility to filter assets based on folder name and date range
  • Allow tags to be imported and exported
  • Added a global index as a naming variable to count across multiple rename, export or transcode operations
  • Added video/audio codec, format, start, end, path as optional metadata columns in Browser
  • Display overlay icons for tags, metadata, markers in list mode
  • Support playback of certain old PCM audio tracks from old camcorders
  • Improved sorting in Navigator tree
  • Adjusted labels for color properties to be more in line with industry standards
  • Made subclip time range controls in transcoder window take into account clip timecode
  • Renamed MJPEG transcoding preset to Photo JPEG because it’s more known under that name

What’s New (Premium edition):

  • RED RAW R3D support (playback and transcoding)
  • Multi-Destination verified copy (aka offloading) in one step. Back up your camera media in a simple workflow in two locations
  • Added ability to automatically transcode files in delivery workflow
  • Added ability to transfer image files together with video files in delivery workflow
  • Add a new folder naming option in delivery options
  • Improve behaviour of delivery folder history
  • Automatically display folders created by local delivery in Navigator tree
  • Sort subfolders correctly in delivery folder selector
  • Improve performance of delivery folder selector for slow connections

New Enterprise Features:

  • Changed Custom Package Deployment configuration overrides to one XML file that can be loaded from file system or via HTTP
  • Added functionality for delivery endpoints to be preconfigured via Custom Package Deployment
  • Added functionality for tags to be preconfigured via custom package deployment

Fixes:

  • Identified and busted the cause for accidental folder moves in the folder navigator
  • Improved display of drag and drop items (folders, clips)
  • Kyno now prevents input of invalid folder names on Windows
  • Fixed Premiere Pro 2019 not being detected automatically by the “Send to” function
  • Fixed a minor inaccuracy in duration filter
  • Fixed a rare crash that happened during drag & drop on certain OSX versions
  • Fixed a bug where moving a file between volumes resulted in a stale file remaining in the old location
  • Fixed a bug on Windows that prevented another volume to be registered in the workspace with the same drive letter
  • Fixed a problem where in rare cases empty clip names where transferred to Premiere or Resolve
  • Fixed a bug that caused certain HDR ProRes files not to play back
  • Fixed a rare freeze on Windows when double-clicking subclips

Kyno 1.6 Screenshots

LumaForge: Media Asset Management and Kyno

Commentary

Kyno goes from strength to strength as it continue to add essential video and photography production functions that many of us have relied for on a cluster of other dedicated applications made by a range of small software companies.

Add up the licence fees for all of that ever-growing cluster of separate applications and compare it to Kyno’s licence fees in whichever version, Kyno, Kyno Premium or Kyno Enterprise, is relevant to your work.

I am particularly excited about Kyno 1.6’s checksum-verified camera offloading after having tried out a number of dedicated offloading products as well as its metadata workflow improvements as the latter has been something of a sore point for a while.

Kyno 1.6’s ability to add two LUTs – one for camera profiles and one for looks LUTs for example – to still frame image files exported from markers as well as thumbnails is also very welcome.

These and more new and improved features are making Kyno the number one on-location media management system for a range of producers including self-funded independent documentary moviemakers and photographers like me.

I have already put the offloading function in Kyno 1.6 – now updated to version 1.6.1 – to good use in the course of reviewing a camera and lens and look forward to putting more of its new features and improvements to use in the coming days.

I can only imagine what may be coming in Kyno 1.7!

Support for Blackmagic Cinema DNG and Blackmagic Raw come to mind right now for example  – I received some sample BMPCC 4K footage from Paul Leeming the other day – and look forward to Kyno adding support for all the latest affordable hybrid and video cameras and camcorders as they appear.

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Kyno: Designing a workflow for a Netflix Series using Kyno 1.6

https://lesspain.software/kyno/pages/news/designing-a-workflow-for-a-netflix-series-using-kyno/

“A couple weeks ago we were approached by a company intending to create a Pilot for a Netflix Series which presented several challenges, the series was going to be shot in 4k DCI 60p in XAVC-I in S-log3 using a pair of PXW-FS7 cameras in several locations around Mexico, the Caribbean and the US, all the media had to be reviewed and qualified by the series director on site, basic editing was going to be done in one city using Adobe Premiere with low res media, and finishing, audio mastering and color grading was going to be done on another city across the country, and as in most productions, budget was extremely limited, so most of the regular tools used on major productions were completely out of reach, so we needed to develop a workflow that would allow…”

Kyno media management system software by Lesspain Software.

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Video Media Management App Kyno Updated to Version 1.5, Gains Broadcast Version Stablemate

One of the best, in my humble opinion, media management computer applications for creatives working in the related fields of photography and video, Kyno by Lesspain Software GmbH, has received a major update to version 1.5 and has gained a broadcast industry sibling in the form of Kyno Premium. 

Who is Kyno for and what does Kyno do? Lesspain Software describes it thus:

Kyno is used by professionals in the media, entertainment & non-media industry as:

  • Media storage browser
  • Universal player
  • Logging/Metadata editing tool
  • Multi-purpose production assistant
  • File organizer
  • Converter (transcoding & rewrapping)

Kyno is a crossplatform application for macOS and Windows and it closely integrates with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Adobe’s Premier Pro.

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This message box appears if your licence for Kyno needs a paid update in order to use version 1.5. Without the paid update, you can continue to use your currently licensed version of Kyno.

According to video industry website News Shooter, Kyno version 1.5 gains a number of new features, bug and stability fixes including:

  • Timestamp metadata batch-correction.
  • Drag & drop support with FCP X.
  • Playback support for MXF ProRes files created with FCP X.
  • FCP X XML export updated to V1.6 of FCP X XML.
  • Auto-creation of bins for Premiere Pro.
  • New thumbnail column view in list view.
  • Transcoding presets can now be imported and exported to be able to share them in a team or with the community.
  • Apart from a number of bug fixes and stability improvements, Kyno 1.5 brings WebP image support as well as GH5s raw stills, filtering of more metadata, advanced batch naming controls for space and case handling, IMX/D10 support, improvements in audio channel selection as well as better render quality in the player.


Kyno Premium is intended for “film, TV & broadcast professionals and production companies” thus expanding Kyno’s initial reach as an essential software tool for “media professionals, small production companies and creative agencies”.

Kyno is also available in a version for large organizations, Kyno for Enterprise.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review Loaner Arrives, Testing With Leeming LUT One and Seercam Cube GH5 Cage – UPDATED

A review loaner of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 arrived yesterday afternoon and it immediately found its way into Seercam’s Cube GH5 camera cage with Extension Kit for Cube GH5. Then I attached a Manfrotto Pixi Table Tripod-cum-handle to the Extension Kit’s coldshoe mount, ready for action should it occur.

First thing the next day, I was pleasantly surprised by a visit from Petra, one of the three young female brush turkeys whom we raised almost from the time they leaped out of their eggs on the mound next door. I grabbed the GH5 plus Seercam cage, hoped that the Griffin Hammond GH5 camera settings file I had installed late the night before would be up to the task, and jumped out the door. 

It was excellent to finally be able to try out Seercam’s one-piece cage for Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 camera.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 review loaner camera arrived minus several items including the eye cup, USB 3 cable and lens hood for the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric Power OIS zoom lens.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 review loaner camera arrived minus several items including the eye cup, USB 3 cable and lens hood for the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric Power OIS zoom lens. We later improvised a temporary solution for the GH5’s eye cup from a spare eye cup from my GH4, attached with UHU Yellow Tack and hope.

We helped Petra recuperate from attacks by dogs who had stripped her of tail and wing feathers twice over the past six months, and she has grown up into a beautiful, confident young adult who now, it seems, has formed her own little tribe of three young brush turkeys whom she was leading about.

Still frames from my first GH5 video shoot of Petra and her friends

The footage reveals that I will need to reinforce the way we have attached the spare GH4 eye cup to the GH5 as critical focus was missed on several crucial shots due to relying solely on the monitor with focus peaking while shooting in semi-darkness.

I will be trying the GH5 out on some stills photographs next and then will load up Paul Leeming’s Leeming LUT One settings for Cinelike D and V-Log L on the GH5 for further video shoots over the two-week loan period.

I will be editing and grading GH5 footage in DaVinci Resolve Studio 14 and Final Cut Pro X and processing stills in a number of image editors, LUTs and color grading plug-ins, and raw processors. I will be relying on Lesspain Software’s excellent Kyno media management and productivity software throughout.

Snapshots from my second day with the GH5

It usually takes me a few days to start to understand and get the best out of a new camera and even longer to understand a new lens, and the GH5 and its Panasonic Leica 12-60mm kit zoom is no exception. Another factor is that it can take a while for software companies to fully support new cameras and at the moment none of them appears to perfectly support this specific lens and camera combination.

At the moment I am defaulting to Adobe Camera Raw with VSCO presets and Photoshop, but once I know enough about what the GH5 and this lens can do then I will explore how other raw processing and image editing software interprets images from them. So far, though, the images look impressive.

My current Seercam Cube GH5 cage configuration for stills and video

I often go into situations where I may need to shoot stills and video, and so a minimal rig is most useful, allowing me the flexibility to make photographs while holding the camera in vertical/portrait or horizontal/landscape mode, or quickly switch over to video without having to add extra items.

I often use my GH4 and GX8 in minimalist rigging like here, in the GH4’s case in a Motion9/Seercam CubeMix GH4/3 cage and for the GX8 a SmallRig cage. I also like going even more minimal with my GH4 and attach just a battery grip and a microphone.

A GH5 is definitely high on my wishlist, reinforced by my experience so far with the camera, and I will be adding a battery grip, XLR audio adapter and, when Seercam comes out with its special battery pack that mounts in the GH5’s rod riser, will add one of those too.

A number of GH5 users report that the camera rips through batteries especially when shooting 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video and using stabilization. I have experienced that myself already. I will need to at least double my collection of batteries for the GH5 and look at other power options too.

Some GH5 owners have stated that they have bypassed all other brands of cages for the GH5 and have opted for the minimalist SmallRig cage due to it being one of the first to have strap-mounting holes on the camera right side. It is easy to attach straps to any cage by screwing strap-mounting into your cage’s 1/4-20 tapped holes.

Right now I am using Peak Design Pro Drive Screws as they are the only ones I found in a local camera store but other moviemakers tell me they use other, smaller screws in preference. I am sure that camera accessories makers could come up with much better optional strap-mounting drives.

On another note, I have been using a spare eye cup from my GH4 to temporarily replace the one missing from the review loaner GH5. I have tried gaffer tape, Blue-Tack and UHU Yellow Tack – proper name Sticky Tack or Poster Putty – but found that the UHU Yellow Tack works best, though the eye-cup has fallen off a few times anyway.

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