“Need to get a lot of still images from moving media? One of the spinoffs from using a DAM is the ability to easily process such time consuming tasks. Georgia Dawson looks at how Kyno helps streamline that process….
… Unfortunately, it can be a tedious, manual process to extract stills via editing suites like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. In the move towards a video-based workflow, photographers have found themselves in need of applications and plugins that can happily process both mediums….
… We’ve now entered a digital age. Professional studios will often need to consider still images and video simultaneously, shooting in 4k to get the best out of each medium. Tools like Kyno are the missing link, needed to bring photo and video seamlessly together in a modern, multi-platform market.”
“Kyno 1.3 has landed, bringing with it a productivity overhaul effective for all industries and professions. There are multiple enhancements to transcoding, batch renaming, filtering, Kyno’s Premiere Pro integration, and much improved keyboard support for our power-users….
… Kyno 1.3 extends usability functions across multiple workflows, creating easier access to Kyno’s most commonly used tools:
- Shortcuts – New keyboard shortcuts allow for faster workflows, enabling users to quickly send files to Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, export to Excel, toggle drilldown, shift between different viewpoints and more
- Transcoding – The dialogs for renaming and transcoding single files have been extended, giving users the full range of presets and variables as batch operations
- Batch tagging – Shot lists can now be built in parallel to marking frames for still export
- Filters – Users can now filter material based on scene, shot, take and more descriptive metadata fields
- Pre-analyze content – Kyno 1.3 includes the option to generate content tab thumbnails in advance, speeding up the screening and logging of footage
- Cached data – Thumbnails and technical metadata now remain intact when moving files around within Kyno.
- Metadata – Exported subclips inherit all descriptive metadata from the original clip, making team workflows (often based on pre-edit material) more efficient…”
“Robert Krüger from Lesspain Software walks demonstrates Kyno, an all-in-one media management app. Kyno allows you to keep your footage where you’d like in Finder, and stills enables you to add custom metadata for using in Kyno, FCPX, or Premiere.”
Transcoding and scopes specialist Divergent Media has released a paid update to its popular macOS-only transcoding application EditReady. EditReady 2.0 adds support for 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 files and H.265 HEVC files from Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 camera in 4K UHD, 4K DCI and 6K Photo video as well as other video specifications.
Although other software products offer transcoding as part of their feature sets, the benefit of a small, nimble specialist like Divergent Media is its theoretical ability to respond quickly to new camera releases, and new codecs and specifications.
EditReady 2.0 seems to have beaten other transcoding tools to the punch on GH5 support so that alone is, IMHO, good enough justification for forking out for this full version updater.
- Divergent Media – EditReady: Easy, Fast and Powerful Transcoding for Video Professionals
- Vimeo – Divergent Media
- YouTube.com – Divergent Media
When I returned to Sydney after a long sojourn elsewhere, photographers of my acquaintance reported fewer were earning a living from photography alone, more taking up creative side professions like video or graphic design.
Now the ever onwards march of technology has placed the possibility of shooting top quality video in the hands of photographers, great stills cameras in front of cinematographers and so the creative landscape changes once again.
Although stills and video production hardware has been roaring ahead, one key aspect of production software has lagged behind, media management. Kyno has filled that gap and, after taking advantage of developer Lesspain Software‘s 14-day trial offer, Kyno looks like it is doing an outstanding job of it.
I reported on my impressions of an earlier version of Kyno in Kyno, the Last Big Missing Piece in a Professional Stills, Video and Audio Workflow? and those thoughts have been validated by Kyno winning NewsShooter‘s Best Software of 2016 award:
Kyno is one of those programs I wish someone had come up with a long time ago. In short it allows anyone to view, log, organise, and transcode footage from just about any type of camera or codec.
New Version 1.2 Kyno Key features:
- New audio, movie and stills file formats – now including Olympus and Fujifilm raw stills files, Apple Core Audio, ProRes MXF, DNxHR, Hap video, AVI ultrasound and FRAPS for gaming captures.
- Overhaul for Final Cut Pro X – a complete rethink of the FCPX export workflow.
- Improved transcoding – option to add handles when batch-exporting subclips and increased flexibility handling file timestamps and timecodes across all export, transcoding and rewrap operations.
- Simplified batch sub-clip exporting – you can now define the content you wish to extract from large amounts of footage faster and easier than ever before, great for observational documentary.
Further information about this latest version of Kyno is available at the 1.2 release notes.
- Lesspain Software @ Medium – Andy Lesauvage — blurring the line between photos and video
- Lesspain Software @ Medium – Orlando de Guzman — cinéma-vérité & Kyno
- Lesspain Software @ Medium – Thomas Schmithausen & Kyno: a documentarian’s best friend
Header image by Carmel D. Morris.