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.