by Fabian Chaundy | 17th February 2017
Lesspain Software have announced an update to their handy footage review, transcoding and workflow software. Kyno 1.2 features added sub-clipping functionality, improved integration with FCPX and a number of new supported formats. The folks behind Kyno certainly have been busy. After a generous discount on Kyno last month, Lesspain Software have released a new upgraded version with improvements that add to the usability of this software for certain workflows. Let’s take a look at Kyno 1.2, and make sure you stick around until the end article for some discount coupon goodness! Sub-clipping Finding those usable sections of clips is an essential part of editing, and tackling this process in an organised manner guarantees that the creative part of editing will be a lot more fun and streamlined. While there are different ways of approaching sorting through clips in your NLE, you can also use Kyno’s intuitive footage review engine to quickly select those clips that will make it to the next stage of editing. Sub-clip export was already available previously in the software, but Kyno 1.2 adds the option of including “handles” on your selected material, allowing you a bit of wiggle room and space to add transitions when it comes to editing. The addition of handles is now also available in the export, transcoding and rewrapping functionality within Kyno 1.2. Final Cut Pro X Workflow Users editing on Apple’s platform will be happy to see that Kyno 1.2 makes it even easier to integrate with this particular NLE. New metadata functionality now allows you to export from Kyno using the keyword collection and favorites ratings, meaning you can now ingest footage that’s rated, tagged and ready to go by the time it gets into FCPX. Support for More Formats Kyno 1.2 now supports even more formats, adding to the software’s usability. They include: Playback and transcoding of high-end ProRes MXF and DNxHR footage. Playback and transcoding of AVI footage from medical equipment, such as baby ultrasounds. Playback, logging and transcoding of FRAPS footage, particularly useful for gamers. Playback and transcoding of HAP footage, an open-source codec. Added support for RAW files from Olympus and Fujifilm cameras (ORF & RAF). Added support for XAVC files from FS-5 cameras that were autoconverted by FCPX. Fix playback of some very old AVI files using a Microsoft variant of the Mpeg-4 codec. Added support for playback and transcoding of Apple Core Audio Format. These are just some of the main improvements of Kyno 1.2, so make sure to check out the release notes to see the full story! Never heard of Kyno before? Check out the video below to see all it can do. And make sure you use coupon code C5DKYNO12 for a 15% discount on the software, valid until the end of March 2017. Thanks, Kyno!Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 25th January 2017
Lesspain Software are offering 25% off the price of their footage review and workflow software Kyno. But hurry, the deal won’t last forever! Kyno from Lesspain is a neat and elegant solution for OSX that allows you to quickly review, sort, label, trim and transcode footage, all from just the one piece of software. In the short time that Kyno has been out, the software has proven quite popular among shooters, very likely due to its ease of use and user-friendly interface. With a usual price tag of USD 159/ EUR 159, it may not be an ideal solution for every single kind of shooter out there, and perhaps a large amount of shooters do just fine with a combination of Finder and their transcoding solution of choice. But if you are dealing with large amounts of new footage on a day-to-day basis, if your work involves sorting through heaps of archive material, or if you are thinking of starting to meta-tag your shots for future reference, then there really is no way to go wrong with this solution. Kyno is a particularly attractive tool now that Lesspain Software are offering a 25% discount, bringing the total price to USD 119 / EUR 119, so certainly worth considering even if you’re not a full time pro! The deal is valid until the end of January 2017, and you can get your copy of Kyno here! What’s your preferred way of sorting through your footage? Let us know in the comments below.Read more
by Nic Divischek | 29th April 2016
Lesspain Software have recently introduced a new software called KYNO that allows clip viewing, selection, labelling and marking, as well as transcoding to various formats. It is an easy to use interface, that has a lot of power under the hood. Here are some of the key features. Media Overview and Labelling KYNO is a platform that gives you an overview of all your footage. You can either view material that is stored on your hard drive, or directly from an SD card or similar format (RAW files, such as R3D, ArriRaw, Black Magic Raw are not supported at this stage). Through the interface, you are able to batch rename files, label, tag and rate them, and sort them by adding metadata descriptions. When searching for footage, you can filter via metadata such as frame rate or date. If you tagged or labelled your shots, you can search for them via the tag keyword – for example “timelapse”. KYNO also allows you to view your content in the correct frame rate. Slow motion shots can be conformed for previewing at a normal frame rate. You can also add widescreen masks, to see whether the framing of your shot is correct. Shot selections, or sub-clips, can be easily imported into editing platforms, such as Final Cut X or Premiere Pro. Markers Create Excel Edit Feedback Lists with thumbnails KYNO also has marker features which work with editing platforms, DVD Menus, or to create an EDL, exported as an Excel spreadsheet that displays a thumbnail of the shot, with timecode and description for edit changes. This is a cool feature that is great for when the director isn’t able to sit behind the editor. Creating Dailies / Transcoding KYNO has a wide variety of formats it can transcode to, covering all the bases from ProRes to DNxHD to H264. A nice feature that I came across is the ability to create markers on shots, which you can use to export stills. You can even select a whole folder full of footage, and batch export the frames you marked. Conclusion and Pricing KYNO is a great platform to view content, catalogue in a comprehensive manner and export basic dailies, but I would like to see this software evolve a bit more. Currently, it doesn’t support RAW files, so it is not ideal for dailies on a professional filmset. There are other features missing such as burned in overlays for timecode, copyright labelling or clip name. These are the fundamental features that are needed in a media management software. It does, however, have the cool feature of creating markers that can be exported as an Edit List, which is great for productions where the director isn’t present in the edit. KYNO is still in BETA stage, so there is lots of room to grow, and we will be keeping an eye on it. You will be able to use Kyno Beta for 3 months free of charge, and is available for download here. Kyno will be available for purchase in August 2016 for a retail price of $159. For more information please visit KYNO’s website. For more information please visit KYNO’s website.Read more
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