July 5, 2018

Media Composer Users: Kyno is Coming For You

Popular footage review application Kyno upgrades to 1.5 with more features for Avid and Enterprise users.

Organizing your footage is a task unto itself. While on much larger productions, it's often a dedicated job, on smaller productions it can be left to the editor (or even the director or producer) to sort through and identify how they want to start the post-process.

Kyno is designed as a time-saving tool dedicated to organizing your footage and making the process faster.  With the new update to 1.5, there are a few things that should make the app more popular than ever.

For Final Cut and Premiere users, integration that has already been pretty tight is getting even tighter. Now you can drag and drop directly between Kyno and Final Cut Pro, making the process of getting your project up-and-running incredibly efficient.

For Premiere users, you can pre-build your bins with system files in Kyno and port them right over. For both platforms, all of your metadata travels right over. 

At the higher end, Kyno has also released Kyno Premium, an app designed to integrate with enterprise workflows and with the exciting inclusion of MXF authoring. This includes integration with FTP and file transfer tools like Aspera to help move footage between workstations and facilities more quickly and in an organized fashion. It also features audio channel remapping and image-processing tools like noise correction.

Along with this is direct wrapping into MXF XDCAM files, which will be popular for many broadcast workflows. One big set of news is a heavy upgrade to their DNx and MXF export options, which is great news for Avid Media Composer users. Yes, Media Composer can work with .mov files, but the preferred format for MC is MXF, and it performs better with native MXF media, making the addition to Kyno Premium great. Hopefully, this will soon trickle down to plain old Kyno. 

Unfortunately, full support for metadata doesn't appear to be connected to MC; you still need to work with Premiere or Final Cut X. If you want metadata, you can plug into Kyno during your selection process to properly roll over to your NLE.  

One feature that we find fascinating (but wonder if we will ever use) is the ability to pre-tag an SD card with metadata. For instance, if you have a particularly crazy day coming up, you could pre-tag the MicroSD card that's going into the drone so that when you pull from that card later, everything is automatically tagged as being from that drone.

If you take the time to actually prepare properly, you could theoretically be setting up each card constantly to properly tag which camera it's coming from, making downloading easier.  Since it's often more peaceful during prep then it is during the actual shoot, this could be a real benefit for certain workflow.

Offering a premium option—and reserving features that most users don't need for it—makes a lot of sense for Kyno, and they feel so confident in this release that the company is re-setting all of its trials; even if you've tried Kyno before, you can try it again now. For more, check out Kyno.software.

Tech Specs:

  • LUT support for preview and export
  • Camera timecode re-writing
  • Drag & Drop into FCP-X
  • 10 bit CineForm export
  • Windows version
  • Timecode Burn In
  • Clip combine

Premium:

  • MXF file creation in XDCAM or DNx formats
  • FTP and Aspera Integration
  • Audio Track Remapping
  • SD card pre-metadata formatting

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