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Lesspain has just announced an update to their media managing software Kyno. The 1.2 release focuses on transcoding, FCPX integration and more format support. There is also a 15% off coupon code until the end of March!

Robert Krüger from Lesspain very kindly got in touch with details about the 1.2 update to Kyno. They have always been committed to supporting FCPX and the second major update includes extra integration. (He's also supplied the money off coupon code below.)


Kyno is a media management, screening, logging, organisation and transcoding toolset for anyone working with video and images. It supports a wide variety of industry-standard formats and integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.

A little more than two months after the first major update Lesspain are releasing yet another feature-packed update, Kyno 1.2.

On top of a large number of general improvements and bug fixes, this release brings a complete overhaul of the FCPX export workflow incorporating feedback we got from the FCPX community.

To cater to different preferences of professionals out there, the way Kyno translates its metadata to Final Cut Pro metadata is now configurable in virtually every aspect. E.g. people who prefer working with keyword collections, can use those for time range metadata whereas people preferring favourites, can use them for things like QC comments or interview transcriptions.

The Kyno Release Video.

This way Kyno offers the best of both worlds, i.e. traditional metadata and FCPX metadata in a flexible and powerful workflow, adding substantial value to Final Cut's already powerful metadata features for a lot of workflows and being easier and faster to handle than ever before after the FCPX export user interface has been completely restructured.

For workflows involving subclipping, transcoding or rewrapping Kyno now offers a number of powerful new options for professionals dealing with large amounts of footage in their projects. Transcoding now allows for handles (i.e. extra space for adding transitions in the edit) to be added automatically when exporting subclips, even in batch operations.

The handling of batch subclip export has become even easier than before allowing the user to select the wanted portions either using in/out points or by defining subclips. This feature is especially useful for people dealing with footage where only very small portions of clips are actually used, which is very typical for documentary work, drone or action cam material or long interview takes. To complete these export/transcoding/rewrap improvements, there is now greatly increased flexibility regarding the handling of file timestamps or timecodes in all of these operations.

The new formats that Kyno understands as of version 1.2 are ProRes MXF, DNxHR, RAW image files from Olympus and Fujifilm cameras, Apple Core Audio, HAP video, gaming captures using the FRAPS codec, and for medical nerds or expecting parents AVI ultrasound videos.

A number of usability and performance-related improvements will make Kyno feel even smoother than it already is.

Feedback from the FCPX community has been driving a lot of the recent developments and is highly appreciated and welcome.

To see the full list of changes, check out the release notes.

What Kyno adds to an FCPX editor's workflow are mainly the possibility to efficiently browse, preview, pre-select and log footage before it even becomes part of the editing project and a super-fast and convenient way to navigate, organise and transcode anything from project footage to archive or stock material, making project work faster and more streamlined and storage efficient.

In addition to that Kyno has become popular as a communication tool for interacting with producers, directors and social media people utilizing reporting, spreadsheet export of shot lists or clip lists or batch still frame export.

FCP.co readers can get 15% off the $159 regular price of Kyno until the end of March by using the coupon code FCPCOKYNO12

Kyno 1.2 is available for a 14-day trial and purchase at kyno.software. Current users will be notified of an available automatic update.

Don't forget this demo of Kyno at the FCPX Tour in Barcelona.


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