Back in February, I reviewed a package called “Kyno”, some media management software available for both Mac and Windows.
In its simplest form, Kyno lets you catalogue all the media on your hard drive(s) – video, audio, images etc – and allow you to rapidly search for them based on filter criteria such as subject (according to meta data you add), date, camera type, codec, frame rate and all the other stuff modern cameras apply to files these days.
It also lets you create subclips by adding and storing in and out points, transcodes – oh just go and see the review to get the full picture. It’ll be quicker.
Anyway, the makers of Kyno have just released a major update called version 1.71, and this adds a whole swag of new and very useful goodies.
Which is the most important depends on your own needs, but I’d suggest right up there is support for ProRes export on Windows bringing the power of ProRes to workflows using Kyno as a logging, preselection and conversion tool. All flavours of ProRes on macOS and Windows 7 or higher are supported and this enables users of Kyno to prepare, convert and sub-clip material to deliver it to later stages of ProRes-based workflows on all of these platforms.
Metadata handling has been beefed up a notch, and the developers say they have a put a major focus on this aspect. For example, Adobe Premiere Pro users now can send all metadata, including XMP-based fields, to their NLE of choice. Tags, ratings and other fields can now be automatically updated in XMP of the respective files when sending to Premiere.
You can also import XML exported from Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro into Kyno and choose what to merge into Kyno’s metadata set.
Using a new “keep folder” option in Kyno’s transcoder, you can export a proxy version of an entire folder structure for your client, director or assistant editor in just a few clicks.
For those into 4K and HEVC codecs, Kyno 1.7 introduces hardware-accelerated playback of HEVC for Mac and Windows and HEVC encoding for Mac and video collaboration with Frame.io has been “supercharged” with integration in the Premium version letting you submit footage with metadata with automated client-side transcoding and subclipping in a workflow.
Improvements have also been made to Avid Op-Atom support.
One of the best bits of Kynoi to my mind is the option to “drill down” through folder hierarchies to find specific material. Now, by combine that with the new folder name filter and you can for example, find all files on your production drive that reside in a folder called “dailies” in just a few clicks, plus support for boolean expressions gives users a simple, yet immensely powerful new tool to query by text-based metadata. The date display in Kyno’s browse view has also been improved.
For a detailed list of all the new features of Kyno 1.7, plus improvements and bug fixes, the company has published some release notes.
I spent years trying to find some method of cataloguing all my stored video going back to around 1996 – stuff digitized from tape, DVD based cameras, CF cards, SD cards, created in Photoshop, titles I had made, audio clips, sound effects – you name; probably like you I have thousands of files on multiple drives across my network.
Kyno, has quite literally, saved me hours. Dozens and dozens of ‘em.
The base version of Kyno at AUD$209 is a bargain and for that you get 1 year of updates, and activation on 3 different computers. Add another AUD$250 and you also get extended format support, advanced settings and a highly efficient delivery and contribution workflow.
A table detailing the comparison between the two versions is at https://lesspain.software/kyno/pages/product-comparison/