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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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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