You can choose the wrapper that your file will be contained within, .MOV, .MP4, MKV. Once you’ve selected the file format type you can dive deeper by selecting the settings button to the right. A new pop up menu will appear with the options for those settings. Most of them are self-explanatory such as keeping timestamp information the same as the original file, as well as timecode and adding XMP metadata to the container. (see screengrab below)
Kyno harnesses a very robust video engine and transcoder that allows you to do a ton of customizations to your video right from Kyno.
To understand the options let's start with the first of two settings menu for the video portion of the file. There are three options you can choose from
- Re-Encode- Re-encode the file with the settings from the preset you have chosen or click the settings button on the right to adjust the video parameters to match your needs.
- Copy- copy the video settings from the original file
- Discard- Discard the video
We will use the Re-Encode selection and click on the settings to the right to explore our options.
Video Settings Menu
By clicking into the video settings menu we are presented with a tabbed menu for Encoding, Filters, LUT’s, and Overlays.
The Encoding tab allows you to choose your frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, quality control either using a percentage scale or going with bitrate.
Filters Tab gives you the ability to add a few filters that may be helpful in making the file presentable in dailies workflows or adding quick fades to the files.
Filters currently in Kyno
The LUT’s Tab allows you to add a LUT being a camera LUT or creative LUT to your encoding so your file gets exported with the LUT burned into it. This is great for dailies or having a review session with the client or a producer whom you might not want to show log footage to due to its flatness.
The Overlays tab can be used to render burn-in timecode onto the clip, having the ability to choose your size, position, and opacity.
Audio Encoder Settings
As you were able to change the settings of the video encoder you can do the same for the audio encoder inside Kyno.
Just like the video you have three options in the audio settings.
1.Re-Encode- Re-encode the file with the settings from the preset you have chosen or click the settings button on the right to adjust the audio parameters to match your needs.
2.Copy- copy the audio from the original file
3.Discard- Discard the audio
To get to the audio settings options, click the settings button next to the audio.
Once you open the audio settings you will be presented with a menu that has a Encoding tab as well as Tracks & Channels tab.
Encoding allows the user to choose the sample rate and quality of the audio.
Tracks & Channels allows you to map the audio channel/tracks in various formats from the selection menu or you can custom map the audio in. Mono, Stereo, 5.1, 7.1.
Now that you have gone in and selected all the settings that make the most sense for your needs you can save the settings in a preset to use at a later date.
Next to the Conversion Preset, there is a cogwheel with a down arrow, click on it and select Save As...
A save preset menu will appear asking you to name your preset. Once you name the preset click Ok. I’ve gone ahead and named this preset Client Dailies Review.
Start transcoding the subclips
After all the settings are a go, click the start button to kick off a transcode job for the subclips.
Under activities, you will see that 2 jobs have launched and Kyno is churning away transcoding your subclips.
You can monitor the jobs by clicking on the jobs in the lower-left portion of the application.
Kyno has an ultra-fast transcode engine and your subclips will be ready in no time. Once the transcodes are done you should see a Finished under the status bar.
A dark-gray arrow surrounded by a light gray circle will appear next to the file name. If you click it, Kyno will navigate to the file.
The Transcoded Subclip
The clip now shows our timecode burn in as well as the LUT that was applied.