Uniting Universities with a little help from Kyno

Teralon Media are all about visual content, working to craft complex stories and engage audiences through the power of images. Boasting an expansive portfolio, the team at Teralon have their fingers in every pie possible; from sport, to education, to travel.

Unsurprisingly, Teralon are constantly inundated with huge amounts of footage and photography. The task of managing files soon became a burden for Creative Director Julian Wakefield and his business partner, Executive Producer Guy Ellis. Luckily, Kyno was there to lighten the load.

Simplifying shots

“I see Kyno as a media browser on speed,” explains Julian. “Being able to navigate, view, and organise content quickly and easily is what it comes down to for me. It seems simple, but I can now get a very good overview of my footage before I start an edit and not overlook a great shot.

“I’ve also used Kyno a lot when sorting through archived footage as I can quickly glance at the contents of a hard drive and know what’s on it.”

Collaborating with Kyno

Most recently, Julian has been spending the last two years following University sports with BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports). His production team create short films promoting sports in higher education and aim to raise the bar as to how these sports are perceived.

“Some of the students we film go on to play for national and olympic teams so the level is extremely high and thrilling to watch,” says Julian. “Yet they are often overlooked because they have not gone pro yet.”

A great deal of time goes into filming students in their daily routines, taking scenic shots around the campus, interviews with players/coaches, pre-game preparations, and of course, the games themselves. Camera setups vary drastically from one situation to another, and Teralon employ crews of eight or more camera operators to cover just one event. Kyno has again proved invaluable when dealing with this influx of unfamiliar shots.

“Obviously, when working with footage that you haven’t filmed yourself it takes time to get to know what you’re working with,” says Julian. “Kyno makes handling large amounts of data like this a lot easier.

“You take all the footage, view it in Kyno’s player, set markers and in/out point, add tags for different types of content, and send all that information directly to your NLE without even having to import it all first.”

Always more to discover

On top of this, extra features in Kyno like conversion, sub-clip creation, and metadata handling can then tie the whole project together. There are an abundance of tools to choose from and adjustments can be made to any shot, or even just to isolated parts of a shot.

“Some of the early versions have had a few “hidden gems” that took me a while to discover,” says Julian, “but the developers are keen to follow similar patterns as other programs that we all use so there’s no need to read the manual.

“I have been in regular contact with Managing Partner Robert Krüger, giving him feedback on Skype and Facebook messenger. He’s always come up with a solution to any issues I’ve had with Kyno and taken on my suggestions with alacrity.”

Find out more about Kyno at kyno.software