Subclipping is one of the most powerful features of Kyno as it can save you a lot of time and disk space.
There are basically two ways to use subclipping in an editing workflow.
1. Using subclipping to export files for use in editing
In this approach you mark the regions within your clip that you want to use and then export only those, thus creating new files, which you then use in editing. The workflow within Kyno is the following:
- Go through your clips and set subclips in the player by setting in and out point and then either hitting "s" or selecting "Create subclip from selection" in the Player menu, optionally you can set a subclip title which helps you identify the subclip later or for use in the naming controls of the export function
- Select all the clips which contain subclips and select "Export -> Subclips" in the context menu, which then lets you select a conversion preset just as in the "Convert" menu.
- Export all subclips wherever you want the files to be for later use
- Select those files and send them to your NLE using "Send to -> Final Cut X" or "Send to -> Adobe Premiere Pro"
An example of this was demonstrated in our NAB 2017 demo:
2. Using subclipping to add metadata for use in editing
In this approach you mark the regions within your clips that you want to use during material review and then send those original clips with that subclip metadata to the NLE of your choice.
The workflow within Kyno is the following:
- Go through your clips and set subclips in the player by setting in and out point and then either hitting "s" or selecting "Create subclip from selection" in the Player menu, optionally you can set a subclip title which helps you identify the subclip later, which you probably should to be organized better in your editing process
- Send all the clips you want to use to your NLE using "Send to -> Final Cut X" or "Send to -> Adobe Premiere Pro" (and in each case configure how subclips are transferred to your editing program in the respective dialog). Your clips will have the subclip metadata included
What to use when?
Both approaches have their own pros and cons. Approach 1 is the one that will save you the most disk space and completely eliminate unusable footage from your editing project, which will also make the edit faster as more material in the project will make it harder to navigate within the editing program. However, you have to do the extra conversion step. Whenever you expect to only use a fraction of the material shot, this is a good way to do things, which is very often the case with long takes from drones, GoPros and very often generally in documentary projects. Especially noteworthy is the option to just rewrap your footage and not re-encode it to save even more time (the conversion will be much faster) and space (e.g. when you select from 4k h.264 drone footage and just rewrap you don't lose any quality but do not have the high bitrate that a Prores transcode would result in, which would be a typical codec to use for editing). Keep it in mind as an option.
Using approach 2 gives you full control in the edit to revert those decisions about what to use and use something that you initially did not consider worth using. On the other hand you pay the price for it in a potentially bloated (but still well-organized) editing project.
It depends a lot on a combination of personal preference, the concrete case, your needs (e.g. when you're running low on disk space anyway) and potentially other things. Choose what works best for you on a case-by-case basis.