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Grass Valley Releases Mync

Grass Valley will be releasing Mync as a separate product at the 2017 NAB Show letting you browse even cell phone video.

Editors visiting the 2017 NAB Show are going to welcome the fact that Mync (short for “media sync”) will be seen as a standalone product for the first time.

Released by Grass Valley, a Belden brand, and originally bundled with GV Browser, a universal media player and organizer that came with their EDIUS NLE, Mync has proved to be such a useful personal content management tool that as of March 1, Grass Valley has decided to let it stand on its own.

“We’ve actually been working on Mync for several years now,” Atsushi (Alex) Kataoka, product manager for Grass Valley, told The Broadcast Bridge during an exclusive phone interview from Tokyo. “It was bundled with the first version of GV Browser in 2015 and proved very popular.”

Although called a “browser”, Kataoka tells us Mync is actually more an “explorer” since it goes into your computer, identifies your media elements and organizes them into folders by metadata or other criteria.

There are now two versions of Mync: Basic and Standard, both running on Widows, and if those terms sound sort of similar, that’s a hint at what is to come.

Mync Basic is a free download from Grass Valley, at least for now. As Kataoka explains, “With everyone running around with camera-equipped cell phones, even non editors need some way to corral those still images, videos and snippets of audio. Mync Basic lets you sort them based on camera, date, metadata, or other criteria.”

Mync Basic can handle consumer video formats, Mync Standard most professional files.

Mync Basic can handle consumer video formats, Mync Standard most professional files.

Mync Standard gives you more functionality, including more elaborate content management features for digital photographers, web content creators and novice video editors.

One very handy feature is that both Mync Basic and Standard permit video storyboard creation from the organized clips. Mync Basic is limited to 3 storyboards, but Mync Standard lets you create an unlimited number.

In addition, Mync Standard also lets you export that storyboard to EDIUS or YouTube for review and approval.

Mync Standard will be available at a special price for a limited time, and will continue to be bundled with EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup.

But it would be pretty odd marketing to give these two levels of Mync such simplistic names if a more sophisticated, advanced version were not planned for the near future. Fortunately, it is and one new feature that is expected to be in the works is the ability to export those storyboards to other NLE’s.

Browsing content and building a storyboard from cell phone content is going to change the way we deal with personal content recordings.

You can see Grass Valley’s New version 8.5 software running at their 2017 NAB Show exhibit along with special promotional pricing for Mync Standard. Mync Basic is free to download for a limited time at https://myncworld.com.

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