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KINO(1) General Commands Manual KINO(1)


kino - non-linear editing of Digital Video data


kino [ ( file | playlist ) ... ]


kino allows you to import movies from DV camcorders, to edit, and play them. file may be a DV encoded file that will be loaded at startup. Alternatively, you can specify a SMIL playlist of DV files that was previously created with kino.

DV is a special kind of video encoding, commonly used in digital camcorders. Differently coded movies, like DivX or mjpeg, need to be converted to DV before they can be fed into kino.

A video file either holds the raw DV-coded data, or wraps it in a certain container format. Kino currently supports AVI, and QuickTime containers, and distinguishes between the different formats by file extension. Therefore, file names need to end in .dv or .dif for raw files, .avi for AVI, and .mov for QuickTime files, respectively. Anything else is treated as a SMIL playlist.


Unlike other editors, kino uses many keyboard commands for fast navigation and editing inside the movie. It acts on frames that are single images from a movie, scenes that are defined as groupings of one or more frames with recording times differing by no more than one second, and movies that are groups of one or more scenes. The following keystrokes can be used for moving and editing. Some of them are also available as buttons in a graphical menu bar. (Also note the deliberate similarities between kino commands and the text editor vi.) The following is a brief list of the commands. A more complete list is available in the online help.


Toggle between play and pause.
Move one frame forward.
Move one frame backward.
Move to the start of the movie.
Move to the end of the movie.
0, ^
Move to the start of the current scene.
Move to the end of the current scene.
Move to the start of the next scene.
Move to the start of the previous scene.
Move forward five scenes.
Move backwards five scenes.
Move forward one second.
Move backwards one second.


cut the current frame.
cut the current scene.
cut from current frame to end of scene.
cut from start of scene to before current frame.
cut to end of movie.
cut from beginning of movie.


copy the current frame.
copy the current scene.
copy from current frame to end of scene.
copy from start of scene to current frame.


paste after current frame.
paste before current frame.


inserts a SMIL playlist or DV AVI before frame. (Pops up a file dialog.)
saves the movie as a SMIL playlist. (Pops up a file dialog.)
quits the program.


the kino online help, kino2raw(1), dvgrab(1)


kino was written by Arne Schirmacher <>, Dan Dennedy <>, and Charles Yates <>.

This manual page was originally written by Daniel Kobras <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

January 2004