A Great Tool For Cropping Your LomoKino Scans – kinocut by pink-fu


Soon after the LomoKino was released, we published a Tipster on how to turn your LomoKino scans into a movie the Lomography way. We also published an article asking people in the community to help develop and improve upon this software. Pink-fu rose to the challenge and produced kinocut; it’s a really easy and user-friendly way to turn your scans into movies – Read on for a blog entry pink-fu has written on his creation!

Kinocut is an application for cutting your LomoKino rolls into a movie

kinocut started as a proof-of-concept that the script @mandi wrote can be ported to an single application running on mac and windows. That’s why kinocut requires Adobe AIR to be installed since it is the technology which enables write applications for mac os x and windows using single source code.

How to install kinocut

  1. Install Adobe AIR (version 3.1 or newer) from http://get.adobe.com/air
  2. Download and install kinocut from https://bitbucket.org/mgron/kinocut/

How to use kinocut

  1. Click “select files” button to add your scans to the list
  2. Check “with sprockets” if scanned with sprockets
  3. Click start, progress indicator will appear and wait a minute
  4. If everything goes fine and all scans are processed, you will see the save button

kinocut will process scans from the list, file by file. The larger the scans are, the longer it will take to create the movie. Movie frames are detected in left to right order. It won’t work with vertical, top to bottom scans.
Frame detection works best on bright images, where the black gap between frames is apparent. Dark and noisy frames are hard to differentiate from a gap. kinocut has an “auto-add” functionality where the undetected dark frames are auto added with average frame width. Overlapping images are little bit hard to detect and are in the current version of kinocut simply dropped.

After kinocut detects the frames, it saves them to a temporary folder as a jpeg file with fixed quality (adjustable quality in next kinocut version). All the jpeg files are then rendered to a mp4 movie with fixed frame rate and quality.

I have lot of ideas how to improve the kinocut and make it really useful. Tell me your ideas! Leave me a message, write me an email or file an issue. I look forward to any kind of feedback.

written by tomas_bates on 2012-01-20 #gear #tutorials #analogue #movie #tipster #lomokino #kinocut


  1. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Great job!

  2. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    This is great! Thanks.

  3. earlybird
    earlybird ·

    works great! thank you!!

  4. graefin
    graefin ·

    I will definitely try this as soon as possible! Can I just scan the negative strips as a whole and upload the files into kinocut? Or do I have to scan 144 single frames?

  5. tomas_bates
    tomas_bates ·

    @graefin - You can definitely scan strips rather than individual frames! That's one of the best things about kinocut, it will crop your strips into individual frames for you and then turn put the frame files into a folder - Plus (at the same time) it will automatically stitch the frames together and turn it into a movie - very clever stuff :-)

  6. homer
    homer ·

    I really look forward to trying this

  7. yankeemiss
    yankeemiss ·

    I am so glad someone has done this. After spending the better part of a day cropping and scanning I knew there had to be something better. I am going to try this later today. I also ordered the iPhone attachment to digitize the films.

  8. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    thank you, thank you, thank you

  9. fish
    fish ·

    I do think it is a great application but it seems not work to me. When I press start, after its finished, it pops a windows out but no any 'save' button there nor any mp4 video generated.

  10. frauspatzi
    frauspatzi ·

    Thank you, it works nice!

  11. freakoftheweek
    freakoftheweek ·


  12. guayabazo
    guayabazo ·

    Thanks a lot!!!!

  13. listentigre
    listentigre ·

    Looking forward to trying this!!

  14. silkspun
    silkspun ·

    Awww, it didn't work for me. Same as devilsam5. Not cutting the film strip.

  15. murdoc_niccals
    murdoc_niccals ·

    this is one great piece of software! but i have one problem: it didn't auto-add dark frames it only skipped them. is there any way to manually add them?

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