Kino Command Reference

Kino provides keyboard control that is similar to the UNIX vi editor.

Kino follows the general translation rules:

To extend the analogy further, kino has two modes of operations: Normal and Ex mode. By default, the Normal mode is operational; Ex mode is accessed by the use of the ':' key (or by clicking on the Command text entry).

Normal Mode

Some commands can be prefixed by numeric values to indicate the number of units (frames, seconds or scenes) that the command should be applied to. A [n] in the table below indicates a command that accepts a count parameter.

Command Description Edit Capture


<space> Toggle between play and pause. Yes Yes
Esc Stop. Yes Yes


l, <right-arrow> Move one frame forward. [n] Yes
h, <left-arrow>, ctrl-h, Backspace Move one frame backward. [n] Yes
w, W, e, E Move one second forward. [n] Forward Scan
b, B Move one second backward. [n] Reverse Scan
0, ^ Move to start of scene. [n] Previous Index
$ Move to end of scene. [n] Next Index
j, +, <down-arrow> Move to start of next scene. [n] Next Index
k, -, <up-arrow> Move to start of previous scene. [n] Previous Index
gg Move to first frame. Yes Rewind
G Move to last frame. Yes Fast Forward
ctrl-f Move forward 5 scenes. Yes  
ctrl-b Move backward 5 scenes. Yes  


x, Delete, dl Cut current frame. [n]  
dw Cut a second. Yes  
dd Cut current scene. [n]  
d$ Cut to end of current scene.
(Set out point)
dG Cut to end of movie. Yes  
d0, d^ Cut from start of scene.
(Set in point)
dgg Cut from start of movie. Yes  


y<space>, yl Copy current frame. [n]  
yy, Y Copy current scene. [n]  
y$ Copy to end of scene. Yes  
y^, y0 Copy from start of scene. Yes  


p Paste after current frame. [n]  
P Paste before current fram.e [n]  

Mode Switching

i, a, A Switch to capture. Yes  
Esc Return to edit mode.   Yes


. Repeat last command. Yes Yes
ctrl-j Split scene before current frame. Yes  

Ex Mode

Ex Mode commands are entered in the Command text area. They are typically prefixed with a colon (:) and activated by a carriage return.

Command Description Edit Capture
:r Insert file (DV AVI or SMIL) before current frame. Yes  
:a Append file (DV AVI or SMIL) to scene. Yes  
:A Append file (DV AVI or SMIL) to movie. Yes  
:W Switch to export mode. Yes  
:w Save the movie as SMIL. Yes  
:q Quit Yes  
:split Split scene before current frame. Yes  
:<numeric> Move to specified frame. Yes  
. Repeat last command. Yes Yes
Esc Return to Edit mode.   Yes

Export Mode

In export mode, Enter starts exporting and Esc stops. The Alt key plus the underlined character key on field labels activates all keyboard accellerators. This applies to the various export pages as well. For example, Alt-a switches to the AVI page.

The Esc Key

The Esc key behaves, well, like an escape action in many contexts. The edit mode (notebook page) is considered the "home" mode. Therefore, in every other mode, pressing Esc returns you to the editor. On the other hand, you might be in a situation where Esc serves another purpose. Pressing Esc while in many text entry fields, exits entry mode by removing the focus. Also, pressing Esc during the process of capturing, playing, or exporting halts the corresponding process. For example, if you are capturing video to disk, then pressing Esc stops the capture process, and pauses the camera vcr. Pressing Esc again, stops the camera vcr thereby parking the tape head and stopping the video preview. Pressing Esc yet again exits the capture mode and returns to the editor.


Unfortunately, the keyboard accellerators for menus, where indicated by an underscore character, are broken. However, the keyboard equivalents for menu items, where indicated by a right-aligned value, do work. For example, Alt-F does not activate the File menu; however, Ctrl-P does open the Preferences dialog box.


Within the Preferences and popup message dialogs, you can press Enter to apply the changes and close the dialog except if your current focus is in a text entry. In Preferences, keyboard accellerators work where indicated.

The file dialogs are slightly different. First of all, pressing Enter does not always simulate the OK button. The default focus is the text entry, and just like a shell prompt, it supports Tab for file and directory name completion! If you enter a valid file name and then press Enter, then the dialog chooses the file and closes.

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