As a software provider, we’ve always directed our customers to make best use of available tooling normally found inside any Enterprise IT deployment for managing their environment. Many technologies have come (and some gone) for tracking problems and for maintaining a healthy environment. Some fantastic products exist, such as SolarWinds for general IT or iControl from Miranda for broadcast, and these can help make managing an environment much easier. We understood that a Cinegy platform does not exist in isolation, and never tried to force yet-another-management tool onto customers for working with our software.
At TechCon 2017, as a part of the general overview of what is coming up, we announced our intentions to improve the experience of customers using our software and particularly managing their licenses. Coming in 2017, we’re going to provide a customer portal for easy review of licenses that they have an entitlement to and to automate the management and updating of Cinegy License Dongles.
Unlike "older" Deltacast cards that have a fixed number of inputs and outputs (e.g. DELTA-hd-elp-d 60 (6-input, 2-output) or DELTA-hd-elp-d 80 (8-input, 0-output)) and are only 1.5G, there appeared new 3G Deltacast cards – the so-called "versatile", bidirectional cards (e.g. DELTA-3G-elp-d 8c). Such cards are recognized by letter "c" at the end of their names. These versatile cards should be pre-configured in bidirectional mode that allows you to define the desired combination of inputs-outputs.
With the release of Cinegy Air 11, there are now some enhanced REST API calls accessible via the playout engine, which allows us to make some interesting interfaces to extend Cinegy Air. While this does not allow complete control of the playlist (for this you will need to wait for Cinegy Air 12, or access the engine via the traditional COM API), it does allow some common activities to be controlled ‒ which can be used to make some useful remote panels.
Turkish broadcaster Dogan TV completed the migration from SDI to an IP infrastructure at the end of 2015. Read the full case study on how Cinegy helped them in this transition and how it feels for Dogan TV to be the first national broadcaster in the world whose workflows are fully IP operated.
The idea behind the original presentation at TechCon 2016 was to show how you can extend your workflow using the open architecture of Cinegy products and open Cinegy APIs.
So in this post we will revisit some of these demonstrations and show that such kind of 'scripting' is not as difficult as most of you may think and can open new horizons for your everyday tasks.
At TechCon, we demonstrated some useful tricks for managing larger scale Cinegy deployments (or just test labs when you are doing lots of rolling out versions).
This post will recap some of the tricks and tips we showed, and provide the relevant PowerShell snippets. You can grab the full PowerShell elements over from our GitHub repos, but right now let’s jump into the bits that we look at here.
Cinegy introduces a new set of tools in order to help customers assessing their system, help with technical data collection and perform basic troubleshooting.
Once started, the tools automatically collect the required data and analyze it immediately to identify basic errors according to the defined validation rules, as well as potential issues that may appear in the system.
At NAB, Cinegy announced the initial launch of "Cinegy as a Service". All of Cinegy’s software technology, starting with Cinegy Air, will eventually be ported to run via cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), enabling prospective users to spin up and test drive Cinegy technology in an HD or 4K cloud. No hardware required.
This post sheds some light on possible reasons for deliberate corruption of the transport streams and demonstrates how useful it may be when performing testing and troubleshooting tasks.