Multiselect

It is easy to select more than one item at once. Hold the <Shift> key down while clicking the last item you wish to select. All the items between the first and last clicked ones become selected. To select all playlist items, use the <Ctrl+A> keyboard shortcut assigned by default or choose the "Select all" command from the "Edit" main menu.

Copy and Paste

The copy and paste commands are available from "Edit" main menu:

CopyAndPaste

  • Cut – cuts the currently selected item(s). This command is available from the "Edit" main menu. The default keyboard shortcut for this action is <Shift+Delete>. To cut the selected item(s), you can also use the <Ctrl+X> keyboard shortcut.

  • Copy – copies the currently selected item(s). This command is available from the right-click menu. The default keyboard shortcut for this action is <Ctrl+C>.

  • Paste – inserts an exact duplicate of the previously copied item. This is very useful if you want to copy an item from one position in the playlist to another. This command is available from the "Edit" main menu as shown above. The default keyboard shortcut for this action is <Ctrl+V>.

If the whole block is selected, it will be inserted before the currently selected item as a new block.
  • Paste below – inserts the copied data below the selected playlist item.

You can also copy items by dragging-and-dropping them inside the list. Select an item and hold the <Ctrl> key down during the action.

Moving Items in Playlist

To move an item to another playlist position, simply drag-and-drop it.

Replacing Items in Playlist

To replace an existing Cinegy Air playlist item with another one, drag a new item from Inventory Browser or Windows Explorer over the item that you wish to replace and drop it while holding the <Ctrl> key down.

Inventory Browser is not supported in Cinegy Air SOLO.

The initial item along with its metadata and secondary events will be replaced. If there is more than one instance of an initial item in the playlist, the following dialog appears asking you to submit the replacement:

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Refreshing Items

When an item is dragged-and-dropped on top of another playlist item with the <Alt> key down, only the media content of an item is replaced with the In/Out points, metadata and secondary events preserved. This will apply to all instances of an initial item in the playlist automatically.

If any of the instances refers to the timecode which is unavailable in the new item, the whole operation will be cancelled.

Update Selected

The "Update selected" command allows you to refresh selected item with an updated one. To perform this action, select the item you wish to update and select the "Update selected" command from the "File" main menu.

Update All

Select the "Update all" command from the "File" main menu to update all items in the playlist. Every item in the playlist will be updated if its content in the storage has been changed.

Once the updating has been completed, the report window will be displayed:

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Updating affects only MCRitems added to the playlist.

Removing an Item

 text 2B displayed insted You can remove an item from a playlist by pressing the "Remove" button or by selecting the "Remove" command from the "Edit" main menu. The default keyboard shortcut for this operation is <Delete>.

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Adding a Comment

To make a comment on an item, simply double-click the "Comment" field of the item in your playlist and add or edit the text. Hit <Esc> to cancel the operation.

Renaming Items

You can change the item name by double-clicking the selected item name field and entering a new name. It is also possible to rename the selected item in the item name field on the selected item editor panel (on the left) by using the <F2> keyboard shortcut for renaming. You can cancel the operation by hitting <Esc>.

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Aspect Ratio

The "Orig Asp" column displays the original aspect ratio of the item. To set the source aspect ratio for files inserted into a playlist, select the required value from the "Orig Asp" pull-down list:

To change the target aspect ratio, choose the required format from the "Targ Asp" pull-down list. If the "Stretch" value is selected, the target video stream is stretched to fill the entire frame.

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Changing the target aspect ratio affects only the broadcasting video stream and does not modify the original item appearance.

Playout Conversion

Depending on the playlist item aspect ratio and considering the playout server aspect parameters, the appearance of the broadcast item on the playout screen can differ. The following tables display all possible combinations in detail:

Original Aspect Ratio Target Aspect Ratio Description 16:9 Channel Aspect Ratio
4:3 4:3 The 4:3 video is placed in the center of the 16:9 screen. Vertical black bars (pillars) are added on each side of the frame. 4_3
14:9 The 4:3 video is placed in the center of the screen. The top and bottom of the original frame are cropped to 14:9, and black bars are added on each side. 14_9
16:9 The top and bottom of the original frame are cropped to the 16:9 aspect ratio. 16:9
Stretch
The original frame is stretched horizontally to fill the entire frame resulting in distortion of image. Stretch
Original Aspect Ratio Target Aspect Ratio Description 16:9 Channel Aspect Ratio
16:9 4:3 The widescreen video is cropped on the left and on the right. Only the main part of the image is shown. 4_3
14:9 The widescreen video is placed in the center of the screen. The sides of the image are cropped to 14:9 and narrow black bars are added to the top and bottom. 14_9
16:9 The black bars are added above and below the image preserving the entire 16:9 video. 16_9
Stretch
The original frame is stretched vertically to fill the entire frame resulting in distortion of image. Stretch

Custom Metadata

Cinegy Desktop allows to add custom metadata to video materials that are stored in Cinegy Archive database.

Refer to the Descriptors, Presets article within the Cinegy Enterprise Manager Manual for details on how to create metadata fields.

The custom metadata descriptors can have text or boolean values.

Video material along with defined custom metadata can be exported as MCRitem and then used in a Cinegy Air playlist. Custom metadata values can also be used in Cinegy Type templates with corresponding macros for sending to playout.

Refer to the Macros article in the Cinegy Type Manual for detailed description of working with macros.

Having inserted an MCRitem into the playlist, select the "Custom Metadata..." command from the "Item" main menu:

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Alternatively, use the "Custom metadata" command from the selected item context menu.

The "Custom metadata" dialog will appear listing all available descriptors and their values for the currently selected item. Tick off the corresponding descriptor, it will be displayed in the playlist table in the new column:

custom_metadata_dialog

To show all available custom metadata, use the "Display all custom metadata" command from the "View" main menu:

Display_all_custom_metadata

It will analyze all playlist items and create a column for each available custom metadata descriptor with their values display.

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The custom metadata values can be changed directly in the playlist table.

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