Setting Trigger Types

The following trigger types are available for applying to a playlist item:

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follow

manual Icon fmt

manual end

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clocked

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join-in-progress

Select an item and press the respective button to specify its trigger type.

The corresponding icon is shown in the "Start" or "End" column of the item depending on the trigger type.

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These trigger icons are also displayed on the timeline.

Follow

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The selected item will start automatically on completion of the previous item. The Shift+F keyboard shortcut, assigned by default, sets follow play mode.

Manual End

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The selected item will end when initiated manually. The Shift+M keyboard shortcut, assigned by default, sets manual play mode.

Note
When a manual end item is copied, the trigger type remains unchanged.

The manual end trigger can be set to the currently played item but only if there are more than 0.5 seconds left until its end.

Clocked

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The selected item will start at the specified time. The Shift+C keyboard shortcut, assigned by default, sets clocked play mode.

Note
When a clocked item is copied, the trigger type changes to follow.

When the clocked item trigger type and start time are set correctly, the following items will fill the corresponding blocks one after another with no holes.

Note
You can set the fixed start time for any item by changing its trigger type into the clocked type. The following items start time will be recalculated automatically according to the time defined.

Join-in-Progress

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The selected item will shorten if the previous item is longer than expected (e.g. live item). The Shift+J keyboard shortcut, assigned by default, sets join-in-progress play mode.

Note
If the previous item overrun is longer than the duration of the "join-in-progress" item, it will be skipped.
Important
It is possible to reassign the default shortcut used to set follow, manual end or clocked mode for the item and to add new combinations via the keyboard customizer. Refer to the Keyboard paragraph for more information about the keyboard customization.

Loop

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You can force the items to play in loop until you manually start the next item. To set the item as the first element of the loop, select the "Set loop start" command from the item context menu or use the "Loop" button on the item editor panel. To set the item as the last element of the loop, select the "Set loop end" command or use the "L. End" button on the item editor panel. The respective icons will be displayed in the "End" column.

Loop

To manually start the item outside the loop, cue it and then use the "Start Cued" button or the corresponding command from the "Playout" main menu.

If there is a clocked item outside the loop, it will be started on its defined start time and the loop will exit.

Item Properties

Note
The "Properties" option is not available for comment items.

This dialog allows you to specify the properties for the selected item. To view and edit, if needed, item properties, select the item and choose the "Properties" context menu command. The following "Item properties" dialog box appears:

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This dialog contains two tabs that are described below.

General Tab

On this tab, general item properties are defined.

  • Name – assign the name of the selected item.

  • Trigger Type – redefine the trigger type (follow, clocked or join-in-progress) for the selected item.

  • Manual End – check this option to set the item trigger type to manual end.

  • Original Aspect – define the original aspect ratio of the item.

  • Target Aspect – define the target aspect ratio for the video stream of the selected item.

  • Date Start – specify the start date for the clocked item (only available for clocked items). Uncheck the "Auto" option to specify the start date manually. Press the Datebutton and specify the start date for the following item:

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    Today’s date is marked with the blue frame, and the selected date is shown against the blue background. Navigate through the months with the ◂ and ▸ arrows.

    Note
    It is not possible to set the date in the past.
  • Start – set the start time for the clocked item. To do this, simply enter a new time in the "Start" field via the keyboard in the hours:minutes:seconds:frames format.

    If the specified date or start time for the selected item has already passed, you will be informed about it with the following error message:

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    If the start time for the current item is later than the start time of the next clocked item, all items up to the next clocked item will be interpreted as "past due" and will be skipped from playing.

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  • Duration – correct the duration of the selected live or dummy item.

    Note
    The default duration for live and/or dummy items can be changed in program preferences. The corresponding dialog can be opened using the "Preferences…​" command from the "Edit" main menu.
  • In and Out – correct the In and Out timecodes manually. You should keep in mind that the new duration value cannot be higher than the original or less than 0.5 seconds.

    Note
    This option is locked for live and dummy items.
  • Comment – edit a comment for the selected item.

  • Skip – select the "Skip" checkbox to set the status for the selected item to "skipped". The current item will be skipped from playing in one of the control modes.

Parameters Tab

On this tab, you can define the audio matrix preset choosing the required one from the corresponding pull-down list.

Important
Refer to the Audio Ducking paragraph to learn more about audio matrix presets.

For live items only, check the "RTP/UDP Live Source" option to use IP signal as the live feed for a live item playout. The live RTP/UDP input stream can be selected via the channel browser or via drag-and-drop of the RTP/UDP source URL from the Cinegy Route Browser into the "URL" field. You can also type in the RTP/UDP URL manually.

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RTP/UDP Source Selection

Note
The Cinegy Route Browser cannot be opened in Cinegy Air PRO x64 due to technical limitations.

Use this command to select the live RTP/UDP input stream for the selected live item. All the present streams can be registered on the Route Directory Server. This server can be installed on any dedicated PC and can be used by all ingest and playout stations.

When you press the "Browse" button, the channel browser appears:

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In the top field enter the "localhost" if the Route Directory Server is installed on your PC locally; otherwise enter the Route Directory Server IP address or network name if it is being used remotely. Press "Browse".

Having connected to the Route Directory Server, you can browse the registered streams as shown below:

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To analyze the availability of the registered streams, press the "Analyze" button; unavailable streams will be grayed out in the channel browser tree.

Here select the RTP or UDP source to be used for the currently selected live item as the live input stream.

Start Time

To set the specific start time for the selected item, set its trigger type to clocked and enter the new start time on the start indicator on the item editor panel:

StartTime

The start time can also be changed in the "Start Time" playlist column.

The start time for each non-clocked item is calculated automatically based on the previous clocked item start time and the duration of the preceding items.

If the start time is not set properly and there are gaps between timecodes of the items in the playlist, (for instance, when the item start time has been set manually), then the incorrect timecode is displayed in red and the previous item duration is displayed in blue.

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The time value in the "Variance" column indicates the schedule disruptions ("+" indicates a "gap" in the schedule, while "–" indicates the item overlaps with the next item).

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If the gap between two items is more than 24 hours, it will be displayed as ">24" in the "Variance" column. The exact value of the time gap is specified in the item properties.

When the selected item start time is set, its countdown time starts. The countdown "Time to Start" timer is located on the item editor panel:

time_to_start

Start Time Auto-Calculation

Cinegy Air performs automatic start time recalculation if the start time or duration of one or more items is changed. This happens if an item is added, removed or skipped, or if the In and Out points are shifted. If you set a fixed start time for a clocked item and time gaps appear, you can change the trigger type to follow and the start time will automatically be recalculated.

Time Controls

There are fields on the item editor panel representing information about start time, duration and date of the selected item.

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It is easy to control the time left until start, with the help of the countdown timer on the item editor panel.

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Skip

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To set or cancel the skip status for the selected Cinegy Air playlist items or the whole program, use the "Skip" button on the item editor panel.

To set or cancel the skip status for the selected block(s), use the "Skip block" command from the cascaded "Block" menu in the right-click menu.

The overall time and duration calculations are not affected by the skipped item duration and secondary events. The items in the skipped program or block are also excluded from calculations.

Status

The statuses1column displays the possible status values of an item. In playlist editor mode they are:

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the item is ready for playout

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the item is skipped

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live item

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dummy item

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the item is empty

In control mode possible status values of an item are as follows:

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the item is already broadcast

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the item is on-air

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the item is ready for playout

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the item is skipped

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live item

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the item is cued

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dummy item

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the item is empty