The process of blocks and programs creation/deletion is explained in the Creating and Deleting a Block and Creating and Deleting a Program articles. Other commands associated with programs and blocks are described here.

Skipping Programs and Blocks

The complete program can be skipped from playing. To do this, use the "Skip program" command from the "Program" main menu. The program including all blocks will be skipped; the corresponding mark will be added to the program and blocks names and the corresponding icon will be shown in the status column.

Skip_program

To remove the "skipped" status for the selected program, uncheck the "Skip program" option in the "Program" main menu.

To skip only the defined block, select it and check the "Skip block" option in the "Block" main menu.

Skip_block

The "skipped" status for the block can be cancelled by removing the selection of the "Skip block" command in the "Block" main menu.

Metadata Propagating

The metadata of a playlist item (name, description, custom metadata from Cinegy Archive, etc.) can be propagated to a program name. For this select the required item in the playlist and use the "Propagate metadata from the clip" command from the "Program" main menu.

Note
Please note, if the playlist item contains empty metadata field(s) and the program already has the metadata fields filled in, in the result of the "Propagate metadata from the clip" command applying, the former program metadata will be lost.

Splitting the Block

You can divide one block into two parts from the current position via the main menu command: "Block" > "Split at the current position".

split_menu

The second block will start from the item you selected before splitting:

split
Note
The current block splits into two blocks automatically when you place another block inside it.

Combining the Blocks

To combine several blocks into one, use the main "Block" > "Combine selected" menu command. All items from these blocks will be united into one block.

combine
Note
Only blocks that are located in the same program group are allowed to be combined.

Block Properties

Select the block or any item within it and choose the "Block properties…​" command form the "Block" main menu:

Block_properties

The following dialog is opened:

Block_properties_dialog

In this dialog the you can specify the main block properties: its name and type, as well as define whether this block is skipped or not.

Block Type

Three types of blocks can be set in a Cinegy Air playlist:

Block_type_list

The normal block type is used for combining playlist items into structural blocks within programs.

The automatic opt-out and multichannel variation blocks are used in the workflows when the regional variations (e.g. local news or commercials) are broadcast to different regions of the coverage area.

The highlight colors of these block types in the playlist can be configured in Cinegy Air preferences ("Edit" main menu > "Preferences").

Automatic opt-out block

Configuration of this workflow should be done on both main and regional channels sides.

Main Channel Configuration

To configure the opt-out workflow on the main channel side, follow the steps:

  1. Create a paylist; add content to be broadcast as an RTP or UDP stream to the regional channel.

  2. Set the "Automatic opt-out" block type for that content and define its "Avail Id":

    Automatic_opt-out
  3. The playlist containing opt-out blocks can be exported for further use in regional channels. To do this, use the Export opt-out playlist…​ command from the "File" main menu.

    Note
    In the exported playlist, opt-out blocks are cleared and marked as empty; "Avail Id" is preserved. All items outside opt-out blocks are replaced with live items (one per block), preserving their duration.
  4. Configure the RTP/UDP output for Cinegy Playout instance to be used for playlist broadcasting from the main channel. In the "RTP/UDP output transport settings" dialog, make sure to select the "SCTE35 cueing messages stream PID" option and define the PID value to enable SCTE35 messaging:

    RTP_output_SCTE35
Regional Channel Configuration

To configure the workflow on the regional channel side, follow the steps:

  1. Create a playlist that will use content from the main channel, set the same "Avail Id" for automatic opt-out blocks.

    Note
    Alternatively, you can use the playlist template generated on the main channel as it described in point 3. Fill in the opt-out blocks with regional content.
  2. For the Cinegy Playout instance that will receive the RTP stream from the main channel, define the settings of RTP input and listening for the SCTE35 cueing stream:

    Listen_SCTE35

    The "Enable RTP/UDP input" option activates automatic use of IP signal as the live feed for an RTP/UDP live item playout of content received from the main channel. The source URL defined here will be used as default RTP/UDP input for Live items in the playlist if RTP/UDP Live Source is not configured in the Live item parmeters in Cinegy Air.

    The "Listen for SCTE35 cueing stream" option should be selected to enable listening for SCTE 35 packets; the RTP/UDP URL should be specified in the "Source url" field.

    Important
    Refer to the RTP Input article in the Cinegy Playout Manual for detailed information on RTP input setup.

Multichannel Variation Block

These blocks are used in the workflow when several channels are configured to follow the same playlist, but each channel should have its own window when it plays region-specific content like local news or commercials.

To configure this workflow, follow the steps:

  1. In the Cinegy Air Configurator in multi channel control mode, define the same playlist for all channels. The "Shared playlist" option will become disabled for these channels.

    Multichanne_opt-out
    Multichanne_opt-out
  2. In a Cinegy Air playlist, set the "Multichannel variation" type for the block that will have regional variation in content. Then fill the block with the corresponding items.

When the block type is changed to "Multichannel variation", the first item in the block receives the "clocked" trigger.

Program Splitting and Combining

The splitting and combining commands for programs are the same as for blocks:

program_split

These commands are available from the "Program" main menu and from the item context menu.

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