The Cinegy Air product is represented in two versions: PRO and SOLO. Cinegy Air PRO includes all features and is a versatile broadcast automation and playout solution. Cinegy Air SOLO is an entry level version of the product for an easy start and simple operation; some of the features are not available in this version.
This documentation covers all features available in the Cinegy Air product. All descriptions and illustrations are provided for the PRO version of the application. The features unavailable in SOLO version are marked with the corresponding notes.
Cinegy Air application provides an interface for convenient creation of playlists, editing and broadcasting.
To perform direct playout, Cinegy Playout should be connected. This application is a software-based engine that sends playlists to air.
When working with Cinegy Air you will find that the application can operate in different modes. The preparation of playlists is performed in playlist editor mode. On-air playlist management is performed in single channel control mode or multi channel control mode. Any PC connected to the network on which the Cinegy Air application has been installed can be used to prepare and edit playlists. A playlist can be composed of any clips in commonly supported file formats (vob, mpg, avi, dv, wmv, etc.) and/or with clips prepared in Cinegy Desktop. Using Cinegy Desktop is optional and is not required for work with Cinegy Air.
Once a playlist is ready for broadcast, it is loaded into Cinegy Air running in single channel or multi channel control mode and is sent to the playout server.
Cinegy Air provides the following features:
- media material instant playback: any clip or Sequence prepared in Cinegy Desktop and added to a playlist can be sent to air immediately in control mode;
- video files instant playback: file of any Cinegy Air supported format (vob, mpg, avi, dv, wmv, etc.) added to a playlist can be broadcast immediately in control mode;
- a playlist composed in Cinegy Air can be played back on two Cinegy playout servers simultaneously for fail-safety reasons. In case of on-the-fly changes in the playlist, the playout servers merge the altered playlist with the one being played, providing a smooth and swift change of the playout;
- reliable security system preventing unauthorized access to media material prepared for broadcasting;
- simultaneous broadcasting of different playlists in various TV formats to multiple channels;
- simultaneous broadcasting from one channel to multiple output devices;
- simultaneous broadcasting of the same playlist to several channels with different TV formats;
- the playout software is implemented as an SQL-independent service to provide the most robust on-air playback;
- horizontal timeline view provides a clear overview for easy operations;
- secondary events for external device control;
- local or remote control operation via LAN or WAN;
- GPI events processing for automatic commercial insertion;
- broadcast directly to the Internet using Web streaming;
- as-run log generation;
- uninterrupted broadcasting even in case of server disconnection from the local network or from Cinegy essence (if there are proxied items in the list). If the current item is not proxied, emergency footage is broadcast instead.
The proxy RAID holds pre-fetched playlist items in a defined compressed format for the following reasons:
- so that even the most difficult playout session can be prepared easily;
- to avoid rendering on-the-fly whenever possible.
Items are proxied in chunks. Once proxied, the item is stored in a proxy folder (defined in the Cinegy Playout configurator). In case of repeated usage it will not be proxied for the second time, but will be played back directly from the proxy folder.
Only very recently inserted items will be played from the Cinegy Archive media server. The playout server takes material for playback according to the playlist from Cinegy essence as shown below: