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Creating a new block is similar to creating a new program. Select the "Create block…​" command from the "Block" main menu or simply press the "+Block" button on the selected item editor panel.

Enter a new block name into the text field of the "Create a block" dialog.

Confirm the creation of the new block by pressing the "OK" button. The newly created block contains an item, named <empty> by default. This item is displayed in red with zero duration.

empty
Tip
You can rename a block at any time by double-clicking the corresponding name field on the playlist panel.

Block Properties

Select the block or any item within it and choose the "Block properties…​" command from 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.

Important
Refer to the Automatic Opt-Out and Multichannel Variation articles to learn how to configure regional variations.

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

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