The "Playback" tab allows defining the player mode, as well as configuring channels and devices:

Configure_engine_instance_playback

Player Mode

Use the "Player mode" drop-down list to define the basic TV format system used for the Cinegy Playout server broadcasting:

playback_tab_player_mode

Changing the player mode settings will reset the I/O and proxy settings to defaults:

changing_video_format_alert

Channels

Once Multichannel Output licensing option is present, a Cinegy Playout instance can run in simulcast mode having dedicated output devices for each TV format (channel).

Input Device

Live input device can only be configured for the primary TV format (channel):

Input_device

Configuring

Change_button

To set the input device, choose the input device and press the "Change…​" button. The following dialog box appears:

change_input_device

Select one of the devices and press the "Next" button.

The following input devices are available:

Important
Further configuration for each device is described in the Input Device Settings article.

Output Device

Each channel can be configured to have multiple output devices that are used for simultaneous broadcasting.

Tip
The output device connected with the hardware and master clock (e.g. SDI, DirectShow, RTP, etc.) is recommended to be used as master.

The following illustration shows the playback configuration with the four channels set:

Channels_list_configured
Note
The bold font is used to indicate the master output device.
Note
The list of available TV formats may vary depending on the chosen player mode.

The following diagram shows the general structure of the playback performance:

Player_configuration_news_studio
Note
Any product of the Cinegy Air software package can be used as the playout control application.

Configuring

Add_device_button

To add the output device for the selected channel, press the "Add device…​" button. The following dialog box appears:

Add_device_dialog

The following output devices are available:

Note
It is possible to add several output devices. In this case, the playback will be performed to all the assigned devices simultaneously.
Important
Further configuration for each device is described in the Output Device Settings article.

add_channel_button

To add another channel to the list of channels used for broadcasting, press the "Add channel…​" button. The following dialog box appears:

Add_channel_dialog

Here choose the video format for the channel being added.

Note
The list of available TV formats may vary depending on the chosen player mode.

Change_button

To change the channel or device configuration, choose the required item and press the "Change…​" button. Make your changes in the configuration box that appears.

Delete_button

To delete a channel (except the first one) or an output device, select the required one and press the "Delete" button.

Queue Size

Defines the maximum video buffer size on the playout server. The default and recommended value for all formats is 150.

Drop Frame Timecode

Check the "Drop Frame timecode" option to enable the NTSC time compensated mode.

Feedback Codec

Use the drop-down list to select the desired feedback codec:

feedback_codec

Key&Fill Mode (via RGBA Output)

Cinegy Playout can be set up to work in the Key&Fill mode allowing to superimpose titles or graphics over the video source using the video mixer upstream or downstream keyers.

The typical scenario using the Key&Fill mode is shown on the diagram below:

Key&Fill_scheme
Note
Any product of the Cinegy Air software package can be used as the playout control application.

In this configuration Cinegy Playout generates the full frame from the Cinegy Type template, but on the transparent background, containing only the template objects on the output.

Then the external video mixer keyes this frame into the live video signal:

Video_Mixer

To set up the Key&Fill mode, do not specify the input device on the "Playback" tab and select the "RGBA Output" option. This will switch the video board to the RGBA 32bit mode and the card will output two SDI signal (Key and Fill) using "Output A" and "Output B" BNC connectors.

Hardware Requirements

Important
For the list of supported SDI cards in Key&Fill mode, please refer to Cinegy Air System Recommendations.