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


Player Mode

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


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


To playback the HD content in the SD channel, select the desired TV format system from the "Player mode" drop-down list, then press the "Change" button. In the appeared "Change channel…​" configuration window, choose the channel video format. Pressing the "Finish" button will apply the changes:



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

Simulcast is not supported in Cinegy Air SOLO.

Input Device

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




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


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

The following input devices are available:

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.

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:

The bold font is used to indicate the master output device.
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:




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


The following output devices are available:

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


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


Here choose the video format for the channel being added.

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


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.


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

It is possible to add HD or UHD clips to SD playlists or UHD clips into HD playlists. For example, to be able to add 1920x1080i 29.97 Hz video files to the playlist of the 720x480i 29.97 Hz video format, do the following: +1. Choose the appropriate video system in Cinegy Air Configurator. +2. Choose the "1920x1080 29.97Hz" option in the "Player mode" drop-down list. 3. Double-click a channel or press the "Change" button and choose the appropriate (720x480i 29.97Hz 16:9) channel video format in the dialog that appears.

Video Effects Accelerator

Video Effects Accelerator defines the GPU board to be used to render video effects in Cinegy Desktop items. The section contains the list of all installed graphics cards and allows to select video effects accelerator card capable of processing real-time graphics from the drop-down list:


Therefore, the effects rendering can be performed on different cards. If the "Default CPU" option is selected from the drop down-list, the effects rendering is performed on the CPU with equally allocated load.

If the selected graphic card does not support video effects acceleration, the "Default CPU" option will be applied automatically.

Refer to Working with Effects paragraph within Cinegy Desktop Manual for details on handling video effects.

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

Playout Engine generates RTP stream for the playout preview in the Cinegy Air control application as well as for the Cinegy Playout Dashboard. To define the feedback codec to be used for this preview stream, select the desired one from drop-down list:


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:


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:


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

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