devices control

The devices controls are used to control the cued items of different types individually. There are separate panels for each device type, displaying the video, Cinegy Type template, and anchor text of the cued items.

On top of each device panel there are indicators of the device status. One indicator shows the status of the master video and CG servers, the other one indicates the status of the slave servers.

Note
The Prompter device panel contains one indicator; the Prompter server can work only in master mode.
Important
Refer to the Devices Settings Tab article to learn more about devices configuration.

Device_yellow

When the device is set up to work as master, the first indicator is green. If the slave device is configured, the second indicator is yellow. In case of a master device failure, the slave device automatically starts working as master and its indicator becomes green.

Device_red

A red indicator warns the operator when problems with the connected device occur (for example a connection loss).

Device_grey

If the device is not configured, the indicator is gray.

To simultaneously connect to all the devices configured and visible on the Cinegy Studio control panel layout, use the "Connect All" command from the "Playout" main menu:

connect_all

Double-clicking the "On-Air" monitor of any device will highlight the last launched item of the corresponding type on the Rundown panel. Double-clicking the "Preview" monitor will highlight the cued item of the corresponding type.

The following buttons are available on top of the devices panels:

auto

The "Auto" button automatically sets auto trigger to all items assigned to the corresponding devices.

failover

If you are using master and slave servers, your rundown will be playing into two playout servers at the same time. If one of them fails and then becomes available again, Cinegy Studio does not connect to it automatically; to restore the connection manually, press the "Failover" button.

Important
When the "Autoconnect on start" option is disabled in Cinegy Studio configurator, this function is unavailable on Cinegy Studio start. Refer to the General Settings Tab article for details on how to set autoconnection on Cinegy Studio start.

It is possible to assign video and graphics items to a specific video device or graphics layer via drag-and-drop to the corresponding device panel. Alternatively, use the corresponding item’s context menu:

Play_on_a_device_video Play_on_a_device_AB Play_on_a_device_graphics

Assigning Video Device

Assigning Graphics Device

Note
The primary playlist allows assigning items to devices only in Standalone mode.
Tip
Similar action can be performed by selecting the required playlist element and using the corresponding command from the "Item" main menu.

Video Device

The video device controls can be performed in two display modes: normal and compact. In layout editing mode, select the proper context menu command to apply the corresponding display mode:

select_device_view

Normal device display view includes the detailed information and two monitors, while compact view displays short information and is useful for saving the layout space.

Note
The video device description further in this article represents the device panel in normal view mode.

The video device panel consists of two parts:

Video_device

The left part contains the "On-Air" monitor, which displays the first frame of the loaded item and the playback of the item sent to air. Next to this monitor there is also an audio level indicator that shows the audio volume level of the on-air video. The audio level meter display can be disabled via the Preferences dialog.

The top field displays the name of the clip or Sequence currently being played, as well as its time and progress bar. The bottom field contains the time countdown and the icon of the item end trigger type.

The right part of the panel contains the "Preview" monitor, which displays the first frame of the cued video item. The top field displays the cued Sequence or clip name and its duration. The bottom field shows the time left until the cued Sequence or clip (by default) and its start trigger type icon. The default timer of the cued item can be modified via the Preferences dialog.

Each configured video device (up to 3) creates a separate window that controls one or two (Master and Slave) playout engines.

Important
Refer to the Cinegy Studio Playout section for details on operating the device controls.

Video AB Roll

Cinegy Studio supports using the video device in AB mode, when the item can be played either on server 1 or server 2.

Important
Refer to the Devices Settings Tab article for details on devices configuration.

Use the "AB Roll" submenu command from the "Video 1" context menu in layout editing mode to enable the device display on the layout:

Video_AB_command

The video AB device control consists of two parts; each corresponds to a configured server:

Video_AB_roll_device

The video A and B devices playing the selected item can be switched by using the corresponding context menu commands as described earlier in this chapter. Alternatively, drag-and-drop the item to the corresponding part of the device panel.

distribute

Press the "Distribute" button to organize the clips playback so that all the odd ordered clips are sent to device A, and the even ones are sent to device B.

If either device connection fails, all video items are automatically sent to the connected one.

Graphics Device

It is possible to display up to five graphics layer panels as well as the graphics preview panel, using the respective commands from the layout editing mode context menu:

Graphics_device_commands

The graphics preview panel is represented by an "On-Air" monitor, which displays engine output. The field below contains the graphics layers information:

Graphics_preview

The information on the configured graphics layers includes their number, the time of the item being played and the progress bar. The "Not configured" sign indicates that the layer has not been enabled in the Cinegy Studio Configuration tool.

A separate panel is dedicated to each graphics layer. The top field contains the "Hide" and "Exit loop" buttons, as well as the name of the Cinegy Type template being played, its countdown and the end trigger type icon.

Graphics device

The bottom field contains the "Play" button as well as the cued template name, the countdown until its start (by default) and its start trigger type icon. The default timer of the cued item can be changed via the "Preferences" dialog as it is explained earlier in this chapter.

Important
Refer to the Sending Stories to Air article for details on operating the device controls.

Prompter Device

The Prompter device control can be performed in two display modes: normal and compact. Use the proper command from the context menu of layout editing mode to select the desired device mode:

select_prompter_view

Normal device display view includes the detailed information and two monitors, while compact view displays short information and is convenient to be used for the purpose of saving the layout space.

Note
The prompter device will be represented in normal view further in the manual.

Prompter device panel consists of two parts:

Prompter_device

The left part contains the "On-Air" monitor, which displays the scrolling anchor text. In the top field the beginning and the end of the currently played anchor text is displayed. The bottom field contains the "Play/Pause" button and two timers.

The left timer displays the countdown for the currently played item. The timer on the right displays the variance between the scheduled and the actual script end time. A zero value indicates synchronism between the scrolling speed and reading rate, defined for the given presenter in Story Editor inside Cinegy Desktop. If the scrolling speed is changed during playback, the timer displays the variance time in the minutes:seconds format with the minus sign in case if the speed has been decreased and the plus sign if it has been increased.

The right part contains the "Preview" screen, the start trigger type icon and countdown of time left until the next cued item start (by default), as well as the "Play" and "Find cued" buttons. The default timer of the cued item can be changed via the Preferences dialog.

Important
The Cinegy Prompter engine displays the above-described timers as well.
Important
Refer to the Cinegy Studio Playout section for details on operating the device controls.
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