Cinegy Studio playlists are called Rundowns. To review, edit and play Rundowns, please switch to the layout editing mode and then add the Rundown panel by selecting the corresponding context menu option:

Add_Rundown

The Rundown playlist fills the full width and the remaining height of the layout panel, on which its display is enabled. If its content does not fit the screen, the scrollbar appears allowing user to navigate through the items.

The Rundown panel itself has several display options. Use the "Display Mode" drop-down list to select the most suitable one:

rundown_display_mode

  • Rundown only – only Rundown ready to be sent to air will take the whole area of the Rundown panel.

  • Horizontal timeline – a timeline with horizontal tracks for each device will appear below the Rundown playlist.

  • Vertical timeline – a timeline with vertical tracks for each device replace the Rundown playlist.

  • Media pool – the Media pool panel will appear below the Rundown playlist.

The Rundown panel can also be adjusted to display only certain devices. To do this, use the "Select device" drop-down list:

Rundown_panel_select_device

Only items assigned for the selected device will be displayed in the playlist; Stories having no items assigned for that device will be collapsed.

Rundown

The Rundown playlist is given in a commodious table view, where each line is an item within a collapsible block called Story.

The Rundown panel toolbar varies depending on the configuration of the Rundown source in the Cinegy Studio configuration tool. Refer to the Configuration section for details on Cinegy Studio settings.

To create a new Rundown, press the "Open" button on the Rundown panel main toolbar:

open_toolbar_button

Above is an example of opening a playlist when Cinegy Studio is configured to work in standalone mode.

In the window that appears select the desired location and enter the playlist name.

To add a new Story, use the "Create" command from the "Story" main menu:

Create_Story

Enter the name of the newly created Story and hit <Enter> to apply. Selecting the "Properties" command from the "Story" main menu displays the following dialog:

Story_properties_dialog

Alternatively, the "Story properties" dialog can be launched via the corresponding command in the Story context menu.

You can view or edit the Story name here, as well as set the target Story duration by checking the relevant option and defining the desired value in the field next to it. If defined, target duration will be taken into the consideration as higher priority value.

To add an item to the Story, use the "Insert" command from the "Item" main menu:

insert_item_command

In the standard browsing window that appears navigate to the desired item(s) on your local machine and press "Open".

It is also possible to load an NCRlist file into the Rundown panel by pressing the "Open" button on the top toolbar. Below is an example of a loaded Rundown:

Playlist

Each Story can be collapsed/expanded by pressing the collapse_Story and expand_Story buttons, if necessary. All Story items are marked with the corresponding icon or thumbnail defining their type (video, Live Input item, script or Cinegy Type template).

Column Overview

Each row includes detailed information about every Rundown item. The leftmost column displays the line numbering. A quick overview of the columns available in the playlist is given below:

  • Device column – specify the symbolic representation of the device for playing items. Each device is represented in a dedicated column:

    • P – for anchor text sent to Cinegy Prompter;
    • G1...5 – for graphics;
    • V1...3, A, B – for video items.
  • Icon – displays the icon indicating the playlist item type:

    Item_type_icon Graphics item;
    Video or dummy item;
    Script item;
    Live item.

  • Start – displays the icon indicating the item start trigger type.

  • Preview – shows the icon or thumbnail according to the item type:

    icon_prompter Text of the anchor block;
    icon_cg The Cinegy Type template thumbnail;
    icon_video_thumbnail The video thumbnail;
    icon_live_input The Live Input item;
    For Dummy items, the preview column is empty.

  • End – displays the icon indicating the item end trigger type.

  • Story Item – displays specific information depending on the component type:

    • Anchor block – the text of the anchor block;
    • Cinegy Type template – the name and the value of text variable(s), defined for the Cinegy Type template and available for export;
    • Video item – the name of the video clip or Sequence, or the Live Input item description.
  • Comment – displays a comment on the corresponding item, if any.

  • Status – displays the status of each item in the Rundown.

  • Sched. Start – displays the scheduled start time for each item in: hours:minutes:seconds.

  • Actual Start – displays the actual time of the item launching in: hours:minutes:seconds.

    Actual start values are displayed only with the started counters. Refer to the On-Air Mode description for detailed information.

  • Duration – displays the item duration in: hours:minutes:seconds.

  • Proxy – shows the status of the object local backup in %.

Adjusting the Table View

The width of the "Story item" and "Comment" columns can be adjusted by positioning the mouse pointer on the grid line between the columns and dragging the sizing tool left or right. The width of all other columns is fixed.

The lines height in the playlist can be modified by positioning the mouse pointer on the grid line between the fields and dragging the sizing tool up or down to adjust the line height.

Playlist_column_size

If the text is long, only the beginning and the end with an ellipsis will be shown, thus saving the space. To see the whole text of the block, place the cursor over the required block, and the infotip will show the complete text:

Long_text_popup_hint

To reorder columns, select the required one and drag-and-drop it to the desired position. The arrows will prompt the position of the column being dragged:

reordering_columns

To remove the display of any column, simply drag it down. Alternatively, right-click its caption and select the "Remove This Column" command:

Remove_this_column_command

The other way to enable/disable the columns display in the playlist table is to right-click the column caption and select the "Column Chooser" command:

Column_Chooser

The "Customization" window appears. If all the columns are enabled for display, it looks as follows:

Customization_window_empty

To hide a column, drag-and-drop it to the "Customization" window. The hidden columns look as follows:

customization

Drag-and-drop the columns to the desired position to bring them back to the playlist table.

Timeline

With the timeline display enabled on the Rundown panel, each device will be located on a separate track containing playlist items placed over time.

The Story name is given on the "Story" track on top of the timeline in horizontal view mode and on the left in the vertical view mode.

The timeline description further in this article represents the workflow in horizontal view mode.

Objects can be added to the timeline via drag-and-drop from the Rundown or Inventory browser panel. As soon as the object is added, its duration is automatically calculated. Adjacent Stories backgrounds are colored in darker and lighter gray colors for comfortable visual perception. The selected item is highlighted with blue.

horizontal_timeline

Objects can be moved or added to the timeline via drag-and-drop to the desired position on the track.

Clicking a device track on the timeline collapses all other devices in the Rundown table, making it convenient to view all elements assigned to this device:

timeline_selected_device

Click the "Story" timeline track to make all playlist items visible again.

Alternative way to use these functions is selecting the corresponding options in the "Select device" drop-down list on the Rundown main panel.

Clicking an item on the timeline highlights this item in the Rundown playlist and also collapses all other devices. To expand all items again, click the "Story" track caption or any certain Story on the timeline.

When moving objects on the timeline, hint will prompt on the position of the object being moved as well the positions of other objects start and end points:

moving_on_timeline

Media Pool

Cinegy Studio allows adding material to the Media Pool panel, which is used as a local playlist containing items that are not included in the rundown but might come in handy or in case if last-minute changes are required in the scheduled Rundown.

The Media Pool panel is used for managing local playlist, which may be necessary for making changes into the scheduled rundown:

Local_playlist

Please note that each specific NCRlist cannot be open both on the Rundown and Media Pool panels simultaneously.

Composing Local Playlist

Local playlist can be composed in several ways:

  • drag-and-drop of the items from the loaded rundown playlist;

  • directly from the Cinegy Archive database using the built-in Inventory Browser;

  • insert the MCR Inventory items by using the "Insert item..." command from the local playlist context menu and browsing for the MCR Inventory items previously created via the Cinegy Desktop application;

  • append the saved local playlist to the end of the currently edited local playlist.

MCRitem

The MCR item is the XML file that defines a separate playback element in the playlist with the set of metadata that describes the given item. It can represent a simple clip or a comprehensive Sequence with effects, pictures and voice-overs inside. The MCR item also includes descriptive metadata (name, description, comment) and the data, defining the processing and display of the given item.

This allows you to use a prepared Sequence in the local playlist of Cinegy Studio without rendering the media file. The rendering will be performed on-the-fly.

To create an MCRitem in Cinegy Desktop, follow the steps:

  1. Select the desired Sequence or clip from the Roll/ClipBin and choose the "Send to inventory..." command from the context menu:
    Send_to_Inventory

  2. The common "Save as" dialog box appears. Navigate to your dedicated inventory folder and enter a file name into the text field.

  3. Press the "Save" button to create the ".MCRitem" file with the name you specified.

Use Inventory Browser in the inventory browser mode to add *.MCRitem(s) to a Cinegy Studio local playlist. Alternatively, you can simply drag-and-drop it from the folder where it is stored.

See the Inventory Browser article for details on using Inventory Browser to compose playlists.

Saving Local Playlist

The composed local playlist can be saved for further use. To do this, right-click anywhere within the Media Pool panel, select the "Save a copy..." command and browse for the desired location.

The local playlist copy will be saved in the NCRlist format.

Local_playlist_RCM

To load the previously created local playlist, use the "Open playlist..." command and select the desired playlist. The list of previously opened playlists can be accessed from the "Recent playlists" submenu.

You can also use the "Insert a Playlist after" command to append the playlist after the selected item in the local playlist.

Similar commands are also available from the "File" main menu:

File_main_menu

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