Multi-Channel Playout with Channel Branding Option

Operating Systems Support

Cinegy Playout software is certified to run on the 64-bit editions of the following operating systems: Windows 7 Professional SP1, Windows 8.1 Professional, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10.

Cinegy Air SOLO/PRO, Cinegy Studio SOLO/PRO and Cinegy Type Studio software control panels are certified to run on both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating systems listed above.

Operating system recommendation: Windows Server 2012 R2 is recommended for servers, Windows 8.1 Pro is recommended for workstations and desktops.

Supported SDI I/O Boards

The following SDI boards are supported for baseband I/O in Cinegy Air:

Vendor Make Certified Driver Certified Firmware
Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI, Decklink Studio, Decklink Extreme, Decklink Duo and Decklink Quad * 10.6.8 Provided with the 10.6.8 driver package
Decklink SDI 4K, Decklink Studio 4K, Decklink Extreme 4K, Decklink Mini Monitor, Decklink Mini Recorder
AJA Kona LHi, Kona 3G, Kona 4, Corvid, Corvid 3G, Corvid 22, Corvid 24, Corvid 44 and Corvid 88 12.2.2 Corvid 88: corvid_88_10-5-15.bit
DeltaCast DELTA-hd-elp-d XX, DELTA-3G-elp XX, DELTA-3G-elp-d XX 5.19
DVS Centaurus II SDK 4.2.0.4 lucyup_3.2.76.7_19_15
Centaurus II LT (SD) SDK 4.2.0.4 lucyltup_4.2.68.13_18_14
Atomix LT SDK 4.3.5.18 atomixltup_5.4.1.5_5.2.7

* Please note that these legacy boards do not support full duplex mode, therefore live pass through with logo / graphics overlay is only possible with two boards, first serving the input and second providing the output.

VANC related features are only available with AJA boards.

VITC insertion is only supported with AJA and DVS boards.

SDI Key and Fill output is only available with Blackmagic Design Decklink 4K Pro and 4K Extreme, DVS Centaurus II and Atomix LT and all AJA boards except single channel Corvid models.

DELTA-hd-elp boards have only passive heat sinks cooling. At least 5 mph airflow in the chassis is recommended, especially when using multiple boards.

Supported GPI I/O Boards

The following boards can be used to trigger external devices or control Cinegy Air externally via general purpose interface (GPI):

Vendor Make Certified Driver
SeaLevel 8012ES and 8209FX SeaIO Classic V5

Supported SDI Routers

Cinegy Event Manager will let Cinegy Air to control the following 3rd party SDI routers:

  • Nevion (Network) VikinX
  • Grass Valley (Miranda) NVISION Compact and Enterprise
  • Imagine Communications (Harris) Panacea and Platinum
  • UTAH Scientific
  • Blackmagic Design VideoHub
  • Kramer Electronics

Supported EAS Devices

Cinegy EAS Gateway will let Cinegy Air automatically play EAS audio and video data received from the following devices:

  • TFT 911
  • SAGE ENDEC 3644

Hardware Recommendations

The actual performance of a machine depends on the number of running channels and their resolution, enabled inputs and outputs, as well as various settings like RTP encoding/decoding or proxy, therefore no precise hardware recommendation can be given.

Nevertheless, as we keep optimizing our software tools for better performance, the following typical configurations have been tested for our own and our customer's reference.

Configuration Sample – SD Playout Machine

The following configuration has proven to be reliably sufficient for any single channel SD playout: Supermicro X10 series motherboard, single Xeon E5 2620v3 or Core i7 4770K CPU, 4x 4GB of DDR4 RAM, at least two separate SATA-2 SSD drives for OS and media cache (proxy) folder.

With Cinegy Type channel branding option enabled, a dedicated Nvidia Quadro K620 video board is required.

Configuration Sample – HD Playout Machine

The following configuration has proven to be reliably sufficient for an average single channel HD playout having one SDI, one RTP streaming output and proxy enabled: Supermicro X10 series motherboard, dual Xeon E5 2630v3 CPU, 8x 4GB of DDR4 RAM, two separate SATA-2 SSD drives for OS and media cache (proxy) folder.

With Cinegy Type channel branding option or GPU offloaded encoding enabled, a dedicated Nvidia Quadro M2000 video board is required. For highly intensive graphics please consider the Nvidia Quadro M4000 board.

Configuration Sample – Ultra HD (4K) Playout Machine

The following configuration will play one Ultra HD channel to SDI with one animated logo: Supermicro X10 series motherboard, dual Xeon E5 2697v3 CPU, 16x 8GB of DDR4 RAM, SATA-2 SSD for OS and PCIe 3.0 SSD for media.

With Cinegy Type channel branding option or GPU offloaded encoding enabled, a dedicated Nvidia Quadro M4000 video board is required. For highly intensive graphics or Ultra HD 50/60p modes please consider the Nvidia Quadro M6000 board.

Reference Matrix – Multi-Channel Playout Scenarios

If multiple independent playout instances shall be configured on a single machine, please consider the matrix below:

Number of Stable Simultaneous Playout Instances Single Xeon E5 2620v3 CPU 16GB DDR4 RAM Nvidia Quadro K620 VGA Dual Xeon E5 2630v3 CPU 32GB DDR4 RAM Nvidia Quadro M2000 VGA Dual Xeon E5 2697v3 CPU 128GB DDR4 RAM Nvidia Quadro M4000 VGA
SD 1 4 16
SD with Cinegy Type 1 2 8
HD 2 4
HD with Cinegy Type 1 2
Ultra HD 1

Cinegy Type Performance

Cinegy Type is a realtime channel branding software solution, which means it needs instant access to media used in scenes and requires maximum machine performance for realtime OpenGL accelerated rendering. To avoid slow frame composition, please make sure that:

  • Nvidia Quadro board is installed into a full-length PCIe x16 Gen.2 or Gen.3 slot
  • The Power Plan in Windows OS is set to High Performance
  • Nvidia driver is up to date and its 3D Mode is set to Video Editing
  • Any media reference within Cinegy Type scenes is valid and this media is placed on a dedicated solid state drive or fast network location

In case of trouble, please ask Cinegy support team to provide you the certified OpenGL benchmarking tool.

Playout Proxy Settings

Proxy volume must provide sufficient performance for concurrent read and write operations, while the majority of RAID controllers today will provide good values when only reading or writing – but not both. Therefore, we recommend to use RAID 0 or RAID 0+1 with hard disks, and to avoid RAID 5 or RAID 6.

With solid state disks no RAID is normally required unless this volume is going to serve multiple channels and requires better performance. If you are building the RAID 0 or RAID 0+1 volume based on SSD, please make sure that these disks are certified by the RAID controller vendor and TRIM operation are for this specific SSD make is fully supported.

SD

A RAID 0 volume of two modern SATA or SAS disks per SD channel is sufficient. No RAID is required with SSD.

HD

Please have at least 4 SATA or SAS drives in a RAID 0 or RAID 0+1 per each channel running in HD. The more drives you have, the better. Six inexpensive SATA drives will provide better performance than four expensive SAS disks. No RAID is required with SSD.

Ultra HD

It is recommended to place all Ultra HD media locally and keep the proxy feature off so it does not load the CPU.

RTP Streaming Network

If you are going to enable RTP streaming features of Cinegy Air, it is highly recommended to split the file and streaming operations between two physically separate networks. Therefore, please consider that all your servers and workstations have two Gigabit Ethernet adapters.

Please disable the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" and "Client for Microsoft Networks" options for the adapters connected to RTP network, and uncheck the "Register these connection's addresses in DNS" in this adapter’s TCP/IPv4 settings (see Advanced/DNS tab).

Playlist Editor/Control Stations

Cinegy Air and Cinegy Studio software control panels feature embedded video player which requires a video adapter which supports DirectDraw and Direct3D acceleration. Today, only a few built-in server video adapters do not support it, so any dedicated video adapter should work fine.

Cinegy Type Editor scene composition tool and Cinegy Type Studio control application require a dedicated Nvidia board for realtime preview purposes. Any modern GeForce should be fine, though for better experience Nvidia Quadro K620 is recommended.

Supported Codecs and File Formats

Supported TV Formats

Standard Definition (SD) High Definition (HD) Ultra High Definition (UHD/4K)
720x576i @ 25 fps 4:3 1920x1080i @ 25fps 3840x2160 @ 25 fps
720x576i @ 25 fps 16:9 1280x720p @ 50fps 3840x2160 @ 50 fps
720x480i @ 29.97 fps 4:3 1920x1080i @ 29.97fps 3840x2160 @ 29.97 fps
720x480i @ 29.97 fps 16:9 1280x720p @ 59.94 fps 3840x2160 @ 59.94 fps

Supported Media File Formats

Cinegy Air will read the following file formats (containers):

  • Raw DV
  • MPEG Elementary Stream (M2V, M2A)
  • MPEG Program Stream (MPG, MPEG)
  • MPEG Transport Stream (TS, M2T) *
  • MXF OP1a
  • MXF AS-03/11
  • MXF OPAtom
  • Apple Quicktime (MOV and MP4)
  • Windows AVI
  • Windows Media (WMV and WMA)
  • WAV
  • MP3
  • OGG

* Only MPEG-2 encoded streams are supported.

Supported Video Codecs

Cinegy Air supports the following video codecs:

  • DV25
  • DVCAM
  • DVCPRO
  • DVCPRO 50
  • DVCPRO HD
  • HDV
  • Sony IMX
  • Sony XDCAM SD
  • Sony XDCAM HD
  • Sony XDCAM HD422
  • Sony XDCAM EX
  • H.264 (up to 4:2:2)
  • MPEG-2 I-frame
  • MPEG-2 Long GOP (up to 1080i 4:2:2)
  • Panasonic AVC Intra 50
  • Panasonic AVC Intra 100
  • Avid DNxHD
  • Apple ProRes
  • Apple ProRes 422
  • Windows Media (all versions)
  • Cinegy DANIEL
  • Any Windows-based AVI codec
  • Sony XAVC

These file formats are recommended for playback in UHDp50 mode: ProRes422, XAVC I-frame, Cinegy DANIEL.

Supported Audio Codecs

Cinegy Air supports the following audio codecs:

  • 16, 20 and 24 bit PCM
  • MPEG-2 Audio Layer I-III
  • AAC LC/HE/HE2
  • Dolby Digital AC3
  • Vorbis

Supported Image File Formats

The following image formats can be inserted in the Cinegy Air playlist or used for graphics or logo overlay:

  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • TGA
  • BMP
  • GIF

For dynamic logo or graphic animations overlay please use Cinegy DANIEL codec. TARGA sequences are not supported.

Supported Input Sources

Cinegy Air is able to receive and play the following live sources:

  • SDI baseband video (refer to the list of supported SDI boards)

  • MPEG-2 RTP/UDP streams as per SMPTE 2022-2 (MPEG-2 or H.264 video, user definable bitrate, GOP structure and audio formats)

Supported Subtitle File Formats

Cinegy Air is able to generate open captions (burn-in subtitles) from the following file formats:

  • STL
  • SRT
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