The Cinegy Air server along with the Cinegy Air client settings can be fully configured from a single user interface. To start configuring Cinegy Air PRO application, navigate to "Cinegy Air PRO" tab:

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The settings need to be defined here are described below in this article.

Global Settings

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Tick off the "Connect automatically" checkbox to enable the Cinegy Air server to automatically connect to the playout server(s) on startup.

Tick off the "Swap control monitors" checkbox to swap the position of the control monitors on the playout control panel.

Important
Refer to the Playout Control Panel section for the description of Air control monitors.

Select the "Don’t use Cinegy Browser" option if it is not required to use the built-in Cinegy Browser for browsing through the Cinegy Archive database.

Security

Security settings provide user with the possibility to define the startup protection parameters as well as manage user’s permissions for editing playlist in active mode or enabling broadcast control.

Before working with Cinegy Air in one of the control modes, press the "Security" button; the following dialog box appears:

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Here enable the password protection by ticking off the corresponding checkbox. Press the "Add" button to add a certain user or the whole group to the corresponding user group. The following dialog box appears:

cinegy_air_configurator_security_add

Here define the user or the whole group to be searched for.

Then press the "OK" button to apply the changes. Having set up the security parameters, the Cinegy Air control application will be launched with the security protection activated.

Important
Refer to the Starting the Application article for more details about authorizing the Cinegy Air control application.

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Press the "Remove" button to remove the selected member from the corresponding user security group.

Note
All logon events are tracked by the Cinegy Air application and written to the user log file when the security protection is activated.

Channels Configuration

The list of channels for broadcasting can be configured under the "Channel" panel. Multicast channel configuration is achieved by adding and configuring more than one channel. Each channel must be configured individually.

Click the empty line underneath the list of channels to add a new channel for broadcasting.

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Note
Once the channel is created, its name is written in red until you specify its playlist and engine parameters.
Note
In order to prevent the time differences between the control and playout stations, all Cinegy Air clients take the current time from the playout server.
Caution
Controlling remote instances and defining the secondary (slave) engine in multi channel control mode is not supported in Cinegy Air SOLO.

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Press this button to delete the selected channel.

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Use these buttons to change the channels order.

Time Zone

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Important
Time zone configuration is based on the DST shift. In order to ensure correct scheduled playback of playlist items during Daylight Saving Changes it is possible to define a time zone or fixed time offset for each channel you are configuring.

Select the required time zone by choosing between options presented in the "Time zone" drop-down list. Selecting the Time Zone ensures the correct time offset for DST. Please note that the playlist start time doesn’t indicate when the specific playlist item will start; it is a time reference ensuring that all viewers watch exactly the same thing at the same time despite their timezone.

Checking the "Use fixed offset" option enables entering the required time offset in the time picker specifying hours, minutes and seconds. Using fixed offset defines the the server’s own time regardless of the Time zone set.

If "Use fixed offset" option is not checked, the selected time zone will be used instead.

Important
Time zone settings are set separately for each channel you are configuring.
Important
After applying time zone changes it is required to restart the Cinegy Air Control application.

DST change affect playlists created using Cinegy Air v11 and converts them into a new format; once the Cinegy Air Control application launches the following warming appears notifying about playlist format change:

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On the next step define the following settings:

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  • Video system – TV system used for broadcasting.

  • Aspect ratio – aspect ratio for the video stream (4:3 or 16:9).

  • Audio level reference – the zero dB level for the VU meter.

  • Preserve original audio – the option for disabling the audio volume control on the playout control panel.

  • Engine 1, 2 – master and slave playout servers.

Tick off the "Local" checkbox if Cinegy Playout is installed and launched on the local computer. In the corresponding "#" field next to the server IP address, define what Engine instance will be used to process the specified playlist.

Important
Refer to the Multi-Instance Playout Service paragraph in the Cinegy Playout Manual to learn how to create additional Cinegy Playout instances.
Note
The remote control feature is unavailable in Cinegy Air SOLO, the "Local" checkbox is disabled.
  • Active playlist – file with the *.MCRactive extension that contains the content of the active playlist.

You can browse for an existing file or simply enter the file name in the defined location for a new file. The playlist will be restored from this file when you launch the Cinegy Air application in one of the control modes. The playlist is automatically updated after each applied change. When Cinegy Air application is closed, the currently used playlist is automatically saved to this file. If the *.MCRactive file is stored on the shared network drive and its location becomes unavailable, the applied changes will not be saved and the following error message will occur:

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  • Backup location – specify the backup playlist location for the MCRActive and .bak file creation in the event of access loss to the primary location. In case the location is unavailable or there is no sufficient rights to access it the corresponding error message will appear:

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Select the "Auto Append Playlist" checkbox to enable the auto-append feature. Once selected, the "Auto append folder" field becomes editable.

  • Auto append folder – the watch folder for the playlists to be automatically appended to the end of the current playlist. Once a playlist file is detected in this folder, validation of its TV format compatibility, as well as its start date and time is performed automatically. If the playlist is scheduled to start in the future (i.e. it will not start immediately) and has the compatible format, it will be appended to the current playlist and the original playlist file will be moved to the "Processed" subfolder. If the playlist is scheduled to start in the past or has an incompatible format, it will not be appended and will be moved to the "Declined" subfolder. In this case the corresponding error message will be logged to the specified user log folder.

  • Shared playlist – this option allows you to edit the playlist from several computers simultaneously. If the playlist is changed on one computer, the changes will automatically appear in the playlist of Cinegy Air Control application running on the second computer. Refer to the Two Cinegy Air Clients, One Shared Playlist and One Playout Server paragraph for more information about this configuration model.

    Note
    Please note that the proper system time synchronization between two machines running Cinegy Air control applications ensures the correct work of "Shared playlist" option.
  • Remote CG – the server and the instance number of the separate dedicated playout instance that renders the Cinegy Type and Titler templates.

  • CG Repository – the folder location where Cinegy Titler templates are stored.

Note
Cinegy Titler templates are applied to items as secondary events.
Important
Refer to the Creating a New Titler Scene article within the Cinegy Titler Manual to learn how to create Cinegy Titler templates.

The audio matrix presets storage location can be defined in the "Audio Matrix presets" field.

Note
If the audio matrix XML file cannot be found, opened or successfully processed, a warning prompt will be shown at the Cinegy Air startup. Cinegy Air control application will be loaded, but it will not be possible to change any audio matrices or audio encoding profiles. The valid audio matrix XML file should be specified in Cinegy Air configurator.

The "Legacy sequence audio" parameter defines how to process Sequences without master audio tracks prepared in Cinegy Desktop 9.1 and earlier.

Important
Refer to the Sequence Compatibility article for more information on "Legacy sequence audio" handling.

Aspect Ratio

There are two parameters defining the aspect ratio values of the items inserted into a playlist.

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Using the "Default original aspect" drop-down list, define the original aspect ratio value to be used by default for the source files inserted into a playlist. To define the aspect ratio value automatically, choose "Auto".

In the "Default target aspect" drop-down list, choose the target aspect ratio to be applied to playlist items. Set this value to "Original" to keep the original aspect ratio of a playlist item. If the "Stretch" value is selected, the target video stream is stretched to fill the entire frame, no cropping is applied.

Note
Refer to the Aspect Ratio section for detailed information on playlist item display on the playout screen.

Press "OK" to finish configuring the Cinegy Air control application.