Release Notes

Cinegy Air 12.0 Release Candidate

Cinegy Air Release: 12.0 RC2

Cinegy Air Build:

Cinegy Titler Build: 12.0.699.1717

Release Date: 18th May 2018

Compatible with: Cinegy Desktop 12.X

Upgrade Notice

Significant Upgrade

Cinegy Air v12 represents nearly 2 years of enhancement and improvements, and concludes changes started in v11 to remove legacy elements. For this reason, it is crucial that anyone upgrading an existing system carefully review the 'breaking changes' and 'known issue' sections detailed below. Larger installations or systems with 3rd party integration should test the upgrade process in an offline environment before committing to roll out.

Any customer without the required experience to perform such an upgrade alone are encouraged to contact their system integrator or Cinegy and enquire about professional service options to assist in such an update.

Release Candidates may only be used in production environments with written authority from or in partnership with Cinegy Support.
These release notes do not cover any issues resolved between v12 RC1 and RC2 for reasons of clarity.

Major Improvements

Cinegy Playout

  • added support for NDI input / output device

  • added "Clean Engine Output" optional licensed feature for enabling clean video and audio output (PRO only)

  • added embedded audio passed through engine for Titler scenes

  • added 10-bit selectable pipeline with 10-bit HEVC output (for HDR scenarios)

  • implemented GPU video pipeline (significant CPU reduction when running)

  • added GPU offloading proxy rendering option (PRO only)

  • implemented RTP output pre-scaling (for web / streaming delivery formats)

  • added Linear Acoustics Loudness Control optional licensed feature

  • added support for multiple live input streams as source to Titler video plates

  • implemented all time values conversion to ISO 8601 UTC strings

  • added DANIEL2 low-latency feedback codec

  • implemented feedback preview disabling for very low CPU scenarios

  • added GPU selection (up to 4 cards supported) for accelerated H264 / HEVC live input decoding

  • added Nielsen certified CBET watermarking (call for access - USA broadcasts only)

  • added support for DANIEL2 MXF files as playback format

  • added support for DNxHR MXF files as playback format

  • added support for AJA and Deltcast SMPTE 2022-6/7 I/O devices

  • added support for ForA HVS-100TB2 I/O device

  • implemented configuration of playout engines to be held in XML file (permits easier automation of configuration)

  • added support for Desktop v11 CUDA-accelerated keyframed effects in real-time by engine (PRO only)

  • Cinegy Type engine now considered in legacy support (not available to new customers)

  • MPEG 2 quality issues and pulsing, particularly at lower-rate SD outputs, has been resolved.

Cinegy Air PRO and SOLO

  • implemented a notification inside Air Control application triggered whenever media files are deleted or updated

  • introduced a dedicated Cinegy Playlist Editor app (allowing Air Control and Playlist Editor to run simultaneously - PRO only)

  • added metadata change triggers for Cinegy Archive sequences added to playlist with an option to skip or apply changes (PRO only)

  • implemented ISO 8601 UTC-aware time and date strings usage for all stored times, preventing any ambiguity during seasonal time changes

  • added client-relative timezone or UTC offset selections for operators to view the playlist

  • implemented option to mark metadata fields from Cinegy Archive as read-only (PRO only)

  • implemented selection of channels an operator wish to control during current session once the Air Control application starts

  • implemented various visual improvements (more obvious highlighted tab / clearer outline when dropping items)

  • implemented red hashing texture for missing items on the channel timeline

  • implemented camera icon for live items display on the timeline

  • merged single channel and multi channel control modes in configuration into one

  • redesigned general configuration form

  • implemented writing of playlist to a secondary backup location in case primary active location has a failure

  • implemented automatic CG output (Type / Titler) events hiding when an item finishes (e.g. on manual leave from live items)

  • added timecode reading support for more MP4 / MOV files

  • improved Cinegy Capture secondary events control with enhanced templating

Cinegy Titler

  • added support for audio objects within scenes for pass-through to Playout

  • added support for file variables to contain the address of another file to load as a plate texture

  • added multiple live sources to be provided to Titler engine by Playout engine (e.g. 2 x close up shots scaled against plate)

  • added Key and Fill support to live inputs

  • added support for 10-bit rendering of CG (for use in HDR channels)

Cinegy Studio

  • implemented ISO 8601 UTC-aware time and date strings usage for all stored times, preventing any ambiguity during seasonal time changes

Cinegy CG

  • implemented Titler engine invoking with multiple configured live-input plates

Cinegy Event Manager

  • added support for ForA video router

  • implemented production environments support for Cavena Subtitling Event plugin

Breaking Changes

  • Cinegy Playout now requires a 'demo' license to start in demo mode. Trials are available from the main Cinegy webpage, and will allow evaluation of the software for a time-limited period. Please contact your Cinegy account manager if you require other evaluation assistance.

  • All times are now expressed as ISO 8601 time and date combinations with stated timezone (any third party integration points must be updated to support this change).

  • During upgrade, any playlists will be upgraded to the v12 format using ISO 8601 time values, and this playlist format is not compatible with earlier versions.

  • During upgrade, Cinegy Playout engines will not migrate the engine configuration, since this now moves to a new XML format, and the configuration must be manually reset.

  • During upgrade, Cinegy Air Control will not migrate the settings configuration, since this is moved to a version suffixed registry key, and the configuration must be manually reset.

  • Windows Media Video output streaming format has been removed, because Microsoft have ended server OS support for this format.

  • Secondary recording to MPEG2 files feature is removed, since this may be more effectively and reliably replaced with SharedRAM output to a Cinegy Capture engine working with secondary events.

  • The Cinegy Type is now end-of-life, and will not be available to new customers. The engine will be removed entirely in the next release.

  • The previous 'Loudness Limiter' has been removed; now the integrated and much enhanced 'Loudness Control' option is available.

  • The legacy Air Control Collaboration for shared playlists has been removed, in preparation of architectural changes. Cinegy are not aware of any affected customers using this mode.

    If you require this mode, please do not upgrade to v12 and instead contact Cinegy Support to discuss with a product manager your workflow requirements.
  • Windows Server OS 2008 and earlier are no longer supported.

  • Windows Server OS 2012 (not R2) is no longer supported (no longer supported by Nvidia and other driver manufactures).

Important Known Issues

  • There is a problem with AJA drivers 12.5.1 installation on Windows 7 x64. The problem is reported to AJA Development and awaits feedback.

  • Closed Captions, OP47 teletext and custom RTP labels are destroyed by NVidia GPU encoder set to B frames.

  • A visual switch of the selected item may temporarily appear when "Auto delete" feature is enabled. The issue does not affect the functionality and general workflow.

  • RTP output using the DANIEL2 codec is not currently recommended for NTSC frame rates, and does not support VANC elements yet

  • GPU encoding for DANIEL2 does not function in 4:2:0 colorspace (4:2:2 only)

  • Nvidia drivers can produce unstable results when using v390.77 and higher - please use Nvidia R384 ODE driver branch (e.g. v386.28)