Multiselect

It is easy to select more than one item at once. Hold the Shift key down while clicking the last item you wish to select. This will select all items in between the first and the last clicked item. To select all playlist items, use the Ctrl+A keyboard shortcut assigned by default or choose the "Select all" command from the "Edit" main menu.

Copy and Paste

The copy and paste commands are available from "Edit" main menu:

CopyAndPaste
  • Cut – cuts the currently selected item(s). This command is available from the "Edit" main menu. The default keyboard shortcut for this action is Shift+Delete. To cut the selected item(s), you can also use the Ctrl+X keyboard shortcut.

  • Copy – copies the currently selected item(s). This command is available from the right-click menu. The default keyboard shortcut for this action is Ctrl+C.

  • Paste – inserts an exact duplicate of the previously copied item. This is very useful if you want to copy an item(s) from one position in the playlist to another. This command is available from the "Edit" main menu as shown above. The default keyboard shortcut for this action is Ctrl+V.

  • Paste below – inserts the copied data below the selected playlist item.

You can also copy items by dragging-and-dropping them inside the list. Select an item and hold the Ctrl key down during the action.

Moving Items in Playlist

To move an item to another playlist position, simply drag-and-drop it.

Note
Only one item can be moved at one time.

Replacing Items in Playlist

To replace an existing Cinegy Air playlist item with another one, drag a new item from integrated browser or Windows Explorer over the item that you wish to replace and drop it while holding the Ctrl key down.

Caution
Integration with Cinegy Archive is not supported in Cinegy Air SOLO.

The following dialog appears asking you to define the parameters of replacement:

replace_occurrences

Select the "Keep secondary events" option to preserve the defined secondary events of the item after its content replacement. You can define to keep the secondary events only if they fit into new item duration by selecting the corresponding option.

To keep the duration value of the item whose content is being replaced, select "Keep original duration" option.

You can also define to keep the In and Out points of the original item if they fit into the new media duration. For example, there is a clip with 02:00:00:00 start timecode and its duration is 90 minutes. This clip has In point set at 02:30:00:00 and Out point at 03:00:00:00. This means that the playlist item duration is 30 minutes. If the new clip timecode is within 02:00:00:00 - 03:30:00:00 range, the IN and Out points will be preserved after media replacement. Otherwise, the In point will be set equal to the new clip start timecode, the playlist item duration is preserved and equal 30 minutes.

If there is more than one instance of an initial item in the playlist, you can replace all of them by checking the "Replace all instances of this item" option. The number in brackets indicates how many instances of the same item is present in current playlist.

Refreshing Items

When an item is dragged-and-dropped on top of another playlist item with the Alt key down, only the media content of the item is replaced with the In/Out points, metadata and secondary events are preserved. This will be automatically applied to all instances of the item having the same Traffic ID value as defined for the playlist item on which the new material is being dragged-and-dropped. If Traffic ID value is not defined, the new material is applied to all the instances of the initial item in the playlist. The confirmation dialog appears if more than one item will be refreshed during this operation.

Note
If any of the instances refers to the timecode which is unavailable in the new item, the whole operation will be cancelled.

Updating Items

When item is added to the playlist, its modification date is internally saved. If the file-based item or a node from Cinegy Archive is modified after being inserted to the playlist, this playlist item will be displayed in blue in the playlist table and it can be updated. Use the commands described below to update playlist item(s).

Note
If only the item metadata are updated, such playlist item will not be highlighted blue in the playlist.

Update Selected

The *.MCRitems added to the playlist from the defined (e.g. Inventory) shared folder can be overwritten according to the latest changes applied via the Cinegy Desktop application. The modifications in file-based items and Cinegy Archive nodes are also monitored. Once the item is modified and saved into the same location, it can be automatically refreshed in Cinegy Air by using the "Update selected" command. To perform this action, select the item you wish to update and choose the "Update selected" command from the "File" main menu:

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Update All

Select the "Update all" command from the "File" main menu to update the content of all modified items in the playlist.

Once the updating has been completed, the report window will be displayed:

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Removing an Item

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You can remove an item from a playlist by pressing the "Remove" button or by selecting the "Delete" command from the "Edit" main menu. The default keyboard shortcut for this operation is Delete.

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Adding a Comment

To make a comment on an item, simply double-click the "Comment" field of the item in your playlist and add or edit the text. Hit Esc to cancel the operation.

Renaming Items

You can change the item name by double-clicking the selected item name field and entering a new name. It is also possible to rename the selected item in the item name field on the selected item editor panel by using the F2 keyboard shortcut. You can cancel the operation by hitting Esc.

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Aspect Ratio

The "Orig Asp" column displays the original aspect ratio of the item. To set the source aspect ratio for files inserted into a playlist, select the required value from the "Orig Asp" pull-down list.

To change the target aspect ratio, choose the required format from the "Targ Asp" pull-down list. If the "Stretch" value is selected, the target video stream is stretched to fill the entire frame.

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Note
Changing the target aspect ratio affects only the broadcasting video stream and does not modify the original item appearance.

Playout Conversion

Depending on the playlist item aspect ratio and considering the playout server aspect parameters, the appearance of the broadcast item on the playout screen can differ. The following tables display all possible combinations in detail:

Original Aspect Ratio Target Aspect Ratio Description 16:9 Channel Aspect Ratio

4:3

4:3

The 4:3 video is placed in the center of the 16:9 screen. Vertical black bars (pillars) are added on each side of the frame.

4_3

14:9

The 4:3 video is placed in the center of the screen. The top and bottom of the original frame are cropped to 14:9, and black bars are added on each side.

14_9

16:9

The top and bottom of the original frame are cropped to the 16:9 aspect ratio.

16:9

Stretch

The original frame is stretched horizontally to fill the entire frame resulting in distortion of image.

Stretch

Original Aspect Ratio Target Aspect Ratio Description 4:3 Channel Aspect Ratio

16:9

4:3

The widescreen video is cropped on the left and on the right. Only the main part of the image is shown.

4_3

14:9

The widescreen video is placed in the center of the screen. The sides of the image are cropped to 14:9 and narrow black bars are added to the top and bottom.

14_9

16:9

The black bars are added above and below the image preserving the entire 16:9 video.

16_9

Stretch

The original frame is stretched vertically to fill the entire frame resulting in distortion of image.

Stretch

Custom Metadata

Cinegy Desktop allows to add custom metadata to video materials that are stored in Cinegy Archive database.

Important
Refer to the Descriptors, Presets article within the Cinegy Enterprise Manager Manual for details on how to create metadata fields.

The custom metadata descriptors can have text or boolean values.

Video material along with defined custom metadata can be exported as MCRitem and then used in a Cinegy Air playlist. Custom metadata values can also be used in CG templates with corresponding macros for sending to playout.

Important
Refer to the Macros article in the Cinegy Titler Manual for detailed description of working with macros.

Having inserted an MCRitem into the playlist, select the "Custom Metadata…​" command from the "Item" main menu:

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Alternatively, use the "Custom metadata" command from the selected item context menu.

The "Custom metadata" dialog will appear listing all available descriptors and their values for the currently selected item. Check the corresponding descriptor, it will be displayed in the playlist table in the new column:

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To show all available custom metadata, use the "Display all custom metadata" command from the "View" main menu:

Display_all_custom_metadata

It will analyze all playlist items and create a column for each available custom metadata descriptor with their values display.

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The custom metadata values can be changed directly in the playlist table.

Note
To enable custom metadata editing, make sure the "Metadata" option is enabled in the Cinegy Air Configurator.

Editing Items Duration

If there is a need to manually correct In and Out timecodes, simply double-click the "In" or "Out" table column you wish to change and enter a new timecode. You should keep in mind that the new duration value cannot be higher than the original or less than 0.5 seconds.

The following error messages appear if the In or Out points are not set correctly:

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