Preferences

Choose the "Preferences…​" command from the "Edit" main menu; the "Preferences" opens.

General

On the "General" tab you can set the default duration for the newly created live, dummy and image items, set up the auto delete parameters, and define other settings.

Preferences
Note
When specifying an item default duration, note that it cannot be less than 0.5 seconds.
Important
Live and dummy items are explained in detail in this article.

Select the "Auto-propagate metadata to a program" option to enable automatic substitution of the specified metadata to the program properties.

Select the "Use italic font for the editable fields" option to use the italic fonts in all editable fields of the playlist.

With the "Consider ‘Live’ as End of Automation" option enabled, the next live item start time is considered as a starting point for the "End of automation" countdown field. Otherwise, this countdown shows the time left until the end of automation.

The "Preview secondary events" option enables/disables the Cinegy Titler secondary events rendering within the built-in clip viewer.

Automatic Opt-Out and Multichannel Variation Blocks

Specify the background highlight color for the automatic opt-out and multichannel variation blocks in the playlist in the "Automatic Opt-out blocks color" and "Multichannel variation blocks color" fields respectively.

The "Limit per hour" field defines the maximum number of minutes per hour for advertising. While the amount of advertising time does not exceed this limit, the variance value highlighted in blue color is displayed in the playlist beneath the block duration. If advertising time exceeds this limit, its variance value becomes highlighted in red:

Adv allowance

The out-of-network duration is calculated for each opt-out block starting from the end time of the current block and one hour earlier. The broadcasted items are also included in this calculation.

The following illustration shows the sample playlist, for which the "Limit per hour" parameter is set to 12 minutes for automatic opt-out blocks. For the "Commercial Block 1" the total opt-out blocks duration is 10 minutes of advertising time and 2 spare minutes are highlighted in blue. For the "Commercial Block 2" one hour of broadcast time contains 16 minutes of advertising time, and the variance value of 4 excess minutes is indicated in red.

Out_of_network_time

Auto Delete

Note
The "Auto Delete" option does not affect the work in playlist editor mode.

The "Auto delete" preferences allow you to set the following parameters:

  • The "Max expired" option defines how many expired items will still be present in the playlist before the expired items automatic deletion.

  • The "Delete number" option defines how many expired items will be automatically deleted from the playlist.

Note
Set the "Max expired" value to zero to disable the auto deleting process.

Categories

On the "Categories" tab it is possible to define custom categories for marking specific items in the playlist with custom colors.

To create a new category, press the "Add" button. It will be added to the list. You can specify a suitable name for this category.

New category

Then you can define the custom color for the newly created category. For this click on the "Color" field, the standard color selection dialog will be open:

category color

Here select the color and press "OK" to apply it. The color will be applied in the "Item Categories" list.

Thus you can create the list of custom categories. The items in this list can be renamed, deleted, or rearranged by using the corresponding "Rename", "Delete", "Move up", "Move down" buttons.

The name of the category can be displayed in the playlist on the defined color background. For this tick off the "Display Category name" option.

custom_category_display

Press "OK" to save the created list of custom categories.

The “Import from playlist” command allows loading or updating of the categories according to categories used in the current playlist. If you have a playlist previously saved with defined custom categories and the categories have the same name but different color, you will be asked to define which color to keep with the following dialog:

category same name

Press "Yes" to load the category color from the current playlist and apply it to the category from the "Item Categories" list. Press "No" to keep the categories color defined in the "Item Categories" list.

Important
Refer to the Custom Categories article to learn how to ally custom categories to playlist items.