In Cinegy Air control application you can do nearly all operations that you can do in Cinegy Air Playlist Editor with the following difference: the item will be copied in case you wish to move passed, on-air or cued items.

Refer to the articles from the Handling Items section for the detailed description of working with items.

The playlist items are played back one by one from the first clocked item on the schedule in accordance with the following item start time. If there is a gap between successive items, the last frame of the previously played item will be broadcast until the new item goes on air.

The on-air item can be edited. Once the item currently being broadcast is opened in the Clip Viewer, it is possible to define the Out point or split this item at the selected position, with a 3-second safety margin. When the item is split, the remaining part is placed as a separate item in the playlist right beneath the on-air item and automatically cued.

Item Status, Coloring and Font

All items in the playlist have a background color. The color changes according to the item status. The coloring and styles of the playlist entry can also be changed according to playlist programming.


The statuses1 column displays the possible status values of an item. In Cinegy Air Playlist Editor they are:

statuses passive fmt1

the item is ready for playout

statuses passive fmt2

the item is skipped

statuses passive fmt3

live item

statuses passive fmt4

dummy item

statuses passive fmt5

the item is empty

statuses passive fmt6

the In-Out range of the clip is greater than the In-Out range of the source file

In single/multi-channel mode possible status values of an item are as follows:

statuses active fmt1

the item is already broadcast

statuses active fmt2

the item is on air

statuses active fmt3

the item is ready for playout

statuses active fmt4

the item is skipped

statuses active fmt5

live item

statuses active fmt6

the item is cued

statuses active fmt7

dummy item

statuses active fmt8

the item is empty

statuses active fmt9

the In-Out range of the item is greater than the In-Out range of the source file; the item media is unavailable; empty placeholder item

statuses active fmt10

the item was modified outside Cinegy Air control application

placeholder is near

empty placeholder item is scheduled to be broadcast less than 6 hours from the current time

placeholder lost

the placeholder node cannot be found in the Cinegy Archive database or connection to the database is lost


To disable the use of italic fonts in the playlist‘s editable fields, deselect the "Use italic font for the editable fields" option in the "Preferences" window. Refer to the Preferences article for details.

Analyzing Playlist Media

The media included into the playlist is automatically processed by the Air control application to verify its availability as well as indicate any modifications that have been applied to it.

If the media of a particular playlist item is unavailable or cannot be located, the corresponding item is displayed in red coloring:


As soon as the media becomes available the item coloring changes to default.

The playlist item inserted from the Cinegy Archive database and having multiple levels of quality is analyzed only to detect the availability of the highest quality.

The item modification is checked within two different scenarios.

In the first scenario the media of the item added to the playlist directly from the local storage is analyzed. Once any update has been applied to the media since its adding to the playlist and its modification date is newer, the playlist item will be displayed in blue coloring:


To update the item use the "Update selected" command form the selected item menu. The following dialog will be open:


Here define whether the clip duration should be updated by selecting "Yes" or "No" correspondingly. Select "Yes to all" to update the duration of all instances of the same item present in the playlist.

The second scenario is related to the items inserted from the Cinegy Archive database. These items can be updated using the "Update selected" command from the selected item menu; MCRItems duration is updated as well.

Multiple items can be updated at one time.
If any proxying has been generated for the modified item it will rerun automatically.

Auto Update of Playlist Items

Playlist items modified outside Cinegy Air control application can be automatically updated in the playlist. For this the "Auto item update" option should be previously enabled in the Cinegy Air Configurator. After enabling this option, two dedicated columns are displayed in the playlist table - "AutoUPD" and "Auto Updated At":


Select the checkbox in the "AutoUPD" column for the playlist item that should be automatically updated once modified (such as Cinegy Archive items, MCRItems, items directly replaced in the playlist, items currently being ingested). In the "Auto Updated At" column the date and time of automatic update will be displayed for this item.

Auto Updated At
The item currently being broadcast cannot be automatically updated. If such item is modified while being on air, it will be displayed in blue font in the playlist table.

Proxied Items

With the item proxying feature configured in Cinegy Playout, every item will be proxied in the background process. The items proxy status is shown in % in the "Proxy" playlist column:

The proxy value for the on-air item only shows a rate of proxying for the material yet to be played back without regard to the part that has already been played back.

In order to use the item proxying during ingest, the duration for the item being ingested should be set precisely. If the number of frames is unknown, 0 frames should be defined (e.g. 01:40:35:00).

For the items to be successfully proxied, the ingest progress for the current item should be at least 3%; for short items this value should be not less than 1.5%. Then the proxying of the item inserted into the playlist should reach 10% rate and then it will be ready to be sent on air.


Different proxying stages are shown with different colors:


The proxy status of the item currently being proxied is shown in blue.


The proxy status of the item not being proxied at the moment is shown in black.


The proxy status of the item currently being uploaded from the proxy server is shown in grey.


The red background of the proxy status indicates the item source unavailability or failure when reading the item. When this occurs with the on-air item, the progress of proxying is counted backwards and proxied media is played back directly from the proxy folder.


The yellow background indicates that the whole item or some part of the item was proxied with autodegradation (in lower quality).

Quality degradation should be enabled in the "Proxy" tab of the Cinegy Playout Configurator. Refer to the Proxy article in the Cinegy Playout Manual for detailed description of proxy setup.

The proxy creation progress of each item is also shown on the timeline in the form of a light blue progress bar:


Drop Proxy

The "Drop proxy" command allows user to restart proxying of the defined item in the playlist. This command is available from the item context menu or via the "Drop proxy" command from the "Item" main menu:


This function can be used for items proxied with autodegradation while the high quality proxy files are needed; or when a problem during item proxying has occurred. All created proxy chunks are deleted and the new item proxying starts.

Items Fade In/Out

It is possible to fade in and fade out playlist items. Fade in and fade out behavior is adjusted by defining the corresponding number of frames for the image transition to or from black. Fading is also applied for audio in the item. To configure the fade in/out effect, select the required item and choose the "Item fades…​" command available from the item context menu or via the "Fades.." command from the "Item" main menu:


In the dialog that appears, specify the number of the frame from which you want to start item transition by selecting the "Fade in" option and entering the desired number of frames in the corresponding field:


Select the "Fade out" option and enter the frame number for the item to fade out from black.

The "Fade out" option is disabled for items with manual end trigger.

The fade in and fade out effects are visualized as a shaded gray triangles in the "Start" and "End" columns of the playlist panel:


For Clip3 only fade in effect is applied

To disable the effect choose the corresponding item and deselect the "Fade in" and "Fade out" options and then click "Ok".

Insertion into Targeted Channel

MCRItems and MCRlists support a target channel name value that is assessed during their insertion in the active playlist. If the channel name value set in MCRitem or MCRlist does not match the name of the channel they are being inserted into, the following warning dialog is displayed indicating the mismatch:


Press "Yes" to add the item with the mismatching target channel name anyway. Otherwise press "No" to cancel insertion.

To prevent overwriting of the channel name value in MCRitems / MCRlists being inserted in the playlist, select the "No targeted channel override" option in the Cinegy Air Configurator. The following warning will appear during the insertion:


Playlist Control

Delete to Top of List

You can delete as many expired items as needed by using the "Delete to top" option from the right-click menu or the "Edit" main menu. All the items from the selected expired item through to the top of the list will be deleted.

Using the "Preferences…​" option from the context menu or the "Edit" main menu, you can set the number of expired items, which will be represented in the playlist prior to automatic deletion of any expired item.

Delete to Bottom of List

To delete all non-expired items from the selected one (inclusively) to the bottom of the playlist, use the "Delete to bottom " command from the context menu or "Edit" main menu.

Playlist Update During Playback

The block and program duration is recalculated after the item with manual end trigger is played back. Recalculation is also performed if the item is sent on air ahead of its scheduled time.

The duration of a block is presented in frames and may differ from the sum of the durations of individual elements already played in this block, which are also represented in frames. This is caused by rounding when converting from milliseconds to frames.