Common Settings

The general settings define the logging parameters of your capture session along with managing accounts. Press the "Common settings" button, the following dialog appears:


Primary IP

Use the drop-down list (with all the network adapter IPs currently installed on the capture server) to select the local network adapter to be used. If the "Any" option is selected, the Cinegy Capture Agent will use the DNS machine name instead of the specific IP address.

Logger Settings

The "Logger settings" group of parameters allows you to define the capture operation logging level. You can set the logging level to "Debug" for generating a full log, "Normal" for creating a log file containing the error messages only and "None" for no logging.

To help you with log managing the dedicated parameters are provided:

  • Roll interval – to specify the frequency of a new log file creation;

  • Max archived files – to define the maximum number of log files to be created in the specified "Roll interval" period (0 means no restriction on file number);

  • Roll size – to limit the log file size.

Open log folder_button

To view the created log files folder, press the "Open log folder" button.

Master Account Control

Here you can specify the account under which the service logs on. You can use the local system account or a specific account with sufficient permissions (including the 'log on as a service' privilege). Using an account without sufficient permissions or rights will cause outright failure or faults, which will be tracked in the diagnostic logs. You need to enter the login name and the password for this specific account in the corresponding fields.

Make sure the user account under which the service is running has enough privileges to write into network shares.
All changes will be applied only after the service restart.

Adding Service

This tool allows you to add individual services for each recording job. To add a new service, press the "Add" button. It will be added to the "Engine Service Selection" list prompting you that it is not yet installed. To install the selected service, press the "Install" button:


Having been installed, the "Capture Service" is added as a regular Windows service. Now you can start the service directly from Cinegy Capture Manager simply by pressing the "Start" button:


The settings are not defined for the service started for the first time.


Service Configuration

To set up the specified Cinegy Capture Engine service, press the "Configure" button; the Capture Engine configuration wizard appears:


At this step you can specify the main parameters for the recording job.

Common Settings


Here define the common settings for your Engine service:

  • Input TV format – the target TV format. This parameter is mandatory.

  • Capture source – the video stream capturing source type. This parameter is mandatory.

Refer to the Capture Source article for the list of supported input devices.
  • Buffer size – the amount of frames allocated in the memory to smooth the high system load peaks. A value of 50 is suitable for SD or I-frame HD encoding. Higher values, such as 100, are recommended for Long GOP recordings or machines with more available RAM.

  • Channel description – the custom channel description to be used as an Engine service name. If this field is left empty, common numbering is used (Capture Service (1), Capture Service (2), etc.)

Audio Settings

Audio Settings
  • Audio channels – the stereo group of audio channels to be captured.

  • VU Zero Position – the VU meter zero level.

Audio Channels Configuration


Press the "Add" button next to the "Audio channels" field; a new stereo track will be added to the audio channels list.


Press the "Remove" button to delete the currently selected audio channel.


Press the "Edit" button to change the currently selected audio channel; the "Audio Channel Configuration" dialog box appears:


Select the audio channel type from the "Audio channel type" pull-down list.

Only stereo audio channel type is currently available.

The "Nielsen watermarking" group provides parameters for Nielsen watermarking encoding/decoding configuration. Check this option to enable watermarking functionality.

The following parameters are available for configuration:

  • SID – Nielsen source ID. One or more SIDs are assigned to each content provider or distribution source. Included as a component of each watermark, the SID uniquely identifies the distribution source.

  • Check digits – two upper-case alpha characters, corresponding to the SID that are assigned by Nielsen.

  • Distribution type – specifies the watermark type: Program Content or Final Distributor. Typically Program Content watermarks are assigned to syndication content or to content providers (i.e. broadcast networks etc.), while Final Distributor watermarks are assigned to local broadcast affiliates or to cable network content.

  • Watermarking – defines the type of watermarking to activate this session. The following types are available for choosing:

    • NAES II – for Legacy NAES II watermarking;

    • NAES VI – for NAES VI watermarking;

    • Both – for NAES II and NAES VI activation.

  • Existing watermarks – determines the method of handling a second Final Distributor code if Final Distributor codes are already present in the stream (NAES II HF and NAES VI). The options are:

    • Overwrite – the original watermarks are replaced with the new ones;

    • Preserve – the pre-existing watermarks are left intact; new watermarks are inserted only in portions of the audio stream where there are no pre-existing watermarks.

      Please note, that legacy NAES II watermarks will be overwritten, and Nielsen watermarks NAES VI will be appended. Unlike NAES II watermarking, Nielsen watermarks processing does not support the overwriting of audio codes that are present in the stream before watermarking process begins. Instead, the watermark Engine leaves space for a second (and possibly a third) Final Distributor SID in the program band.

Preview Settings



Press the "Add" button next to the "Preview" field to add a new stream preview to the list.

The "Preview Settings" configuration parameters depend on the selected preview type: RTP or Smooth Streaming.

RTP Preview Configuration

When the "RTP preview" type is selected, the corresponding parameters should be configured:

  • Name – enter the RTP preview name to be displayed in the Cinegy Capture user interfaces.

Common Settings
  • Broadcast mode – choose the data transmission method (unicast or multicast).

  • Preview size – choose the preview size by selecting an appropriate preview resolution from the drop-down list. This enables video stream downscaling to the defined size. The "Original size" value means no downscaling.

    The preview sizes list may vary depending on the TV format of your Engine specified via Cinegy Capture Manager. It is recommended to choose the smallest preview size to optimize the CPU load when using mobile devices for capture process control.
Stream Settings
  • Stream type – specify the stream type: RTP or UDP.

  • IP address – enter the destination IP. In the unicast mode, enter the destination station address and port here. In the multicast mode, enter the IP and port of the multicast group that will be used for multicasting.

  • TS packets – specify the number of transport stream packets placed in the payload portion of the RTP/UDP packet.

    Refer to the network technical documentation for more information on the RTP and UDP packets.
Multicast Parameters
  • Primary source IP – enter the IP address of the local network adapter that will be used for multicasting.

  • Backup source IP – enter the IP address of the local network adapter that will be used for multicasting instead of the primary source IP.

    It is recommended to set up a static IP address for this adapter. The "Primary source IP" and "Backup source IP" parameters affect multicast mode only.
  • Time to live (TTL) – here define the number of routers (hops) that multicast traffic is permitted to pass through before expiring on the network.

    The "TTL" parameter affects multicast mode only.
    Refer to the network technical documentation for more information on the TTL option.
Compression Options

Here you can define such parameters as video encoder type (MPEG-2 or H.264), bitrate, chroma subsampling type (4:2:0, 4:2:2), encoding method (Frame or Field), the length and type of the GOP sequence.

Recommended bitrate value and GOP parameters are adjusted automatically according to the selected preview size and preview encoder; however it can be corrected afterwards according to your needs.

Select the "Closed GOP" checkbox to set the closed GOP type.

Define the audio type and its associated audio bitrate by choosing the desired options from the corresponding drop-down lists.

Check the "Use Nvidia GPU acceleration (beta)" option to activate GPU acceleration for H.264 RTP preview.

Nvidia GPU acceleration is only available for H.264 encoder. This feature is currently in beta stage. For proper hardware performance, Nvidia graphics card with NVENC accelerator is required. Please refer to the system recommendations document.
Realtime Preview Configuration

For real-time preview in Cinegy Capture Web Control the following compression configuration is required:

  • Video encoder type – H.264.

  • Encoding method – frame.

  • Chroma subsampling type – 4:2:0.

  • Type of the GOP sequence – I or IP.

Refer to the Cinegy Capture Web Control Manual to learn about controlling Cinegy Engines remotely from any mobile device.

Smooth Streaming Preview Configuration

When the "Smooth streaming preview" type is selected, the corresponding parameters should be configured:

Refer to the Smooth Streaming paragraph for details on how to set up Smooth Streaming.

Here specify the following parameters:

  • Name – enter the Smooth Streaming preview name to be displayed in the Cinegy Capture user interfaces.

  • URL – the ISS SSF connection point URL. Leave the default URL or enter a new one in the following format:

    http://<computer name>/CaptureService(<N>)_Point0.isml

    where <computer name> is the name of the computer running the Cinegy Capture Engine service, and <N> is the Engine service number.

  • Max bitrate – maximum bitrate of the Smooth Streaming preview.

  • Min bitrate – minimum bitrate of the Smooth Streaming preview.

  • Qualities count – the number of qualities to be built within the defined maximum and minimum bitrate values.

Having specified the preview parameters, press "OK" to add the configured preview type to the list.

The selected type will be displayed in the "Preview" list. You can add one or several preview types.

To make changes to the added preview type, select it in the list and press the "Edit" button. To remove the specified preview type, select it and press the "Remove" button.

Metadata Processing

  • Timecode normalizer – settings for timecode normalizing. You can choose one of the following options from the "Mode" drop-down list:

    • None – no processing; only original timecodes coming from the selected device are used.

    • Free run – the initial timecode value is taken from the selected timecode source on the Cinegy Capture service start. If no capture session is running, values from the source are represented on TC counter. During the capture session, timecodes are generated by adding 1 frame to the value.

      During the capture session, consistent timecodes are counted according to the TV format frame rate even in case the timecode source is removed or if breaks occur.
    • Handle frames count – the initial timecode value is taken from the selected timecode source on the Cinegy Capture service start. If no capture session is running, normalizer takes the timecode value from the timecode source every n frames; intermediate timecodes are generated automatically by adding 1 frame to the value. During the capture session, timecodes are generated by adding 1 frame to the value.

    • Adaptive – the initial timecode value is taken from the selected timecode source. If the timecode from the selected source is missing for some reason, the timecode normalizer regenerates continuous values (free run mode). The timecode generation from the source is resumed once it recovers.

      Timecode values processed by timecode normalizer are then transmitted to timecode analyzer for further analysis according to the specified template settings. Refer to the Timecode Analyzer Settings paragraph for details on timecode analysis.
  • Data processing – enabling/disabling the embedded VANC (Vertical Ancillary Data Space) data stream capturing.

    For proper work, it is necessary to use the "Free Run" timecode normalizer mode for the RTP/UDP transport stream capturing.

Having configured all the necessary parameters, press "Next" to set up the parameters, specific to the selected input device type.

Proceed with the setup; the defined configuration summary will be displayed for you to review. Press the "Finish" button and wait until the specified settings are applied:


Having been successfully configured, the particular Engine is ready to perform the recording and continues running even after the Cinegy Capture Manager application is closed.

The "Capture Service" will be added to the list of the Windows services running:

User must have administrator privileges to be able to start/stop the Capture Service.

The dynamically updated stream preview along with the Engine status and configuration information will be displayed:

The services are completely separated from any GUI elements or from each other: the Cinegy Capture Manager application can be closed while the services will keep running.

Smooth Streaming

In order to set up the Smooth Streaming preview, do the following:

  1. Make sure you have IIS7 and IIS Media Service installed on your machine.

  2. Live Smooth Streaming should be enabled for the site. For this launch the IIS Manager and go to "Default Web Site" > IIS media services > Live Smooth Streaming publishing points.

  3. In the upper right corner click in the Alerts panel to update the application pool settings:


    The Capture Service publishing point will be automatically created when you configure your Capture Service Smooth Streaming preview.

  4. Make sure a clientaccesspolicy.xml file is present in the root of your site allowing the cross-domain access. For more information follow the link.