System Recommendations

Operating Systems Support

Cinegy Capture software is certified to run on the 64-bit editions of the following operating systems: Windows 7 Professional SP1, Windows 8.1 Professional, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 R2.

Cinegy Capture control panel is certified to run on both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating systems listed above.

Operating system recommendation: Windows Server 2012 R2 is recommended for Capture engines (server), Windows 8.1 Pro is recommended for the control panel.

Supported Codecs and File Formats

Supported TV Formats

Standard Definition (SD) High Definition (HD) Ultra High Definition (UHD)
720x576i @ 25 fps 4:3 1920x1080i @ 25fps 3840x2160 @ 25 fps
720x576i @ 25 fps 16:9 1280x720p @ 50fps 3840x2160 @ 29.97 fps
720x480i @ 29.97 fps 4:3 1920x1080i @ 29.97fps 3840x2160 @ 50 fps
720x480i @ 29.97 fps 16:9 1280x720p @ 59.94 fps 3840x2160 @ 59.94 fps

Supported Media File Formats

  • Raw DV
  • MPEG-2 Program Stream (M2V, MPG)
  • Raw H.264
  • Apple Quicktime (MOV)
  • MP4
  • MXF Op1a
  • MXF OpAtom
  • MXF AS-02 / AS-03 / AS-11
  • WAV
  • AAC

Supported Video Codecs

  • IMX

  • DV25 / DV50

  • DV100

  • MPEG-2 I-Frame

  • MPEG-2 Long GOP

  • H.264*

  • Sony XDCAM EX

  • Sony XDCAM HD

  • Sony XDCAM HD422

  • Panasonic AVC Intra 100

  • Apple ProRes (422/LT/HQ)

  • Avid DNxHD

* Hardware acceleration is available.

Supported Audio Codecs

  • 16 and 24 bit PCM

  • AAC Audio

  • MPEG-2 Audio

File Formats and Codecs Combinations

The table below shows the allowed file/Codecs combinations:

Media Files Video Codecs SD HD UHD
Raw DV DV25/DV50
+
DV100
+
MPEG-2 (MPG) IMX
+
MPEG-2 I-Frame
+
+
+
MPEG-2 Long GOP
+
+
+
Sony XDCAM HD
+
Sony XDCAM HD422
+
Sony XDCAM EX
+
Apple QuickTime (MOV) IMX
+
Avid DNxHD
+
Panasonic AVC Intra 100
+
MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP
+
+
+
DV25/DV50
+
DV100
+
H.264
+
+
+
Sony XDCAM HD422
+
Sony XDCAM EX
+
ProRes 422
+
+
+
MP4 IMX
+
Avid DNxHD
+
Panasonic AVC Intra 100
+
MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP
+
+
+
DV25/DV50
+
DV100
+
H.264
+
+
+
Sony XDCAM HD422
+
Sony XDCAM EX
+
MXF Op1a
MXF AS-03
MXF AS-11
IMX
+
Avid DNxHD
+
Panasonic AVC Intra 100
+
MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP
+
+
+
DV25/DV50
+
DV100
+
Sony XDCAM HD
+
Sony XDCAM HD422
+
Sony XDCAM EX
+
MXF AS-02 IMX
+
Avid DNxHD
+
MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP
+
+
+
DV25/DV50
+
DV100
+
MXF OpAtom IMX
+
Avid DNxHD
+
Panasonic AVC Intra 100
+
Sony XDCAM HD422
+
Sony XDCAM EX
+

Supported SDI Boards

The following SDI boards are supported for ingest in Cinegy Capture:

DVS

Model Recommended
Driver Version
Recommended
Firmware Version
UHD Support RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode
Atomix LT 4.3.5.18 35.4.1.5_5.2.7 + + +

Blackmagic Design

Model Recommended
Driver Version
UHD Support RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode
DeckLink SDI 10.5.4 +
Decklink Studio 10.5.4 +
DeckLink Extreme 10.5.4 +
DeckLink HD Extreme 3D 10.5.4 +
DeckLink Duo 10.5.4 +
DeckLink Quad 10.5.4 +
DeckLink SDI 4K 10.5.4 + +
DeckLink SDI 4K PRO 10.5.4 +
DeckLink 4K Studio 10.5.4 + +
DeckLink 4K Extreme 10.5.4 + +
DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G 10.5.4 + +
DeckLink Mini Recorder 10.5.4
Intensity 4K Pro 10.5.4 +
Intensity Shuttle 10.5.4

AJA

Model Recommended
Driver Version*
UHD Support RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode
Kona LHi 12.2.2 + +
Kona LHe+ 12.2.2 + +
Kona 3G 12.2.2 + + +
Kona 4 12.2.2 + + +
Corvid 12.2.2 + OnRef LTC
Corvid 3G 12.2.2 + OnRef LTC
Corvid 22 12.2.2 + (2x) 2x LTC
Corvid 24 12.2.2 + + (2x) 2x LTC
Corvid 88 12.2.2 + + OnRef LTC
Corvid 44 12.2.2 + + OnRef LTC

* This driver version is topical for Cinegy Capture 10.2 and higher. Please note that for previous Cinegy Capture versions the driver version 12.0.0 is required!

Deltacast

Model Recommended
Driver Version
UHD Support RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode
DELTA-hd-elp-d 44 5.19 +
DELTA-hd-elp-d 62 5.19
DELTA-hd-elp-d 80 5.19 +
DELTA-hd-elp-d 8c* 6.00b1 +
DELTA-hd-elp-d 4c 6.00b1 +

* This board encounters audio issues when 4 or more inputs are used simultaneously; the fix is expected from Deltacast.

NVidia Accelerated Encoding

Cinegy Capture supports the hardware accelerated encoding for H.264 4:2:0 video codec. It is highly recommended to use it for high-density output formats like HD/UHD.

In order to be able to use the encoding hardware acceleration you will need to install the NVidia graphic board (based on Kepler or Maxwell generation GPU) into the Capture server:

  • NVidia GeForce Series (started from GeForce 600)

  • NVidia Quadro Series

Please note that the GeForce and lower Quadro Series (Quadro 600) has a limitation of two concurrent encoding streams, therefore if you use these boards, you won't be able to record more than two H.264 files at the same time by using the NVidia hardware acceleration (see the table below):

NVidia Series Number of Concurrent Encoding Streams Recommended Driver Version
GeForce Series (GeForce 600 and newer) Quadro K600 Series 2 358.50 and higher
Quadro Series (K2000 and higher) Unlimited

If you are going to use the multiple encoding (more than 2 streams) it is recommended to use the Maxwell generation of GPU (recommended board is NVidia K2200 or higher); if you do not need more than two streams, you can use the modern GeForce Series (e.g. NVidia GTX 960).

If you use the older driver you may have an issue with NVidia encoding initialization, in this case you will have the corresponding message in the log file and encoding will fail.

Hardware Recommendations

The actual performance of a Capture server depends on the number of recording channels and streams and their resolution, source type and encoders used for capture for each channel, as well as various settings. Therefore, no precise hardware recommendation can be given; however you can find below the typical configurations which have been tested in our test-lab.

Configuration Sample – HD Capture Server

The following configurations have been proved for reliable multichannel capture of eight HD programs:

TV Format HD 1920x1080i25
CPU, Mainboard Dual Intel E5 2650 v2 (2,6 GHz), X79
RAM 32 GB
Input signal HD SDI
Codecs XDCAM HD 422 50 Mbs
NVidia H.264
Apple ProRes 422
Preview stream MPEG-2, downscaled to SD
Concurrent recordings Up to 8 channels
TV Format HD 1920x1080i25
CPU, Mainboard Dual Intel E5-2630 v3 (2,4 GHz), X99
RAM 128 GB
Input signal RTP Stream, MPEG-2 HD
Codecs XDCAM HD 422 50 Mbs
NVidia H.264
Apple ProRes 422
Preview stream MPEG-2, downscaled to SD
Concurrent recordings Up to 8 channels

Configuration Sample – Ultra HD Capture Server

The following configuration will be able to capture Ultra HD programs by using H.264 NVidia accelerated encoder or Apple ProRes 422:

TV Format UHD 3840x2160 p25
CPU, Mainboard Dual Intel E5 2650 v2 (2,6 GHz), X79
RAM 32 GB
Input signal HD SDI
Codecs NVidia H.264
Apple ProRes 422
Preview stream MPEG-2, downscaled to SD
Concurrent recordings Up to 2 channels
TV Format UHD 3840x2160 p25
CPU, Mainboard Intel I7-6700 (3,4 GHz), Z170
RAM 16 GB
Input signal RTP H.264, 50 Mb/s*
Codecs NVidia H.264
Preview stream MPEG-2, downscaled to SD
Concurrent recordings 1 channel
TV Format UHD 3840x2160 p25
CPU, Mainboard Intel I7-6700 (3,4 GHz), Z170
RAM 16 GB
Input signal RTP H.264, 50 Mb/s*
Codecs Apple ProRes 422
Preview stream
Concurrent recordings 1 channel

* Due to the nature of H.264 codec, a higher base CPU frequency is more important than a higher CPU core number. For this reason, a minimum supported CPU frequency has to be at least 3,4 GHz to decode a UHD RTP H.264 stream properly (see the tables above).