System Recommendations

Operating Systems Support

Cinegy Capture service/engine is certified to run on the 64-bit editions of the following operating systems: Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2012*, Windows Server 2012 R2*, Windows 10*, Window Server 2016*.

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

Cinegy Capture service/engine is tested on fully-patched versions of the supported operating systems at time of version release, and problems may be encountered if a machine is not this minimum patch level. Supported released versions are continuously tested against the recommended operating system, and incompatibilities that might be introduced by new patches will be addressed via a new Cinegy software release where appropriate.

Operating system recommendation: Windows Server 2012 R2 / Window Server 2016 are recommended for Cinegy Capture engines (server), Windows 10 Pro is recommended for Cinegy Capture Control application.

*Chosen SDI card compatibility with operating system should be confirmed by user.

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

Important
Only drop frame timecode is suppotred for 29.97 fps and 59.94 fps NTSC video formats.

Supported Media File Formats

  • Raw Daniel2

  • 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

  • VANC

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

  • AVC-Intra

  • AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

  • Apple ProRes (422/LT/HQ)

  • Avid DNxHD

  • Cinegy Daniel2*

  • HEVC NVidia GPU*

  • XAVC Intra

* Hardware acceleration is available.

Supported Audio Codecs

  • 16 and 24 bit PCM

  • AAC Audio

  • MPEG Audio (MPEG-2)

File Formats and Codecs Combinations

The table below shows the allowed file/Codecs combinations:

Media Files Video Codecs SD HD UHD

MPG
(MPEG-2)

IMX

+

-

-

MPEG-2 I-Frame

+

+

+

MPEG-2 Long GOP

+

+

+

Cinegy H.264

+

+

+

Sony XDCAM HD

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM HD422

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM EX

-

+

-

MOV
(Apple QuickTime)

IMX

+

-

-

Avid DNxHD

-

+

-

Avid DNxHD 36/45/75/90

-

+

-

AVC-Intra

-

+

-

AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

-

-

+

MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP

+

+

+

DV25/DV50

+

-

-

DV100

-

+

-

H.264 NVidia GPU

+

+

+

Cinegy H.264

+

+

+

Sony XDCAM HD422

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM EX

-

+

-

ProRes 422

+

+

+

MP4

IMX

+

-

-

Avid DNxHD

-

+

-

Avid DNxHD 36/45/75/90

-

+

-

AVC-Intra

-

+

-

AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

-

-

+

MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP

+

+

+

DV25/DV50

+

-

-

DV100

-

+

-

H.264 NVidia GPU

+

+

+

Cinegy H.264

+

+

+

Sony XDCAM HD422

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM EX

-

+

-

MXF OP1a
(Generic,
MXF AS-03,
MXF AS-11)

IMX

+

-

-

Avid DNxHD

-

+

-

Avid DNxHD 36/45/75/90

-

+

-

AVC-Intra

-

+

-

AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

-

-

+

MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP

+

+

+

DV25/DV50

+

-

-

DV100

-

+

-

XAVC Intra

-

-

+

Sony XDCAM HD

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM HD422

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM EX

-

+

-

MXF AS-02

IMX

+

-

-

Avid DNxHD

-

+

-

Avid DNxHD 36/45/75/90

-

+

-

MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP

+

+

+

DV25/DV50

+

-

-

DV100

-

+

-

MXF OPAtom

IMX

+

-

-

Avid DNxHD

-

+

-

Avid DNxHD 36/45/75/90

-

+

-

H.264 Proxy Avid

+

+

-

AVC-Intra

-

+

-

XAVC Intra

-

-

+

Sony XDCAM HD422

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM EX

-

+

-

M2V

MPEG-2 I-Frame/Long GOP

+

+

+

Sony XDCAM HD

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM HD422

-

+

-

Sony XDCAM EX

-

+

-

DN2
(Cinegy Daniel2 Raw)

Cinegy Daniel2

-

+

+

H264
(H.264 Raw)

AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

-

-

+

H.264 NVidia GPU

+

+

+

Cinegy H.264

+

+

+

XAVC Intra

-

-

+

H.264 Proxy Avid

+

+

-

DV (Raw DV)

DV25/DV50

+

-

-

DV100

-

+

-

AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

-

-

+

Raw *

HEVC NVidia GPU

+

+

+

H.264 NVidia GPU

+

+

+

Cinegy H264

+

+

+

AVC-Ultra: 4K Intra

-

-

+

Avid DNxHD 36/45/75/90

-

+

-

XAVC Intra

-

-

+

H.264 Proxy Avid

+

+

-

*Only one audio or video codec can be used for Raw wrapper.

Supported SDI Boards

Important
Before performing any drivers changes or updates, it is recommended to stop processes and services (e.g. Cinegy Capture engines) which use SDI cards. Please mind that most of the cards require a reboot or even power cycle to finalize driver processing/firmware update. Make sure the applications or services autostart is disabled. Processes and services which automatically start after reboot and access card/driver may prevent this update from normal processing and finishing.

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

5.4.1.5_5.2.7

+

Blackmagic Design

Model Recommended Driver Version UHD Support RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode

DeckLink SDI

10.6.8

+

Decklink Studio

10.6.8

+

DeckLink Extreme

10.6.8

+

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D

10.6.8

+

DeckLink Duo

10.6.8

+

DeckLink Quad

10.6.8

+

DeckLink SDI 4K

10.6.8

+

+

DeckLink SDI 4K PRO

10.6.8

+

DeckLink 4K Studio

10.6.8

+

+

DeckLink 4K Extreme

10.6.8

+

+

DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G

10.6.8

+

+

DeckLink Mini Recorder

10.6.8

Intensity 4K Pro

10.6.8

+

Intensity Shuttle

10.6.8

AJA

Model Recommended Driver Version UHD Support RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode

Kona LHi

12.5.1

+

+

Kona LHe+

12.5.1

+

+

Kona 3G

12.5.1

+

+

+

Kona 4

12.5.1

+

+

+

Corvid

12.5.1

+

OnRef LTC

Corvid 3G

12.5.1

+

OnRef LTC

Corvid 22

12.5.1

+ (2x)

2x LTC

Corvid 24

12.5.1

+

+ (2x)

2x LTC

Corvid 88

12.5.1

+

+

OnRef LTC

Corvid 44

12.5.1

+

+

OnRef LTC

Deltacast

Model Recommended Driver Package UHD Support
(quad-link SDI)
RS-422 Control Ext. Timecode

DELTA-hd-elp-d 44

5.19

up to p29.97

DELTA-hd-elp-d 62

5.19

up to p29.97

DELTA-hd-elp-d 80

5.19

up to p29.97

DELTA-3G-elp-d 8c*

6.03

up to p60

DELTA-3G-elp-d 4c

6.03

up to p60

DELTA-3G40-hd40-elp-d

6.03

up to p60

DELTA-3G-elp-d 40

6.03

up to p60

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

SDI Signal Source Parameters Recommendations

The following settings are supported:

Parameters DVS/Deltacast/AJA Blackmagic Design

SDI Signal

SMPTE 292M (1.5G)
SMPTE 424M (3G)

SMPTE 292M (1.5G)
SMPTE 424M (3G)
SMPTE ST-2081 (6G)
SMPTE ST-2082(12G)

SDI Level

A

A

Color coding

10 bit YCbCr

10 bit YCbCr

HD formats

Single-link 1.5/3G

Single-link 1.5/3G

UHD formats

Quad-link 1.5/3G

Single-link 6G
Single-link 12G
Quad-link 1.5/3G

Note
RGBA (Fill&Key) dual-link is supported as a special mode only for Cinegy Air products

NVidia Accelerated Encoding

Cinegy Capture supports the hardware accelerated encoding for H.264 4:2:0, Cinegy Daniel2 and HEVC NVidia GPU video codecs. The codecs are 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

GeForce Series (GeForce 600 and newer), Quadro K600 Series

2

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 or Pascal 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).

Note
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).

Depending on the operating systems you are using, certain hotfixes installation may be required for proper Cinegy software performance. The corresponding hotfix downloads are available by the references given below.

This reliability improvement update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 fixes problems with locks and hangs of software threads which may affect Cinegy Software. It also fixes problems with usage capacities with CPUs in low-power states.

This update for Server 2012 R2 can fix issues if a customer is experiencing unexpected server crashes (complete OS crash) with Stop error message 0xD1, 0x139 or 0x3B, due to problems enumerating installed network cards.