The general settings define the logging parameters of your capture session along with managing accounts.


Common Settings

Press the "Common settings" button, the following dialog appears:


Engine Mode

The Cinegy Capture Engine mode is defined by choosing one of the available options:

  • Capture Pro

  • Capture SOLO Edition

  • Capture Desktop Edition

  • Capture Appliance Edition

The corresponding hardware dongle license should be available for a selected Cinegy Capture Engine mode to be enabled.
Please contact the Cinegy Sales Team to get information on purchasing Cinegy Capture editions.
Capture Desktop Edition mode is linked to the Cinegy Desktop license. It can be only installed locally together with Cinegy Desktop installation; and can only perform capture jobs if Desktop is running.
Capture Appliance Edition is not available for the public sale.

Primary Network Interface

The "Primary network interface" drop-down list contains all the current network adapter IPs installed on the machine running Capture Manager. Selecting the appropriate network adapter ensures stable network load balancing. If the "Any" option is selected, the Cinegy Capture Agent will use the random available network adapter IP instead of the specific IP address.

The selection of the network adapter IP to be used should be based on the system administrator recommendations.

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.

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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 is started. 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 to network shares used for Cinegy Capture tasks.
All changes will be applied only after the service restart.

Adding Service

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:

It is possible to add and configure only one Capture Service in Capture Desktop Edition mode.

Once 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:


Common Settings

Here, define the common settings for your Engine service:

  • Allow to edit in Control application – select this option to enable editing parameters available in the Engine settings panel.

    Please note that if this option is not selected the engine settings will be not displayed on the Engine settings panel.
  • Input TV format – the source TV format. This parameter is mandatory.

  • Bit depth – use the drop-down list to choose whether 8- or 10-bit stream processing should be used.

  • Color primaries – use the drop-down list to define the chromaticity coordinates of the source primaries. The table below presents the available options depending on the selected input TV format and the defined bit depth:

TV Format Bit Depth Color Primaries


8 bit


10 bit


8 bit


10 bit


8 bit

10 bit


8 bit


10 bit

  • Auto-detect automatically

  • BT.601 - ITU-R Recommendation BT.601 also known as Rec. 601 (former name CCIR 601)

  • BT.709 - ITU-R Recommendation BT.709 also known as Rec. 709 or BT.709

  • BT.2020 - ITU-R Recommendation also known as Rec.2020

The selected color primaries options take effect only when Apple ProRes and AVC-Ultra 4K Intra encoders are used.
  • 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.
  • Channel description – the custom channel description to be used as an Engine service name. If this field is left empty, common numbering is used (Engine (1), Engine (2), etc.).

Audio Settings

Here, the audio tracks configuration for your Engine service is displayed:

Audio Settings

The "Audio channels" field contains the list of configured audio channels.

Please note that in Cinegy Capture SOLO edition it is possible to configure only up to four audio channels; in Cinegy Capture Pro the number of configured audio channels is unlimited.

In the "VU Zero Position" field the VU meter zero level has to be defined.

Audio Channel 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" drop-down list. There are 3 types currently supported:

  • Stereo

  • Dolby stereo down-mix

  • Dolby 5.1

The "Nielsen watermarking" group provides parameters for Nielsen watermarking encoding 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 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 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 the 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 "Previews" field to add a new stream preview to the list.


Select the preview type and press the "Edit" button to edit the corresponding stream preview configuration.


Press the "Remove" button to remove the selected stream preview from the list.

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

RTP Preview Configuration

RTP stream generation is not supported in Capture SOLO and Capture Desktop Edition modes.

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" value means no downscaling.

    The preview sizes list may vary, dependant 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 the 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.


    Use this button to copy the full RTP/UDP preview URL to clipboard.

  • 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 – use the drop-down list to select the IP address of the local network adapter that will be used for multicasting.

  • Backup source IP – use the drop-down list to select the IP address of the local network adapter that will be used for multicasting instead of the primary source IP in the event of its random failure.

    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) – defines the number of routers (hops) that multicast traffic is permitted to pass through before expiring in the network.

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

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

The recommended bitrate value and GOP parameters are adjusted automatically according to the selected preview size and preview encoder; however, it can be changed 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.

Real-time Preview Configuration

To set up the real-time preview configuration, select the required video encoder that will be used for rendering from the drop-down list:



The "Enable WEB preview" option enables/disables the real-time preview mode in Cinegy Capture Web Control.

Selecting the "Enable WEB preview" option automatically adjusts the required compression parameters for real-time preview in Cinegy Capture Web Control:

Enable web preview parameters

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

Shared RAM Preview Configuration

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

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

  • Output name – defines the name of the Capture Service stream in the shared RAM.

  • Global namespace – check this option to enable sharing between several users on the machine, or between applications and services.

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

The selected stream preview will be displayed in the "Preview" list. You can add as many stream previews of different types as you need.

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


You can control the selected stream preview directly from the "Preview settings" panel using the toggle button located next to the stream preview for its enabling/disabling. The toggle button is displayed in green when stream preview is enabled and in red – when disabled.

Metadata Processing

  • Data processing – enables/disables the embedded VANC (Vertical Ancillary Data Space) data stream capturing.

Timecode Settings

Having configured all the necessary parameters, press "Next" to set up the timecode settings.


Here, define the following parameters:

  • Source – select the timecode source from the drop-down list.

    The list of available timecode sources depends on the current capture source selected.

    The "PC clock" option means no timecode from the input device and any device-based timecode source is available. The local PC time will be used for generating timecode. This timecode source supports only the "Free run" processing option.

  • Timecode type – choose the required timecode type for capturing session from DF (Drop-frame) and NDF (Non-drop-frame) options.

    Please note that drop-frame timecode only matters in the case of NTSC video. When using PAL video formats NDF is the default option.
  • Processing mode – choose the timecode processing mode for timecode normalizing. The following options are available:

    • None – no processing; only original timecodes coming from the selected source 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.

      It is necessary to use the "Free Run" timecode normalizer mode for correct RTP/UDP transport stream capturing.
      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.

  • Substitution settings – check the "Always use fixed start timecode" option and define the start timecode in the hours:minutes:seconds:frames format, which will be applied for every capture session. In this case, the specified timecode will be used as a start timecode for every ingest session, thus ignoring the actual timecode start from the timecode source.

    This option is only supported by the "PC clock" timecode source in "Free run" mode.
  • Encoding buffer – the number of frames allocated in the memory to handle short system performance downfalls. 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.

  • File writer buffer – defines the buffer size of writing files in Mb to handle short storage performance downfalls.

Capture Source Settings

Having configured all the necessary timecode parameters, press "Next" to set up the parameters corresponding to the selected capture source type.

Refer to the Capture Source article to get more information on the specific capture source type configuration.

Verifying Capture Engine Configuration

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


Once 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:

The administrator rights are required to start/stop the Capture Service.

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


Having configured the stream preview types, it is possible to set whether the picture preview or real-time one will be displayed in the preview window. To do this, right-click anywhere within the preview window:


Check the "Real-time Preview" option to enable real-time preview, otherwise, the picture preview is enabled.

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.

Interface Overview

The interface of the Cinegy Capture "Main" tab consists of several panels:


"Engine Service selection" panel lists all the added Capture Services as well as selecting the configured Capture Services.

Service Information and Engine Information panels list the parameters defined via Common Engine settings and Capture Engine General settings.

The configured Engine Input Source details are displayed in the "Engine input" panel.

The Engine previews are available on the corresponding "Engine previews" panel. The tick next to the preview name indicates that it is enabled. The data of the corresponding Engine preview can be copied to the clipboard to then be defined as the input name for another Cinegy application installed on the same machine (e.g Shared RAM); or for playback by multimedia player (e.g RTP signal path).

The preview window shows the currently selected preview.