Task Submission

Cinegy Convert supports automatic tasks submission, when tasks are taken for processing by means of Cinegy Watch Service via previously configured watch folders, as well as manual tasks submission, when tasks are individually configured and submitted directly via Cinegy Convert Client.

Automatic

Cinegy Convert Watch Service is used to perform repetitive tasks automation. A number of watch folders can be configured to monitor Windows OS network shares and Cinegy Archive job drop targets. These watch folders automatically submit transcoding tasks according to the pre-defined settings when new media are detected.

Important
Please refer to Cinegy Convert Watch Service Manual for details.

Manual

To add a transcoding task manually, press the "Add task" button on the "Queue" tab:

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The following "Task designer" window appears:

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Define the required Cinegy Convert task properties that are described in detail below.

Task Name

In the "Task name" field, specify the name for a task to be displayed in the Cinegy Convert Client interface.

Task Priority

Set the task priority (high, medium, low, or lowest).

Tasks with higher priority will be taken first by Cinegy Convert Agent.

Capability Resources

Press the browsebutton to open the window for capability resources selection:

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Important
The capability resources should be previously created via Cinegy Process Coordination Explorer. Refer to this article for a detailed information about capability resources creation.

Here select the name of the resource that is needed for the conversion job being created and press "OK". It is possible to select multiple capability resources.

Alternatively, you can start typing in the name of the capability resource directly in the "Capability resources" field; while you typing, the auto-complete feature provides suggestions starting from the letters you have already typed in:

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The task with the defined capability resource(s) will be taken by the Cinegy Convert Agent Manager that has the same resource(s) assigned.

Sources

Define the source materials to be converted by clicking the gray field within the source panel:

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The "Source edit form" dialog appears:

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Press the "Open" button to load a media file.

A source can also be loaded by pressing browsein the "File source" field over the preview monitor.

The loaded source preview is shown on the preview monitor:

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Below the monitor there are controls for setting In and Out points. This enables processing only the defined part of video material.

To define the part of video for transcoding, go to the desired starting point of the video either by pressing the "Play" button and stopping at the desired position or by entering the desired time value in the "IN" field:

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Press the "Set mark In position" button. The appropriate timecode will be shown in the "IN" field.

Then go to the desired end of the video fragment by pressing the "Play" button again and stopping at the desired position or by entering the desired timecode in the "OUT" field.

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Press the "Set mark Out position" button. The appropriate timecode will be shown.

The duration is calculated automatically.

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Use "Clear mark In position" and/or "Clear mark Out position" buttons to remove In and/or Out points respectively.

Press "OK" to finish defining source media material; the source will be added to the list:

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Tip
In case of errors detection, e.g. unspecified target, a red indicator appears specifying their number. Hovering the mouse pointer over the indicator displays a tooltip describing the problem(s).

Several sources can be glued together during the transcoding task and can be added by clicking the gray filed and adding a source file in the same manner.

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Target Profiles

Set the targets defining the task output by clicking the gray field within the target panel:

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The "Add transcoding target" dialog appears:

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Here choose the corresponding profile from the list; its settings will be open on the right-hand panel of the dialog allowing you to make changes in the selected profile, if needed. Then press the "OK" button.

Several output targets can be added to the transcoding task defining different output formats like MXF, MP4, SMPTE TT, etc. To do this, invoke the "Target edit form" dialog again and choose another profile.

It is possible to add any source with any target schema. The automatic mapping with resampling and rescaling will be applied to the source media to fit with the defined target schema.

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If there are some inconsistencies between source and target media formats, the yellow indication will be displayed. Hovering the mouse pointer over the yellow indicator displays a tooltip with the information on what changes will be applied to the source media.

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To edit a target from the list, use the editbutton on the right of the target name.

To delete a target, use the bucketbutton.

Note
The validation will be done on the conversion task processing start.
Note
If direct transcoding is expected, all sources should have the same compressed stream format.

Queue

The "Queue" tab lists all active transcoding tasks registered in the Process Coordination Service database with their statuses and progress.

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When a task is being processed by Cinegy Convert, you can track its status either from the database (displays only % completed that is updated once in a few seconds) or dynamically ("Live" mode) by selecting the corresponding "Live" checkbox next to the corresponding task. In this case additional information (like preview image and more frequent updates) becomes available:

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Task Status

The color of the "Status" column indicator corresponds to the transcoding task state:

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the task is in progress.

status_paused

the task is paused.

status_completed

the task processing is completed.

status_suspended

the task is suspended.

When the task processing is completed, its status turns green and after several seconds it is removed from the list of active tasks.

Task Priority

Tasks processing is performed in the order of task priorities. The priority of a task is displayed in the dedicated column.

If the task with higher priority is received for processing, all tasks with lower priorities will be automatically paused. When higher priority task processing is completed, the lower priority task processing is automatically resumed.

Important
Please note, that the license is active and the resources being allocated for the paused task are not released. When the pause request is initiated, only CPU/GPU resources allocated for the task processing are released.

Hover the mouse pointer over the status cell of the specified task to see its full status description:

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Note
Processing of the manually paused tasks is not automatically resumed. Use the "Resume task" command to proceed the manually paused task processing.

It is possible to change priority for tasks being currently processed by a Cinegy Convert Agent Manager by right-clicking the desired task and choosing the required command from the "Priority" menu:

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The tasks with lower priority will be suspended and higher priority ones will go to the top of the tasks list and continue being processed in the first instance.

Important
Refer to Watch Folders Tab description in the Cinegy Convert Watch Service Manual for more information on setting priority for automatically created tasks.

Tasks Management

Tasks being processed can be paused/resumed or cancelled. To do this, right-click the desired task in the list and choose the corresponding command from the "State" menu:

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To resume the paused task processing, use the "Resume task" command.

If a task has not been taken for processing by any Cinegy Convert Agent Manager yet, it can be suspended. To do this, right-click the desired task and use the "Suspend task" command from the "State" menu:

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To bring the task back to queue, select the "Queue task" command from the suspended task right-click menu.

Important
The same task processing management commands are available in Cinegy Convert Agent Manager.