Convert_client

To start Cinegy Convert Client, use the icon on Windows desktop or launch it from Start > Cinegy > Cinegy Convert Client. The client application will be started:

Interface

The interface consists of the following elements:

  • Toolbar for panels display management and access to transcoding settings.

  • Location Explorer for navigating through hard drives and network connections.

  • Clip Explorer for browsing media files.

Toolbar

The toolbar provides an access to the transcoding settings and presents a set of buttons to show or hide panels:

Toolbar

The following table represents a quick toolbar overview:

Button Action

Settings_button

Invokes the "Settings" configurator.

Toolbar_location_explorer_button

Shows or hides (toggles) "Location Explorer".

Toolbar_clip_explorer_button

Shows or hides (toggles) "Clip Explorer".

Toolbar_metadata_panel_button

Shows or hides (toggles) "Metadata Panel".

Processing_panel_button

Shows or hides (toggles) "Processing Panel".

Toolbar_media_player_button

Shows or hides (toggles) "Media Player".

Toolbar_profile_details_panel_button

Shows or hides (toggles) the "Profile Details Panel".

Location Explorer

The location explorer allows users to navigate through the hard drives, network connections, Cinegy Archive databases and then display the contents of the folders and subfolders on the Clip Explorer.

Location_explorer_panel
Note
Use the "Settings" configurator to specify which media sources are displayed in the location explorer.

Enter the path to the media storage manually in the "Path" field or select the folder or network share from the tree.

Clip Explorer

All media in the Clip Explorer are presented as a read-only list of files:

Clip_explorer_panel

back

The "Back" button brings you one level higher.

refresh

The "Refresh" button renews the folder content.

Once "virtual clips" from "Panasonic P2" or "XDCAM" devices are detected, the default "All media files" viewer mode switches to the one for that particular type of media and displays the files in the thumbnail mode:

XDCAM_clip_explorer

The number of columns and correspondingly the thumbnails size are adjusted with a scale bar:

XDCAM_folder

Media Player

Media player provides an easy-to-use interface for viewing video material selected in the Clip Explorer as well as tracking its timecodes and setting the In/Out points.

Media_player_panel

Scrolling Through the Material

The ruler below the player screen allows the user to easily move to any desired position in the clip. To view any frame of the material, drag the time slider or simply click on any position on the ruler:

Time_ruler

The current position of the clip is displayed on the "Position" indicator.

The actual duration of the selected clip is displayed on the "Duration" indicator.

Controlling Zoom in the Player

To scale the display size of the media player, make the window floating and drag its borders:

Window resize

Mute, Play/Pause and Jump Buttons

Mute_off_button Mute_on_button

The "Mute" button in the player toggles the playback audio on/off.

cineweb_play_button cineweb_pause_button

The "Play/Pause" button in the player toggles the playback mode.

Jump_in_button Jump_out_button

The "Jump to clip event" buttons in the player are used to move from event to event. Events are: start, end of a clip, In and Out points.

Mark In and Mark Out

These controls allow the user to select a defined segment of video material:

Mark_in_button

Press the "Mark In" button to set the In point on the current point of your video material. Alternatively, use the keyboard to enter the start timecode value.

Clear_mark_in_button

Press the "Clear mark In" button to delete the In point.

Mark_out_button

Press the "Mark Out" button to set the Out point on the current point of your video material. Alternatively, use the keyboard to enter the end timecode.

Clear_mark_out_button

Press the "Clear mark Out" button to delete the Out point.

Metadata Panel

The metadata for the currently selected media file or virtual clip is displayed on the Metadata panel:

Metadata_panel
Note
The list of metadata fields depends on the type of media.
Note
The read-only metadata fields are grayed out.

Place the cursor in the desired metadata field to edit it. The editing interface depends on the metadata field type; e.g. for the date field the calendar is opened:

Metadata_panel

discard_changes

Press this button next to the corresponding metadata field to reset your changes to defaults.

Processing Panel

The transcoding task properties can be managed here:

processing panel
  • Target – press the "Browse" button to choose a transcoding target created via Cinegy Convert Profile Editor:

    select_transcoding_target
  • Task name – the name for a task is generated automatically and can be changed to a new one via a keyboard.

  • Task priority – set the task priority (high, medium, low, or lowest).

    Note
    Tasks with higher priority will processed first.
  • Task resources – press the browse button to open the window for capability resources selection:

    select_capability_resources_client
    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.

queue task

Press the "Queue task" button to add tasks to PCS queue directly ignoring Cinegy Convert Watch folders.

generate

The "Generate cinelink" button is used for the .CineLink files generation.

Important
Refer to the Generating CineLink Files section for more details.

Profile Details Panel

The parameters of the target profile selected in the Processing panel can be managed here:

profile details panel
Note
The list of metadata fields differs depending on the profile type being configured.
Important
Refer to the Cinegy Convert Profile Editor chapter for details on creating and configuring target profiles and audio schemes which are then used for transcoding tasks processing.

Panels Customization

Cinegy Convert Client is very easy to manage due to its fully customizable interface where all panels are scalable and most of them are collapsible.

Window Arrangement

You can change the window view to customize the application according to your needs using the following buttons located in the upper right corner of the panels:

Three_arrangement_buttons

drop-down

From the drop-down menu you can select the following panel modes: floating, dockable, tabbed document, auto hide and hide.

pin button

Press this button or use the "Auto hide" context menu command to release the fixed size and position of the panel on the screen.

hide button

Press this button or use the "Hide" context menu command to make the current panel disappear from the screen.

Note
The Clip explorer has only the "Hide" button by design.

Floating

The panels are docked by default. Right-click the panel caption and select the "Floating" context menu command. The panel becomes floating and can be dragged to the desired position.

Dockable

To return the floating panel to docked position, select the "Dockable" command from its context menu. Then click the title bar of the panel and drag until you see the visual hints. When the desired position of the dragged panel is reached, move the pointer over the corresponding portion of the hint. The destination area will be shaded:

Dockable_return

To dock the panel to the indicated position, release the mouse button.

Tabbed Document

With this option selected, the panels are arranged into tabs:

Tabbed_document

Auto Hide

Pin_button

By default, the "Pin" button fixes the window size and position on the screen. To automatically hide the panel, click this button or choose the "Auto hide" context menu command.

In auto hide mode, the panel appears only when you hover the mouse pointer over the tab:

Auto_hide

Hide

Using the "Hide" context menu command or Hide_button button makes the panel disappear from the screen.