Release Notes

Cinegy Convert is Cinegy’s server-based transcoding and batch processing service. Designed to function like a network-based print server, it can be used to perform repetitive import, export, and conversion tasks by "printing" material to pre-defined formats and destinations. Available in both standalone and Cinegy Archive integrated variants, Cinegy Convert saves time that can be applied to more important activities by automating repetitive tasks. Tasks are processed successively on a dedicated Cinegy Convert server acting as a print queue/spooler.

Highly flexible, scalable and interactive it is an ideal tool for converting material into different formats and for integration with third-party NLE systems.

The full package components are:

  • Cinegy Process Coordination Service
    This component provides centralized storage for all resources types used in your media processing workflow and also acts as a central discovery service.

  • Cinegy Convert Agent Manager
    This component provides actual processing powers for Cinegy Convert. It launches and manages local agents to execute tasks from Cinegy Process Coordination Service.

  • Cinegy Convert Watch Service
    This component is responsible for looking in configured file system directories and/or Cinegy Archive job drop targets and registering tasks inside Cinegy Process Coordination Service for Cinegy Convert Agent Manager to pick up.

  • Cinegy Convert Monitor
    This is the primary UI to allow operators to watch what the Cinegy Convert estate is working on, as well as create jobs manually.

  • Cinegy Convert Profile Editor
    This utility provides the means for creating and adjusting target profiles that are used in Cinegy Convert for transcoding tasks processing.

  • Cinegy Convert Client
    This application provides a user-friendly mechanism for manual convert tasks submission. It allows the user to browse storages and devices for the media to be processed, review the actual media in the preview player, check item metadata with an option to modify it prior to importing and submit the task for processing.

    Note
    For a while Cinegy Convert Client is provided for initial preview purposes and does not expose all functionality required.

Cinegy Convert 12.1

Cinegy Convert Release: 12.1 RC6

Cinegy Convert Build: 12.1.739.42617

Cinegy Process Coordination Service Build: 4.34.0.607

Release Date: November 19, 2020

Caution
Prior to starting the Cinegy Convert v12.1 installation, it is recommended to clean up the tasks history and uninstall any previous versions of Cinegy Convert components that may be present on your machine.
Caution
Installation of Cinegy Process Coordination Service v4 is required. Prior to starting installation, it is recommended to uninstall any previous versions of Cinegy PCS that may be present on your machine, reboot your OS and check on Windows Services Manager that "CinegyProcessCoordinationService" has been properly removed.
Caution
Please, note that Cinegy Convert v12.1 requires PCS v4.x to upgrade database. Such upgrade will change the stored tasks statuses, so they will become available for the newer versions of Cinegy Convert. Older versions of Cinegy Convert v12.0 will no longer have access to these tasks. It is recommended to finish currently active tasks processing, stop Cinegy Convert clients and then proceed with the PCS / database upgrade.
Caution
To complete the Cinegy Convert and Cinegy PCS installation, the OS reboot is required.

Important Changes and Fixes

General

  • Supported transferring of the Canon and Panasonic P2 metadata to Avid Master Clips via Cinegy Archive Browser

Cinegy Convert Client

  • Added support for multiple files selection for the task creation

  • Added XDCAM EX devices support

  • Added Canon CF / CF II devices support

  • Added support for media sources list selection in settings

  • Added support for direct tasks queue to PCS without watch folders

  • Added support for XDCAM RDD18 acquisition metadata

  • Fixed Unicode characters support for application logs

  • Added Cinegy Archive media support

  • Fixed detection of the Canon CF/CF II card content

  • Fixed issue with detection of some specific Panasonic P2 clips

  • Fixed issue with import of some specific Panasonic P2 clips

  • Fixed issue with import of some specific Canon CF II clips

  • Improved proxy procedure for Panasonic P2 clips

  • Fixed metadata generation using the automatic macros substitution feature for Panasonic P2 clips during import into Archive

  • Corrected frame delimiter position

  • Corrected the SRC-metadata macros processing for tasks

  • Added support for Panasonic P2 clips with LongG v1 scheme metadata

  • Temporarily removed the Cinegy Archive source settings and controls

  • Set default layout to maximize and resize panels

  • Preserved position of panels inside window between sessions

  • Fixed locked "Encoding settings" and "Source transform" fields for YouTube target

  • Fixed activation of the "OK" button in the "Select transcoding target" window when no profile is chosen

  • Fixed broken {src.ext} macro for all media files

  • Various interface improvements

Cinegy Convert Agent Manager

  • Added support for native MPEG Single Program Transport Stream files reading

  • Added Linear Acoustic UpMax processing support

  • Added XDS metadata insertion for data tracks processing

  • Added support for task progress notifications from pre- and post- processing scripts

  • Added support for task status changes from pre- and post- processing scripts

  • Fixed rare case of Master Clip registration without links to media files during import into Archive

  • Fixed rare crashes when task is about to be completed

  • Fixed Archive Quality Building failure due to object reference not set to an instance of an object

  • Fixed rare case of failure to provide full list of media files to the Post Processing script

  • Extended logging with additional messages to trace processing

  • Fixed issue with clip export when its Out point matches the Master Clip End point

  • Fixed the procedure for adding capability resources to watch folder in some specific cases

  • Fixed issue with import of material with an empty "TV format" field into Archive

  • Fixed some specific issues caused by Linear Acoustic UpMax processing

  • Fixed incorrect audio channels order after importing into Archive with Linear Acoustic UpMax 5.1

  • Fixed issue with 96 kHz PCM audio processing

  • Fixed ProRes 4444 and ProRes 4444 XQ uncompressed data reading

  • Increased CAS request timeout to 5 minutes

  • Minor bugfixes and improvements

Cinegy Convert Watch Service

  • Added support to send separate Entire Master Clips to Quality Builder in addition to full Rolls

  • Extended logging with additional messages to trace processing

  • Extended log file with information about node type, file size, creation and modification dates

  • Fixed unexpected interruption of the service when using some specific samples

  • Added support for export from Archive source initialization script

  • Extended the configuration parameters with the "Lowest" priority

  • Minor bugfixes and improvements

Cinegy Convert Monitor

  • Application window size and position is preserved between sessions

  • Added filtering tasks queue by status

  • Fixed possible application crash caused by resizing its window

  • Fixed locked "Encoding settings" and "Source transform" fields for YouTube target

  • Minor bugfixes and improvements

Cinegy Convert Profile Editor

  • Added support for legacy MVX wrappers instead of MXF selection for Import into Archive profiles

  • Extended context menu options with duplicate/rename/delete commands

  • Minor bugfixes and improvements

  • Supported selection of custom folder type as import target folder

  • Added minor corrections to the "Delete profile" warning dialog box

  • Fixed incorrect data in the "Canadian French Language Rating" Content Advisory System

  • Minor bugfixes and improvements

Cinegy Convert 12.0

Cinegy Convert Release: 12.0

Cinegy Convert Build: 12.0.595.62605

Cinegy Process Coordination Service Build: 4.13.0.584

Release Date: March 11, 2020

Caution
Prior to starting the Cinegy Convert v12 installation, it is recommended to uninstall any previous versions of Cinegy Convert components that may be present on your machine.
Caution
Installation of Cinegy Process Coordination Service v4 is required. Prior to starting installation, it is recommended to uninstall any previous versions of Cinegy PCS that may be present on your machine, reboot your OS and check on Windows Services Manager that "CinegyProcessCoordinationService" has been properly removed.
Caution
To complete the Cinegy Convert and Cinegy PCS installation, the OS reboot is required.

Major Improvements

Important
Please read the What’s New in Cinegy Convert v12 post to get acquainted with information about new useful features as well as important fixes and enhancements in Cinegy Convert v12.

Important Changes and Fixes

General

  • Updated product applications naming and icons

  • Extended import into placeholder options

  • Extended Cinegy Archive descriptors of "Preset" type support

  • Added possibility to specify Cinegy Archive descriptor values of "Preset" type via their display names in CineLink files

  • Extended automatic mapping of .Cinelink descriptors to be applied to the parent Roll

Cinegy Convert Agent Manager

  • Introduced Cinegy Convert Base license

  • Improved frozen tasks detection and automatic termination

  • Improved processing of internal database which monitors tasks processing and performs cleanup for intensive usage scenarios

  • Fixed processing of Cinegy Archive jobs with special symbols in node names

  • Fixed incorrect technical metadata generation for MXF OP1A wrapped Avid DNxHD 1080i@50 fps files

  • Fixed Cinegy Convert licenses loss after prolonged processing time issue

  • Fixed post-processing script execution error issue

  • Fixed AVC-100 direct transcoding issue

  • Fixed rare race condition crash when finishing task processing

Cinegy Convert Watch Service

  • Improved simultaneous Cinegy Archive jobs monitoring by several Watch Services

Cinegy Convert Monitor

Note
Cinegy Convert Client application is renamed to Cinegy Convert Monitor as such name better conveys its purpose.
  • Added customization of tasks history page size

  • Added date and time columns formatting according to local machine settings

Cinegy Convert Profile Editor

  • Added automatic propagation of profile changes

  • Added support of compressed AAC audio for Cinegy Archive

  • Added Daniel2 support for 10+ bit modes

  • Supported Generic H.264 encoded stream for MXF OP1A container

  • Changed default AAC encoder profile to Low Complexity (LC)

Important Known Limitations

Note
These limitations will be addressed in the next releases.
  • Sign in process may not complete successfully for YouTube / Twitter profiles when started for the first time.

  • Long media publication to YouTube may fail due to task termination as frozen one. Workaround: timeout value should be increased in settings.

  • Tasks with the same priority may be auto-paused due to load balancing when their priority was changed manually in Cinegy Convert Monitor.

  • The Cinegy Convert Client player may crash while playing back media on some older processors (dated 2014 and below).