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


The interface consists of the following elements:


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


The following table represents a quick toolbar overview:

Button Action


Invokes the "Settings" configurator.


Shows or hides (toggles) the "Location Explorer".


Shows or hides (toggles) the "Clip Explorer".


Shows or hides (toggles) the "Metadata panel".


Shows or hides (toggles) the "Processing panel".


Shows or hides (toggles) the "Media Player".


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

Location Explorer

Location Explorer allows users to navigate through the hard drives, network connections, and the Cinegy Archive database and then display the contents of the folders, subfolders, and Cinegy Archive objects in the Clip Explorer window.

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.

Use the "Pin" button in the Clip Explorer to add the selected folders to the Quick Access list. If needed, use the "Remove from Location Explorer" command from the context menu of the Location Explorer to remove the selected object from Quick Access or a Network source.

Clip Explorer

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



The "Back" button brings you one level higher.


The "Refresh" button renews the folder content.


The "Pin/Unpin" button adds/removes specific folders to/from the Quick Access list. This button is visible only when the checkbox for "Quick Access" media source is selected in "Sources settings".

Select all

The "Select all" button selects all available clips/master clips/Sequences. You can also use the Ctrl+A keyboard shortcut for this action.

Select none

The "Select none" button clears the current selection of the objects, if any.

Once "virtual clips" from Panasonic P2, Canon, 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:


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


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.


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:


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, change the window to 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:


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.


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


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.


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:

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

Place the cursor on an editable metadata field to edit it. The editing interface depends on the type of the metadata field; for example, the calendar is opened for a date field:



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
  • Source(s) – displays the number of currently selected media items.

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

  • 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).

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

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

queue task

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


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

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
The list of metadata fields differs depending on the profile type being configured.
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.
Automatic macros substitution is supported. Please refer to the Macros article for a comprehensive explanation of how to use different macros and where they are applicable.

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:



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.

The Clip Explorer has only the "Hide" button by design.


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.


To return the floating panel to the 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:


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

Tabbed Document

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


Auto Hide


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:



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