An important aspect of working in Cinegy Desktop is viewing the video material. You need to know how to control the playback using the keyboard to speed up the work and how to find clips in the Cinegy Archive database.


There are various ways to control video and audio playback in Cinegy Desktop.

Playback Control with Mouse

Play/Stop Button


The "Play" button in all the viewers toggles the playback mode.


The "Stop" button suspends the playback of the material.

In all the viewers, there is a ruler at the bottom, which allows user to scroll to any desired location of a clip or Sequence.

It is possible to view any frame of the material by dragging the time slider.


Jumping to Events

You can use the "Jump to Event" buttons to move from event to event. Events are the beginning and the end of a clip and In and Out points. In Sequence Viewer, each clip is an event as well as the In and Out markers.


Use the "Previous event" button to jump to the previous event (the shortcut is A).


Use the "Next event" button to jump to the next event (the shortcut is S).

Shuttling using Mouse in Viewer

Drag horizontally in the frame window on the viewer to shuttle through your material with the mouse. The playback speed and direction depends on the direction and intensity of your drag.

  • Drag to the right to play forward.

  • Drag to the left to play backward.

The mouse pointer will show you the current speed and direction of the playback.


Fast forward at 200% speed

Controlling Zoom in Viewer

You can drag a corner of the window to scale the size of the display. To do this, make sure that the window is not pinned.

However, to achieve the best display results, it is a good idea to use the divisible scales. In the right-click menu of the window, choose the "Zoom" command; select one of the zoom levels from the options:

  • 25%: the first field is scaled horizontally;

  • 50%: the first field is scaled horizontally (press Ctrl+2);

  • 100%: the original size, pixel by pixel, depending on the current interlacing options (press Ctrl+1).

When you switch between clips with different aspect ratios, the viewer adjusts its size automatically.

Audio VU Meter


The VU meter is shown on the right of Clip Viewer.
It shows peak and integrated audio levels in dB scale.
It shows the master output for all the enabled audio channels mixed together.


The speaker buttons allow user to mute an individual left/right audio channel or both audio channels simultaneously.

To learn how to use the VU meter and set up its scale, refer to the Working with Audio section.

Using Keyboard

Your keyboard settings may vary depending on your setup.

Hit the Esc key to close Clip Viewer.

To switch to the full screen mode, hit the F12 key. All of the control keys and the jog-shuttle are available in full screen mode.

Hit the Esc key to return to the normal mode.

The following keys control the playback:

  • The Tab key plays the video in a loop.

  • The Space bar toggles the play/stop mode.

  • To loop play from In to Out, hit the 6 key.

  • To loop play according to the loop range, hit the 5 key.

  • To playback the video back and forth, "Ping-Pong", hit the ~ key.

Loop Range

The loop range defines in seconds the duration of the loop playback triggered by hitting the 5 key on the keyboard. To set up the loop range, right-click the viewer and select the "Set loop range…​" command:


The loop range can be found in all viewers and can range from 0.5 seconds up to 15 seconds.

J-K-L Shuttle

It is possible to shuttle through the material by using the <J-K-L> keys on the keyboard. Use the following keys to shuttle at varying speeds:

  • Hit the L key to move forward through the footage at normal speed.

  • Hit the J key to move backward at normal speed.

  • Hit the K key to pause the shuttling.

  • To stop the shuttling, hit the Space bar.

  • Hit the K+L keys together to slow forward.

  • Hit the K+J keys together to slow backward.

  • Hit the L or J key several times to increase the speed according to the following table:

Hit the J or L keyTo play at speedPAL rateNTSC rate

2 times

2x normal speed

50 fps

60 fps

3 times

3x normal speed

75 fps

90 fps

4 times

5x normal speed

125 fps

150 fps

5 times

8x normal speed

200 fps

240 fps

6 times

12x normal speed

300 fps

360 fps

7 times

16x normal speed

400 fps

480 fps

Home, End and Arrow Keys

In addition, you can use the following keys on your keyboard to navigate through clips and Sequences:

  • The Home key takes you to the beginning of a clip or a Sequence.

  • The End key takes you to the end of a clip or a Sequence.

  • The or 3 key moves one frame backward.

  • Pressing Alt+ or 1 moves 10 frames backward.

  • The or 4 key moves one frame forward.

  • Pressing Alt+ or 2 moves 10 frames forward.

Working with In and Out Points

You can use the following shortcuts to work on your In and Out points:

  • The or E keys set up the In point.

  • The O or R keys set up the Out point.

  • The D key deletes the In point.

  • The F key deletes the Out point.

  • The G key deletes both In and Out points.

  • The 6 key loop plays from In to Out.

Using Mouse

You can use the mouse wheel to scroll in any player, Sequence window or Timeline.

Using the Jog-Shuttle


Cinegy Desktop supports any jog-shuttle device, which can emulate the keyboard input. Refer to the documentation of your jog-shuttle device to find out how to configure the shortcuts. To program some special functions, Cinegy Desktop provides additional "hidden" shortcuts, which you can find in the following table:

ShortcutPlay backward (speed)

















Selecting Tracks for Playback

Use the track selectors in Clip Viewer to select the tracks you want to play. The track selector in Clip Viewer shows the video and audio channels available in the clip.


Depress the "Video" button to switch off the video track. Only audio is played.


Depress the "Audio" buttons to switch off any audio track(s) you do not need.

If a clip contains a large number of audio channels, they may be hidden in the drop-down list:


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Depending on the audio channels type, the track selector will show the audio buttons of the corresponding type.


A1 only channel playback, the viewer shows the waveform of this audio channel

The waveform shows all the enabled channels mixed together.

Displaying the Waveform for Audio Clips

The "Show waveform for audio only" option enables the waveform displaying for the audio clips. When the option is disabled, the black frames are shown instead. This option can be found in Clip Viewer main menu or in the right-click menu anywhere within the Clip Viewer window: