The "Consolidate to tape" command allows you to print the source clips of your Sequence or ClipBin to a tape via an output device. During this process, the system can generate an EDL (Edit Decision List) file, which describes the project in the timecodes of the newly recorded tape.

This feature is convenient when you have multiple source tapes in your project, which makes re-digitizing very time consuming. The recorded tape also appears along with the EDL that can be used for archiving:

ConsolidateToTape

The small timeline shows you how your sources will be positioned on the resulting tape. The "handles" are shown in dark. Please note that Cinegy Desktop optimizes the material to minimize the amount of tape needed for recording.

Now you can set up the parameters of your consolidation.

Title

The "Title" parameter will be used in the EDL that you can generate for the recorded tape.

Important
Refer to the EDL documentation of your NLE system to learn the maximum allowed length of the tape title.

Settings

SettingsButton

The "Export Settings" dialog can be found in all the output options dialogs. Press the "Settings" button and the following dialog box appears:

exportSettings

Here you can select the quality to be used during export. The default settings, "High" with "Auto-degradation" are not usually changed as the "Auto-degradation" option will select the next highest quality available if "High" is not available.

Start Time

The "Start time" parameter sets up the start timecode of the recorded tape.

Note
You should not start your tape close to 00:00:00:00; always leave enough time space before and after the project.

Handles

The "Handles" parameter controls the length of the "handles" to be added to the recorded material. The setting defines the minimum amount of extra material added to either side of the clips for further editing.

Note
If the clip is located at the very beginning or at the very end of the master clip, there might not be enough material for the required "handle" length. In this case, it will be truncated.

Duration

This value displays the duration of your Sequence to be exported. The duration value is not editable.

Audio Tracks

The "Audio tracks" parameter controls the number of stereo tracks in the output tape. The more tracks you are using, the more compact representation of your project you can achieve. Nevertheless, your VTR must support the number of stereo audio tracks.

Important
Refer to the documentation of your VTR to learn about its audio track capacity.

Generating an EDL

Set up the EDL type by choosing one of the supported EDL formats from the drop-down list:

  • CMX3400

  • CMX3600

  • GVG

  • Sony 9100

Then enter the Roll ID for your new tape. If you are recording more than two stereo audio tracks, you will have to select the "Emulate S3 and S4" option.

Important
Refer to the EDL documentation of your NLE system to find out about the maximum allowed length of the Roll ID and the supported EDL formats.

CreateEDLButton

Press the "Create EDL" button; in the standard "Save As" dialog that appears, select the location for the EDL file, enter a file name and press "Save".

Leader

leader_button

Press the "Leader" button; the following dialog box appears:

tape_leader_setup
Note
If different capture types are selected for the ingest and playback devices, the corresponding error message will appear.

The following illustration shows the handles – the specific material that is exported to tape at the start and end of the footage:

filmstrip_handles

You can assign one of the following handle types by choosing the appropriate radio button:

  • Disable – this will disable the handles.

  • Color bars – the handles will be shown as color bars.

  • Black frames – the handles will be shown as black frames.

  • Use Leader – the tape leader will be placed at the beginning and end of the exported material.

To define the length of your handles, enter the value in seconds in the "Length" field.

Choose an outgest profile from the drop-down list, which will be used for the consolidation and enter the tape leader text.

Important
Refer to the Editing a TV Format article in the Cinegy Enterprise Manager Manual for details about the outgest profiles creation.

Playback and Record Controls

Use the VTR control buttons to control your VTR, to wind your tape to the desired start position for your recording.

Playback_RecordControls

In_button

To mark the start position on the tape at which the recording should start, press the "Edit In" button.

Rec_button

To start the recording process, press the "Record" button. The VTR rewinds to the "Edit In" point and starts recording. Alternatively, press the "Record" button during playback, the recording will start immediately.