Before getting started to work with Cinegy Desktop, it is required so specify a number of parameters in Cinegy Configurator, which is launched automatically during Cinegy Desktop installation or can be found from Start > All Programs > Cinegy > Cinegy Configurator:

Alternatively, you can find Cinegy configuration utility in the root folder of your Cinegy installation folder (CinegyCfg.exe).

Data Source

The SQL server and database names should be specified on the "Data source" tab of Cinegy Configurator. Wait until the list of all servers is compiled or simply enter the server name in the "SQL server" field via the keyboard.

Use the "Database" drop-down list to select a Cinegy Archive database.

Make sure that you are using the right database version corresponding to your Cinegy Desktop version. If you are not sure, please contact your administrator.
To get information on performing database advanced configuration, refer to the Database Advanced Settings article.


Video Effects Accelerator


Use the "Video effects accelerator" drop-down list on the "Hardware" tab to select whether the default CPU or an external graphics card will be used for rendering effects.

The drop-down list options depend on the graphics card(s) installed on your machine.

Desktop Player and Video Settings

Select the Cinegy Desktop player that you want to use. The default is "Standard desktop player", but you can also select "DVS desktop player" or "Blackmagic Design desktop player", if available.






"Always" Default, recommended

"Still" Slower playback


Using Video Overlay

When using the "Standard desktop player", the deinterlacing is done by your graphics card. The result of the output depends on your card, the driver and current settings.

Among other display video settings, the "Using overlay always" and "Using overlay if possible" options can be used to enable using the overlay every time or using the overlay only if it is available.

The recommended setting to use is "Using overlay if possible".

Show Start/End Hints

This feature will enable/disable the start and end hints in the Cinegy Desktop viewers.



"Start" hint

"End" hint

Show Media Offline Hint

If an essence is gone, but still has a database entry, you will see the "Media offline" message displayed on the Cinegy Desktop player. To switch off this message, deselect the "Show media offline hint".


Go to the "Miscellaneous" tab of Cinegy Configurator:


Program Language

Choose the desired language from the "Program language" drop-down list.



Select from the list the theme to be applied for the Cinegy Desktop application interface in the following window:


The available options are:

  • Windows Default

  • Light Cinegy Theme

  • Dark Cinegy Theme

License Server


The "Same as SQL Server" option is selected by default meaning that the server license dongle is installed on the same machine as SQL Server. Otherwise, deselect this option and specify the name of the machine where the server license dongle is installed.

If Cinegy License Service is running on remote computer, allowing remote connections should be enabled for that computer. For more detailed information on working with remote license dongles, refer to this article.

Having specified all the necessary parameters, press the "OK" button and restart the client software for the changes to take effect.