Opening the Tool

Right-click a Roll in the explorer window and choose the "Media cleaner" command:

The "Media cleaner" command is not available if your roles do not have the "Garbage sweeping" rights.

The "Media Cleaner" window appears:


You can maximize your "Media Cleaner" window with the "Maximize" button or by double-clicking its caption.


The "Media Cleaner" window consists of three main parts:

Media Utilization Panel

This panel represents graphically the overall usage of the footage throughout the entire system. In addition, the total usage of the essence is shown here:

Zero percentage means the current Roll is not being used in any projects in the system.

To change the current position of the time slider, simply click the time ruler.

The current frame will be displayed in the Roll Usage info viewer, the time slider will move synchronously with the time slider in the media utilization panel. The two lines represent the edges of one frame (beginning and end).

The region selected in the media bin panel is marked with a red line in the time ruler.

When a part of essence is not referenced from any project, it is displayed as a darker "hole" on the timeline:


Unused data can be deleted from the media files (for all the qualities in parallel) thus decreasing its size in the storage.

The system adds "handles" of 1 second on every boundary of the referenced material to allow proper trim removing of the clips in the future. These fragments are displayed with a hatched pattern.

If the duration of an unused area is less than 12 seconds (including handles), it will not be chosen for compacting (see below in Compact footage).

The bottom left corner of the utilization panel contains the time scale control:


Set the scale to 100% to fit the Roll into the media utilization panel.

Generally, the "Media Utilization" window is designed to be consistent with the main Cinegy Desktop Timeline. Refer to the Timeline description for more details.

Media Bin


The Cinegy Media Cleaner’s media bin and Clip Viewer interface is designed to be consistent with the standard Cinegy Desktop ClipBin and Clip Viewer interface, but it has certain restrictions. For example, the "Insert" and "Overwrite" operations are not available in the Cinegy Media Cleaner; Clip Viewer is used here only for viewing.

Refer to the Working with Bins for more details on the bin and viewer interfaces.

The upper right corner of a clip thumbnail shows the number of different objects throughout the entire database that refer to that clip. The red zero shows that the clip is not used. When deleting a clip from a media bin, you will be asked to confirm deletion, which is mainly handy in case if the selected node has references to other objects:


Media References Panel


All the nodes that use (i.e. refer to) the clips selected in the media bin are listed in the right panel.

To view the content of an object from the list, double-click it. The corresponding container will be opened. Now you can navigate through the material to make a decision to keep or remove it.

The same command is available from the context menu. This menu appears when you right-click the list in the media references panel:


The context menu contains the following commands:

  • Open – opens the corresponding ClipBin or Sequence for viewing;

  • Open in a new window – opens a bin in a new window if there is already at least one bin window open. You can also use the Shift+double-click combination to perform the same operation;

  • Highlight in explorer – finds the corresponding item in the explorer window and highlights it;

  • Delete – deletes the selected nodes.

  • Select all – selects all the nodes in the list;

  • Invert the selection – inverts the current selection.



The toolbar represents the following commands:

Playback in the clip viewer icon

The "Playback in a clip viewer" command opens the selected clip in Clip Viewer for preview.

Tool Menu_icon

The "Main tool" menu provides access to a number of functions for working with clips.


The "Minimize" button minimizes the "Media Cleaner" window.


The "Maximize" button maximizes the "Media Cleaner" window.


The "Close" button closes the "Media Cleaner" window.

Main Tool Menu

The "Main tool" menu contains a number of commands similar to commands provided by the standard ClipBin and Roll context menus.

The "Delete" command removes the selected clips from the loaded Roll and all the objects referring to these clips.

Context Menu

Right-click somewhere in the media utilization area to get this menu:


Clear the Archived Status

The Roll is marked with the archived status after it has been compacted and/or moved to the archive storage.

Press "Clear the archived status" to clear the archived status for the current Roll.

This function is only available for Rolls with the archived status.

Compact Footage

The "Compact footage" function is used for cleaning unused essence data from the Roll, for audio and video in all the qualities.

If the unused essence duration exceeds 12 seconds, it will be removed from the Roll essence data on the storage. Visually the timeline will be shifted accordingly:


This is how the Roll looks in the Cinegy Media Cleaner before and after compacting (note below, the percentage of usage has increased from 79% to 98%):


Before compacting


After compacting

The "Compact footage" command launches a separate dialog box displaying the information about all existing media qualities. Select the Archive or Regular media group type from the drop-down list:


Select the "Delete the old Roll" checkbox to delete the current Roll after compacting has been completed:

Delete the old Roll

The new Roll will get the current Roll’s name.

If this option is not selected, the new Roll’s name will be identical to the original Roll’s name with the addition of a version number enclosed in brackets as it is shown below:


Select the "Delete the old footage" checkbox to delete the current Roll’s footages after the operation has been completed. This option is only available when the "Remove original files" option is set to "True" in Cinegy Archive Manager.

Press "Start" to begin the compacting operation. The confirmation dialog box appears:

This operation cannot be undone!

Press "OK" to continue.

The following window with compacting operation progress appears:


The new Roll will have the archived status.

Copy Roll to the Archive Storage

This option is used for copying Roll essence data to the archive storage. Usually you build cheaper and bigger secondary RAID storage to move the "outdated" footage into. This means that faster and more expensive primary storage can be used for capture/import and for "hot" clips.

This command launches a "Copy Roll" dialog box:


Select the Archive or Regular media group type from the drop-down list. Select the "Delete the old Roll" checkbox to delete the current Roll after it has been copied.

Select the "Delete the old footage" checkbox to delete the current Roll’s footages after it has been copied.

Now press the "Start" button to begin the copying operation. The confirmation dialog box appears:

This operation cannot be undone!

Press "OK" to continue.

The new Roll will have the archived status.

Delete the Unused Roll with Its Footages

This command is only available for completely unused Rolls. Select the "Delete the unused Roll with its footages" command to remove the current Roll from your database along with all its media files from the Cinegy Archive storage:


Before the Roll is deleted, the confirmation dialog box appears:

This operation cannot be undone!

Press "OK" to confirm the deletion.

Missing Footage

Unavailable Roll footages will be colored with red and marked with N/A ("Not Available") in the clip properties and the "Copy Roll" or "Compact footages" dialog boxes:


If the footage you select to compact contains a missing footage, you will be asked to confirm whether you would still like to proceed:


Unavailable qualities will be absent in the new Roll.

If all the Roll qualities are not available, the "Missing Footage" warning will be displayed directly in the media utilization area:


In the case where all Roll qualities are missing, all the garbage sweeping commands will be disabled. You will not be able to perform any tasks: