To work with News Program Manager, it is necessary to create a News Program first. To do this, use the "New" > "New News Program" command from the folder context menu in the explorer window:


Define the name of the News Program and the rundown TV format. Fill in the metadata fields if necessary and press the "OK" button to finish the process of the News Program creation.

The list of metadata fields is displayed if they have been assigned to the News Program node type. Please, refer to the Node Metadata article to learn more about node metadata.

A News Program is the container for the Stories with video, audio and text material inside.

Double-clicking the News Program node will start News Program Manager.

The existing in the Rundown Story can be easily replaced with a newswire. To substitute the Story, select the newswire and drag-and-drop it to the desired location holding the Ctrl key down. When overwriting the Story, the original Type, Target Duration and Author is copied into the "Create a Story" configuration dialog so there is no need to type it again:


News Program Manager Interface


To start composing a Rundown, press the "Create" button in the News Program Manager window. The new Rundown will be created for the selected date. If the rundown templates were previously created, they will appear in the "Rundown" drop-down list of the newly created Rundown:


The "Create" button is disabled when previous dates are selected. It is possible to create a Rundown for a past date via the corresponding context menu command only if this date contains previously created Rundowns.
Refer to the Rundown Templates paragraph to learn how to create rundown templates.

The table view of the News Program Manager interface provides a convenient way to work with Stories:


The News Program Manager interface consists of two main parts:

  • Pool – the panel on the left, which is a storage for all the Story objects, usually used for work-in-progress material;

  • Rundown – the panel on the right containing the sorted material to be sent to air.

Multiple rundowns can be assigned to different dates.

The pool displays the following Story parameters by default: Story name, icon displaying the status, author’s and presenter’s names, status, calculated and target durations. It is also possible to enable the display of the "Type", "Title" and "Source" columns.

The rundown contains the same Story parameters as well as the time of planned and actual Story start. All of these columns are shown by default. The "Scheduled Start" column displays the planned start of each Story according to the calculation of values in the "Target Duration" column. If the target duration of the Story is not defined in Story Editor, the calculated duration value is used instead. When on-air mode is on, the "Actual Start" column displays the real start time for Stories being played back and for finished ones as well as the estimated start time for the rest of the Stories in the rundown. When on-air mode is disabled, no values are displayed in this column.

Refer to the On-Air Mode description within the Cinegy Studio Manual for more information about on-air mode.

Stories in the pool and rundown are numbered according to the order of their adding to News Program Manager. However, it is possible to sort Stories in the pool by clicking the desired column caption. To place the sorted Stories in the reverse order, press the button. For example, Stories sorted by the author’s name are arranged alphabetically, and pressing this button results in applying a reverse alphabetical order rule. The duration value columns are arranged from the shortest to the longest ones, and pressing this button invokes the opposite sorting rule. The reordered Stories preserve their numbering. To restore their order to the original state, click the caption of the "#" column.

It is possible to customize the set and order of columns to be displayed for the pool and rundown by selecting the "Customize columns…​" command from the context menu of the pool and rundown correspondingly. The following dialogs will appear:





All the columns in rundown are selected by default; remove the selection of the columns you do not need to be displayed. It is also possible to define the order of the columns with the help of the "Move up" and "Move down" buttons. To restore the default settings, press the "Reset to default" button.

Main Panel


The main panel contains the following controls:

  • Date – the date for the News Program Manager schedule. You can edit the News Program Manager schedule for any date.

  • Rundown – the Rundown list available for the selected date.

  • Start – the time of the Rundown start. You can define the start time of your show in this field.

  • Calculated Duration – displays the total calculated duration of the currently open Rundown.

  • Scheduled Duration – displays the desired duration of the currently open Rundown.

  • Difference – displays the difference between the target and calculated duration values.

  • Rundown End – displays the calculated time of the Rundown end.


The "On Air" button enables/disables on-air mode. When on-air mode is enabled, the "On Air" sign is displayed in red.

Please note that pressing the "On Air" button in News Program Manager also enables/disables on-air mode in Cinegy Studio and vice versa.

Color Coding and Status Icons

Depending on the status, Stories in the pool and rundown have color-coding and corresponding icons making it easier to work with them.

Status Icon Description



The "Status" column of the newly created Story is empty and a dash is displayed instead of the icon.



The Story is being edited.



The Story is marked with "Final approval".

The following statuses, icons and color coding are displayed in the rundown only when on-air mode is enabled:

Status Icon Description



The Story, any item(s) of which is currently being played in Cinegy Studio.



The Story, any item(s) of which is cued in Cinegy Studio and is not currently being played.



The Story, any item(s) of which has already been played and is neither played nor cued in Cinegy Studio.

When a Story has the "Locked" status, it is possible to see the user editing it by moving a mouse pointer to the "Status" column of this Story; a pop-up hint will appear indicating the user’s name:


Moving a mouse pointer to the "Status" column of the Story also allows you to view a pop-up hint with the name of the user having set the "Final approval" mark for the Story as well as the approval date and time:


The workflow steps are used until the Story gets final approval, that is why they are displayed in the "Status" column. They also have their own coloring to make the work with them more convenient. For example:


The "Blank" workflow step is used for the Story the work on which has not started yet


The "In Progress" workflow step is used for work-in-progress Stories


The "Pending" workflow step means that the Story is ready for final approval


The "Declined" workflow step means that the Story is not approved or requires improvement


The "Completed" workflow step means that the Story is ready to be broadcast

Refer to the News Settings article in the Cinegy Archive Manager Manual to learn how to manage workflow steps.

If the calculated duration of the prepared Story does not match the target duration (accurate to second), its value will be shown in red:

Please note that the interface displays timecodes rounded to seconds. All the internal calculations are performed by the system including frames.

Context Menu

The context menus for the pool and rundown are different. The following menus appear when you right-click the pool or rundown panel respectively:

Pool context menu:

Rundown context menu:



The following commands are available from the context menu:

  • Copy – copies the selected Story or Stories to the clipboard.

  • Paste – pastes the copied Story/Stories from the clipboard.

  • Delete – deletes the selected Story or Stories.

  • Show metadata – displays metadata of the selected Story.

  • Templates…​ – opens the "Template" dialog box for templates creation and management.

    Refer to the Rundown Templates paragraph to learn how to create and manage templates.
  • New Story…​ – creates a new Story in the pool or rundown correspondingly.

    The Story can also be added via drag-and-drop of a Sequence, clip or Cinegy Titler template to the Pool or Rundown area. A new Story will be automatically created and opened in Story Editor, containing the dragged-and-dropped item on track Video 1 or Graphics 1 respectively. Please refer to the Working with Stories section for detailed description of Story Editor.

A quick way to add the Story is dragging the existing newswire item into the News Program Manager either to the Pool or Rundown area. The newly created Story will be opened in the Story Editor and become active. The Story Data fields including Name, Title, Synopsys and Source will be populated automatically. The Transcript block will contain the text of the Story:

  • Open Story in the Story Editor…​ – opens the selected Story in Story Editor for viewing or editing.

    Refer to the Working with Stories section to learn how to work with Story Editor.
  • Print Rundown…​ – prints the content of the Rundown. The "Print Setup" dialog box will appear allowing you to define the common print settings.

  • Print all Stories…​ – prints the content of all the Stories included in the Rundown. The "Print Setup" dialog box will appear allowing you to define the print settings.

    Refer to the Printing Stories paragraph to learn how to print all Stories.
  • Export to NCRList…​ – saves the current Rundown as a playlist in the NCRList format in the defined location.

  • New Rundown…​ – creates a new Rundown.

  • Delete Rundown – deletes the current Rundown.

  • Copy Rundown to Template – copies the current Rundown with its content to the selected template.

  • Copy Rundowns from date – copies all the Rundowns with their content from the selected date to the current Rundown.

  • Rename Rundowns – allows changing the current name of the rundown via the following dialog box:

The last two groups of commands are available only from the rundown context menu.
  • Customize columns…​ – customize the set and order of columns to be displayed for the pool and rundown.