Playback and Video Boards
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The video player within Cinegy Desktop uses the YUV overlay feature of your video board to provide maximum quality for on-screen playback. The standard achieved by this feature is extremely dependent on your hardware and driver.
|Refer to the documentation of your video board to learn how to set up the device.|
If you have adequate TV out equipment installed, you can get the parallel TV signal on an external TV monitor. The equipment can range from simple YUV buffer devices (like ATI, NVIDIA, or Matrox video boards) up to professional SDI boards. However, as Cinegy Titler Editor is an embedded plug-in of Cinegy Desktop, we recommend using only NVIDIA video boards.
Selecting the Proper Output Options
Your source material can have different properties. For example, some of the clips can have the audio format 16-bit at 44100 Hz, some can have 24-bit at 48 KHz. DV material always has the field order the bottom first, different from that of Digibeta, which has the upper first. You have to set up the output options that correspond to your material and output device properties for proper conversion and deinterlacing.
The computer screen is progressive and may not display interlaced video correctly.
Cinegy Desktop uses the built-in deinterlacing features of your video adapter. Therefore, the quality of the deinterlaced image may vary depending on your board and driver.
Video Boards and Drivers
Every video board has its own peculiarities, depending on the board model and the driver version. Here we will describe the most popular families of video boards.
The standard video boards with video out provide video quality in the range from very bad up to quite acceptable. The result depends greatly on the combination of the hardware and the installed driver. If you need professional-quality video output and perfect A/V synchronization, consider using professional SDI boards.
Video Boards based on a NVIDIA Chipset
Make sure you have "Full Hardware Acceleration" enabled; otherwise, the YUV overlay will not be created and the player window will be black.
Depending on the model, NVIDIA boards may have additional TV outputs (CVBS, S-Video, HDMI, or even SDI) that you may use.
|TV out may be supported by some of the boards, but the current models do not support fielded video properly; so, some artifacts may be expected.|
DVS SDI Boards
This professional option provides the best preview quality. DVS cards allow you to output video and audio via SDI. You may use the same board as the capture input and preview output device simultaneously.
Blackmagic DeckLink Boards
These boards provide a good combination of price and quality. The same Blackmagic board cannot be used as the capture and preview device simultaneously.