System Recommendations

Operating Systems Support

Cinegy Live runs on the following operating systems: Windows 10 PRO*, Windows 10 Enterprise*, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019*.

Operating system recommendation: Windows 10 Pro / Windows Server 2019.

* Chosen SDI card compatibility with operating system should be confirmed by user.

Caution
We recommend updating Windows OS to include the latest Microsoft updates and hotfixes.

Hardware Recommendations

Note
Cinegy products work only on machines with CPU supporting minimum instruction set SSE4.1
Note
These system recommendations use older hardware which has been previously tested. The CPU’s listed should be used as a guide to select modern equivalent options and not as direct requirements.

The recommended hardware depends on many factors, such as the stream count, video format – SD/HD, MPEG-2/H.264, bit rate, chroma format, GOP size. The CPU load also differs depending on the Cinegy Live operating mode and alerts setup.

For example, to be able to monitor up to 20 H.264 Full HD (1920x1080i) streams, Super Micro with Intel Xeon dual 8-core E5-2687W 3.1 GHz can be used. For monitoring up to 16 HD H.264 12-15 Mbit streams and having one output H.264 stream – Intel Xeon dual 8-core E5-2670 2.6 GHz is sufficient.

9 SD MPEG-2 streams and a single MPEG-2 HD output stream can run on a single Intel Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz 4 Gb machine.

Note
MPEG-2 RTP encoding may take significant CPU loading. H.264 RTP encoding requires even more CPU resources. Choosing to offload H.264 compression to a supported Nvidia GPU can dramatically reduce CPU requirements if streaming outputs are enabled. Nvidia GeForce 950 or Quadro M2000 are excellent choices.
Caution
Do not choose NVIDIA "RTX" series cards if you want to use GPU encoding (NVEnc) for Interlaced TV formats! All RTX (Turing family) Nvidia cards do not support interlace field coding mode.

For working in screen output mode Nvidia graphics card with DirectX acceleration is recommended.

Supported TV Formats

Note
All Cinegy products currently support only live input with an audio sample rate of 48 kHz.
Standard Definition (SD) High Definition (HD) Ultra High Definition (UHD)

720x576i @ 25 fps 4:3

1280x720p @ 50 fps

3840x2160p @ 25 fps

720x576i @ 25 fps 16:9

1920x1080i @ 25 fps

3840x2160p @ 50 fps

720x480i @ 29.97 fps 4:3

1920x1080p @ 25 fps

3840x2160p @ 29.97 fps

720x480i @ 29.97 fps 16:9

1920x1080p @ 50 fps

3840x2160p @ 59.94 fps

1280x720p @ 59.94 fps

7680x4320p @ 25 fps

1920x1080i @ 29.97 fps

7680x4320p @ 50 fps

1920x1080p @ 29.97 fps

7680x4320p @ 29.97 fps

1920x1080p @ 59.94 fps

7680x4320p @ 59.94 fps

Note
Other input rasters and formats may work, but cannot be ensured.

SDI Video Card Driver Recommendations

Note
Before performing any drivers changes or updates, it is recommended to stop processes and services which use SDI cards. Please mind that most of the cards require a reboot or even power cycle to finalize driver processing / firmware update. Make sure the applications or services autostart is disabled. Processes and services which automatically start after reboot and access card/driver may prevent this update from normal processing and finishing.

The following SDI boards are supported by Cinegy Live:

DVS

Model Recommended Driver Version Recommended Firmware Version UHD Support

Atomix LT

4.3.5.18

5.4.1.5_5.2.7

+

Note
Multichannel Blackmagic and Deltacast cards as well as AJA cards of the latest generation allow to work with channels in different TV formats on condition their frequency is consistent. Multichannel AJA cards of the old generation (specifically Corvid22, Corvid24, Kona3G) do not support work with channels in different TV formats.

Blackmagic Design

Model Recommended Driver Version UHD Support

DeckLink SDI

11.1.0

-

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D

11.1.0

-

DeckLink Duo

11.1.0

-

DeckLink Quad

11.1.0

-

DeckLink Duo 2

11.1.0

-

DeckLink Quad 2

11.1.0

-

DeckLink SDI 4K**

11.1.0

+

DeckLink SDI 4K PRO

11.1.0

+

DeckLink SDI 8K PRO*

11.1.0

+

DeckLink Studio 4K**

11.1.0

+

DeckLink 4K Extreme**

11.1.0

+

DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G

11.1.0

+

DeckLink Mini Recorder

11.1.0

-

DeckLink Mini Monitor

11.1.0

-

Intensity Pro 4K

11.1.0

+

Intensity Shuttle

11.1.0

-

* Supported in Single Link (1.5G - 12G), Dual Link (2x1.5G - 2x6G), Quad Link (4x3G) modes with TV formats up to UHD2160p59.94. DCI formats, TV formats above UHD2160p59.94, 64-channel audio are not yet supported in Cinegy products.

** The board does not support VANC playback or capture in UHD mode due to the board limitation.

AJA

Caution
Please be aware that due to OS changes, running old AJA firmware using later versions of Cinegy software may cause a known issue. In case you cannot access the correct number of inputs on the board after installing the new Cinegy software, then a firmware upgrade will be required. The relevant AJA Driver and Tools package can be downloaded here.
Model Recommended Driver Version UHD Support

Kona LKi

15.5.3

-

Kona LHe+

15.5.3

-

Kona 3G

15.5.3

+

Kona 4

15.5.3

+

Corvid

15.5.3

-

Corvid 3G

15.5.3

-

Corvid 22

15.5.3

-

Corvid 24

15.5.3

+

Corvid 44

15.5.3

+

Corvid 88

15.5.3

+

Deltacast

Model Recommended Driver Package UHD Support
(quad-link SDI)

DELTA-hd-elp-d 44

6.05

up to p29.97

DELTA-hd-elp-d 62

6.05

up to p29.97

DELTA-hd-elp-d 80

6.05

up to p29.97

DELTA-3G-elp-d 8c

6.05

up to p59.94

DELTA-3G-elp-d 4c

6.05

up to p59.94

DELTA-3G40-hd40-elp-d

6.05

up to p59.94

DELTA-3G-elp-d 40

6.05

up to p59.94

Note
DELTA-hd-elp boards have only passive heat sinks cooling. At least 5 mph airflow in the chassis is recommended, especially when using multiple boards.
Note
VANC features are only available using the AJA boards (see the list of AJA video boards supported by Cinegy).

Network

A separate network is recommended for broadcast video multicast data, keeping general traffic away from time-critical video traffic.

Cinegy Live in RTP output mode supports two network interfaces on RTP/UDP streaming output – primary and backup. For mission critical operations it is recommended to use up to 2 separate adapters for each stream (primary and backup).

Most Cinegy IP-based tools and applications support specific source network interface definition for each channel, player, module. For mission critical high bandwidth and bit rate multichannel operations we recommend using separate network cards and dedicated networks segments, so that multiple cards and networks could be used on each server.