Before starting work with Cinegy Live, adjust the settings using the Cinegy Live configuration tool.

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Setup button

To open the configurator, press this button or use the "Configure…​" layout context menu command to launch the setup dialog. The configuration window contains three tabs with general settings, as well as input and output settings.

General Settings

The "General" tab contains three configuration groups: "Transitions", "Repository", and "Logging".

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Transitions

  • Mix duration – define the desired duration of the mix effect in milliseconds.

  • Crossfade – select this option to enable cross fade creation.

Repository

  • Path – leave the default destination folder or press the "…​" button to choose the desired path for storing service information about Cinegy Live application performance.

Logging

  • Debug log level – define the level for the log file by choosing "Partial", "Full", "Custom" or "None" to disable logging.

  • Debug log folder – define the location of the log file where the sequence of operations is recorded. Leave the suggested default folder or press the "…​" button to change the path.

  • Dump folder – define the location of dump files for recording information about Cinegy Live failure.

  • New log file every – define how often a new log file is created.

  • New day start at – define when a new broadcasting day starts.

Custom Debug Log Levels

You can manually choose the debug log level. Select "Custom" from the "Debug log level" drop-down list and change the values of trace level (0 – 5) and error level (0 – 5).

Input Settings

The "Inputs" tab allows users to map the input channels to the reference sources:

Inputs settings

The left part of the "Inputs" tab contains the list of channels arranged in the numerical order. The right part of the tab indicates the type and source of the selected channel. The read-only "Type" field shows the source type defined by the selected source. To change the source of the selected channel, use the "Source" drop-down list to select a different configured source for the selected input.

Note
Source settings are described later in this section.

The buttons below the channels list allow users to change the amount of channels and their order.

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Use the "Up" and "Down" buttons to reorder the channels.

Add button

Press the "Add" button to add a new input channel. The channel is created at the end of the list. It has no source mapping, which is indicated by the <No source> title. To define its source, use the "Source" drop-down list.

Add button

Press the "Remove" button to delete the selected channel.

Source Settings

The "Sources" tab allows configuring of the input sources settings. It consists of the channels list (on the left) and their settings (on the right):

Source settings

Add source

To add a channel to the list, press "Add source" below the list of channels.

Remove source

To delete a channel, select it in the list and press "Remove source".

Select a channel in the list and use the following settings to configure it:

  • Title – enter the name to be imprinted on top of the channel preview. This title is used to define channel sources on the "Inputs" tab.

  • Source type – choose the source type: RTP, File or SDI.

Further settings depend on the selected source type.

RTP Source

When the RTP source is selected, the following properties can be configured:

RTP source
  • Video format – choose the necessary video format from the drop-down list.

  • URL – define the RTP URL for this stream source.

  • IP listen – the IP address of the local network adapter to be used to get the RTP/UDP stream. This option is useful in multicast mode, when you need to divide the multicasting subnet from the working subnet.

Important
Refer to the RTP/UDP URL section for more information about the RTP and UDP URLs.

File Source

When the File source is selected, the following properties can be configured:

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  • Path – use the "…​" button to select the source file on your local disk or enter the path via the keyboard.

  • Start on Take – enable this option to force instant playback of the input source file after sending to output.

  • Rewind on Stop – select this option to rewind the paused video to the beginning.

SDI Source

When SDI source is selected, the following properties can be configured:

SDI source settings
  • Video format – choose the necessary video format from the drop-down list.

  • Device – select the input device from the drop-down list.

Further settings depend on the input device chosen from the “Device” drop-down list.

Define the board number using the Arrow up buttonand Arrow down buttonbuttons or entering the desired value via the keyboard in the "Board number" field:

Decklink input settings

DVS Input Settings

For DVS input device the following settings are available:

DVS input settings

Define the board number using the Arrow up buttonand Arrow down buttonbuttons or entering the desired value via the keyboard. Specify channel mode using the corresponding drop-down list on the right.

AJA Input Settings

For AJA input device the following settings are available:

AJA input settings
  • Board number – define the board number using the Arrow up buttonand Arrow down buttonbuttons or entering the desired value via the keyboard.

  • Video input – define the video input type selecting SDI, Analog or HDMI from the drop-down list. If the Analog video input is selected, it is also necessary to use the "Analog input format" drop-down list to define the desired format:

    Analog input format
  • Audio input – define the audio input type selecting Embedded, AES, Analog or HDMI from the drop-down list.

  • Reference source – define the reference source for the AJA input device selecting Reference Input, Video Input or Free Run from the drop-down list.

Deltacast Input Settings

For Deltacast input device the following settings are available:

Deltacast input settings

Define the board number and channel number using the Arrow up buttonand Arrow down buttonbuttons or entering the desired values via the keyboard.

Output Settings

The "Output" tab allows you to configure the output settings for the channels.

There are two output modes in Cinegy Live: RTP and SDI.

RTP Output Mode

Select the "RTP" option from the "Output mode" drop-down list:

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Here configure the following RTP settings:

  • Broadcast mode – choose the output transmission method (unicast or multicast).

Note
Changing the broadcast mode settings resets the defined channels configurations. You will be informed about it with the corresponding alert message.
  • Stream – choose the output stream protocol type (RTP or UDP).

  • IP & port – in unicast mode, enter here the destination station address and port. In multicast mode, enter the IP and port of the multicast group that will be used for multicasting.

Further RTP output configuration is divided into several groups of settings.

Multicast Parameters

  • Primary source IP – enter the IP address of the local network adapter that will be used for multicast output.

  • Backup source IP – enter the IP address of the local network adapter that will be used for multicasting instead of the primary source IP.

Note
It is recommended to set up a static IP address for this adapter.
  • TTL – here define the number of routers (hops) that multicast traffic is permitted to pass through before expiring on the network.

Important
Refer to the network technical documentation for more information on the TTL option.

Video Format Options

Define the video format of the rendered output stream.

Important
Refer to the System Recommedations document for the list of the supported TV formats.

Video Compression Options

  • Video stream settings – choose the video stream format from the pull-down list: MPEG-2, H.264, H.264 GPU accelerated or HEVC GPU accelerated:

    Video compression

    For the selected video stream you can also define its further parameters:

    Video compression options

    Using the corresponding drop-down lists and controls you can define bitrate, chroma subsampling type (4:2:0, 4:2:2), encoding method (Frame or Field), the length and type of the GOP sequence. The "Adaptive" option enabled allows GOP to be of variable length.

Note
The encoding method parameter is disabled for the H.264 video stream.
  • Audio type – define the audio type with its associated bitrate for the selected video stream.

  • Channel – choose 1, 2 or 4 from the drop-down list to specify the number of channels.

Output Registering

  • Register output – this option allows you to register the output stream on the Channel Directory Server in order to be used by other Cinegy software components as an RTP/UDP input. In this case, enter the Channel Directory Server IP and output stream ID (any unique text string) or browse for the corresponding registration server via the "Browse" button.

Note
No special symbols can be used for the stream ID; alphanumeric only and spaces are allowed.
Note
The "Register output" parameter affects multicast mode only.

SDI Output Mode

The following settings should be configured for SDI output mode:

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  • Video format – use the drop-down list to choose the necessary video format from the following available:

Important
Refer to the System Recommedations document for the list of the supported TV formats.
  • Audio channels – define the number of audio channels to be used from 1 to 8.

  • Output device – select the DeckLink, DVS, AJA or Deltacast output device from the drop-down list. Further settings depend on the selected device.

For DeckLink output device the following settings are available:

DeckLink output
  • Board number – define the board number using the Arrow up buttonor Arrow down buttonbutton or entering the desired value via the keyboard.

DVS Output Settings

For DVS output device the following settings are available:

DVS output
  • Board number– define the board number using the Arrow up buttonor Arrow down buttonbutton or entering the desired value via the keyboard. Specify channel mode using the corresponding drop-down list on the right.

AJA Output Settings

For AJA output device the following settings are available:

AJA output
  • Board number – define the board number using the Arrow up buttonor Arrow down buttonbutton or entering the desired value via the keyboard.

  • Analog output format – choose the necessary analog output format from the drop-down list.

  • Reference source – define the reference source for the AJA input device selecting Reference Input, Video Input or Free Run from the drop-down list.

Deltacast Output Settings

For Deltacast output device the following settings are available:

Deltacast output
  • Board number – define the board number using the Arrow up buttonor Arrow down buttonor entering the desired value via the keyboard.

  • Channel number – define the channel number using the Arrow up buttonor Arrow down buttonor entering the desired value via the keyboard.

  • Reference source – select the reference source for the Deltacast output device from the drop-down list.