Cinegy Playout & Automation

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Cinegy Air PRO

Overview

Cinegy Air PRO is the logical next step in the evolution of broadcast automation and video servers. Gone are the monolithic black boxes, replaced by TCP/IP network-attached real-time service appliances. Cinegy Air PRO provides a broadcast automation front-end and a real-time video server for SD, HD and/or Ultra HD (4K) playout, in an integrated software suite. Designed to meet the most demanding requirements, Cinegy Air PRO effortlessly succeeds where so many others fail. Cinegy Air PRO can be used to control multiple channels playing to air or to plan schedules, program and commercial blocks offline. Multiple remote or local users can control the schedule and playout operation. Cinegy Air PRO offers unparalleled flexibility by playing mixed format and mixed resolution content, as well as un-rendered edit sequences straight to air. Insert a logo or overlay from the same central automation panel, and control external devices with powerful, configurable secondary events. Simulcast output via SDI and/or IP streams for ATSC/DVB or web usage.

Flexible and Scalable

Cinegy Air PRO provides a software-based system for SD, HD and/or Ultra HD (4K) playout automation using standard IT server hardware and certified SDI video cards. It performs video layout by acting as a TCP/IP-connected video “printer” offering its services in a network. The Cinegy Air PRO broadcast automation software connects to the playout service and instructs it what to “print” to air and when.

The Cinegy Air PRO product consists of two elements: a control panel and a playout engine. Cinegy Air PRO control panel provides a state-of-the-art interface for controlling one or more playout channels connected via TCP/IP. Cinegy Air PRO playout engine executes the playlist provided to it and renders video and audio to air. It also sends real-time video stream feedback to the control panel interface, eliminating the need for video monitors as well as SDI cabling and routing.

Multi-channel

Cinegy Air PRO supports multi-channel playout, including simultaneous playout of several playout channels which can be controlled by a single Cinegy Air PRO control application. Multiple instances of Cinegy Air PRO playout can run on one powerful machine transforming it into a playout server broadcasting multiple independent channels. Cinegy Air PRO playout channels can also be set up to stream programs live without requiring additional hardware or software.

Live

Cinegy Air PRO can be easily turned into a cart wall / trick mode playout for news, sports, reality show and other live operations. A/B roll, chain, slow-motion, loop and bounce playback is all supported and can be controlled with the Cinegy Studio PRO software control panel, via RS-422 compatible devices using 9-pin protocol or even GPI triggers. In a live news production environment, Cinegy Studio PRO can be connected to a Cinegy Archive integrated newsroom solution and used to control up to 4 independent playout engines along with Cinegy Type graphics and Cinegy Prompter teleprompting software. Cinegy Studio PRO can be integrated into a 3rd party MOS-based newsroom solution such as ENPS, Avid iNews, Octopus or Annova Systems, so it will automatically download the rundowns via the Cinegy MOS Gateway tool.

High Availability

Cinegy Air PRO upholds a high level of fault-tolerance and high-availability, while providing all the advantages of centralized storage. Playlists for individual channels are stored locally in the corresponding playout server in XML format while a background service is caching and conforming the video material on the playlist. Cinegy Air PRO playout engine only plays media direct and uncached from the central storage when it is added in a few seconds before going to air. For each Cinegy Air PRO channel one or more slave channels can be defined, all of which will play frame accurately the same media as the master, ensuring reliable failover if ever needed.

Cloud Compatible

Cinegy Air PRO can run in a VMWARE ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer virtual environment (VM) and is available on Amazon Web Services Marketplace and Microsoft Azure as well. Running Cinegy Air PRO playout in a VM has many advantages including better hardware utilization, instant deployment of additional channels, much easier migration and inexpensive high-availability clustering. As SDI cards cannot be virtualized but may still be needed and where they cannot be replaced by RTP or UDP streams via IP, the SDI I/O is done via Cinegy Encode, which performs RTP to SDI conversion and vice versa.

Traffic and MAM Integration

Cinegy Air PRO can work completely stand-alone or in concert with media asset management, archiving and traffic solutions. Cinegy’s MAM solution, Cinegy Archive can be fully integrated with Cinegy Air PRO, as well as a number of leading 3rd party traffic solutions. Media, metadata, placeholders and graphics elements will seamlessly migrate into the Cinegy Air PRO playout schedule from Cinegy Archive or a 3rd party traffic system.

Key Features

  • Output in SD, HD and Ultra HD (4K)
  • Run up to 16 channels in a box or virtual machine
  • Control multiple channels over network
  • Mix different codecs and resolutions in one playlist
  • Output to SDI in SD, HD and UHD simultaneously
  • Stream to network in MPEG-2, H.264 or HEVC
  • Automate commercials opt-out via SCTE 35
  • Switch to incoming SDI and RTP feeds
  • Play while ingest
  • Real-time automatic up/downscale
  • Up to 64 audio channels per playout
  • Integrated Dolby® Digital and Dolby® E (certification pending) decoding and encoding
  • Automatic media caching from network
  • Mirroring for redundancy
  • Integrated CC decoding (608/708)
  • OP42/47 subtitles support and pass-through
  • V-Chip and AFD support
  • EAS messaging
  • Static or animated logo insertion
  • 3rd party SDI router control
  • Logo and animation overlay
  • A/B roll, looped and slow-motion playback
  • MOS integration with commonly known news system (ENPS, iNews, etc.)
  • External control via RS-422 (‘9-pin protocol’) or GPI
  • Dynamic channel branding with Cinegy Type
  • Automatic failover switching with Cinegy Stream Switcher *
  • 3rd party traffic integration with Cinegy Traffic Gateway *
  • Scheduled recording with Cinegy Capture *
  • Advanced metadata management with Cinegy Archive *

Specifications

Supported TV formats:

  • Ultra High Definition up to 60fps
  • High Definition 1080i, 720p
  • Standard Definition PAL and NTSC

Supported codecs and file formats:

  • DV and DVCPO
  • HDV
  • IMX
  • DVCPRO HD
  • XDCAM
  • XDCAM EX
  • XDCAM HD 422
  • Avid DNxHD (optional)
  • Apple ProRes 422
  • MPEG-2 Long-GOP
  • MPEG-2 (up to 1080i 4:2:2)
  • AVC-Intra
  • H.264
  • XAVC
  • MXF OP1a
  • MXF AS-03/11
  • Windows AVI
  • QuickTime MOV
  • Windows Media
  • JPEG, PNG and BMP Images

Supported SDI I/O boards:

  • AJA Kona LHe Plus, AJA Kona LHi, Corvid series
  • Blackmagic Design DeckLink series and Intensity PRO
  • Deltacast DELTA-hd and DELTA-3G series
  • Rohde Schwarz DVS Atomix LT

Control for external device and services:

  • Cinegy Route (IP signal management)
  • Cinegy HTTP Data Repeater Event plugin
  • Common GPI/O Device
  • BlackMagicDesign Videohub SDI router
  • Evertz SDI router
  • Guramex SDI router
  • Imagine / Harris SDI router
  • Kramer SDI router
  • NVISION SDI router
  • Utah Scientific SDI router
  • VikinX SDI router
  • Cavena subtitling control
  • Screen subtitling control (available via Screen)

Cinegy Emergency Alert System (EAS) gateway supported devices:

  • TFT 911
  • SAGE ENDEC 3644

Links

You can learn more about Cinegy Air PRO here:

Watch video tutorials on Cinegy Air PRO:

Cinegy Prompter

Overview

Cinegy Prompter automatically receives text blocks marked as Anchor and allows you to play them with predefined speed. Either the operator or the presenter can adjust the speed with a jog-shuttle, pedal or keyboard. The text block can be previewed or even edited any time before it has been started. Video output can be mirrored vertically, horizontally or even switched to right-to-left mode if required. Font type, size and color can be changed according to your anchor’s preference.

Cinegy Prompter is highly integrated with the Cinegy Archive newsroom solution and automatically receives all the updates from the database once the changes are made in Cinegy Desktop. Cinegy Prompter can play the story not only on the locally connected display, but also distribute it across entire production network via MPEG-TS streaming output – which makes it probably a unique solution on the market.

Cinegy Prompter

Key Features

  • Pure software solution for any Unicode language
  • Compatible with your existing hardware
  • Customizable font, colors and shortcuts
  • Real-time speed control
  • Horizontal and vertical mirroring
  • Countdown timers for the anchor
  • Full-screen output to a local display
  • Stream to network in MPEG-2 or H.264

Links

You can learn more about Cinegy Prompter here:

Cinegy Type

Overview

Cinegy Type allows the addition of multiple layers of automation controlled, template based titles, logos, animated graphics, and more. From simple ticker tapes and lower thirds to multi-layer character animations, Cinegy Type includes a whole range of advanced effects and features. This module addresses simple requirements such as logo insertion right through to complex branding with templated information and animated video plates.

With broadcast automation controlled scheduled playout, sequences are often changed or modified right up to the last minute, or even during playout. With Cinegy Type you can make changes on the fly. Simply turn items off (pure pass thru), turn parts on/off (e.g. logo), or invoke certain templates, plates or other titles manually independent of the automation schedule.

Use the Cinegy Type editor to build complex visual scenes, harnessing the full power of the Cinegy Type engine. Allow users to alter specified elements in a pre-created template using the simple and intuitive template viewer – letting production staff easily utilize the work of the graphical design team.

The Cinegy Type template builder and title designer allows you to build creative templates offline with all the effects and features required to make professional templates quickly and easily:

  • Add basic effects to text, such as a shadow, border, glow or bevel, change the color and transparency.
  • Control the way text appears, change the position, rotation, color or size or add effects such as typewriter, flash, alpha.
  • Add stationary, crawling or rolling text, with either static or templated content.
  • Apply an automatic size control effect to text for neat appearance as content changes.
  • Insert logos, pictures or animations with a range of supported formats.
  • Create text variables which can be changed just before playout.
  • Items can be played once, run on a loop, or ping pong from left to right.
  • Add up to six layers for complex compositions involving multiple objects.
  • Create masks and dynamically occlude text and video.
  • Use a simple macro language to automate metadata display direct from the playlist.

Key Features

  • Simple logo insertion or animated logo insertion
  • Simple marquee with templated information
  • Program announcements (e.g. now and next) or coming up notifications
  • Lower thirds for name captions for talking heads
  • Artist captions for music videos
  • Breaking news or similar ‘flash’ item inserts
  • Stay tuned messages (e.g. advertising the next item or a new season of a television show) with pre-rendered animated effects

Specifications

Supported TV formats:

  • Ultra High Definition 25/30fps
  • High Definition 1080i, 720p
  • Standard Definition PAL and NTSC

Recommended codec for rea-ltime animation:

  • Cinegy DANIEL

Supported SDI I/O boards for fill & key output:

  • DVS Atomix LT

Links

You can learn more about Cinegy Type here:

  • Cinegy Type User Manual

Cloud Playout

Overview

Cinegy’s core principle, software defined television, states that using standard IT equipment for originating and broadcasting content allows for stability, flexibility and responsiveness. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Cloud. Because Cinegy software has always respected established standards both in television and in software it fits easily into the Cloud. Infrastructure can be created with a few mouse clicks when needed; when decommissioned it vanishes, no longer consuming resources. Large-scale events can be covered easily by adding the necessary building blocks which are always available on-line, allowing existing capacity to stretch effortlessly. Cloud hardware requires no waiting for delivery, no fighting for rack space, no lead time for configuration and no limits to scaling out.

Cinegy’s technology makes use of engines, agents and services which communicate via network, making them ideal candidates for virtualisation. As needs grow, functionality can be extended seamlessly and quickly. As the same needs contract, these resources can be unplugged and put away in seconds. Cinegy’s adherence to standards means that all major virtualisation platforms are supported out of the box, and successful implementations already in use around the world demonstrate that the notion of cloud technology as an enabler of innovative solutions is not merely a promise but a solid fact.

Cinegy as a Service

Cinegy announces “Cinegy as a Service”, a hardware-free way of enabling users to deploy software-defined television on cloud-based virtual machines, at NAB 2016.

All of Cinegy’s software technology, starting with Cinegy’s real-time playout server and broadcast automation software, Cinegy Air, will steadily migrate to cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure enabling prospective users to spin up, test drive, and, if they choose, deploy Cinegy technology in an HD or 4K cloud.

Cinegy as a Service – FAQ

What is “Cinegy as a Service”?

“Cinegy as a Service” is a hardware-free way of enabling users to deploy software-defined television on cloud-based virtual machines.

All of Cinegy’s software technology, starting with Cinegy’s real-time playout server and broadcast automation software, Cinegy Air, will steadily become available through cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure enabling prospective users to spin up, test drive, and, if they choose, deploy Cinegy technology in an HD or 4K cloud.

What are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collection of remote computing services (also called web services) that together make up a cloud platform which offers a variety of services.

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of datacenters.

What benefits does Cinegy customer have using AWS or Microsoft Azure?

The benefits of Cinegy’s approach of having the software hosted on GPU-friendly Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure are multiple. Users only pay for what they need, when they need it. There’s no upfront investment. Requirements for increases in system capacity, such as election or special event coverage, can also be far more accurately planned and costed. Additionally, because the cloud vendor provides hardware resiliency and data protection, it eliminates the need for those resources in-house.

What Cinegy products are being deployed on AWS or Microsoft Azure?

It is currently possible to purchase from the Amazon Web Services marketplace a pre-built machine image which contains version 10 or version 11 of Cinegy’s Air PRO bundle or a Cinegy Air PRO and Cinegy Multiviewer bundle. From Microsoft Azure it is possible to purchase a Cinegy Air PRO and Cinegy Multiviewer bundle.

Cinegy Air PRO is a real-time playout server and broadcast automation software for SD and HD playout, it delivers Dolby Digital encoding, EAS, Nielsen watermarking and Cinegy Type channel branding as one integrated software solution. You can mix different codecs, resolutions and aspect ratios in one playlist.

Any of Cinegy’s products can be licensed to run in AWS allowing experimentation and testing of new workflows for customers.

Cinegy Multiviewer enables broadcasters and production houses to monitor streams from sources locally and remotely. Featuring a robust analysis and alert system, detecting signal problems as they occur, Cinegy Multiviewer receives RTP/UDP streams via Ethernet. It supports SD, HD or UHD/4K sources, handles multiple MPEG-TS IP streams, as well as alarms via e-mail, SMS or HTTP. Its screen layout can be streamed to MPEG-TS.

Explain to me the different Cinegy cloud offerings

Our Cinegy Air PRO bundle is currently available through the AWS and Azure Marketplaces for deployment on GPU based instances. The current cost of the bundle is $3.00 per hour for the standard recommended instance size in addition to any cloud infrastructure fees which increases to $6.00 and then $12.00 per hour for the larger instance sizes to reflect their increase capabilities.

For this price the virtual machine image includes our standard Cinegy AIR Pro bundle, Cinegy Multiviewer and Cinegy Player PRO software and comes with email support for the Cinegy software on a next working day basis. We also support the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model for new and existing customers who wish to transition any of their current capacity to the cloud. Please contact sales if you would like more information.

What do I need to launch Cinegy on the cloud?

The first step is having an account with the appropriate platform which will allow you to make a purchase from the marketplace.

Once you have an account, you can buy the Cinegy Air Cloud Pack from either of the following links:

  • Amazon
  • Microsoft AzureAzure

What benefits does Cinegy customer have using AWS or Microsoft Azure?

The benefits of Cinegy’s approach of having the software hosted on GPU-friendly Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure are multiple. Users only pay for what they need, when they need it. There’s no upfront investment. Requirements for increases in system capacity, such as election or special event coverage, can also be far more accurately planned and costed. Additionally, because the cloud vendor provides hardware resiliency and data protection, it eliminates the need for those resources in-house.

Can I store my media (database) in the cloud?

Yes, you can store your media (database) in either AWS or Azure. You can use the platforms compute service to create a Windows based instance which includes Microsoft SQL and deploy Cinegy Archive onto this instance in the standard way. Storage can be added to this deployed instance for your essence, or can deploy a second instance which would act as the file server. The licenses required for the connections/software to run on the cloud would need to be obtained from Cinegy. Please contact your sales person for more information.

How secure are AWS and Microsoft Azure?

The cloud infrastructure has been designed and managed in alignment with regulations, standards, and best-practices including: HIPAA, SOC 1/SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 (formerly SAS70), SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, FedRAMP(SM), DIACAP and FISMA, ITAR, FIPS 140-2, CSA, MPAA.

TV Pack

Overview

The All-in-One Starter Pack for Your Own TV Channel in a Box

Who says you can’t have it all? That life is about making difficult choices?
Nonsense.
Now you can have it all. TV Pack includes our flagship products for playout, graphics, ingest, encoding, transcoding, monitoring, live production and more.
Install it all. Run it all.
Have the flexibility to cope with whatever they throw at you. Now you are covered.

What is included in Cinegy TV Pack?

Cinegy Air PRO

State-of-the-art software for professional linear play-out and live studio operations.

Cinegy Type

Template based and live graphics for linear playout or studio operations.

Cinegy Capture PRO

The reliable ingest solution supporting all professional broadcast formats.

Cinegy Air PRO

The most flexible multiviewer ever for IP as well as SDI, alarm and analysis, etc.

Cinegy Type

The software based vision mixer for SDI and IP which plays nicely with others.

Cinegy Capture PRO

Automated workflows for professional transcoding, import and export.

Cloud OPS Pack

Overview

Cinegy’s OPS PACK makes even large environments easy to manage and monitor – as well as to analyze where problems and bottlenecks may hide using proper big data tools.

The OPS PACK handles IP and SDI signals, making it ideal for hybrid environments and the migration to IP. The Cinegy Multiviewer displays and analyzes all signals and raises alerts for any detected problems. The integrated Cinegy Route manages and routes IP signals.

The OPS PACK provides 24 channels of Multiviewer and can be massively scaled to hundreds of channels. Cinegy’s integrated Telemetry service allows “big data” visual analysis and to drill down into problems.

  • SD, HD, UHD streams over SDI or MPEG-TS unicast or multicast IP signals
  • Video: uncompressed SDI or SMPTE 2022-6, MPEG-2 and H.264 both in 4:2:0 and 4:2:2
  • Audio: MPEG-audio, AAC-HE2 and Dolby Digital
  • Subtitles: 608/708 CC, OP-42/47, DVB bitmap & text
  • Alarms: freeze, black, audio clipping, silence, loss of signal, loudness, etc.
  • Direct screen output using up to 4x4K or 8K screens
  • Streaming of multiviewer screen output via MPEG-TS RTP unicast or multicast or MPEG-DASH.
  • Nvidia GPU accelerated H.264 & H.265 encoding and decoding for 4:2:0 workloads
  • Telemetry analysis service integrated

Includes

24x Cinegy Multiviewer Channels
1x Cinegy Route
1 year Business Class SLA including Cinegy Telemetry analysis service access.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions