Multi-Channel Playout Server and Broadcast Automation Software
Delivering a channel is complex – with many interconnected elements costing money, requiring management and needing maintenance. Cinegy Air simplifies these challenges by supporting multiple channels with multiple features in a single box. Cinegy Air delivers Dolby® Digital encoding, EAS, Nielsen watermarking and Cinegy Type channel branding as one integrated software solution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 *
* Requires a dedicated product or license option.
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
- DVCPRO HD
- XDCAM EX
- XDCAM HD 422
- Avid DNxHD
- Apple ProRes 422
- MPEG-2 Long-GOP
- MPEG-2 (up to 1080i 4:2:2)
- 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
- DVS Atomix LT
- Deltacast DELTA-hd and DELTA-3G series
Cinegy’s real-time playout server, multi-channel broadcast automation and branding software for scheduled, studio, news and live operations