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3. Press the Browse button to select the installation folder. Select Type Editor Plug-In (purchase separately at additional cost) if you want to install the Cinegy Type add-on as well:

OVERVIEW
Cinegy Air Express performs video playout by acting as a TCP/IP-connected video printer offering its services in a network. The Cinegy Air Express broadcast automation software connects to the playout engine and instructs it what to print to air and when. Cinegy Air Express consists of two elements, Cinegy Air Express Control and Cinegy Air Express Engine. Cinegy Air Express Control provides a state-of-the-art interface for controlling a Cinegy Air Express service playout channel connected via TCP/IP. There are two components to install: Cinegy Air Express Control client and Cinegy Air Express Engine. The client component can be configured via the Cinegy Air Express Configurator, while the Cinegy Air Express Engine is configured separately with its own configurator.

For a simple demo, install both Cinegy Air Express Control and Cinegy Air
Express Engine on the same computer. This quick guide takes you through the steps to get your Cinegy Air Express software up and running. There are seven stages: STEP ONE: Preparing for Installation STEP TWO: Cinegy Air Express Control Client Installation STEP THREE: Configuring Cinegy Air Express Control STEP FOUR: Cinegy Air Express Engine Installation STEP FIVE: Configuring Cinegy Air Express Engine STEP SIX: Launching the Cinegy Air Express Engine STEP SEVEN: Opening Cinegy Air Express Control and Connecting to Cinegy Air Express Engine Cinegy Air Express Features 4. Having selected the necessary components for the installation, press the Next button to begin the installation. A progress bar will show the progress of the installation process.

STEP ONE: Preparing for Installation


Make sure the machine you are using has the required Microsoft Windows operating system installed along with the recommended service packs. Details for system recommendations are available on the Cinegy website or in the Cinegy Installation and Maintenance Manual. Check that any sets of custom codecs or fonts are installed on both the client and the playout server stations. Download the latest Cinegy Air Express installation package. Copy the Cinegy Air Express installer on to a shared location in your network so that all client machines can access the package for convenient installation. You must have local administrator rights for both computers (playout client station and playout server) to install Cinegy Air Express.

STEP TWO: Cinegy Air Express Control Client Installation


The installation should be started on the computer where Cinegy Air Express Control client will run. Follow these steps to install the Cinegy Air Express Control component: 1. Run the Setup.exe file from the Cinegy Air Express Control directory of your Cinegy Air Express installation package. The Cinegy Air Express Control Setup wizard appears. Press Next to proceed with the Cinegy Air Express installation or Cancel to abort and exit the setup wizard. 2. Read and accept the license agreement and proceed with installation.

5. During installation the Cinegy Air Express Control Configurator tool will be launched allowing you to configure the Cinegy Air Express Control settings. You can keep the default configuration, or make changes as described in Step Three. 6. A dialog will inform you that the installation is complete. Press the Finish button to exit the setup wizard. After installation, you will find the Cinegy Air Express Control icon on your Windows desktop.

STEP THREE: Configuring Cinegy Air Express Control


The Cinegy Air Express Control client configuration tool is launched automatically during installation or can be started manually via the CinegyAirCfgEx.exe file from the installation folder or can be opened from
Start > All Programs > Cinegy > Cinegy Air Express Control > Cinegy Air Express Control Configuration.

Passive Mode Configuration In the Cinegy Air Express Control tab, choose Passive mode (playlist edit) to prepare your playlist offline before sending material on-air in active mode. No playout stations are connected when using passive mode.

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5. Set up the video system, aspect ratio and VU meter parameters. Define the active playlist file location and the playout server(s). If several Cinegy Air Express Engine instances are started on the same server, you need to specify what Engine instance will be used to process the specified playlist in the corresponding # field next to the server IP address. When both Cinegy Air Express Control client and Cinegy Air Express Engine are installed on the same computer, the . should be specified as the server name. If the video system fps does not match the fps of the content brought into the playlist, it will not load, and the following error will appear:

If you are in passive mode, you will not be able to connect to Cinegy Air

Express Engine as this mode is designed for offline playlist preparation. To continue demo, switch to Single channel mode.

1. In the User log folder specify the folder location where the user log files will be stored. To do this, use the appropriate button or enter the path via the keyboard. 2. Select the Split audio option to split all audio channels according to the settings on the playout station; otherwise all audio channels will be mixed into a single stereo audio channel before broadcasting. 3. Define the default target aspect ratio. 4. Select the Enable collaboration option if you want to activate the multiuser synchronous collaboration support for your client using the individual playlist configurations.

The Active playlist location needs to be defined for demo to work.


6. In the Cinegy Type Repository field, specify the folder location where the CG templates are stored. (optional) 7. Select the Split audio option to split all audio channels according to the settings on the playout station. (optional) 8. Set up the target aspect ratio parameters. 9. If collaboration mode is required, select the Enable collaboration option.

For demos of both products on the same computer do not select the Enable
Collaboration option. 10. Press OK to finish configuring Cinegy Air Express Control. Cinegy Air Express Control Configurator should look like the picture above with file locations set and video system fps set for the standard demo to work on the same computer.

For demos of both products on the same computer do not select the Enable
Collaboration option. Active Mode Configuration
Single Channel Mode

After the playlist has been prepared offline, it can be sent on-air. Active mode enables you to broadcast a playlist to a specified channel. To activate this mode, set the Cinegy Air Express Control client to Single channel mode.

STEP FOUR: Cinegy Air Express Engine Installation


The Cinegy Air Express Engine executes the playlist and renders video to air. 1. To begin installation, run the Setup.exe file from the Cinegy Air Express Engine directory of your Cinegy Air Express installation package. The setup wizard will be started. 2. Press Next, read and accept the license agreement to proceed. 3. Define the folder where the Cinegy Air Express Engine will be installed.

For simple demo set Single Channel Mode and connect to Cinegy Air
Express Engine.

1. Tick the Swap control monitors checkbox to swap the position of the control monitors on the playout control panel. (Optional.) 2. Tick the Autoconnect on start checkbox to connect automatically to the playout server on startup. (Optional.) 3. Define the startup protection parameters and assign the users with the privileges to log in to the application by pressing the Security button. (Optional.) 4. In the User log folder specify the folder location where the user log files will be stored. To do this, use the appropriate button or enter the path via the keyboard. (Recommended.)

4. Press the Next button and begin the installation. A progress bar will show the progress of the installation process.

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5. During installation the Cinegy Air Express Engine configurator will be launched. You can leave the default settings without changes and configure your Cinegy Air Express Engine later, or you can specify all the necessary parameters during installation. Details for configuring the Cinegy Air Express Engine can be found in Step Five.

For demo purposes go to Step Five now and choose Instance 0 and press

the Configure button. 6. Press the Finish button to exit the setup wizard. 7. The Cinegy Air Express Engine icon will appear in the notification area of the taskbar.

Multi-Instance Playout Service Several Cinegy Air Express Engines can be started on the same machine. With the help of Cinegy Air Express Engine configurator you can add/remove Cinegy Air Express Engine instances and configure each of them individually. Cinegy Air Express Engine Configuration dialog is launched during the Cinegy Air Express Engine installation or can be launched from
Start > All Programs > Cinegy > Cinegy Air Express Engine > Cinegy Air Express Engine Configuration.

4. In the Automatically Log On dialog, enter the user name and password that will be used for automatic logon, press OK to apply your changes.

5. Press OK to apply your automatic log on settings and exit the User Accounts dialog. After restarting your computer, you will be logged on automatically under the account you specified. If your computer is in the domain, you also need to configure the default domain. Enter the following line in the command prompt, specifying your domain name: To configure the specified Engine instance, select it and press the Configure... button. The Configure Instance dialog will appear. Details for configuring the Cinegy Air Express Engine instances can be found in Step Five. By default, only one instance is created. To add more instances, select any Free instance and configure it by pressing the Configure... button and specifying all the necessary parameters. To remove the specified instance, select it and press the Remove button. A separate license should be acquired for each Cinegy Air Express Engine instance. Automatic Log On To enable the Cinegy Air Express Engine to launch automatically after restarting the PC, you will need to set up the automatic logon for your operational system. If you are a domain user, the checkbox Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer is hidden in the User Accounts dialog. To show this option and be able to configure it, open a command prompt and enter the following line: reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon /v AutoAdminLogon /t REG_SZ /d 1 /f Now you can turn on automatic logon for Windows OS, using the following steps: 1. Go to Start and click Run (or use the Win + R shortcut). 2. In the Run dialog box that opens, enter control userpasswords2 in the given field and press OK. 3. In the User Accounts dialog that appears, deselect the checkbox Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer and press the Apply button. reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon /v DefaultDomainName /t REG_SZ /d domain /f This procedure works for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

STEP FIVE: Configuring Cinegy Air Express Engine


The Cinegy Air Express Engine configurator is launched automatically during the installation or can be opened from
Start > All Programs > Cinegy > Cinegy Air Express Engine > Cinegy Air Express Engine Configuration

Select the desired Engine instance and press the Configure... button. In the General tab, specify the license type and whether the Cinegy Type scenes should be sent to playout. Specify the media files that will go on-air if network errors occur and define the remote server for executing external commands.

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See the description of the Subtitle events, Live switch events, and GPI tabs in the Cinegy Air Control Manual that can be downloaded from the Cinegy website. The following options are not supported in the Express version of Cinegy Air: MPEG Logging output device, Item proxying and Live switch events.

In the Playback tab, define the basic TV video format system that you want to use for broadcasting; set one or several channels.

For a simple standard demo with input from files on the computer, do not

define any input devices. To show output on screen, define DirectShow Output as the output device. If you want to use separate input and output devices, refer for details to the Cinegy Air Control Manual that can be downloaded from the Cinegy website.

STEP SIX: Launching the Cinegy Air Express Engine For the demo, follow the instructions and start Cinegy Air Express Engine
Automatic Launch Cinegy Air Express Engine is responsible for playing back the playlist items. By default, Cinegy Air Express Engine is loaded automatically on system startup and restarts automatically in a case of a failure. When started, the Cinegy Air Express Engine icon is displayed in the notification area of the taskbar. To see and control the status of all Engine instances, rightclick the icon in the taskbar and select the Show dashboard command: you should see a blue window pop up with Cinegy Demo Version imprinted in the center to show output.

The following Cinegy Air Express Engine Dashboard window will appear: Define the number of audio channels and adjust settings in the Audio tab:

Here you can see the control monitors of all Cinegy Air Express Engine instances. Each Engine instance can be started/stopped individually. To exit the application, use the Exit command. To launch the Engine again, run the AirPlayer.exe file from your Cinegy Air Express Engine installation folder. Manual Launch This mode is mainly used for troubleshooting. In the Logging tab define the settings of the log files creation: logging level, location for the log files, how often the new log files should be created. Cinegy Air Express Engine can be started manually by running the PlayOutExApp.exe file. With this method you will have to restart it manually each time the Cinegy Air Express Engine application is closed. When the Cinegy Air Express Engine is started manually, the following window appears:

Head 0 and Head 1 progress bars represent buffer filling; they vary while playlist items are played back. One Head displays buffer filling for the currently played item while the other Head shows the cued item. To close this application, press the Close button. If any problems occur while working with the Cinegy Air Express Engine application, you can create a dump file by pressing the Debug! button and send it to Cinegy support via e-mail. The memory dump file contains register states, descriptions of where the problems originated, plus workflow and other debug data. A dump file is created automatically in the unlikely event of a Cinegy Air Express Engine failure.

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Cinegy Air Express Features
Real-time, network service-based video playout operated remotely via TCP/ IP. No need for SDI control monitors. Scalable to hundreds of channels. Support for commonly used video file formats, including AVI, DV, HDV, IMX, XDCAM SD/HD, MPEG-2 (up to 1080i 4:2:2), AVID DNxHD, MXF MPEG-2 Long GOP, MXF AS-03, AVCIntra, QuickTime and Windows Media. High-availability and fault-tolerance through optional pre-fetching with local caching and optional failover mirror channels. Simulcast 4:3/16:9 playout. Simultaneous playout of a single playlist in different aspect ratios. Simulcast HD/SD playout. Simultaneous playout of a single playlist in SD and HD. MXF AS 02/03, MXF AS/11 support. Horizontal timeline view provides a clear overview of all channels. Secondary events for external device control. Up to 32-channel audio routing and pre-set matrixing. Schedule voice-over or other audio elements to play over clips with main audio ducking. Local or remote control operation via LAN or WAN. GPI events processing for automatic commercial insertion. Broadcast directly to the Internet using Web streaming. Live RTP/UDP streams from different sources can be inserted into the playlists as live playout items. MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams can be generated as an alternative to SDI output or simultaneously with it. As-run logging and custom report generation. NDS MediaHighway middleware integration. Closed caption / V-Chip / VANC pass-through with AFD signaling. SDI video router modules to support automatic video/audio signal switching of input and output signals. Live video input support with logo insertion and title overlays. Exceptional return on investment and total cost of ownership.

STEP SEVEN: Opening Cinegy Air Express Control and Connecting to Cinegy Air Express Engine
Before opening the Cinegy Air Express Control client make sure that Cinegy Air Express Engine is properly configured and launched as described above. Start Cinegy Air Express Control in active mode and establish connection to Cinegy Air Express Engine by activating the ON/OFF bar and pressing the Connect button.

If the connection is successful, all Cinegy Air Express Control functions are activated. Filling in the playlist with the content in Cinegy Air Control supported formats (vob, mpg, avi, dv, wmv, bmp, jpg, gif, tif, etc.) can be performed via simple drag-anddrop of the item(s) from the Windows explorer.

You can also add items to the playlist via the Insert -> Item(s)... context menu command. In case the item being added has an incompatible TV format, you will be informed about it with the corresponding error message and this item will not be added to the current playlist. Since DirectShow Output is defined as the output device for your demo, the item that is currently on-air will be played in the DirectShow Output window:

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