I have been looking for a cost effective video playout server for a while and I was pleased when I came across Cinegy Air http://www.cinegy.com/
Given I have played with quite a few of these systems with varying levels of success I was happy to say I got this one up and running fairly painlessly for the kind of workflow I am looking at which is general file input and Multicast/UDP output. Getting this all working in Cinegy Air took me under 2 hours which was very impressive when you compare to some of the other complicated platforms out there.
Here is what I did.
1. Register for the demo at Cinegy.com and download Air
2. Follow the install instructions to install the Air Engine and Air Control
3. Use the Air Control Configuration application to create a Playlist by dragging and dropping files (I used Apple ProRes/PCM files in a mov container) and then saving as a playlist file
4. Open the Air Engine Configuration to setup a channel, I used
General —> SD Playback license
Playback —> PAL SD, 720×576 25Hz 16:9 (will depend on your content)
No Input Device
RTP/UDP Output with mostly default output settings (I did drop the compression to 4:2:0 from 4:2:2)
5. If not already running (I did have some issues and errors with the intially running app) then go to the Program Files directory with Cinegy Air Engine in it and run “PlayOutExApp.exe” and a little window like the below should appear
6. Go back to the Air Control Configuration application and select “Single Channel” mode, the playlist you saved and assuming you are running the Engine on your local machine connect to 127.0.0.1
7. Hit OK and your Control system should open up and show you the playlist. You may need to hit the red on/off button and then click “Connect” to get to the server and possibly hit “Start Cued” to get things playing.
8. Open VLC and open a stream for udp://@126.96.36.199:1234 and you should have your channel playing