The assembly of fact-based video productions has many unique requirements. For instance, in wildlife documentaries it is common to capture much more footage than will ever be used, as wild animals do not perform to scripts. Alternatively, history documentaries will often use archive footage which may be in a variety of different formats. Recounting stories from life can be complicated, as there can be a multiplicity of interviews, archive sequences, location shots and rostrum camera work which need to be linked and sequenced accurately. Assembling a cogent narrative requires that all the disparate parts can be related to one another and that crucial scenes can easily be called up, even if they form part of many hours of similar recordings. Cinegy is an ideal tool for documentary production.

In fact, the first television production using Cinegy technology was the BBC’s multi-award-winning “Planet Earth” series at the end of the ’90’s. Combining footage with metadata in Cinegy Archive enables swift marshalling of relevant sequences which can then be easily and quickly assembled using our powerful but straightforward Desktop application. Where content in various formats needs to be pulled together, Cinegy’s powerful ingesting and transcoding tools make it possible to extract the best possible quality essence from any video source and perform simple adjustments to ensure that the final result communicates the full impact of the original. Finally, supporting still images and text are also media and can be added to the rest of the content in the Media Asset Management system, linked via metadata to the video and audio essences to which they refer. From concept to completion, Cinegy offers the documentarist everything needed to assemble a record for the ages.