As part of our ongoing Facebook Live Series, on Thursday CTO / EVP of Development & Technology Chip Jellison joined us for an open conversation about Zetta, Zetta2GO, Zetta Cloud and the future of radio automation in the cloud.
Chip Jellison began the conversation talking about what led RCS to focus our future developments to the Cloud. Essentially the cloud opened a world of more flexible workflows, allowing users to blend the open, yet secure, Cloud to their local automation. For example, starting later this summer, users will have the ability to voice track in Zetta Cloud and then those same voice tracks, including head/tails and metadata, will be sent to a user’s local Zetta. Utilizing the current Zetta Cloud Based Disaster Recovery workflows, local Zetta will use Site Replication to send all audio, metadata, logs, and SQL backups to Zetta Cloud. That gives us the matching metadata, audio and direct communication to send desired voice tracks back to local Zetta.
Other new features in Zetta Cloud include the ability to broadcast multiple sources from a single Zetta Cloud live stream. Using Revma, RCS’ streaming software, and Revma’s Conference App, users can create a “meeting room,” equipped with a URL that can be sent to invite additional talent to a single stream. That feed is then exported to Zetta Cloud and can be enabled via the Live Stream function. Users can prepare in the Revma Conference App and when they’re ready to broadcast from Zetta Cloud, they can simply change the mode to Live Assist, edit the Chain Type to Stop, wait for the element to end, fire the Live Stream and then whatever talent is live in the Conference App “meeting room” will be able to broadcast over the air. When they’re done, simply fire the next element in Zetta Cloud’s On-Air module and turn off the Live Stream, which will return Zetta Cloud to its normal playout.
Chip was also available to answer user questions including the hot topic: Artificial Intelligence. Zetta Cloud is equipped with backend checks and balances utilizing AI to perform such tasks as automatic failover streams. Zetta proper is also equipped with an additional feature that can translate any voice track or commercial into its Metadata module Script tab, which can also be flagged for any inappropriate content. Once flagged, an email can be sent to a desired manager.
For those GSelector users, Chip also went into detail how GSelector will be integrated with Zetta Cloud, allowing users to send a Goal and Rule based music log straight into Zetta Cloud for playback. Zetta Cloud is also equipped with Omnia and Sound4 processing at the Zetta Cloud station level, as well as other hardware processing options.
It was a lively conversation about the future of not only RCS products, but radio. With the ever-changing environment, thanks to COVID-19, its showcasing the ongoing need for remote workflows and RCS is up for the challenge, both for today and in the long term.
RCS has some more special guests and surprises lined up. Don’t forget to follow us on www.Facebook.com/RCSSoundSoftware for times and reminders. Speaking of reminders, the first open Q&A Facebook Live session’s date and time will float during the first half of the week and the second session will be locked in for every Thursday at 11am (NOTE: All times will be Eastern).