As part of our “Back to Basics” series, let’s review Zetta’s layouts. Thanks to Zetta’s modern detached playout, multiple users can cycle between their desired layouts without affecting the on-air product. Which means, you can not only design your optimum layout, but users can outline specific modules based on their current workload.
Remember, we’re all about empowering you and your team to pivot from the mindset, “This is how our software works,” to “I want Zetta to do this.” Since Zetta is an enterprise solution with detached playouts, you can truly cater your Zetta experience to maximize your efficiency. Starting off with the layout locations, users can toggle between layouts via the Layout dropdown. Select your desired layout or use the Manage Layouts to see what layouts are Public versus Locked. In addition, don’t forget that layouts can also be user specific, which can also encompass visual aids, like a larger font size.
It can be hard to identify what you want in a layout, which is why we presented a couple of layout examples. There’s the simple approach: On-Air, Logs, and Library versus the complex layout with all the bells and whistles modules open at the same time. You may also include a “Simple Layout” and a “Simple Locked Layout” for users that don’t want that type of flexibility. If you’re looking to move modules around, dropping them in the center dock will tab the modules, whereas the Control key will disable docking the module.
For advanced users, there’s the mentality of switching between tasks or stations. Again, since the detached playout won’t affect playout, if you have 10 minutes before your next break, switch to your Production Layout that features a Multi-Track Editor and piggyback two 30 second spots, add a tag or voice track for another station. Then, return to your original layout. If configured correctly, especially with the ease of Audio of IP (AoIP), then program two profiles on the board: one for “on-air” and the next for “production (Program 1 is disabled).” Or perhaps you’re the last man or woman standing on Sunday night and you need to monitor all stations? In the case, open multiple On-Air modules and then view, monitor, and control multiple stations. We also demonstrated layouts for different types of users, like a Production Director layout with the Multi-Track Editor (MTE) and Song Metadata cart prominent, front, and center.
If you’re looking for additional “Back to Basics” videos, don’t forget to check out our extensive list of videos and how to’s via the RCS Live Archive. There are videos breaking down each Zetta module, adding songs, integration with GSelector, Multi-Track Editor, Zetta2GO and more. If you want to ask your questions live in real time, don’t forget to tune in every Thursday at 11am ET on your platform of choice: Facebook, Twitch, Twitter or YouTube!