It’s been a couple weeks since we reviewed RCS2GO’s line of remote products and since we’re here to answer YOUR questions, we decided to host another remote workflow session. This time, we recapped basic remote workflows and then dove deeper into some settings, configurations, and teased upcoming new features.
Remember, all of our RCS2GO products can be accessed remotely with a basic URL – so no downloading from an app store. Users will need some type of network security, like a VPN, to allow outside access. RCS products are equipped with proper security like Firewall port exceptions and advanced configurations. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out and we’ll be more than happy to help offer suggestions or clarify any advanced network techniques. Pending on what browser or platform you’re broadcasting from, RCS2GO products will respect your browser’s default playback and recording Windows devices.
Let’s dive into what users can do remotely with RCS2GO products. Starting with music scheduling, RCS users can add music, schedule, and massage their log via Selector2GO. Since we’ve done extensive videos in the past, we dove deeper into some Selector2GO configurations, including the Library Verbose vs. Default setting. Verbose will offer a more customized layout, which also allows users to Edit Layout to add additional unique metadata fields. So if you find yourself missing out on some metadata in your current Selector2GO setup, take a look at switching to Verbose and Edit Layout.
Next, with Zetta2GO, users can continue to broadcast live, add audio, voice track, and more. Again, we’ve done generic remote workflow videos, so we broke down a couple unique settings that are found within Zetta2GO. Each module has its own gear to open its corresponding settings. If you’re voice tracking, don’t forget to click on the settings gear to make sure the voice tracker is operating like you want, including spacebar start/stop, buffer rates and one or three voice tracking record modes. There’s also Live settings found under the Configuration / Settings. If you find yourself with Internet limitations, then you’ll want to double check some of those settings. We’ve found client success with lowering the buffer rate or switching to Mono recording. If you’re using Hot Keys to voice track, users can control the volume by switching to Local Mode, remember On-Air is truly on the air, and then controlling the volume fader to the right.
Since there are significant upgrades to Zetta2GO in future Zetta releases, users can expect slightly more control and configurations throughout the program. Just using Hot Keys as an example, users can now set Custom Name via Zetta2GO, as well as arm a Hot Key for voice track recording. And speaking of future enhancements, we also teased upcoming performance improvements and in Zetta 5.21.1, due out in Summer 2021. One of the biggest requested features will now be available: Volume Markings throughout the IVT module. In Zetta 5.21.1, users can now set their Trim In, Trim Out, Volume Marking and more, just like the traditional Zetta Segue Editor / Voice Tracker. Once we get closer to the release date, definitely expect an upcoming RCS Live to breakdown the new 5.21.1 features. Also mark your calendars because the 5.21.1 beta should be out sometime in late March.
Finally, we reminded users about thinking outside the box and utilizing compounded remote hybrid workflows. Essentially, starting the work in local Zetta, combining workflows, like macros, and then saving them as Hot Keys so that remote users can trigger said workflows. For example, you have a voice tracker who is temporarily voice tracking your station or you don’t feel safe enough to offer them access to the main Zetta system with a VPN. Users can piggyback on Zetta Cloud Based Disaster Recovery and use Zetta Cloud’s two-step authentication, which doesn’t require your VPN, allowing the new voice tracker to safely and securely access your Zetta Cloud, record over an Empty Voice Track and that voice track will land correctly back in your local Zetta. Finally, remember, Zetta2GO is made to ENHANCE the Zetta experience, not replace. So although there are sections of Zetta missing in Zetta2GO, that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same desired workflow. Sometimes, all it takes is to ask and our team can find you an answer.
We’re still looking for GSelector 4.9.0 and Zetta 5.20.1 Beta users! If you’re interested in getting the latest and greatest from RCS, reach out to your local RCS office and let them know you would like to become a Beta power user. Plus, you can now stream us on multiple platforms including Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn and you can still comment or ask your questions via any platform of your choosing! We’ll also be sending out reminders to each medium, so that you’ll see a full list of upcoming topics. Reminder to take and double check your backups and Data Exchanges and we’ll see you next Thursday at 11am ET for another RCS Live!