We know that Zetta is very customizable and user friendly for all skill sets, but in a complex radio environment, Administrators also need the ability to control what certain team members can or cannot do within Zetta. That’s where Zetta’s extensive reports and user right and restrictions come into play. Everything in Zetta is both documented and can be referenced for administrators to review. In addition, by creating unique Zetta logins, engineers have more control on what a user can see, do or edit. Throughout this session, we discussed what you can view in reports, and how to create, edit and customize each user’s Zetta experience.
Starting with Zetta Reports, we broke down the three different types of reports. Found under Tools | Reports, there are three basic types of Zetta Reports: Activity Report, Missing Audio Report, and the Duplicate External IDs Report. The Activity Report is your basic report, displaying everything that is happening within the Zetta environment. Every time a song was played or stopped, added or deleted elements and more. Zetta will document which user made the change, the module, the asset that was adjusted, a time stamp and the machine where the task was performed. For example, I went ahead and deleted an asset from the Log module. In the video, you can see that the user Supervisor at 9:37am deleted the asset “Happier” from the Log module. Don’t forget, users can search for keywords for each column field. If you know there was an element that was deleted, then search for “delete” in the Changes field.
The Missing Audio Report will display just that – any audio within a date and station range that is missing audio. There are also multiple factors for a piece of audio not to play, including no audio, invalid run dates, hour restrictions and station activations. If you want to automate this process, look into implementing the Zetta Status Monitor, which allows users to automatically send emails when there’s a break in the Zetta connection, daily emails with Missing Audio Reports and more.
Duplicate External IDs Report is one that is helpful, but not common or part of your daily workflow. Essentially, if you need to see when there are duplicates in your Library, users can run a Duplicate External IDs Report and analyze elements that share the same External ID.
Next, we reviewed Zetta’s user hierarchy. These are all grouped together within Configuration and starting with Station Groups, first, an administrator would need to define what station(s) a Zetta user has access to. Simply put, perhaps your weekend talent on Station A doesn’t need access to Stations B-D. Then we define a Role for a group of Zetta users. Think of this as Administrators, Program Directors, On-Air Talent or Interns. Obviously, administrators would have full control, whereas Interns may only be able to view Zetta and not make any edits or changes to the environment. Finally, we assign those Station Groups and Roles to a specific user, found under Configuration | Accounts. This is also a location to override any Roles from the Rights Overview tab. And yes, Zetta can incorporate Windows Active Directory, however, keep in mind that once logged in, Zetta’s user rights and restrictions workflows take precedent.
As an added bonus, we also reviewed some user preferences, found in the top right username dropdown User Preferences. This is a unique window in which users can customize their Zetta experience, including adjusting themes, audition settings, voice track triggers and more. Don’t forget, for a full description of every setting, use the F1 Dynamic Help Guide to learn more about this and any section.
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