Bayside, CA (December 3, 2020) – Podcast solutions provider StreamGuys has upgraded its flagship SGrecast podcast management and livestream repurposing system. The new version 4.0 include an improved user interface to speed and simplify operations; an expanded waveform editing toolset; and built-out automated publishing capabilities.
New overlay windows enable users to access and edit information about a particular item or task – such as the details of a particular podcast episode – while preserving their current place in the main interface and workflow.
Meanwhile, the newly expanded browser-based Waveform Editor sports an updated user interface and expanded functionality. New interstitial cutting capabilities enable operators to remove unwanted sections in the middle of recordings and recombine the remaining segments for republishing. This aids potential content repurposing – for example, removing ‘baked-in’ advertising to enable subsequent dynamic ad insertion. The company sees this as a tool for repurposing already-produced podcasts and livestreams for revenue-expanding monetization opportunities and audience growth; the interstitial cutting tools will help pave the way for future functionalities within the platform, including multitrack editing and in-browser content production, enabling complete workflows in the cloud.
SGrecast 4.0 also further augments the automated podcast publishing capabilities added to the platform earlier this year for repurposing broadcasters’ live streams without user intervention. SGrecast’s enhanced AudioLogger recording feature offers the option of preserving mid-roll ad break metadata from the livestream, thus enabling subsequent dynamic ad insertion in the published podcast without requiring manual marker insertion. Combined with the ability to automatically trigger podcast publishing based on metadata in the live stream, this enables fully automated, metadata-driven publishing workflows.
Version 4.0 adds new functionality for publishing to Google Audio News, including support for the mRSS format required for advanced Google News features. Users can specify episode-specific intro and outro audio files in the mRSS feed. The new update also expands the range of standard RSS fields supported by SGrecast, including linking to specific webpages related to particular episodes in a feed.
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