StreamGuys Upgrades SGrecast Live Stream Recording and Repurposing Platform

SaaS-based streaming solutions provider StreamGuys has announced SGrecast 2.0, an upgrade to the company’s cloud-based live stream repurposing, rebroadcasting and podcast management system. Building on its proven foundation for recording radio broadcasters’ live streams and transforming them into revenue-expanding side channels and podcasts, version 2.0 adds powerful new tools to further streamline content creation and management. The new release will be showcased at the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas), where StreamGuys will co-exhibit with technology partner ENCO in booth N3824.

Foremost among new features are AudioLoggers, which enable repurposing of content on-the-fly while it is being recorded. Complementing SGrecast’s existing ability to archive content based on pre-determined schedules, AudioLoggers record streams 24/7 and automatically segment the recordings based on specific metadata in the stream, changes in stream metadata, or user-configured time intervals. For example, the AudioLogger feature can leverage metadata changes to distinguish between different programs and songs, or to detect ads within a show and create segments around them. Producers can then use SGrecast’s visual publishing interface to join related segments together, graphically place markers for dynamic ad insertion, and publish the combined result for rebroadcasting or podcasting.

SGrecast 2.0’s side channel workflow enhancements include the separation of recording and rebroadcasting functionality, enabling changes to one aspect’s schedule or configuration even while the other is active. A side channel’s recording settings can be edited while its rebroadcast is live, or conversely its rebroadcast parameters can be modified without waiting for recording to complete.

Augmenting SGrecast’s feature-rich media players for podcasts and podcast episodes, SGrecast 2.0 allows users to create embeddable archive and single-file players for any on-demand media in the system directly from the content management interface. Podcast management workflow improvements make it easier for users to create new podcasts without needing to immediately add content, and simplify the addition of episodes to existing podcasts. Meanwhile, an updated dashboard provides unified access to both recorded and uploaded content in a single place.

Giving customers greater control of how their staff members interact with the system, SGrecast 2.0 enables administrators to define user roles and permissions. Granular authorization for key SGrecast features enables user accounts to be restricted to specific tasks, while operators’ user experience can be customized based on their role.