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The streaming and podcast software provider StreamGuys has given its flagship SGrecast podcast management system an overhaul. The company says the fourth generation of the software includes a significantly improved user interface to speed and simplify operations. It also features an expanded waveform editing toolset and enhancements to the product’s automated publishing capabilities. 

“Our goal with SGrecast 4.0 was to maintain the proven workflow and processes that users are already familiar with, but modernize and streamline their interactions with the platform,” StreamGuys Executive VP Jason Osburn said. “Everything happens in real time in a single pane. The new interface provides faster and easier access to SGrecast’s powerful toolsets in a more elegant and attractive way, while laying the groundwork for even more advanced features and feedback in the future,” he said in the announcement.

StreamGuys said new overlay windows will allow users to quickly 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. The result is faster and more intuitive operation, saving users time when publishing podcasts.

SGrecast’s integrated, browser-based Waveform Editor also has 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. That offers immediate benefits for content repurposing – such as removing baked-in advertising to enable subsequent dynamic ad insertion.

“SGrecast offers a comprehensive toolset for repurposing already-produced podcasts and live streams for revenue-expanding monetization opportunities and audience growth,” said Osburn. “With version 4.0’s interstitial cutting tools and future functionality including multi-track editing and in-browser content production, we are extending SGrecast’s scope to enable complete workflows in the cloud.”

Among the other updates to SGrecast 4.0 is a further refinement of automated podcast publishing capabilities, building on tweaks made earlier this year. The company said they will help broadcasters repurpose their live streams into podcasts without any user intervention. 

Version 4.0 also 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, providing greater granularity than the global, publisher-based start and end clips available with generic RSS. The new update also expands the range of standard RSS fields supported by SGrecast, including linking to specific webpages related to specific episodes in a feed.