All New in 2016

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From all of us here at RCD Radio, we would like to thank everyone who has been involved with RCD Radio in 2015, it has been a massive year for us and we are going to continue this in to 2016.

Our main highlight this year was our 26 hour broadcast we did in July, hitting our record for the most unique website visits, most people in our IRC chat at the same time and most amount of viewers watching us on our Live stream, what a exhausting 26 hour show that was, you can still watch the entire 26 hour show on our website, by going to http://july18.rcdradio.com/theshow and you can find all the highlight videos, schedule and pictures, all at http://july18.rcdradio.com

Apart from RCD Radio’s Longest Ever Radio Show, most commonly known as  July 18, our audience base has increased over the past year, with lots of new shows popping up before our summer event we did this year, unfortunately towards the end of this year, our availability has been in decline, but we should be doing a few more of these shows in the new year.

That is the past, here is what we are working on in 2016.

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I can reveal that in 2016, we shall be releasing a brand new website design which has been in the works since the summer of this year, brand new design that will look amazing on large monitors and TV screens, perfect so you can see more of the stream at the same time. – The image above is a little preview of the new home page.

pic5We have been working on a 720p version of our stream which works very well, unfortunately we are having to look for a new streaming service which can support multiple bit rates of our feed, we have already rolled out 720p recordings for our shows on YouTube, we hope to have our feed in 720p HD very soon in 2016 thanks to our brand new Intel Core I7 machine. – View our full studio specs at http://rcdradio.com/studio/

We hope you will continue to support RCD Radio in 2016, thank you once again for your support in 2015 and a Happy New Year to you all, see you in the new year!

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RCD Radio Transmission Broadcast and Recordings Test

red-logo-white-smallSome major changes have been made to the quality of our feed and how we record our shows/content, today we have performed a major broadcast tests to see what quality is best for us.

We have had to do this today due to the fact that the Rock Night broadcast, although was pretty much spot on during the broadcast from a output point of view, was terrible when we downloaded it from the VaughnLive server (The service we use to broadcast on currently) on to YouTube and the fact that DJ Lozo’s Mixes Episode 7 was not even recorded properly due to a technical fault with the server.

DSCF4501When we have streamed in the past, our past broadcasts have been downloaded from the streaming service we were using for our own archives and for YouTube, we have never done any sort of local recording and we have always had to rely on the service we are using, but from now, we will be making local recordings of our broadcasts as well as server recordings, incase our local recordings fail.

We have decreased the size of the video output for the broadcast and we are now recording the stream directly on to the streaming machine so we have a good and clear local recording for YouTube, plus if our local recording fails for what ever reason, we always have the server recording which will actually be in a better state than it was before.

DSCF4525The reason its taken us this long to sort this properly is to the fact of new equipment and experimenting with it to see what it can and can’t handle in Live streaming situations, is was not until we actually did a Live show would we know for sure what we could and could not do.

Below are 2 videos, first video is how the steam will now look when recording on the VaughnLive server (This is not what it will look like when Live, only recording, Live will look allot better)

Under the first video will be a local recording of the same stream, both videos were recorded at exactly the same time and neither video’s have been put through any movie software, this was all done Live within Telestream, Wirecast, they have come directly from where they first came from.

RCD Radio – Test Transmission – Server Recording – 09/12/2014

RCD Radio – Test Transmission – Local Recording – 09/12/2014

Lost Video and Audio from 29/11/2014 Broadcasts

DSCF4525Due to unforeseen circumstances, RCD Radio is missing video and audio footage of last nights shows on RCD Radio, such as DJ Lozo’s Mixes Episode 7 and Rock Night with DJ Luemas155 Episode 1.

DSCF4501We expected the videos to show on VaughnLive when our broadcasts had finished, but what had happened was the broadcast had lost connection, re connected to the VaughnLive servers and its believed it over wrote what had already been recorded.

This means, we only have about the last 50 minutes of Rock Night with DJ Luemas155 Episode 1, we shall try and upload this on to YouTube this week.

DJ Lozo will be doing a re record of his original broadcast, it won’t be Live, it will be recorded locally and it will then be shared on YouTube at a later date (Hopefully this week)

So if you were hoping to re watch these two broadcast, this is quite unfortunate, but we shall do our best to restore what we can, we did take allot of photo’s during the night, so these photos will appear on the appropriate pages on the site for that show, more details about that in a future blog post.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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RCD Radio Clara Maintenance Schedule – Live Stream Disruption for Maintenance Every 20th of the Month

RCD Radio Logo RedThis blog post is information on why the RCD Radio Live stream will shut off for about 30-60 minutes every 20th of each month.

This is because the server in which the stream is on, we will be shutting down the stream for a bit of scheduled maintenance on the 24/7 Server, (This also includes the RoBots which run on the server) we shall run a monthly Windows Updates, any inside cleaning of the server which needs doing and making sure the server is in a safe condition to run plus a cooling down.

IMG_6676We shall also be carrying out any maintenance on the machine which needs doing, besides any Windows Updates, during the downtime, the server will not be accessible until this scheduled maintenance has been carried out, our feed will resume as soon as possible, we shall let you know the status of the server (Live feed) when its down and up on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Thank you for your co-operation, if you have any questions about this, please leave a comment or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Brand New Hard Drive – Its Called SUPERDRIVE

blog-hard-drive-10-10-2013-1Just over a week ago, we wrote a blog post about how we have suffered yet again a hard drive failure and we were working on getting its replacement in.

Read that blog post here

The replacement drive is here and is now operational! Restoring the drive was no easy task and it took a fair few hours to get its backups, such as music, jingles and voice overs, but everything has now been restored and we are ready for broadcasting Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 10 on the 16th October

The New Drive

The new drive is a Buffalo DriveStation Combo 2TB eSATA/USB-2.0/Firewire External Hard Drive, after we originally thought our streaming machine took FireWire, we were very wrong, after looking at the port and the writing above it, we noticed that the port was actually a eSATA port which was very exciting to hear.

blog-hard-drive-10-10-2013-2eSATA allows you to transfer files to the hard drive at super hyper speeds, which for us is perfect as we do music streaming from the device, according to the manual, it allows transfers up to 15000MBPS (Mega Bits Per Second) which is allot faster than Firewire and USB.

The drive is a solid state hard drive with 2TB of space, its plenty for our music library, the new drive has also been networked so we can access the drive to update the library from any machine on the network and without there being any disruption from disconnecting the drive or connecting any USB sticks or Hard Drives for music transfers.

Overall, we are very pleased with this drive and its going to be in good use for the next few years. (Hopefully)

For more information on the drive including its full spec and where to buy, go to http://rcdr.me/1bePQzX