I know a lot of you own at least one tech gadget, so have you ever considered using one of those expensive cleaning solutions because 1. they claim it’s the best out there in the market, and 2. they work? Well I fell victim to that once, before I discovered that cleaning your gadgets doesn’t have to be expensive.
Do you know that you can make your own inexpensive gadget cleaning solution? And these ingredients could very well be found right in your own household.
CNET’s Sharon Vaknin teaches us on Lifehacker how to do this. By mixing rubbing alcohol and distilled water in a small spray bottle container, you now have your monitor/keyboard/smartphone cleaner. Compared to vinegar, this is way better as it dries fast, and doesn’t smell. But according to their note, Apple doesn’t recommend using alcohol on iPads, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I was actually about to feature another podcast show for today’s post when suddenly, out of the blue, I remembered having read about this particular tutorial by Marziah Karch on how to make a podcast feed – make a podcast feed using Blogger, to be exact. Anyhow, I also realized that I have yet to even share it with the rest of you, so here it is.
Her tutorial is pretty much straightforward and easy to follow, and by the time you finish you’ll then be able to use your Blogger account to create a Podcast feed that can be downloaded into iTunes and other “podcatchers.”
One more thing before you head off to the tutorial is that you first need to have a media file (mp3 or video file) ready and already uploaded onto a server because you’re going to need it in order for you to even get midway through. That said, CLICK HERE for the tutorial!
In this episode of The Audacity to Podcast, Daniel J. Lewis interviews entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark about how bloggers and podcasters can have their trademarks and how they can protect it in social media.
If you’re an independent musician looking for a way to generate revenue then today’s featured podcast episode is just for you!
In this CDBaby Podcast episode, host Kevin Breuner is joined by Paul Anthony from RumbleFish, a sync licensing company whose job is to work in behalf of the artist with licensing their music to different media companies. So in other words, they’ll discuss how artists can license their music for TV, film, YouTube and other media. You’ll also learn what sync licensing and Micro-Sync are, and how you can take advantage of its revenue streams.
“It’s not just what you say, but how you say it.” You may have heard that phrase at least once — it’s about choosing the right words AND method of expressing yourself, which are critical in keeping your listeners’ attention.
That’s why for today I decided to feature the Voice Over Experts’ podcast channel from Voices.com, a site primarily for voice actors. Since there are more audio than video podcasters, you might be able to benefit from some of the helpful tips from this channel. Some of the topics covered here are: controlling your vocal sound on a microphone, the importance of versatility, social networking tips, and more. One of these days, you might just find your own signature tone, and your podcast listeners will love you for it!
Most, if not all podcasters would tell you that they’d prefer to have a musical theme for their podcast show but getting one isn’t simple nor easy. The audio material doesn’t just have to be good, but also Podsafe.
Podsafe music is simply any music or sound byte which license specifically allows its use in podcasting. Below is a list of sites you can check out to get Podsafe music for your podcast.
Instant Music Now – This provides professional digital quality background theme music for purchase. Podcasters must voice over the music in intervals of 30 seconds or less. In other words podcasters cannot allow any music segments that exceed 30 seconds in length without any additional commentary.
Podcast Themes – If you want your own original track or sound for your podcast, check out Podcast Themes. The site is run by Mark Blasco, and he’ll do all the hard work for you, at a price of course. Head over to his site to know more about his service.
Opuzz – Opuzz is probably the simplest way to get royalty-free music for your podcast. You only pay for the music once and that’s it! No additional fees, no frills.
NeoSounds – NeoSounds provides royalty-free music that starts at around $7 a clip and $1.65 for sound effects. Do note however that using some of the music you get there requires you to fill in and submit a cue sheet.
To know a little more about what Podsafe is, you can read about it over at good ol’ Wikipedia.
When doing live interviews, the face-to-face process is the still best way. But if your guest isn’t available on the said schedule, you can solve this problem by conducting it online via Skype.
Here are some tips to get quality results if you are planning to conduct a Skype interview for your video/audio podcast.
Get yourself good audio resources and recording tools. Check out Call Recorder for Mac, Total Recorder for Windows, Soundflower, Audio Hijack, Audion, Powergramo and Pamela Recorder which is available to both Mac and Windows.
Before you start, test the levels and quality of your video and audio. Check if there is feedback, echoes and unnecessary noise so editing will be a lot easier. This will also prevent you from redoing the interview which is a hassle to your interviewee. Use earphones instead of speakers while recording to hear all the details.
Focus on your interview by looking only at the camera or at your interviewee’s video display position.
Keep a good flow of the conversation. Stay relaxed because it’s better for your interview. Crack some jokes from time to time as icebreakers if you think the discussion is moving off-track.
Be wary of the time. Podcasts usually take 25-45 minutes so keep aware of your time. If it takes longer and you think you’ve already covered everything, you may end it or stress that you are conducting a very important interview. You can then split it up into a two-part episode to keep it interesting for your listeners or viewers.
Tim and Damond from The Tech Monks Podcast discuss why both video AND audio podcasters should consider exporting their material to YouTube. They’ve got some great tips on how to prime your posts to get more viewers with regards to tagging your videos and using effective descriptions. They also point out the huge benefits of using YouTube’s helpful features like annotation and analytics, while also taking advantage of its huge user base.
Tim also found a way to create an RSS feed from a YouTube channel. Want to know how? Then click on the Youtube icon above or just read his article.
You can also download the episode and more at iTunes, or catch them on Stitcher Radio, in case you have that app installed on your mobile.