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!
Today’s post comes as a sort of courtesy to Chris Pirillo who just happens to be one the tech gurus I enjoyed watching and listening to (particularly during the good ol' days of TechTV) aside from Leo Laporte. It's a video on what one ought to consider before setting up a podcast.
You can find the text version of the video over at his blog site by clicking on the image above.
Now before you think, "Oh no, here we go again, another take on the 'How to start a podcast," keep in mind that this is Chris Pirillo, one of the early, if not first people to podcast before the term podcast was created and iTunes came along.
Of course, Chris doesn’t just discuss podcasting and blogging, but also hardware, software, new trends, and everything else tech! And aside from his YouTube channel, you can of course find him on iTunes as well.
Today I’d like to share with all of you this great slideshow tutorial on embedding your podcast into a Blogger post. It covers steps starting from downloading the software to create an audio podcast up to the actual embedding of the code into the post.
This tutorial uses the program Audacity to edit the audio and then Lame MP3 to convert its file format but you can any other software for editing and conversion. If you're new to sound editing, take time to familiarize yourself with it first to avoid confusion.
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.
Rick Osborn of RecordingWiz gives us a tutorial on how you can add vocal effects to your music/podcast recording especially if you’re doing a single vocal track. Mixcraft is an easy-to-use recording software lets you record audio, remix tracks, compose virtual instruments, score and edit, arrange loops, etc. The podcast comes with a 10-minute long video and audio format.
Franklin McMahon of Creative Cow Podcast and Media Artist gives us a very helpful tutorial on how to write an RSS feed starting from scratch, with the programs you need, the correct iTunes tags, and how you can confirm your feeds.
To launch the video tutorial, please click on the image.
Audacity is a free downloadable software which is used to record and edit audio material, available for both PC and Mac OS X. Many podcasters swear by this program because it’s user-friendly, versatile, and free.
For editing, you can:
1. Cut, Copy and Paste, Delete, Insert Silence, Duplicate and Split the audio files.
2.Apply the plugin effects to any part of your recording.
3. Customize playback rate on each tracks.
4. Align the audio segments.
The new version has fixed its bugs from the previous version. Its improvements are as follows:
1. Normalize preserves the left-right balance in stereo tracks by default and has an option to normalize stereo channels independently.
2. Spectograms allow window sizes to 32768 and frequencies to half the sample rate.
3. The Mix and Render function preserves the clip length by not rendering the white space before the audio starts and also preserves it before time zero.
4. CleanSpeech Mode is removed from Preferences, but you can still run or disable it in 1.3.14 by changing the Preferences in the previous version.
5. For OS X, there is added support for Audio Unit Music Effects but no MIDI support.
After you have downloaded Audacity, you need to set the Preferences before recording your project. This will ensure that the playback and sound source options are correctly set with the bit rate, quality indicators, etc.
Steps in Setting Preferences
1. Launch Audacity and go to Edit > Preferences.
2. From the Preferences dialog box, choose Audio I/O. This will tell where you will record your sound from and where to play it back.
3. From the dropdown menu under Playback, select the output device you would like to route your sound through. If you’re using an interface, you should install its driver and select it, but if you’re using your computer’s soundcard, then select it.
4. Under Recording > Device, select the sound source. If you’re only recording your voice, there’s no need to check the Record in Stereo box. Check it only if you’re recording music as well. You may also uncheck the ‘Play other tracks while recording new one’ check box.
5. Set the audio quality under the Quality tab. Set default sample rate at 44100 Hz for a good sound quality. The higher sample rate it is set, the better audio quality you’ll get but it will consume a large amount of file size. Leave the other settings at their default.
If you’re using the new version, it may look a little different, so here’s a screen shot. You can follow the steps above.
Set the channel to 1 Mono since Stereo will use up a large file size when saved.
You may also watch these video tutorials to learn more about Audacity: