Podcast Tools and Software
A podcast is a non-streamed online digital media file that is delivered by a web-feed also known as an RSS feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Many podcasts are delivered via web syndication in installments or episodes often at a given time and place. Podcasts have a number of uses such as training, entertainment, politics, marketing, interviews, storytelling, information dissemination, and many others.
There are many useful tools and software available to use with podcasting. The podcast software and tools can be used to create podcasts, edit podcasts, and deliver podcasts to end users. The software can be broken down into two types of podcasting software - catcher which receives the podcasts and RSS feed, and producer, which can create and edit the podcasts. Here is a list of some of the best podcasting software and tools:
Podcast Producer 2
Podcast Producer 2 is the ideal software for creating, publishing, and distributing podcasts on the Apple platform. It offers a wealth of features to create high-quality podcasts such as picture-in-picture podcasts, dual source capture, and remote control capture via web browsers. Other features include Podcast Composer which has a graphical interface with a variety of editing features and special effects. http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/features/podcast-producer.html
Audacity is a great open-source audio editing and recording software program that can be used to create high-quality podcasts. It is available for the Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and BSD platforms. Audacity has a wealth of editing features that allows amplitude envelope editing, multi-track mixing, unlimited undo of copy, cut, and paste, and tempo editing. It is a great tool for post-processing podcasts. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
ePodcast Producer is a professional podcasting software program with a robust set of integrated podcasting features. In addition to the basic features such as record, edit, and upload, it has an on-screen teleprompter, DSP voice effects, can record telephone interviews with VoIP/Skype recording, and create iTunes tags and RSS feeds. Another great feature of the program is the ability to assign up to 36 music and sound effects to keyboard function keys and on-screen keys. http://www.industrialaudiosoftware.com/products/epodcastproducer.html
ePodcast Creator is a podcast software program that offers a full suite of features that allow you to record, edit, publish, and upload podcasts. It features drag and drop, full iTunes tagging support, voiceover editing, and other features that make this a great tool to develop and deliver podcasts. http://www.industrialaudiosoftware.com/products/epodcastcreator.html
Propaganda is a full-featured and versatile program designed to create, assemble, and distribute podcasts. It offers a great interface that is very user-friendly and geared toward first-time podcast creators. The features include a straightforward publish feature that generates XML, HTML, and MP3 files that are download-ready for podcasts. Propaganda provides all the necessary tools and effects to create a podcast from start to finish. http://www.mixmeister.com/
Podcaster is a Macintosh based software program that provides a number of features for producing top-notch podcasts. Podcaster can create enhanced podcasts that allow chapter markers to be inserted so that titles, images, weblinks, and other effects can be inserted. The enhanced podcasts allow movies, IPhoto slideshows, and even iMovie projects to be added to the podcast. http://www.kudlian.net/products/podcaster/education.html
Sennheiser PC 150
A great tool to use for podcasting is the Sennheiser PC 150 headphones. This headset and mic is lightweight and has a comfortable headband, inline volume control, and noise canceling microphone. This is the ideal headset to use along with podcasting software to create high-quality podcasts.
PodProducer is a very simple podcast producing program that allows the user to edit the audio and add various effects such as cross fade, voiceovers, and other effects. For users looking for podcast software that doesn't have a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles that are found in other podcast software but still gets the job done, then PodProducer is the program to use. http://www.podproducer.net
Winamp is a media player designed for the Windows operating system. While is primary features are geared toward playing media files, it can also be used as a podcatcher. Its podcatcher features include using it as an aggregator for RSS media feeds and downloading streaming media. http://www.winamp.com