Podcasting on Podcasting
By Allison Sheridan
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A beginner's guide on how to create your own podcast - from philosophies to tools.
||CleanPoP 011 How to Record a Live Show on Ustream||In this episode I answer why you shouldn't use your built-in microphone, and then I go through the details of setting up Cam Twist for video, Wiretap Anywhere for audio, and the settings on Ustream itself. Watch the live show at 5pm GMT-8 on Sunday nights at ustream.tv/nosillacast.||10/5/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 010 Recording a Skype conversation||One of the easiest ways to do interviews, or to have a co-host for your audio podcast is to call the other person on Skype, and then record the audio coming out of Skype along with your own microphone input. I'll demonstrate how to do this using WireTap Studio. Skype is a free application and service that allows you to make computer to computer calls for free, or from a computer to a regular telephone for a very small fee.||10/5/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 009 Feeder Tutorial||In this espisode I talk about a new tip in Garage Band, go over some more detail on Wordpress.com and then I do a full tutorial of how to set up your Podcast using Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com ======Willie's microphone tip in GB & poll question===== What a great discovery of the iSight microphone setting on Garageband - I never noticed that! I couldn't really hear a difference but it's a cool thing to find. Have to fiddle with that one. I put an image in the shownotes to show where Willie found the iSight mic setting - I hadn't ever played around in that menu before! You also mentioned making Podcasting on Podcasting a separate feed. I haven't done that for a few reasons - one of which is I'm not sure where it's going to go yet. I've run out of steam a bit, pretty much walked through 100% of the steps i do to create the show already! I am going to ask my podcasting buddies - Mac and windows - what else they might like to add if they could throw in their two cents. I may do interviews of other podcasts on their ideas, or just have them send in recordings, not sure which yet. Since it's not actually mixed in with the regular shows, people can skip the Podcasting on Podcasting episodes easily enough i think till I figure out if it takes on a life of it's own. thanks for the nice feedback! Ryan on Wordpress A while back in the show we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using wordpress.com to host your blog. Listener Ryan wrote in with a bit more information. He said, WordPress.com is free for most users, it provides a subdomain to wordpress.com, like Al said bobsexcellentpodcast.wordpress.com as an example. They also do provide a for-pay option to buy your own domain name, so you could just have bobsexcellentpodcast.com without the subdomain. Also, the free option does have some limits (the most important in this context is space). You have the option of purchasing extra space if you need it, and having a podcast with all those MP3s will grow to be quite large, so you'll probably end up buying more space eventually. Thanks for the info Ryan, didn't know you COULD do your own domain through wordpress.com. I wouldn't worry about the space limitations because my recommendation is that all your media files go over on libsyn.com anyway. One thing I found out when assisting my friend David set up a wordpress.com blog is that you can't use ANY plugins to wordpress. Plugins are a great way to enhance your site - adding search, widgets for advertising, calendars - TONS of functionality you can add. If you have any desire to go beyond even the most basic setup I'd stick with regular wordpress on your own domain hosted outside of wordpress.com. Feeder Lessons I realized this week that I haven't taught you how to create your Podcast feed using the Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com. I teased you about it by telling you what it could do, but I never walked you through thru the process. I created all of the steps to doing this using ScreenSteps (of course) and I put the detailed steps under Tutorials available in the right sidebar. Let's get started: Text of the lesson is here: podfeet.com/wordpress/tutorials/feeder||8/15/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 008 Encode to mp3 and set iTunes tags||I know, I skipped a week - so sue me! what was I thinking trying to do two podcasts a week plus the Mac Roundtable plus a full time job??? In this week's show we'll cover the details of how to encode your huge AIFF file into an MP3 file that people can actually use as a podcast. Before I get too far in though, I want to give you a little more philosophy...||7/23/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 007 Video file size, dig into GarageBand for recording||Don McCallister of screencastsonline.com on his video file stackup, and then we dive deep into how to configure Garageband and set up recording. Don McCallister on file sizes Don McCallister of screencastsonline.com joins in to talk about how big HIS filesizes are. More than 25GB!!! I promised we'd start getting into the gory details this week, so get ready for the dirty underbelly of Podcasting. Let's assume I'm using the M-Audio Fast Track and the PR-20 microphone with my headphones plugged into the headphone jack for this example. - Plug mic into Fast Track, Fast Track USB into Mac, headphones into Mac - check sound control panel to make sure it shows Fast Track USB as input device, headphones as output - Launch GarageBand, select new podcast -- Open Preferences, Audio/Midi, verify it either says Fast Track USB as input and headphones as output, or that it says System Sound for both. - If not doing an enhanced podcast, hide podcast track (command-shift-B) - click on the audio track you'll be using, female or male (I have trouble with this part - should I use male or female with a low voice like mine?) -- in the bottom right of that main screen, click on the "i" to open the right pane -- select mono for the voice (you're one person, right? you can't be stereo by yourself, just makes the file bigger with no value!) -- deselect monitor - if you have it selected you'll hear yourself, and depending on how you have it set up it will be delayed which will make you go off your rocker -- I like auto gain control off in that window too - Bart and I had a terrible time chasing down gain problems till we figured out the auto gain control was running around behind us changing everything back that we had changed! -- Click the big red button and start talking --- If you did everything right, you should see the wave form in the voice you chose --- Watch the level indicator on the track where you're recording. It's small, too small to notice if you're not looking for it - if it gets past halfway you might have some clipping. --- Stop and listen to it, make sure it's not too quiet, or clipping into square waves you can hear --- Test this EVERY time you start to record -- When you're finally ready to start for real, start 1 second in. don't know why but the first second gets cut off during the export to disk. -- When you flub, stop, find the flub, hit command-T to split, or Edit --> Split, then delete flub and start back up. -- When you're done, shift-select all the pieces you've created, and hit Edit --> Join or command-J. If you don't you'll get weird doubling at the points where the pieces meet -- Jingles --- GB contains canned jingles you can use royalty free --- Click on the Jingles track, click the eyeball which will show Jingles as an option, click on Jingles, then choose from Cinematic, country, electronic, jazz and more. --- many jingles are available in different lengths - I use a medium length one for the intro, long for the outtro --- find the jingle you like, drag it up into the timeline --- Jingle will automatically duck below your voice - still too loud? Click on the track volume arrow triangle, then click on the volume and drag up and down -- Drag in other audio content as required like ccatp - Masterpiece complete - time to export the file -- Share --> Export to Disk -- Resist the urge to click on Compress - we'll compress in iTunes to mp3, we want it in full AIFF as long as possible to chew up as much disk space as possible. Done with GB Launch levelator and drag the newly created AIFF onto it. Go get coffee. When return, you'll find a new file with .output in the name Open .output in iTunes||7/10/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 006 - disk loss, family support, Heil PR-20, M-Audio Fasttrack||Disk Inventory Tools with DiskInventoryX available at derlien.com and WhatSize from id-design.com. Make sure your family is on board before you start. More on hardware with the Heil PR-20 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone and the M-Audio Fast Track US44010 USB Audio Interface.||7/3/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 005 Agenda, Media Serving, Feed creation, FTP||Have an agenda, how to not lose a housepayment with libsyn.com to host your media files, and Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com to create your podcast feed. Details of how I set Feeder to do tags for iTunes and images to be displayed. FTP client I use is Transmit from panic.com.||6/26/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 004 Blogs||Continuing the overview of all the components of Podcasting with why you need a blog, explanation of Content Management Systems like Wordpress and Drupal, ways to host your blog (Wordpress.com vs. your own host), Akismet will bring you relief from spam.||6/17/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 003 Software||Starting with the least expensive tools to some that cost some money. I start with Audacity from audacity.soureforge.net GarageBand if you have a recent Mac: apple.com/ilife/garageband/ I explain why I haven't traditionally done an enhanced podcast, but why I'm doing one now. I don't go into the details of the settings in GB, that's for a later show.Then I discuss how I use iTunes to put in my ID3 tags. I talk about the details of the ID3 tags as shown below: I briefly mention transcoding to mp3 but I don't discuss how to actually do that (again later). Next I discuss briefly the advantages of using Wiretap Studio from ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/ The Levelator from conversationsnetwork.org next time: why you need a blog.||6/13/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 002 Hardware Tools - Microphones||In this episode I start describing Microphone options for recording. I go through a few low end options, including the Plantronics .Audio 650 USB amazon.com, the Samson CO1U amazon.com, and the Zoom H2 from samash.com.||6/4/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPoP 001 Pick your passion||In this inaugural episode of Podcasting on Podcasting Allison explains how to pick your topic and gives an explanation of how this show will fit in with the NosillaCast.||5/28/08||Free||View In iTunes|
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