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Podcasting with MS Windows

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Podcasting with MS Windows

  1. 1. Podcasting With MS Windows
  2. 2. Podcasting w/ MS Windows <ul><li>Recommended hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended software </li></ul><ul><li>One person </li></ul><ul><li>More than one person </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Saving for publication </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Hints </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hardware <ul><li>Any modern computer with a microphone input will work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A higher quality sound card will sound slightly better, but is not essential </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A good microphone is important </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any headset with a microphone that is at least $30 will work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NOTE: A wireless headset will not sound as good as a wireline headset </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>If you want to record away from a computer get a Zoom H2 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-H2-Portable-Stereo-Recorder/dp/B000VBH2IG </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Software <ul><li>MS Windows XP or newer </li></ul><ul><li>Wavepad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skype (not the beta version) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.skype.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PrettyMay Call Recorder </li></ul>
  5. 5. One Person - Computer <ul><li>Plug in the headset and put it on </li></ul><ul><li>Start Wavepad </li></ul><ul><li>Start recording </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure Wavepad is recording from the headset microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Talk! </li></ul>
  6. 6. One Person – Zoom H2 <ul><li>Read the manual – the Zoom works well but does take some configuration time </li></ul><ul><li>Record MP3 192kbps </li></ul><ul><li>Set the date/time whenever you replace the batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Use a card reader rather than the USB cable to xfer the files to your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Use AC power whenever possible </li></ul>
  7. 7. More Than One Person <ul><li>In person; use the Zoom H2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read up on how the built-in microphones work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the handle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the wind cover if there is any air movement at all </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. More Than One Person <ul><li>By telephone; use Skype and PrettyMay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You have to have a fast internet connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call other person / people via Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they do not use Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set up a SkypeOut account </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try to call a landline as the sound quality to cell phones is usually not as good as a landline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start Skype & start PrettyMay </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Editing <ul><li>Open sound file in Wavepad </li></ul><ul><li>Select all of the sound (left click on the sound, and hit Ctrl-A) </li></ul><ul><li>Run the Automatic Gain Control (Select the sound, Menu:Effects > Automatic Gain Control) </li></ul><ul><li>Run the Noise Reduction (Select the sound, Menu:Effects > Noise Reduction > Apply Multiband Noise Gating and use the “Remove Hum and Hiss Preset”) </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and edit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Saving for Publication <ul><li>Save as MP3 file </li></ul><ul><li>Use variable bitrate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Min: 32kbps, Max: 96kbps, Quality: 4 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Hosting <ul><li>Libsyn – www.libsyn.com </li></ul>
  12. 12. Results <ul><li>The Andy Forbes Files are recorded using the aforementioned tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.theandyforbesfiles.com </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Hints <ul><li>Just do it! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is easy to get caught up in planning and wanting to be perfect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The fastest way to learn what works is to just get started </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure you understand copyright and ownership issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Podcasting_Legal_Guide </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Questions? <ul><li>Andy Forbes </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/andyforbes </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.theandyforbesfiles.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.linkedin.com/in/andyforbes </li></ul>

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