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Podcasting Basics


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RETA Webinar presentation on Podcasting Basics - March 18, 2010

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Podcasting Basics

  1. 1. <ul><li>Let’s talk about how we can create podcasts/vodcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Planning the Podcast/Vodcast </li></ul><ul><li>Produce/Recording the Podcast/Vodcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What program will you use? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publishing the Podcast online </li></ul><ul><li>Share some of your examples or ideas </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Are you ready to start? Here are some </li></ul><ul><li>initial questions to ask yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you be doing the podcast/vodcast solo , in pairs, or in a group? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of podcast/vodcast will you do (e.g. tip of the day, reviews, breaking news, interviews, PSA, etc.)? </li></ul><ul><li>How long will the podcast/vodcast be? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you just be talking or will you play music as well? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you be using pictures and/or video clips? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Planning Your Podcast/Vodcast <ul><li>Pick a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Create your Storyboard if using video or pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Write a script </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on a speaker </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, Practice, Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, aloud to get timing down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second, using a microphone or other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>audio device. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Decisions, Decisions – What Program Do I Use? Audio Podcasting : Windows Sound Recorder
  5. 5. <ul><li>Windows PC Sound Recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Recorder can record audio from a microphone or headset.  The recorded audio can be saved in .wav . All versions prior to the Windows Vista version of Sound Recorder could apply some simple audio transformations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inserting and/or mixing in audio from other files. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Splitting out parts of the current audio clip. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing or decreasing volume in 25% increments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase or decrease playback speed in 100% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> increments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding an echo </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Click Here Window Pops Up when you click “Stop Recording”
  7. 7. Convert the format: There are many different formats (file types) for audio files. It doesn’t matter, however, whether you use Windows’ Sound Recorder or Audacity or Garage Band – or a digital recorder, ultimately whatever you record will have to be converted to an .mp3 file to work on iTunes (Mac product but can be uploaded onto your PC or Zunes a Microsoft product). Switch Sound File Converter Plus
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity is a free, easy to use, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X & Microsoft Windows. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use Audacity to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Record live audio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edit MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change the speed or pitch of a recording. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And more! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can automatically export as an MP3 </li></ul></ul></ul>Audacity
  9. 10. Decisions, Decisions – What Program Do I Use? Video Podcasts / Vodcasts Windows Photo Story 3 Windows Movie Maker iMovie for Mac
  10. 11. Windows Photo Story 3 <ul><li>Using digital photos to create a photo slideshow. You can capture your memories just the way you want them – with a single click: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can touch-up, crop or rotate pictures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add special effects, soundtracks and personalize your stories with titles and captions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize motion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Narration or Add Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export the project or burn it to a CD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exports as a WMV file </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Windows Movie Maker <ul><li>Capture Video (Capture from Video Device, Import video, Import pictures, Import audio) </li></ul><ul><li>Edit Movie (Show collections, View video effects, View video transitions, and Make titles or credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Finish Movie (Save to my computer, save to CD, Send in e-mail, send to web, send to DV camera) </li></ul>
  12. 13. iMovie for Mac <ul><li>Direct trimming of video and audio clips in the timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Snapping sync for video and audio, audio waveforms and listening to audio while scrubbing </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple clip selection </li></ul><ul><li>One video track, two audio tracks </li></ul><ul><li>Voice-over narration can be recorded from a microphone and added to an audio track </li></ul><ul><li>Titles with effects such as 3D spin, converge, bounce across and ending credits motion </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions, such as cross dissolve, disintegrate, twirl, scale down and warp out </li></ul><ul><li>Video effects, including fast motion, slow motion, reverse fast/slow motion, brightness and contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of still frames from video </li></ul><ul><li>Splitting clips. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Converting Your Videos to .MP3 Format <ul><li>Any Video Converter is a FREE & All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It can convert almost all video to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more </li></ul><ul><li>Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio. </li></ul><ul><li>Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion </li></ul><ul><li>World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality. </li></ul>
  14. 15. So, Now You Have an MP3 or MP4 File Now What? Publishing your Podcast/Vodcast: Posterous <ul><li>Posterous lets you post things online fast using email. You email [email_address] and they reply instantly with your new Posterous blog. </li></ul><ul><li>You can send anything! Posterous will accept any file you send and convert it to the most web friendly format available. They will host everything and publish it online instantly. </li></ul><ul><li>They will size a photo to a web-friendly size and post it. </li></ul><ul><li>If you want music to play while people are viewing your photos, they will drop the music into a web MP3 player so the readers can listen to it right there in their web browser. </li></ul><ul><li>They will code video so that it can be seen in flash player right there in the browser. </li></ul><ul><li>You can set a password to your site so only the readers you want can see it. They do not need an account to see your site. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Questions or last thoughts, ideas – chat them or ask for microphone! </li></ul><ul><li>Visit to learn more and to find more links for subscribing to podcasts, quick start guides and tutorials, best practices, etc. </li></ul>Last Thoughts……