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Podcasting in 15 Minutes

  1. 1. Podcasting in 15 minutes … June 1, 2007 FACC Conference Chad Mairn St. Petersburg College
  2. 2. Objectives
  3. 3. <ul><li>MP3 + </li></ul>= What is a podcast?
  4. 4. Podcast - <ul><li>a digital media file (e.g., MP3), or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds (e.g., RSS) for playback on portable media players and personal computers. (Source: Wikipedia) </li></ul><ul><li>You can download the media file[s] and listen to them on your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>You can subscribe to a feed and have updated content come to you – like a multimedia magazine delivered to your home once a new issue is published. </li></ul><ul><li>Some podcasts have a corresponding web page or a blog for show notes and other applicable information. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, the New Oxford American Dictionary rated ‘podcast’ the Word of the Year! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why listen to and/or create a podcast? <ul><li>Why listen to or create anything? </li></ul><ul><li>Learn something. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach something. </li></ul><ul><li>Make lectures/discussions more portable. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote events, connect with your community, and reach out to people with similar interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide reviews/recommendations for books, other podcasts etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Record events and share with people who were unable to attend it. </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplish almost anything you want. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do you need? <ul><li>1. Soundcard. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Speakers. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Microphone. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Audio recording/editing software. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Place to store media files (hosting service vs. institution’s server?). </li></ul><ul><li>7. Web page and/or a blog with an RSS feed. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Something to say. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step-by-Step Guide to Podcasting <ul><li>1. Decide what you want to say. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Write an outline and practice it. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Record in an audio editor/recorder. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Export to MP3 or other compatible format. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Upload file[s] to a server. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Create a post or a web page linking to the media file[s]. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Create and send RSS feed address to podcast directories. Use one-click subscriptions: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 1: What do you want to say? <ul><li>Who is your audience? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your mission (i.e., institution, course goals etc.)? </li></ul><ul><li>A promotional or educational tool? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it be a series? </li></ul><ul><li>How often will each episode be published? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you include a corresponding web page for show notes? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 2: Use an outline and practice
  10. 10. Step 3: Record in an audio editor/recorder Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ . Note: must install the LAME MP3 Encoder after installing Audacity.
  11. 11. Step 4: File >>> Export As MP3…
  12. 12. Step 5. Upload file[s] to a server
  13. 13. Step 6: Create a Blog post with a link to the multimedia file[s]. … Or Create a web page with show notes with a link to the file[s]. So, subscribers can receive the updated episode via their favorite podcasting client.
  14. 14. Step 7: Create and send RSS feed address to podcast directories
  15. 15. Some Best Practices to Consider <ul><li>Spoken word without music: 22,050Hz (Sample rate) + Mono = smaller file size. With music: 44,100 Hz + Stereo = larger file, but better quality. </li></ul><ul><li>A 2:41 program recorded at 44,100Hz, 128 kbps, Stereo = 2.46MB. </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright vs. Creative Commons license </li></ul><ul><li>Use podsafe (royalty-free ) music [www.uniquetracks.com] </li></ul><ul><li>Use closed captioning or create a link to show notes/transcript. </li></ul><ul><li>Create descriptive ID3 tag (metadata) [add an image to the tag]. </li></ul><ul><li>Test RSS feed via http://www.feedvalidator.org/ and also with a podcasting client (e.g., iTunes, Zencast). </li></ul>
  16. 16. Contact Information Chad Mairn St. Petersburg College Email: [email_address] Phone: 727.341.7181 Skype: cmairn GoogleTalk: chadmairn The resources consulted throughout the presentation are available at: http://del.icio.us/cmairn (Podcast bundle). The “Just-in-case” podcast example is available at: http://chadmairn.vox.com/ and at http://www.archive.org/details/PodcastDemo Also, you can add comments and see related presentations at: http://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn .