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  1. 1. Podcasting Kate Pitcher, Reference/Instruction & Web Development Librarian SUNY Geneseo COMN 274 Electronic Publishing October 5, 2007
  2. 2. What is a podcast? There are LITERALLY podcasts for every topic…even board gaming!
  3. 3. Podcasts <ul><li>“ … syndicated audio or video content in a multimedia file meant for play on a handheld device (such as an iPod) or a personal computer…” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>MP3 + RSS = Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>June 28, 2005 </li></ul>What makes a podcast… a podcast?
  5. 5. iPods Can be used as… hard drive calendar contact manager audio recorder save text files photo library notes reader alarm clock PDF library video player can be projected w/LCD or TV Music
  6. 6. MP3 players
  7. 7. Finding a podcast is EASY: <ul><li>Type podcasts + directory in any search engine and you will find LOTS of podcasts on MANY subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a icon on your favorite website </li></ul><ul><li>Search for podcasts + “subject” in any search engine </li></ul><ul><li>In iTunes, search the podcast directory for thousands of podcasts on many different topics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Creating podcasts is EASY: <ul><li>Create an MP3 recording </li></ul><ul><li>Host it on a website </li></ul><ul><li>Publish a feed </li></ul>
  9. 9. What technology do you need for podcasts? <ul><li>Computer or handheld device (iPod or MP3 player for example) to listen to or watch the podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast receiver (or podcatcher) to subscribe to the podcast </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do we find and subscribe to podcasts? <ul><li>Find a podcast you are interested in listening to </li></ul><ul><li>Find the orange “RSS” or “POD” button </li></ul><ul><li>Click button OR copy and paste the URL into your podcast receiver </li></ul>
  11. 11. Subscribing to podcasts with iTunes… 1. 2. 3.
  12. 12. Other podcast receivers: <ul><li>Doppler </li></ul><ul><li>Juice </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul>
  13. 13. How do we create podcasts? <ul><li>Two easy ways : </li></ul><ul><li>1. Create podcasts by phone </li></ul><ul><li>2. Use recording software to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record audio and convert it to a downloadable format (MP3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a text file which describes the audio (RSS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload to the web </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Podcasting Tools <ul><li>Gabcast </li></ul><ul><li>podOmatic </li></ul><ul><li>Odeo </li></ul>
  15. 15. Gabcast <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Record podcasts by phone </li></ul>
  16. 16. Creating a podcast by phone… Toll-free number Click on “Testing” icon to get the podcast and play!
  17. 17. podOmatic <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Record your own podcasts </li></ul>
  18. 18. Post an episode
  19. 19. Odeo <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Upload MP3 files </li></ul>
  20. 20. Elements needed for recording your own podcast <ul><li>Recording & editing software </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Audio card </li></ul><ul><li>Convert audio file to MP3 file format </li></ul><ul><li>Upload MP3 file to server </li></ul><ul><li>Create an RSS feed for the podcast </li></ul>
  21. 21. Recording Software <ul><li>Sound Recorder (found with most Windows OS) </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity (for PCs and Macs; free) </li></ul><ul><li>GarageBand (for Macs) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  22. 22. Creating an RSS feed for your podcast: <ul><li>1. Apply Tool’s Podcast RSS Feed Generator: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Poderator: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>PodcastBlaster: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /podcast-feed/ </li></ul>
  23. 23. In order to create the RSS feed for your podcast, follow these steps: <ul><li>Create a plain text file on your computer, a .TXT file if you are on Windows using Notepad Note : Word (.doc file format or other) will not work </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and past the podcast XML code into the new file. </li></ul><ul><li>Rename the file to &quot;podcast.xml&quot; and upload to your server. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Example of the podcast XML file in the .txt file using Notepad
  25. 26. Example of RSS feed as it appears when I click on podcast logo…
  26. 27. Contact Info… <ul><li>Kate Pitcher </li></ul><ul><li>Reference/Instruction & Web Development Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Milne Library </li></ul><ul><li>SUNY Geneseo </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>