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Podcasting Training for Windows Using Audacity

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  1. 1. PODCASTING Audio Blogging for PC Houston Community College CIC Central Ruben Duran
  2. 2. •Defining Podcasting •Demistify •Understanding Syndication- RSS •Aggregators •Subscribing to Podcasts •Creating your Podcast •Working with Audacity •Odeo vs iTunes University •Levelator Encoder •Enhancing your podcasts •Uploading your podcasts •Key Podcasting Websites •Downloads Text
  3. 3. Define Podcasting is online audio or video content that is delivered via an RSS feed. Many students on Campus have some form of digital audio playback device, i.e. an mp3 player or iPod where digital media can be stored and re-played. The power of podcasting is that users can listen to exactly what they want, when they want, and where they want. •For more on see- “Podcasting to create dynamic, multimedia learning environments”
  4. 4. Podcasting Demystified An example: Insta Spanish • iTunes University is coming... • Available in WebCT • Available ANYWHERE via portable mp3 players Debunk - podcasting does NOT require: • iPod • mp3 player • Mac For more see Shelly Drumm and Ruben Duran presentation: “Podcasting to create dynamic, multimedia learning environments”
  5. 5. Understanding Syndication- RSS Podcasting involves a set of rules known as RSS (Really Simple Syndication). RSS allows podcast content to be syndicated instantly on the Web. In 2004, the RSS format was combined with aggregator software to check RSS-enabled web pages for new audio content (Podcasts) and keep users up to date on content. Users had the option to have that content delivered directly to their home computers, and ultimately, their digital media device or MP3 player. For more on RSS see: “Podcasting to create dynamic, multimedia learning environments”
  6. 6. Aggregators Mainly for subscribing to RSS feeds, and podcasts. Our two main suggestions: Juice(Formerly iPodder. Mac & Windows) Created by Adam Curry and Dave Winer, is arguably the program that got the whole podcasting ball rolling in the first place. Features: • The ability to feed subscriptions manually or automatically • The ability to check for new podcasts manually or schedule specific times. • Automatic downloading of podcasts to MP3 player and iTunes iTunes (Mac & Windows) For anyone using one of the 12 million iPods, iTunes is likely the software they use to manage their digital music library. iTunes University is rapidly becoming the podcasting platform of choice of many higher education institutions, and it’s coming to an HCC campus near you.
  7. 7. Subscribing to Podcasts iTunes> Advance Menu> Subscribe to Podcast > then enter the url for the podcast directory you are subscribing to.
  8. 8. Juice From the Tools Menu> Add Feed > then enter the a Title for the Podcasts and the URL (podcast url).
  9. 9. Podscope “A search engine that can find podcasts according to the words spoken during them!” New York Times, July 2005.
  10. 10. Configure the application and OS Plug in the mic into the mic input on the sound card. Usually located on the back of your computer
  11. 11. Configure the application and OS Make sure the Mic is working as an input device in windows
  12. 12. Configure the application and OS From the start menu choose Settings> Control Panel> Sound Speech, and Audio Devices
  13. 13. Configure the application and OS Sound and Audio Devices Panel. Click the Voice Tab
  14. 14. Configure the application and OS In the Voice Recording area, there is a menu from which you can choose the default recording device. This should already be set to the sound card in the CIC computers
  15. 15. Audacity for Windows • Record from microphone input line • Create multitrack recording • Import WAV, AIFF, MP3s • Export MP3s • Volume fade in/out feature • Built-in effects • Easy to use • Freeware
  16. 16. Now is the time to launch Audacity. When it’s up and running, choose File> Save Project As to name and save your podcast
  17. 17. In the middle of the main Audacity window is a drop-down menu labeled Microphone. If your mic is plugged into the mic jack of your sound card, you are all set. If, however, your mic is plugged into the Line-in jack, you must select the appropriate input.
  18. 18. Next choose Project > New Audio Track
  19. 19. The left portion of the Audio Track window will tell you what the recording settings are. These should say Mono 44100. If you are recording voice it should be recorded in mono, not stereo.
  20. 20. Record your Podcast Now that everything is set up it is time to record the podcast.
  21. 21. Record your podcast If you make a mistake, just pause and then pick up where you left off.
  22. 22. Audacity allows you to edit the tracks right in the Audio Track window. To edit a specific portion or add an effect to it, highlight that portion of the track.
  23. 23. Add music and finishing touches. You can import music into the background and/or at the beginning and end of the podcast. You can easily drag and drop any MP3 or WAV file
  24. 24. When the music is in place, you can highlight specific sections and adjust the volume or apply effects such as a fade-in or fade-out.
  25. 25. When you are finished editing or adjusting the track, you export your podcast as an MP3.
  26. 26. In order to export MP3 files from Audacity you will need an additional plugin > LAME MP3 encoder Downloaded the folder into the Audacity plugin directory
  27. 27. Next, a dialog box asks you to ID the podcast using the ID3 Tag. Basically, writing title, description, etc...
  28. 28. The ID3 Tag info describes your podcast when read by an aggregator such as iTunes.
  29. 29. Odeo is a free service that allows users to record and save personal audio files and create "radio like" channels to share with others. Users also can record audio directly from a cellphone or telephone. You are welcome to use this service. However, we suggest you wait for HCC to make iTunes University available to faculty.
  30. 30. iTunes U. Education beyond the classroom One can imagine HCC classes that are digitally recorded and then made available as podcast notes. Students can download the audio for that class and listen to them while they are riding the bus back home. iTunes U* is a free, hosted service for colleges and universities that provides easy access to their educational content, including lectures and interviews. Through iTunes U, students can download content to their Macs or PCs, regardless of their location. They can listen to and view that content on their Mac or PC, or transfer it to iPod for listening or viewing on the go. Faculty can easily post and change content on their own without impacting the IT department. And, of course, students can upload their own content to share with professors or with the class.
  31. 31. Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of expanding the amount of creative work available to others to build upon and share legally. It is an excellent place to find music to enhance your podcast.
  32. 32. So what is The Levelator? It's software that runs on Windows or OS X that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The process is very simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.
  33. 33. Enfold Desktop It is a free WebDav application from the creators of Plone. With it you can drag & drop many files to applications such as WebCT, Learning Web and/or your podcast directory at Central. It is a Windows only application. It does not work on the Mac.
  34. 34. Enfold Desktop eDesktop is already installed in the CIC lab. To use Enfold from a home or office computer Download it from our download site and run the installer.
  35. 35. Enfold Desktop Now launch the application. It will launch Windows Explorer. Go to File> Enfold Desktop> Add Session
  36. 36. Enfold Desktop Add the Session Title, This can be any name you want. It could also be WebCT or LW, since you can use Enfold to Webdav to LW or WebCT. Next enter the URL for the server. Leave all other settings as is. Click OK
  37. 37. Enfold Desktop Enter you user name or password to access the server. Note: If you want to use Enfold to webdav to WebCT or Learning Web, use the same user name and password assigned to you for those applications.
  38. 38. Enfold Desktop You are now connected to your directory on the server. You can just drag and drop files back and forth to the server.
  39. 39. • Central College Podcast Directory • Podcast Alley • Stanford iTunes U. • Michael Feldstein blog about iTunes U • Georgia College & State University iPod Project • Campus Technology podcasting article • Creative Commons • Podscope (Google for podcasts)
  40. 40. PCs and Macs with Headphones & Mic Maranthz CD quality audio recorder iPods with Belkin Mic for stereo recording: The new TuneTalk Stereo from Belkin features two high-quality omnidirectional microphones for recording memos, lectures, interviews, or conversations in full stereo. Review your CD-quality audio later by using your earbud headphones or computer. Advantages •Offers CD-quality, stereo recording •Charges while recording with included cable •Fits most cases •Includes external microphone adapter (3.5mm stereo) •Features one-touch navigation for quick memos •Operates hands-free with included stand •Offers real-time adjustable gain for changing noise levels •Includes clipping indicator
  41. 41. Download all this applications from: •Audacity MP3 Exporter for Audacity •Enfold Desktop •iTunes •Juice (formerly iPodder) •Levelator