Podcasting: Telling the World
Podcasting for free is, unfortunately, not a simple process. Furthermore, the services available for free are not as powerful or reliable as you may want, particularly if you are podcasting in some sort of professional capacity. That said, there is no reason you cannot create a professional-grade podcast for free, and this workshop will show you how.
In order to fully understand podcasting, you must first understand blogs and RSS feeds.
- For our purposes, a blog is a website consisting of "posts," arranged in chronological order.
- RSS feeds are explained in this video: What is an RSS Feed?
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How do I podcast?
I suggest using the How to Podcast Tutorial
Other tutorials I have found include:
Also, here is a helpful glossary.
Plan Your Show Ahead of Time
- Topic: anything you want
- Format: each episode should follow roughly the same format, so plan this out ahead of time.
- Episode length
- Frequency of new shows
- Size: knowing the format, length and frequency of your show will enable you to estimate what kind of hosting you'll need.
Planning For Each Episode
- Plan what you're going to say (outline or script)
- Decide ahead of time how much editing you want to do
- Either a separate audio recorder or a Mic for the computer (many laptops and Macs have mics built-in).
- Audio recorder/editor: Audacity
- MP3 Encoder: LAME (may also be possible in iTunes)
Determine your storage and hosting needs
- Using the per-minute file size from this chart, estimate the average size of your podcasts.
- Multiply this number by the number of podcasts you want to store online to get the total storage space you need.
- Multiply the average file size of your podcasts by the number of people you think will listen to each episode and the number of episodes you plan to release per month. This will give you your bandwidth needs.
Record, Edit and Save Your Podcast
Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters -- includes videos explaining how to use the software.
Using Audacity and LAME, record your podcast and save it as an MP3 file.
- Download Software
- Open Audacity
- Trim outside
- Silence Selection
- Click Track
- Download Audio
- go to creativecommons.org
- go to CCmixter
- search for beat
- Find 10BeatBass
- Right click and open 10BeatBass in a new tab or window
- Note that the copyright allows for remixing
- Download the mp3 to your desktop
- Edit Downloaded Audio
- Import Audio
- Fade in
- Fade out
- Save as mp3
- Set the bitrate under Quality and Preferences (see chart for recommended settings). This will change the size of the file.
- Be sure to set the ID3 tags. When you open an MP3 in Windows Media Player or iTunes and it comes with information such as Artist, Title and Track Number, this information has been saved in the file's ID3 tags. A discription of this process for Audacity can be found here
- Export as mp3 (requires LAME)
Publish Your Podcast
What you need:
- Web Hosting
- RSS Feed
- This is where your files are stored.
- Your main concern will be that your hosting service provides sufficient storage and bandwidth.
- Some Hosting Options:
- RSS Feed
- This will enable people to subscribe to the podcast.
- Most blogs will automatically produce a feed.
- Feedburner can also be used to give you more control over your feed.
- set up services (Some helpful videos for setting up these services)
- post the file to hosting service
- post link and notes to blog