Quick Questions About Podcasting
Podcasting is an up-and-coming and
increasingly popular medium for communication.
The following are common questions about podcasting,
perfect for those just getting started in podcasting
as a communication channel...
What Format Should I Record To?
While other formats are supported, MP3 is by far
the most common format used for audio podcasts.
Unless there is a specific and compelling reason
to use a different format, you should stick with
MP3 files for audio podcasts.
What Microphones Are Best For Podcasting?
It depends on the type of recording you intend
to do. There is a big difference between portable
and fixed microphones. If all of your recording
will occur in a studio, you can use a fixed microphone
and equipment suited to that environment. If you
are taking your show on the road, consider whether
you want to use a portable directional microphone,
or a microphone that will pick up area background
What Options Exist For Hosting A Podcast?
First, you need to decide whether you intend to
host the podcast on your own server, or whether
you wish to use a third-party for your hosting
needs. If you an opt for a third-party hosting
service, you are giving up some control over the
podcast file. While you will likely save in hosting
costs with a third-party hosting service, you
are also at the host's mercy if they make changes
or decide to close their doors.
How Do I Remove Dead Spots From A Podcast?
There are a variety of editing tools available,
such as RecordForAll ( http://www.recordforall.com
), that allow you to easily edit audio files and
remove any unwanted audio segments. Such editing
tools usually also include a variety of other
handy and helpful editing features such as fading
in, fading out, noise reduction, etc.
Where Can I Get Sound Effects For My Podcast?
There is a wide array of sound effect portals
that contain royalty-free sound effects that are
suitable for incorporating into your podcast.
Here are just a couple of sources...
Digital Sound Effects - http://www.digital-sound-effects.com
More on Sound Effects -http://www.powerpoint-resources.com/sound-effects.htm
Where Can I Get Music For My Podcast?
There are also a variety of portals that contain
royalty-free PodSafe music, allowing you to incorporate
music into your show without having to pay royalties
each time the podcast is played. more on
PodSafe Music - http://www.podcasting-tools.com/where-to-locate-podsafe-music.htm
How Do You Make Your Podcast Ready For Inclusion
In Apple's iTunes Directory?
First, you must modify your podcast so that it
includes some special tags that are specific to
iTunes. You can use software to create an iTunes-compatible
podcast, and the software will automatically encode
the podcast feed for you. One such product is
FeedForAll, available in both Windows and Mac
versions, which can be found at http://www.feedforall.com
There is also a tutorial that will walk you through
the process of setting up an iTunes-compatible
podcast - http://www.feedforall.com/itunes-tutorials.htm
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.