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Making Your Own Podcast Presented by the Science, Technology and Society program Presenters Melissa Moon, STS Program Coordinator Dario Mendoza, STS Research Assistant What is a podcast?

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making your own podcast

Making Your Own Podcast

Presented by the Science, Technology and Society program

presenters
Presenters
  • Melissa Moon, STS Program Coordinator
  • Dario Mendoza, STS Research Assistant
what is a podcast
What is a podcast?
  • A podcast is a audio or video file that is distributed over the Internet for listening on mobile media devices or personal computers.
  • A podcast is basically a web feed of a video or audio file that users may subscribe to.
what is a podcast4
What is a podcast?
  • A podcast is typically an .mp3 file.
  • Each separate podcast is typically referred to as an episode.
  • A podcast is typically distributed by a url, the feed url, which is expected to be a permanent url.
  • A user may download episodes individually, or may subscribe to all episodes of a particular podcast.
    • You would download episodes individually when you are trying out a new podcast and are unsure about whether to subscribe or not.
subscribing to a podcast
Subscribing to a podcast
  • When you have found a podcast that you enjoy, it is best to subscribe to it.
  • You enter the feed url into a podcatcher which will automatically retrieve new episodes when available.
    • Podcatchers typically run at all times on your computer.
    • When a new episode becomes available, the podcatcher will automatically download the episode for you so you may listen to it when you want.
    • Popular podcatchers include: iPodderX (Mac), iTunes (Mac/Windows), podnova (Mac/Windows), Juice (Mac/Windows)
podcatcher links
Podcatcher links
  • iPodderX - http://ipodderx.com/
  • iTunes - http://www.apple.com/itunes/
  • Podnova - http://www.podnova.com/
  • Juice - http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/
revolutionizing entertainment
Revolutionizing entertainment
  • How is the podcast revolutionary?
    • It allows the user to select which programs he or she wants to listen to or view.
      • Select only the content that interests you, as opposed to broadcast programs.
    • The user can listen or watch when he or she wants to
      • Podcasts are available any time of the day.
    • The user can listen or watch where he or she wants to
      • Anywhere there is a personal computer or wherever you are with your mobile media player.
    • The user can listen or watch how she wants to
      • You have complete control over the program: you can fast-forward, rewind or pause at any time.
    • Any user can create his or her own show.
      • Any subject, any time.
popular podcasts
Popular podcasts
  • According to Yahoo! Podcasts:
  • 1. This Week in Tech
  • 2. NPR: All Songs Considered
  • 3. Science Friday: Making Science Radioactive
  • 4. ChinesePod | Learn Mandarin Chinese
  • 5. Slate Magazine Podcasts
  • Source: http://podcasts.yahoo.com/
for more information
For more information:
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast
  • http://podcasts.yahoo.com/
  • http://www.podcast.net/
  • http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/
creating your own podcast
Creating your own podcast
  • Anyone can create his or her own show through podcasting.
  • The user determines everything: the format, the subject, the length, etc…
two basic components
Two basic components
  • There are two basic components necessary to create a podcast:
    • A personal computer
    • A microphone
      • This is the best investment you can make for your podcast.
      • The better the microphone, the better your podcast will sound, which results in better quality.
      • For more advanced users: One other thing to consider is your soundcard. The better your soundcard, the better the quality of your podcast. A better soundcard can produce better audio and reduce hissing sounds.
other essentials to the podcast
Other essentials to the podcast
  • Headphones
    • Why headphones and not speakers?
      • Headphones enable you to hear every nuance of your podcast. They are much more precise than speakers.
      • The best investment would be over-the-ear headphones. These are better at canceling outside noise.
choosing a client
Choosing a client
  • You will need a podcasting client that will enable you to create your own podcast.
  • For Professionals: Adobe Audition 1.5 ($300)
    • This is for more advanced users.
    • http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/main.html
  • Open Source: Audacity
    • This is the best option for people who are just getting into podcast creation.
    • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
    • http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
creating your podcast
Creating your podcast
  • Open the program, Audacity, that is on the desktop.
  • First we will need to set some initial settings:
    • File  Preferences  Audio IO Tab
      • Set the soundcard for playback and recording.
      • Under recording setting, change recording to 1 channel (mono).
      • Quality tab
        • Leave quality at the same (44100 hz).
        • Default sample rate: lower to 16 bit.
      • File Format tab
        • Want to record uncompressed (WAV microsoft 16 bit PCM)
          • This will give you the best quality sound.
        • MP3 Export: drop down to 64 for standard podcast.
          • You don’t really need any higher quality than this.
initial procedures
Initial procedures
  • Select Project  New audio track
  • Drag the audio track box down so it fills most of the Audacity window.
  • These are the initial tests in order to familiarize yourself with the client:
    • You need to speak into the microphone in order to figure out how loudly you need to speak
    • -12 to -16 db is a good range. When you get near 0, your voice will distort.
recording your podcast
Recording your podcast
  • Now you are ready to begin recording your own podcast.
  • Open a new project (File  New Project)
  • Open a new audio track (Project  New Audio Track)
  • Start recording!
topic ideas
Topic ideas
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Books
  • Anything else you can think of!
after you have finished recording
After you have finished recording:
  • Some post-production steps:
    • Reduce noise (Optional)
      • Record about 15 seconds of silence.
      • Select this silenced portion of the audio track and go to Effect  Noise removal.
      • Click ‘Get Noise Profile’.
      • Then go into Effect and Noise removal again. Use the slider bar to determine how much noise you want removed.
    • Normalizing (Optional)
      • Bringing all your audio levels up to the same level.
      • For example: If you used another source of audio like music.
      • Select low audio to amplify (want a consistent level across the board). Then select Effect  Amplify. Uncheck the don’t allow clipping box and select ok.
      • Now you will want to select the entire audio track. Click Effect  Normalize and select ok.
    • Encoding (Necessary)
      • Go to File  Export as .mp3.
      • Choose to save to the desktop.
      • E-mail to yourself so you have your own copy.
making your podcast public
Making your podcast public
  • There are a variety of ways:
    • Upload to your personal webspace
    • Personal website
    • Blog
    • Email / Instant Messenger
    • Podomatic
podomatic
Podomatic
  • Go to http://www.podomatic.com/
  • Register for an account
  • Log-in to your account
  • Select ‘Podcast’ from the menu
  • Select ‘Post Episode’ from the next menu
  • Fill out the different fields then click ‘Import’
  • Click ‘Browse’, and then select your personal podcast file. Select ‘Use File’.
  • Now select ‘Publish’.
  • Podomatic will now give you your own personal url for your podcast. You can now send this link to anyone and distribute your own personal podcast.
  • Whenever you want to update with new episodes, follow the same procedure.
thank you
Thank You!
  • For more information on the Science, Technology and Society (STS) program visit our website: www.sts.utexas.edu