Monthly Archive: October 2012

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Add Your Own Thumbnail to YouTube Videos [How-To]

For the longest time YouTube only allowed partners to create a special thumbnail for their videos. It really gave a unfair advantage to others trying to build their videos on the YouTube platform. Now that its changing we can all partake in creating eye-catching images for YouTube and for our websites – especially if you host outside of Youtube as well. You may not have this ability just yet as they are slowly rolling out the process. When you do get it, you will see a “Choose Thumbnail” option pop up in your edit screen. I have two hosts –...

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Re-Running Podcasts – Revitalize old Episodes by Going on Vacation.

Hi, it’s Mignon Fogarty. I’m on vacation this week so I hope you enjoy this re-rerun of a podcast that originally ran in January of 2009… This is the first line in Mignon Fogarty’s podcast: Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tricks for Better Writing a couple weeks ago. She then went on with the podcast while relaxing at the Panama Canal. We all need a vacation from things – especially our podcasts. But we also know that if you don’t run a consistant show the audience might just leave. So what do you do? Re-run a show! Re-Run an older...

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The 30 Second Promo – Video Recording Tools [Roundtable]

I join Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central on the 14th episode of the TPN roundtable. Todd started to talk about his capture rig – Starting with the GotoMeeting internal recorder. You can go in and set up a recording to record in the GotoMeeting format or Windows Media format. Geffen Toolbox Todd uses the Geffen Toolbox – a HDMI to ATEM device to do screen capture. You can downscale or upscale to the recorder. The toolbox takes care of the input to screen capture. New Blubrry Tools Todd also shows off the new Blubrry stats system. It’s available for...

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Alexander Neff: Bridge Street Scene

Name: Alexander Neff – Podcast: Bridge Street Scene – Website: bridgestreetscene.podbean.com What is your show about? Local Music Are you a full time podcaster? I work in accounting and enjoy playing music. What is your mic rig and recording software? Audio-Technica PRO 8HEx Hypercardioid Dynamic headset microphone. We do live recording mostly of singer songwriter acoustic acts and this is great for vocals. Ableton Live, When I first started making music Nine Inch Nails had just put their music out for the fans to remix. It came with a free trial of Ableton Live. What is the importance of Video...

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When Listeners Stop Listening – Podcasts You Have Moved Away From

I have to admit: there are a few podcasts I just don’t listen to anymore. The format has changed or the show has become inconsistent. One podcast I took off my list because they ran a very annoying segment that went from a couple weeks in the year to 4-5 times a year. It didn’t fit the show and the voices they had were making me cringe. You might change your podcast to get more audience, but you also want to make sure your not loosing listeners/viewers because of what you are doing. On the other hand, you might loose one...

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Podcaster Sound Effects Board for iPad

Last week on my show iPad365 I talked about the Podcaster Sound Effects Board for iPad. This is an iPad app that adds different sounds to your show. Created by Eric Timmer, the Podcaster Sound Effects board features cowbells, alarms, train whistles and more. If you need a live studio audience this app will help get you applause and laughter. The Podcaster Sound FX Board features 2 pages of 25 effects (50 in all). There is even a section to show you how to connect an iPad to your sound mixer. You will need to use the headphones to monitor. Otherwise...

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BlackMagic Intensity Extreme for Video Through Thunderbolt

Earlier this year I bought the BlackMagic Intensity Extreme to connect my HDMI camera to the computer. I use this configuration a lot for my weekly Geek Smack! podcast to live events that I need to use 2-3 cameras. Connecting is easy – Camera to BlackMagic to Macbook Pro. The Thunderbolt port allows for seamless capture right into Wirecast. Additional breakout cables can even allow me to connect other devices. The Pros of BlackMagic Intensity Extreme Best part is I can connect an HD camera to Wirecast using the Thunderbolt technology. With this connection, I can utilize the zoom features...

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Dear Windows 8: Podcasts Are Important, Too!

The other day, Microsoft posted on the built-in apps for upcoming release of Windows 8. Conspicuously missing was an area for podcasts. Even in their “Music” section there was no play for podcasts. Why are Podcasts Getting Pushed Out? It seems every week podcasters have to defend their jobs by telling someone like Microsoft or Apple that podcasting is still important. No wonder we see the occasional “Podcasts are dead” post – they’re getting the vibe from the companies that are pushing podcasts away. Podcasts Are Still Important It’s really simple: The voice of the people. Some try to follow guidelines...

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Award Shows Competing? Podcast Awards, 2012 Stitcher Awards

While it’s definitely a feel-good move, getting an award for something is always a good feeling. Most times you don’t even know someone is listening or watching your show until you realize you have been nominated for an award. Then you get your friends together to vote for you in hopes you get a metal trophy that sits on your mantle. What happens, though, if two award shows vie for your attention? That is what’s happening right now with podcasters. Podcast Awards is in it’s 8th season, while favorite podcatching site Stitcher decided to run an awards show of it’s...

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Time to Restructure – Make Your Podcast Successful

I know – It’s your baby – You built it and feel it is doing well. But maybe a change could bring more listeners. Maybe a change will keep people on your podcast a little longer. It could be a difference from 100 listens and 1,000 or more. It’s important to review how your show is doing and make changes. After all – how do you get better if you don’t review what you are doing? Do you even listen to your own podcast? If not (or have no reason to even after this post), then stop reading here. If...