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ID3 Tagging a Podcast – Streaming Tools [Roundtable]

In episode 11 of the TPN Roundtable, I join Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central to talk about topics in podcasting. This month, I talk about ID3 tagging and show you a couple programs you can use to help the process. Todd talks about different options for live streaming, including an update of the Livestream Broadcaster and overview of the Playbackpro and Amazon Flash Media Encoder. Here is a full transcript of the show: Todd: Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Tech Podcast roundtable. My name is Todd Cochrane and we’re up in a GoToMeeting session. And actually, I think I...

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What Type of Computer Should I Podcast With?

That is a good question. We talk all the time about microphones and mixers, software and sound effects. But how much do we talk about the computer you are using to make your podcast? Not that much. So let’s tackle that issue. What is the Lowest End Computer you can use for a Podcast? For this question, we are talking about an audio podcast. If you want to try and do video on an old machine, then good luck. You’ll have way too many problems. As for the audio, recording is very low-key. I could probably pick up an old...

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Turn a Blog Post into a Podcast

When I started Geekazine, I was recording the Geekazine Quickcast – 5 minutes of a subject I wanted to talk about. It basically had a 500 word blog attached to it. I would write the blog, then turn on the podcast machine and recite it. Most podcasters talk off the cuff. This process was time consuming and more difficult because I had to read it word-for-word. If I made a mistake, I had to stop, and start again. By doing that show, it definitely taught me a lot. It also got me prepared for my Day in Tech History podcast...

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Correcting Audio, Video After the Podcast is Recorded

I have equipment that helps with audio and video when I record the podcast. Some times I look at that video or audio and realize it’s not looking as great as I wanted it to. For instance, I just recorded an episode of iPad365, and the video was not level. That is when you have to use your eyes and ears to make those ever slight changes to your video and audio. These changes will give final depth and feel to what you are getting across. Making these changes are also a reason why I like using a video and...

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Do You Listen to Your Own Podcast?

You spend time prepping for the show. You spend time recording the show. You spend even more time uploading and posting the show. But do you listen to your own Podcast? More often than not, I get people asking me what they should do to change their show. I also go on the newsgroups, and see people say “Why can’t I get more listeners?” Every time I’ve been approached with this question, I ask them: “Do you listen to your own show? The WHOLE show?” More than not, the answer is “no”. Why not? Why are you not your best...

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Help with Podcast: Watch Your Distance on the Mic

One thing that I always catch myself on is getting too close to the microphone. When I am podcasting, every now and then I hit a tooth on the grill or notice my “P”op sound. When I interview, it becomes noticeable in post-production when I’m eating the microphone and then holding it way too far away from the interviewer. What is a good placement for a Microphone? When you are in the studio, you should have it about 3-6 inches away from your mouth. Try this: Sit down, take one hand and extend the pinky and thumb (known as the Aloha sign...

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Podcasting on Linux: It Can Be Done

When Jeff asked me to write about podcasting in Linux, my immediate thought was to do a basics article. I almost immediately came to realize that the process is no different than I imagine it would be with Windows or Mac, with one exception. I felt like making the point about how similar the process is for me on Windows and what ismore properly called GNU/Linux, was a point worth making. The reasons for choosing Linux are covered in detail on the rest of the web, but suffice it to say if your laptop is aging and you don’t have the cash...

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Submitting your Podcast to Podcast Directory

So you have created your podcast, and are ready to tell the world about it. Now what? Now it’s time to submit that podcast to a directory. This is a website that takes your feed, then re-aggregates it for you to their audience so your show gets discovered. When you go on the front page of a directory, it highlights podcasts you can watch or listen to. It might even tell you what is new. You can then listen from there, or download to your mp3 player. There are many podcast directories that you can submit your show to. Just...

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Royalty Free Music Enhances Podcasts

You have a show, you set up the RSS feed, you recorded a couple episodes and you find it ok. Now it’s time to spruce it up with intros and other music. But what do you use for music? Of course, you can’t just rip any song off the radio or internet to use in your podcast. Well, you can, but then get ready for either a takedown notice, or ASCAP to come and demand money for the use.  If you are only getting 20 people listening and making no money off it, something like that may turn you off...

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Podcast Pacing: Learn to Slow Down Your Speaking.

Wedothisallthetime. Wetalkwaytoofastwhenwepodcast. We do this all the time. We get excited for something, and we speed through things with energy and vigor. However, sometimes, we need to pace ourselves. Slow down the conversation a bit. Put a pace on it, so the listeners can listen and understand. Easier said than done. You might say you’re going to slow down, but then you rock through a show like no tomorrow – just to get all the information you need to talk about in a 7 minute show. How can one slow down? Better yet, what if the excitement should show the...