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Podcasting

1. What is Podcasting?
2. Listening to a Podcast
3. Podcasting Resources
4. Peparing a podcast
5. Recording a podcast
6. Publishing a podcast
7. Copyright
8. Enhanced podcasts & Quicktime Pro
9. Podcasting tutorials
10. Audio and Vista
11.iTunesU
12. ScreenFlow

What is podcasting?

A podcast is an audio file that can be downloaded and played on an iPod or mp3 player. Although some podcasts are specifically designed to be played on an iPod, all podcasts can be played on a computer.
There are three types of podcasts:
1. traditional podcast, a simple audio file;
2. enhanced podcast, an audio file with embedded images;
3. vodcast, an audio and video file.

An mp3 player without out a screen such as the iPod shuffle will play the audio from all three types of podcasts.
An mp3 player with a screen, but without video, will play the audio from all three types of podcast and will show the still images from an enhanced podcast.
And a video mp3 player like the iPod will play vidcasts.
All types of podcast will play on a computer without being downloaded to an mp3 player.

Podcasting is the distribution of multimedia files over the Internet using "syndication feeds" for playback on mobile devices or personal computers.

►Steps for creating a podcast

To create a podcast, you need a computer, a microphone, and software to record, edit, and publish your material.
There are basically five steps:
1, Plan what you are going to say.
2, Record your information on a computer.
3. Prepare your recording for publishing.
4. Upload it to a server.
5. Make a link to your Podcast on a Web page.
When somebody wants to listen to your podcast, they download it and play it back on an mp3 player or a pc.

Listening to a Podcast

It is a good idea to listen to a few podcasts before planning your own. Download ITunes to make finding and subscribing to podcasts easy. There are many podcasts in iTunes, so spend some time sampling them to get an idea of the kinds of things people have done. If you choose to "subscribe" to a podcast, new episodes automatically download to your computer. This is convenient because you get new episodes without specifically requesing them.

►How to subscribe to a Podcast

These podcasts at GCSU are a good introduction
To subscribe, go to Podcast Subscription:
1. The Podcast Recipe: Producing a successful Show.
2. Podcasting in Education.
3. Podcasting: Get the Facts.
4. Enhanced Podcasting Examples.

You can also listen to this podcast of
Students and Faculty talking about the iPod at GCSU.

Podcasting Resources

1. How to Podcast Tutorial
This is a good place to start learning about how to prepare, record, edit and publish a podcast. Includes choosing a topic, recording tips, hardware & software, an Audacity tutorial, and hosting, publishing, and subscribing information.

2.The Online GCSU Manual
If you use the GCSU server for your podcasts, you can access an online manual which guides you through the process of publishing your episodes.To access the manual, request a GCSU podcast server account. (See Publishing section for information.)

3. Additional resources at GCSU
Links to many additional resources are available at:
Podcast Tutorial Links

Podcast Application Links

►Using your iPod to go Mobile
You don't need an iPod to get or hear podcasts, but it is the best way to do so: learn about iPods in this handout (pdf).

►Equipment for podcasting
You can use a laptop or desktop PC to create and publish Podcassts. To record a podcast, you need a microphone. Some laptops have built-in mikes, or you can grt one that plugs in to the USB port on the computer. Any mike will do, but the better the quality, the better you will sound.

You can buy a basic mirophone and headphone unit for under $20 (for example the Plantronics Audio 90 Multimedia headset).

There is a good quality usb microphone in the Instructional Resource Center (a Samson) and a a high-quality Audio Technica. The Audio-Technica is attached to a multi-mixer which plugs into a USB part on your pc.For advice on microphones, see the Basic podcasting gear

►Digital Media Services/GHTV
If you would prefer to have somebody record you, go to Digitlal Media Services/GHTV at Heritage Hall, where there is a studio and high-quality digital recording equipment. Jeff Brown describes the services available here.

These are online at Apple's site.

Text Tracks
Chapter Tracks
HREF Tracks
Creating Media Skins
Creating a Slideshow
Adding Music to a Slideshow
Creating Amazing Video Content with H.264
Creating Movies on a Mac
Creating Video for iPod

Preparing a podcast

There is an excellent multi-part tutorial in the "How To Podcast Tutorial" that explains most of the things you need to consider when you are preparing to record your audio. Included are the following:

How to plan Your Podcast
How to choose a Format
How to Choose a Podcast recording Location
Preparing your first Podcast Episode

Recording a podcast

You need an application to record and edit sounds on your computer. Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows or Mac OS X. Use it to record, mix, edit and save audio in a format ready to publish.
To learn how to use Audacity, watch these videos.
To learn how to use Audacity to create a podcsast, follow this (pdf) step-by-step guide.
For manuals, see Audacity Documentation and Tutorials

Mac users can also use Audacity, but you can also use Garage Band, which comes with the Mac.

►Encoding in mp3

When you have created your podcast, you must convert it to MP3 using LAME , which you use in conjunction with Audacity. For instructions on downloading and installing LAME, see the Audacity Step-by-step Guide above.

Recording a Podcast on a Mac.

Publishing a podcast

When you have prepared your podcast episodes you have to publish them so people can download them. To publish a podcast, you need an account on a podcast server. The easiest way to do this is with an account on the USG Podcast server.

The USG podcast server provides centralized podcast hosting services for USG institutions and designated organizations or units. As a part of the iPod initiative, the server is available to USG faculty and staff for the distribution of audio and video content for a variety of educational and information purposes.

First, go to the USG Podcasting Service site, click Georgia Highlands College, and request a new podcasting account and channel. The logon information will be emailed to you.

When you can access your account, you'll see an excellent step-by-step manual, which explains excatly what you need to do to upload and publish your podcast episodes.

Here is the table of contents for the manual:

1. Creating Content for Podcasting - File Formats
2. Requesting a New Podcast Channel
3. Uploading Podcasting Episodes to the Server
4. Making Content Available to Users
5. Subscribing to a Course Podcast Channel in iTunes
6. Managing Podcast Delivery to iTunes in iTune Preferences
7. Podcasting and WebCT VISTA
8. Delivering Indvidual Podcasts to Students

Copyright

If you are thinking about using music or other material that you have not authored on your Podcast, it is wise to review the following:

Regents' Guide to Understanding Copyright
The Guide is the result of the work by the University System Committee on Copyright. The guide provides illustrative examples of Fair Use and the legal background of copyright law. The purpose of this guide is to provide faculty, employees, and students of the USG with a basic understanding of copyright and fair use.

Regents' Guide to the TEACH Act
The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act was enacted in November 2002 as an amendment to the Copyright Act of 1976.

Enhanced podcasts and Quicktime Pro

If you want to enhance a podcast with pictures, chapter markers and video, you should consider doing so with Quicktime Pro.

Quicktime player is a media player found on most PCs and all Macs. For $29 you can upgrade it to Quicktime Pro, which enables you to author, deliver and playback a wide range of media, including video, audio, still images, VR and text.

With both a Windows and Mac versions, QTPro is also great for creating cross-platform audio or enhanced podcasts. If you have a Mac or a Windows PC, you can easily create a video podcast with QuickTime Pro.

Apple provides extensive support, including online tutorials and a downloadable manual, which will help you learn to use QTPro for podcasting. Overview of Quicktime Pro at Apple's site.

►Quicktime Resources

Quicktime User Guide (pdf, 52-pages) includes QT Pro information. This is a very comprehensive and clear user manual.

Check this Overview of QT Technologies to get an idea of what Quicktime and QTPro can do.

There are also many free Quicktime Tools an Utilities at the Apple Developer's section.
QuicktimePro FAQ's

9. PodcastingTutorials

"Unlock your creativity produce your own podcasts that share your witty and insightful thoughts with the world."These online tutorials are at Apple's site.

Creating Audio Podcasts on Mac OS X
Creating Audio Podcasts on Windows

Creating Video Podcasts on Mac OS X
Creating Video Podcasts on Windows Po

10. Add audio files to a Vista Course page

If you want students to click a link on a page in your Vista course section and listen to an audio file:

1. Upload the audio file (prepared in suitable format -i.e. mp3) to your course section using the Vista File manager;
2. From the "Add to" menu, choose "Content File"
3. Browse for the audio file you want to play.
4. A link to the audio file appears on the page.
5. Students click the link to play the audio file.

There is a "How-to" (shown using using Vista 8, available at GHC Fall 09, but still useful for the current 08 version at GHC) about Vista and audio files at UNC.

11. Podcast Capture and iTunesU

There is a very easy way to record a Podcast on a Mac and submit it to iTunesU. Use Podcast Capture to record and submit a podcast or vodcast. Podcast Capture is available on all Macs. The process of publishing the Podcast you record has been automated, making it easy to publish to iTunes U.

Introduction to iTunesU.

These Instructions for uploading iTunes U content on a Mac explain how to use Podcast Capture to capture and upload podcasts/vodcasts on a Mac, save them to a local GHC MacOSX server, then publish the Podcast file to iTunes U's directory on the Apple Podcast servers.

12. ScreenFlow

Screenflow is available on Mac computers in the IRC in Rome, the Instructor resource Room in Cartersville, and in the Conference room at Marietta.

In a classroom setting, the ScreenFlow application simultaneously captures video of the entire computer screen, including PowerPoint or Apple Keynote presentations, video of the presenter or whatever else the camera is pointed at and the audio, usually the speaker's voice.

ScreenFlow then provides you with all sorts of post-processing features that you can use to direct the attention of your online audience. In other words, you can provide distant learners with something more closely resembling the face-to-face, classroom experience in a very cost-effective manner.

Overview of ScreenFlow.You can also download a trial version (MAC OSX Leopard only).

Page last updated: January 15, 2013