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 sounds.
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
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/
How Do You Make Your Podcast Ready For Inclusion In Apple's iTunes Directory?
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 http://www.feedforall.com
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.
Published - February 2010
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