Podcasting is a great way to listen to MP3 audio on the internet. You can download the files automatically by subscribing to an RSS feed with your favorite media player application that checks for new files and downloads them to your local computer or MP3 player. There are a variety of different podcasting applications that you can use. We have found that iTunes is a very easy to use package. All you need to do is to copy the address for the podcast that you want to listen to ( http://www.zbs.org/dircast/ - for example) and bring up the advanced menu in iTunes and choose "subscribe to podcast". This will open a dialog box where you can paste in the address and iTunes will do the rest.
In a recent discussion about options for sharing movies as Flash FLV or SWF format files, we were trying to find the most cost effective way to convert files for Mac OS X. I wrote about my favorite method for Download FFMPEGX You also need to download some individual file dependencies from the two locations listed below. FFMPEGX prompts you to install them after launching the application (be sure to right-click:
Recording environmental sounds like singing birds, wild animal calls, water running through a streambed, or the chirp of baby birds is one of the more fascinating (and challenging) aspects of audio recording.
Apple's AAC format allows podcasters to create "enhanced podcasts" complete with embedded photos at publisher defined points throughout the podcast. These files are only compatible with iTunes and iPods, leaving a large universe of listeners out of the picture. Microsoft's Photo Story could easily create something similar, with a voice track narrating beneath a series of images, but the WMV file created in Photo Story isn't compatible with most portable music players. One alternative that bridges the gap and maximizes compatibility is to create a script enhanced WMA file, These WMA files with embedded scripts play just like a normal WMA anywhere scripting isn't supported.
In the past 2 weeks I have spent most of my waking hours (and some non-waking hours) on designing an online training course for our online faculty, or scrambling to keep up with the work load in my doctoral program. The online faculty training program was actually written by an expert in online education, and good friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Robert Woods.
I never expected to acknowledge podcasting on my site because I figured it would be a temporary fad, like blogs. Apparently I'm not always right. Since podcasts have proven to be surprisingly useful in certain circumstances, such as while exercising, sitting on mass-transit, and driving on long car rides, it's time for its talent and production to develop a higher quality standard. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that most of these guidelines are taken from radio production. As much as we like to rage against the machine , radio wasn't always this bad, and the industry has learned many lessons that podcasters can borrow for effective and interesting production.
Working with DVC staff and faculty to develop websites and web-based material, hybrid/online courses, and sound pedagogy, Neal Skapura also offers workshops year-round. Typical workshops for resources include: Best Practices for Online/Hybrid Course Design, WebCT 1, WebCT 2, Desire2Learn (D2L), Overviews in Streaming Audio/Video Development, Podcasting and Profcasting, Video Captioning, Working with Digital Images, Technology in the Face-to-face Classroom, Webpage Options, Google Docs, and general technology hardware and software questions and support. In addition, Apple Stores have great walk-in support (Genius Bar) for software and projects like how to make a podcast, video, Keynote slideshow, or website when using Apple software. If interested in workshop schedules and walk-in times, access your local Apple store at: www.apple.com/retail/workshops If you do not find the type of support you need with the links on your left, please contact Neal Skapura through the following:
This tutorial will talk about how we put together our MP3 file for this podCast and then more importantly about how to create a proper RSS / XML file for a podCast. Hardware Used Computer: Mac G4 Ti 500 MHz Powerbook Microphone: Andrea Anti-Nois USB NC-7100 (Came with IBM ViaVoice - <$100) Software Used Editing / Recording: GarageBand ($49 w/ iLife) MP3 Conversion: iTunes (Free from Apple.com) RSS / XML Tutorial For now lets assume you have a great MP3 and you are ready to share it with the world as a podCast.
This week's How-To is a three part special complete with our first Engadget "Podcast" MP3.
« December 02, 2004 | Main | December 04, 2004 » How To Make a Podcast Yesterday I posted my first podcast. I thought I'd take a minute to write down how I did it for anyone else so inclined. Equipment