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
), 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
More on Sound Effects -http://www.powerpoint-resources.com/sound-effects.htm
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/where-to-locate-podsafe-music.htm
How Do You Make Your Podcast Ready For Inclusion In Apple's iTunes
First, you must modify your podcast so that it includes some special
tags that are specific to iTunes. You can use software to create
an iTunes-compatible podcast, and the software will automatically
encode the podcast feed for you. One such product is FeedForAll,
available in both Windows and Mac versions, which can be found at
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.