Podcast 2: Publishing and hosting your own Podcast

podcastingHi everyone! I’m back again with another post this time on publishing and hosting your own podcast. Here I will talk to you about outputting your finished podcast, uploading to webhost and creating a podfeed for subscriptions.

To get started you should install a program like Audacity (Download link: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/) which is free open source software used for recording. This is where you will create the recording for your podcast. There are lots of things you need to be aware of when making your recording.

How do I use Audacity??

The first thing you should note is does my recording have too much background/ambient noise? Sometimes you may want ambient noise to add to the atmosphere of a file but if you don’t want any, Audacity makes it easy to remove.

  • You simply select a section of your recording that you want to remove background noise from.
  • Select Noise Removal from the Effects menu.
  • Select Noise Profile.
  • Select the area you want to affect.
  • Experiment with the settings as to how much background noise you want to remove.
  • Preview your almost finished product and hit OK if you are happy with the result.

The next thing you might want to do is reduce the dynamic range of the sound. This allows you to reduce the volume of loud sounds or amplify quiet sounds. Select the Compressor from the Effects menu to adjust this.

podomaticThe next step is creating a PodOmatic account (https://www.podomatic.com/login). You can sign up with your email or login with your Facebook account. This will allow you to setup your own podcast. When you want to upload your first file, simply go to the PodOmatic uploader and start the upload process.

You will then want to add your podcast to an RSS feed. This feed formats to publish things that are frequently updated; in this case our podcast. This feed informs the subscriber of any updates to your podcast so they don’t have to do anything manually, because you know how lazy some of us can be. To make sure you are creating a valid RSS file you can check it using something like FEED Validator (http://feedvalidator.org/about.html). You will also be able to submit your podcast URL to iTunes which will gain you more listeners.

That’s everything I learnt in this weeks lecture and I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Stay tuned for my next photography assignment where I will be taking before and after images using portrait and landscape photography. Also make sure you subscribe to my podcast which I will be uploading very soon!

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