Podcasting: How to Make a Video Podcast

Although Apple had nothing to do with the podcasting technology, the iPod and podcasting quickly became linked. With the advent of the iPod Video, podcasting entered a whole new level. Now, more than the usual audio broadcasts, aspiring film makers can also share their work with the world.


So how do you go about making your own video podcast? To make it easier on you, use a digital video camera. If you have an analog video camera, it is still possible to convert the footage to digital format but it adds another step to the process. So assuming you have a digital video camera, what do you do?


First, take great footage. Of course, making a film is not simply shooting. Create a concept and make it good. When you have finalized your ideas, it is time to shoot. When taking your shots, bear in mind your target media – the iPod. The small screen will not be able to display too many details so it is a good idea to get close when shooting. Do not use the wide-screen mode but use the standard mode instead. Optimize bandwidth and battery power by shooting several short segments instead of one full-length film. Edit! Small screen viewing will not show text clearly unless they are large enough. Also bear in mind that fast motion and high contrast might not show very clearly on the small screen.


Now that you have your video, it’s time to compress it. This needs to be done so that the video will be optimized for web and iPod viewing. There are different ways you can do this. If you have a MAC, it’s no big deal. You can compress and export your video using iMovie HD6 simply by clicking the following: FILE>Export>iPod>Share. It’s as easy as that – the software automatically converts the file and shares it on iTunes. For PC users, you can also use QuickTime Pro, version 7.0.3 or higher. Again, simply click Export > Using Quick Time Conversion. The resulting *.m4v file is the one you will upload to your web server. Other options are Sorenson Squeeze and Spasm Software’s Podner.


Describe or tag your movie. This is very important as all the information you supply will be the basis of searching later on. This is how your movie can be found and singled out, out of all the video podcasts out there. If you’re using the latest iMovie version, all you need to do is drag the file onto iTunes and click the Info Tab. Then enter the necessary information. You can also change the filename. For PC users, create an XML document. You can find a sample XML file at http://playlistmag.com/features/200…dcast/index.php. Just change the details to suit your movie. When this is done, all you need to do it upload your file to your web server.


Now what? Distribute! Let people know that your video podcast exists. You can do this in a variety of ways. To reach as many people as possible, submit your podcast to iTunes. You can also provide a URL for your podcast by including it in your blog. First create an RSS feed (www.feedburner.com is a good one) so that you can attach your video to your blog. Then create an entry in your blog and then place a link to your video. Of course, if you really want people to notice your work, you have to promote it. Go to websites such as www.podcastalley.com. Now wait for the world to discover the budding film maker in you.

Podcastblaster.com supplies podcasting software and provides information all about podcasting including podcasting for profit.

516QMF8DJEL. SL75  Podcasting: How to Make a Video PodcastPodcast Launch – A Step by Step Podcasting Guide Including 15 Video Tutorials
Have you ever considered creating your very own podcast? Podcast Launch will take you through the entire process, from step one t…
51O%2BFyWqmkL. SL75  Podcasting: How to Make a Video PodcastSamson SAC01UPAK USB Microphone and Podcast Package
Record studio quality audio directly into your computer’s USB input and digital recording software with the Samson C01U! Some ve…
41ziK2bbCEL. SL75  Podcasting: How to Make a Video PodcastLearn Mandarin: Fluenz Mandarin 1+2+3 with supplemental Audio CDs and Podcasts
The only interactive language program featuring real teachers who guide learners every step of the way, explaining in English the …
31J%2BeaUEXWL. SL75  Podcasting: How to Make a Video PodcastBlue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver Edition
Create unparalleled recordings and send them directly to your computer with Blue Microphone’s Yeti USB Microphone. The Yeti uses …
  • CommentLuv badge



    This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 3 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)