Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Podcasting on Apple Computers

Successful podcasts have a structure or format that make it engaging and familiar. Following a format also helps you to select and organize the material you will cover in your podcast. Before you record your podcast consider these tips:

- Plan an intro that says who you are and what your podcast is about.

- Plan an intro for each podcast that describes the topics you’ll cover.
- Plan the content of your informative segments.
- Plan a short "outro" to sign off at the end.


Creating a podcast requires some specific equipment. To keep our process as simple as possible we are recording inital podcasts using a USB Headset Mic directly into GarageBand. Need to record on the go? We have had succes recording straight into our iPod using the Micromemo by XtremeMac.

USB Premium Headset - Logitech
Recording podcast with multiple microphones can be complex, and require expensive equipment to digitize the sound. For single input recording of a vocal track, it is hard to beat the simplicity of the this USB headset that you can order online in the neighborhood of $40.

To begin the process of capturing sound we use GarageBand to establish an editable soundtrack, to which we can add effects, enhancements, and background music.

- Mac Users should check out the GarageBand '09 Getting Started Guide.

Enhanced PodcastPolishing
Garageband is also a great tool to make your podcast go beyond audio. Episodes can be chapter marked, and include pictures and graphics that will display in video and photo iPods as well as your iTunes viewer. Professors have already tapped into this ability as a way to post PowerPoint slides on top of recorded lectures for a virtual class experience in the palm of your hand.

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