Canon 80D Video Menu Setup

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The video specific menus on the Canon 80D provide lots of options for setting up your DSLR to shoot high-quality video. This tutorial is a complete walkthrough of the Canon 80D video menu settings.

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What’s Wrong With the Behringer Q802USB and How to Fix It.

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The Problem

The Behringer Q802USB mixer doesn’t send audio to the headphone output in both directions (in and out) when using the USB to interface with your computer. In other words, you can’t hear yourself and the audio from the computer (e.g. Skype) at the same time when using the USB connection.

When I did my initial overview video of the Q802USB I didn’t find this quirk. Mostly because I had never seen it before nor did I know that there were mixers that could not do what seemed like an obvious task.  [Read more…]

Where to Submit Your Podcast

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Various Podcast directoriesYou’ve recorded your first podcast episodes and created a podcast ready RSS feed. Now what?

After making sure your podcast is available on your website, including an HTML5 (mobile friendly) player, you can begin submitting your podcast (using your RSS feed url) to the largest directories and apps.

Start with the four directories* listed in this infographic to ensure good coverage in most of the places people get podcasts.

Everyone will see varying numbers from each of the listed directories but these four will make your podcast available on the biggest platforms (Apple, Android, Microsoft, and Linux).

The directories listed in the infograph (below) are not necessarily in order of importance but have made this list because in order to be in each one, you have to go to the website and manually submit your podcast.

Some of the other popular directories, like Overcast, will include in your podcast automatically once you have submitted and been accepted into iTunes.
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TPS095: Auphonic and Where to Submit Your Podcast

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You’ve created your podcast ready RSS feed so what’s next? You need to send it out to the world!

There are many places your podcast can be found however you need to submit your show’s RSS feed to multiple directories and apps in order to have people find you.

On this episode, I talk about the top ten directories that send me the most traffic and where you should submit your podcast first, in order to find the majority of your audience.

I also discuss Auphonic.com as a fantastic option for easy post production including the simplest way to make sure you are hitting proper Loudness targets for podcasting.
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TPS088: Compression for Podcasts with Randy Coppinger

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Ever wonder when, how or why to use compression when post-processing your podcast? If the answer is yes then this is your episode. Randy Coppinger, professional audio engineer, talks with me about using compression for your spoken word podcast and just as importantly, when not to.compressor

We talk about what compression can do for your audio, how it can damage it and all the factors that go into the results you’ll get from a compressor including your microphone.

After that we dive into how you might want to set up a compressor or at least where to start. If you feel lost when you look at a compressor, don’t worry, we all were at some point.

The key element is practice. You just need to start turning the knobs. This episode will help you understand what to listen for when using compression and how to improve your post processing techniques for your podcast.

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Webcam Lighting Setup

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One of the biggest ways to make your Google Hangout or any other type of video look its best is to make sure you have good lighting. Really any lighting that you put a little effort into will do wonders. The key is to get adequate amounts of light in front of your face so the audience can easily see you and the camera will look it’s best.

You can accomplish this with any lights you have in the house, office or wherever you are broadcasting from. Often I just use a nice large window (see below) with plenty of daylight coming in. This looks wonderful but can be hard to control. When the clouds pass in front of the sun, your lighting will change dramatically. While I love the look of natural light, the best way to ensure you have consistent, great looking light is by using lights that you control.

Lighting setup for HOA

In the image below you’ll see a more advanced lighting setup that I recently used on my G+ HOA based show, Podcasters’ Roundtable. [Read more…]

TPS087: EQ for Podcasts with Rob Williams

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Ever wanted to learn how to use the post processing effect EQ? This is two hours of pure EQ talk for your podcast with professional audio engineer Rob Williams. While you still need to get your hands dirty and mess with the settings to truly learn EQ, this episode will help remove the Parametric EQfirst barrier to becoming great at using EQ…knowledge.

The best part of this interview (to me) is the focus on dialog and the human voice. You can find many tutorials for using an EQ to post process your audio but as podcasters we have specific needs. Rob and I dive specifically into what those needs are and how to use an EQ for podcasting (spoken word).

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PQT – YouTube Subscribe Button

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YouTube took a page out of the podcasting playbook and released a one-click subscription button that you can place on your website (see mine in the sidebar on the right).

While YouTube is not podcasting because you cannot host and place your hosted files into an RSS feed, I do recommend that those podcasters who have the time, attempt to leverage YouTube as a platform for your audio podcast. [Read more…]

How to Submit Your Podcast to the TuneIn App

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TuneIn is an app that allows you to listen to music, sports, news and most importantly podcasts from almost any device!

It’s available in select cars by manufactures such as Ford, Chevy, and Tesla. The app is also available for most smartphones, tablets and many smartTV’s. In other words TuneIn gives your podcast a very large potential reach of new listeners (over 40 million so TuneIn Radio app logofar).

Here’s how to submit your podcast to their catalog. [Read more…]

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