TPS090: Replacing Media Files and Behringer Xenyx UFX1204 Mixer Review

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Of the many benefits of having a great podcast media host, having the ability to seamlessly replace a file is a nice option. With both Libsyn and Blubrry (use code: PodcastHelper for a free month at both), you have the ability to UFX1204insert a new file in place of an already published one. This allows you to easily fix errors after the fact without affecting your stats or remove time sensitive content once it expires. These are just two ways that replacing a file can help you in your podcast productions.

On this episode I speak to Krystal from Libsyn about how this process is performed inside a Libsyn account and the various options you have when performing a file replacement.

I also do a review of the Behringer Xenyx UFX1204 mixer.* [Read more…]

PQT – Edit Facebook Audio Player Information

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When you insert a link to a hosted audio file into Facebook’s link section above the status box, Facebook will automatically create an audio player.

box to insert an audio link on facebookBelow this audio player is a couple areas of information about any particular audio file you link to. They don’t make it obvious that you can actually edit the information that is contained in these fields (title, artist, album) but it’s an easy process once you know how.

Once your file is linked, you see that the fields display “unknown artist” and “unknown album.”box with information inserted

Simply place your mouse over each section and the field to be edited will be highlighted. Click and place whatever text you like into this section. It’s that simple. This also applies for the title of the file seen in bold lettering.

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TPS Ep. 050 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn the basics of podcasting from how to decide on a topic to choosing gear, software and hosting for your website and media.

You’ve decided you want to start your own podcast and now you need to know how to proceed. In this episode we go back to the beginning and walk you through the basic elements needed to create a podcast.Shure SM58 microphone

Your first step is to decide on a topic. Pick something you know well and love to talk about to no end. This will help to keep you motivated over the period of many episodes.

Are you going to produce an audio only show or a video podcast? In both cases you’ll need gear that allows you to capture, edit and compress your digital media into a podcast friendly format. The basic gear for an audio podcast is a microphone (I recommend a dynamic mic), a mixer and some headphones. I’ve made the basic assumption that you already have a computer.

For video, at a minimum, you’ll need a video camera and some editing software. However I highly recommend including an external microphone that plugs into your camera. Good audio, even in video podcasting, is as or more important than the image you are capturing.

Finally you’ll want to purchase some basic hosting for a website and your media files.

Make sure to listen to part two of the basics of podcasting (episode 52) where you’ll learn about creating a graphic identity that represent your show, creating a future proofed RSS feed for submitting across the web, and how to get your podcast listed in podcast directories such as iTunes.

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TPS Ep. 033 – Multiple Feeds via Libsyn, Edit Your YouTube Videos, A Critical Piece of Podcast Gear and More!

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Learn how to use your single Libsyn account to create multiple feeds, edit video in the cloud via YouTube, stalk that twitter account that you want but someone else has, and find out one of the most important parts of your podcast studio that you might not have considered.

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Links mentioned in this episode:

Twittercounter – Track a twitter username you want to get but is currently taken.
Splitfeed: Libsyn’s explanation page for how to split your feeds within one account.
YouTube Remixer: Information about the new cloud based video editor for YouTube videos.
Libsyn3 comparison page to older versions of Libsyn (i.e. whats new?) with screenshots.
Herman Miller Aeron Chair: My newest, maybe most important, piece of studio gear.
Tweetmeme Translate Button: translate retweets from your site into your audience’s native language.

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TPS Ep. 023 – Video Podcasting

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Learn how to get started in video podcasting and some fun YouTube hacks.

I talk about what cameras you need as well as other gear needed to start a video podcast. Also discussed are hosting options for you video, audio for video, and editing software options for both the Mac and PC.

Once you have created a video then what do you do with it? Distributing video is as important as creating it since you want the largest amount of exposure possible. Learn the best places to put your video on the web including iTunes and YouTube and the tools for doing so.

Also I talk about compression options, flash and embeddable players as well as various video formats.

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Links for this episode:
10 Useful YouTube Hacks via Makeuseof.com
Free Flash Player for your Website via LongTailVideo.com
TubeMogul (for mass video distribution)

TPS Ep. 013 – Free Audio Editing Solutions

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GarageBand waveformThere are many ways to record and edit your podcast.

In this episode I cover some of the best free solutions out there available to podcasters.

I talk about products such as Audacity, Garageband, and host of great web based solutions presented by Aviary.

I also talk a little about audio compression/encoding including a very useful tip for using itunes to spice up your podcast audio file.

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