Aspen Mics* has a new series of lavalier microphones called HQ (High Quality). I first saw these mics tweeted out by @cheesycam who often reviews lower priced gear for DSLR video shooters. For a mic called HQ, these mics had an interesting price point around $50 but what made that attractive was their quality. Upon first listen, the mics seem to produce nice clean audio without having to run your recorders preamp at full gain.
On this episode, Soundcloud.com announces that they will soon be supporting RSS feeds for their audio hosting service. I discuss what I think of the service for use as a podcast audio hosting solution and how you can get into the Soundcloud beta to be a tester for this new feature.
Learn what options you have when choosing a microphone for your video podcast productions. In most cases audio is as important or even more important than the quality of your video. Find out the different types of microphones that you can use together with whatever video camera you have to get the best quality audio possible out of your video productions.
Finally I explain how itunes and various devices (ipods, ipads, iphones, etc) display your ID3 tags (metadata) both in itunes and on Apple devices. Since November of 2005, Apple has been using a combination of both the metadata that you insert into your mp3 files and the information contained in your RSS feed to come up with the information that is displayed on it’s various devices. Learn what tags control this information so that you can have more control of what information people are seeing about your podcast.
Links mentioned in this episode*
Soundcloud Podcast Beta
Beachtek XLR camera adapter
Juicelink XLR camera adapter
Audio Technica Shotgun Microphone
Dead Cat Windscreen for Shotgun Mics (buy the proper size for your mic)
Sennheiser MD46 ENG microphone
Singular Software’s Pluraleyes (for syncing audio to video in post production)
Blog post Regarding ID3 tag formatting and iTunes/Apple Devices via Rob @podcast411
*most hyperlinks listed here are affiliate links
Also discussed on this episode are virtual cart machines (soundbyte, pod producer, etc). These apps and programs allow you to bring other audio clips into your podcast recordings by easily organizing them into a push button display. Easily bring in intros, outros, sound effects and any other audio clips you want to load into the software.
I discuss the advantage to using the new “like” button for facebook and how using Google Analytics to set “funnels” can help you to achieve your desired conversion goals for on your website.
Also find out why I think you can stand to profit by giving away all of your knowledge and content for free! The more content you produce and publish in your niche, the more you establish yourself as an expert in your field. The best way to achieve this status is by making sure anyone and everyone interested in your content can consume it. By giving it away for free you are not only inviting everyone to view it, you are drawing people to your expertise and opening up the possibility for anyone to hire you or pay for other products you sell surrounding your content.
download this episode (46 min|mp3|44.5 mb)
Links mentioned in this episode:
Adobe Audition for the mac beta – free (until the beta is over).
Facebook Social Plugins – for installing a facebook like button plugin on your wordpress site
ID3 editor – for putting metadata into your mp3 files
Google Analytics – for website statistics
PodcastHelper (Ray) on facebook
sound byte for ipad – for inserting audio clips into your podcast recordings
On this episode I talk about progress made in my experiments with html5 for audio and video, thoughts about sponsoring your own podcast, and new ideas about how to market your show with the intent of growing your audience.
We also have listener feedback sent in by Jerry of My Amateur Radio.com and Steve from Waves of Tech.com, who called in with their thoughts about TPS Ep. 31 where I asked podcasters their thoughts on apologizing to their audience.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Apple Podcast Spec. Page