New Motion Graphic Intro for YouTube

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Here’s a new motion graphic that will play at the front end of most of my YouTube videos. I’ve been wanting to update the intro to my videos for a long time and I finally got around to it. The key is that it is short and branded. [Read more…]

How To Submit a Podcast To iTunes

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Submitting your podcast to the iTunes store is easy once you have created your podcast-ready RSS feed.

The video above will show you how this is done and the step-by-step directions are below.

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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…]

Recording Skype with No Mixer or Software

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Recording a Skype interview can be a tricky process. There are “easy” ways to do this with software like Audio Hijack Pro for Mac and Pamela for Windows but they can still be hard to setup and of course anytime you’re using software you are at risk of it crashing and losing the entire interview. My other complaint about using software is that it’s not as easy to monitor the audio that you are recording to ensure that everything sounds right throughout the recording.

Here’s a very specific setup that while it uses a particular piece gear (ATR2100 or AT2005)* it gives you lots of flexibility with the final audio file(s) as well as a more reliable system for capturing your Skype interviews and achieving latency free monitoring.

In the video I say that you have to have an ATR2100 style microphone. For this exact setup that is true however you can achieve a Skype recording with your audio recorder with any XLR connected microphone (see section below).

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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…]

TPS 076: Random Thoughts on Recording Audio

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I try a new way of recording my podcast (mic to Fethead to H4n, no mixer) and have a totally off-the-cuff episode filled with other thoughts about recording audio. In other words… I go off “script.”

The Podcasters' Studio

I also talk about SD vs HD video hosting and production. In my opinion, there is no reason to produce video in anything other than HD. You can always fall back to SD if you need it but you can never go from SD to HD. Future proof your productions by shooting in HD and then compress that file into whatever size you need. [Read more…]

Unboxing: Triton Audio FetHead

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The Fethead is an in-line microphone preamp that provides +20db of additional “ultra clean gain.”

This is an unboxing of the Triton Audio FetHead (watch in HD for best quality).

I can tell you that I did a very quick test using the ATR2100 direct into a Zoom H4n with and without the FetHead and my initial reaction is WOW. Audio samples will posted soon.

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TPS Ep. 068 – Shoot Video Like a Pro and My Audio Podcast Workflow

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Take a behind the scenes listen to the audio workflow that I use to produce an episode of The Podcasters’ Studio.

Want to learn how to shoot better video for your podcast, YouTube channel or just your home movies? I take you through the most important steps to getting a more professional look out of your video camera.

Ray shooting DSLR video

If you’re shooting a video podcast or thinking about taking some of your audio podcast content and migrating it over to YouTube, there are some basic elements to shooting video that will greatly improve your production values. Here are the most important factors to improving the overall look of your video productions: [Read more…]

How to Get a Sponsor for Your Podcast

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There are many ways to make money with your podcast (not to be confused with getting rich). The best of these methods is to obtain a sponsor that works with you exclusively. Often times this will result in more money, more customization, and an overall better experience for your audience. This however is likely the hardest way to monetize your podcast…or is it?

I found this video today by Gary Vaynerchuk. If you don’t know him, he is a wine retailer turned podcaster turned millionaire.  But what I know Gary for most are his insights into new media and his awesome ability to speak and engage an audience. You will definitely see what I mean when you watch this video. He never lacks for energy. The bottom line, when Gary speaks he’s often right and this is one of those times… [Read more…]

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