TPS Ep. 040 – USB Mixers, Recording Skype Video, and Podcasting Statistics for 2010

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When choosing a mixer for your podcast there are some special considerations that I think each podcaster should think about before making their purchase. Some of these include the number of mic inputs your mixer will allow. Can you grow your show with the mixer you are planning to buy? Can it power condenser microphones and will it record multiple channels when connected to your computer? I bring up these questions and more to help you understand the special needs of a podcaster when choosing a mixer. I take a listener question from Gene who called in to find out how to record Skype video and how to take that video and put it on your blog/website. Also I take a look at the new statistics published by Edison Research and their “Current State of Podcasting” report for 2010. Tom Webster presented the information at Blogworld 2010 (see below for the entire talk and slides) and I discuss some of the most important insights that I think podcasters should take away from the talk. Finally, I tie in the information provided by Tom with recent actions I took on my site to upgrade the social sharing features I provide. I explain why I changed wordpress plugins in an attempt to clean up my site while still providing a way for users to pass on my content to their favorite sharing sites. download this episode (48 min. | .mp3 | 47 mb)

The Current State Of Podcasting from Tom Webster on Vimeo.

links mentioned on this episode Call Recorder – for recording Skype video on Mac Pamela – for recording Skype video on a PC ShareThis – WordPress plugin for social sharing buttons (twitter, facebook, digg, etc) The Current State of Podcasting for 2010 PDF” – slides from Tom’s presentation

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Full-time podcast producer and host of The Podcasters’ Studio and Podcasters’ Roundtable, I enjoy sharing my ten years of experience making podcasts to help others improve or start their own show.

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  1. Personally, Ray, I like the 30 minute or longer Long format. I listen on a commute, and I cannot change podcasts while driving to another podcast. Just my vote

    • Steve, Thanks for the feedback. It's likely that the podcast will remain in it's long format but at a minimum it will probably always be at least half an hour. Just doing one tip on the Podcast Quick Tips podcast, usually takes me 5-7 minutes so it should be easy for me to keep TPS at a minimum of half an hour because I usually throw in at least three different topics and an update or two.
      Glad I can help with your commute;) Thanks again for listening to the show!
      Ray

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