Webcam Lighting Setup

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…]

TPS 080: Replacing Podcasts After They’re Published

Are you waiting to publish your podcast until you’ve gotten everything just right? Stop. Just publish. You’re ready.

I’ve seen more than one podcast delayed by perfection. The first thing to understand is you’ll never be perfect. This episode is a good example of that. In TPS 79: An Alternative to Skype, I left out a very important point but I went back and corrected it on this episode.HOA logo

One of the cool things about podcasting is it’s not perfect and when you make a mistake or figure out how to do something better, you can fix it or update in your next episode. Podcasts are, by definition, episodic in nature meaning they follow a common theme and often tell a story over time. Your podcast is that story and it will never be complete. The journey is the fun part.

Do your best to produce a great sounding podcasting with fantastic content and your audience will enjoy what you’re doing. I tell people all the time to “grow as you go.” Put in your best effort and your show will improve with every episode but you can’t get any better until you actually publish. [Read more…]

TPS 079: An Alternative to Skype

Ever have an issue with Skype? Choppy connection, hiss in your audio, disconnected from your interviewee or co-host? These are just a few of the issues some podcasters are experiencing when using Skype. However, Skype, in many cases still remains one of the better ways to connect with remote interviewees and co-hosts. But what if there was a reliable substitute? Enter Google Plus Hangouts and Hangouts On-Air.G+ Hangouts

If Skype is working great for your recordings, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you’re having any number of issues that Skype often has, consider trying Google Plus Hangouts. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 064 – The Future of FeedBurner, G+ Hangouts On-Air for Video Podcasting and ATR 2100 Mic Demo

Have you heard that Google might be shutting down Feedburner?

ATR2100

Lots of people have but is it true? I have some of my own ideas and great resources for getting a much better picture of what is really going on.

You’ll also hear about some resources for moving your feed away from Feedburner if you decide you want to migrate your podcast feed(s) away from the service. The good news is, as it stands, everything is OK. Don’t make a snap decision and worry that you have to move your feed any time soon.

Want a new way to make money from your podcast? How about the ability to sell your digital content as easily as you can share it (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc.).

Gumroad is a new service that allows you to upload your digital files, host them at their site for free and link to it via a short URL created by the service. Then you put that link out into your social world. Purchasing your content is as simple as clicking on the link and entering your payment info. Gumroad handles the entire process and their commision is only 5% + .25 for each transaction.

You could sell your back catalog, bonus content or even a photoshop file. Whatever you can create on your computer, you can sell…easily. Let your imagination go wild and make some money from your podcast.

Want an easy way to get into video podcasting? Have you heard of Google Plus Hangouts On-Air?

This is a very easy way to create video via Google and YouTube. Simply join your friends, co-hosts, interviewees, etc. on a live Hangout and it will be recorded and uploaded to your connected YouTube account automatically.

After that, if you want to turn it into a video podcast, you’ll get access to the .mp4 video file. Download the file and upload it to the host of your choice. Put that link in your RSS feed and you have a video podcast. All you need is a webcam, a microphone and Google Plus account.

Beyond getting you into video podcasting, this also gets you into live-streaming since you can invite infinite numbers of people to watch the live recording. You could rip the audio from the video and turn that into an audio only podcast as well. There are lots of options. Play around with a Hangout On-Air today and you’ll be ready to go if you decide you’d like to dip your toe into the video podcasting waters.

Perhaps that most exciting piece of gear to come to podcasting since it’s inception (is that a bold statement?), the Audio Technica ATR2100 is a dynamic, dual USB/XLR connected microphone. This could be the only mic you ever need to buy.

Perfect for the brand new podcaster or someone who has been recording since 2004. The ATR2100 sounds about as good as my Heil PR40 (you’ll hear this in this episode), a three hundred dollar mic. For only fifty dollars you get the benefits of a condensor mic (nice low end sound, bass) with the advantages of a dynamic (superior rejection of unwanted noise).

The mic allows you to plug directly into your computer via USB and start recording. The mic also grows with your studio and podcast. When you decide to upgrade to a mixer, you can plug this mic in via XLR and continue to use this mic in your podcast productions.

Check out the gear page located on this site and linked below for the ATR2100 as well as a complete list and guide of my personal podcasting gear.

Get a free month of Libsyn hosting with a new account!

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Links mentioned in this episode

Need helping starting your first podcast or improving the one you already have? Contact me to work one-on-one setting up or upgrading your show.

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TPS Ep. 049 – Noisy Headphones, Free Graphics Editor, and Creating Supplemental Video

On this episode I talk about the effect that bad headphones can have on your podcast’s audio. Headphones that don’t fit properly, are not well built or are simply turned up too loud can affect that amount of feedback that your mic hears. If the audio going into your headphones leaks out and into your mic

Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones

you could hear some weird results in your final audio or be unable to properly edit your audio in post production. I talk about how to make sure you headphones are not the cause for problems with your final audio.

Creating great looking graphics for your podcast can be a challenge if you can’t afford to

purchase quality image editing software programs. Now there is an incredible, free option available via your browser called Sumo Paint. This free web service works and looks much the same as Photoshop Elements which I enjoy using for creating my own podcast graphics. Give it a shot and enjoy the power of free, quality graphics creation.

If you have an audio podcast you can benefit greatly by adding video. Creating a YouTube channel to supplement your audio content can attract many new listeners that you would have otherwise never reached. Can you think of some quick, valuable content that is related to your show and would benefit by being seen as well as heard? I recommend creating your own channel and try adding video to your multimedia arsenal. You might be surprised by the results and feedback.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Sumo Paint – Free browser based graphics editor
Phandroid Podcast Video – Hosts talk about Google Plus Hangouts
Zoom H4N audio recorder
Struggling Entrepreneur Podcast – I was interviewed for the Struggling Entrepreneur podcast.

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