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A podcast is "a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers." <ref>Podcast, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting</ref> Basically, a podcast is a way to "follow" multimedia content streams that you find interesting. In some ways it's the 21st century equivalent of programming your VCR to record your favorite network tv show.
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Mobile devices make it relatively easy to subscribe to a podcast so that the audio or video content is available for listening/viewing from just about anywhere. The ability to download podcasts for offline review makes them functional even in environments where internet connection is not possible.
To create a podcast, start by creating some video or audio content using one of the [[#Editing Tools|editing tools]] below. Then you'll need some way to publish it; see [[#Delivery Tools|Delivery Tools]].
==Audio Considerations==
Some audio considerations are applicable regardless of whether you are creating audio or video podcasts.
*For collecting audio of people speaking be sure to utilize a [[Voice Recorders|voice recorder]] and test out recording quality prior to conducting interviews.
*Always record a short amount of ambient sound that you can insert in your timeline when you wish to create a pause but don't want the space filled with complete silence. This will help with recording continuity.
*In most cases be sure only one person is speaking at a time.
*If you have scripted your text, practice reading the text several times so that your tone is conversational and animated.
*Script text should be written for the ear. Make sure it sounds natural, and your points are clear.
*Take the time to collect the best raw media possible. The best editing cannot overcome a poor recording.
==Editing Tools==
Please note that the links below will access Lynda.com tutorials and will require that you enter your Middlebury College username and password.
*[https://www.linkedin.com/learning/search?keywords=adobe%20audition Adobe Audition] - Windows or Mac, free with campus license
*[http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/111697?org=middlebury.edu Audacity] - Windows or Mac
*[http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/111697?org=middlebury.edu GarageBand] - Mac only
*[http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/159634?org=middlebury.edu iMovie 10.0.2] - Mac only
*[http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/77957?org=middlebury.edu iMovie 11] - Mac only
*[http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/170630?org=middlebury.edu CC Premiere] - Windows or Mac, free with campus license
==Delivery Tools==
To deliver podcasts to subscribers you will need a way to distribute an RSS feed. At Middlebury you can do this by [[WordPress#Embedding_Video|embedding your audio and video files]] in a [[WordPress]] blog post. This will allow your subscribers to [[WordPress#RSS_and_Subscribing|subscribe to updates]] from your blog and receive notifications whenever a new podcast is available.
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