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An Overview of Podcasting - Part 4

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Tools for Creating Podcasts

I hope you have enjoyed our series on Podcasting. Now it's time to discuss the tools that will help you with creating your Podcast. Some items are free but others have a cost associated with them.

Audacity

This tool is available for free on the Windows and Mac platforms and allows you to capture audio with a USB microphone and then edit the recorded audio tracks. You can edit your captured audio into desired audio segments similar to the way you work in a non-linear editor. Once your audio is edited you can export it as an MP3 file to upload to your website. Visit http://audacity.sourceforge.net to download Audacity.

Sorenson Squeeze

Use Squeeze to take audio from an audio or video file for compression to an MPEG-4 or MP3 audio file for you Podcast listeners.
The Squeeze compression defaults for MP3 encoding are sufficient for creating high quality audio for your Podcast. Files can be uploaded to your Web Server after compression. Visit www.SorensonMedia.com to purchase Sorenson Squeeze.

G-Cast

Using Gcast you can actually call a guest to interview them for a Podcast and record your conversation with them. The service will capture an audio file of your discussion an upload it to the Gcast Web Servers. You can even record yourself on the go with Gcast. When you set up an account on their website, you can call into to a Toll-free number to create a Podcast post. The service is available for FREE at www.Gcast.com

Audio Blogger

Visit www.AudioBlogger.com to use a phone call-in service that works with the Blogger Service. Create an Audio Blogger account and then you can call into the phone number provided on their website to record audio using your home phone or cell phone. Your audio recording will be posted into your Blog easily ready for Podcasting. You only have to select Publish to make the audio live.

iTunes

Use iTunes to convert you audio from AIFF to a desired format for your Podcast. iTunes also enables you to customize your audio file for your Podcast. In addition, you can add an image for viewers to see as they listen to your Podcast. You can also provide additional details about your Podcast with iTunes. Download iTunes from www.Apple.com/itunes/

OurMedia.org

OurMedia provides a service that allows you to upload video and audio files for FREE. Before you can upload your media you must first create accounts with www.Archive.org and www.OurMedia.org.

Other related articles:

An Overview of Podcasting - Part 1

An Overview of Podcasting - Part 2

An Overview of Podcasting - Part 3

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