Do you have an idea for an audio or video podcast that you would like to create? Maybe there is a subject that you want to cover such as protecting the environment, provide on-demand training or provide product presentations, etc. You're main limits will be your imagination and budget. Most of don't have unlimited budgets, so you may have to get creative or scale down your vision.
What is Podcasting?
"Podcasting" is a web-based broadcast medium in which media files (audio or video) are made available online. Podcast listening/viewing software (e.g. iTunes) can automatically detect and download updates to favorite shows via RSS feeds.
The word "PodCasting" came from the merger of the words iPod and broadcasting. The term "PodCast" is no longer specifically related to the iPod but to any software and hardware combination that permits the downloading and playing of these files.
PodCasting enables anyone to create their own internet based show, without requiring expensive hardware. PodCasts are subscription based, which means that listeners/viewers can select what they want to listen or watch.
The only limit is your imagination, and restrictions placed on you by free services. If that becomes an issue, there are commercial hosting providers that will be happy to assist (but they're probably not free).
To get into audio or video podcasting is not expensive. You can start out with the basic equipment that comes with most modern desktop and laptop computers. Although, as you grow in sophistication your needs can grow, such as needing a better microphone, camera, or even audio or video mixing board.
To get started, you will need the following hardware and software.
Audio Podcasting Software
When creating a audio podcast you're going to need to sound recording and editing software. There are several different software applications available, most of them will cost money while others are free. To highlight some of the free options, check out:
Different services, may require your media files in different format (e.g. MP3, MPEG, WMV). Some users like high-quality HD version of your podcast while others want standard versions that take up less space.
RSS Feeds will be how you let the world know about your content. An RSS feed is just a text file with formatted information about your podcast. This file contains information like episode title, description, and download information.
Host/Publishing Your Podcast
Video Podcasting Services
Wondering how well your podcast is doing, check out the following service:
Before you choose any of the services or software listed above make sure to give yourself time to experiment with the technologies. Then you will need some more time to learn how to tie them altogether. I would recommend that you do this in phases, such as the ones I outlined below:
Note: The web sites, software, hardware, and other services mentioned in this article are not personally endorsed by myself but provided as reference.