Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Podcasting and Vlogging

Here are the notes of a total newbie from Sunday's Pocasting and Vlogging workshop led by the dynamic duo: Chris Heuer and Lisa Cantor. (Please supplement me, because I have a feeling that maybe a lot of it went over my head.)

First of all, you don't need an i-pod. "Podcasting" does get its "pod" from i-pod because that was the first portable mp3 player that really got popular and well used. It's true that you can use i-tunes to find podcasts, but that's not the only place and even there you don't have to download the files to an ipod. Listening from your computer is allowed. You can subscribe to podcasts and create your own podcasts pretty easily.

Podcasts are:

A. Just a blog for audio files, or any other files really.
B. Downloadable collections of files that you can subscribe to.
C. Part of communities that you can use to search for them or use to have them all downloaded for your later listening pleasure.
D. All of the above.

Answer: D.

Chris played us an excerpt from a recorded teen panel at Brainjam: 5 kids from the infamous Nford being interviewed with Chris's cool joy-stick-lookin' microphone. This was edited with AUDACITY and then recorded directly into his blog using AUDIOBLOG.

AUDIOBLOG: simple form-based site that you don't need to be technical to use. This site allows you to upload your stream and then dump into a blog post along with the little player that your peeps can just click and listen. This cuts out the necessity of them having to download or search or whatev. AND there is the sweet perk that whatever you put up through AUDIOBLOG is also tagged and searchable on i-tunes.

AUDACITY: an editing tool for mixing your own show! Because, Chris says, "the more polish that's on it, the more people are going to be interested in it."

Application Program Interface (API): services that allow interfaces between blogging tools, allow other apps to talk to the blog application, so that you can login to the blog from other places and publish. ...I think... I still haven't put all these pieces together in my mind very well, but Chris assured us that all the understanding comes with playing around with the stuff yourself. As Peter proceeded to do during the workshop--see his audioblog video below!

Chris has a super spy microphone in the side of his flat screen monitor that "works just fine" for Skipe calls (no idea what those are) but Lisa thinks they come out all canned or static-y or otherwise low quality.

After this "basics of podcasting" discussion we podcasted! And it may go up at some point (or already is? where? where?). Our podcast discussion was "What is WoolfCamp?" Answered very cool and banterly by Grace, Peter, Chris and Lisa.

Lisa talked about Vlogging (video blogging), which can be done using the aforementioned search and post tools. Vlogging can be done right in the regular blog or seperate as sort of a podcast. It has the power to totally revolutionize the film industry as more and more independent vloggers post and share and influence each other. There are all kinds of vlogs, including, but not limited to: cooking shows, family films, art films, music videos, and, and, and.

FIREANT: allows you to keep track of various video updates (sort of posts) so that you can download them.

R-MEDIA: Alternative to AUDIOBLOG. A great way to get free video hosting, access to internet archives of videos, and other cool independent, crusty, political, non-commercial, stuff. May be a bit too bogged down with technical jargon or clunky not-so-user-friendly interfacing, better for those professional vloggers who want to share and take advantage of the community aspect of it. For beginners, the videos just start to get buggy because of the high bandwidth.

Here are some editing tools (I think) that were mentioned:

BLIP TV: free

VLOG.COM: apple tools are better


ADOBE PREMIER: much better that MOVIEMAKER but not free. Peter uses this one.

Also, all your favorite podcasts, and vlogs can be syndicated using Really Simply Syndication = RSS a way to manage all of your subscriptions in one place. These (also mentioned at Sarah's techie bloggie tools discussion) are called "Feed readers" or "RSS readers", but I'm not entirely sure that I caught any recommendations for the readers... Maybe these were the API's?? Hmm...

Sidebar: Romantic collaborations assert their power once again as Chris blushes a bit and admits, "I actually dated the original product manager and so I got 'involved' with it rather early." Pun intended by all appearances. :)


Blogger elkit said...

You got it!
Skype is a company that lets you make phone calls over the Internet, which is free, as I understand it.

May I, as an Apple employee and perennial proofreader, just point out that it's iPod and iTunes?
Just nitpicking,

iElkit :-)

9:11 PM  
Blogger Keith Ecklund said...

I've found Nicecast very easy to use in broadcasting music shows, and if you capture some voice recordings, it's just as easy to throw them into the play list. I believe, however, that it may only be Mac compatible.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Keith Ecklund said...

I should have added that this produces "streaming radio", rather than a podcast. But the show you play can be captured and uploaded onto your server, giving people the ability to download it as a podcast.

8:17 AM  
Blogger ...e... said...

yeah, everybody download skype, it's free and it allows both chat and voice calls anywhere in the world to anybody who also has skype. if you get it, my skype name is elitheawhittaker . you can send me a chat and i can add you to my contacts (only contacts can voice call me--to keep out any voicespammers...)

9:25 AM  
Blogger Kristie Wells said...

We have Skype acounts: I am kristiewells and Chris is chris_heuer.

2:21 PM  

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