Why and How to Make a Live/Dead Room for Recording October 18, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast Instruction, Podcasting.
A lot of studios pride them selves in having a ‘dead’ room. What’s that mean? 1 – it’s free and clear of ambient noise and 2 – it has enough treatments in it to soak up any sound made in the room (so as not to hear an echo).
When recording at home, sometimes it’s hard to get a dead room. Heating/AC vents, windows, neighbors, etc. all contribute to those ambient noises that you’re trying to keep out of your recording. You can also be the culprit with loose clothing, watches, a squeaky chair, computer fan, and even things like moving papers around.
I get questions all the time around the subject, and want to talk about how to make a live/dead room.
A completely dead room is great if you have a lot of equipment to put live sound back in (depending on the level). In most cases, it’s good to have a little bit of presence in your room to make the recording sound alive. The trick for making a live/dead room is curtains.
Hang curtain rods at the wall ceiling joint all around the room (like crown molding). Get the bar type that you can just thread rings onto. Buy curtains that extend from ceiling to floor, and buy enough curtains to wrap all the way around the room and buy them thick enough that they will trap sound coming at them, and keep sound from getting through to you (like say from a window or door).
“Open” the curtains and tuck them in the corners of the room when not recording or recording and needing a live room. The curtains in the corners will act as bass traps, but will leave the walls open for some genuine reverb. When you need a dead room, close the curtains… pulling them over doors, windows, wood furniture against the walls, pictures, etc. Once you understand your room a little better, you may want to close just one wall, partially close another, or open opposite facing walls depending on your microphone placement.
Of course, I always recommend auralex room kits for recording studios… but if you’re a home studio and use your room for multiple things like live recording, dead recording, and a game room :)… curtains are an easy and a relatively inexpensive way to treat your room.
Podcasting Vendors October 17, 2007Posted by Jeff in NewMediaExpo2008, Podcast and New Media Expo, Podcasting.
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Seldom do you get such a list of high quality vendors for podcasting in one place as here: http://www.newmediaexpo.com/hall2007.htm
Some of these you should recognize… there are others you should seriously check out.
Podcast Transcription Service Update October 15, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast Transcription.
I’ve got a couple updates to my transcription service postings.
One is about Kate Smalley of http://www.transcriptionservices.biz. In my last trancription services post, I had said that her website didn’t seem to have enough info on it to tell if it was a reasonable service or not. Since that time, I received a note from her along with sought out a few testamonies… all seem to point to the fact that she would be a consciencous transcriber for your podcasts. Give her a call at 203-641-3739, go to the website listed above, or check out her other website at: http://www.connecticutsecretary.com.
The second is actually a couple people I met at the podcasting conference from http://www.nobletranscription.com. I liked them and their service a lot. There are a few big name production shops that you can go with for podcast transcription, but I’m coming to find that a small shop may take better care of you. Why? Because they get to know you, your voice, your podcast, and can start to transcribe to what you want… and not exactly what you said. For those of us at educational institutions, the folks from noble also have an interesting discount rate of $0.99 cents per minute for students.
Intellipodcast – Solution for Universities? October 11, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast Software, Podcasting, University Podcasting.
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Intellipodcast (http://www.intellipodcast.com) appears to be an interesting product. Billed as a solution for businesses, I’m supposed to be getting a demo shortly on how we might be able to use it at schools and universities. From their website:
The mission for intellipodcast is to create a site where individuals can upload either narrative text, sound, or video for automated production into RSS feeds, blogs, podcasts or videocasts and upload to iTunes.
- Intellipodcast automates the entire process of podcasting and media sharing
- Everything is done from the intellipodcast website eliminating the need for experienced user technical knowledge
Apparently, a educational institution can purchase the software and implement it with a little help. Allowing faculty, staff, and students to create and share media through blogs, instant messaging, image sharing… and of course podcasting.
I’ll let you know how the demo goes… email or comment if you have had any experience with Intellipocast.
ByteShark Search October 9, 2007Posted by Jeff in Jeff Frey, Podcast Marketing.
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Have you seen this yet?
Search for “jdfrey” and see what comes up. Not too impressive, except for when you search for similar… it uses Optical Search Engine technology. It locates identical and similar objects across the Internet based on the objects’ digital signature, not its surrounding text. For example, if you have a picture of a car, you can upload that picture and use it to find web pages with that car picture, or similar car pictures.
You can add your own website, blog, podcast, etc. to byteshark by going to the website and clicking ** Load a web site’s images **
Kiptronic and Revver October 5, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast Advertising, Podcasting.
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There were two ad vendors at the Podcast and New Media Expo this year that, if you’re not familiar already, I wanted to tell you about. I am using the first one I list here for a certain situation through libsyn, and will start to demo the second shortly so that I can get some first hand experience at it.
Kiptronic is a dynamic ad insertion company that you can utilize yourself, or use the built in features from your podcast hosting vendor like libsyn. I like it for several reasons. 1 – You can ‘swap’ ads with other podcasters. Record your clips, intros, ads, etc. and search the directory for podcasters who’s podcast you’d like to advertise on, and who might want to advertise on your podcast. 2 – Depending on when/where ads are inserted into your podcast, you can record intros and outros so that the first or last words that your listeners hear can be yours (and not an ad). 3 – you can pick and choose the options of your ads, including the sector of advertisers you’d like to stay with. There is also an area for you to explain to Kiptronic ad-podcast matchers what your podcast is about, and any advertisers you know you’d like to be involved with. 4 – Kiptronic works with both audio and video podcasts.
Revver is for video podcasts only, but is a pretty sweet deal. Designed for more of the video sharing crowd, it would be used for podcasters who want to get their videos out to masses, and don’t mind an ad being tacked onto the end of their video (especially if it’s free, and they get to split the earnings 50/50 with Revver). They actually host your video and pair your video with a targeted advertiser. You can then send that video all over the web, embed the video in your website, or link back to Revver. Whenever anyone follows the link from the last frozen ad frame from your video to the advertiser’s site, that is recorded with Revver and you get the proceeds.
If you’ve got a podcast, ever thought about monetizing it, but thought it was too complicated or hard to do so. Think again. After an account set up on Revver or Kiptronic, you can release your podcasts or upload your videos as usual, and they’ll do the rest. If you have an account with TubeMogul (a company that I told you about a few days ago), they will upload your video to Revver for you.
You may see and hear ads on some upcoming podcasts as I play with these advertisers in order to learn more for my students and clients. As always, as I have good or bad experiences, you’ll be the first to know.
The Why and How of Educational Institution Podcasting Webcast October 4, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcatching, Rice University, Technology, University Podcasting.
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RSVP today for the “The Why and How of Educational Institution Podcasting” webcast to be held on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 1:30PM CST!!!
I will be using some of the new knowledge that I gained from the conferences I’ve been to and research that I’ve done recently to give a webcast for the Greater Houston Education Collaboration (http://www.ghecgroup.net/Fall2007.html)… look 1/2 way down the page.
The abstract talks about podasting as a relatively new technology that is being implemented and tested by some educational institutions within multiple departments and schools. Through examples of, and research into, what they are doing, I will be show the five main reasons to podcast. Also, podcasting is not a complicated endeavor as most of you know. I will be able to show the steps in the process of podcasting in the time alloted. Lastly, I will discuss the hardware and software needed to podcast with specific recommendations for all budget levels.
Watch Live Webcast This link will be activated on Thursday, November 1 at 1:25 PM CST. (On day of event, please sign on with your NAME and ORGANIZATION.)
Themes: Distance Learning: Use of podcasting to do so. Classroom Technology: How to record and post lectures. Internet Tools: Podcast providers and directories. Software: Garageband, Audacity, iTunes. Hardware: Portable recorders, mics, boards. Level: All. Audience: All.
Be sure to check out the rest of the webcasts on the page listed above… it looks like a pretty good line-up this fall!
TubeMogul October 3, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast Directories, Podcast Marketing, Podcasting.
TubeMogul is a company that will take your video and upload it to multiple video sharing sites (like YouTube, Google Video, Revver, etc.) and then display back to you statistics on where you’re getting the most play (among other things).
Best of all, it’s free… and it’s open to independent podcasters as well as major companies.
I also like the analytics because they can be downloaded for certain periods and emailed to advertisers, so they have solid numbers on your videos.
Some people only do a podcast and do not put their video on other video sharing sites for fear of ‘losing control’ of them. I agree, having to check 2, 5, or 10 other sites to see how many hits you get would be a bit hectic, but with tubemogul, they take care of all that for you.
Check them out, and if anyone tries them or is using them, email me or comment and let me know what you think.
Podcasting Magazines October 2, 2007Posted by Jeff in Blogging, Podcast and New Media Expo, Podcast Books, Podcast Instruction, Podcasting.
I don’t think I’ve ever done a post on these two magazines, but I saw them at the expo this year and it reminded me that I should.
Any magazine that comes out about podcasting is going to have a lot of ads. They’re going to have to be ad driven in order to make enough money to produce the magazine. That’s just a fact. What I like about these magazines though… is that I actually READ the ads. Their all about stuff I need (okay… want) anyway and things that I can tell clients and friends they should be buying (mostly so I can play with them and not have to pay). Also, you’ll see full page spreads on the latest class, conference, or discussion that you should be attending that you didn’t know about before.
Podcast User Magazine
Over 20 issues now, and each one has interviews, news that you should actually read and know, and reviews of upcoming events as well as explanations of past ones. The best thing I like about this magazine is that is usually has some educational articles in it as well. Last month was about microphone proximity. Maybe the very best thing about it is that the online pdf version of it is a free download.
They are on their sixth or seventh issue now, and it has rapidly become a great magazine. Not only does it have reviews of hardware / software, in-depth looks at conferences, lots of short snippets from podcasting news, but the contributing writers are great. The website is a bit of a struggle to navigate and ‘read’ the magazine from, so I suggest subscribing for the $80 a year.
New Media Expo 2008 in Las Vegas October 1, 2007Posted by Jeff in NewMediaExpo2008, Podcast and New Media Expo, Podcast and Portable Media Expo, Podcast Conferences.
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The name has changed again…
- 2006: Podcast and Portable Media Expo
- 2007: Podcast and New Media Expo
- 2008: New Media Expo
… but from the sound of things, it’s still going to be the best podcasting conference out there and will continue to include talks, vendors, equipment, and software for podcasters and other new media users.
The venue has also changed. Announced at the 2007 conference, the New Media Expo 2008 is going to be:
August 14-16, 2008 at the
Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
Go to http://www.newmediaexpo.com for more information.
From the Podcast and New Media Expo – Podcast Transcript 23 September 30, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast Audio Equipment, Podcast Transcript, Podcasting.
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The Links and Transcript to “From the Podcast and New Media Expo” (4:53) released September 29, 2007 (click here to listen):
Hi, this is Jeff Frey from the Why and How of Podcasting. I’m at the podcast and new media expo in ontario california and gathering some great information to pass on to clients, people that want to me to advise them on their podcasts, or those who want me to teach a class for them.
Speaking of classes, the course that I was going to teach at the Suzanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University this fall was cancelled. I was going to use that to keep creating content on my blog and this podcast, but since it was cancelled, that took some wind out of my sails and I haven’t been producing much since.
It seems odd because the last class I taught was full and with a waiting list and this one only had a few people sign up. So, maybe it wasn’t advertised as well or something. Anyway. If you were one of those few people who signed up… send me an email and contact me about coming out to your location to do a day or two day course, or a directed class of some sort.
That goes for anyone in the Houston area really (unless you want to fly me somewhere, but), go to my blog at jdfrey.wordpress.com and check out a sample course outline under the podcast instruction link. If you like what you see, and you want to talk with me about coming out and teaching a course, email me at. Also, I’ve been doing more podcasting advising, creating, publishing, and things that businesses, educational institutions, and even just individuals are looking for in the podcasting realm. I’m ready and available to talk to you about your podcasting needs.
Right now, I’m creating this podcast just to get those of you listening to head to out my blog and check out my notes from the expo this year. It’s still going on for another day, and I’ll be busy trying to post things all this week. Some new hardware and software has come out, and I’m going to have to get back and research them a bit more before I tell you what I think of them. There IS a product I can tell you about that I want you to check out called copytrans. If you’ve got an ipod and you’ve ever been scared about losing your ipod songs, it does a full back up of you ipod including playlists and personal info. If you get a new computer, it does the same thing… it will load the info from your ipod into itunes instead of the other way around. If you accidentally delete a song, you can get it back… it’s just a great tool all around. I like it so much I’ve got a link on the side bar of my blog. J-d-f-r-e-y dot wordpress.com, click on the image on the right side of the screen, and I’ll also link to it in the transcript for this podcast (http://www.copytrans.net) along with a testimonial I found from someone else: http://jeffchin.com/2007/07/27/recover-your-itunes-library-with-copytrans/
Lastly, I’m recording this podcast on my H4 Handy recorder from the conference. If you’ve listened to me before, you know that for portable recording I went from an Edirol R-09 to this H4 because of the input jacks and the multi-tracking capabilities. Well, at the conference today, I was able to demo the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder… and think I might have another portable recorder in my pocket real soon. It’s about half the size of the H4, but seems to have the same sound quality for less money. I think if you don’t need the features of the H4, I’m going to have to say that the H2 is my top pick for highly-portable recording right now.
The unit comes with a small tabletop stand, an adapter that allows it to be mounted on a mic stand, a windscreen, a five hundred and twelve megabyte SD card. It will handle a 4 GB card, which is awesome, and that will get you about six hours of 44.1kHz recording, or, they say, 138 hours in MP3 format. Here’s a tip though, you’ll only get four hours of life from the 2 AA batteries that power it, so you’ll need to plug it in if you’re recording that long. It comes with an external power supply.
If you want use it for sound recordings, the unit even has a built in tuner and metronome. If you have multiple people or instruments, it has three microphones, one in the center and two on either side, this not only allows for stereo imaging, but you can also record from the front or rear… even doing Surround 5.1.
The only thing that the guys selling it at the expo said people complain about is the small buttons and interface… but… you know… I think I can deal with that for the amount money it costs… it’s just $200. So, for the cost, the portability, and the sound quality that I listened to during the demo… I don’t think you can beat it. I’ll have a link on my blog to the manufacturer and to a great review I found on the O’Reilly Digital Media website.
See this post for those links: http://jdfrey.wordpress.com/2007/09/29/a-look-at-the-zoom-h2-handy-recorder/
That’s it for me for now, I’m going to get back to the conference… and I’ll talk to you again soon. This is Jeff Frey for the why and how of podcasting… thanks for listening.
10 Secret Habits to Podcast Stardom with Franklin McMahon September 29, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast and New Media Expo, Podcast Instruction, Podcasting.
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Franklin McMahon went through 10 habits to making your podcast a dominate force on the new media scene… and how to be a rock star. He talked about how these secret habits need to be practiced over and over again. Here are my notes:
1. Market out of the podcast bubble
⁃ other podcasters first, targeted promo creation
⁃ but not just that, do press releases, tv, radio
⁃ target the world, how to tvs, cell phones, game consoles, etc.
⁃ work social networks and get into where your niche is
⁃ quality of places and what you do with them is better than quantity
2. Take aim at profitability
⁃ your podcast is making as much as you want it now, no more no less
⁃ deal with money, be comfy with it
⁃ make it a mission to make money if you want to, focus on it
⁃ don’t handle revenue or sales, delegate it
⁃ make sure profits help you grow the show
3. Promote what separates you
⁃ look at what you have that others do not have
⁃ be unique and stress your strength
⁃ how many elements does your show contain that can’t be found elsewhere?
⁃ you? you can’t get you on other shows, promote that
⁃ make them love you or hate you, people get passionate about it
⁃ don’t make it so everyone will love it, disagree with some things
4. Be a rock star
⁃ confidence, big vision, no talent needed… just drive, be tenacious
⁃ face forward, market everything with your images
⁃ a lot is luck, chance meetings, running into people, etc
⁃ get a professional photographer
⁃ secret to getting what you want… ask
⁃ audio is intimate, video is personal… fans are dedicated
5. Create a community
⁃ it’s a family, not a show, bring people into your community
⁃ a community will stay with you if something goes wrong
⁃ they can be steered as well, moved to do things
⁃ higher numbers let you take more changes
⁃ start a movement, rally the fans, let them do things
6. Content before marketing
⁃ don’t get lost on the web, keep the content flow going
⁃ under promise and over deliver
⁃ treat stats professionally, not personally
⁃ stats are like waves, need to shake them to get them going
⁃ don’t let production weight you down, low res is better than no res
⁃ blog is not the best website for every show… think differently
7. Don’t make a show, build a brand
⁃ do several shows, formats, ratings, demographics, etc.
⁃ time, skills, imagination, and who… 4 career stages
⁃ niche or go wide, middle ground is boring
⁃ create a new market, a new industry, be first, be best
⁃ know who your market is, keep on topic
⁃ position yourself as an expert, become the go-to person on it
8. Have a game plan
⁃ have a plan, goals, benchmarks, roadmap how it’s going to work
9. Delegate what you’re not good at
⁃ get a designer for your logo and website
⁃ some might not even get to the show if the site is lame
⁃ you may have 30 seconds to win them over on your website
10. Smart Interacting
⁃ message boards vs. emails
⁃ once they are in your world, work hard to keep them
⁃ have other people
⁃ watch when you let people behind the scenes, balance, don’t reveal everything
⁃ keep some things a mystery
11. One more thing
⁃ help others, it always comes back to you
A Look at the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder September 29, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast and New Media Expo, Podcast Audio Equipment, Podcasting.
I was able to demo the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder at the Podcast and New Media Expo today and think I might have another portable recorder in my pocket real soon. Right now, I’m walking around with a H4, but the little H2 (about the size of a deck of cards) seems to have the same sound quality for less money. I think if you don’t need the features of the H4 (like multitracking), I’m going to have to say that the H2 is my top pick for highly-portable recording right now.
The unit comes with a small tabletop stand, an adapter that allows it to be mounted on a mic stand, a windscreen, a 512mb SD card. It will handle a 4 GB card (awesome) and that will get you six hours of 44.1kHz recording or, they say, 138 hours in MP3 format. Whoa! Here’s a tip though, you’ll only get four hours of life from the 2 AA batteries that power it… so you’ll need to plug it in if you’re recording that long. It comes with an external power supply.
If you want use it for sound recordings, the unit even has a built in tuner and metronome. Multiple people or instruments? It has three microphones, one in the center and two on either side, this not only allows for stereo imaging, but you can also record from the front or rear… even doing Surround 5.1.
The only thing that the guys selling it at the expo said people complain about is the small buttons and interface. You know… I think I can deal with that for the amount money it costs: $200. I think the cost, the portability, and the sound quality that I listened to during the demo make up for it. Also, if the volume is too low when you record, you can actually normalize it.
Here’s a link to the manufacturer site: http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1916
This is a great review on O’Reilly Digital Media: http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2007/09/13/review-zoom-h2-surround-recorder.html
Screencasting 101 with Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline.com September 28, 2007Posted by Jeff in Podcast and New Media Expo, Screencasting.
Notes from today’s Screencasting session at the Podcast and New Media Expo:
- Weekly Video Podcast launched August 2005
- Primarily Mac Software Video Tutorials
- Over 120+ screencasts
- Free Content
- Free Show – 640X360 resolution – every fortnight
o via RSS and iTunes
o Full show list on website – categorized and searchable
- Open forum for Mac related discussions and show comments
- Extra! Membership – $45 to join incl. 6 months, $25 renewal
- Member only premium content shows
- Full screencast each week – High Definition, ED & iPod
- Access to entire back catalogue
o multiple secure RSS feeds for year and resolution
o Secure members website with direct links
- Sponsored shows
- Affiliate arrangements with software vendors
- DVD Sales
- Corporate screencasts
- Adsense ads
- Some Statistics (Libsyn L.E.S. Statistics – September 2007)
o Previous Days Downloads 7,700
o Previous Weeks Downloads 36,800
o Previous Months Downloads 127,1414
o Total Raw Requests 4.4 million
What is a ScreenCast
- Non interactive video demonstration of software or web applications on a computer desktop accompanied by spoken content.
Benefits of ScreenCasting
- Extremely effective learning method
- Visual (Spatial) Learning
- Relay complex instructions easily
- Allows viewer to understand context
- Allows viewer to focus on subject
- Video – delivered via iTunes
- Easy to perceive value – training
- Potential for monetization
- Deliver HD content in relatively small file sizes (20 minute HD Video = 4.4 GB compresses to 62 MB)
- Snapz Pro X, iShowU
- Techsmith Snagit, Techsmith Camtasia Studio
- Techsmith Jing Project
- Know your subject or at least the topic
- Analyze the best approach
o Basics – Advanced – Re-inforce
- Create your materials
o Scenarios, Documentation, Graphics
o Set in context
- Set screen resolution to match capture
- Use Animation Codec for lossless capture – frame rates?
- Record in small segments
- Record in high quality audio
- Avoid “Dead Screen” as much as possible
- If you screw up, record again but keep continuity
Additional Capture Tips – From a Mac Perspective
- Create a new user account for capture
- Clear menu bar, clear desktop, clear folders
- Real Time Effects
o Omni Dazzle
o Boinx MousePose 2
o iMovie HD & Final Cut Express – Non editable presets – Use HDV (1280X720) or DV (PAL or NTSC)
o Final Cut Pro
§ Can use customized settings so will accept virtually any resolution or codec
§ Multi Layer Video and Audio Track
§ Final Cut Studio also includes Motion and Compressor
- Dual Monitor display
- Dedicated keyboard
- Secret Weapon Shuttle Pro2
o Dedicated Jog Wheel
o Programmable Keys
Final Cut Pro Trip
- Switch on the wave form in the audio track
- Turbo charge your typing
- Use Freeze Frames
- Export finished video in full quality from Final Cut pro
o Pixelmator Tutorial – 20 minutes = 4.4 GB @ 1280X720
o Scaleable, efficient, excellent results
o Becoming ubiquitous due to iTunes
o Flash support H.264
- Quicktime Pro
o Fully featured
o Ideal for single jobs (but can be used for multiple jobs)
o Can also be used for trimming and basic editing
o Part of FC Studio
o Presets & droplets
o Multiple Jobs
o Batch processing
o Distributed encoding
- So what values to use to reduce the file size
o H.264 codec
o Frame Rate: 12-15 fps (as low as 5fps)
o Resolution – Reduce in multiples:
o 1280X720, 960X540, 640X360, 320X180
o Data Rate: Automatic or experiments
o Quality: medium to Best
o Warning – Apple presets make huge files
- You have content – normal podcasting workflow kicks in!
o Website: SiteGround for Hosting, Rapidweaver
o Media File Hosting: Libsyn – Unlimited bandwidth
o RSS Feed Creation: Feeder – Multiple Feeds
o Membership management: aMember
o Payment System: PayPal
o coupon code: pnme2007
o More information on monetizing your podcast: at http://www.podcast-monetizer.com
At the Apple Store in Brea, California September 28, 2007Posted by Jeff in General.
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We decided to head out to Brea tonight to go to our favorite hangout here: Taps Fish House & Brewery. Before we did, we headed to the Apple store. I’m there now on a new iMac, decided to take my picture, and post this. I know it has nothing to do with podcasting, but when I get back to the hotel, I’m going to post the notes from a great screencasting session I went to this afternoon.