Monday, June 5

Podcast creation made easy!

I am one of the thousands of newbie in blogging media. But slowly I am making a progress.

Imagine my embarrassment yesterday, when my son who thinks big of me, queried me, ”Mom, why don’t you podcast your daily lecture?” I begged him to give me an hour or so, which I thought would be sufficient to search the ever friendly internet, compile some information to satisfy him.

He went away with a smirk in his face and I tapped my keyboard.


What's a podcast?
It is like sharing audio through internet.

Imagine setting up your own audio broadcast, where you can easily record voice messages, mix in your favorite music, and share it all for the world to hear.
You can also call it an audio journal.

Ok, now how will you exactly share it?
You can share it through RSS feed. This sharing or distributing through web feed is called podcasting.

Utility of Podcast:
Teachers can create podcast of lectures for their students.
Share your favourite music with the rest of the world.
You can also replay a radio broadcast to those who missed it live.

Podiobooks:
This a series of audiobooks presented through podcast feeds. They are available for free.

We know how difficult it is to tune into distant radio stations. Now if you go to
http://www.publicradiofan.com/podcasts.html , you can find program listings for hundreds of public radio stations around the world. Audio links are provided there, and all you have to do is just click on the link of your choice.
This site contain over 650 podcasts.

Can an unskilled person like me…?
Sure, this process of creating a podcast is made user friendly by http://evoca.com
They teach you how to:
*Post audio to your blog using your phone
*Add voice to your online profiles
*Search spoken words and meet new people
*Use Skype™ to record journal entries
*Form an Evoca group - share your cause
*Record family stories for posterity

If your PC has a microphone, Evoca facilitates direct audio recording from your browser.
You will have to sign up with the service first. You can start recording the content by pressing the 'Your computer microphone' button.

When completed, you can save it on to Evoca. While saving the audio content, you can tag it with an appropriate label and designate it public or private. The service allows you to access the public audio hosted by other members.

They also sign a web page with the URL: http://evoca.com/xxxx( xxxx is your username)
When someone visit your web page,they can access your "public'' content.
Besides the web URL, Evoca offers a web or podcast feed, which can be used by your clients for accessing the content made public, in their podcast client.

MP3 file:
One more podcast publishing service, is Podomatic.
This also allows you to record live from your browser and store it on its server as an MP3 file. It also provides an RSS feed for your recordings. When you sign up with the service, you get a web page (http://your-log-in-name.podomatic.com), from where anyone on the Net can listen/download your audio content. Podmail, the facility to send voice messages, is an additional feature of this service.

Today, I called up a techinical help to create my first podcast. I promise to blog here about my attempt.

Information source: "The Hindu"

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