The video podcast has taken flight with the advent of iPods and other MP3 players that support viewing video files. Now, not only can your subscribers hear you, but they can also see you. Here are some tips for delivering a good video podcast:
Hardware Required for Video Podcast
First, you'll need a computer with Internet access. It can be either a Mac or a PC. Next, you'll need a video recorder. If you don't have one, you'll want to get a digital camcorder that has either Flash memory or an SD card. Digital camcorders make uploading easier since the recorded material is already in the proper format. If you are tempted to use a regular camcorder and record to tape, keep in mind that you'll need to convert it to a digital file for a video podcast. It's just easier to simplify your podcasting tools and spring for the digital camcorder.
Special Video Podcast Requirements
Before you make your own podcast on video, remember that video files are much larger than audio files. That means they are going to take up more space on an iPod. You might want to consider keeping your video podcast under 10 minutes. Also remember that the viewing screen on an iPod or other portable device is limited, so it's best if you don't opt for widescreen footage, as it will be hard to see. You may want to try some test recordings to make sure that the lighting and the composition are appropriate for such a small screen.
The Video Podcast Upload Process
Once your content is recorded and on your computer, you'll need to upload it to a Web site. There are now numerous Web sites that support podcasts. You can do a quick online search for ones that have an RSS feed. An RSS feed is what enables you to syndicate a podcast. Some blog Web sites, such as WordPress, even have an option to upload your podcasts, as they are already outfitted with RSS feeds.
Once you've uploaded the video podcast and established a feed, your video podcast is now out there for the public to watch and enjoy.
The uses for podcasting are almost limitless due to the flexibility of the podcast format. You could promote a band or share class notes. It's all up to you.
Learning how to create a podcast is simple, and you don't have to be a techie to record your ideas and share them with the world.