Help! I need your help! This is so exciting, but I need your advice. I’m an avid podcast listener now that I drive all over South Florida and I’ve always wanted to make my own, but I really just didn’t understand what I was doing. It is VERY important to me that anything I learn or do can be used by the classroom teacher. If it’s too techie, it’s not for me.
Podcasting is definitely out on that edge of too techie, but the potential classroom use has made me keep going. I am sure I did everything the hard way, but this can definitely be replicated by the classroom teacher with just a few tools. Here are my steps. Please let me know what you would have done instead. I need your advice!
Step 1: Wrote a script for this 1st podcast so that when I messed up, it would be reasonable the same on take 2, 3, 4, etc. (I actually recorded three times- not too bad)
Step 2: Recorded my voice in Audacity – FREE! with a little $10 microphone into my laptop. The sound quality is not good, I know. Help!
Step 3: Couldn’t just K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Sweety), it just had to have pictures and music! What is better than PhotoStory – FREE! I created a PhotoStory movie with original music and my prerecorded voice file from Audacity.
Step 4: To make it compatible with my iPod, I converted to a QuickTime movie in Adobe Premiere Elements (not so free). This file is definitely distorted since I made a movie of a movie. What else should I have done?
Step 5: In iTunes (FREE), I imported the QuickTime version and right clicked on the movie and converted it to iPod format.
Step 6: To make sure it had a little picture to identify it, I right clicked again and went to Get Info. Under the info tab, I added information to most fields and clicked to the last tab (Artwork) and my picture was already there because it was an enhanced podcast, but this is where you can add your image.
I will be having a random drawing for a cool little prize for those of you (and you don’t have to be in the South Florida DEN!) who answer my easy question in the podcast correctly and follow the directions. But most of all, I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far and need your help to make it better.
This is the best file straight out of PhotoStory Download UBY11-06.wmv
This is the one I converted to QuickTime. It’s huge Download ubiquitously_yours_1106.mov
This is the one I converted to iPod format. It’s also huge Download ubiquitously_yours_1106.m4v
This is my original voice only file from Audacity Download UBYours.mp3