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Podcasting Resources

This very useful list of resources is from Professor Luke Waltzer from the Schwartz Institute.

Here are some inexpensive/free services for producing podcasts that you can then embed on your course blog.  The first four produce data that can be embedded in a blog post, while the last must be linked.

This is a guide for you to begin exploring… for more detailed instructions, refer to each specific site.

YouTube

If you do not have one, you’ll need to create a user account on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/create_account although Google accounts work as well).  To upload a previously produced video, merely click on the Yellow “Upload a Video” button, and have at it.

YouTube will process videos in the following formats: .WMV, .3GP, .AVI, .MOV, .MP4, .MPEG, .FLV, .MKV.

After you upload your video, YouTube will convert it to a Flash format, which you can then embed into your blog post :

  • Copy the url of the video page
  • Click the Yellow A button on  the right side of your visual editor
  • Paste the url into the window that opens.

Pros:

  • Easiest interface
  • Smoothest embed process

Cons

  • Assumes you have all the tools needed to produce your content locally

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/ht4d6tJ8Skc" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


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Voicethread

Collaborative, group conversations around images, video, and text.  More.

Pros:

  • Upload images and overlay audio or video track
  • Can create audio/video either through your computer or via phone call

Cons

  • Must remember to set “Publishing Options” to “Allow Anyone to View” in order to make your Voicethread viewable
  • Interface is a bit difficult to master

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Gabcast

Produce Podcasts via phone

Pros:

  • First 5 minutes of audio per episode is free… but you can record up to 100 minutes for $10

Cons

  • Need to create a channel and then publish episode to it… annoying extra step
  • Embedded player is inelegant:

Gabcast! Test Podcast for American Literature Class #2

New_York_Movie

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Yodio

Audio/image publishing system.

Pros:

  • Upload images, phone in audio or upload audio files, and meld together

Cons

  • Embed is a bit difficult to get working
  • Must register cell phone #

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Podcast People

Hosted podcast studio.

Pros:

  • Completely webbased: record audio/video podcasts directly from your personal computer

Cons

  • 14 day trial is free.  After that, $$$
  • Registration is a bit lengthy, and you must create a blog at Podcast People in order to use their upload/processing services
  • Free trial doesn’t produce embeddable content: you’ll need to link to your podcast

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