Podcast Trying to prove the Infinite Monkey Theorem Concordia Theological Seminary Updated: June 28, 2010 Web 2.0 graphic used courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Licenced under CC-‐A-‐SA-‐2.5 This document licensed under CC-‐A-‐SA-‐2.5 (hAp://creaDvecommons.org/licenses/by-‐sa/2.5/deed.en) email@example.com 1 What is a Podcast? INTRODUCTION A Podcast is a collec-on of audio or video recordings on the computer which are organized by episodes. They may be compared to episodes of a TV show or the evening news. Where TV shows go out over the airwaves or by cable, Podcasts are distributed via the Internet. Because the Internet is so large, directories of Podcasts exist, much like a phone book. Apple's iTunes program is one such directory of Podcasts. There are others, for example OnePlace.com, which specializes in Chris-an content. Because Podcasts are essen-ally audio or video recordings made on a regular basis, they can be distributed in a number of ways. Pos-ng them to iTunes is one way, but pos-ng them on a blog, Facebook, or YouTube is also common. How Can I Use Podcasting in Ministry? SOME STARTING IDEAS Podcasts have a number of uses for ministry. As more and more people interact through digital means, using Podcasts helps to bring Chris-an materials to hearers. A few examples of uses are: • Publish sermons -‐ One of the most common uses of Podcas-ng is to provide a medium where recordings of sermons can be heard on a regular basis. This is especially valuable for travelers or tech-‐savvy shut-‐ins. • Devo0ons -‐ Daily devo-ons recorded by a pastor enable him to preach and teach his parishioners throughout the week. • Bible studies -‐ Podcasts are well-‐suited for sharing weekly Bible studies or special series. How Do I Get Started? EQUIPMENT, RECORDING AND PUBLISHING Equipment In order to record and publish Podcasts, there is certain equipment that is needed. This sec-on will detail the equipment and soMware needed by a church worker wishing to produce Podcasts. 1. EQUIPMENT a. A computer from the last 5 years b. A high-‐speed Internet connec-on c. A webcam ($40-‐$60) i. Recommended brands: Logitech, MicrosoM d. A desktop microphone ($15) i. Recommended brands: Logitech, Cyber Acous-cs 2. NETWORK a. An internet connec-on b. Some kind of Web hos-ng i. Website provider ii. Blog (blogger.com, wordpress.com) 3. SOFTWARE a. QuickTime Pro ($30) (For Windows or Apple computers) Recording QuickTime Pro is available from Apple (www.apple.com/quicktime). 1) Once you have installed QuickTime Pro, open the program. 2) In the File menu, choose "New Recording" or "New Audio Recording" 3) When you are ready to begin recording, click on the red record bubon in the bobom of the window. 4) When you are ﬁnished with the recording, click the same bubon to stop recording. 5) In the File menu, choose "Save As..." 6) Remember the place you save this ﬁle, because you will need to send it from your computer to your blog or web host. Publishing Publishing simply making your audio or video recording available publicly. You may want to include it in a blog post, or upload it to YouTube. Publishing a Podcast a directory like iTunes or OnePlace.com requires experience with web hos-ng and news feeds. Including in a blog post (video or audio) Publishing a Podcast to your blog is very simple. 1) Start a new blog post. 2) Write any informa-on that you may want to include with the Podcast. 3) Include the video 1 recording according to the Blog How-‐To. 4) Publish the post. It will now be available on your blog. Publishing to YouTube (video only) Publishing to YouTube, thankfully, is also very simple. Follow the YouTube How-‐To on crea-ng an account and pos-ng videos. With your YouTube account, you automa-cally have your own "Channel." This Channel can be used to follow all the videos that you publish. People can access this channel at hbp://www.youtube.com/user/yourusername (replace "yourusername" with your YouTube login name). This will bring your visitors to an automa-cally generated website that features your latest videos. 1 Blogger only supports video in posts. Others, such as WordPress (www.wordpress.com) support audio and video. You can also link your YouTube account with Facebook and Twiber. This feature is available under Ac-vity Sharing in My Account. With this feature set up, when you post a video, it will also appear on your Facebook or Twiber page. Publishing to iTunes or other Podcast directories In order to do this, you will need some kind of web hos-ng. See the How-‐To's on Amazon S3 or Web Hos-ng. Once you have web hos-ng, you can upload your audio or video to your host and it will then be accessible from the Internet. Here are the basic steps to this process: 1) Upload your audio or video to your web host 2) Create a news feed that includes each "episode" of your Podcast. This is a rela-vely complicated process and intended only for fairly advanced users. 3) Upload that news feed (.xml or .rss ﬁle) to the web host. 4) Submit the link to the .xml/.rss ﬁle to iTunes or other directory service.