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Trying to prove the Infinite Monkey Theorem

Concordia Theological Seminary
Updated: June 28, 2010




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bill.johnson@ctsfw.edu 
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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.	
  

				
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