Web Service: Podcasts
This service is available to any office Stetson University entity.
What is podcasting?
"Podcasting" is a word that combines the words "iPod" and "broadcasting." The term can be misleading since neither podcasting nor using podcasts requires an iPod or any portable media player.
Podcasting is a way of publishing digital media files on the web in such a way that consumers can automatically receive updates and then download them onto their computers, phones, tablets or other portable devices. The mechanism for the auto-delivery is typically an RSS feed of the podcasts. Consumers can also download podcasts to their devices for future use.
While technically "podcast" as a term includes all forms of digital media, it is typically associated with audio files (usually formatted as MP3s).
Video podcasts, also known as "vodcasts" or "vlogs," are used for instant name recognition to distinguish video media from the broader "podcast" category.
Before Contacting Us
You should be able to answer these questions:
- Why do you need podcasts?
- What problem would it solve?
- How will it help you meet your goals?
- Who is your audience?
- Who are you communicating to?
- What message do you want to communicate?
- What kind of feedback do you expect and how will you manage it?
If you decide that podcasts are right for you, then continue on.
What We Offer
Web Services does not offer any assistance in creating the multimedia files to be used in a podcast. We do, however, offer assistance with the delivery mechanism used to distribute them. The simplest choices on podcast delivery are:
- You can use a blog to distribute a description and downloads of the multimedia files, or
- You can use video sharing for video podcasts.
The following steps are required:
- Determine if your content fits into the podcast category of content.
- Submit an official request to firstname.lastname@example.org to notify Web Services of your intent. Please explain what the goal of the podcast is and how you believe that podcasting will help you to achieve it.
- If approved, Web Services will setup a blog for you to use or assist you in setting up a social media video sharing channel.
Creating an audio podcast is not that technically challenging. Obviously, you'll need a microphone. More importantly, you'll need some specialized software before you get started. Audacity is a popular free application used to create audio files. The software is available for both Mac's and PC's.
Creating a video podcast is much more challenging than creating an audio podcast. As expected, you'll need a video recording device, but you'll also need some specialized software before you get started. You can use Movie Maker for free on a PC; on a Mac you can use (among other applications): iMovie, Final Cut or Garage Band to edit videos.