Podcasting and Vodcasting

Podcasting Basics -

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The term podcast came from combining the words "ipods and broadcasting". Originally it referred to audio programs on the Internet which can be subscribe to using a RSS feed (i.e. RSS = Really Simple Syndications, a RSS feed automatically alerts subscribers to a podcast site of updated podcasts). Subscribers use open source software like Juice (podcast aggregator) or iTunes to manage their subscriptions (i.e. downloads what they want, when they want, where they want onto their computer). Podcasts can be listened to on a computer, ipod, mp3 player, PDA or phone. Podcasting now encompasses subscribable video (alternative names used are video podcast, vidcast or vodcast).

Audio or video without the RSS are termed audio streaming or video streaming because they are not subscribable. These must either be manually downloaded or streamed live over the Internet; which in comparison to a podcast can be a slow process depending on the file size and Internet connection speed. A podcast is like the newspaper that is delivered to your door whereas as streaming is having to get dressed, jump in the car and drive to the shop to get the newspaper.

Podcast hosting sites, like Podomatic, Odeo or Blip.tv, are set up so that anyone can easily create podcasts and host their podcasts free on their sites. These sites have recording software that podcasters can use in their browser to create the podcast. Alternatively podcasters use open source software, like Audacity, MovieMaker, MS Encoder to create and edit their audio or videos for posting on the podcast site. (NOTE: If you have a Mac PC they have an excellent range of programs for podcasting).


How to create an audio podcast workshop

Installing and formating Audacity

Learning the Software

Podsafe Audio

Finding Existing Podcasts


How to create a vodcast

Video Editing and Sharing