Creating Podcasts

Setting Up a Podcast and Creating Episodes
Podcasts are like radio or television shows. They are comprised of several episodes, which are published over time. Depending on the nature of your podcast, you may be able to quickly create an episode, but an episode is a small part of the whole. Every podcast is composed of two parts, the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) file and the content files. The RSS feed is the heart of the podcast, it contains information about the podcast as a whole, like the name of the podcast, the author, and the URL of the accompanying web page. It also contains information about each episode, including name, date published, and the location of the episode content. The content files are typically audio files (in .mp3 or .m4a format) or video files, but can be any type of file that your audience’s podcatcher can handle.

 

Several software applications can be used to create RSS files, record episodes, and publish the podcast to the web. CIRT staff will gladly assist you in choosing the software and developing a procedure that will fit your podcasting needs. Please e-mail us at cirtlab@unf.edu to set up an appointment.

 

Recording and Feed Creation Software

  • ProfCast – Profcast is a Mac tool for narrating PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations and publishing them as podcasts. Profcast also facilitates creating podcasts for publication to iTunes. This software is available for faculty use in CIRT.
  • SnapKast – SnapKast allows creation of audio and video RSS podcast feeds containing PowerPoint slides, whiteboard, voice, and mouse/pen annotations. This software is available for faculty use in CIRT.

Recording Software

  • Audacity – Audacity is an excellent, free audio recording and editing software available for Windows and Mac.  
  • GarageBand – GarageBand is a music and podcast creation and recording software that comes installed on Apple computers. GarageBand's interface makes it easy to create chapters for enhanced podcasts.
  • Sound Forge – Sound Forge is an advanced sound recording and editing software available in CIRT for faculty use.
  • Camtasia Studio – Camtasia is a screen capture software that can save screen capture videos and narrated PowerPoint presentations in a video podcast format. This software is available for faculty use in CIRT.
  • Soundbooth – Audio recording and clean up software.  Soundbooth is useful for improving the audio quality of poor recording and removing noise.

Feed Creation Software

  • Blackboard Podcast LX – With Podcast LX, instructors can easily integrate podcasting into Blackboard courses without additional infrastructure or software. An instructor creates a podcast and adds episodes with the same few steps needed to add other content to his course. With one click, an instructor can generate an RSS link to the podcast. Students have the convenience of accessing recordings either from within the course or offline. A quick drag-and drop of the RSS link establishes the subscription to the RSS feed. Episodes are then automatically downloaded to the student’s portable device.
  • Podcast Maker – Podcast Maker is an excellent feed creation and management tool for Macs. Podcaster Maker has a good chaptering tool and a tool to preview how a podcast looks in iTunes. This software is available for faculty use in CIRT.
  • Feed Writer – Feed Writer is an  easy tool for creating podcast feeds.  A limited version is available for free.
  • Podcast RSS Buddy – Podcast RSS Buddy is an inexpensive shareware tool for creating and managing feeds for audio or video podcasts. Podcast RSS Buddy shows a preview of how a podcast will look in iTunes.  
  • EasyPodcast – EasyPodcast is the first tool CIRT used to publish podcasts. The software is no longer being updated and lacks many features of current feed creation software.

Uploading and Publishing Podcasts to the UNF Web Server
If you are not publishing your podcast with Blackboard, the podcast feed and episodes must be uploaded to the UNF webserver. Click here for instructions on how to publish a podcast on a UNF computer.