Cool Tool to Customize Your Video Podcasts

On the internet, there’s so much that you can do and share with people from all over the globe. If you’re into the tutorial thing, you can do podcasts as well as how-to videos.

The audio podcasts are great on their own. But since they’re limited to audio, they don’t have much following when compared to the video format. You may want to move up to another level then by creating video podcasts or tutorials to share your tips to internet users.

For this purpose, there’s one cool tool that you can use. It’s Camtasia, a screen recording and video editing software. This is your all-in-one tool that will let you customize your audio-video tutorials.

Camtasia is best used if you want to show people the steps in using free tools and services on the internet. This software is capable of capturing your screen and as such it can record your PowerPoint presentation, webpages and software demos.It can also import camera video, music and photos among others.
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Sound Effects You Can Use in Audacity

Podcasts are a great tool for storytelling. When created with the best audio quality, you can be sure to attract listeners online. And who knows, they may be interested in downloading them as well.

When recording a story, however, it can be a bit boring if you simply narrate everything. There’s a way to make it more interesting and you can do that by adding some background music and special effects. This will make your podcast more lively and appealing to your target audience.

Podcasts that tell stories are great for children. Make sure you choose those that are not too long and have an interesting plot.

Background music

Incorporating some background music does not necessarily have to cover the entire time of your storytelling. Perhaps you can use it in the introduction portion, in the middle and then in the last part. Sometimes, it’s helpful that music is played only at certain sections of the story to allow your followers to clearly understand the story.
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Be Smart: Use Podsafe Music

Track music and sound effects are podcast essentials. Without them, chances are that your podcast will sound really flat and lack the oomph needed to capture your listener’s attention during the entire podcast. Anyone who records podcasts know this and so put much effort in finding the right music and background effects for each episode.

When looking for the perfect music loops to go with your podcast though, make sure that you don’t just pick out music based on what blends well with your current episode. Before anything else, you should make sure that the music you pick is counted as “podsafe music”.

Podsafe music is simply any music or sound byte which license specifically allows its use in podcasting. Note that most of podsafe music you’ll find are distributed the Creative Commons licenses. Check for specific license details, especially as to the form of artist attribution required. Note too that not all music distributed under the Creative Commons licenses allow for commercial purposes, so find out if this is the case.

While you may reckon that a simple sound byte is not really that of a big deal, it is still better to err on the side of caution and not have to worry about being slapped with a lawsuit in the future. You also don’t always have to search for podsafe music every single time you record podcasts anyway since editing software usually come with a good selection of free/built-in sound effects. However, for those special music tracks and sound bytes, make sure that you only use podsafe music.

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Audio lingo: Microphones

While there are more types of microphones, the three useful for podcasting are dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.

Condenser microphones have been used for all kinds of applications for a long time, and quality varies a lot. They require some sort of power source, like phantom power. Dynamic microphones are often more directional than condensers (which can use different pickup patterns). Dynamics are also often more robust. They are the most common microphone for live use, but are used in studios as well. Ribbon microphones almost seemed to disappear for a while but have seen increased usage the last years. They typically use a figure-eight pickup pattern, meaning that they pick up both at the front and the back.

Audio lingo: Side-chain

Side-chaining is when you use the dynamic levels of one source to control the compression of your signal. For podcasting ducking might be the typical use for side-chaining. But you can also use it with a compressor and an EQ to create a de-esser, or with a gate and create the opposite effect of ducking, i.e., letting sound through when the signal is sounding.

Audio lingo: Multiband compressor

A multiband compressor is simply a compressor that can be set to operate differently on different frequencies. For instance, you could set it to a ratio of 4:1 on 500-1000 Hz and a ratio of 2:1 on 3 kHz. In the same way multiband limiters also exists.

Audio lingo: Expander

An expander is in a way the opposite of a compressor. While a compressor uses the threshold setting to reduce the signal above the set value, an expander reduces the signal below the threshold value. This makes the signal more dynamic, and is thus expanded instead of compressed.

As with most audio tools, the parameters can vary between expanders. Typical controls found are ratio, threshold, knee, range and attack.