Video Podcasting

There are many different types of tools available to record and edit video. These tools range from basic and inexpensive, to professional tools costing thousands of dollars. These are a few choices to consider for the beginning podcaster.

Many of you will have a video camera already (like a smartphone) so you will not have to buy a camera. The main thing to remember about video recording is to have great audio. People will forgive you if the video quality is not cinema-quality. They will not put up with bad audio. Always hardwire the mic you are using to the camera. That isn’t to say that video quality isn’t important. With the ease and affordability of cameras now, don’t neglect it but remember audio is also essential.


Apple iMovie software is made specifically for Macs and is bundled with Apple Devices.

Apple Final Cut Pro is Apple’s pro-level video editing application.

Magix Movie Edit Pro is a Windows-based video editing suite that packs very good features.

DaVinci Resolve is a free video editing suite from hardware manufacturer Black Magic.

Wirecast allows you to have multiple camera switching, lower thirds, green screen effects and more.

Media Formats


Video podcasts are typically distributed in a QuickTime (usually with an MP4 extension) format in order to achieve compatibility with Apple Podcasts and other platforms that allow video..

Recording and Editing Tips

Beginners should exercise lots of patience when recording and editing media for the first time. Plan several dry runs. Make the episodes short. And make the goal to become comfortable with the recording process and familiar with the tools you are using.