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 basic video camera already so you will not have to buy a camera, the main thing to remember about video recording is to have great audio. That sounds kind of weird but people will forgive you if the video quality is not cinema-quality, but they will not put up with bad audio. So 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, some even on phones, don’t neglect it but remember audio is more essential.

Software

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

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

Adobe Premiere is a great video editing application based on its popular professional editing suite.

Wirecast allows you to have multiple cameras switching, lower thirds along a variety of really cool tools. You can also do green screen with Wirecast, and in my opinion, this software serves a dual purpose in a studio setting. It allows you to stream live and also record the video.

Media Formats

Video

Video podcasts are typically distributed in a QuickTime (usually with an MP4 extension) format in order to achieve compatibility with iTunes, the Video iPod and Apple TV.

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. You may not like the finished product the first time around. That’s OK. Take it as a learning experience and commit yourself to do better next time.