Video Podcasting 101

2 p.m.: Video Podcasting 101 / Belmont / Working with the basics: Earl Newton(M), Brand Gambin, Tee Morris, Chris Condayan, Jason Adams, Jon Stallard

Video Podcasting 101 featured Earl Newton (Video Podcasting for Dummies) as the moderator (, Chris Condayan, (, Brand Gambin (, Tee Morris (, Jason Adams (Jason Adams, Jon Stallard (

Tee Morris & Earl Newton — when you need the videos, get into video podcasting. But it’s harder — you have to worry about makeup, visuals, lighting. Something else is to consider is enhanced podcast with still images, links, etc. Good thing, but some people still demand standard radio. So if you do enhanced you’re going to need to manage two feeds: enhanced and standard.

Jason Adams: Going from audio to video is so much more work. A week’s worth of “This Day in Alternate History” would be shot in one day. Everything was released on creative commons, but sometimes had to spend hours trying to find the appropriate CC-licensed images. Used Final Cut Pro which has a steeper learning curve.

Earl Newton: simply the time to edit the video — to actually process it — takes so much longer.

Tee charges edit $100 per edited minute of video, and people balk at that. Man vs. Child, five minutes of video, took two weeks to edit.

Earl Newton: Great Video has Great Audio. Also, you need to maintain a constant level of quality. Don’t ever use the microphone that comes with your camera.

Tee Morris: You want to get the microphone away form the camera (and its associated noise). Use a .25 dog clicker to sync up audio and video sound. Or just clap.

Earl Newton: Video is won or lost in postproduction.

Brand Gambin: Calls for Cthulhu is very post-production intensive. Uses audio to record all the audio before hand. After that it’s all of the recording, the video is edited in Adobe Premiere. Everything is blue screened. The hardest part is getting Cthulhu into his 3D background.

Tee Morris: Firewire works better.

Earl Newton: Uses USB 2.0. Editing is the same speed, but Firewire wins when saving to disc.

H2/H4 Zoom record awesome audio quality.

Earl Newton: Standard vs. HD? Depends on how it’s going to be used. On a tiny screen, standard and HD are going to look about the same.

Software used Premiere, iMovie, After Effects

Delivery methods:

Chris Condayan: offers in six different file types (thanks to Final Cut Pro 2 to Compressor), distributes via RSS and video sharing sites. Uses Amazon’s S3 to serve things up.

Tee: Getting audio podcast and video podcast onto iTunes is the same way. Gotta go to iTunes and submit an RSS feed. Other service recommended: WordPress with Podpress. Prefers Quicktime vs. Flash player.

Jason Adams: Used LuLu TV, which was based on WordPress. For Random Signal uses libsyn to distribute files.

Earl Newton: Better to use existing video distribution sites then to host it yourself.

Chris Condayan: good for video distribution. Also is great for sharing video with multiple distribution sites.

Tee: Always edit to full screen presentation (even if it’s going to be on an iPod) in case it needs to get scaled up. Take the time to promote your podcast! Make sure you have 5 shows before you actually start talking it up. Talk about it on other podcasts, other podcasters.

Brand: Featured show at HP Lovecraft festival, with clips in between videos. Got a lot of traffic from a wikipedia entry for Cthulhu.

Jason Adams: Promoted show on his and Mur’s podcasts, as well as twitter.