Podcasting Hacks


Podcasting does for Internet audio listeners what TiVo does for television viewers—it puts you in charge of when you enjoy a program. Podcasting is a web-based broadcast medium that sends audio content (most commonly in the MP3 format) directly to an iPod or other digital audio player. You subscribe to audio feeds, receive new files automatically, and listen to them at your convenience.

As you can imagine, podcasting is taking the "blogsphere" by storm. A podcast is a ...

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Podcasting does for Internet audio listeners what TiVo does for television viewers—it puts you in charge of when you enjoy a program. Podcasting is a web-based broadcast medium that sends audio content (most commonly in the MP3 format) directly to an iPod or other digital audio player. You subscribe to audio feeds, receive new files automatically, and listen to them at your convenience.

As you can imagine, podcasting is taking the "blogsphere" by storm. A podcast is a professional-quality Internet radio broadcast, and like blogging and HTML before it, this revolutionary new way of publishing to the Internet has become the new outlet for personal expression.

If you've got Internet access and a copy of Podcasting Hacks, you can find out just how easy it is to listen to and create your own Internet audio programs. With Podcasting Hacks, Jack Herrington, a software engineer with 20 years of experience developing applications using a diverse set of languages and tools, delivers the ultimate how-to of podcasting for anyone looking to get the most out of this hot new medium.

Since August 2004 (the month that iPodder.com editor Adam Curry considers the start of podcasting), audio blogging has exploded. Podcasts cover every conceivable topic, including sex, relationships, technology, religion, home brewing, recreational drugs, rock 'n roll, food, entertainment, politics, and much more. There were podcasts from the Democratic National Convention in Fall 2004, and some programs on Air America and NPR are also podcasts.

Podcasting Hacks offers expert tips and tools for blogging out loud—for transmitting (and receiving) audio content worldwide with ease. This groundbreaking volume covers both entry-level and advanced topics perfect for aspiring and experienced podcasters. Herrington shows you how to get started, create quality sound, use the right software, develop a great show, distribute a podcast, and build an audience. More advanced topics include audio editing, podcasting on the go, and even videocasting.

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Podcasting can be even easier, even more useful, and even more fun. Want to know how? Read Podcasting Hacks.

Jack Herrington offers tips for building great podcasts in nearly any genre: news, politics, music, sports, tech, and beyond. You’ll learn how to record professional-quality interviews with anyone, anywhere -- and keep it cheap, with Skype. Here’s how to podcast from your car, even do a great “beercast” from your local pub (giving a worldwide audience to conversations you might not even remember the next day).

Here’s how to syndicate your podcast and -- thankfully -- how to avoid monster bandwidth bills. Here’s how to fix common audio problems “on the cheap.” Doing a videocast? Here’s code here for a quick-and-dirty teleprompter. What more could a podcaster want? Not much. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100667
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/6/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Herrington is an engineer, author and presenter who lives and works in the Bay Area. His mission is to expose his fellow engineers to new technologies. That covers a broad spectrum, from demonstrating programs that write other programs in the book Code Generation in Action. Providing techniques for building customer centered web sites in PHP Hacks. All the way writing a how-to on audio blogging called Podcasting Hacks. All of which make great holiday gifts and are available online here, and at your local bookstore. Jack also writes articles for O'Reilly, DevX and IBM Developerworks.

Jack lives with his wife, daughter and two adopted dogs. When he is not writing software, books or articles you can find him on his bike, running or in the pool training for triathlons. You can keep up with Jack's work and his writing at http://jackherrington.com.

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Table of Contents

About the Author;
Why Podcasting Hacks?;
How This Book Is Organized;
Using Code Examples;
Safari Enabled;
How to Contact Us;
Got a Hack?;
Chapter 1: Tuning into Podcasts;
1.1 Hacks 1–9;
1.2 Listen to Podcasts on the Web;
1.3 Rebroadcast Your Favorite Feeds;
1.4 Build Your Own Podcatcher;
1.5 Import Podcasts into iTunes;
1.6 Tune into Videoblogs;
1.7 Convert Text-Based Blogs into Podcasts;
1.8 Install Perl Modules;
1.9 Listen to Podcasts on Your PDA;
1.10 Podcatching with Your PlayStation Portable;
Chapter 2: Starting Out;
2.1 Hacks 10–11;
2.2 Make Your First Podcast;
2.3 Professional-Quality Podcasting;
Chapter 3: Quality Sound;
3.1 Hacks 12–19;
3.2 Set Up a Basic Home Studio;
3.3 Pick the Right Microphone;
3.4 Mix Your Podcast in Hardware;
3.5 Reduce Noise;
3.6 Podcast in Surround Sound;
3.7 Control Your Recorder with Your Mobile Phone;
3.8 Construct Your MP3s;
3.9 Train Your Voice;
Chapter 4: Formats;
4.1 Hacks 20–32;
4.2 Adopt a Format for Your Podcast;
4.3 Build a Great News Podcast;
4.4 Build a Great Story Show;
4.5 Build a Great Personal Show;
4.6 Build a Great Political Show;
4.7 Make a Mystery Science Theater Podcast;
4.8 Build a Great Music Podcast;
4.9 Build a Great Review Podcast;
4.10 Build a Great Sports Podcast;
4.11 Build a Great Technology Podcast;
4.12 Build a Beercast;
4.13 Build an MP3zine;
4.14 Produce Great Audio Theatre;
Chapter 5: Interviewing;
5.1 Hacks 33–36;
5.2 Record Great Interviews;
5.3 Record Telephone Interviews HACK;
5.4 Record Interviews on Skypet;
5.5 Edit Your Interviews;
Chapter 6: Blogging;
6.1 Hacks 37–43;
6.2 Podcast Without a Blog;
6.3 Blog Your Podcast;
6.4 Manage Bandwidth;
6.5 Tag Your MP3 Files;
6.6 Feed Your MP3s to Movable Type;
6.7 Podcast by Email;
6.8 Syndicate Your Podcasts to the Radio;
Chapter 7: Publicity;
7.1 Hacks 44–49;
7.2 Get Listed;
7.3 Launch a New Category;
7.4 Market Your Podcast;
7.5 Make Money with Podcasts;
7.6 Connect with the Community;
7.7 Join or Build a Podcast Network;
Chapter 8: Basic Editing;
8.1 Hacks 50–60;
8.2 Choose the Right Audio Tools;
8.3 Juice Your Sound;
8.4 Automate Audio Hijack Pro;
8.5 Timestamp Your Show Notes;
8.6 Build a Simple Sound Cart for Macintosh;
8.7 Build a Simple Sound Cart for Windows;
8.8 Maintain the Gain;
8.9 Build a Sweet Sound;
8.10 Add Special Effects;
8.11 Fix Common Audio Problems;
8.12 Mix Multiple Tracks;
Chapter 9: Advanced Audio;
9.1 Hacks 61–68;
9.2 Set Up a Home Studio;
9.3 Integrate Audio and Email Feedback;
9.4 Add Top, Bottom, and Bumper Music;
9.5 Record and Add Background Ambience;
9.6 Speech Synthesize Your Podcast Introduction;
9.7 Make a Mash-Up;
9.8 Grab Audio Legally;
9.9 Use Copyrighted Music Legally;
Chapter 10: On the Go;
10.1 Hacks 69–72;
10.2 Assemble a Small Recording Rig;
10.3 Podcast from Your Car;
10.4 Podcast at an Event;
10.5 Create a Soundseeing Tour;
Chapter 11: Videoblogging;
11.1 Hacks 73–75;
11.2 Start a Videocast;
11.3 Make a Quick-and-Dirty Prompter;
11.4 Build a Teleprompter;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005


    Do you know how to listen to a podcast and produce one of your own? If you don't, this outstanding book is for you! Author Jack Herrington, has written a great book about how to find great podcasts and subscribe to them without filling your hard disk. Herrington begins by showing you how to listen to podcasts through your browser and on a variety of different devices. Next, the author takes you through the basic hardware and software setup required to make high-quality podcasts. Then, he covers in depth how to pick the right audio hardware for your podcast as well as, how to reduce noise to get that elusive clean sound. The author continues by covering the formats of various shows, and provides examples of formats as well as, case studies of many popular podcasts. In addition, you'll also learn how to interview people, and how to edit the interviews. The author also concentrates on the mechanics of posting your podcasts to the Internet. Next, the author shows you how to market your podcast, make some money off it, and work with the podcasting community. Then, you will learn the basics of audio editing, what applications are available, and how to understand and use audio effects and filters. The author continues by taking things a step further and shows you how to build your own home studio, integrate audio feedback, add sound effects, and more. In addition, the author shows you how to take your show on the road with the hacks. Finally, he covers the basics of videoblogging and shows you how to create a teleprompter to give your videoblogs a professional feel. So, if you want to get the best sound with the lowest noise, read this most excellent book. Herrington, has gone in great detail in this book, to help you produce a podcast that people will want to listen to, because of what you say and do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    Podcasters, please read.

    Podcasting is audio Internet. Everything the web is for text, podcasting is for audio. This new book from O'Reilly explains that it can be wonderful entertainment as a hobby, or can be used as a form of commercial broadcasting. No iPod or portable MP3 player required. How do you do it? Read this book. O'Reilly and Jack Herrington have put together a wonderful book on the subject. Not just them, they also pulled from 20 contributors to make this book what it is. Their skills range from accomplished podcasters to speech and broadcasting coaches. Like all the 'Hacks' books from O'Reilly, there is plenty of technical information such as what type of microphone to buy--complete with very detailed information to get the right mic for the right type of podcast. But there is also information that won't clog your thinking with too many numbers. For example there is a whole section of hacks dealing with content for your podcast. Depending on which type of audience you are seeking, you will find information as to how you should structure your show. Being a new podcast listener, I was very curious as to what might be between the covers of this book. After reading it, I feel compelled to recommend this book to some of the podcast shows I have heard. This should be required reading. Hacks range from beginner to expert in their difficulty. This book only includes 2 'expert' level hacks. This should have been rethought on O'Reilly's part. Command line encoding of your files using LAME is considered an intermediate level hack as is constructing your own sound studio in the back yard--even includes a nice diagram of how theirs was constructed. The only 2 expert level hacks were 'Record Telephone Interviews' and 'Build a Teleprompter.' It is unclear to me as to how constructing a back yard recording studio for multiple thousands of dollars is easier than recording a phone conversation or building a teleprompter costing less than $20. When discussing different software solutions, very little is said about the Linux platform. At one point the book talks about how to do something in Mozilla Firefox (the browser) and explains how it is done in Windows and Mac, but does not mention that the same feature is handled the same way in Linux. As with all other O'Reilly books that I have read recently, it includes a free 45 day online edition of the book. This is tremendously helpful when searching the text, or if you want to cut and paste some of the code snippets to avoid typing. A very well done book. As with any of the books in the Hacks series, this was not necesarily designed to be read cover to cover. Browse around and find the answers to what you need. As long as your needs revolve around podcasting and how to make yours better, you will likely find the answer in Podcasting Hacks from O'Reilly.

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