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Podcasting 201

Enhanced podcasts with Podcast AV By Stephen Schleicher

You have made it through our Podcasting 101 series, and have successfully been creating a podcast that everyone enjoys.  Now it is time to move to the next level, creating enhanced podcasts.  What is an enhanced podcast, and why should you be creating them?

If you havent downloaded an enhanced podcast you are really missing out.  Instead of the standard audio file, enhanced podcasts can include Chapters, bookmarks, images, and hyperlinks.  This makes the listening experience much more enjoyable for the listener.  If you are doing a tutorial, you can have each step divided into chapters and include an image for each step.  If you are doing an interview, you can include a picture of the person you are interviewing.  And if you are talking about a cool product or technology you can have a picture of the product and include a link to the companys website.

There are two pieces of software that make creating these marvelous podcasts a simple and easy process.  The first is the Chapter Tool utility from Apples website .  This is a command line application to create the chapter markers.  The problem with a command line application is it requires a lot of hand coding and a messed up syntax results in frustration and yelling.

NOTE:  Yes, I am very aware of the irony behind that last statement considering I talked about the joys of coding a RSS feed by hand in the last installment.

Since we dont want to use a command line application, then I suggest getting your hands on Podcast AV from Old Jewel Software .  This application works with Chapter Tool that allows you to use a drag-and-drop interface for enhanced podcast creation.

Before we jump into how Podcast AV works, a bit of a sad note for those on Windows.  These two applications only work on a Mac.  In other words, if you want to easily create an enhanced podcast, get thyself on a Mac.

The interface of Podcast AV is very simple.  The main interface is where you load your audio files, set chapter markers, and preview the files.


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