In iTunes, after you’ve added your video to the library, right click it. Select Convert Selection for iPod. iTunes will let you know if your video is already in the correct format. If it’s not, your video will slowly be converted to an H.264 video. iTunes will keep your video proportional - and your new video’s dimensions will, in almost every instance, be 320 pixels wide by some number equal to or less than 240 pixels high.
Open your movie and, in the file menu, select Export… and in the export drop-down, select Movie to iPod (320 x 240) and click Save. QuickTime’s slow conversion process can take several hours. If you’re an inexperienced user, I recommend using QuickTime Pro or iTunes because they’re absolutely foolproof. However there are other free applications for converting your videos.
Search the BitTorrent network for iPod.
Check Podtropolis and The Pirate Bay!
I must say that my official line, particularly as someone working in the TV industry, is that I do not condone the use of illegal sources to obtain media but I think it is important that people are aware that these mechanisms exist.
- Channel Frederator offers up some of the best short animations anywhere.
- Channel 101 and Channel 102 offer up some brilliant downloadable shows.
- The iTunes Music Store’s podcast section is loaded with free videos.
- The Chronic..What?..cles of Narnia. Need I say more?
The Intarnet Archive is great for old videos and movies like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The Archive’s 256Kb MPEG4 Downloads are unfortunately not iPod-ready as previously thought. The format’s correct, but there are audio pops when played back on the iPod. You’re probably better off downloading the MPEG2 videos anyway. The 265Kb files were pretty low-res and it’s a snap to re-encode the MPEG2 files for your iPod with iSquint.
Channel Frederator is like The Cartoon Network without commercials.
Why are the BBC still only on a podcast trial??
These Sky Vodcasts are great - just the right balance for news on the move.
Open iTunes Select 'Subscribe to Podcast' from the 'advanced' menu and type/paste in the link below. Or you can just search for them in iTunes.
Daily Video Update
A 7 Days feature, which looks at the lighter side of the week's news.
Use the following link to subscribe to 7 Days:
Watch a weekly update from Westminster with Sky News political editor, Adam Boulton, in the video highlights of Adam's Sunday show.
1. You need to have a Flickr account.
2. Copy the code (Ctrl+C) and paste it (Ctrl+V) into your Blogger Control Panel.
- Setting up your blog or website
- Storing your media content
- Getting your RSS feed going
To begin we will set up a blog. There are a number of both free and pay blog services available. I use Blogger from Google. This is a free resource which is very easy to set up.
After creating the blog, we need to store our podcast on a server. Our Media a component of Creative Commons, offers unlimited free media storage.
Once your media is stored and linked off your blog, you just need to set up an RSS feed. Go to feedburner and enter your webpage, click the button which says "I'm a podcaster" and you're done!
1. Set Up
There are a number of ways to host podcasts. Any web page with a RSS 2.0 feed can host podcasts, but to make it easier I tend to use blogs to host my podcasts. Blogs, are essentially web pages designed to be easily updated.
At Blogger begin by clicking the orange "Create Your Blog Now" arrow. This leads you to the account page. Where you create a username and password, a name to be displayed on your blog and an email. Be sure to click the "Acceptance of Terms" check box and hit continue.
Finally select a template from the list provided (you can tweak the code of the blog if you know how and personalise the look).
2. Media Storage
Now that your blog is set up, the next step is to prepare your content storage location. I use Our Media but if you have lots of media to store check out my article on subscription services below. Our Media will allow you to host unlimited files and connect to them through your blog.
1. Go to the Our Media home page and click the "Register Now" link to begin setting up your account.
2. After entering the information, click the submit button at the bottom of the page. You will now be redirected to create an account at archive.org using the same email address.
3. At archive.org look for the small "join us" link in the upper right side. This link will take you to the log in for your virtual library card. As you enter the information, be sure to use the same email for this account which you used for Our Media. When you are finished click the "Get Library Card" button.
3. Create a Feed
Now that you've created a blog you need to create a feed for subscribers - use a service called Feedburner.
1. Begin by entering the address of your website into feedburner. As we are posting our podcasts to our blog, we will input the address of our blog created earlier. The address would be something like: http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/
2. Be sure to check the "I am a podcaster!" box. On the next screen you will be able to personalise the feed title and address which your audience will subscribe to your podcasts with. When you click the "Activate Feed" button in the lower right corner, your feed will be up and running.
3. Feedburner provides a confirmation screen with the feed, customisation options, and a link to manage your feed. At this point all the set up is done. Now you need to publicise your feed and post your first podcast!
Creative Commons, together with Archive.org, offer you the option to host your content for free. This is directed towards CC-licensed or open-source audio, so your own speech or your own music. Don’t use it to host illegal/copyright-troubled content.
£50/year (or £4/month)
if you’re already a subscriber to Apple’s .Mac program, this is an easy option. It is not the fastest or most reliable option.
starts at £2.50/month (up to £15)
built for podcasting: based on the #MB you add per month, not on the #GB downloaded per month (so the cost is predictable). Has detailed statistics (although some graphics would be nice). “Liberated Syndication is podcasting made easy”
£3/month (2-year subscription)
2 GB storage, 75 GB/month bandwidth. Is a general purpose hoster, so if you want to add the actual podcast blog to it, you can (you can add a WordPress blog through the Fantastico interface)
for the bigger fish: 10GB of storage, 100GB/month bandwidth. If even this is not enough, you can go up to a £50/mon fully dedicated server: 60GB storage, 1000GB bandwidth. EV1Servers VPS
Podcasting is making audio files (most commonly in MP3 format) available online so that users can automatically download the files to listen whenever they want.
"Podcasting is a way of publishing files to a website that allows users to subscribe to the site and receive new files as they are posted. Most podcasts are spoken word audio created by individuals, often on a particular theme such as technology or movies. Because new files are downloaded automatically by subscribers, podcasting allows individuals to have a self-published, syndicated radio show." (Wikipedia)
Podcasting is a term that derives its name from the iPod, a portable media player manufactured by Apple. The iPod is a small box, about the size of a deck of cards or smaller (depending on the model) that stores and downloads audio files.
The term "podcast" is no longer specifically associated to the iPod as it refers to any combination of software and hardware that allows its users to automatically download and store recorded digital audio files distributed through an RSS feed.
The disruptive power of podcasting stems from all audio broadcasts distributed in a podcast format can be accessed when the user wants it. This also transforms the world of broadcasting (both radio and TV) from one where content was pushed to you at specified times, to a world where you are the puller who can decide what to listen to whenever you wish.
If you are new to podcasting (and you are on a Windows PC), I invite you to download and test the Open Media Network free software. It makes it easy for you to discover all the buzz around podcasting. If you use a Mac, Linux or some other operating system, you can go to the search engines and directories listed in this mini-guide to find and download the content that interests you.
If you are a podcaster or think of becoming one, what I provide here is a comprehensive list of all search engines and directories where you can go to submit your podcast feed to help other people find you.
By submitting your podcast feed to the greatest number of specialty podcast search engines and directories, you make it easier for other people to find your podcasts, while getting your audio podcast noticed.
Here is a comprehensive roundup of all sites that accept podcast submissions, have podcasts, or both.
With Thanks to MasterMedia
Here is my version of the Podcast Search Engine and Directories List of Lists
I have created this to help people quickly find aggregators and post their RSS feed. Under each logo is a link to the aggregators website and another link directly to their RSS submission page. If you have any I have not listed please e-mail me: ammonoid-at-hotmail.co.uk
Podcast Alley http://www.podcastalley.com/index.php
BlogUniverse Podcast Directory http://www.bloguniverse.com/
Digital Podcast http://www.digitalpodcast.com/
Syndic8 Podcasts http://www.syndic8.com/podcasts/
Podcast Bunker http://www.podcastbunker.com/
Podcasting Station http://www.podcasting-station.com/index.php
Penguin Radio http://www.penguinradio.com/podcasting/
Podcasting News http://www.podcastingnews.com/
Podcast Tools http://www.podcasting-tools.com/
Podcast Directory http://www.podcastdirectory.com
Open Media Network http://www.omn.org/
Internet Archive http://www.archive.org
BlogExplosion Podcast Directory http://www.blogexplosion.com/podcast/
blinkx Podcast and Video Directory http://www.blinkx.tv/
Feedzie - Podcast Directory http://www.feedzie.com/feedzie_podcasts.php
iTunes Podcast Directory http://www.apple.com/podcasting/
Submit your podcast feed through iTunes by clicking on "Learn more" about submitting your podcast feed to the iTunes Podcast Directory (it does not work with Firefox) here: http://www.apple.com/podcasting/. This opens iTunes where you can enter the podcast feed.
Blast Podcast http://www.blastpodcast.com/
NPR Podcast Directory http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
The Podcast Network http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com You can't submit podcast feeds to TPN as it's for its own programs.
Yahoo! Podcasts http://podcasts.yahoo.com/
Get A Podcast http://www.getapodcast.com/
Family Friendly Podcasts http://www.familyfriendlypodcasts.com/
Melodeo Mobilcast Network http://www.mobilcastnetwork.com/
Podcast Empire http://www.podcastempire.com/
Fresh Podcasts http://freshpodcasts.com/
Podcast Charts http://podcastcharts.com/
Podcast Pup http://www.podcastpup.com/
Podcast Mania http://www.podcastmania.com/
Vital Podcasts http://www.vitalpodcasts.com/
- Paul Williams
Podcast Software (clients) let you subscribe to and manage podcasts.
Windows Podcast Software
- iTunes - probably the top way people get podcasts. All of my podcasts are listed on iTunes and I get most of my subscribers through it.
- @Podder - a free podcast client designed for the visually impaired.
- AudioShell - freeware MS Windows Explorer shell extension plugin which allows you to view and edit music file tags directly in Windows Explorer.
- BitsCast - freeware RSS/podcast reader that supports both iPods and Microsoft Media PlaysForSure devices.
- BlogMatrix Sparks! - An all-in-one podcasting solution that lets you record, mix, share, publish, store and listen.
- CITA RSS Aggregator - a RSS feed reader includes keyword alerts, support for password login, per-channel settings, proxy support, support for RSS enclosures (Podcasts) and a tool to remove persistent adverts from RSS feeds.
- CustomReader - a customizable podcast client that can be "branded" to match a website.
- Doppler - Doppler is a podcast aggregator. It’s a tool to subscribe to RSS feeds which supply downloadable files. Doppler will go out and fetch the files enclosed in the RSS feed and will automatically add them to your preferred media player.
- HappyFish - free podcast client that will automatically sync podcasts to most mp3 players (and ipods too)
- iPodderX - cross-platform media aggregator that handles podcasts, vlogs and other files distributed using newsfeeds.
- Juice - (formerly iPodder) Lets users select and download shows and music and to play whenever they want on their iPods, portable digital media players, or computers automatically.
- Newzee - A feed reader that allows you to create your own news catalog from your preferred sources, that is automatically kept up to date with the latest headlines that are sent from the sources. Newzie features system tray notification (on feed updates), feed statistics, color coding, filtering, search, and support for enclosure (podcast) files.
- NewzCrawler - news aggregator with built-in podcast receiver
- nimiq - Nimiq is Windows podcasting client. Subscribe to a podcast and Nimiq automatically downloads audio and video enclosures. Subscribing is easy using the build in podcast directory browser. Download bittorrent files using the built-in bittorrent support.
- Podcast Amp - free tool that lets you preview and play podcasts.
- PodNova - offers a custom version of iPodder that supports OPML and integrates with the PodNova site.
- Podsage - freeware podcast client with large directory of podcasts. Note: we've had a complaint about Podsage installing unwanted software, "a download manager and some kind of shopping program."
- Podspider - podcast client with integrated podcast directory
- Prime Time Podcast - features all in the same application an embedded media player, WMP/iTunes playlist support, Automatic AAC bookmarkable conversion for iTunes/iPod users, podcast directory browsing and media list browsing.
- Pwopcatcher - a free podcast downloader, player and manager application for Windows.
- Replay Radio - lets you capture podcasts, broadcast radio shows and XM Radio.
- RSSRadio - easy to use podcasting software for Windows.
- Synclosure - Synclosure is a RSS aggregator to flexibly download files in enclosures. It supports filter keywords, custom actions and a caching mechanism. (Source code available for other platforms).
- WinAmp - commercial audio app with free Lite option, supports podcasts
- Yamipod - freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
- Ziepod - an easy-to-use toolkit to reach and manage audio-based content published through podcasts.
Here is a list of university podcasts, webcasts, and OpenCourseWares.
Wayfaring is an interesting way to present the materials but Ive also extracted the list and so here it is in alphabetical order: