Podcast Training Draft Outline

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I. Goal / Objective:

A robust system and online training program to enable IANR staff to do podcasting at multiple levels from start to finish,

Including:

  1. audio and video production
  2. .xml markup and validation
  3. moving content and metadata securely
  4. how and where to store files
  5. how to submit your podcasts to distribution networks

Note: Each module (topics in this outline) will be a podcast and will have a .pdf summary of the module and a glossary of terms used in the module and a link to the master online wiki glossary. Each module will be from 3 to 6 minutes in length. Also we will put a 10 question self scoring quiz online for each module. CIT Electronic Media will provide sample content and code for tutorial purposes.


II. Introduction:

A. Overview

Podcasting is simply a method of distributing audio, video, graphic and print information using an extended set of RSS (really simple syndication), tags in xml (extended markup language), and published on a webserver. The term podcast is a word that combines iPod and broadcasting and first became popular in 2004, when Apple started distributing content in this manner to populate their iPod product, by scripting the transfer of media from websites to the iPod.

B. History

Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_podcasting (Wikipedia's History of Podcasting)

Podcasting was originally used to distribute music, but educational institutions have quickly picked up on the technology for use in everything from custom museum tours to posting classroom recordings.

C. Products of Interest

  1. iPhone
  2. iTouch
  3. iTV
  4. i?

Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting (Wikipedia's Podcast Definition)


III. Media Production:

A. Audio Hardware

  1. Good quality microphone(s)
  1. Cardioid microphone
  2. Condenser microphone
  1. Multi channel audio mixer (phantom power)
  2. Good Headphone(s)

B. Video Hardware

  1. Good quality digital camera(s)
  2. Tridpod

C. Audio Production Basics

  1. Sound check ���?? levels
  2. Wind screens

D. Video Production Basics

  1. Storyboarding/Script
  2. White balance ���?? color temps
  3. Exposure/Iris
  4. Aspect ratios
  5. Filters
  6. Tripod
  7. Rule of thirds
  8. Lead room principles
  9. Miking techniques
  10. Lighting
  11. Interview Shooting Basics (examples: Cutaways, B-Roll, etc.)

E. Talent Considerations

  1. Watch other sources
  2. Age
  3. General physical appearance
  4. Voice quality
  5. Audience appeal
  6. Sense of movement and rhythm
  7. Camera presentation
  8. Wardrobe
  9. Sense of drama,
  10. Interpretation
  11. Ability to adlib

F. Other Media

  1. Photography
  2. Pdf documents including powerpoint

G. Production Checklist

  1. Sound
  2. Check Camera
  3. Turn on your recording


IV. Editing / Post-production:

A. Audio Hardware

  1. Minimum CPU Specs
  2. Soundcards

B. Video Hardware

  1. Minimum CPU Specs
  2. Firewire (1394)
  3. Fast Hard Drive
  4. Video Capture Card
  5. AD/DA

C. Audio Software (anything that will record at 44.1 Khz and will

        export a mp3 or m4a file)
  1. Adobe Audition
  2. Garage Band
  3. Soundtrack Pro
  4. Quicktime Pro
  5. And many moreâ�?�¦

D. Video Software (always edit using NTSC standards, SD or HD,

        48.00 Khz audio)
  1. Premier (PC)
  2. Windows Movie Maker (PC)
  3. Avid (PC)
  4. Camera Software
  5. Software like Flip4Mac*
  6. iMovie (Mac)
  7. Final Cut Pro (Mac)
  8. Quicktime Pro
  9. Media 100
  10. And many moreâ�?�¦

E. Editing techniques

  1. Copyrights (all content)
  2. Cutaways, Close-ups, Matched Action, B-Roll
  3. Proper use of video effects
  4. Proper use of video graphics
  1. power point
  2. fonts

F. Toolbox Standards

  1. Know How Know Now
  2. UNL Logos (Toolbox Guidelines)

V. Exporting and Conversion

(UNL and Apple Guidelines) ���?? file output needs to be in .mp3, m4a, mp4, m4v, mov, pdf or jpeg formats. In addition to this Apple, UNL and IANR have established standards to publish podcasts at iTunes U and on UNL websites.

A. File Conversion Correct

B. Aspect Ratios and Data Rates (Apple Specs)

C. Podcast Metadata (Artwork, Summaries, Author etc.)

VI. RSS Encapsulation and Validation:

A. XML ���?? Extended Markup Language

B. RSS ���?? Really Simple Syndication for Delivery

C. Apple Specific RSS tags

D. Sample Feed Code

E. Apple Technical Specification Website

F. Feed Validator Website

G. Updates and Augmentation (Best Practices)


VII. Serving and Distribution (Posting Content and XML on Publicly Accessable Servers):

A. Files need to be online at publicly accessible website (examples)

  1. www1.unl.edu
  2. Mac.com
  3. Driftwood.unl.edu
  4. Hostmonster.com
  5. Godaddy.com
  6. Any ISP

B. Moving the files may have different requirements ���?? find a tool that meets your requirement.

  1. ftp ���?? WinFtp, Command Line
  2. scp ���?? WinScp, Fugu, Command Line
  3. sftp ���?? WinScp, Fugu, Command Line
  4. http ���?? Explorer, Mozilla, Safari, etc.

C. Post to a distrubtion site

  1. iTunes ���?? iTunes U
  2. Blackboard
  3. Podcast.net
  4. Your website
  5. etc.


VIII. Glossary will link to online {[Podcast Glossary wiki glossary].

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