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Tutorial: Produce Your Own Podcast

The term podcast, like 'radio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. A podcast consists of two main parts:

  1. The media that you want to deliver (audio, video, etc.)
  2. An RSS file (in xml format) that contains links to all your media and descriptors (metadata) such as title, description, date, etc.

The first step is to plan out what you want your podcast to be about, and how often you will update it. You may want to think of your podcast as a radio or TV show, as the podcast medium is designed around frequent updates and isn't necessary for a one time broadcast.

Also, the content will be downloaded to your listener’s computer, and can then be transferred to a portable device like an iPod. If the content you are using is something that you do not want your users to be able to redistribute (copyright issues, etc), then podcasting may not be the right medium for your content. (For more information on copyright, fair use and best practices, see NYU’s Handbook for Use of Copyrighted Materials)

Recording & Creation Process

There are a few options for creating content for your podcast. You will need a microphone and audio software or a stand-alone recorder to create the audio portion.

Here are some the recommended tools for recording:

Tool Platform Supported Media
PC Mac Audio Video
Free/ Inexpensive options
AudacityXXX
QuickTime ProXXXX
Full featured/ Mid-priced options
GarageBandXX
Cakewalk Music Creator ProXX

If you are a faculty member, and you need assistance with recording, you can contact the Digital Studio at digital.studio@nyu.edu, or 212-992-9233.

If you are a student, visit the Multimedia lab at 35 West 4th Street, 2nd Floor.

Publishing

Once you have the first ‘episode’ of your podcast, you are ready to make the RSS file. This file allows users to ‘subscribe’ to your podcast and get later episodes automatically.

You can make and update the RSS file yourself, or you can start by editing our basic template. It is recommended that you have basic experience editing HTML, but it is not necessary. There are also tools that will make this file for you, such as Feeder or Feed Editor.

See our RSS editing tutorial for detail instructions »

For your first episode, you will only need one item, but as you record new episodes, you will edit this file, and continue to add items. The file can be named whatever you choose, but must have a .xml extension. The final step is to upload your XML file and all your media (mp3s, etc) to a location on the Internet.

We recommend homepages.nyu.edu for a file location, which is available to all current members of the NYU community and can be accessed by using an SFTP client like Fugu, or FTP Commander (available for free download from the Files tab of NYUHome) or by logging into NYUHome > Files and uploading the files to your public_html directory.

You can publish your new podcast by giving people a link to the XML file. They can use this link to subscribe to your podcast with their podcast readers (iTunes, Winamp, etc.) and receive your new episodes automatically.

For questions email the Digital Studio.