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Video:Editing Audio for Podcasts

with Michael Crane

Learn the basics of recording, editing, and uploading audio for a podcast.See Transcript

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Transcript:Editing Audio for Podcasts

Hi, I'm John C. Havens with About.com Computing. Today I'm going to talk about how to edit your audio and get it online for your first podcast.

Editing Audio for a Podcast

So we're talking about how to edit your audio. What that means is whether you're recording your voice or you're doing an interview, you probably want to cut some stuff out. It's the same type of thing if your typing a word document, you do a first draft and a second draft, that's sort of the mentality behind what we're doing right now, so I'm going to show you how to take your initial audio file, cut it up to get what you want and then re-save it to get it online.

So now I'm going to show you how to, in this case were using GarageBand, edit your audio. Don't worry too much about some of the specifics of GarageBand, just follow the general philosophy of what I am doing.

Recording and Editing Your Audio

So first of all, I'm pressing this big red button and I'm recording. So now you can see the longer I talk it makes these big lines. Now if I wanted to edit what I just said, I go back here and maybe I decide I just want this big patch of my voice here, I take this, I scroll, I cut it out, I clock and drag this back. So now the whole middle part of what I just said is deleted.

Tools for Adding Music

GarageBand has a set of customized tools where you can also very easily add music. Some people call it bumpers, some call it sweepers, but in this case I'm just taking a music clip, you can also get them online, and I'm putting it in with my file, and playing it at the same time. In GarageBand you can simply scroll these toolbars up and down, and now my voice is much louder than the music, and that's called mixing. The idea is once I take my voice, add any music, take out any unwanted elements, then I just re-save that file and Ive taken the raw audio file and made it the final audio file.

Title Your Audio File

So now when you have your file, and most sound files are saved with whats called an mp3 extension, so this is a site called pod-o-matic, there's another great one called libsyn, when you get to this page that says post your first episode all you do is you go down to browse, and you call up your file, now you give it a title so people know what the title is, tags if you're unfamiliar with it don't worry too much, and once you've saved it you've created your podcast feed.

Now the thing I wanted to bring up about a blog and having your stuff put online is that your blog is where you tell people what your podcast is about. Because remember people will only see the title of the audio file, you have to describe to them what is contained within that particular episode, we use in podcasting language something called show-notes, so people will know what they're going to get when they listen to your show. Thanks very much for watching, to learn more please go to Computing.About.com.
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