Cheat Sheet

Podcasting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Podcasting For Dummies, 3rd Edition

By Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi

Ensure that your podcasts are well-received by adhering to technical standards for artwork and audio. Many websites offer podcasting and blogging platforms; audio recording and editing software and tips are available online, as well. If you’re doing a podcast interview, a little prep time can save a lot of embarrassment.

Listen to and Publish Podcasts

When you’re in the mood to listen to a podcast, you can visit any number of websites to help find a podcast that suits your mood. For podcast producers, get to know the places to get your podcast published. The following links connect you to thousands of podcasts:

Popular Audio-Editing and Recording Software for Podcasting

As a podcaster, you record and edit audio all the time — it’s what creating a podcast is all about, right? Useful recording and editing programs for Macs and PCs are readily available; here’s a look at a few:

Program Mac or PC
Audacity PC, Mac
Logic Pro X Mac
GarageBand Mac

Popular Video-Editing and Recording Software for Podcasters

Podcasts are often blogs on audio. Several blog hosting sites can also help disseminate your podcast. Check the following list for names and links to popular blogging Web sites:

Program Mac or PC
Premiere Elements PC, Mac
Premiere Pro Mac
iMovie Mac
Final Cut Pro X Mac

Tips for Preparing for a Podcast Interview

If you’re interviewing someone for your podcast, take some time beforehand to prepare. Knowing a bit about your interviewee and having an idea of the questions you want to ask can stave off uncomfortable — and uninteresting — silences. Use the tips in the following list to help get ready for your interview:

  • Know who you’re talking to and what you want to talk about. It’s a good idea to visit guests’ websites and do research. You don’t have to be an expert on their subject matter, but you should be familiar with it.
  • Have your questions follow a logical progression.
  • Prepare twice the number of questions that you think you’ll need. Then if your guest gives brief answers, you have a stockpile of questions to call upon.
  • Never worry about asking a stupid question. Chances are, your audience has never heard it answered before.

iTunes Podcast Catalog: Artwork Parameters

If you plan to include images and audio in your podcast, you need to know how to format images. Podcast artwork must conform to specific parameters so that directories can read and recognize them.

  • 3000 x 3000 pixels, both in width and height

  • 8-bit channel, RGB Mode

  • JPEG (.jpg) format

Suggested Settings for MP3 Compression for Podcasting

To broadcast your podcast, you may need to compress audio files. For MP3 files, use the suggested settings to ensure that your podcast is transmitted loud and clear:

  • Bit rate: 128 Kbps (best quality for both voice and music)

  • Sample rate: 44.100 kHz / 44,100 Hz

  • Joint Stereo

ID3 Tags for Podcasting: Defined and Implemented

Use ID3 tags to store information in your podcasting file — after all, it only makes sense to provide information about your podcast and yourself. The following list shows the information asked for in an ID3 tag. You can furnish some information or no information, but the more you share, the easier your fans can find you.

  • Name: The name or number of this particular podcast episode. For example, Technorama Ep 511: Adama’s Beard.

  • Artist: Your name or the name of your podcasting team. For example, Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe, Grammar Girl, Tee Morris.

  • Album: The name of your show. For example, Technorama, Happy Hour from the Tower, The Topic is Trek.

  • Track Number: (Optional) The sequential order of the podcast. For audio books released in chapters, the track numbers are chapter numbers.

  • Year: The year the episode was produced.

  • Composer (optional): Your engineer’s name or the originators of the material. For example, in Tee’s podcast, MOREVI‘s artist is listed as Tee Morris, but the composers are Tee Morris and Lisa Lee because the original work was co-written.

  • Genre: We recommend Podcast for most, but choose accordingly and be consistent.

  • Comments: A quick two or three lines of show notes for your podcasts. This is similar to the description in your blog post. It’s a good idea to include your contact information here also.