The topic of podcasting came up at the IT Division Board meeting in January. There is an interest among Board members of learning more about podcasting and perhaps incorporating podcasting into division activities.
I have been collecting podcasting link in Del.icio.us here. These are web sites that I have found useful on the topic in regards to the hardware and software needed. I'm sure there are others and I'll continue to add those that help me towards the goal of creating a podcasting setup for a library client.
Working with a colleague on a specific podcasting setup (for this library client) has been quite interesting. Podcasting can be quite inexpensive to do, but to have better quality, you need to spend some more money. It also requires a computer that can handle the input and output.
Computer: You can use a Mac or PC. The computer will need decent hard drive space since the audio files will be large. So you will want a hard drive that is many gigs in size (probably 40MB+). One person said that he created a 3 minute .mp3 file that was about 750 KB in size. So a 15 minute podcast, might be 3.5 GB.
The computer will need to have USB 2.0 or FireWire 400 for input capabilities.
The computer will also need more RAM than the minimum. We tend to buy computers will the minimum amount of RAM, but the things we want to do now are becoming more graphical and more multimedia, which requires more RAM. So have 1 MB of RAM or more.
As for the podcasting setup, we thinking of:
- Microphone: Shure SM-58 or Shure SM-57
- Microphone accessories: desk stands, clips, wires, etc.
- Audio Interface: Tascam US-122 interface (USB 2.0) to connect the mics to the computer
- Audio editor: Audacity
- Audio recording program: Audacity
It has been suggested that we do an external hard drive for offloading (backing up) the audio files. I need to ask some questions about this, since the podcasts will be loaded on a server anyway. Maybe we could backup on CD? mmm...questions....
Are you podcasting? If yes, what is your setup for recording yourself? Do you do interviews with your setup? If yes, how do you handle that equipment-wise? And what lessons have you learned about your setup that you wish you had known upfront? Please leave comments...lots of people in the Division would like to know!