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Shared Tools and Common Knowledge

The purpose of this section is to create a resource list of 101 information for people who want to know the bare basics of using these new media community tools. I thought perhaps we could list resources here, but most importantly, also create screencasts, video tutorials, and other resources to help people understand and explore the tools and knowledge of our community. -- Chris Brogan...


At PodCamp, people arrive with varying levels of knowledge and understanding about the new media community tools that people are using to create relationships with their audiences. Some have never blogged before. Others have never recorded an audio podcast. Plenty have yet to videoblog. The purpose of this section is to provide a list of resources, and also video tutorials that YOU create to help people understand what you know, and give them a leg up on learning and understanding how to use this stuff for their own interests.


We need YOUR help


Without you, filling this section in would take too much time. Help us compile a resource list, as well as put pointers to video tutorials on how to blog, podcast, shoot videoblogs, etc. It's so very likely that someone at this page needs your help. Please, share what you know. Let's begin.



List sites and resource guides for new media community tools.


  • Video101Course.com Lots of stuff here.
  • Blip.tv - Free video hosting. Easy to upload. Lots of great sharing options.
  • Blubrry Podcast Network - Podcast network focused on audio podcasting and training.
  • Ourmedia.org - Free video hosting. Slow at times, but lots of content there. Part of the archive.org project.
  • Audacity - Free audio editing software for PC, MAC, LINUX
  • Ustream.tv - Live video streaming software. Really easy to use. Works with most computers. Some folks have browser compatibility issues.
  • Talkshoe - Broadcast your podcast (audio) to an audience that can chat or call in to the show. (They also pay hosts $5/show if you sign up for the talk cash program.)
  • Podtrac - A free web service to track how many downloads of your podcasts you are getting.
  • Audio Help - Heaps of free articles about audio recording and music production. (discounts on programmes for registered podcampers)
  • CreativeCow professional media makers resource. Forums have tons of info on Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, etc.
  • PixelCorps ($) - Learn skills and share forum membership through this guild dedicated to all aspects of video production. Check the website for special pricing for the summer.
  • Podcast User Magazine - Free monthly PDF that you can subscribe to though RSS. Reviews, how-tos, interviews, and general articles by podcasters and people who know podcasts.
  • MyChingo Audio Comment System - Free Audio Comment System for your website. Click. Speak. Send. It's that easy.


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Video Tutorials

''Provide links to tutorials you've created, and list WTK-tutorialname for tutorials you don't see, but wish were here.



Other Tutorials



Tools for the Mac

  • Audacity - great editor for audio
  • Audio Hijack Pro ($) - record Skype calls and any system audio
  • BBEdit ($) - best damn text editor there is
  • Cyberduck - great FTP/SFTP client
  • Disk Inventory X - find out where your free disk space went
  • ecto ($) - do a lot of blogging on lots of blogs? Ecto is a great client.
  • Gizmo Project - competitor to Skype
  • Handbrake - DVD ripper par excellence
  • iClip ($) - multi-clipboard tool
  • iStumbler - find WiFi access points on the go
  • Levelator - for levelled audio
  • mAC3Dec - rip any media file with audio into AIFF for use in Garageband
  • MarsEdit ($) - another blogging client with interfaces into several types of blog platforms
  • Skype - VoIP client
  • Snapz Pro X ($) - screen grabber that can also make screencasts - - (Or do command(apple) + shift + 4. Drag a box over portion of screen, release mouse button, and image is on desktop.)
  • Transmission - Lean and mean BitTorrent client - can download Rocketboom HD in seconds
  • VisualHub ($) - convert just about anything to anything in video
  • VLC - best video player ever



Tools for the PC

  • Audacity - great editor for audio
  • Skype - VoIP client
  • Pamela to record skype calls
  • Hot Recorder another software tool to record skype calls
  • Gizmo Project - competitor to Skype
  • Cast Blaster Nice tool for putting together podcasts
  • Levelator - for leveled audio
  • Sony ACIDxpress - free software for multi-track recording
  • Sony ACID Pro - multi-track recording and music creation with plug ins for Audio editing of video
  • GearVolt Beta - ID3 tag editor for MP3 files. Also creates M3U lists. Make sure you get the BETA version.
  • Soundsoap- good software for cleaning up audio



Social Media Tools and Resources


  • Twitter Social media tool many new media types use to stay in touch
  • Jaiku Twitter on steroids: you can not only post 'jaikus', but also add feeds from any RSS (shows, blogs, even twitter accounts) and unlimited longer-length comments to what other people have to say.
  • Social Media Club A group of people interested in Social Media, with many local chapters, organized to promote learning and best practices.
  • Flickr A great website for sharing photos and allows tagging, group photo pools, comments and the like. Very popular among new media/podcampers.
  • K7 A free voicemail service out of Seattle that many podcasters use- it's why it looks like so many of us live there, since most numbers come with a (206) area code.
  • CrowdVine - A great social networking site for helping people put names with faces before the event; when they get to the actual event, they'll know a little more about each other. Used with great success at SoCon07 and PodCamp Atlanta.
  • Flock A firefox based browser with good tools for blogging, uploading photos to Flickr and it's own community.
  • MySpace - Free Social Networking site centered around music and teenagers.


Podsafe Music



Your Workflow

Please record your workflow for how you create audio or video podcasts. Be brief, but descriptive.


  • Chris Brogan- Videoblogging- I shoot using a Sony DSC-T9 still camera in video mode. The files output as .MPG, which don't play nice with Macs, so I use MPEG Streamclip to convert them to .DV format. I drop all the clips into iMovie, edit, add music from the Podsafe Music Network, and then export the file to .MOV format (I used these tutorials for help compressing the video). I then upload to Blip.tv. Once it's loaded, I take the embed code and post it as a blog post. Poof. Done.


  • Graydancer, host of the NOT-WORK-SAFE Ropecast- Podcast - I record my podcast on my MacBook using Audio Hijack Pro and a blue Snowball mic, no additional sound equipment. If I'm doing an interview, Skype is the application of choice via phone, and on the spot I use a Belkin voice recorder on my iPod (absolutely AMAZING quality even in loud ambient noise situations). All of this is edited together in Garageband, sent to iTunes to convert to MP3 (or AIFF first if I've got time and inclination to use the Levelator). Then I upload it to the Podshow network (one of the worst interfaces I've ever worked with, btw, wish I'd not been seduced by the dark side) and send out announcements of new episodes to a few mailing lists and my blogs. Then I begin taking notes for the next week or so, building content for the next one.


  • Ed Roberts, host of Looking Out The Window, Kansas City Weather, Podsafe Christmas. Hardware: Dell Laptop, M-Audio USB-Mobile Pre (preamp and USB audio interface), and AKG Perception 200 Mic. Software: Adobe Audition 1.5. Audition is a non-linear way of recording, but works well for me. For KCWeather, I record the opening and safe to one file, then the rest to another file. Audition has a script option that allows me to do quick post-processing of my audio. I open my project, which has the audio elements in place for most of the show. Move a few to account for length of show and export. MP3 export is fast. For Looking Out The Window and Podsafe Christmas, I assemble as I go. Record opening. Stop and properly line up the first song or interview, then continue recording from that point (listening to the song) and continuing to record until next song or interview. Recording in segments like this allows for virtually no editing while keeping the flow of a live show.


  • Christopher Penn, host of the Financial Aid Podcast. Audio Podcast Hardware: MacBook Pro, Samson C01U condenser mic. Software: Garageband for the Mac, Camino browser, Cyberduck, BB Edit. On the drive in each morning, I think about what to put in the variable content part of the show. I start by opening up a tab group in Camino that launches 20 web pages containing industry news, scholarships, and more. Take notes, clip articles, etc. from browser to BB Edit. Add scholarship to the scholarship database I maintain as well. Fire up Garageband, drop in bumpers, read the news, review the scholarship, present the third segment, pull some podsafe music out of iTunes (I tend to download a couple hundred tracks every so often), and render out of Garageband. I send the file as a song to iTunes, use iTunes-LAME to render an MP3, edit ID3 tags, upload to Libsyn. Open my RSS feed, edit the entry for the show, upload. Fire up Wordpress, copy and paste show notes to Wordpress. Fire up MySpace and post bulletins there. That's the day!


  • Greg Demetrick, host of 5 Questions & 365 Tao. Audio Podcasts Hardware: ASUS based Desktop or Dell Laptop, 24 Bit Sound Blaster USB sound card, Samson C01U condenser mic, iRiver 770 w/Griffin Stereo Mic. Software: Sony ACID Pro, Movable Type, GearVolt Beta, LibSyn Account, Skype. 5 Questions is probably more work intensive so I will speak to that show here. Head over to the e-mail account that has the e-mailed answers and print them out for me to read. Head over to the generic e-mail account and download the audio files. Download the audio files from Skype and any other place where I may have audio responses. Head over to Podcast Pickle and try to find 2 promos for the show. Once I have all the audio collected I load up the 5 Questions show template in ACID and plop all the media in around the pre existing bumpers and numbering bits. Then I start to record the show and draw in the audio where needed from the responses in relation to the flow of the show. Once the show if finished, I render a completed MP3 file and load it into Gear Volt so I can tweak the ID3 tags, add artwork, and make the tagging UNIX friendly. Then I upload the show to libsyn. Swing over to Movable Type and add a new entry for the show based on the previous entry. I may also add in a future entry for the remindercast but that has been happening less and less. A normal 5 Questions show takes about 2 hours to make from start to finish.



  • Chris Hambly, host of the AC Podcast, SLEDucating and Pro Audio News. It depends on the show and the unique need, sometimes it’s a portable mobile recorder drawn from my pocket, which might be a lecture or presentation capture, sometimes just text to speech conversion. My main cast is the AC Podcast which is very much a live performance, I hit record, fire-in sound bytes and let it flow, I never back-track and edit. Generally I use an SM57 dynamic microphone into a Yamaha MW10 USB mixer, plumbed into my Alienware laptop, recorded through Castblaster, very simple live solution. I upload to LibSyn using FileZilla, set the tags and then post that enclosure code into a new blog post. Your call out for this info came just as I was prepping a show so I discussed it on this episode here. (you need to skip through the fun and games to about 28mins).


  • Bill Jankowski did a great job covering his workflow on his site. Click his name for the link.


  • Alex Landefeld, co-host with Dawn Papuga of Minute Lit and it's sister show, Minute Lit Tech. I record our two-person podcasts on my Mac Ti-book using two Griffin iMic's and two Plantronic-style headsets, with the signals aggregated together and fed into Apple's GarageBand. This is an entry-level solution, nearly a "lowest common denominator", which most people could start with before moving to a more expensive (and better quality) audio setup. I add music that either I've created in GarageBand, have found in midi format, or comes from sources who've given me permission to use the music. I currently edit out most pauses - this slows down production, but makes me feel better about the output. I currently use Apple's iWeb for publishing podcasts, and Blogger for posting the related blog. I record video via either an original Apple iSight webcam, recorded directly onto the Ti-book, or with a Canon ZR-25MC mini-DV camera. I process video currently with iMovie HD, for upload to either Google's video site, or, more recently blip.tv, and am learning to use Final Cut Express HD for future films. When working in a PC environment, where we do corporate transcriptions, I use Audacity to record audio from DVD's to MP3 - we use ByteScribe WavPlayer then to transcribe to Word with the aide of USB footpedals.



  • Your name here- Your Workflow Type Here - add yours. Recommend you type in an offline text editor, then copy and paste.


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