Below are some links that you can use for creating podcasts, using grassroots tools and cheap technologies. Many of these technologies have powered the citizen journalism podcast movement, and though professionals often invest in more “heavy-duty” equipment, many of your built in applications in your computer can do the work for you. However, I do recommend that you get your hands on some good sound equipment if you want to become more regular and adept at podcasting

What you Need
Tools for Creating Podcast Audio
1. You can use your computer to create you audio. My recommended tool for creating audio is the open source tool Audacity (cross platform audio recorder). You will need the Lamelib framework to encode the files to mp3. Both must be downloaded for Audacity to successfully create mp3 audio files. When you download LAME, please note where you downloaded it to, because when you create audio in Audacity and attempt to convert it to mp3, it will ask you for the location of LAME. MAC OSX users can put it in their Applications folder; PC users can put it in their Programs folder. If you have problems locating LAME when you try to convert the audio to mp3, you can always resort to putting it on your desktop.

Read Audacity’s help documentation for how to use the program as well as the Tutorial page.

2. Cheap headset or use of a good inbuilt microphone on your computer. Headsets that are common are Logitech USB headsets.

3. You can also capturing audio outside of your computer. You will need additional devices if you want to record audio outside of your computer. For those with standard size iPods, there are two gadgets, the Belkin Voice Recorder or the Griffin iTalk. Please note these devices DO NOT WORK with an iPod MINI. You can view all of Griffin products for the iPod. Some sites that talk about the hardware requirements such as microphones and headsets include Gizmodo and Engadget.

4. Finally, you can use Odeo to record audio directly from your computer. You will be required to create an account at Odeo. Audio can be stored in your account here as well.

You can also podcast your skype conversations. Read this guide in SkypeJournal on essential steps to podcasting through skype.

Storing your Audio Files (If You Have an Mp3)
We will be using OurMedia to store our audio files. OurMedia also requires registration at Internet Archive. You will need a valid email address to authenticate for your username and password verification. Please note that the high volume usage of OurMedia requires patience with audio (and video) downloads, so, do not be too concerned if you first audio upload takes a few hrs to store the multimedia file.

Our media creates an RSS feed, which you can use to publish your podcast to podcatching software. If you use Odeo for the creation/storage of your audio, Odeo also provides an RSS feed for your convenience.

Creating Your Own RSS Feed
Many podcasters still resort to creating their own RSS feeds. Learning how to use your current blogging software Blogger to create a podcast feed is a good lesson. To burn a feed, we will be using an application called Feedburner. For podcasting, it is recommended that you dedicate a blog solely to podcasts, since the burned feed can just relate to podcasts (as opposed to text entries), making it clear that your blog is meant to be read as a podcasting blog as opposed to a text blog.

There is no need to recreate the wheel to learn how to burn a feed. Podcasting News has a great tutorial on how to use Blogger and Feedburner to create a feed.

To make the feed public, alter your podcast blogger template, with the signs “Podcast Feed.” You can also use the XML icons, which you can get from Feedburner, posting the code for it on your podcast blog template.

Confused yet? It is all very simple, but what you will learn with podcasting is that there are many ways to create, listen, and catch a podcast.

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