How to make a podcast
How to use a podcast recording program
Step 1. Install the program
Launch the setup file you’ve just downloaded and follow the instructions on your screen. Once the installation process is complete, the program will open automatically. The whole process will take just a few minutes.
Step 2. Set up the audio recording parameters
Launch Movavi Screen Recorder. On the pre-recording panel, you’ll see a camera icon. Click on it and choose the random capture area. Don’t worry – the screen will not be in the output.
Now you see the recording panel. Mute Webcam and Screen, and activate Microphone. If you use a portable microphone or headphones for audio recording, click on the Microphone icon and choose the appropriate device from the drop-down menu. If you want to include system sounds in your podcast, activate System Sound.
Step 3. Record the audio track
Now click the REC button. The recording starts in three seconds. Don’t be confused if the first sentence sounds weird. Just start your speech one more time. You can delete the false start in the editing program.
Step 4. Edit the recording
When you’re done, stop recording. Your track will appear in the preview window. You can trim it right in the Screen Recorder.
If you need more advanced editing tools like audio mixing, click on the Open in Video Editor button to launch Movavi Video Editor.
Now you can tweak your track however you want: delete unwanted elements, set the audio volume and speed, insert background music behind your voice, add intro and outro music. You can choose from the built-in audio tracks or add audio from your computer.
If you want to cut out unwanted parts, place the red marker at the beginning of the segment you want to cut out and click the scissors button. Then move the red marker to the end point of the unwanted segment and click the scissors again. Now you can delete the marked piece by selecting it and clicking the trash can button. The remaining parts will be joined automatically.
If you want to link in another track or add background music to your digital audio show, click the Add Media Files button and select the desired audio file. It will be linked automatically to your voice recording. Click and drag it down to create a separate track and use the additional audio as background music.
To access the complete set of audio editing tools, select the audio on the Timeline and click on the Audio Properties button. This will open the Tools tab, where you can change the Volume and Speed of your recording, normalize, denoise, or reverse it, and even apply special effects.
Step 5. Save the result
If you’re satisfied with the result, save your audio track by clicking the Export button. In the new dialogue box, choose the MP3 format. You should also choose the folder where you want to save the file and the filename. Finally, save the file.
Congratulations! You’ve just produced a podcast, and now you can do whatever you want with it: share it with friends, upload it to your blog, or add it to a podcast platform and wait for it to get popular!
Frequently asked questions
How do I start my own podcast at home?
To start up your podcast channel, follow these steps.
Step 1. Create your idea and get a clear understanding of your audience. The topic of your podcast should be interesting and something that your audience will enjoy hearing. If you are not sure what topic to use for your podcast, look for questions in forums and blogs to get some ideas of what might be needed.
Step 2. Choose the format and length of your podcast episodes: long solo presentations, discussions with co-hosts, interviews, quizzes, storytelling, etc.
Step 3. Make a plan and fill it out with interesting facts, anecdotes, and even a little humor. Don’t forget to make a plan B in case something goes wrong!
Step 4. Prepare the recording equipment and install the audio recording software. The equipment you’ll need includes: digital camera, microphone, computer, and speakers. Some podcasters use lightweight microphone stands, and a tripod is also handy for shooting episodes.
Step 5. Record and edit the audio track. Add an intro, outro and background music.
Step 6. Upload the audio file to the podcast hosting website. Free hosting can sometimes be a problem for podcasters, since most hosts charge for their services. A good alternative for hosts is subscription-based hosting. Hosts can be paid per month or for the entire year. A hosting provider can host as many episodes as the podcasters need. Subscribers pay only for episodes they download.
Step 7. Create a transcript of your podcast. Podcast transcription is the conversion of podcast recording into text format. Several programs are available that are designed specifically to convert audio recordings to text. You can use any text editor that has the ability to insert notes.
Podcast transcription is an inexpensive way to provide a valuable service to future audiences. Many people who listen to podcasts may miss earlier episodes, but those who catch them will benefit from your podcast transcripts.
Step 8. Make a marketing plan and brand your channel. If you have an existing podcast, you may choose to make your new podcast official and promote it in order to gain more listeners. This process is called branding. Branding allows you to position yourself as an authority through the podcast name and content. Podcast listeners will trust you and will come back for more podcasts.
It’s easy to start a podcast but it’s harder to make it interesting, useful and engaging. So be patient and don’t expect to be a great success after the first post. To become a popular podcaster, you’ll need to work hard, create unique content and act on to feedback from your subscribers.
What equipment do you need to start a podcast?
If you’re a beginner in creating podcasts, don’t buy expensive equipment right off the bat. Start with a simple microphone and computer. You might find you don’t like doing podcasts at all, so don’t be in a hurry to spend money.
If you’re a professional podcaster, you may find it useful to use specific equipment such as USB microphone, audio interface, audio mixer, pop filter or windscreen, branded headphones, sound amplifier, mic stand, shock mount, and more.
It’s also reasonable to record audio in a room with soundproofing. You can make it right in your home but note that it’s not cheap to create a soundproof room. Alternatively, you can go to a local audio recording studio where you can rent equipment and make audio recordings for your channel.
How can I make a podcast for free?
To record a podcast for free, follow these steps.
Step 1. Install Movavi Screen Recorder + Movavi Video Editor trial versions for free. These programs will help you to record clear sound, edit the recording and export in high quality.
Step 2. Prepare your computer microphone or portable speaker. Launch Screen Recorder and capture your voice.
Step 3. Open the recording in Movavi Video Editor. Add background music, intro and outro. Delete the parts that you don’t want in the final version.
Step 4. Save the file in MP3 to your desktop or upload it to cloud storage. Then you can upload the audio track to the podcast hosting website.
Step 5. Share the link with your friends so they can evaluate your first episode. They will be your first free audience.
The process of how to create a podcast for free isn't too difficult if you plan it out carefully and know what you need, but there are things you can purchase that will make the process easier. It's not difficult to get started with a podcast but it can be costly. You will need a microphone, a computer, and a high-quality computer recording device. The type of microphone you buy will depend on what level of sound quality you need for your podcast.
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