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How to Record, Edit and Publish a Video Podcast

You know the benefits of video podcasting, you’ve planned your podcast topic, zoomed in on a topic and niche, chosen a title, designed your artwork, and gotten your video podcast equipment. It’s now time to create a podcast. 

This article will provide you with actionable steps to record, edit, and publish that wonderful podcast of yours.


Steps to creating a video podcast

There are many ways to create a video podcast and the steps will also differ depending on the type of video podcast you're creating or the software you're using. For example, one of the easiest ways is to create a static image video podcast. Here, you'd simply use the podcast cover or another image as your recording visual while your audio plays in the background.

If you're looking to create the real thing, these are the general steps for creating a video podcast:

  1. Plan and prepare your podcast.
  2. Set up your studio and video equipment.
  3. Record your podcast audio and video.
  4. Edit your video with suitable podcast video editing software.
  5. Upload your podcast to a suitable hosting platform.
  6. Publish and distribute your podcast.

We cover recording, editing, and publishing in more detail and look at what's best for you based on your needs.

On-premise recordings

Go ahead - press the record button on your camera, or start recording via your video podcast recording software on your computer!

Remote recordings – the best podcast recording software

What about remote recordings? For remote recordings, you will need remote recording software for podcasts.

Let’s take you through what you should look for in choosing software for recording podcasts remotely and what platforms we recommend.

What makes a good remote video podcast software?

  1. It allows you to easily podcast like a pro without burning a hole in your pocket. This includes preventing bad-sounding and -looking recordings due to latency and call dropouts due to crappy Internet connection.
  2. It saves time because we understand that your time, the co-host’s time, and your guests’ time are valuable.
  3. Allows you to focus on what matters, such as delivering quality content and engaging with your guests and co-hosts.

What do you deserve?

You deserve software that is easy to use, hassle-free, and brings you confidence:

  • The software should have an easy user interface for you, your co-hosts, and your guests to use.
  • Your guests should not need to download additional software to join your remote recording session.
  • You should be sure that you would not lose your recordings, as losing a recording would be very painful and time-consuming.
  • You should quickly provide new features to your audience to differentiate your podcast, such as live audience call-ins or creating short clips to promote your content.

You deserve software that records well regardless of Internet latency and dropouts and provides you with local recordings:

  • Local recordings refer to recordings that are carried out stably on each participant’s computer via a microphone. This creates studio-quality audio and uniformity across all guests/co-hosts’ recordings.
  • You should no longer have any wasted recordings where you lose portions of the interview because of unstable Internet connections.

You deserve software that conveniently records separate audio and video tracks, improving your post-production experience:

  • Separate audio and video track recordings for each co-host/guest give you the highest quality recordings for post-production.
  • Audio should also be of high quality, ideally uncompressed and in a WAV format.

Synchronized audio and video tracks will also make post-production a breeze. You and/or your audio engineer will be eternally grateful.

What is the best video podcast platform for you?

We’re arguably a tad biased on the best video podcast software (hey, full disclosure here!), but here are some that you can choose from:

Riverside.fm

  • The only platform that has fully rolled out 4K video recording
  • Video and audio recording is done locally, with no dropouts due to poor connection.
  • Audio and video files are not compressed; WAV and mp4 files are provided for crisp audio and video.
  • You receive separate audio and video tracks for each co-host/guest. Hence, all recordings are in sync, making the post-production process easier.
  • Automate your post-production process with Riverside's Magic Editor.
  • The only platform with an iOS video podcast app so that you and your guests can tune in from any iPhone. Android users are not left out! Guests can join using the Android podcast app too.
  • The only platform where you can let your audience call in via video to ask their questions.
  • The convenient dashboard allows you to share your screen, switch cameras, and participate in a live chat.
  • Web-based and runs on a Chrome browser, making it easy for anybody to join, whether you use a Mac or Windows operating system.
  • You can easily live stream your recording to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
  • Internet recording functions as a backup.
  • Progressive uploading during the recording leads to fast uploading of local recording files.
  • Up to 8 participants, including co-hosts/guests in each session.
  • Easy Clips tool to create short promotional content within a few clicks.
  • Automatic transcriptions to help you repurpose and grow your content’s reach.
  • Direct sharing options to Spotify, YouTube, and Transistor.
Want to put our platform to the test? Get started now at: riverside.fm/start       

Skype

  • Guests may have greater familiarity with the platform and brand.
  • The recording is not done locally; the recording is done via the Internet.
  • Recording can sound patchy or dissimilar between participants, depending on the Internet quality. This makes the recording sound less like a natural conversation, and a podcast audience may find it difficult to listen to the episode in full.
  • Guests have to have an account in order to join a session, proving an unwanted inconvenience.

Zoom

  • Allows participants to see each other as the recording happens
  • The recording is not done locally; the recording is done via the Internet
  • Audio files are compressed; you will get a less-than-perfect sounding podcast.
  • Recording can sound patchy or dissimilar between participants, depending on the Internet quality (if you are not recording locally). This makes the recording sound less like a natural conversation, and a podcast audience may find it difficult to listen to the episode in full.

Zencastr

  • The recording is done locally, with no dropouts due to poor connection
  • Automatic post-production is provided.
  • Features a soundboard for live audio editing - which we think is cool and makes it very easy to edit a stellar live podcast.
  • Audio files are not compressed; WAV files are provided for crisp audio (but only on the paid plan).
  • It runs on an Internet browser, making it easy for anybody to join.
  • Only supports video in a beta mode; without a fully-supported, tried-and-tested method that gives you the confidence to record a remote podcast with guests.
  • Lacks the ability to enhance audience engagement with live call-ins.
  • It lacks the capability for you to live stream your podcast. Live streaming isn’t for everybody, we agree. However, you may miss out on driving more authentic connections with your audience.

Video podcast editing

Next, you will need to edit your podcast.

You will need to decide how much you want to edit your content. This boils down to your various factors, such as your podcast style, your available time, and the number of camera angles you have.

For episodes you have live-streamed to your social media channels, you may also choose to edit the episode further and later publish it on the dedicated podcast platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Podcast Editing software

For clean and great-sounding audio, we recommend that you use a dedicated Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), also simply known as an audio recording/mixing/editing software, to edit your high-quality audio file.

You can edit your video and piece it together with your edited audio file via video editing software when you are done.

Here is a list of editing software that you can use to edit your podcast and ensure you have the best audio quality:

Audio:

  • ‍Audacity - Free podcast editing software 
  • GarageBand - Free for Mac users
  • Adobe Audition - $20.99 USD/month
  • Reaper - $60 USD: discounted license; $225 USD: commercial license

Video & Edited Audio:

  • ‍iMovie - Free for Mac users
  • DaVinci Resolve - Free (additional features in a paid version for $299)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro - $20.99 USD/month
  • Final Cut Pro X - $299.99

While this list covers some of the best podcast editing software, you can also find recording and editing software combined in one platform. For example, Riverside.fm, not only records in high-quality resolution, but it also has tools for fine-tuning audio, customizing your podcast with logos and backgrounds, as well as turning your video content into short, shareable clips within minutes.

How and where to publish your video podcast

We’re at the home stretch now - it’s time to publish your video podcast! There are two routes to this:

  1. Publish via podcast hosting platforms
  2. Publish directly to video platforms (e.g., YouTube)

Publish via podcast hosting platforms

You can publish your content on a podcast hosting platform that supports video podcasts. If authorized by you, the hosting platform can directly share your podcast with other platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. 

Note that some hosting platforms simply add a static image to your audio podcast when published to these social media platforms. We reckon that if you’ve come this far, that is not the solution you are looking for.

These are the hosting platforms that we understand support proper video hosting:

Related article: How To Publish A Podcast (Beginner’s Guide 2021)

Publish directly to video platforms (e.g., YouTube)

You can also choose to publish your video podcast directly to the various platforms. For instance, you can create a YouTube account for your podcast and publish both your long-form podcast and your smaller bite-sized clips. A YouTube podcast has many benefits. 

Related article: How to Start a Podcast on YouTube in 6 Steps [2021 Guide]

Congratulations, you have just published your very first video podcast. Well done! Are you still looking for more insights on how to record a podcast? Watch the video below to learn more.


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