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Double Ender Podcasting That Isn’t Scary.  

From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for September 22, 2016.  You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive

A few months ago, we were looking for a light weight solution for remote recording some team members for a certain collegiate competition Podcast. One of the members brought up a program called Zencastr.

For those newer, let’s look at what a “double ender” Podcast is.  A lot of Podcasters have a need to use Skype or Google Hangout to connect with cohosts or guests across the country (world?). This is a great solution, but those that have heard some of these shows, or used the voice over internet services know there are some quality issues sometimes.  In the double ender, you actual record on both sides of the call locally.  You end up with separate tracks with each of the hosts recorded.  You then sync that track and have a much cleaner show than if you just recorded on one side.  (Disclaimer: I absolutely don’t do this in many of my main shows for configuration reasons)

What Zencastr does is make this simpler. Instead of a higher learning curve and making sure people on both sides of the internet know what they’re doing, and some of the audio drift issues you see from using different kinds of computers, recording software, etc, it is an online site that handles it.  As you record, you are able to chat with a simple interface and when finished, each person’s track is uploaded to the service for you to grab and edit later.

This has served not only my clients, but helped save Does This Hold Up as their hosts were suddenly split several state away from each other.

The service IS in beta, and you can get a few hiccups here and there (files don’t show up right away, disappear if you drop calls, etc) but everything has it’s faults and this seems to be a nice place to start your Podcast with as good of quality as each of its hosts can muster.

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Just Blabs, Ma’am

From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for August 28, 2015.  You can Subscribe to it here!

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Near the beginning of August, I was first looking at a beta of Blab.im, a new video chat service that seems to want to replace whatever you’re using for broadcasting.

It may just do that.  In some cases.

Blab with the guysBlab.im is a service that uses an open video standard, which works without plugin in Firefox and Chrome, and combines elements of Google Hangout and Periscope.  Much like the latter, it rides on your Twitter account in order to easily sign up and get talking and participating. Your video screens are locked into a 4 video “Brady Bunch” format with a picture of two hands, that I think represent a high five as “props”.  This is similar to the hearts you can give during a Periscope.

The bar of faces for your participants and listeners will be familiar to Meerkat users, and the chat on the right has been very interactive in the sessions I’ve dropped into.  The Twitter integration is all over as you can see the Tweets about that Blab.

In the past, we’ve envisioned Google Hangout as an “easy” way to bring people into our Podcasts or have wide talks about topics like our pro wrestling watching. The more we used it, the more we saw some of the learning curve, and unfortunate murkiness when getting into the service for new, less techie people.  Here, the barrier could simply be which browser and having a Twitter account.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a non-Twitter way to participate.

The surprise is the ease in obtaining your Blab.  The service already has tools to schedule and subscribe to your show on there.  But if you record or put you Blab “On the record”, you will receive an email shortly after you sign off with both MP4 and .mp3 versions of your cast. Welcome to easy Podcast Making 101.

You can find my downloaded file from Blab here.  It’s not terribly exciting, but a good look at how it turns out.  Especially since I wasn’t using one of my better webcams at the time. Our buddy Doug (ShouldIDrinkThat.com) was using Camtasia to capture his side, which keeps all the bells and whistles.

Would I replace Wrestling Mayhem Show with this method?  No.  But I would LOVE to do an additional show letting fans hop in, or maybe use it as a WWE RAW Watch Party.  Many on here are using it to have conversations about marketing, social media, and establish to an audience their position as an expert.

What do you want to Blab about?

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