Audio Workflow Instructions

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If you plan only to record the audio of an event, we strongly that you use a standalone digital audio recorder such as the Zoom H2 or the Sony PCM-D50 for this purpose. Both can be checked out from Carl Nash in Humanities Events. Either device can record continuously for ~ 8 hours. Wireless mics and multiple microphone set-ups are also available. Please contact us for details.

Alternatively, you can use a USB based microphone (i.e. a microphone attached to your laptop via a USB cable). However, this requires separate software to record your audio. In addition one then needs to place the recording laptop somewhere close to the speaker or else use the speaker's laptop to record audio. For these and related reasons it's much simpler in practice to record audio using a standalone device.

Required:
Recommended:
  • An external microphone such as the Zoom H2 or Sony PCM-D50. Both can be checked out from Humanities Computing.

Please let us know if you require multiple microphones (for example, to record a lecturer and questions from the audience) and/or a wireless (lapel) microphone.

Recording Instructions:

Please follow the detailed recording instructions on the Zoom H2 and Sony PCM-D50 pages. For more complicated needs (e.g. multiple microphones, wireless microphones) please contact Carl Nash well in advance of your event.

Recording Levels
The most important factor in creating a good recording is setting appropriate recording levels. Please follow the instructions for your audio device carefully to avoid too soft or too loud recordings.
Editing Instructions:

We recommend the use of Audacity, a free Mac/Windows/Linux sound editor to edit your audio recording. This usually involves cutting off unneeded audio at the beginning and end of the recording, normalizing the audio levels and possibly also reducing noise. For more advanced tasks such as overlaying your audio with additional (e.g. music) tracks we recommend the use of Garage Band (Mac) or Adobe Audition (Windows). There are also a very large number of other free or very affordable Mac and Windows alternatives available.

Save your finished work as as an uncompressed .wav file.

Audio File Format
Please do not save your edited audio files as MP3s. Leave them as uncompressed WAV (.wav) files. Podcast Producer will produce the appropriate compressed versions once the file is uploaded.
Uploading Instructions:
  1. Ensure that you have access to your audio files and to the internet.
  2. Go to the Podcast Producer Web Controller website. The session is secure.
  3. Enter your Podcast Producer login credentials.
  4. Choose your saved audio file.
  5. Unless you have requested a custom workflow, select the 'Audio' workflow.
  6. Enter the Title and Description of your screencast.
  7. Click the Submit button.
Upload Progress
The Web Upload form may not accurately report upload progress, leading you to believe that an upload has completed before it actually has. If possible, leave your browser window open until you receive an email reporting that the encoding process is complete.

Your file will now be uploaded to the Humanities Podcast Producer server. Shortly after the upload has completed you will receive an email with instructions for filling out the required web form with additional information, and links to the ready-to-use web/email, podcast and RSS versions of your recording.

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