Podcast Producer is a new service offered by Humanities Computing designed primarily to simplify the process of recording and sharing lectures, performances and screencasts over the web. It can also be used to archive video or audio files for research purposes. The media files created by Podcast Producer can be embedded on your own website, viewed on an iPad/iPhone/iPod or shared with others by email. Alternatively, you can download and synchronize larger, higher quality versions of the files to your computer or mobile device as podcasts, upload them to e.g. YouTube, share them via RSS, or add them to the University of Chicago's directory on iTunesU. Podcast Producer also makes it simple to add date, location, description and other types of descriptive information to your audio and video files so that it can be easily discovered by internet search engines and properly cataloged for future inclusion in a digital repository.
Podcast Producer is provided at no cost to academic departments in the Humanities as well as most interdisciplinary centers, programs and graduate student workshops in the division. It is available to units outside the Humanities Division for a modest annual charge. Please contact Arno Bosse for more information. Podcast Producer is built on software developed by Apple Inc. It has been customized by Humanities Computing for use in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
Please see the Podcast Producer Samples page for live demos and screenshots of video and audio created for the web with Podcast Producer. Technical users may also want to look at the web form and media pages for examples of the HTML5 compatible embed code generated by this version of Podcast Producer as well as associated Dublin Core metadata.
For new screencasts the first step is to record your (e.g. PowerPoint) presentation on your presenter's laptop together with the accompanying audio of the talk. The simplest way to do this on a Mac is with the bundled QuickTime application. For Windows users we recommend using BB Flashback (Standard). The saved screencast is then uploaded to the Humanities Podcast Producer server via a simple web form. The server will encode your media file for the web and then send you an email with a link to page where you'lll be prompted to enter additional information about your presentation, such as the name of the speaker and the date of the event. After this information is saved you'll be shown the final page with links to your web- and podcast-ready media files as well as custom code you can use to embed your content on your website. Existing audio and video files are processed in just the same way except that their workflow starts with uploading them to the Podcast Producer server.
The Using Podcast Producer page offers detailed instructions on how to create screencasts and upload pre-existing video and audio content to Podcast Producer.
Please refer to the Podcast Producer FAQ page for answers to frequent questions about the service.