Topic: Vodcasts/Podcasts


(sometimes shortened to vidcast or vodcast) is a term used for the online delivery of video on demand . Vodcasting has other meanings, like videocasting, video podcasting and videoblogging. All of these meanings refer to the use of the same technology called RSS (Rich Site Summary). Vodcast, a term that is apart of an evolution specialized for video, rooting from the generally audio-based podcast and referring to the distribution of video where the RSS feed is used as a non-linear TV channel to which consumers can subscribe using a PC, TV, set-top box, media center or mobile multimedia device. Vodcasting is different from simple video files online by needing a special format so other devices can understand and play the video. Whenever a new vodcast appears on your RSS feed, RSS readers or iPods will automatically locate the new file and allow you to see and listen to it.

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A few Quick things you’ll Need before creating your own VOD-POD:

  • A server connected to the Internet (an iDisk, but preferrably a faster and more reliable server connection).
  • A website for hosting the XML file that allows iTunes to access your video.
  • QuickTime Pro 7 (encodes your video in a format ex. H.264)
  • Miro software
  • KatchTV
  • A webcam (depending on how much you want to invest)
  • Free software (comes under GPL, such as VirtualDub)
  • Microphone

VODcasting As A Next Generation Tool!

  1. It allows you to be more personal with your consumers.
  2. Its global, allowing you to reach anyone anywhere.
  3. Its a technological improvement.
  4. Educationally, Its an advantage to visual learners.
  5. It allows cross cultural learning.
  6. Its ON-DEMAND, meaning you can access it anytime.
  7. Available via RSS feeds.

  1. Audio and Video quality is always a problem; it depends on the type of machinary being used to create the VOD/PODcast.
  2. It is quite an advantage to those who are economically stable, if the generation is moving in this direction; the less fortunate may be left behind.
  3. Information overloading might cause a problem.
  4. Copyright and disclaimers, how accurate is the information you are receiving.

Creating A VOD-POD:

So how do you go about making your own video podcast? To make it easier on you, use a digital video camera. If you have an analog video camera, it is still possible to convert the footage to digital format but it adds another step to the process. So assuming you have a digital video camera, what do you do?

First, take great footage. Of course, making a film is not simply shooting. Create a concept and make it good. When you have finalized your ideas, it is time to shoot. When taking your shots, bear in mind your target media – the iPod. The small screen will not be able to display too many details so it is a good idea to get close when shooting. Do not use the wide-screen mode but use the standard mode instead. Optimize bandwidth and battery power by shooting several short segments instead of one full-length film. Edit! Small screen viewing will not show text clearly unless they are large enough. Also bear in mind that fast motion and high contrast might not show very clearly on the small screen.

Now that you have your video, it's time to compress it. This needs to be done so that the video will be optimized for web and iPod viewing. There are different ways you can do this. If you have a MAC, it’s no big deal. You can compress and export your video using iMovie HD6 simply by clicking the following: FILE>Export>iPod>Share. It's as easy as that – the software automatically converts the file and shares it on iTunes. For PC users, you can also use QuickTime Pro, version 7.0.3 or higher. Again, simply click Export > Using Quick Time Conversion. The resulting *.m4v file is the one you will upload to your web server. Other options are Sorenson Squeeze and Spasm Software's Podner.

Describe or tag your movie. This is very important as all the information you supply will be the basis of searching later on. This is how your movie can be found and singled out, out of all the video podcasts out there. If you’re using the latest iMovie version, all you need to do is drag the file onto iTunes and click the Info Tab. Then enter the necessary information. You can also change the filename. For PC users, create an XML document. You can create an XML file using our free podcast feed generator. When this is done, all you need to do it upload your file to your web server.

Now what? Distribute! Let people know that your video podcast exists. You can do this in a variety of ways. To reach as many people as possible, submit your podcast to iTunes. You can also provide a URL for your podcast by including it in your blog. First create an RSS feed so that you can attach your video to your blog. Then create an entry in your blog and then place a link to your video. Of course, if you really want people to notice your work, you have to promote it. Add your podcast to our Podcast Directory and go to other websites such as and do the same. Now wait for the world to discover the budding film maker in you.

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  • PODCAST:A podcast is a pre-recorded audio program that's posted to a website and is made available for download so people can listen to them on personal computers or mobile devices.
  • VODCAST: (a portmanteau of 'video podcast') is an emerging term used for the online delivery of video on demand video clip content via Atom or RSS enclosures. The term is an evolution specialized for video, coming from the generally audio-based podcast and referring to Video On Demand (VOD) and (web-, narrow-, broad-) casting where the RSS feed is used as a non-linear TV channel to which consumers can subscribe using a PC, TV, set-top box, media center or mobile multimedia device).
  • SET UP BOX: A set-top box is a device that enables a television set to become a user interface to the Internet and also enables a television set to receive and decode digital television (DTV) broadcasts. DTV set-top boxes are sometimes called receivers.
  • INTERNET: A computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that can use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange.
  • RSS FEED: Atom feed. Contains a link to the site's feed file. How clip content is delivered online. Alerts when a new episode appears online from your subscription and links you directly to the new video.
  • FEED FILE: A feed file holds the equivalent of a table of contents to the most recent content items (often sorted by publication date) on the site.
  • PODCATCHER/AGGREGATOR: A program needed to subscribe to a vodcast. ie: Juice
  • STREAMING TECHNOLOGY: Used by vodcasting, means one must be connected to the internet at the time if you want to watch them.*



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