Sept. 22: Episode 3

Charles Steinhaus, Producer

I entered this project with no knowledge on podcasting. I owned a small, 256 MB USB MP3 player, but used it strictly for music. I found it inconvenient to carry around plus the volume was poor and the storage was lacking.

I started reading about podcasting and listening to podcasts on the net and found essentially talk radio on demand. Podcasting is not just talk radio, but also a wide range of formats from news and comedy to music and open lines, and now video. Podcasts come in multiple formats for MP3 players or AAC (iTunes) and WMA (Windows Media Player).

The scope of this research project was to see what the effort was to provide one podcast a week from 20-30 minutes long.

My task was to put on the third episode of a series of six. I was to provide about 12-15 minutes of content, and the rest is back fill-like material, like promos and introductions and summaries.

The content I was to provide was information about MOREnet that our members would find informative. I had one week to put together the content and scripts record the audio, and the second week it would go to editing for final release.

Since I am a technical engineer and not a English or composition major, I started outlining and developing my scripts early. I found using the dialog format in Word useful. The format used double spaces and half page margins that roughly produce one page per minute. Therefore, I planned for about 3-4 minute segments to keep up the pace and allow for five short interviews.

I spent the most time polishing the scripts. I also had to organize and schedule five busy people for interviews. I worked with each to get a smooth, natural-sounding script. The recording of each section took maybe 10-20 minutes. We discussed the flow, and then did two takes. I then edited the audio using Goldwave to clean up any gaps and stuttering in the speech patterns. I did two takes for each person so I had some extra material to work with.

I estimated the following times spent:

  • Initial planning, outline and setup of person 8 hours
  • Scripting 10 hours (most interviewees scripted their own segments) 2 hours each
  • Production 1.5 hours
  • Editing 10 hours (1 hour each segment, including time to learn the program)
  • Final editing 4 hours
  • Total time first run, 34 hrs

hendersonl | Monday, August 6, 2007 | |


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