After several podcasts were recorded in front of a live audience at PodCamp Ohio, I hosted a panel with most of the podcast hosts as we discuss our equipment and workflow for live-podcasting.

Live podcasts at PodCamp Ohio

Podcasting equipment used among the hosts

Podcasting software used among the hosts

Why podcast live?

  • Improves mic-presence
  • Builds community and allows the community to contribute to the show
  • Encourages better preproduction resulting in a better flow when you record
  • Can encourage you against spending too much time in postproduction
  • Scheduling a regular live show creates accountability
  • Committing to a schedule results in consistent release schedule and thus more episodes

General answers on podcasting

  • Editing takes a lot of time, avoid it by honing your on-camera skills. Stop saying, “we’ll fix that in post”!
  • One episode per week seems the sweet spot for subscribers
  • Use the mixer’s equalizer settings to enhance your audio as it’s recorded instead of postprocessing
  • Releasing video seems to promote your podcast a lot more, but still offer an audio edition and remember to maintain a context for the audio-only subscribers
  • Video podcasts require a lot more bandwidth, use a provider like Blip.tv or Libsyn so you don’t crash your own server
  • Apple TV and Google TV may drastically increase the demand for video content, look at what NetFlix is doing by being on nearly all high-end media devices
  • Use Blip.tv or TubeMogul to upload your video media once and distribute it in various formats

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As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his wife, Jenny, live near Cincinnati with their son, "Noodle Boy."

3 comments on Live-Podcasting Questions and Answers – TAP004

  1. Jeff Roney says:

    This is very cool, Daniel. Ding! Star for the day. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jeff! BTW, I heard from John Wilkerson that you podfaded. 😉

  2. Yes, this is a bit overboard. Go back and listen to episode 3 "The Bare Minimums." It'll help balance things for you.

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