DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour PODCASTS are working
- Well, finally got off my duff, and got this mRSS stuff working.
-- I use an OLYMPUS VN-240PC to record telephone interviews from my
speaker phone attached to my VONAGE account, the transfer the file to
my computer with the digital recorder's USB connection cord.
-- I use ACOUSTICA to record my own voice for intro and voice overs
which are saved in .wav file format.
-- I use MIXCRAFT to add in bumper music to segway between
interviews. While I mix the final product down to .mp3 format in
128kps and a typical 1 hour show is about 100mb.
-- I crunch the 128kps down to 16kps using MUSIC MATCH so the
resulting .mp3 file is only 10mb. If I use anything else, the "S"
sounds are accentuated artificially. MIXCRAFT can crunch down to
16kps but the quality isn't as good as the job MUSIC MATCH can do.
-- I registered with OURMEDIA.ORG and ARCHIVES.ORG and use that free
storage and bandwidth, which was the major road block to insternet
MY LISTENERS TUNE IN by
-- clicking manually on the show page, a listing of which appears at:
I PREFER iTUNES since it is a FAST download. Then one merely clicks
ADVANCED and SUBSCRIBE TO PODCAST and then copy/paste the following
AS you can see I've got 5 one-hour shows under my belt. This is a TON
easier than doing live internet radio streaming, and totally
affordable with the OURMEDIA.ORG/ARCHIVES.ORG component for mRSS
delivery. (I missed 2 weeks, because of the death of my sister's
husband. NOTHING else can keep me away from doing this.) I schedule
my 2-3 guests each week about 2-3 weeks in advance, although I have
an Excel worksheet worked out through mid March 2006.
I've found that the best is recording off of a land line speaker
phone. It took me a while to find the best sounding speaker phone.
Each telephone call is a different digital quality. Cell phones and
wireless phones are simply terrible. YES, I have SKYPE, and SKYPEOUT
but cannot figure out how to record both side of the conversation
without setting up 2 recorders. The slightly lower quality of the
regular telephone calls is tolerable, and sounds like many land-based
radio station call-in shows.)
I'm also toying with the idea of recording a few of my better
genealogy columns. There is a contingent of sight-impaired
genealogists out there. Someone would have to setup the the intitial
podcast for most of them, but this is a go.
Now there are 2 more podcasts for genealogy out there. I think this
is necessary (not competition) for bringing this media into the
mainstream for communication among genealogists.