Re: [podcasters] slideshow podcast
- Thanks for the suggestions.
I am thinking that it will probably be simpler to add the video/slideshow to
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--- On Wed, 4/15/09, Stephen Eley <SFEley@...> wrote:
From: Stephen Eley <SFEley@...>
Subject: Re: [podcasters] slideshow podcast
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 1:46 AM
On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 6:56 PM, <ma_scrub@yahoo. com> wrote:
> I started thinking that this might make a good podcast to add to
> my blog, but I am not quite sure about which format to save the slideshow to.
> I am putting it on a DVD for the retirement community presentation, but wonder what is the best format for a podcast - Mpg. MP4. Other?
Unlike MP3 for audio, there's no simple "every device can play this"
format for video. But you can get pretty close. Given that iPods
have 85% market share, your best bet is to optimize for iTunes/iPod,
and trust that most other devices and software will handle it. The
lowest common denominator is MPEG-4 encoding at 640x480 resolution.
Another thought, though: this is one of the few cases where Apple's
"enhanced podcast" format may make sense. This was their attempt to
compete with MP3 a couple of years ago by allowing their AAC audio
format to include chapter stops, pictures that change at specific
times, and hyperlinks. It's the pictures that could be useful for
you. You say you're using Windows Moviemaker, so this option may not
be available for you; but if you have access to a Mac, you could just
bring your narration into GarageBand and add images to the 'podcast
track' anywhere you like. You'd end up with a much smaller file than
video, and easier to produce. I used this same method to share a
slideshow presentation that Evo and I did on podcasting fiction at the
Podcast Expo a couple years ago.
The downside is that only iTunes, QuickTime, and iPods can play these
files -- but again, that's a majority of the market. And QuickTime is
a free download for those who are motivated to see your slides.
Steve Eley (sfeley@gmail. com)
ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine
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