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Podcast Capture from Apple, Inc.

Filed under: Academic Technology, Podagogy, Podcasting, faculty development,higher ed — randym at 11:38 am on Friday, January 23, 2009
In contrast to the moaning and groaning in my previous post regarding the unreliability of successful uploads to iTunes U, I am very pleased with
Apple’s Podcast Capture utility that interfaces with Apple’s Podcast Producer.
Caveat: You must have Apple’s server-based Podcast Producer running to make use of the Podcast Capture Utility.

When preparing to describe Podcast Capture I thought to describe it in terms of “Pros” and “Cons”. But, then I realized the “Cons” were not really flaws or weaknesses. Rather, they are more related to system requirements. So, I’ll describe the software in terms of “Features” and “Requirements”.
  • Built into Apples OS 10.5
  • Simple, one button operation
  • Enables video podcasts, audio podcasts, screencasts, media file upload
  • Uploads to specified iTunes U class (or web-based location)
  • Work-flow based (XML work-flows)
  • Can schedule auto-recording in classrooms
  • Can produce multiple file formats/sizes for submitted recordings
  • Did I mention it was simple to use?
  • XML base provide ultimate flexibility
  • Web-based interface available for PC users
  • Requires Podcast Producer running on a server (no small task)
    (If you are not a sys admin, make friends with one who can set up Podcast Producer for you)
  • Work-flow based (XML knowledge required)
    (Not as easy as Keynote. Make sure you know what you’re doing)

The beauty of Podcast Capture lies in it’s hidden XML complexity. You can theoretically design a workflow that will do just about any media related action you wish, and push it to one, or multiple places, in as many file formats as you need. Of course, you need the XML savvy to create such complex workflows, but at least it’s possible. The final quality of your recording is determined by the processing settings in the XML workflow.

I don’t do the XML stuff, but I absolutely love the simplicity of Podcast Capture. Creating a video, audio, or screencast is as easy as I have ever seen in a software tool. What’s more, even when I use some other tool (e.g. ScreenFlow, SnapzPro, etc.) I can use Podcast Capture to upload my media file with minimum effort on my part. Note that unlike tools such as Profcast or others, Podcast Capture doesn’t keep track of episodes, and anything like that. It’s strictly “record – name – upload”. As you can see in the images below, you can select input devices (cameras, mics). This is the perfect simple tool for faculty who want to record a lecture easily, with no post-production effort required.

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Podcasting Toolbox: 70+ Podcasting Tools and Resources

July 4th, 2007 | by Mashable Team32 Comments


Podcasting may not have lived up to the early hype, but with iPods and other MP3 players still selling like crazy, the potential audience for these audio shows is huge. We’ve compiled a monster list of 70+ tools and resources for podcasters and wannabes.
Podcast Creation Guides
How To Create a Podcast -’s step-by-step tutorial for podcast beginners.
iLounge Guide to Podcast Creation - another guide for creating your own podcast for absolute beginners.
Podcasting Legal Guide - find about legal issues relevant to podcasting in this Creative Commons guide.
Podcast Hosting, Sharing and Networking (Free)


Pickstation - A Digg||
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for podcasts and music.
Collectik - “Mixtapes for podcasts”: find, share and organize podcasts.
Podbean - Free podcast hosting and publishing.
Castpost - Free hosting for audio and video clips.
HeyCast - A tool to create video podcasts. Essentially, HeyCast creates RSS feeds from any existing video files on the web. It doesn’t provide hosting or sharing features.
Blubrry - A podcast network that lets you create a podcast and browse the podcasts of others.
Evoca - “YouTube||
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for voice recordings”: create audio recordings from your computer mic, your phone or Skype, share them with others and embed them on websites.
ThePodcastNetwork - A network of podcasts on a range of topics including business, entertainment and comedy.
MyPodcast - podcast hosting solution offering unlimited storage, bandwidth, and free templates for your podcasts.
PodServe - this service is still in alpha stage, but everyone’s invited to try it out. It offers a hosting space for your podcast and a directory of user-created podcasts.
PodcastPeople - a service that enables you to post text, audio and video materials to your own customized show, and even earn some income from it through sponsors.
PCastBaby - free podcast hosting service offering 10MB of storage space and unlimited bandwidth.
Podomatic - create, find and share podcasts with this free service.
Blubrry - create your podcast on Blubrry; browse through other podcasts and create your personal playlist.
Podcast Advertising
Podango - get free unlimited hosting for your podcast and share ad revenue with Podango 50/50.
Podbridge - Provides podcast metrics and advertising.
Podtrac - a service that connects podcasters with advertisers.
Audio Tours


TourCaster - Find audio tours of your favorite cities and download them to your iPod.
iAudioGuide - Find audio guides for major world cities and download them to portable devices.
Video Podcasting
Veodia - Create live TV shows and convert them to video podcasts. - A “video podcasting” service. Broadly similar to YouTube, but the focus is on independent creators, who get a share of revenue.
Mobile Podcasting


Podlinez - a simple service to listen to podcasts on your phone.
Gabcast - Record podcasts straight from your phone.
Yodio - Record audio from your phone, add photos and captions.
Text to Podcasts


BlueGrind - Converts text (especially blogs) into podcasts.
Feed2Podcast - Convert any RSS feed into a podcast.
Talkr - Convert blogs to audio podcasts.
Odiogo - convert RSS feeds, text articles and blog posts to podcasts.
Podcasts to Text
CastingWords - a podcast transcription service that converts podcasts to text for $0.75 minute. It employs human transcribers.
Podcast Directories


Grepr Podcasts - A directory that makes recommendations by finding patterns in your interests and comparing the interests of others.
Yahoo Podcasts - Explore podcasts, listen to them, subscribe to them and even create your own.
MobilCast - directory of podcasts and radio shows, complete with playlists.
PodcastAlley - a podcast directory with over 30,000 podcasts. Maintains a monthly top list.
DigitalPodcast - a simple, categorized podcast directory - a very comprehensive podcast directory; contains tens of thousands of podcasts. - a directory of podcasts with a top list, a list of featured podcasts, and categorization. a simple directory with a very clean layout. - on Podfeed you can host and share your podcast, find podcasts, as well as read and write podcast reviews.
iAmplify - A premium directory where you pay to download self-help podcasts.
Earkive - Directory that lets you listen to podcasts on your phone (mobile or landline)
Live Podcasting


Talkshoe - Create your own live talkshow or interactive podcast.
Waxxi - Audio shows streamed live, mainly with notable technologists. Once recorded, the live shows are available as podcasts.
NowLive - A social network that lets anyone create a live, interactive talk show. Stickam for audio, in some ways.
Podcast Hosting (Premium)
PodcastSpot - Offers both free and premium podcast hosting.
SwitchPod - a podcast hosting service, with unmetered bandwidth, statistics and even some promotional opportunities.
Hipcast - create audio, video materials and podcasts and post them to your blog.
Libsyn - Liberated Syndication will host your podcasts for a modest monthly fee.
Podcast Search


Everyzing - Audio and video search engine.
Podscope - an audio and video search engine that searches the words spoken in podcasts.
Pluggd - Discover and share podcasts, and search for specific parts of podcasts using advanced search technology called HearHere.
PodNova - Podcast search and community.
Podcast Forums
Podcast Alley Forum - a well visited forum on everything related to podcasting.
DigitalPodcast Forum - a good forum for promoting your podcast.
World Podcast Forum - a fresh forum about podcasting.
Podcast Creation Software (Offline)


Propaganda - Create professional podcasts including background music, jingles, crossfading and more. Windows only. Free trial, $49.95 to buy.
Audacity - Free, open source software for recording and editing audio. Versions for Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Adobe Soundbooth - Advanced audio editing from Adobe. Windows and Mac. Free trial, $199 to buy.
Wildvoice Podcast Studio - Record audio, add music and sound effects and upload to or other sites. Windows only.
SnapKast - Podcast creation for Windows. $79.99.
Podcast Creation Software (Online)
Odeo - Perhaps the most popular podcasting platform. It allows you to record audio within your browser, embed it anywhere and create your own audio channels.
Hipcast - Record high-quality audio right through the web browser or your phone. No additional software needed.
Gcast - Record, mix and broadcast your podcasts. You can record messages by phone and upload MP3 files from your computer.
Podomatic - This site lets you record video and audio online directly from your browser. You can also receive in line calls from listeners wanting to leave voice comments.
ClickCaster - create, broadcast and sell your very own radio shows and podcasts. You can record audio right from your browser or upload an existing MP3.
Wild Voice Shout Recorder - Online service that lets you record audio files through an intuitive interface but doesn’t let you edit them or add special effects.
Miscellaneous Podcast Tools
Enablr - make your podcasts indexed and searchable.
PodShow - a network that brings audio, video, podcasts, and music to your computer, iPod, mobile device, or television.
Divicast - enhance your podcast with images and text and share it with everyone.
Divvycast - where podcasting and music meet. Helps bands to create podcasts.
Podbop - Find bands in your city and download free MP3s to your iPod to preview their music ahead of the show.
Noisely - Enter a subject you’re interested in, and Noisely serves up a selection of podcasts you’ll like. Press play, and all the ‘casts stream continuously until you stop them.
What did we miss? Add more tools, services and resources in the comments.//

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