Posting Audio or Video to a Podcast Feed, Part II for for New Hipcast Podcasters

There are two steps for posting your audio or video on a podcast feed. After setting up your podcast feed, the next step is to add a New Post. (If you haven’t set up your feed yet, check out our tutorial on how to do this here)

There are a few ways to post to your podcast, including adding a remote media url. You can also record a Moblog or use our WebRecorder. This tutorial will cover the most common way to add an audio to a podcast, by uploading an existing recorded audio file from your computer. The steps for posting a video are basically the same.

Step 1: Choose an Audio to Upload

Login to your Hipcast account, and then click on Audio. The first three options under “Audio List”, are ways to add audio files to your Hipcast account. In this tutorial we will upload an audio file from a computer to the Hipcast account.

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Click on “Upload Audio”. On the right side of the screen you will click on “Choose File”, and a box will appear on the screen showing files on your computer so that you can pick the audio file you want to upload.

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Once you have selected the audio file to upload, you will need to fill in the Title and Description for your audio file.

Step 2: Choose an Audio Quality

The next choice is to choose an audio quality. It is best to choose the quality that most closely matches the recorded quality of your audio file. Hipcast isn’t able to “upsample” audio files so there is no reason to choose a quality higher than one you have recorded at. If the recording is of a conference call or phone recording, choose Low since it can’t be improved or upsampled.
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Step 3: Upload your Audio file

At the bottom of the page there are 3 choices. You can upload and Publish to a blog that you have setup on Hipcast. You can upload and Publish the audio to your podcast feed. You can upload the audio file to your Hipcast account to publish later.

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Your audio will be placed on the podcast feed, blog according to your choice, and will be placed in your Audio Files.

HowTo: Fix FeedBurner Not Refreshing My Feed

FeedBurner is an awesome service that hosts millions of RSS feeds, so it’s understandable that they’re a little busy.

Every once in a while, a customer contacts us about their iTunes feed not getting updates, and they happen to be using FeedBurner. While FeedBurner should update every 60 minutes in accordance with the settings we render in your RSS, they seem to ignore that and refresh whenever they get around to it.

To manually force FeedBurner to update your feed, go to this page and enter your FeedBurner URL. Within the next few minutes, they will update their copy of your Hipcast feed on their servers.

Additionally, to confirm your RSS is being generated properly by Hipcast, you can disable the FeedBurner redirect by adding ?redirect=false to your Hipcast RSS URL. Here’s an example (not an actual feed URL):

What you should see is the RSS for your feed with the latest updates included, verifying that we are indeed providing your latest changes to FeedBurner.

How to Set up your Podcast Feed – Part I for New Hipcast Podcasters

Setting up a new podcast is easy with Hipcast. Posting to the podcast is even easier, and we syndicate for you to several popular podcast directories, including the Hipcast Podcast Directory.

There are two steps for posting your audio or video on a podcast feed. The first step is to create a podcast feed to serve your audio or video to, and we show you how below.

To create a podcast  feed, follow the steps below.  The audio or video you post will exist in the feed, not on a web site or blog in the traditional manner.

Step 1: Select the “Podcast” tab in your account and “New Podcast.”


Step 2: Fill in the Name and Description

The name of your podcast is what you would like to call your podcast and what your users will be looking for in podcast directories and on iTunes.

Step 3: Choose your optional Album Art

If you have an art image you would like to use for your Album Art that will appear on your syndicated podcast, you can upload it to your feed in this step. Click on Choose your File and navigate to the saved file on your computer. The Album art may be from 170×170 to 1400×1400 pixels square, and should be a JPEG or GIF file only. All other file types will not work.

For this example, I chose a 100×100 pixel .jpg file, but you can choose one up to 1400×1400 pixels square. iTunes has recently changed their preferences for album art, you are not required to have the large 1400×1400 pixel album art. Podcasts which are to be featured in the iTunes Store are required to have the larger 1400×1400 pixel album art, it is still optional for all others.

If you choose not to upload an image, the default Hipcast icon will be displayed in place of one you upload.

Step 4: Misc Information

If you would like your podcast listeners to see the url for your website in the podcast information, list it here. Do not place your website url in the podcast redirect below, as that will disable the podcast feed.

You can also list copyright information for the your podcast, and list an email address for listeners to be able to contact you. Select the Max# of episodes to be shown on the podcast feed. The default setting is 25, any updates after the 25th episode will not be listed.

Step 5: Media RSS and Syndication

If you would like to syndicate your podcast, here is where you’ll make the selections to do that. Some services require that the Media RSS extensions be activated such as Brightcove,, Blinkx, Bebo Open Media Platform, Cooliris, deviantArt, FriendFeed, Gmail, Kaltura, NewsTex, PicasaAPI, SmugMug, thePlatform, Wikipedia and Yahoo! Search. If you are syndicating your podcast selecting Yes here is recommended.

You can keep your podcast private and just publish it on your own webpage if you chose, but if you are looking for a wider audience, we can automatically syndicate your podcast. Chose “Yes, Syndicate my podcast!!” if you would like this option. We will then automatically submit the feed to the most current feeds being used by PingOMatic. To check and see where Pingomatic is syndicating, check their website, as they are constantly updating and keeping the list current. PingOMatic

Step 6: Podcast Redirection

If you wish to redirect your RSS feed through a service such as Feedburner to track your podcasting stats,  place the redirect url here. Adding any other type of web redirect may disable your podcast feed, so use this with caution. For instance, if you wish to direct your listeners to your webpage after listening to your podcast, place your url in the field above in “Misc Information”, “Website URL”.

Click on “Save Changes Now”. Congratulations, you have set up your Podcast feed! If you need to make changes to any of the information click on the “Edit Podcast” tab.

You have completed the first step and created a podcast feed. Now you can post your audios and videos to the podcast feed and submit it to iTunes. Click on “New Post” to add media to the feed first. We’ll show you how in our next tutorial.

iTunes’ new requirements

Thank you to everyone who let us know about iTunes’ updated requirements. Hipcast already supports Byte Range Requests and you will not need to change anything on your setup to keep your podcast on iTunes. We will support the new image sizes, but they are not required by iTunes for your podcast to keep working, and you don’t need to upload a new image. iTunes only requires the larger image if you are featuring your podcast in the iTunes store.

We are working on several updates including support for the larger image sizes in iTunes, coming soon.

Podcast Directory Home Page

You can now give your users a link to your podcast page in our Podcast Directory. All of your podcast episodes are also available on the page so your listeners have instant access to all of your episodes.

Here’s how to send your users the link.

Step 1: Log in to your Hipcast account, and Click on Podcasts. Click on the Title of the Podcast you want to share.

Step 2: Copy and Paste the link for your Podcast Page, and share with your listeners.

When your listeners click on the link, they will go to your Podcast Page for that episode. All your episodes for that podcast feed are available for your listeners on that page.

Transcoding: Update!

Update: Hipcast transcoders have been repaired by our awesome development team. We’re sorry for the delay, files are now being processed, and should be caught up soon. Thanks again for your patience, while we sorted this out.

We are experiencing a issue with our transcoders this morning, our development team is working on resolving the issue as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience while they get it fixed as soon as possible.

We’re back up!

Hipcast’s development team was able to get the site moved to a new network provider this morning, and the site is now back online. If you are still experiencing trouble connecting with the site, you may have cached the old site on your computer.

Try clearing your browser’s cache and restarting your computer. This will reset any cached pages, you may have stored on your computer, and you should be able to access the site again.

We apologize for any inconvenience from this morning’s outage and thank you for your patience, while we resolved the problem.

Helpcast – How to Add a Blog to Hipcast

Ready to start posting media players to your blog?  Step One is adding your blog to your Hipcast account. We show you how to get set up in this tutorial.

Basic Setup:

Step 1: Select Add New Blog.

Step 2: Fill in Service Name and Details.

Type a Name for the Blog in Service Name and select the Blog Service you use from the drop down box. Under Service Details make sure to enter your username and password for the blog. This is visible only to the blog and is used to authenticate with the blog service. Click Save and Update, and Hipcast will add the blog(s) to your Hipcast account.

If you are adding a blog service that is not listed in our dropdown selection box, you will chose “Non XML-RPC (HTML only)”, or if you are adding an XML-RPC blog, follow the directions for Advanced Setup below.


Q: How do I add my blog to Hipcast?

A: If you are self hosting your blog and have a URL, follow these steps below (use the same directions for non WordPress XML-RPC blogs, chose “Other” instead of “WordPress” in Step 2):


Advanced Setup:

Step 1: Select Add New Blog.

Step 2: Fill in Service Name and Blog Service Provider.

Type a Name for the Blog in Service Name and select “WordPress” from the drop down box as your Blog Service Provider. Note, these directions are the same with non WordPress XML-RPC blogs, you will just chose “Other” instead of “WordPress” as your Blog Service Provider.


Step 3: Enter your WordPress XML-RPC url.

Under “XML-RPC URL” enter your WordPress url plus the extention: ‘xmlrpc.php’ for example, our WordPress xml-rpc looks like this:

Next, enter your username and password for the WordPress blog for authentication purposes. Hipcast’s system will use this information to automatically add posts to your blog. If you change your username and/or password on the WordPress blog, make sure to change it on Hipcast, to continue posting to the blog correctly.

There will be red “error messages” on the screen, don’t worry, once you get all your information entered correctly, these will no longer appear. When you have finished entering these items, click on “Save and Update”.


When you have successfully added your blog to Hipcast you will see this screen:

 Check out our tutorial post on how to add a media player post to your blog here.

Helpcast – How to Post an Audio Player to Blogger

Hipcast makes it very simple to post an Audio in a Player to blogs like Blogger. Make sure to add your Blog to your Hipcast account to get started.

Step 1: Select Add New Blog.

Step 2: Fill in Service Name and Details.

Type a Name for the Blog in Service Name and select the Blog Service you use from the drop down box. Under Service Details make sure to enter your username and password for the blog. This is visible only to the blog and is used to authenticate with the blog service. Click Save and Update, and Hipcast will add the blog(s) to your Hipcast account.

Step 3: Select an Audio File to add to your Blog.

Click on the Title of the Audio you want to publish to the blog.


Step 4: Edit the description for the Blog Post.

Click on the Edit Description tab, You can change the title of the Audio here, and add a description which will post with your player on the blog.

Step 5: Publish Audio to your Blog.

Click on the Publish Audio tab, Select the Blog you wish to post to, and Click on Publish to Blog. You will see a preview page where you can Adjust your Post Title and Post Body. By default this is the title and description you have assigned to this audio. If you’re happy with it, click on Publish.

Step 6: Check out your cool post on your Blog!

The player will be added to your blog with the title and description you added above the player. On Blogger, you can then edit the post and add more to the post.