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1May/130

How to Set up your Podcast

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.

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 170x170 to 1400x1400 pixels square, and should be a JPEG or GIF file only. All other file types will not work.

For this example, I chose a 100x100 pixel .jpg file, but you can choose one up to 1400x1400 pixels square. iTunes has recently changed their preferences for album art, you are not required to have the large 1400x1400 pixel album art. Podcasts which are to be featured in the iTunes Store are required to have the larger 1400x1400 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, blip.tv, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have a podcast feed set up, you will be able to add posts, and then submit the feed to syndicated podcast directories and iTunes.

7Mar/130

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.

15Nov/120

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.

26May/070

New Feature Release : Caller-ID PIN Bypass

Today we're announcing the release of a new feature many have asked for. That is the ability to use caller-id to bypass your PIN code entry.

You may now add your number, or the number of anyone you like, to the list of approved callers who may post to your blogs or podcasts.

To set this up on your account, click on the Account Tab, then click "Caller ID".

The list will show only numbers that have successfully called into our media center using your PIN code, so if you don't see your number in the list yet, dial into the media center and login one more time, then refresh this page.

When you see your number in the list, select the checkbox next to it, and then select "Grant PIN-less Authorization" from the drop-down list above. Your number is now approved for PIN bypass.

We'll post some images shortly covering this process.

21May/070

Tumblr Support Added

If you haven't seen it, you should check out Tumblr.com.

It's a very basic blogging system with promise, and it's now supported in Hipcast as a blog service you can post to.

By default, HTML support is off in Tumblr, so you'll have to disable the "Filter HTML" option on the Settings tab (see pic below). Once you've done that, you may post your audio and video directly via Hipcast.

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Now, Tumblr is cool, but it is no WordPress.

Not that it's not powerful, but the author's focus is clearly on simplicity. However, in our opinion, there is no faster, easier way to get a blog up and running.

Now, there's no easier way to get an audio or video blog up and running.... Hipcast + Tumblr.

Enjoy!

15Sep/067

How To: Make your audio post a podcast

I just listened to a charming podcast by Claude in Paris.

She asks in it, how does she turn the audio, posted to her blog, into a podcast?

First of all, I see that her blog automatically supports RSS 2.0 with enclosures. So she is all set with that. If she didn't have that, I'd suggest going over to feedburner for help on setting that up.

But that's not important right now. ;-)

All Claude needs to do to have her audio post become a podcast is to go into Hipcast settings and change the Player Features to Publish MP3 Link.

That enables the RSS 2.0 feed to automatically deliver her new audio posts to subscribers.

Here are the steps:

1. Go to Hipcast and click Blogs.

2. Click Blog Preferences on the blog you want to work with.

3. Click the Audio Player Style tab.

4. Change the Player Features to Publish MP3 Link. Then click Save Preferences.

8Sep/061

Hipcast Workbench: Audio Upload

In this Hipcast Workbench I explain how to record, save and upload audio to Hipcast, and post the uploaded audio to your blog.

Discussed in this video:
Hipcast
Quicktime Pro
Audacity

Check out my Audio Upload Demonstration for tips on how to convert a QuickTime Pro created MOV file into an MP3 for uploading to Hipcast.

Note:
Publish To Blog
If you know which blog you want to post to when uploading your audio, you can specify that blog at the time of upload.

After the MP3 is transcoded to a FLASH file, it will automatically be posted to your blog.

Also, as you can see in the graphic, you can also publish directly to a feed.