Podcasting Basics – Equipment & Process

Originally coined in the days of the old school Apple iPod Classic, podcasts are audio files created by anyone for anyone anywhere with an internet connection. Essentially, podcasting is a form of broadcast radio for the average individual that provides a massive potential in terms of outreach.

Creating and sharing via podcast can be as fun as it is rewarding. While the equipment and process can be intimidating at first glance, its all much simpler than it would appear. Let’s jump in and explore a few gear options for those interested in starting a podcast to help get you off and running with a great sound.

Equipment:

AKG Perception 220 Condenser Mic
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2×2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
MOTU M2 Desktop 2×2 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
Zoom H4N recorder
Mackie 4-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer
Pyle Pro Compact 4-Channel, Bluetooth-Enabled Audio Mixer
Rode RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio
Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
Stereo Mini (3.5mm) Male to 2 Mono 1/4″ Male Cable
Movo Photo WMIC50 Camera-Mount Wireless Lavalier

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Thanks for stopping by, as always. Hope you find it helpful along the way.

Automated Transcription and Captioning in Premiere Pro

Manually transcribing voice-to-text can be the most tedious and time-consuming part of any project and easy to neglect, if accomplished at all. Automated transcription puts an end to the tedium and serves as a powerful ally in helping others to locate answers more precisely and discover your work at the same time.

Link to Photofocus article — https://photofocus.com/software/harnessing-speech-to-text-for-enhanced-seo-in-premiere-pro/

YouTube creators: I’d recommend using the Transcribe feature and simply export to text. The Caption feature will burn subtitles into the sequence, useful perhaps in DVD production, but with no positive effect in regard to Google/YouTube SEO recognition.

Premiere Pro update details — https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/whats-new.html

The Modest Abode channel — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvMXcYImutUrWeI_PAl0HRQ

Budget Macro – Exploring Reverse Ring Adapters

As with any specialized area of photography, the art of macro photography – that is, making images of objects at a very close range – is in a creative world of its own.

This is true not only in terms of the specialized gear required to tell a story at a true 1:1 scale, but even more so in regard to the patience and practice needed to produce a clear and consistent result.

In this article, we’ll explore a technique known as reverse lens macro and consider one economical approach to producing amazing close-up images by using a simple reverse ring adapter and a manually-operated lens. Read more

Restoring Scanned Slides and Negatives

If you’ve had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result.

Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we’ll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by way of Adobe Photoshop.

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October Color Along Paint Creek

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October color along Paint Creek Falls in Montgomery, West Virginia, captured on the commute back to Charleston with friends after a day of shooting at the Bridge Day BASE Jump event in Fayetteville. A tranquil and welcome change of scenery to help wind down a bit from an exciting day of madness at the Gorge. Read more