We’ve moved the hipcast blog. Find it here : the *new* hipcast blog
Hipcast has been experiencing a DNS issue where some visitors are being redirected to another site.
We fixed the original issue within 30 minutes of it occurring, but DNS is pretty slow with ancillary updates, so we expect that within an hour or two, the new DNS information should be distributed properly across the Internet.
Based on bandwidth usage and logs, this appears to be affecting about 5% of users. We apologize for this issue and we’re doing everything we can to correct it.
Please be aware that if you cannot get to your podcast, or the audios and videos on your blog are not playing for you, it does not mean that others can’t get to them. Only 5% of the network requests are being mis-routed, which means that 95% are being handled properly.
The Hipcast Team
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.
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.
Update: Everything is seemingly back to normal; we had a hiccup that was caused as a result from a recent data center move. Contact support through the Hipcast.com web site if you are still experiencing difficulties;
As an aside: iTunes can take a while to update, we’re sending pings to help speed the process if at all possible.
Update: Phone postings are transcoding and posting now. Next update on status of existing phone recordings that did not previously transcode….developing.
We are aware of the issue that some users are reporting about phone recordings not appearing in the audio list, nor posting to blogs or podcast feeds.
“Transcode Error: Unrecognized audio or video format.”
We are investigating and working on the issue.
We’ve had a few questions about Hipcast’s incompatibility with Blogger’s beta system, and posts not appearing in a new blogspot blog.
Currently, our audio/video-to-blog system does NOT work Blogger’s new beta service (this doesn’t affect audio/video-to-podcast feeds, which do not rely on blog systems).
We are working on supporting the new Blogger, even though it’s still an invitation-based beta release.
Blogger’s new version of their service (which is still in beta, technically) requires that we connect to Google’s Account login system instead of Blogger, which means that we must recreate or overhaul our code just for them (Google).
Note: Blogger’s new beta system does not seem to be available to all users who use the old Blogger system. Contact Google for assistance with your Blogspot account.
We’ll post an update when Hipcast is updated to work with the new Blogger.
The video from my session at the Media Giraffe Summit is now online:
Merging Forms: Is the Medium Still the Message? [ QuickTime ]
Robb Montgomery, Paul Grabowitz and me, plus all the attendees.
It was an unconference done Phil Donahue style. Going through the attendees first to see who they were and what they wanted to learn helped us determine the content of the session.
Some of the things I covered were how to make a blog post and how powerful that is when combined with Google, making an audio podcast using only your cellphone, and making a video using a standard digital still camera and posting that to your blog with a few clicks. Fun stuff.
At the conclusion of the session a number of people came up to me and told me that our session was hte best one that they had attended.
I think part of the reason for that is that we included them in the session in a meaningful way and did a lot of showing vs. telling.
Thanks to Robb and Paul for working on this with me and thanks to Tish Grier for helping out.
We’ve been moving things around to continue our re-naming from Audioblog.com to Hipcast.com… Your old URLs will still work (such as http://username.audioblog.com/rss/……..), as they will with the domain audioblog.com replaced with hipcast.com.
We recommend updating listings in various directories at your convenience. If you have any questions, then please contact us!
One of the things people have told me that they like about Hipcast, is having the flexibility in the ways they can set up where to publish their audio and video. Here are the differences between the three methods that you can selet for getting your audio and video out there, regardless of your level of expertise.
1. Creating and publishing to a podcast feed (no blog needed)
The most painles way to get a podcast created is to create a purely podcast-only feed, that you can submit to the various directories. The audio or video you post will exist in the feed, not on a web site or blog in the traditional manner.
How to do this: Select the “Podcast” tab in your account and “Add New”… you’ll have all the options to configure artwork, genre, and even all the extras needed for your podcast to show up in the iTunes podcast directory.
2. Publishing to a blog (flash only)
We’ve added most blog services to our system, so there’s not much you need to do other than telling Hipcast which blog provider you use, and your login information. For those that have installed blog software on their own web server themselves, you’ll need to know the special URL that allows Hipcast to automatically publish (no copy and pasting needed). This is called an XML-RPC URL. We’ll do our best to post some example XML-RPC URLs, although your situation may vary.
How to do it: Under the “Blogs” tab in your account, simply Add New Blog. Here, you’ll be able to customize the way your player looks, set categories (if supported) and a variety of other features that are set once– and every post to your blog will look the same.
Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate
3. Best of both worlds
Publishing flash audio or video to your blog *and* enabling podcasting. This is done with a little help from our friends at Feedburner (and is my favorite way of publishing).
Feedburner is a free service that transforms the special address that all blogs have (an RSS feed) into something similar to a vanity license plate. Feedburner has a service called “SmartCast”— which, when activated– will turn any link to an audio or video file– into the secret sauce that makes your audio or video podcast delivered automatically to your listener or user.
How to do it: Simply choose the “Blogs” tab. After choosing the blog you want Feedburner to recognize, select the ‘Audio Player Style’ or ‘Video Player Style’ button. At the bottom of each of those screens, select “Publish MP3 link” or “Publish Download Link” respectively.
This will publish a link to the MP3 or iPod-compatible Quicktime .mov video file along with your flash player, resulting in a better experience for first time visitors, and the automatic delivery that your listeners or viewers have come to enjoy!
Note: This is not a requirement if you only want to publish flash audio or video to your blog. See #2 above
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
That’s it! Three different methods that suit a variety of needs of audio and video publishing.
Thanks for choosing Hipcast.com!