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The migration Audioblog/Hipcast continues…

June 23, 2006 Leave a comment

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!

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Starting a podcast from scratch

June 5, 2006 3 comments

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.
Difficulty: Easy

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!

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