One of the last stages of the podcast creation process is to edit the audio you have recorded, unless you are doing a live podcast. Editing a podcast can take a long time and may feel like a long chore that prevents some people getting from the recorded to published stage. However, there are techniques that can help speed up the process and make it easier.
Here are some of the best techniques to streamline the editing process.
1. Making Notes As You Are Recording The Podcast
While you are recording the podcast you are going to be aware of when you’ve made a mistake or taken too long to respond to a question. By taking note of the time of these errors you can ensure that you don’t need to run through the entire recording to find these spots for editing.
You can place markers on your podcast recording software, use an app or pen and paper to make a note of the time manually. Either way you’ll have a clear indication of where you need to spend your energy editing your podcast.
2. The Undo Button
While many podcast hosts would probably not think of using the undo button, it can be your best friend in the podcast editing process. Some edits you make will sound poor when you listen to them. This is nothing unusual and all that is required is that you reverse the change you make – simply done with the ‘undo’ button.
This can normally be done using the shortcut ‘ctrl and z’ when they are pressed together. However, always check your settings and program. It also requires you to continuously check your edits as you make them, instead of completing all your edits first and then re-checking them all in one go.
3. Learn The Common Shortcuts
To add to point two, you should be looking to shorten the time it takes you to complete actions by learning the common shortcuts that are available on your editing software program. This will cut the editing process in half because it takes a significant amount of time to find some menu options in these programs but just a split second to press the keys once memorised.
You could have a list of the most common commands, with their associated shortcut keys, on a list next to your computer as you start the editing process. This means that you aren’t accidently giving the wrong command to your editing software.
4. Know What Is Best For Your Podcast
Audacity and other editing software elements can publish your content in variable bitrate (VRB) or constant bitrate (CRB). The former of these is not the best for podcasting. Audacity uses LAME for the process and this doesn’t accommodate mono files in a style that suits the human ears. Essentially LAME will set the mono and stereo to both use 128 kbps and it should really half the rate for the mono. This can make the podcast sound unprofessional and damage the quality.
If you are using iTunes then you can get a better quality sound by using their Fraunhofer software for making your MP3 file.
During the editing process you will probably get a .wav file. The industry standard for the file is to have the sample rate set at 44.1 KHz and 16 bits per second. If you attempt mixing in sound clips like your introduction or adverts that have different sample rates, then this can affect the way your voice sounds. Typically, you get a chipmunk voice or it is significantly slower.
To avoid this, instead of copy and paste, use the import function when combining two audios together. It is also best to stick to the industry standards when you are setting the sample rate.
Editing your podcast can be a long and difficult task unless you learn some of the techniques and tips above to reduce the amount of time spent on finding and making the necessary changes. The important thing to note is to let your ears do the work; nothing works better than the human ear and you’ll find that after a while you’ll spot mistakes far more easily and quickly than you have ever done before.
What are your tips for editing podcasts? How do you speed up the process?
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- Learn your software’s shortcut keys.
- Start taking notes, when recording a podcast, of when edits are needed.