Having a go at podcasting. Right. Well everything I’d read so far suggested that it was a relatively simple thing to do. Ok. I’ll give it a go especially since it was No. 4 on my Web2.0 Resolutions for 2007. How hard can it be? What a hoot! I was particularly tempted to do this resolution by the Technospud Newsletter for January 2007. Jen Wagner’s Technology Tip was “Creating a Podcast without the Pod Part 1″. The instructions looked really easy …….. and ……… they were! (Brilliant Jen!)
Recording the podcast using audacity (which I already had been using last year) was an absolute breeze. I only made one mistake so it only took 2 takes and it’s called First Ever Podcast . I just had to figure out how to put it on this blog – didn’t think of that did I? But as usual the help section (Edublogs forum, in this case) came to the rescue with these very simple instructions!
Next step involved saving the recording to a file that could be uploaded to my blog and that’s where the fun began! Now this bit’s quite long so if you don’t want to read it I have recorded this and it’s called …… very original …….
Second Ever Podcast sorry having technical problems with this one! (It helps if you turn on your speakers) Second Ever Podcast
Audacity gives you several options:- wav, mp3 or ogg vorbis (didn’t know what that was?!?), so I figured that with my little knowledge of how things work, that the mp3 file would be the most suitable. Right! Click file, export to mp3 – easy. NAH! An error message!
“Audacity does not export mp3 files directly, but instead uses the freely available LAME library to handle mp3 file encoding. You must obtain lame_enc.dll separately by downloading the LAME mp3 encoder, and then locate this file for Audacity. You only need to do this once. Would you like to locate lame_enc.dll now?”
Yes, I would. Another error message!
“Could not open mp3 encoding library.”
Ok. It’s not that bad. I’ll just use the help files in audacity. (Always use the help files … they are surprisingly helpful! Usually!). By this time it’s a bit late, 11.30pm but as I’m a night owl and I am on holiday still, it’s ok. So….. help files …… very helpful …… the links for the mp3 encoders are on the Audacity webpage. No problem! Took a bit of detective work to find what I was looking for ….. scroll to optional downloads, click on Lame mp3 encoder, click on the operating system you have (in my case, Windows). Not hard so far. Click on the latest LAME version 3.97.tar.gz. Save it, unzip it (have to use classic interface & not wizard in WinZip). Searching, searching, looking, looking, No lame_enc.dll !! Oh *%$#! What did I do wrong? Quick flick back to the help files …. you dufuss …. wrong version! It needs to be 3.96.1 Ok. I can cope with that. Delete files downloaded and start again this time from here. Perhaps while I’m here I better download the latest version of audacity while I’m here. Didn’t take long but time was certainly ticking along quite fast. 12.30am – that’s ok – I won’t be long. (Famous last words!) Right, right version this time! Toilet stop while it’s downloading, check the kids, turn off the hall light, make a coffee - …… always multi-tasking! Unzip archive, looking, looking, searching, searching, No lame_enc.dll !! Oh *%$#! What did I do wrong this time?? Re-read the instructions again. By this time, I’m really tired, and a weeeeee bit frustrated. Only one thing to do. Bed! I’m sure it will be so obvious ….. tomorrow!