The advancement of technology makes Home users can compete as equals (and sometimes win) with professional content providers. In that sense, podcasts have become an alternative to the increasingly boring and advertising-laden traditional radio and TV programs.
In this post we're going to go over some of the podcasting tools available for Linux.
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What is a podcast?
A podcast consists of a series of episodes (usually only audio, although the offer in video format is growing) andnfocused on a particular topic or issue. Podcasts are uploaded to a distribution service to which interested parties can subscribe to find out each time a new episode is published and have access to previous ones.
Unlike traditional radio or TV shows, podcasts can:
- Have any duration
- Post with different frequency.
- Cover any topic, no matter how massive it is
- Be improvised or scripted and pre-produced
- Be a single person or with multiple participants.
To start a podcast we must start with:
- Imagine a concept (including theme, name, format, duration for each episode and periodicity in the publication) Although there may be a certain tolerance, it is best to have consistency in the duration of each episode in the periodicity of the publication)
- Write a description and create a distinctive image.
- Choose how to distribute it. There are several services, some of which include distribution in the most popular hosting services
Creating podcast on Linux. Some useful tools
Audio podcast creation
Although it doesn't look too professional, Audacity (available in the repositories of the main Linux distributions and in the Snap and FlatPak stores) it has everything you need whether you are an amateur or a professional. With Audacity we can use audio tracks from different sources (either captured by external devices connected via usb or files saved on the computer) edit them, apply effects and combine them.
There are many types of podcasts. If you are thinking of doing one where you are going to play music you may feel that Audacity is lacking tools. In that case you should try Ardor. It is free, although it will ask you for a small collaboration in its development. Ardor includes professional tools to cut, move, stretch, copy, paste, erase, align, trim, crossfade, rename, snap, zoom, transpose, balance, drag and drop from a single window.
Video editors for Linux there are many. The two professional level, Da Vinci Resolve and LightWorks are paid. But There are plenty of free editor options that can be used to make excellent quality video podcasts.
This video editor it is very intuitive and easy to use. Integrated with two other open source programs, Blender and Inkscape, it allows the generation of static and animated titles. We also have a small number of filters and transitions.
Open shot You can combine multiple video and audio tracks and export to different formats for uploading to different video hosting services.
Every time I recommend OpenShot, fans of Kdenlive to criticize me for not putting it on the list. Kdenlive is more powerful than Open Shot and does not require the installation of additional programs. Your learning curve is slightly harder, but it has a complete instruction manual. You can download it from the FlatPak store or in the KDE desktop distribution repositories.
There will be no discussions here. If you want to broadcast a live video or audio podcast, OBS Studio it's your tool. You can switch between multimedia content from different sources and upload it to services such as YouTube, Facebook or Twitch.
This program can be downloaded from the Snap or FlatPak stores
To create a podcast you don't need to spend a lot of money. You can use your mobile phone as a microphone and camera. Putting a fabric of a different color than your clothing as a background you can apply the chroma effect and change it for something more striking.
The secret to success is having consistency and constancy.