So, you want to create a podcast? This is the quick start page. Visit Podcast Troubleshooting if something went wrong.
- Get the wireless microphone from Martin or Phil. The only things you need to know about the microphone is that you should turn it on (notice the brief red flash when it gets initial power), and the battery is close to dead when you see a constant red light. I've tested the range and it goes almost to the outside door in the front, so you should be able to use it pretty much anywhere in the two meeting rooms, both large and small.
- Test the audio. Visit the live stream and verify that you can hear the audio. It is probably a good idea to leave the audio player up with the graphical visualizer jumping so that you can make sure you are always getting audio (XMMS has a good visualizer). If you don't see anything and someone is talking, the microphone probably died, so check the red light.
- Prepare your USB thumbdrive. See the Podcast_Troubleshooting#No USB Thumbdrive troubleshooting section if you don't have a USB thumbdrive handy. You need to put a file called metadata.xml on this in a directory called "piab" This is case sensitive, so don't use Piab, or PIAB, or pIaB. Your file should look like this:
<opt author="email@example.com" description="Some interesting podcast episode" genre="Talk" title="Podcast Episode" />This metadata is inserted into the MP3 file, and is also used by default in the podcast once uploaded. You can change all this information later if you want. Definitely verify that the XML is valid before insertion. If you open it in Firefox it will complain about invalid XML if the file is bad.
- When you are ready to start, insert the USB thumbdrive. You'll see the little red light flash a little bit; after about five seconds, you can start talking. When you are done, just remove the USB key. After the file has been synchronized with the metadata, it will publish it.
- Once the file is published into podasp.com, you can find it in the FreeGeek Everything podcast on the FreeGeek Podcast page (which is where all podcasts created by this appliance go), or if you have an account on the PodASP system, you can import it into your podcasting page by clicking on the "All" link from next to your "Partners" link.
- Please turn off the microphone
Here is a map to the podcast box and where you can find the microphone. There is a file cabinet there; in the top drawer you can find the microphone.
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