Making A Podcast

Things to Talk About

  • Cameras and other equipment
  • Video Editing
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • iMovie
  • Posting on Youtube

Getting Started


  • Get to know your camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Nikon COOLPIX P600 16.1 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera with 60x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full HD 1080p Video Black – about $300
  • Setting up your camera
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone hold attachment – $10 – $20
  • Stack of books or boxes

Setting up your environment

  • Table, desk, bed, couch – have surfaces nearby to keep your projects on
  • Be comfortable!


  • if you don’t know, do some quick test shots with light shining from the right, center, and left
  • Steady natural light is optimal if you don’t have photo/video lighting equipment
  • LimoStudio – Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit – about $60 on Amazon
  • Normal lamps/lights tend to make things yellow
    • try LED “Daylight” bulbs
  • Artificial lighting placement – personally arranged to minimize strong nose shadows
  • Camera position directly in front of you or slightly above looking down

Getting to Know Your Camera

  • Know how long you can film at one time
  • Stand alone cameras sometimes have a 20 min or 30 min limit for a single shot
  • Phone depends on how much storage space you have available
  • Familiarize yourself with whether your camera has a fixed focus or an automatic re-focus
  • Practice looking into the lens

Optional things to have at the start

  • Show notes
  • Microphone


  • Film your episode


  • Import your video to your computer or tablet with the editing software
  • Import your video into your editing software
  • Import any other digital elements to your video – photos, title cards, music, etc
  • Use royalty free music – Copyrighted music can be flagged by users and YouTube’s content ID which can result in your video being taken down due to copyright disputes
    • Music that came with your computer/software
    • music by Kevin Macleod
  • Titles
    • Can be done using the templates available in your software
    • Create your own image using Adobe Photoshop or similar image software
  • Edit your podcast together
    • Clipping video together
    • Transitions
    • Adding titles or subtitles
  • Export your video
    • Export to video file on local hard drive
    • Export to YouTube directly


  • Upload to YouTube
  • Edit YouTube information
  • Title
  • Downbar information
  • Tags
  • Annotations

Section Guide

  • Cameras and Setting Up Your Camera 6:05
  • Lighting 14:32
  • Get to Know Your Camera 23:22
  • Show Notes, External Microphones,  And Filming 26:09
  • Desktop Recording 30:57
  • Import Video 32:30
  • Windows Movie Maker 36:34
  • Making a Title Slide/End Slide 43:13
  • Editing on Windows Movie Maker 50:54
  • Uploading to YouTube 1:13:52
  • Editing in iMovie 1:30:14


Image Editing


Royalty Free Music


Interactive End Slates


Finished Example Videos

Windows Movie Maker  –


iMovie –


My brother’s video game things (Thanks for the microphone and desktop capture software tip!) –




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