Use a Selfie to your Podcast's Advantage

How To Use the Selfie to Your Podcast’s Advantage

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The Sinatra song goes: When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling. Then the whole world smiles at you…

Selfies are big business because you can capture the moment by pointing a camera at yourself. Watching social media I see a lot of people are doing the “Ellen Show selfie” hoping to break a record on Twitter. Unless they have Bradley Cooper taking the picture, Samsung hosting the photo, or Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, or other major stars in it during a prime time event, you’ll most likely not hit that number.

You WILL get noticed, though.

Ellen can selfie, so can you

Ellen can selfie, so can you

A selfie is a great way to capture the moment. Wherever you are and whatever you do. Add a little bit of post-processing (slight blur, highlights, etc) and you could have an image that says what your podcast is about.

Before the Selfie, there was… the Selfie.

We have been taking selfies long before the term was coined and the front-facing camera was invented. As a musician I would go out in the crowd taking pictures of us at gigs. I was known to take a selfie or two.

Even in my podcasts, I have been known to snap pictures while recording. I have also ventured in the basement and taken not only photos, but rolling selfies – a 30 second video of my show.

Geek Smack Logo from Geekazine on Vimeo.

The right picture can become a great cover photo for what you do. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, I am able to speak volumes with a selfie.

Some people call it “Selfish”.  It is also called self-promotion. After all – the podcast is self-promotion in itself. Therefore, a selfie should be a regular part of that.

I decided to do selfies while at SXSW to see what would come of it. Usually I focus more on interviews and snapping quick pictures with my phone or Google Glass. But this year I turned the camera on myself and this is what I got:

Dan Harmon from Community. Simon Helberg from Big Bang Theory. Shaq, Seth Rogan, Michael Pena (American Hustle), Guillermo (Jimmy Kimmel), Jim Breuer, Rosario Dawson, Jason Ritter, and Adam Savage.

Selfie with Adam Savage

Selfie with Adam Savage

I also got a host of other people I know. Whenever I saw Google Glass #teamsky I wanted to take a picture with them. All with smiles – mine and theirs.

With those pictures, I got a lot of comments and likes. Some people wondered where I was. Others congratulated me. And to think – if I was to do what I did a year ago, I wouldn’t have none of those mentions and potential listeners to my podcasts.

Don’t worry if you are not next to Shaq or Seth Rogan to get a Facebook photo. You don’t really need to be by anyone to take a good selfie and promote yourself.

Podcasting can be a lonely profession. Most of us are doing it singularly. Therefore, if you want to take a pictures of yourself you will have to connect a camera and do it yourself.

Chris Pirillo Head

Chris Pirillo Head

Chris Pirillo was a smart selfie person. For a while, his headshot started up all of his articles whether they had media or not. Either a surprised shot, a happy shot, a cur-fuddled shot, or whatever – you started out the post with a smile.

That is why YouTube creator playbook says to create a close up image with an engaging face in it. It doesn’t have to smile but it does have to give you a look that states what the video is about.

In my last article: How an Audio Podcast Can Go Viral I talk about how using the 1280×720 image at the top will help your audio podcasts.

Can an Audio Podcast Go Viral? 5 Ways it Can

Can an Audio Podcast Go Viral? 5 Ways it Can

Did you know you can put pictures into your audio podcast? The cover art is a great way to do that. Instead of putting your artwork in the cover art – next time put a selfie in there. See what happens!

Add your selfie to your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ profiles. A smiling face greeting people to your posts can be the difference on interaction.

Selfies to Your Website Search Results

Did you know you can set up your profile so when you publish an article, your selfie shows up in the Google search?

HTRP Google Result with My Selfie on it

HTRP Google Result with My Selfie on it

Here is what you do:

  1. Set up your Google+ Profile. Within the contact information, you must verify your email.
  2. Another section of Google+ is the Contributor section. Add the websites you write articles for.

    What websites do you contribute to?

    What websites do you contribute to?

  3. In your blog, you must have an Author section. This is an area that allows you to put in code pointing back to your profile. If you are using WordPress, About the Author is a plugin that will help.
    1. Within the About, you must add the “?rel=author” code as a link back to Google+. For me, I would add:
    2. <a href=”https://plus.google.com/u/o/+JeffreyPowers?rel=author”>Google+ Profile</a>
    3. You would change +JeffreyPowers to your unique ID.
  4. Once that happens, your selfie will show up in search!

These are only suggestions on getting more leads. You would be surprised how someone will be attracted to your face when its smiling back at them!

Use a Selfie to your Podcast's Advantage

Use a Selfie to your Podcast’s Advantage

Can an Audio Podcast Go Viral? 5 Ways it Can

Can an Audio Podcast Go Viral? 5 Ways It Can!

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A couple months ago, Stan Alcorn posed the issue that while videos, websites and photos can do it, podcasts might not have the ability to go viral. But that is really not true. While its not as visible as Kimmel’s Twerk hoax, or lovable as a Kitten photo, an audio podcast has not only gone viral before, I believe it can happen again.

Therefore, I propose 5 ways to help an audio podcast go viral.  It may not be as simple as recording a show and posting on iTunes, but if you do it right, anything can happen.

The Audio Podcast That DID Go Viral

There is at least one podcast that has gone viral. To the point that it is in the Guinness Book of World Records. Back in 2011, Adam Carolla didn’t like the fact that Ricky Gervais held the most downloaded podcast (261,000 downloads in a month). Carolla issued a challenge to beat that. Continue reading “Can an Audio Podcast Go Viral? 5 Ways It Can!” »

Category and Taxonomy Podcasting - Does it bring more subscribers?

Category and Taxonomy Podcasting – Does it Bring More Subscribers?

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Some podcasters create multiple RSS feeds for their shows. Mostly feeds that give you different media versions – HD video, SD video, HD audio, low quality audio, etc. Some podcasters only have one media form, so they look for new ways to catalog their podcasts in iTunes.

They turn to using Categories and Taxonomy to give people a new way to find the podcasts. But what are Category and Taxonomy podcasting? Is it worth it to put these ideas into your podcast?

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Category and Taxonomy Podcasting

Category podcasting is where your podcast posts by the category you put it under. For example, in my Day in Tech History podcast, I have sub-categories like “Apple”, “Microsoft”, “Intel”, and more. I have set up a “Day in Tech History – Apple Events” RSS feed and iTunes link.

Taxonomy podcasting is where a “Tag” will put the show into a specific RSS feed. This practice is used for multiple podcasts on one site. Afterbuzz.com uses this process. They have multiple shows on the site. Therefore, if one of the tags is “Apple”, it could go into a special RSS, which would then be shared into iTunes.

Advantages of Category and Taxonomy Podcasting

One advantage to category podcasting is having only one container to put all media in. When I started using Powerpress, I set up Geek Smack! and the Special Media Feed on the same container. Geek Smack! uses the category “Podcast”, while Special Media Feed uses “Special Media Feed” category.

It also gives you the ability to let people skip what they might not care about. In my iPad365 show, I split into 2 categories – Business and Games. If you play games on your iPad, you might not want to know about an app on how to manage your companies books.

What a built-in podcast icon in Windows 8 could look like (Microsoft - you are free to use this)

Disadvantages to Category and Taxonomy Podcasting Continue reading “Category and Taxonomy Podcasting – Does it Bring More Subscribers?” »

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Sony Movie Studio 13 Adds Touchscreen Usability, 4K Video

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Movie Studio 13

Movie Studio 13

Last month, Sony creative software updated their Movie Studio software to version 13. With it, added codecs to produce a 4K video experience (along with 3D stereoscopic video), and the ability to better use Movie Studio with touchscreen enabled computers and tablets. Some items were added and removed, we’re going to go through the list and talk about the updates

Sony Movie Studio comes in 3 Versions – Standard, Platinum and Suite. You can also step up to Sony’s professional video software Acid Movie Maker software, but for a video podcaster, Movie Studio might all you really need to put together quality videos. I have been using the software since 2010 after a bad experience with another competitor.

  • Movie Studio 13 – Create videos for YouTube and Facebook, simple transistions and video effects.
  • Movie Studio 13 Platinum – Simple and Advanced mode, create 3d or 4K movies, personalize with text animations, title rolls, credits and more.
  • Movie Studio 13 Suite – comes with ACID music studio and Sound Forge Audio Studio. Create Ultra HD in XAVCS or AVCHD formats. Multichannel audio for original music.

Get Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum at Amazon

Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13

Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13

Using Movie Studio 13 on a Tablet

With the new version of Movie Studio, you can now utilize a touchscreen or surface tablet. The minimum requirements of Movie Studio is Windows 7 – 32 or 64 bit versions, with 2 Ghz processor or better, 500 MB hard drive space and 512 MB GPU memory.

Upon opening, Movie Studio will be in Simple Mode – no re-sizable panes. By switching to Advanced mode, you can get back to the old feel of the software.

The software made larger buttons for touchscreens, and added the “Fade” option. Before, you could edit video or fade in/out using the corners of the clip. With 13, you must choose Fade or Normal modes to edit clips.

The Good: Sony Creative Movie Studio 13

The new updates allow for better video to be made. When I am ready, I will be able to make 4K video. I can also attach ACID music studio to the program so I can create songs or edit audio when needed. I can put in markers for commands to the video such as headlines, titles, closed caption information, and more.

Move Studio also comes with Slideshow maker. I can easily create picture slideshows for their own videos, or to insert in my creations.

Multiple effects options are available for video and audio. Most audio effects use VST and video effects can be used from other programs like Hitfilm. Bottom line is there are a lot of free effects out there to really enhance your video.

Movie Studio 13 Interface

Movie Studio 13 Interface

4K Options

In the rendering, you can choose Sony XAVC S for larger display viewing. You can choose from 1080 Long-GOP, up to 4K (3840×2160) Long-GOP at 59.94 fps. For a 7 minute video, my machine is looking to spend over 75 minutes on the render.

The Bad: Sony Creative Movie Studio 13

The selection arrow button is completely gone. This was used to select a series of videos using the mouse. Now, for keyboarders, you have to do a shift-select, which might not get all of the clips you need. The click-drag method will not allow you to select clips. Update: found out if you press “D”, it will flip between the modes on the timeline, including selection option.

While the icons are great for touchscreens, they are too big for the desktop user. I sent in a user-request for a button size option.

I also use the trimmer feature on Movie Studio a lot. In Movie Studio 12, the trimmer fit with the Media-explorer-transistions-videoFX window. Now it has its own window, which takes up real estate. You can add it into the main view in advanced mode by Ctrl-clicking.

The only other issue is this software only works on PC. Sony Creative has begun making Mac software, so hopefully further versions will be available for my Macbook.

Overall: Sony Creative Movie Studio 13

Once again, I use it for podcasting, rather than making feature films. One person called the interface “Fisher Price Button Screen”, which I agree in the assessment. Hopefully a further revision will allow me to adjust the size of the buttons and icons. The end result is I can make 7 minute videos with graphics and overlays in about 30-40 minutes a render (using a 2 GB video card). For iPad365 – I can create 3 versions – a full 1080p verson (YouTube), a 720p version (for Roku, AppleTV) and an MP3 audio podcast version.

I have thrown hour long presentations into the editor to improve sound and video, along with created transitions for other videos. For under $100, this software really does an awesome job in making videos. But don’t forget those who still use the desktop to create video…

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MXL’s Mobile Media to Bring Podcasters Awesome Microphones

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I got a chance to talk with Perry Goldstein of MXL Microphones and their newest direction — mobile media. They wanted to put out a line of microphones for podcasters and videographers that will connect to any mobile device and give you high-quality sound.

MXL 770

MXL 770 with Shock Mount

Analog vs. Digital connector

Perry noted they couldn’t focus on digital connectors, due to the fact each device is different. They wanted to have a microphone that will connect and work every time. Therefore, they chose to use the 3.5 mm (1/8″) 3-pole headphone jack to connect the microphones up. Along with audio capture apps, this is the best way to get a full recording. Further, with the adaptor, you can plug in some headphones and listen to what you are recording.

MXL Mobile Media with MM-FR310

MXL Mobile Media with MM-FR310

Types of MXL Microphones

If you head to the website (MXLMics.com), you can see its more than a handheld mic. The MM-VE001 and MM-CM001 are cowboy mounts where you can attach a mobile device, microphone and another attachment (such as a light). Attach the MXL FR-310 shotgun mic, and you’ve improved your sound in live situations. All for under $300.

It’s part of the Videographer’s Essentials Kit

Who Can Use Mobile Media?

While the above picture shows you using to record audio and video, this can be used for audio podcasting just as easily. With a recording app, you can get audio to pull clips or to highlight a keynote.

If you are a budding YouTube podcaster, you can use this as an auxiliary audio feed — especially if you record using a DSLR camera. You can then sync the audio with video into your editor and weave in audio when you need it.

Interview with Perry Goldstein, MXL

This was a great conversation with myself, Perry, and Daniel J. Lewis. We learned a lot of the direction of MXL microphones. I have a few MXL mics myself and use them all the time.

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10 Podcast Resolutions You Can Make (and Keep)

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It’s a new year! The best part about the new year is that you can forget what happened last year and start anew. You can change up your show to hopefully bring in a new or expanded audience. But in order to do it, you must first make the resolution to do it. But what should you change? Hopefully this article will help out. I order what I believe to be the top 10 changes you can make to inject new life in your podcast.

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Change the music to your intro

10. Change the music

Intro and outtro music is one of the best ways to bring new life into a show. Maybe you are looking to brighten up your show a bit – a good intro can change the mood of your podcast.

Did you know you can find intro music for as little as $2 on Pond5? There are many titles to choose from and the music is yours to use for your show (check the full agreement for terms of use).

You can also get a local musician or band to provide intro music. Just ask them! Most are happy to have the publicity.

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9. Setting a new schedule

Have you always recorded on Mondays but feel another day would work better? Make the plan to reschedule your show now!

Television does it all the time for shows. They find by moving the show, the target demographic could get reached. While podcasting doesn’t have a set day-time to consume, you might still get a better audience if you release shows as certain times.

For example – I moved my iPad365 show to release at 4PM on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. These are actually the best times to release a video or audio podcast. Especially on Sunday – 4 PM is a downtime for most as they get ready for the work week. It also doesn’t conflict with prime-time, which still affects anything happening on the Internet.

You never know – people may even talk about your show on Monday morning at the watercooler…

Create a Podcast Intro

Get someone to do a voice-over for you!

8. Get a voiceover to Introduce you

Just like with music, adding another voice to your show might help spruce it up. Did you know you can get someone to give you high quality voiceover scripts with Fiverr.com? For $5, they will read most anything you want. Male, female, english, british or whatever you need for your show.

Get Artwork re-done

Get Artwork re-done

7. New Artwork

When was the last time you updated your show artwork? It might even be time for a new logo altogether. Especially if you haven’t updated your artwork to the iTunes recommended 1400×1400.

Fiverr.com once again is a great resource for getting ideas. You can poll your audience and barter for link love if someone creates something for you.

In 2013, many companies switched to a “Flat” logo look. Basically two colors with no shading or gradients. They also removed the rounded corners to utilize the square logo.

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6. Update Your iTunes Information

Do you have a description on iTunes that has 5-10 words and starts with “A podcast about …” ? Did you know people might be skipping your show simply because the description is lacking?

Let people know how passionate you are! For my Day in Tech History podcast, the first line in my description is “I love history.” A positive and informational description can show how dedicated you are to your podcast.

If you are not comfortable with writing a description, then fear not! Enter in Fiverr again! For $5, you can get someone to write 100-200 word description of your podcast!

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5. Get Honest Reviews and Show them Off!

One thing I always hate is any podcaster that would post in the message boards: “You give me a 5 star rating in iTunes and I’ll do the same for your show.” The point of iTunes rating is to not game the system, but to get honest reviews. People that listen and like your show.

When you do get a review, mention it on your next show. Good or bad (unless the content is NSFW) — because believe it or not, bad reviews bring more people and more reviews. “Hey! I got a review from listener3432 and he says…”

It might be difficult to get a review at first, but keep asking your audience to do it. Eventually, someone will. If no one does, then you might need to re-evaluate how you do your show.

Write a Book

Write a Book

4. Read a Book, Take a Course, or Get Some Help!

No one person knows everything about podcasting. There are a lot of cogs to this machine. If you don’t like the way your microphone sounds – if you don’t know your editing software that well, if you want to add another avenue of promotion to your show – then learn how to do it through books, forums, and one-on-one support.

I always cringe when someone says they want to podcast but don’t do {insert task here}. Most of us podcasters have to put together script, record, post-produce and post our own content. Some pay people to do editing or write posts. Nonetheless, the best way to understand how things work is to get your hands dirty with the task. That way if the world turns up in chaos, you can at least get your show out.

I have two great resources for you – The Podcaster Community at Google+ and my Podcast Coach Help at Google Helpouts. Both of these have free options to ask questions and get help. If you need a book, then check out all the Podcast books at AmazonThere are many options for beginners to those who need a reference manual.

Promote your Podcast

Promote your Podcast

3. Make an Effort to Promote Your Podcast

You might have used Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to promote your show. Did you know that if you put a fun image into your show notes and post on Pinterest, you might get a new audience?

Jennifer loves Reddit — although I personally don’t get into this social network. We are working on a plan to promote my shows through Reddit so it doesn’t feel like I’m spamming the community (which can get me banned).

Earlier this year I realized how spammy my Twitter profile was, so I changed how I used it. Not only did I start personalizing my posts, I also “pruned and grew the tree”. There are still pre-programmed link posts, but this new process has been helping me gain followers that interact. In fact, the last 6 months I was able to add another 1,500 followers to my account while I got rid of all those dead or spammy Twitter accounts.

I also joined Empire Avenue. The best part about this network is people will tell your worth simply by investing in you. This isn’t a measure in your podcast, but it can promote your show to new audiences.

2. Cleanup your Website, Archive Your Shows

Geekazine.com has been in operation for 6 years. In that time, I have moved the website to a new host, added and removed plugins and created thousands of posts for the show. I have also moved my old podcast audio to Archive.org so it has a permanent home. After all – I want to preserve my shows, but how many people listen to a news show from 2008?

There are many plugins I have added and removed from my site. From SEO, to analytics and even plugins that make posting my show easier. Two plugins I use religiously, though.

1. Search and Replace – This is great, especially if you add sponsorship information to a show. I can search for specific text and replace it. If you ever had a sponsor change affiliate companies, this plugin saves a lot of time in finding the bad links. I can also have the plugin look for the old URL of my audio and change it to the new location.

2. SEO Ultimate and the 404 monitor – Broken links are not good for your website. Being able to disable those links within a few clicks saves time and improves your search performance. Especially if your show episodes contain multiple news links.

Ditch Feedburner

Ditch Feedburner

1. Get Off Feedburner

Why is this so important? My latest Helpout call pretty much summed it up. He was concerned his latest episode was not showing up in iTunes. Further, he changed the description because he was in the “New and Noteworthy” section and wanted to optimize as much as possible. However, he had his RSS go through Feedburner and his show had not updated in the last 24 hours.

We went for about 30-40 minutes and I gave him some more information about the process of his show posting. Ultimately, a Feedburner post can take 2-3x longer to post than if it was not there.

An hour after we talked, the changes finally showed up in iTunes.

I’ll tell you another secret — Feedburner is ghosting (on cruise control or whatever you want to call it). That means the site is there, but only gets changed if there is a problem or a critical update that is needed. Looking at the Feedburner website, the last fix happened on 02-2013 and the last blog was when they turned adsense off in 2012.

What that means is if the site has a major crash, you might see longer waits for updates of your podcast – or your iTunes feed get disconnected and your subscribers left out in the cold. If you have any show that runs Expirable content (usually news podcasts where time is of the essence in posting), any delay could mean the loss of hundreds, or even thousands of listeners.

There are other services if you really don’t want to control your RSS feeds. The best situation is to run directly from your self-controlled RSS feed to iTunes. Need help with it — you can always ask on the community or through my Podcast Coach options I mentioned above.

Of course, there are other resolutions you can make for your podcast. The most important thing is to pick one or two so you don’t overwhelm yourself with changes. When you are comfortable with the change, then make another resolution. It doesn’t have to be at the new year.

Here is to your success in podcasting in 2014! Let me know how your show changes this next year!

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Video Software to Record Audio Podcasts – Premiere Pro, Sony Movie Studio, iMovie

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I got a message from a friend who said he had a program die on him. He was trying to figure out why the podcast software was not working (it wouldn’t render) but asked me if there was other software he could use in the interim to get a podcast out.

I knew he did video as well, so I just suggested “why not use the video software?” He agreed and successfully got his podcast out. He then found the problem with his audio software (bad .dll) and didn’t miss any deadline.

I started thinking about this: which is the best software to use in a pinch? Adobe? Sony? iMovie? So I started creating podcasts in the video programs to see what happens.

Especially if you decide to create audio versions of video podcasts. I do this all the time with iPad365, TWIGG and Geek Smack! It only takes a couple minutes more and can bring me just as much traffic as a video version.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro to Record a Podcast

I pulled up my Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 to attempt a podcast. It was easily done – simply remove all video tracks and you have an audio editor. Make sure you set an audio source, arm the track for record and podcast! You can also bring in your audio files from another recorder (like an H6 or other digital recorder).

Pros: You can record and mix, splice audio and apply effects to the files (like compression, EQ and more). You can also run this software on a Mac or PC.

Cons: Adobe software is (at times) hard to navigate through. The process to arm and record is fragmented, as the video shows. Worst part – you cannot do anything while the recording – playback is happening. If you wanted to move a file or splice content, the playback stops.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum

Sony Movie Studio Platinum

Sony Movie Studio to Record a Podcast

Next up is Sony Movie Studio for podcasting. The interface is very similar to their Music Studio and Acid software. Once again you have to set your audio sources or bring in audio files from a recorder.

Pros: The interface is exactly the same. You can put effects on the file, on the track AND on the Master so you can get a great sound with whatever recording you have. The software also allows you to edit while it’s playing – move and splice tracks together, then go back to the spot to hear what it sounds like.

You can also set up an MP3 profile in the render area — complete with simple ID3 tags. When I put together iPad365, I can render the audio right from the program to post.

Movie Studio is also sub $100 software.

Cons: The software is for PC only. Sony only has one piece of software for Mac based systems (Sound Forge).

iMovie for iPhone, iPad

iMovie

iMovie for Audio Podcasts?

I have tried to do one, but iMovie is not made for creating MP3 files. In fact, there is no way to turn it into an MP3 directly. Best practice is to import the file into Garageband, Audcity, Adobe Audition or another program to create a MP3, OGG or another format.

Overall

There is no real advantage to using video editing software for podcasts. This is just a “If it happens” situation. However, you could also set up a camera and record video at the same time, then convert to MP4 and MP3.

Is there another video creation software I should consider? If so, let me know!

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FilmOn.TV is Selling Your Podcast

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FilmOn.tv

Last night I was informed a website – Filmon.tv - is selling your podcast for .99 cents or more. The FilmOn.tv website states you can watch local channels in the US and Canada. However, digging deeper, we found an area that has hundreds of podcasts for sale in HD.

The website’s front page has several TV channels — from sports, kids stuff and movies to music in different genres. The social area allows you to do one-on-one video chats or broadcasts.

This service is also available on iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices through apps.

Who / What is FilmOn?

Filmon.tv is connecting to live channels such as WGN and KDOC in Los Angeles, C-TV and AMI TV in Canada and more. The service has been running since 2009, rebranding and playing ads over on-air content. Owned by Alki David, he is a heir to the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and owns three TV channels himself.

FilmOn Litigations

This website has already been to court, having injunctions for broadcasting CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX have all been awarded temporary restraining orders, but FilmOn’s lawyers have been counter-suing claiming they are streaming “Over the Air” signals similar to Aereo.

FilmOn is Turning to Stealing Podcasts as DVR Content

However, it’s the Subscriptions/alacarte channel that is the most problematic for podcasters. Hundreds of podcasts for sale to “Watch and record in HD” in DVR style at 99 cents a show. Most of these podcasts are not even video podcasts and some shows are free to download anyway!

Shows such as WTF with Marc Maron, The Soup and Chelsea Lately by E-Online, Adam Corolla show and more.

You might think your podcast doesn’t fall on this list. However, I found several shows that you might not expect. My Day in Tech History podcast was in this list; a show that gets only a couple hundred downloads a day because of its specific genre. Fellow podcaster Todd Cochrane’s Geek News Central is another show in the list.

These join podcasts by TWiT, Geek Beat, This American Life and other shows you might find on iTunes, Stitcher and more. All shows that seem to fall in top 10 lists on iTunes and Stitcher. I would expect as they grow, more shows will be added.

FilmOn.TV’s DMCA page

The most hilarious part is their DMCA page they have up. It states (at the beginning):

FilmOn.com does not tolerate any copyright infringement on the site

It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In addition, we will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of those determined by us to be “repeat infringers”. If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof, and you believe that any content hosted on our web site www.FilmOn.com [3]) infringes your copyrights,then you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing FilmOn.com’s Designated Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (please consult your legal counsel or see 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c)(3) to confirm these requirements):

It goes on to state YOU have to provide a letter with signature that proves you are the content owner and you want the content to be taken down.

The Gall…

Gordon Firemark - TV, Film and New Media Lawyer

Gordon Firemark – TV, Film and New Media Lawyer

What You can Do to Prevent Your Show to be on FilmOn

You could fill out the DMCA takedown. Another action is to state your copyright in your podcast and on your website. I consulted Gordon Firemark on this issue and he stated:

A cease and desist letter might work, but it also gives ‘em time to circle the wagons. Not only are they redistributing content without licenses, they’re rebranding it with their logo/bug. Copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and a few other potential claims.

I will follow this case as we go and any subsequent legal action by fellow podcasters. We do have a FULL DISCUSSION on the Podcasters Community at G+

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How Winamp’s Demise Hurts Podcasters

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Update: There is a rumor that Microsoft may be bidding to acquire Nullsoft, Winamp and Shoutcast. 

For most of us early podcasters, we either knew about or applied Winamp for our shows. The Shoutcast service allowed us to put together a playlist and send it out via our Internet connections. However, AOL has decided to shutter Nullsoft and the once popular Winamp service. So what do podcasters do now?

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Winamp

What (was) Winamp?

Winamp started in 1997 as an alternative player to the horrible media players that Windows and Mac put out. It would play audio files the others wouldn’t. You could organize your music and even skin the player to look cool.

Shoutcast

Winamp also contained SHOUTcast – a way to stream your audio or video to other people. Online radio stations popped up quickly with Shoutcast. I remember seeing a lot of “Family Guy” channels where I could watch episodes of the FOX cartoon. Of course with that, also brought illegal peer-to-peer movies (which I also watched a few of those).

AOL bought Nullsoft and Winamp in 1999. Since then, they were operating as the alternate media player for your Windows XP, Mac OSX and Linux OSes.

Shoutcast

Shoutcast

How Winamp Helped Podcasting

In 2004, podcasters looked to multiple avenues to push their shows. With bandwidth and storage being rather expensive in 2005, some podcasters tried the online stream option. They would buy a second internet connection (like a DSL service) and set up a SHOUTcast server.

Listeners (or viewers) would consume the content there. The only limitation was how many could connect to your server. If your podcast was 32 kbps, only 4 people could listen at a time (DSL bandwidth upload speeds = 128 kbps). A Cable Internet connection was about 1.5 Mbps, so a 32 kbps podcast could be listened to by a lot more people at once.

Since SHOUTcast streamed, the audio would play even if no one was connected to the service.

The Changing Troposphere of Media

Streaming services uStream, Livestream and Justin.TV started taking over video. Services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple’s iRadio manage online music consumption. Services like Stitcher push your shows via mobile devices. YouTube and Hangouts work with getting other content out there for podcasters.

At one place of work, we setup a SHOUTcast to work so people could listen to music at their desks. Nowadays, iTunes music sharing can do the same thing.

So the once useful Winamp found itself being pushed aside for newer products. Once the “Llama” service that kicked ass was getting kicked in the ass…

How You Can Still Use Winamp

Although the service is shuttering, you can still use Winamp on your machines. Eventually it might not install on newer operating systems, but for now you can set up a computer with Winamp and SHOUTcast services to push your audio files.

You have until December 20 to download the Winamp software. After that, the site will be shut down.

Hopefully, we’ll get Winamp in Open Source so we can continue to whip the llama’s ass. Until then, you better get downloading…

Icecast

Icecast

Are There Shoutcast Alternatives?

Oh heck yes. You can set up a machine without Shoutcast to stream. The software just made the process a little easier. Icecast is still in Beta but a stable software for streaming. Ampache is a web-based streaming software. You can also use Dropbox to stream audio and video (as long as you don’t abuse the option).

You can also pay some $$ to get software that allows you to stream audio and video. There are multiple companies that will do this. You will need to pull out your pocketbook, though.

Nullsoft and Winamp did us good. Lets hope the service does go open source or is bought by someone else. There is a lot of good uses for this software – especially in an internal company situation.

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