SLS: Young Podcasting Storytellers

SLS: Young Podcasting Storytellers

By Spreaker Live Show

Spreaker Live Show #138 for Dec 13th, 2017

Show Duration: 30 minutes

Host: Rob Greenlee, Head of Content, Spreaker @robgreenlee - rob(at)spreaker(dotcom)
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Show Today:
- Podcasting Meets YouTube + Comicon from Podcon in Seattle
- Editing Audio via Text Editing is HERE
- Planning Your Podcast Script

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On the show today:

Podcon: Who are the Young Creative Storytellers and Why are they Important to Podcasting 2017: Most attendees were all very young, new and enthusiastic about podcasting. Was a really interesting event. It uncovered a whole new genre "Young Creative Storytellers" community in podcasting.

Podcon could easily become the largest podcasting event next year, even bigger than Podcast Movement, but got a sense that maybe the first year event was not big enough for its VIDCON organizers.

Yet, this is sea change and scale of this community that combines YouTube + Comicon + Podcasting + Character Fans will transform podcasting community as we know it in just a few years.

This community is largely female and ready to write and tell entertaining and emotional stories to passionate fan/communities that are willing to dress up in costumes of the characters in the stories being told in podcasts of the next generation. This is even larger potential impact then when the comedians joined podcasting in 2009. Audio theater of the mind has been rebirthed in a new generation.

Not a single person we talked to 300 plus wanted to do sports, business, tech to a person all wanted to do storytelling shows like lore etc. this was one of the most refreshing events in a very long time. W need more storytellers and this audience will generate the next serial, lore etc..

Editing Audio via Text Editing is HERE

Service is called “Descript”, only supports MAC today - you can request to be added to a list requesting a windows version.

Launched with a $5M seed investment from Andreesen Horowitz VC.

Descript is taking advantage of the recent explosion in speech recognition accuracy to press the reset button on how talk-driven media is being created and edited.

1. Audio Word Processing
View voice audio files as text instead of waveforms — and then edit the audio by editing text. Cleaned up by simply editing the script at 15 cents a minute = 45 min show costs = $6.75 cents, but does not correct any space or other audio issues, so you will need to do a second round of editing in a wave editor too.

2. Fast/Cheap/Accurate Transcription (by robots or humans, as needed)

Fast. Transcripts in under five minutes.
Cheap. Just 7¢ per minute of audio— pricing details here.
Accurate. Up to 95% accurate,

3. Waveform Editor with a special trick
For fine-tuned trims and crossfades, Descript has a full-featured waveform editor. It’s got something you won’t find anywhere else — the Word Bar. Just grab a word tab to add/remove silence between words:

4. Web Publishing and Commenting
Publish your Descript composition to the Web, and share the link with friends and colleagues, who can listen and leave comments, Google Docs style. If you’ve ever had to give feedback on an audio file, you’ll love this a lot. See a live demo here.

5. Non-destructively export to other audio apps
After you’re done editing in Descript, you can export your session to a format that can be read by Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, and most other Digital Audio Workstations. That means it will preserve the original audio file, and all of your edits will be visible when you open it in the DAW.

Today’s Descript — a single-track voice audio editor with automated transcription — is the tip of the iceberg. With a little imagination, you can guess where we’re going — a ground-up reimagining of how people create talk-driven media.

Planning Your Podcast Script

The big question is whether you should or shouldn’t plan your podcast script and there are people who sit in both camps. Some believe that scripted podcasts make speech feel stiff and rehearsed, others believe it’s the key to being confident, concise and keeping the content flowing.

The answer is to plan, but to plan right, as it is almost impossible to create great content without some sort of planning.

No need for a rigid script which you follow word for word, you can create a guide which gives you pointers and leads you through your topics. The power of planning is that it ensures captivating content which hooks listeners and keeps you focused.

A clear summary
To get started you need to look at the bigger picture – what are the main ideas and themes you want to cover during your podcast? Start by getting the central ideas down on paper and use them to branch out into smaller subcategories –

Write how you talk
Once you have your ideas clear, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty, the writing, and there are lots of tools out there to help you get your writing in order.

Show Your Style
Whilst re-reworking your script you need to remember that you have a very short window in which to grab listeners attention. Your intro should pack with a punch and immediately deliver your podcast’s personality and style.

first impression’ – which means you literally have seconds to convince your audience that you’re worth listening to.

Giving your podcast character and individuality is what will create a bond between you and listeners; write with a friendly style and avoid using complicated terminology which could cause listeners to lose interest.

Refine it to Perfection
The final step in getting your podcast ready for broadcast is refining it until you feel confident that it delivers with power. One of the best ways to be sure is to read your text aloud. Reading text aloud means you will become more familiar with the material, giving you more confidence and it will highlight any weaknesses or errors so you can rework them until perfection. So get reading and get perfecting!

What is clear is that great podcasts are never accidental but that different types of podcasts require different levels of preparation. Whatever your podcast style – organization will allow you to feel prepared with information to hand – adding confidence to your presentation and allowing your podcast to soar!

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