My son and I used iLife06 today to create our first video podcast. In the podcast he explains the background, procedures, results and conclusions from his 2005/2006 2nd grade science project he entitled, “Will Solar Energy Change Us?”
His presentation is available as both a video podcast and a special episode audio podcast (MP3 format) on his class podcast feed, the Mills Murfee Podcast. The podcast is 7 minutes and 31 seconds long.
The procedures for this were pretty straightforward using iMovie, Garageband and iWeb, included in the iLife06 suite of applications. Our steps were:
- Importing and editing the video in iMovie. (We used the new “theme” feature at the beginning for fun, which is similar to those available in iDVD)
- Adding chapter markers in iMovie.
- Exporting the iMovie to Garageband 3.
- Adding an opening music file as background music, and lowering the volume level once his presentation started.
- Exporting the file from Garageband as a podcast to iWeb.
- Editing the podcast description title and text, and the podcast entry information in iWeb.
- Publishing everything to .Mac using iWeb.
I was hoping iLife06 would have tools for creating an enhanced podcast straight from iMovie or Garageband, using the chapter marker images we had created, but it apparently won’t do that. Basically you can either create audio podcasts or video podcasts, but not enhanced podcasts. I thought about using the ChapterTool to create an enhanced podcast but it looked like too much trouble. From Garageband, you can choose SHARE – SEND SONG TO iTUNES to send the video podcast into your own iTunes library. Alternatively, if you select SHARE – SEND PODCAST TO iWEB your video podcast is exported and opened in iWeb where you can edit your page and publish it to .Mac or another website for which you have FTP access.
There does not appear to be any direct way in iLife06 to convert a video podcast (using iMovie, Garageband, iTunes, or even QuickTime Pro) into a mp3 file. We used Audio Hijack Pro to make the conversion. For audio-only Garageband files, you can still export them to iTunes, where you can convert them to MP3.
The published video podcast does include nice chapter marker links after the video file loads in the browser. Quite nice for a first effort we think. We certainly had fun making it, and the steps were (as they should be) fairly easy to figure out. 🙂
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