|These equipment packages
are helpful for recording quality audio to be used for podcast
programming. Academic Technologies is
in the process of testing out various equipment packages, and will
offer some packages for checkout. However, if you plan to produce
podcasts on a regular basis, you MAY want to purchase your own
equipment. A good online resource for purchasing is http://bswusa.com. Telephone them and tell them you are an educational purchaser to receiver a better price than is posted on their website.
using the right type of equipment for your needs, you'll also need
software for recoding to your computer, editing your audio file,
software for video production, and file conversion software (helpful).
You can find a list of suggested software for recording, editing, and
producing your podcasts on the Podcasting Software page.
Here are some suggestions for equipment setup, depending upon the type of recording:Audacity. Also, we have a room setup for professional recordings, with a good quality microphone and sound mixer, along with Audacity software for your use.)
You can also easily use one of the Zoom H-2s or H-4s, placing the digital recorder on a table close to your voice and your audience. It's best to test this out and listen beforehand, but once you get the settings how you like it, you should be able to reproduce this in several classrooms. While you could set up more elaborate equipment, this would be a cost-effective and VERY EASY way to record your podcast. Of course, you would probably want to edit it afterward.
Don't forget that podcasts can be converted from just about any mutlimedia file, videos included. So, you can use a digital video camera with a bult-in microphone and record a decent video. You can use various software applications, such as Window Movie Maker or iMovie to edit and save the video and then use a file converter program to turn those files into the video format used by iTunes: H.264 or commonly known as an mpg4 file. Academic Technologies has digital video cameras you can borrow.
These recommendations are provided as a general guide, and do not represent all possible or reasonable options. Similar equipment is available from a wide variety of manufactures and vendors. Generally, the suggested price ranges will be fairly consistent among different manufactures of similar equipment.