January 1, 2006

Podcast troubles.

Sorry, I had to take the new podcast down. I've got a technical problem with it that I can't seem to overcome. Not the way I really want to spend New Year's Day!

MORE: The problem is that the file size is coming out much too large, around 50 MB instead of 10. I'm using MP3, and I've set it to the lowest quality and to mono. I can't think of anything else to do!

UPDATE: Problem solved... I think.

15 comments:

Karl said...

Is it a compression issue? Does the new computer have LAME, or a similar MP3 encorder, installed?

-kd

chuck b. said...

Maybe try whispering instead of using your normal conversational voice.

AJD said...

One idea: get a life.

These podcasts are super indulgent and really lame.

Your technological problem is a blessing in disguise.

Move on.

Ann Althouse said...

Things I can see how to set: bit rate, sample rate, "smart encoding adjustments"...

Patrick said...

You might want to check out dBpoweramp , they have a really good compression tool. Just record your podcast and run the dBpoweramp, you can set the bitrate etc.

brylin said...

Let me preface this by saying that I'm no expert.

See Making your own Podcast on a Mac (scroll almost halfway down).

Most non-music mp3s I've seen (audio books, etc.) have a bitrate of 32 and a sampling rate of 44.1. The higher the bitrate the better quality of the sound. For example, for music, 128 is the minimum and 320 is great. The sampling rate is important because some players cannot read other sampling frequencies.

It would be helpful to know the name of the software you are using. In the above link there are free programs for the Mac available by download.

Ron said...

Ann, you can set the bitrate really low, as speech doesn't need a high bit rate. Try doing that with the sampling rate as well...

brylin said...

Here's an Apple web page entitled Creating Audio Podcasts on Mac OS X.

Decklin Foster said...

You could always use Ogg!

But if you don't want to, use LAME's variable-bitrate (VBR) mode. It will automatically use less space for voice-only recordings since there is less information to compress. (Ogg always does this, unless you force it not to.)

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks. I'm not looking to change the software. Garage Band and iTunes should be right and were right with my old computer. There's just something different in the settings that's confusing me.

reader_iam said...

I THINK THIS WILL FIX IT!

Hi, Ann:

Open iTunes, click the Preferences... item in the iTunes menu, and then click the Advanced tab. Now select the Importing sub-tab. Set the Import Using: selection to MP3 Encoder. For Setting: choose Custom...

I checked your settings from podcast #23, and you previously had it set to use 32Kbps bit rate and 11.025KHz sample rate.

If you go back to those settings, everything should be OK.

Good Luck!
reader_iam's techie/musician husband

EddieP said...

Anti Shrek

Couldn't you hold your maudlin comments for just one day?

Ann Althouse said...

Eddie: He's spreading the love for the new year....

Hey! Problem solved.... at least for #29. Check it out (next post).

Verification wor: ggroocy. Used in a sentence: After fixing my technical problem, I'm feelin' ggroocy. Da da da da da da da. Feelin' ggroocy.

ReaderIam: Ah! I didn't think of checking that. Great. Ggroocy!

reader_iam said...

I'll pass it on to DH, who truly and actually did write that comment.

Hey, I just realized, that may be DH's first comment ever on something other than a purely tech-y message board or a guitar board! Wow!

He's having a "hero" day (he was the one who got up before almost everyone else this morning, let out the dogs in two separate households, and made the morning-after-the-night-before Starbucks run for a tray of super-sized cappuccinos).

I know he'll be pleased it worked.

Happy New Year, by the way!

Ann Althouse said...

Iam: I had already figured out to go into that custom area, but I was just guessing at what numbers and then converting to see how it sounded and how big the files were -- trial and error. Getting the actual numbers from the old file was really nice.