The Podcasts tool allows you to quickly and easily create podcasts from your audio or video files. These podcasts can be made available directly on your site, or broadcast to any user that wishes to subscribe to your podcast.
Podcasting is simple way of broadcasting a series of related audio or video files over the Internet. A podcast consumer, in most cases, has a piece of software, called a "pod catcher" that will automatically download the audio or video files to their computer. iTunes® is a popular pod catcher, but not the only program for this purpose. Consumers then have control over when they listen to the podcast, unlike traditional streaming media (e.g., AM radio). Most consumers use a portable media device (e.g., an iPod) to listen to podcasts, but they can also listen to the podcasts directly on their home computers as well. Consumers can subscribe to a podcast with an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed that will automatically add new content to their computer or media device.
FILE TYPES & FORMATS: The Podcasts tool allows the uploading of files of any format. It is designed to allow the provision of any type of content (.wav, .jpg, etc.) to site members via syndication feeds that are distributed over the Internet. File types are deliberately not restricted in order to encourage innovation. However, the podcatching software used to receive files from the podcast tool may not be able to recognise and receive all file types. Before podcasting files other than commonly recognised formats such as mp3, it is suggested that suitable podcatching software is recommended for users.
Training docmentation has been developed to assist you in the use of this tool - Podcast Training (.pdf)