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How to Record a Video Podcast (Remotely) in 5 Steps


How to Record a Video Podcast (Remotely) in 5 Steps

Video is dominating the content world and this is no different with podcasts. 57% of podcast listeners prefer video and this trend is only growing. 

Now’s clearly the time to learn how to record a video podcast.

If you’re an audio-only podcaster, you might feel a little lost with what to do. Maybe, you feel like podcasts are audio-based in their origin and that video is a whole lot of extra work. You don’t have to give up your audio podcast, and adding video is easier than you think. Not only can it enhance your show, but it can increase your audience. 

This blog will teach you how easy it is to record a video alongside your audio podcast. We cover all the equipment and software you need plus share all the steps to creating a studio-quality video recording.

What Is a Video Podcast?

A video podcast incorporates a visual element into the traditional podcast format, which is a digital audio file available for streaming or downloading, usually as part of a series, with new installments that are automatically updated for subscribers. The advantage of using video as well as audio is building a deeper connection with your audience, as well as obtaining more content for repurposing across other platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Different Ways To Record A Video Podcast


A video podcast can be recorded in person, whether in a studio or elsewhere. If you’re recording in a studio, you can set up a couple of chairs around a desk, with a camera recording each desk, like the Lewis Howes School of Greatness Podcast. If you host a more dynamic podcast that involves being out in public and perhaps interviewing passersby, like the One Minute Podcast by Sneako, you could set up a small desk and a handheld mic with a camera on a tripod. 

Online with remote guests

Video podcasts can also be recorded online, which is especially useful if you want to record from 2 different locations with a co-host or a guest, like the Gonna Geek podcast. This means that your podcast guests and co-hosts aren’t limited by your physical vicinity. 


You could also record a video podcast through a live stream to various platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch. This gives your listeners the ability to interact with you in real-time, developing a more connected and loyal community and creating a more dynamic show. On most platforms, live streams can then be uploaded permanently for anyone who missed them or who prefers to watch in their own time.  

YouTube Solo 

In a solo podcast, you are addressing your audience, rather than speaking with a co-host or a guest. It’ll feel like you’re talking directly to them, creating a personal connection, and video can enhance this experience, too. You can record a captivating solo video podcast by setting up a camera, looking directly into the viewfinder while recording, and simply uploading it to YouTube. The Jenna+Julien Podcast has started using this format lately.


A webinar-style podcast establishes you as the authority on whatever topic you are discussing. The video could be of significant advantage in explaining various concepts, especially if you want to show certain tools or display any graphs or data - certain remote recording software, like Riverside, allow you to share your screen, which you could even use to do a presentation.

What do you need to record a video podcast?

In order to hit the ground running with the best video podcast, you’ll want to make sure you have all your various pieces of equipment on hand. You could have the most riveting content in the world, but if your audience can barely hear it or see you, it won’t matter. 



First and foremost, pick a microphone that’s best suited to your needs. Research has shown that audio quality is significantly more important than video quality. The most suitable mic will vary according to what type of podcast you’re recording. 

For example, if you are recording remotely using your laptop, a USB mic with a cardioid pattern (sensitive to sound coming from the front, but not the sides or back) would be a good fit. The Rode NT-USB and the Blue Yeti are popular options, and the Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB also has an XLR plug, should you move on to using a mixer down the line. 

On the other hand, if you’re recording a two-person podcast in a studio with your co-host, you’ll need two XLR microphones. It’s not easy to have more than one USB microphone into one computer, so you’ll need a USB audio interface or mixer with as many XLR inputs as you have hosts - ideally more to account for any guests you may have. Try the Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Microphones or the Rode Procaster for a more advanced option, paired with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface for 2 XLR inputs, or for 4 XLR inputs, the Behringer Xenyx Q1202USB mixer or the Tascam US-4×4 USB interface.

Note: a mixer doesn’t have multi-track output to your computer, meaning you won’t be able to edit each person’s audio separately. If you want this, use a USB interface.

Ideally, you should invest in a mic stand, shock-mount, and windscreen/pop filter for each mic, too.


Next, decide how you will record the video element. 

If you’re recording remotely, the easiest option is to use your built-in webcam. Most modern webcams are relatively high-quality, and if you use recording software that records locally, it won’t be subject to any pixelation due to glitches on the internet, anyway. 

If you’re recording in person, be sure to choose a camera that’s compatible with a tripod - the vast majority are, but you don’t want to be taken by surprise. If you already have a camera with video recording capabilities of 1080p - 4K, you could start with that. Otherwise, consider investing in a camcorder specifically for your podcast. 

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a great semi-professional option with a high bit rate of 100Mbps at 4K. It has a powerful zoom lens and incredibly fast auto-focus, which will save half you from having half your show be a blurry mess. It also has a Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Microphone, so that if anything goes wrong with your audio, you could likely use the camcorder audio without impacting the quality too much.

For a more entry-level option, consider the Panasonic HC-V770, and comes in two quality options - Full HD or 4K resolution.

Remember that the audio quality of the camera you choose doesn’t matter so much as you’ll be using the audio from your microphone. If you’re a beginner podcaster you could even use your iPhone on a tripod. 


A good pair of headphones allows you to pick up on any sounds affecting your audio, and to hear the podcast’s audio the way your audience will. There would be nothing worse than recording the whole episode, only to find out the audio was muffled, but you didn’t know because you weren’t listening to your own recording. Over-the-head headphones tend to be the best option, as they are better at canceling out noise and generally provide better sound quality. They are also more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

For a budget-friendly yet high-quality option, try the Audio-Technica ATH-M30X. They’re astonishingly similar to their much higher-price-point counterpart, the M50X. For a more professional option, go for the Bose QuietComfort 25. The noise-canceling technology is impressive and the lightweight, comfortable design makes them wearable for long periods of time.


Lighting can make a huge difference to the quality of video and helps to control the outcome in spite of location, weather, and other external factors. If you are recording a solo podcast or a remote podcast through webcams, the most budget-friendly solution is to make sure you are sitting with a light source in front of you, be it the window or a lamp, and never behind you. 

For more advanced studio setups, invest in some lighting equipment. A 3-point CFL Lighting kit is a good budget option. Place the two large softboxes in front and the overhead softbox above and slightly behind for professional 3-point lighting.

Alternatively, invest in remote-controllable, LED lighting. The Aputure Amaran HR672 LED lighting kit has a high CRI, producing great color, plus a wireless remote control that adjusts brightness and power, batteries included and chargeable whilst in use, as well as a compact design.

If you’re in need of mobile lighting set up, try the Aputure AL-F7. This portable LED light offers temperature-adjustable, flicker-free lighting that can be used on the go.

Can I record a video podcast on my phone?

While using a proper camera and microphone might be better, for those recording on the go it's not always ideal to carry all this equipment. The good news is that you can record a video podcast straight from your phone. Some phone cameras are high-quality and record in 4K which means you don't even have to lose out on top video resolution. For recording a podcast on your phone we recommend you try Riverside's mobile app. iPhone users can host a video recording with up to 8 participants and their guests can join from any Android or iPhone device.


Recording Software (Audio & Video for Remote)

Firstly, you’ll need software to record your audio. This best option will, again, depend on what type of podcast you’re recording. 

On Location

If you are recording a solo podcast from a home studio, then you can take your pick from a host of good recording software that you install on your computer. If you’re using a mac, the native GarageBand app will do the job for simple edits, while PC/Windows users can download Audacity for free for a similar experience. If you’re looking for a more advanced audio recording software, try Reaper, with a one-time payment of $60, or Adobe Audition at $20.99/month. 


If you’re recording a remote podcast interview or a video podcast from 2 locations with your co-host, you’ll need remote podcast recording software that still offers high-quality audio. 

You could record a conferencing app and record a Zoom or Skype call, but this leaves you at the mercy of your internet connection, which could mean pixelated visuals and robotic audio, if not total cut-offs. 

Moreover, every participant will have to download and/or update the app, which is generally an inconvenience and might not leave the best impression if you’re inviting big-shot guests to your show.

A more reliable alternative is, the only podcast-specific software that records audio and video locally, plus lets you live stream across social media platforms. Your recordings with Riverside will be unaffected by any connectivity issues you may encounter. Audio is uploaded in WAV format, with each participant’s track uploaded as a separate file for easy and customizable editing. Not to mention that inviting guests is as easy as sending them a link to join the show.

Video Editing Software

Whether you’re going for high-production-value visuals or a straightforward video podcast, you’ll need video editing software at the very least to attach your audio file to your visual files, and to cut out any dead time or mishaps. iMovie on Mac or Da Vinci Resolve for Mac and PC are totally free options that’ll do the job for cuts, transitions, and aligning your audio with your visuals. If you’re looking to invest more into your video content, purchase Final Cut Pro (Mac only) or Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac and Windows).

Audio editing software

Many audio-recording software solutions also have editing features, including GarageBand and Audacity. Both are simple, intuitive options for editing alone, too, should you have recorded your audio elsewhere, for example on Riverside for a remote interview. These basic tools should do the trick for any nips and cuts before you upload your podcast episodes.

How Do I Record and Create a Video Podcast?

Follow these steps to create your video podcast:

  1. Set up your Studio
  2. Record your podcast
  3. Edit your video recordings
  4. Publish your video podcast
  5. Promote your video podcast

Watch the video below to get started or read on for a full in-depth guide on how to record and create a video podcast.

1. Set Up Your “Studio” 

1. Set up cameras for your video podcast

Setting up for success involves more than just sticking your camera on a tripod and hitting record. You have to think in advance about what type of experience you want your audience to have. 

You could use one camera and film from a wider perspective to include yourself and your co-host. Or, set up multiple cameras to get different angles for a more dynamic experience. 

Then, you’ll also want to charge your batteries ahead of your show, and ideally a couple of backup batteries too. Wipe your SD cards (after you’ve backed them up, of course), and make sure you choose a size that’s big enough to record your whole episode without cutting off in the middle. 

Then, set the camera(s) upon a tripod, and ideally have someone sitting in the podcasting seat so you can see what it’ll look like and ensure the framing and angle are correct. 

If you’re recording remotely, wipe a dry cloth over your webcam to remove any fingerprints or marks that could affect the quality.

2. Arrange lights for your video podcast

Whichever lighting you choose to go with, the most important factor is maximizing lighting in front of you, and minimizing any lighting behind you. Close your curtains to avoid outside weather causing fluctuations in the image, and be selective about any lights you keep on in the room. 

If you do choose to use 3 point lighting, follow this structure:

Place the key light at four o’clock. This should be on the brightest setting, providing the bulk of light.

Place the fill light at eight o’clock. This should be set at half the intensity of the key light, to eliminate shadows without producing a flat-looking shot.

Place the backlight somewhere between the two, and ideally a bit above, separating the subject from the background - this is what adds depth to the show. The backlight can be hard (i.e. no diffusion) since it won’t create any shadows on the subject’s face that are visible to the camera.

Related article: A Complete Guide For How to Create Professional Video Lighting

3. Hook up your podcast microphones and/or audio mixer

If you’re using a mixer, follow these steps:

  1. Firstly, think about the placement of your mixer. You’ll want it a short reach away, so make sure you have space nearby on your desk. 
  2. Next, shut down your computer, connect the power supply to the back of the mixer, and plug it into a wall socket or power strip. 
  3. Plug the mixer into your computer via a USB or FireWire cable (depending on what you’re using). 
  4. Connect all your input devices to the mixer (mainly microphones and headphones). 
  5. Switch on your mixer using the Main Power and Phantom Power switches. 
  6. Start your computer.

If you’re recording remotely, ensure that your external mic is selected as the input, and plug in your headphones to test the audio and adjust the gain accordingly.    

4. Decorate your video podcast set

Decorating your set will not only create a more pleasant ambiance and a more engaging experience for the viewer, but it is also an opportunity to involve some powerful branding elements that signal the legitimacy of your podcast. 

For example, you could have a custom neon sign made with your podcast’s name, and have it hanging between your two podcasting chairs. You could also hang up fan artwork to create a greater sense of community with your audience. Plants are also a classic way to make a space seem more lively, although it will all depend on the nature of your podcast. 

If your show involves reviewing WWF fights, then it would be fitting to hang up pictures of boxing legends. If your podcast is all about baking, then having a little cart stacked with classic baking gear in the frame would be fitting. 

If you’re feeling stuck, try this exercise: imagine your show was on mute, and someone had to gauge the content of your podcast, would it be more or less conveyed by your set?  

2. Record your  Podcast

How to record In-person

Once your equipment is all set up, open up your recording software. Double-check the input to be sure it’s connected to your external microphone. Record a 10-second clip to double-check the audio, video, and lighting. Once you’re sure everything is in place, then hit record on your camera, then your microphone, and get going!

How to Record Remotely

If you’re recording your podcast remotely with guests or co-hosts in separate locations, your process will be a bit different.

Desktop (Mac or PC)

Should you choose to use a podcast-specific software like you won’t have to download any software. Just follow these steps to record your video podcast with two or more hosts:

  1. Open your browser and log in to your account and create the show.
  2. Invite your guests and by sending them a link. In total you can invite 7 participants.
  3. Test your mic and camera and then join the studio.
    In the studio you’ll be able to see which inputs everyone is using, so give them a little reminder if they’ve forgotten to switch from their in-built microphone to their external one.
  4. Double-check that everyone can hear one another and review the quality of the video. You can manually select which frame rate and quality you want, up to 4K. You can also invite a producer to monitor the audio throughout the show so that you can focus on the conversation.
  5. You’re good to go! Start recording your video podcast.

If you’d rather record your remote video podcast from your mobile, consider using the iOS and Android mobile app. Your audio and video quality will be independent of the internet connection, so the quality of the recording will be top-notch.

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3. Edit your video recordings

It’s best to edit and polish your recordings so your video podcast looks and sounds completely professional. 

If you’ve recorded your podcast on remote recording software you might be able to make editing touches on the same platform. For example, Riverside has a text-based Editor that’s great for for beginners and pros alike. Riverside uses Ai transcriptions so you can edit your videos as easily as editing a text transcript. You can also automatically cancel out background noise, customize your video podcast with a logo and branding as well as create quick shareable clips

While automatic editing functions save time and are easier to use, you might still want more control in editing your video podcast. In this case, we recommend recording in separate tracks and using specialized editing software. 

Some popular video podcast editing software includes:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audacity (for audio adjustments only)
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 
  • LightWorks

Check out our list of the best video editing software to find out more about what software is best for you.

Based on whether you’ve recorded remotely or in person, you’ll have to either download or upload your recordings to your desktop so you can use it with your editing software. Make sure that your recording files are in a compatible format that works with your editing software.

In terms of editing, we suggest polishing your sound by canceling out background noise, cutting out unwanted bits, and normalizing audio levels. With video editing, you may want to trim content out or stylize the way your video looks with filters and branding. Our editing tutorial goes into full detail on how to go about with editing your podcast.

4. Publish your video podcast

Your podcast is all good to go and now all you have to do is publish it onto the right directories and platforms. In order to do this you’ll have to first upload your video to a podcast host. We have a full guide to help you choose the right podcast host for your needs. 

Through your podcast host, you can select which podcast directories to push your video to. We recommend including one of the most popular directories, Spotify, which recently enabled video podcasts through Anchor and Riverside’s partnership.

Some hosts also let you use your podcast’s RSS feed to push it to any website you’d like. (Creating a website for your podcast is actually a good way of promoting it.)

Another option is to create a YouTube channel for your podcast and upload your podcast there. The benefit to this is that it reaches a larger audience, especially considering there are over 2 billion users on YouTube.  

5. Promote your video podcast

The last step is to promote your video podcast. It doesn’t help having a published podcast if nobody is aware it exists. There are various ways you can market your podcast. For example, a lot of popular podcasters like Joe Rogan, turn their video podcasts into short shareable clips that they post on social media. This not only gives them great content to post, but it acts as teaser trailers to push viewers to watch their full podcasts. 

Better yet, with Riverside's Magic Clips tool you can create this type of extra content at the tap of one quick click. Magic Clips uses Ai ti find key moments in your recordings and turns them into multiple short-form videos, ideal for content promotion.

Other ideas include email marketing, giveaways and paid advertising. Check out our full guide to podcast marketing to create the perfect strategy for your video podcast.

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Tips for Recording Successful Podcasts

Prepare/Research Beforehand

Before you start your show, have a rough outline of how you’d like it to go. Ahead of interview podcasts, be sure to prepare a flattering intro for your guest, and brush up on who they are so that you can ask targeted and insightful questions. If your show dives deep into certain topics, research them beforehand so that you can have a meaningful, unique conversation that engages your audience beyond the surface level.

Get Your Guests Comfortable

If you have a guest on your show, especially if they are a stranger to you, consider meeting - whether virtually or IRL - 15 minutes early to put them at ease. Offer them a drink and just get to know them, and give them the low down on what to expect from the show. The more comfortable they are, the more they will open up in conversation.

Allow The Show To Go Where It Goes

Although doing preparation and having a guiding structure prevents your show from being messy and hard-to-follow, don’t be too attached to your preconceived idea of what will happen when you start recording. If you encounter a topic that’s super interesting but unexpected, don’t be afraid of exploring it. Your audience will be able to tell if you’re trying to force the conversation to go a certain way, and it will sound contrived and off-putting. Likewise, if you are interviewing a guest, be open enough to pick up on small details in what they’re saying and build on them, even if they weren’t part of your original plan.

FAQs on How to Record a Video Podcast

What can I use to record a video podcast?

To begin with, you'll want to use a good recording camera, preferably a DSLR camera. Although, a phone camera can do just as well, as some cameras are able to record in up to 4K resolution. Other than that you can use reliable video-recording software. Of course, we suggest Riverside as it's specialized for video podcast recording and offers you all the features you need. It's best to also invest in a microphone, but this is no different to recording a normal podcast.

For more info, we've covered everything you need to record a video podcast in the article above.

How long should a video podcast be?

Same as with audio podcasts, video podcasts can be of varying lengths. Some are only 15 minutes, whereas others are 45 minutes or longer. It really depends on the topic you're covering and how much time you feel you need. We suggest choosing a time based on how much interesting information you have. As soon as you feel you're starting to go into tangents, it's time to cut down on time.

You may also choose your video podcast length based on how often you're posting. If you're publishing content regularly it may be better to post shorter videos at around 15 minutes, whereas if you're posting less frequently it's more viable to post longer video podcasts.

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