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Video Podcast Software: Record, Edit & Publish a Video Podcast

You know the benefits of video podcasting, you’ve planned your podcast topic, zoomed in on a topic and niche, chosen a title, designed your artwork, and gotten your video podcast equipment. It’s now time to create a podcast. 

This article will provide you with what video podcast software you need to record, edit, and publish that wonderful podcast of yours.


Steps to creating a video podcast

There are many ways to create a video podcast and the steps will also differ depending on the type of video podcast you're creating or the software you're using. For example, one of the easiest ways is to create a static image video podcast. Here, you'd simply use the podcast cover or another image as your recording visual while your audio plays in the background.

If you're looking to create the real thing, these are the general steps for creating a video podcast:

  1. Plan and prepare your podcast.
  2. Set up your studio and video equipment.
  3. Record your podcast audio and video.
  4. Edit your video with suitable podcast video editing software.
  5. Upload your podcast to a suitable hosting platform.
  6. Publish and distribute your podcast.

We cover recording, editing, and publishing software in more detail and look at what the best podcast video creator for you based on your needs.

On-premise recordings

Go ahead - press the record button on your camera. If you’re recording on-premise you can record directly on your equipment devices, only to upload your recordings to your computer afterward.  To save you time and effort, we suggest connecting your devices to video podcast software. In this way, you can record while your files automatically save on your computer. Most editing video software come with these capabilities, and we’ll touch upon them later in this blog.

Remote recordings

What about remote recordings? For remote recordings, you will have to use video podcast software, but you’ll specifically need remote recording software. This basically means that you’ll be able to record podcasts from anywhere, even from home. Luckily there are many video podcast software free and paid for home use.

Let’s dive into remote recording software! We’ll start by looking at what you need to consider for choosing software for recording podcasts remotely and then move onto what platforms we recommend.

What makes a good remote video podcast software?

  1. It allows you to easily podcast like a pro without burning a hole in your pocket. This includes preventing bad-sounding and -looking recordings due to latency and call dropouts due to crappy Internet connection.
  2. It saves time because we understand that your time, the co-host’s time, and your guests’ time are valuable.
  3. Allows you to focus on what matters, such as delivering quality content and engaging with your guests and co-hosts.

The best software for video podcasting remotely

We’re arguably a tad biased on the best video podcast software (hey, full disclosure here!), but here are some great video podcast makers that you can choose from:

Riverside.fm

  • The first video podcast recording software that has fully rolled out 4K resolution
  • Video and audio recording is done locally, with no dropouts due to poor connection.
  • Audio and video files are not compressed; WAV and mp4 files are provided for crisp audio and video.
  • You receive separate audio and video tracks for each co-host/guest. Hence, all recordings are in sync, making the post-production process easier.
  • Automate your post-production process with Riverside's Magic Editor.
  • The only platform with an iOS and Android video podcast mobile app so that you and your guests can tune in from any device.
  • The only platform where you can let your audience call in via video to ask their questions.
  • The convenient dashboard allows you to share your screen, switch cameras, and participate in a live chat.
  • Media board for live sound effects
  • Web-based, making it easy for anybody to join, whether you use a Mac or Windows operating system.
  • You can easily live stream your recording to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
  • Internet recording functions as a backup.
  • Progressive uploading during the recording leads to fast uploading of local recording files.
  • Up to 8 participants, including co-hosts/guests in each session.
  • Easy Clips tool to create short promotional content within a few clicks.
  • Automatic transcriptions to help you repurpose and grow your content’s reach.
  • Seamless distribution to Spotify and YouTube
Want to put our platform to the test? Get started now at: riverside.fm/start       

Skype

  • Guests may have greater familiarity with the platform and brand.
  • The recording is not done locally; the recording is done via the Internet.
  • Recording can sound patchy or dissimilar between participants, depending on the Internet quality. This makes the recording sound less like a natural conversation, and a podcast audience may find it difficult to listen to the episode in full.
  • Guests have to have an account in order to join a session, proving an unwanted inconvenience.

Zoom

  • Allows participants to see each other as the recording happens
  • The recording is not done locally; the recording is done via the Internet
  • Audio files are compressed; you will get a less-than-perfect sounding podcast.
  • Recording can sound patchy or dissimilar between participants, depending on the Internet quality (if you are not recording locally). This makes the recording sound less like a natural conversation, and a podcast audience may find it difficult to listen to the episode in full.

Zencastr

  • The recording is done locally, with no dropouts due to poor connection
  • Automatic post-production is provided, but only with 10 hours per month.
  • Features a soundboard for live audio editing - which we think is cool and makes it very easy to edit a stellar live podcast.
  • Audio files are not compressed; WAV files are provided for crisp audio (but only on the paid plan).
  • It runs on an Internet browser, making it easy for anybody to join.
  • Only supports video in a beta mode; without a fully-supported, tried-and-tested method that gives you the confidence to record a remote podcast with guests.
  • Lacks the ability to enhance audience engagement with live call-ins.
  • It lacks the capability for you to live stream your podcast. Live streaming isn’t for everybody, we agree. However, you may miss out on driving more authentic connections with your audience.
Read more: Riverside.fm as Zencastr Alternative: Which One is Best?

Squadcast

  • Offers local recording but only at up to 1080p Full HD.
  • Up to 10 participants per session, but you have to pay for a higher plan for this
  • Uncompressed audio recordings in WAV format
  • Separate track recording for audio and video
  • Screen recording 
  • Post-production available through Auphonic
  • Overall quite expensive with video podcast recording plans starting at $40 per month
Read more: Riverside.fm as Squadcast Alternative: Which One to Choose?

Note that many of these offer free recording plans and can act as free video podcast software as well.

Video podcast editing

Next, you will need to edit your podcast.

You will need to decide how much you want to edit your content. This boils down to your various factors, such as your podcast style, your available time, and the number of camera angles you have.

For episodes you have live-streamed to your social media channels, you may also choose to edit the episode further and later publish it on the dedicated podcast platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

To help you out on how to edit a video podcast, these are some steps we recommend: 

  • Sync your audio and video to avoid mismatched lips and movement.
  • Create and customize your visual layout. For example, you can have your speakers on split-screen side by side, or you can have one speaker displayed at a time.
  • Trim and crop your podcast video to cut out unwanted content, awkward noises and to create a flowing narrative.
  • Add in sound effects such as background music, an intro outro, and anything else you’d like to spice up your podcast.
  • Fine-tune your audio with mixing, equalization, and other tools such as noise reduction.

For more on how to edit podcast videos watch the video below:

The best video podcast editing software

For clean and great-sounding audio, we recommend that you use a dedicated Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), also simply known as an audio recording/mixing/editing software, to edit your high-quality audio file.

You can edit your video and piece it together with your edited audio file via video editing software when you are done.

Some video editors may have audio editing tools as well, or they might integrate with a DAW which is something worth looking out for. (For example, if you’re using Premiere Pro you can easily use its Audition integration to edit your video’s audio on a dedicated audio editor).

Here is a list of editing software that you can use to edit your podcast and ensure you have the best audio quality:

Audio:

  • ‍Audacity - Free podcast editing software 
  • GarageBand - Free for Mac users
  • Adobe Audition - $20.99 USD/month
  • Reaper - $60 USD: discounted license; $225 USD: commercial license
Read our audio editing software guide for more detailed reviews on which platform to choose.

Video & Edited Audio:

  • ‍iMovie - Free for Mac users
  • DaVinci Resolve - Free (additional features in a paid version for $299)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro - $20.99 USD/month
  • Final Cut Pro X - $299.99

While this list covers some of the best podcast editing software, you can also find recording and editing software combined in one platform. For example, Riverside.fm, not only records in high-quality resolution, but it also has tools for fine-tuning audio, customizing your podcast with logos and backgrounds, as well as turning your video content into short, shareable clips within minutes.

Read our video editing software guide for more detailed reviews on which platform is right for your podcast.

How and where to publish your video podcast

We’re at the home stretch now - it’s time to publish your video podcast! There are two routes to this:

  1. Publish via podcast hosting platforms
  2. Publish directly to video platforms (e.g., YouTube)

Publish with video podcast hosting software

You can publish your content on a podcast hosting platform that supports video podcasts. If authorized by you, the hosting platform can directly share your podcast with other platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

Note that some hosting platforms simply add a static image to your audio podcast when published to these social media platforms. We reckon that if you’ve come this far, that is not the solution you are looking for.

These are the hosting platforms that we understand support proper video hosting:

Read our guide for more on some of the best podcast hosting platforms.

Publish directly to video platforms (e.g., YouTube)

You can also choose to publish your video podcast directly to the various platforms. For instance, you can create a YouTube account for your podcast and publish both your long-form podcast and your smaller bite-sized clips. A YouTube podcast has many benefits. 

Related article: How to Start a Podcast on YouTube in 6 Steps [2021 Guide]

Now you’re covered and know exactly what video podcast software you need to create your own show. Are you still looking for more insights on how to record a podcast? Watch the video below to learn more.

FAQs on Video Podcast Software

Is there such a thing as a video podcast?

Yes, video podcasts are actually growing in popularity. Podcast platforms like Spotify recently jumped on board, and it seems more and more podcasters are switching to video. Want to know why video podcasts are worth it?

Check out the benefits of starting a video podcast.

What can I use to record a video podcast?

You can use a reliable camera and microphone to record a video podcast. We have a whole guide on choosing a podcast camera to help you out. It’s best to go for something that records at least in HD quality, and make sure that if you’re using video podcast recording software it is compatible with the camera and equipment you’d like to use.

What software do I need to run a video podcast?

You can use any of the software we’ve mentioned above to run a podcast. Riverside is a great option for both recording and editing video podcast software. As for hosting a podcast, you can always try Anchor which distributes video content easily to Spotify.

What is the best free video podcast recording software?

If you’re looking for video podcast recording software for high-quality video without the high expense, you’re in luck! It’s totally possible to use free software to record a video podcast without losing quality. For the best free video podcast software, we recommend you try Riverside’s free plan, which offers you all the recording and editing tools you need. You can also try Zoom, but note that this is more of a meeting platform and it’s not specialized for podcasting and high-end resolution recording. 

What is the best software for video podcasts on YouTube?

Video podcast recording software for YouTube videos is no different than if you were creating a podcast for another video platform. You can use any of the options we’ve listed in this article, just keep in mind that you’ll want to make sure your video meets YouTube’s requirements.

Can you record a video podcast on your phone?

Yes! You can, and if you’ve got a high-quality phone camera it might be a great way to go. We’ve got a full guide on how to record a podcast from your phone. You can always try Riverside’s mobile recording app if you’re recording remotely. 

Can you use Audacity for video editing podcasts?

Wondering if Audacity can edit videos? 

Well unfortunately you can’t edit video, only audio, in Audacity. Audacity is not a video editor and only supports audio editing. If you’re looking for free video editing software specifically for podcasts try Riverside’s free plan. For editing-only video software you can try:

  • Lightworks
  • HitFilm
  • ClipChamp 

For more: The Best Video Editing Software for Every Level and Budget


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