Saturday, 12 June 2010

Editing the Full Circle Podcast #1

Some time ago we received a listener request to talk about how we record and edit the Full Circle Podcast. So here it is, in several parts.

Other pod-casters may read this and say "you gotta be kidding." It's my workflow, not yours. It works for me. It's evolving. When you record your own podcast, you can evolve your own workflow...

Confession #1: if you listen to old episodes there's an incremental improvement over time. Some are better than others because I had more time to spend on it. It's podcasting, not Blue-ray mastering. Sometimes 'just good enough' is just good enough.

Confession #2: I am not an 'audiophile.' I create podcasts that sound ok on headphones and crappy desktop speakers. So it sounds lousy on your $10,000 Bang & Olufson speakers. This is not Andre Previn and the Boston Philharmonic.

Best to start at the beginning, so we begin with part one, Preparation. The podcast is a team effort, including the setup of each episode.

Part One: Preparation
We maintain a rolling running order from episode to episode, that's our template for the show.

Ed Hewitt and I prep the list of news items (with links) in the draft running order shared in Google Docs. Dave Wilkins chips in extra items, or not, when we get to the recording.

Ed and Dave usually agree what games they're reviewing in advance and will often alert each other to releases betwixt.

We've got a rolling list of Opinion topics which we ought to pick from for next episode after each recording.

Depending on what guests and/or interviews we've got lined up - or already in the can in the case of the pre-records - we'll drop an item or two into the running order.

I then make sure I've got theme and incidental music picked out, drawn from our regular set.

I will also sprinkle our idents and trailers - the bits the delightful Victoria reads out - throughout the running order to separate the segments.

Dave sends me the text of his game reviews ahead of time so we know what he's going to say. I'm now posting these as attachments to the podcast on the Full Circle site, so anyone struggling to understand him can read-along-a-Dave. That doesn't necessarily help to understand his jokes.


Clearing the diary and agreeing a recording time is often the most difficult part.  RC

Next: Part 2 - Recording the Podcast