So one day, you’re minding your own business when WHAM, you’re hit by another podcasting term you’re unfamiliar with—”video podcast.” And then you think to yourself, “What the h*ck is a video podcast?”
In your search for answers, you found yourself here. You can rest easy knowing I have all the knowledge you’re looking for and am indeed prepared to share it.
You won’t only learn what a video podcast is—oh no. You’ll also learn how to make one from someone with first-hand experience in the field.
So sit back, relax, and brace for knowledge. It’s coming, starting now, and it simply cannot be stopped.
What’s a Video Podcast?
A video podcast, more often known as a vodcast, is a video program that is distributed over the Internet by way of RSS or other syndication feed. Vodcasts are similar to podcasts, the difference being that the audio is replaced by video.
People typically share vodcasts on video hosting services, like YouTube, Vimeo, or Brightcove, and then embedd them into websites for easy access. Another popular route for vodcasts is to place them on a blogging platform, such as WordPress.
Is a Vodcast Worth Making?
Yes! Vodcasts are a great way to reach a large audience, although they do take more effort to create than an audio podcast. Many people love videos since they offer more visual detail compared to audio podcasting.
Vodcasts also offer a great way to boost your online presence and build relationships with your listeners. The act of creating and sharing a vodcast shows your commitment to your craft and your audience.
How to Make a Video Podcast
Making a vodcast isn’t as daunting as it may seem.
With the right equipment, a good plan, and some creativity, you can start creating your first vodcast in no time. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:
1. Find Your Niche
Create a plan of what topics you’d like to cover in your vodcast. Select a niche that is interesting to your target audience, and that can be regularly discussed every episode.
- A cooking vodcast
- A vodcast about video game reviews
- A vodcast about local events
One of my friends started a vlog about relationship advice that has generated a lot of engagement.
2. Gather Your Equipment
You’ll need a camera to record your video, a microphone to record audio, and a computer to edit your video. You may also need a light kit and a green screen to create a studio-like setting.
For audio, I recommend using a USB microphone like the Blue Yeti. For recording video, you can use a DSLR camera that takes HD video, or if you’re on a budget, even an HD camcorder will do the job.
If you want to keep it simple, you can even use your smartphone or laptop to record your vodcast. Invest in a good mic and tripod to ensure your audio and visuals look sharp.
Further reading: How to Write a Podcast Script That Mesmerizes Listeners
3. Record and Edit Your Video
Once you’ve gathered your equipment and planned your vodcast, it’s time to record and edit your video.
You can use any software you like to edit your video. I recommend using Adobe Premiere Pro, but if you’re just starting out, you can use a free alternative like iMovie.
If you need to stock up on royalty-free music or sound effects for your podcast, you can find plenty on sites like AudioJungle, Freesound.org, and the YouTube Audio Library.
4. Share Your Video Podcast
When you’re happy with how your vodcast looks, you need to upload it to a video hosting service like YouTube, Vimeo, or Brightcove. You can also embed your vodcast into your website or blog.
Social media is also a great place to share your vodcast. Leverage the power of platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Creating a vodcast is an exciting journey, and one that I guarantee will keep you busy and on your toes. Keep at it, and before you know it, you’ll have a podcast that’s worthy of the world’s attention.
Examples of Successful Vodcasts
If you’re looking for an example of vodcasts that went from 0 to 100 real quick, then these two should inspire you.
Binging With Babish
The first example is Binging With Babish, hosted by celebrity chef Andrew Rea.
Rea gained notoriety by recreating popular dishes from famous shows and films. He leveraged his newfound fame to create a successful vodcast with over 5 million subscribers and over a billion views.
As Babish always says, “It’s bingin’ time!”
The second example is Filmmaker IQ, hosted by John P. Hess.
Hess is a professional filmmaker who started his vlog as a way to teach people the ins and outs of filmmaking. He now has over 1 million subscribers, and his vodcast has become a hub for aspiring filmmakers to learn and improve their craft.
John’s fans lovingly know him by his catchphrase, “It’s filmin’ time!”
Now that you know what a video podcast is and how to make one, it’s time for you to start your vodcasting journey.
Gather your equipment, make a plan, and start creating your vodcast. Don’t be afraid to take risks and push the boundaries.
Before you know it, you’ll begin to see the fruits of your labor. Good luck, and keep vodcastin’!