2/8 How To Edit Your Podcast Quickly And Easily | Start A Podcast Fast

2/8 How To Edit Your Podcast Quickly And Easily | Start A Podcast Fast

Lesson 2
Hey and welcome back to start a podcast fast the series where I show you how to get your
podcast started quickly. I’m Ryan Maclane from podcastfast.com and in this lesson you’re
going to learn how to edit your podcast quickly and easily so it doesn’t take you a lot of
time and so it sounds absolutely awesome. Just so you know the software I’ll be using
in this lesson is called Screen Flow and it’s for the Mac computer. It is $99 as a paid
product however there is a free trial available which is a fully functioning product but just
watermarks any video you create. So if you’re just podcasting then this will be absolutely
free. I will also be using the free program called Audacity which is for Mac and PC and
I will be using this to edit my sound. The first tip that I have for you if you want
to edit quickly and easily is to have a template for your podcast. You’ll see that for every
podcast I have I actually have a template associated with that podcast. In my template
I generally have some intro and outro music which you can hear right now. I also have
some voice overs at the start or the end to tell people a little bit about my website
or my services and what this allows me to do is it allows me to simply pull my file
into the editing area and so we can begin editing it. “Hey guys Ryan here from onproperty.com”
it just saves so much time and makes things so much easier. If you want to learn how to
get royalty free music that you can use in your podcast without consequences or you want
to get voice overs that you can use for cheap then go to podcastfast.com/music to get free
access to those tutorials. The second tip I have for you is that the
best way to save time editing is to not have to edit or to not have to edit much and what
I mean by that is it’s so much easier to do your podcast in one take and then to just
edit the start and end of it to make sure there is no dead space over there than it
is to actually go through and edit everything in your podcast. If you are recording a 40
or 60 minute podcast imagine knowing you did it in one take all you have to edit is the
ends of that podcast and you don’t have to go through and edit the podcast in full.
The third tip would be if you do have to edit and you can’t get it all in one go then try
to leave sound gaps between your mistakes so that you can easily see in your file where
the mistakes are and you can just hone in on those mistakes and fix them rather than
listening to the entire thing all the way through to find the mistake. Now with the
track that I’m editing for the example in this podcast we can see through the sound
waves that I’ve made 2 mistakes in this episode. We can see the sound wave have gone dead here
and we can see that the sound wave has gone dead towards the end. Now in order to edit
this because it is almost in one take all I need to do is find the spot where I need
it to start and I just hit the T button and then I can simply delete the stuff that I
don’t need. This will now start, ok we can see that that’s perfect and we can go ahead
and watch this error here, [podcast example playing] so we can see that I stumbled there
and made an error. So what we want to do is we can simply zoom in and find the spot we
can see there this says [example playing] we can see that where the area where I said
so. We can simply highlight that and again we just press the T button and we can simply
drag this across to where the sound wave starts again and let’s see how we go now. So we can
see that that’s a pretty good edit and there’s nothing much to do there. We can see at the
end here resuming there is a little bit of dead space there as well so I’ll just pull
that back and I’ve actually got this overlay onproperty.com.au so I’ll pull that back.
And now because I’ve done my template I can simply pull in my ending sound file and that
is now complete. Now I’m going to show you how to improve the
sound of your microphone and make it sound better. Now if we highlight our episode we
can go up to the sound options in Screen Flow and we can adjust the volume and increase
that volume as much as we want and that’s going to make it clearer [example playing].
There is also the option to remove background noise as well which can do that and I have
found that if you’re recording on your mobile phone then this remove background noise option
is awesome. But when I’m using a high quality microphone it actually tends to distort the
microphone so let’s have a listen. [example playing] Ok you probably can’t notice that
but because I edit a lot I can notice slight distortions so rather than editing the sound
in Screen Flow what I’m going to do is take this sound out of screen flow and actually
edit it in the program Audacity. Audacity is really good at making your sound
absolutely awesome and it has some really good features. So the first thing I’m going
to do in Screen Flow and we should do with every episode is make sure we have a little
bit of dead space right at the end of our podcast episode. I’m now going to simply delete
the sound files that I have so the music at the start at the end and I’m going to go up
the top and I’m going to click on the export button. I’m then going to customize this and
untick the video so we’re just getting a sound file out of this and then I’m going to hit
the export button. This will now export it into a .mp4 file which is actually a video
file but this won’t have any video it will just be the sound.Now we deleted the music
because we didn’t want to edit the sound quality of that music but we do need to make sure
that it is still in our file. So after we’re finished that export we just hit command Z
or we go up to edit and we click undo and that way our music files will be back.
I’m now going to open Audacity import the file edit it in here before I bring it back
to Screen Flow. Now this is an extra step and it does take a little bit of time but
it is completely worth it. So if I go into File hover over import and then click on audio.
I can also hit command shit I in order to import that file and then go ahead and find
my file and I click open. Ok so we want to make that a bit louder, we want to adjust
the base of it and remove any background noise that we have. To remove the background noise
we simple find the end of the track where we left the dead space. We can zoom in using
the zoom tool up here and we basically highly any of the dead space that is there. And we
simply go up to effect and we go to noise removal and we click get noise profile. Now
it doesn’t look like anything has happened and that’s because all that has happened is
the computer has now understood that this is what your background noise is. We then
simply click on the left hand side here to highlight the full track and then go back
to effect and we go back to noise removal and we can then adjust our noise removal settings
so the noise reduction is how much you want to remove the noise. The sensitivity adjust
how sensitive the program is to noise the frequency smoothing depends on what you have
in the background. So if it’s varying noise then you want to increase it to more frequencies
if it’s just one particular frequency like a computer fan that is making the same exact
noise or some high pitched squeal in the background or something. You can lower that frequency
and it will pick up less and the attack decay time is how long it takes before it actually
adds noise removal in. So I’ve got my default settings here 26 0
150 and 0.15 and then we always leave it on remove. You can then preview it if you want
[example playing] sounds fine to me. The biggest thing you want to be aware of is just make
sure there is no distortion in the microphone in the way that you’re speaking and we then
click ok and it will go through and it will remove the noise from our track.
Ok the noise removal is now complete. The next thing we want to do is go into effect
and we go to base and treble and we can then change our settings. So if it’s a bit too
high pitch or you want to add some base I find that this gives a really smooth sort
of feel. So for me my default is adding 6 to the base and putting -10 on the treble.
It often works very well if you leave the treble at 0. You will need to change this
depending on your voice. I have seen some people do a lot more base but my voice tends
to be deep so I don’t do that. We can then have a preview [example playing] and that
just sounds a little bit better to me. So I’m going to click ok and that will go ahead
and process for me. So we can see that our sound waves actually
went up a bit more when we did that and as we heard from the preview it’s a good sound.
So what we need to do is now export this so we go to File and we go export audio we now
need to go and save this and we just click ok, don’t worry about the settings. Ok now
that the sound file is saved we are going to want to bring that new sound file back
into Screen Flow. So we find the .wav file we drag it into Screen Flow. We click on over
command X which means it cuts it we go to the very start and we hit command V which
means it’s going to paste it in. we can now double check that the timing is correct [example
playing] ok and now with our old sound we can simply go up to the sound bar up here
and we move that down to 0. [example playing] so now we can see that is done just going
to cut off the end and I can now go ahead and I can export that file by hitting command
E or going up into the export tab and I can save my file.
If you want a move advanced tutorial where I show you more of the features of Screen
Flow and Audacity and how to use them then go to podcastfast.com/edit in order to get
access to that advanced editing tutorial. That ends this lesson How to edit your podcast
quickly and easily. Hopefully you have walked away from this feeling like editing your podcast
isn’t a massive undertaking. In the next lesson I’m going to show you how to get cheap album
art for your podcast that looks great so you can stand out on the iTunes store or stitcher
or soundcloud or where ever your podcast is hosted. Until then don’t just podcast, podcast
fast. If you liked this lesson and you want more
help then check out our advanced tutorials tools and resources by going over to the website
at podcastfast.com. So until next lesson don’t just podcast, podcast fast.

5 thoughts on “2/8 How To Edit Your Podcast Quickly And Easily | Start A Podcast Fast

  1. Is the screenflow just for mac? I have windows what should I use? I would like it to be totally free.

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