Prepping the Maccast - 2011.10.11
V Opening
* A discussion of the softwate, tools, and methods I use for preparing for the Maccast
V Emails and Voicemails
V I use Gmail
* is used on my Mac and Mail on my iOS devices
* I use special IMAP folders to organize different picecs
V Filters are also set up for specific items
* These are set up in the GMAIL interface under Mail Settings-->Filters
* any emails with an audio attachment get filtered into a 'Listen To' folder
* Set up special filters to watch for "call to action" emails, like 'Why I'm an Apple User'
* These could also be done as Rules in Apple mail, but I prefer the processing on the server side
* IMAP folders sync up, so when I orgainze in either place everything gets updated
* I prefer moviing items on iOS because it access folders in context to the Mail account you're working with
V Voicemail is handled 3 ways
* 1) The mail filter I already mentioned
* 2) The "hotline" which is a Google Voice number
* 3) Skype voicemail
V Google Voice
* These come in and I also get an email with a rough transcript
* Listen to them in the iOS app or on the website
* Respond via email if needed
* Have to download comments as MP3 files via the web interface in Safari
V Skype Voicemail
* This one is a bit trickier
* I can listen in the Skype app, but need to use another app to record the audio.
V I use Audio Hijack Pro for this.
* Launch Audio Hijack
* Select the Skype preset and click Hijack
* Click record in Audio Hijack and then play the message in Skype
* I record to an AIFF file and use a 'Monomizer' filter
V Regardless of the voicemail source it gets converted and Levelated
* Use QuickTime 7 and it's audio export filter to save the source files as a 44.1 kHz, 16-bit, Mono AIFF file
* Drop that into Levelator
* The file output from Levelator is what is added to Garageband for the show.
V Research
* I use RSS feeds as my main source for research
* Subscriptions to over 25 different Apple and tech blogs and publications
V I use Reeder as my primary app on both the Mac and iOS
* Syncs with Google Reader
* Typically take a first pass each day and "Star" the articles I want to focus on
V I may also simply clip a fact or section I want to cover into Notebook
* Periodically I go through the Notebook clippings and organize them into related groups, add notes, etc. It's kind of like a thought book more than an outliner for me.
* Or, if it is a longer form article I may send it to Instapaper.
V As I'm prepping I also go through my 3 source locations, Reeder, Notebook, and Instapaper and start to process it.
* Ultimately everything ends up in my Omni Outliner notes
* I'll start a show Omnioutliner file and save that to my iDisk. The reason is that OmniOutliner on iOS can access that.
* My Notebook pages can be eport as OMPL and opened in OmniOutliner and then copied right into place. I then can expand these with other content from other sources.
* I'll read through the longer articles, typically in Instapaper on my iPad, and may add stuff to the OmniOutliner notes on the iPad (copy paste)
* I do the same thing from Reeder and also Gmail for the listener questions and content.
V Pulling it all together
V For recording everything ends up in a "show" folder in my Documents folder
* Within that I have an audio folder for all my clips and an images folder for all the album artwork
* At the root of that folder are the GarageBand and OmniOutliner files (copied over from iDisk)
V For Album art I typically use two tools
* Skitch, recently aquired by Evernote
* Acorn
* All files are saved out as 600 px by 600px PNG files
V Recording
* I covered most of the equipment and technical deatils in Maccast Member Episode 031
V I use Garageband and the Podcast track. Add album art and info.
* Best trick here is I drop the audio and images folders into their respecive areas in the media browser in Garageband which gives me quick access to add those assets to my project without having to use the Finder.
* Use Share-->Export Podcast to Disk and create AAC and MP3 versions
* Those files are added to iTunes so I can add all the ID3 tags and meta data
V Posting
* Files are uploaded to my hosting service (Libsyn or Cachefly)
* I use Transmit for FTP
V The Feeds are all generated using Feeder
* This direcly generates and update the RSS (XML) file on my server. Published via built in FTP
* Feeder als uses XML-RPC to set up the post on my Wordpress site
* Maccast site is in wordpress and I log in there to clean up the show post and add the code to allow the HTML 5 audio player which uses the Media Element.js plugin
V Closing
* That's it.