How To Record And Edit A Podcast so easy a 5 year old could do it

Stop wasting your time and mental energy on video podcast editing when you should be focusing your energy on the end goal of what a video podcast should do – which we’ll get to shortly.

Yes – We are a video podcast production company that wants you to not spend any money on complex over production that does nothing except drain your wallet and sit on YouTube with three views and one like from your Mom.

Today, I’m stripping the video podcast editing process down to the bare essentials – making your journey not just easier, but smarter. I’m going to show you the most streamlined, cost-effective way to produce a podcast that resonates with your audience and enhances your brand… guaranteed.

Yes – We are a video podcast production company that wants you to not spend any money on complex over production that does nothing except drain your wallet and sit on YouTube with three views and one like from your Mom.

Today, I’m stripping the video podcast editing process down to the bare essentials – making your journey not just easier, but smarter. I’m going to show you the most streamlined, cost-effective way to produce a podcast that resonates with your audience and enhances your brand… guaranteed.

What’s the catch? There is no catch. We just want to help companies and brands use video podcasts to put consistent high volume content, drive their awareness, solve problems and tell great stories to the world.

The Ultimate Hack: Simplicity

“If you think podcast editing is for video and audio editors… I’m sorry but you’re very wrong.

I’m literally, figuratively, metaphoricaly and analogusly (yes that’s a lot of lys) going to flip the script and by the end of this video, you’ll have the tools and knowledge to launch a successful video podcast with minimal fuss.

You’ll also understand that editing the video podcast is the means to the end. But a lot of people get stuck at the means forgetting the end. What’s the end? It’s getting out as much high value content as possible so you, your product or your service can reach the right people.

Editing and all that silly stuff in the middle while a tool can easily be a distraction.

And… stay tuned for the game changer of all tools for video podcasters to get an episode out faster than a Big Blue A Store Taking Over The World – Same Day Delivery. And… the kicker – it’s not even a tool.

Flipping the Script: The Real Purpose of Editing

Picture this… I’m sitting across from my good friend… eh… let’s call him Dom, I like Dom… sounds like the opposite of smart. He’s go the whole used to be a skinny nerdy high school guy with glasses vibe that is now the weight lifting, marathon running cool startup tech geek coder that everyone wants to be friends with.

We’re at this café that thinks it’s the national museum of art but serves coffee. The place is all minimalist art and avant-garde furniture. There’s a barista with a beard so impressive it should have its own Instagram account. DOM, a tech wizard who once fixed my Wi-Fi from another continent, was in the middle of a showdown with his laptop and says…

‘Video Podcasting is like trying to decipher hieroglyphics,’ he mumbled. ‘And the expenses? It’s like they are charging us in gold bars’

Now, this is the guy who once reprogrammed his TV remote to order pizza. But podcasting? That’s his kryptonite.

Then, like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist , it hits me (yeah, his neighbor was an alient the whole time!)

I lean in, coffee shaking in my hand (I rarely drink coffee), and say, ‘DOM you’re making podcasting seem like trying to run a marathon in high heels. There’s a way to make it as simple as ordering UBER EATS.’ And just like that, we go on an adventure– to unravel the mysteries of podcasting, simplify it like a toddler using an iPad, and make it accessible to all. So, grab your caffeinated beverage of choice, let’s channel our inner minimalist, and let’s turn podcasting into a task as simple and routine as brushing your teeth.

A Story of Overcomplication: Meet Dom

“You don’t need high end software or even hardware. What you need is something straightforward and effective.

Here’s what works: Alitu for its simplicity, Adobe Podcast for its user-friendly interface, and Descript if you’re feeling like you have some video editing chops and want to wrestle with technology. Descript has a tiny bit of a learning curve but it’s the only simple video text based editing software that is aimed at podcasters.

But the real hero software that is elementary school easy? Zoom. It’s not just for meetings anymore. I haven’t used it properly for recording in about 3 years and it was quite prehistoric.

The recording is still standard but the features that is has after recording is where it shines.

Use it to record your video podcasts – it’s dumb easy and efficient. Zoom’s user-friendly interface and reliable recording quality make it an excellent choice for podcasters of all skill levels.

The Tools: Keeping it Simple and Effective

Now that game changing secret weapon “not a tool” tactic that I promised you from the start?

That tactic is….Preparation of your interview.

Things like;

  • Finding a topic of choice that your audience wants to hear or needs to know more about
  • Aligning it with your marketing and advertising efforts (how to videos on the problems and pain points of your customers and clients makes selling everything easier)
  • If a solo podcast – making sure you come with the right energy and can speak about this like you know it backwards and inside out.
  • If you the interview format – Finding a guest that has great personality, insights, knows how to market content and an aligned audience
  • Outline your content,
  • practice your intro and outro,
  • and know your topic.

Optimizing for all of those things compounds to make post production really only a few minutes.

This is the opposite of over producing – it’s about being smart with your time. A well-prepared podcast not only has the feel of a more professional consuming experience but also engages your audience effectively.

So go ahead and spend time the time you would editing and fumbling technology to instead find and create a compelling narrative, research your topics thoroughly, and rehearse your delivery.

Quick music history lesson – Rick Rubin is a famous music producer of all different genres over the last almost 50 years. His style is all about minimal effective dose. On one of his first albums he worked on he credited himself as a “Reducer” instead of “Producer”. Get it? Reduction… not production… yeah you get it.

Cut the Fluff And Stop Doing This

Back to video podcasting and being minimal- What else can we not do?

Scrap the Intro music, outro music and fancy transitions – they’re distractions. Your audience is here for value, not a sound show. Deliver content that’s straightforward and impactful. That’s how you hook them. Engaging and real personal storytelling and insightful commentary will keep your audience coming back for more.

Remember, the less editing you do, the faster you go live.

Here’s an example workflow; Prepare like mad, Record on Zoom, publish on YouTube and your podcast platform, and you’re done. It’s that simple. Get better at being yourself, not editing out umms and ahhs. Embrace the power of authenticity. In a world where polished, overproduced content is the norm, a genuine, unedited conversation can be refreshingly compelling.

Wrapped: Your Podcasting Cheat Code

There it is. Congratulations. You just downloaded from my brain to yours the mega secret that most video podcasters will never get the priveldge of knowing about.

Alright, that was a lot – You learned that The art of podcasting isn’t about complex software and shiny transitions – it’s a stripped-down, bare-knuckle brawl with authenticity. Armed with the right prep, a Zoom call, and an unabashed embrace of your umms and ahhs, you can create compelling content that resonates with your audience.

In the grand scheme, remember that editing your podcast is merely the vehicle, not the destination. The pitfall many fall into is becoming engrossed in the process, losing sight of the ultimate goal. What’s the endgame? It’s about churning out high-quality content that reaches your audience, promoting you or your service. While editing is a part of the journey, it can quickly become a diversion if you allow it to dominate. So, let’s cut to the chase and focus on what truly matters: creating impactful content that resonates.

So… ignore the editing techno mumbo jumbo for now and channel your inner minimalist.

But all of this is just information. While theory and planning is great, it’s again just like editing, a means to the end. Action is the only way to get tangible results.

So… as we like to say at Content On The Go —- Let’s Go.

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