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Anyone looking for a fast and easy way to build a great web site can use iWeb to bring together and post photos and videos that were created using other iLife '09 applications. Instructor Garrick Chow demonstrates the basic functions and the new features of this application in iWeb '09 Essential Training. Garrick shows how to create and publish everything from basic web pages containing text and images to more involved pages with video. He also demonstrates how to create blogs and podcast pages. Exercise file accompany the course.
In reality, creating a podcast in iWeb is almost exactly the same as publishing a blog. The only difference is with a podcast you are attaching an audio or video file to your blog entry. So let's create our podcast pages by clicking the Add Page button, to view our page templates, and here we have our podcast template. I'll select that and click Choose, and it really looks a lot like the blog pages we created a few movies ago. Here we have our main podcast page that will list all of your podcast episodes, which is just like the main blog page that will list all of your blog entries.
And you have the listing of entries for a podcast, which displays all of your recent podcast episodes, and we also have the Archive page, which gives visitors access to all the episodes you've posted. So now all you really need to do is start adding podcast episodes. Again, this requires you to have already recorded an audio or video file. So we are going to assume we've already done so. And again, a podcast can be either audio or video, or you can have a combination of both if you like. One entry can be audio, the next can be video, and so on. You just have to make sure that your file is in a format supported by iTunes and QuickTime. So audio files should be MP3s, MP4s and so on.
If you are not sure try opening the file in QuickTime. If it works, then you'll be able to post it as a podcast. Let me go to my Podcast Entries page, and customize to this default entry for the first episode of my podcast about my various trips, which I'm going to call The Travelcast. So right now I have a bunch of placeholder items as usual and I want to replace them with my own content. Now when you publish a podcast it's not a requirement for you to have a page with pictures, text, navigation, and so on. If you are going to subscribe to your podcast, they are not necessarily going to see this stuff anyway. They are going to mostly be interested in downloading your audio or video file.
But it is nice to have a page to host each of your episodes so casual browsers can checkout your show before deciding to you subscribe to it. So on this page, I'm going to change My Podcast to The Travelcast. For the title I call this Episode 1: On The Road Again, and we can add a little bit of text. Now depending on which theme you choose, some of the other podcast templates might have other text or image placeholders. So fill them out or delete them as you see fit. For example, maybe I don't need this placeholder up here, so I'll just delete that.
Now notice this placeholder has a little player bar that looks like QuickTime controls. This is the placeholder for your actual podcast audio or video file. So don't confuse this with a regular image placeholder. If you want your listeners to actually be able to see or hear your podcast, this is where you need to drag your podcast file. And again, this can be any audio or video file, so you can grab a file out at the media browser, if your podcast is stored in iTunes, iPhoto, or in your movies folder. But the file I want in this case is in the iWeb audio folder I've copied to my desktop from my exercise files. I'm going to grab the file travelcast_01.mp3, which is an MP3 audio file. I'm going to drag that over the placeholder on my page. And again, that's an important part. The audio or video file that you add has to be placed in the placeholder area in order for people to be able download the file when they subscribe your podcast. If you drag it to any other area on your page, it just becomes a regular audio or video file that you've embedded on your page, but people won't be able to get that when they subscribe to your podcast.
iWeb likes if you have an image to go along with your podcast episode, so you see this big drag image here area. You can make this smaller if you like by selecting and just reducing the size, and again, you can hold down Shift to keep your proportional, and maybe I'll grab an image. I'll go to iWeb photos and I'll just grab street_lamp, drag that in there, and maybe now that it's that small I can make it a little bit bigger. I'll just pop that over there and that's all there is to it. Now I can actually preview and play my podcast right here in iWeb by clicking the Play button.
(Music plays.) (Recording: Hey, Garrick here and welcome to my Travelcast podcast.) (Recording: This is the way I've chosen to pass the time while stuck in hotel rooms on the road.) (Recording: And fortunately for you, I tend to witness a lot of crazy stuff on my trips.) (Recording: So be sure to subscribe to my podcasts so you don't miss a single episode.) (Music playing.) (Recording: This week I found myself in the windy city of Chicago during what turned out to be an extended layover.) (Recording: And Chicago certainly lives up to its name this time of year. Case in point.) (Recording: I was out walking along Lake Shore Drive this morning when a huge gust of wind blew out from...) Okay, so we get the point there. After you publish this, I'll show you what this page looks like live on the web, and how they go about subscribing to it.
But let's add one more entry or add it. Let's click the Add Entry button, and I'll title this one, A Taste of Southern Utah, and instead of an audio file, we'll publish a movie to this episode. Now I'll go to the iWeb movies folder, and grab the Southern Utah movie that we used earlier, and again, I'm just going to drag that over the placeholder on my page. And there it is. And again, we saw this movie before, like this, and of course we can customize this. So I'm going to actually open up my Inspector, go to the Metrics Inspector, and with the movie select, I'm going to hit Original Size, so we can see it at four resolution, and I can just reposition this on the page a bit, here we go.
And while I'm add it, I'm going to go to the QuickTime Inspector and just pick a Poster frame, so we don't want to see a black frame on my page, here we go. So there is my second episode, and of course I should enter my own text in the text placeholders, but you get the idea. So it's really very easy to add podcast episode to your iWeb site. Now let's go to the main podcast page, and customize that a bit. There you can see the listings of the two podcast episodes I have created so far. And again, we get pretty much of the same options that we had on the main blog page. If I select the entries I can choose the Photo size, for the entry I can choose a proportion, whether to even show the photos or not, or choose a different Placement.
Notice the Subscribe button here, now we'll take a look at how that works in a little bit, but I should probably mention while I'm here that if you accidentally delete this button, say you select it and hit the Delete Key, and you want to bring it back, you can always find it under the Insert menu button, and then choose Subscribe. Now in this case we are doing a podcast, so I'm going to choose Subscribe to Podcast. And I'll place this right back on the page, and I'll just further customize this with A Travelcast, a podcast recorded on the road.
Actually I like this default image here on the page, so I'm just going to leave that there. Now we'll be publishing this very shortly, so you can see how it all works online, but before we do so, I'm going to show you how to send a podcast directly from GarageBand to iWeb, which we'll take a look at next.
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