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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 this video we are going to take a quick look at how to send a podcast directly to iWeb after recording it in GarageBand. We are not going to spend much time talking about GarageBand itself. That's really something you should checkout in one of the other podcasting or GarageBand titles on the lynda.com Online Training Library, but we'll play around with it a little bit. In the iWeb audio folder on my desktop, there is a file in here called travelcast_02, which I'm going to open up in GarageBand by double-clicking. All right, so here in GarageBand this file already includes a recording of my voice, and we are going to use this for a podcast example. Let me just play it for you.
(Recording: Hey, Garrick here with Episode 2 of the Travelcast...) (Recording: ...the podcast I record anytime I find myself in a hotel room with nothing else to do.) (Recording: This week I'm in Taipei, Taiwan, the Far East. In fact, it's so far east I traveled west to get here.) Okay, so that's just a quick clip of some audio there. Let me just go back. Now before we export it, let's add some music to this. GarageBand comes with tons of music and sound effects specifically designed for use in a podcast. I am going to open the Loop browser and take a look. And let's browse under Jingles and we'll go to World since this is a travel show, and in the pane below we can actually click on any of these to get a sample of jingles.
(Music plays.) I kind of like that Vino clip, so I'm going to drag that into the already existing Jingles track here in my podcast. So I'm just going to drag that right out to the Loop browser, put it on that track and just make sure it's flush to the far left of that track. And there it is.
Now notice this blue arrow on this track that's pointing down. This is a feature in GarageBand called ducking. Basically GarageBand will automatically turn down the volume on this track as soon as it detects any sound coming from one of these two voice tracks. That way, you'll able to hear my voice over the background music. Check it out! (Music plays in background.) (Recording: Hey, Garrick here with Episode 2 of the Travelcast...) (Recording: ...the podcast I record anytime I find myself in a hotel room with nothing else to do.) (Music plays.) (Recording: This week I'm in Taipei, Taiwan...) So you should have been able to hear the music go down in volume when my voice (Recording: Hey, Garrick here with Episode 2 o...) came in and then in the space between the two clips of my voice when music came back up. And you can also control the amount of ducking that occurs.
So if the volume drop is too drastic, you can choose a different setting by clicking the Info button, going to Master Track, Edit, and here you will find the Ducker, currently it set to the Manual setting, but you see we have several different settings we can choose from. We can choose a Fast duck with Maximum Music Reduction, meaning the volume of the music will be at its lowest. You can choose Fast with Moderate Music Reduction, or Fast with Slight Music Reduction. And then you have the same three options for Slow ducking and the Slowest ducking. So just pick one that works for you. You can play around with it.
So that's pretty cool. That's all I'm really going to do here in GarageBand. Let's just pretend this is a complete podcast episode, and I'm ready to send it to my iWeb site. Now one thing I should do before I export it is scroll to the very end of the podcast and here you'll see a purple marker. This is the end of song marker. And basically this tells GarageBand where the song or the podcast is over. So I'm going to drag that back to the left and just place this at the end of the track here. That way, I don't have a track with several second of the silence at the end of it. With the end of song marker here, the podcast file will stop playing right when this music ends.
Now I'm going to choose File > Save, so I don't lose any of my work and now to send to iWeb I just choose Share > Send Podcast to iWeb. Now I have the choice here, do I want to Compress Using the MP3 Encoder or the AAC Encoder? MP3 is generally more compatible with more plug-ins, so people who aren't using iTunes subscribe to your podcast they will most likely to be able to play the MP3 Encoder. AAC I would generally use if you are doing what's called an enhanced podcast. That includes links and images and chapter markers. But here I'm just going to stick with the MP3 Encoder and we have the choice of Good, High or Higher Quality. I'm just going to choose High Quality and click Share.
So now iWeb pops back to the front and asks me which blog I want to send the podcast to. Because remember a podcast is really just a blog with audio or video files attached to it. So I can choose my blog or my podcast. And it's getting these names from the actual names that I have used here, Blog or Podcast. If I'd named those something else, those names would appear here in this menu. So I do want to send this to the podcast and I'll click OK, and now I have a new entry in my podcast. iWeb automatically adds to this podcast icon, which I can swap out with one of my own if I like. I'll just leave that image.
But I'm going to make it a little bit smaller. And I'll change some of this text around. I'll call this Made in Taiwan, and maybe just a little bit of text here. And of course, if I want to hear my podcast here in iWeb, I can just by clicking the Play button. (Music plays.) So that's taking a podcast you recorded and edited in GarageBand and moving it into iWeb; pretty darn easy.
In the next movie we'll get this all online and I'll show you how to subscribe to your podcast.
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