Record a podcast video.
In podcast videos, the podcast comes first and the video comes second. Prioritise getting good audio. Dedicated microphones are generally better at recording voices than onboard camera mics. However, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. “You don’t necessarily need the best cameras,” says Mike Neilan, a podcaster with Focus Forward Media. “The point of a podcast is the storytelling. You don’t need a camera that shoots 4K. Get a solid $100 microphone.”
If you’re filming a remote interview, you sometimes won’t be able to get your guests on camera. They might not have a webcam or they might have to call in from another location. If so, you still need something visual when they’re speaking and don’t settle on just a static image. The animated waveform of their speech over a headshot or logo will still add a dynamic visual element to the video footage.
“We wanted to figure out the actual podcast before we added video into the mix,” says Neilan. Focus Forward made sure their podcast worked and their audio was clean before adding in the visual element. Visuals are important, but it’s your words, ideas and conversation that are going to draw in the audience. When you make a podcast video, always remember what makes for a good podcast, even if there is no video component. Podcasting basics, like correcting for background noise and editing out slips of the tongue, still apply.
Edit a podcast video.
While it’s usually worthwhile to capture audio and video separately, edit them together. “We record audio separately from video,” says Christina Jones, a podcaster at Creatives Are Essential. “Once we finish recording the podcasts, we sync those up in Adobe Premiere.”
Set up your recording situation to avoid awkward edits. When recording, try to have more than one camera, if possible. If you only have one camera, you’ll have to resort to jump cuts during an audio edit. With multiple angles, you can have the camera cut away during an audio edit, so viewers aren’t subjected to a distracting jump cut. Cuts to B-roll can also help make audio edits less jarring and better help integrate audio and video.