More To Consider Before Cutting The Cord – Part 2

Today’s program is the latest from The Norman TV View at Norman-TV.com  produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.  

imageIt is the fifth in a series of article/podcasts for those wanting to use the new technology of TVs, the internet and antennas to “Cut the Cord” and possibly reduce the expense of viewing their chosen entertainment on their TVs. This episode talks about more things to consider before “Cutting the Cord” and the second on a list of at least five things to consider before actually making the decision to do so. Rusty will be talking about these over the next several article/podcasts to be presented over the coming weeks here on PodCastNorm dot com. These are full of great information you should listen to before you actually decide on “Cutting the Cord”…

More Things to Consider Before Cutting the Cord – Part 01

Today’s program is the latest from The Norman TV View at Norman-TV.com  produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.  

imageIt is the fourth in a series of article/podcasts for those wanting to use the new technology of TVs, the internet and antennas to “Cut the Cord” and possibly reduce the expense of viewing their chosen entertainment on their TVs. This episode talks about several things to consider before “Cutting the Cord” and the first on a list of at least five things to consider before actually making the decision to do so. Rusty will be talking about these over the next several article/podcasts to be presented over the coming weeks here on PodCastNorm dot com. These are full of great information you should listen to before you actually decide on “Cutting the Cord”…

Still Using This Stuff To Make My Podcasts and Other Productions

Today’s program is from PodCastNorm dot Com and produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.

Today Rusty talks about the stuff he uses to make his podcasts and other productions

imageToday, I thought I would take a little time to mention some of the software and hardware I use to turn out my podcasts and other productions. Some of it I have used for a while but I still use it even though there are newer items coming out quite often and I find my older stuff still serves me well, at least for the present. Some hardware and software has come along to make things faster, better and simpler and I have never been afraid to try new things but I have never been one to use something simply because it is new if it doesn’t make my job faster, better or easier.

 

Some things may have looked good early on but their usefulness quickly faded as other items came along and far surpassed the abilities of those former items. It has been a learning experience ever since day one and I don’t claim to know all I need to know even after several years of doing these different things. One thing I do know; everything has, or is, getting easier simply because of the advancements in technology and software and that is a very good thing. As long as quality isn’t sacrificed along the way, I’m very happy about that.

 

Since I started in podcasting quite awhile ago a lot of things have changed and some things have stayed the same. When I go back and listen to some of my early podcasts, I am amazed at the quality of them compared to now and how much easier it is to make and post them than it was at that time. I’m even surprised at what I was able to turn out even though I didn’t know a lot about podcasting or streaming and didn’t have a lot of money to invest in equipment either new or old. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I would continue with it so I didn’t want to make any major investments and tried to find ways to turn out decent recordings with limited resources and equipment until I was sure I wasn’t throwing my money away. Besides, at that time, it was a much more expensive and complicated process than it is now.

 

As I’ve said before, I’ve been working with audio for a long time and, even though I liked the “old days” of recording and editing and producing the final products, I absolutely love the “new days” that are upon us.

 

If you’re new or just getting started in this thing called podcasting,  recording, editing and getting the product out to the listeners or viewers (whether you are talking about audio or video) has never been easier than it is right now. The technology has really come of age and working in the digital arena makes so many things easier than it used to be. You don’t have to believe me when I tell you that but, if you’ve been around any type of producing and recording or editing audio and video even over the last seven to ten years or so; you know what I’m talking about. The changes to audio and video technology in just the last few years have been absolutely astounding.

 

Over 38 plus years, I’ve worked with many different types of equipment from reel-to-reel to the latest digital capture devices. I try out different software and hardware and still find that I like some of the more simple-to-use things I come across. The podcasts (or blogcasts as I like to call these) are done on very affordable and easy-to-use equipment and software programs and, although I have tried and like to use the pro versions of some of the software I use, I still turn out many of my productions using the “consumer end” programs that are less expensive to purchase and do everything I need them to do. Those other things have their place but for turning out very good general productions I find the simpler items fill my needs quite well for the time being.

 

Yes, I know the pro versions have many more capabilities, but I have found I don’t use all of the bells and whistles that might be offered with some of the more sophisticated ones so I use the lesser versions to their full extent. So far, I think things have turned out pretty well but I do admit there are times I could save time “IF” I had the Pro versions of the software.

 

Just for your information, I presently still use either Audacity or Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio to capture and edit the audio portions of my productions and I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio as a simple multi-track audio mixer to do the final mix down simply because it is a little faster than using Audacity. That isn’t a knock against Audacity, I just find Sony Vegas Movie Studio a little less clunky and therefore faster.  My favorite microphone is my Blue Yeti USB mic and I store my downloadable print and audio files on Amazon S3. Needless to say, I know there are advantages to having more expensive and possibly better equipment, but, I choose to continue working “On the Cheap” but do not want to sacrifice quality for price.

 

Why would anyone want to listen to a poor sounding, poorly produced presentation of any kind? I know I wouldn’t want to so I have chosen to pay attention to the smaller details and turn out productions that sound better than some I have heard produced with some of the big ticket items. Is it coincidence that I have somehow done something well with the lesser equipment or is it because I pay attention to some small details for the quality of program I turn out and save money at the same time? Personally, I don’t think so. I think paying attention to some small details can make some of the biggest differences in any production.

 

Like I said above, I use the software and equipment listed here to accomplish everything you see and/or listen to here … but… then again I fully intend to tell you more about the products and procedures I follow in the very near future. In fact, next time I will tell you about a couple of products I am trying and quite happy with. Who knows? They just might work quite well for you, too.

 

See ya next time…
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© August 8, 2015 – all rights reserved – Rusty Norman – PodCastNorm.com
All audio productions by PodCastNorm dot Com and PodCastNorm Productions

All music used is from Two Buck Themes by Mike Stewart unless otherwise stated

Thinking of Cutting The Cord? Three Things to Consider Before You Do…

Today’s program is the latest from The Norman TV View at Norman-TV.com  produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.

It is the third in a series of article/podcasts for those wanting to use the new technology of TVs, the internet and antennas to “Cut the Cord” and try to reduce the expense of viewing their chosen entertainment on their TVs. This episode offers three things to consider before actually deciding on “Cutting the Cord”…

New Indoor Antennas – Don’t Be Fooled by the Advertising

Today’s program is the latest from The Norman TV View at Norman-TV.com and produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.

It is the second in a series of article/podcasts for those not quite up-to-date with the new technology of TV’s and antennas these days and talks about not being fooled by the advertisements for those New Indoor Antennas you’ve been hearing about. It is also for those thinking about “Cutting the Cord” and still want to watch TV without so much expense…

Just Want to Watch Television? Revisiting The Changes To The Way We Watch Our TVs…

Today’s program is the latest from The Norman TV View at Norman-TV.com and produced by PodCastNorm dot Com.

It is the first in a series of article/podcasts for those not quite used to the new technology built in to TV’s these days and also for those thinking about “Cutting the Cord” and still want to watch TV without so much expense…

 

Latest PodCastNorm blog/cast

Well… It’s Memorial Day and it’s time again for the latest blog/cast from my nascarfansview.com site. This is one of the fun things I get to do and, as an old racer, I love NASCAR too.

imageHope you enjoy the production and just wanted to let you know the microphone I use for making the podcast is a Blue Yeti and I love it. Been using it for a while now and I can tell you it is a very good quality USB microphone at a great price on Amazon. com (Notice I’m not even giving you an affiliate link to it on Amazon even though I do have one. That’s because I want you to check it out for yourself and see what you think of it… )

(Oh yeah, I do still use TwoBuckThemes from Mike Stewart and there is a link to them in the banner ad below. If you do click on the ad and check out TwoBuckThemes it is possible I could make a commission from your purchase but they are worth checking out and judge for yourself whether it is a great deal or not…)


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Charlotte’s The Place For NASCAR’s Longest Race

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Memorial Day is a day we remember the men and women that made the supreme sacrifice while serving in active military service. It is celebrated in several ways by people across the United States but probably two of the best known ways are the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana and the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Of course there are those that don’t even think these two items have anything at all to do with Memorial Day and remembering our fallen military heroes and they may have a point; but it is a day that both places take time to remember and honor them and that is a good thing.

For Kurt Busch, this Memorial Day will be quite possibly “The Longest Day.” He intends to run in both the Indianapolis 500 and in the Coca-Cola 600 and that means if he runs every mile in both races he will have driven 1100 miles before the day is done. I don’t know about you but from this fan’s you that’s covering a lot of miles in a very short period of time.

Danica Patrick has been drawing attention to herself lately for her performance on the track at Kansas and her performance in qualifying at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I’m not saying she’s going to win the race on Sunday afternoon and evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it is good to see her showing some improvement in areas. Constant, steady improvement is what she’s been showing but I don’t think anyone expects her to run off a string of victories anytime soon.

Dale Junior is looking to put many years of frustration behind him at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend and would like nothing better than to beat his teammate, Jimmy Johnson, and take his first cup victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Honestly, from this fan’s view it is awfully hard to believe that Dale Junior has never won at CMS in the cup series. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that barring any unforeseen circumstances Dale Junior will make a good showing Sunday evening when it comes down to the last laps.

Jeff Gordon is another one that hasn’t really had all that good of luck at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Even though it is the place that he had his first Sprint Cup Victory, if my recollection is correct, he hasn’t won there since 1998. If anyone is due to win again at CMS in this fan’s opinion it would be Jeff Gordon.

Jeff has been having a stellar year even though he has had some bad finishes. It’s been a good season so far with mostly top fives and top tens. It has been interesting to say the least, to see him not only get a victory but also sitting in the top spot of the points for The Chase this year. Until he had a victory it was almost imperative that he stay on top of the points if he wanted to make the Chase.

Fortunately for him (and his fans) Jeff is a force to be reckoned with this year and a very strong contender for winning the Cup Championship as well as possibly making this the year he takes his fifth. Of course I do have to mention that he has a lot of work to do with his 27th starting position in the Coca Cola 600.

This fan also finds it interesting how much talk has been going around about how long it’s been since Jimmie Johnson won his last race. Sometimes, it just becomes completely wearying to listen to people go on and on about how long it’s been since somebody won a race. In Jimmie Johnson’s case, he may silence all those voices this weekend since he is starting on the pole. I guess it just remains to be seen if he will be at the front when the end of the race comes around and the checkered flag drops.

Kevin Harvick is one that might make it difficult for Jimmy Johnson to come home with the trophy this weekend. There is no doubt that Kevin Harvick likes Hendrick horse power and his new place of employment at Stewart/Haas racing. He is another that is been having a stellar year so far in 2014 and I expect he will be a contender for the Cup Championship also. It still remains to be seen if after traveling 600 miles he can take home his third Coca-Cola 600.

In fact, I’m sure you’ve noticed that much of the talk this week has been about the strength of the Hendrick power plants. They have definitely been a force to be dealt with almost on a weekly basis in this 2014 season. I really don’t expect that to change much this weekend but I do have to admit the Fords and the Toyotas have also been showing a little bit more muscle especially from the Michael Waltrip camp and Clint Bowyer.

I guess this is the place where I should mention the Joe Gibbs camp also. Kyle Busch has a very good chance of ending up In Victory Lane, Sunday evening and possibly even Matt Kenseth.

The Coca-Cola 600 is a long race. That extra 100 miles does seem to add to the fatigue from a rigorous race such as the Coca-Cola 600. As for which of the forty three drivers will end up in Victory Lane… that’s a good question and not one I’m ready to answer at this very moment even though I do have a few favorite choices. I think it’s pretty obvious that those that have shown strength so far this year will show that strength once again Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It could be that we all get to witness history being made as a driver might win the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, but then again… well … probably not…

See ya next time…
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© May 24, 2014 – all rights reserved
Rusty Norman, Nascarfansview.com and Justafansview.com
All audio productions by www.podcastnorm.com and PodCastNorm Productions

Beginner Podcasters – Podcasting can be more fun when you’re able do what you really like

Go To www.mypodcast.com — or —

Go To www.podcastpeople.com

Hey everybody, this is podcastnorm, maybe better known to you as Russ and I just wanted to tell you about a presently little known fact. I’ve been busy working on my twice-a-week podcast I like to call, “Just A Fan’s View” and that is exactly what it is. It is about Nascar from “Just A Fan’s View” and I have to admit it is something I am really having a lot of fun making. It gives me a chance to have a little fun amongst all of the stresses of life. In fact, I’m having so much fun I just had to let you know about it and what better way than right here on Podcasting Resources.

I can tell you from personal experience that making a podcast can be a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun if you can make a podcast about something you really like and then it doesn’t seem so much like work. That is why I am telling you about this now. As beginner podcasters, I’ve been telling you a lot of important information about getting started right and how to make your podcasts a cut above the rest, but there comes the time when you just have to take your idea and make it happen.

You see, I enjoy Nascar racing and I’ve been a fan for a long, long time. I just decided I would like to make a podcast about Nascar from a fan’s view so that is what I did. I’ve found out what I already knew and that is what this is all about. That you can:

  • take your idea,
  • think about what you want to accomplish with it,
  • consider whether it is worth the effort
  • do a little short range planning
  • at least consider some long range planning
  • be sure you have the equipment and software you need
  • and then make it as good as you can with what you have

Now, you can find “Just A Fan’s View” where it temporarily resides at:

www.rustynormanblog.com.

I definitely want you to check it out. It is on my main blog site and the blog is called “Rusty’s View”. That’s where I can talk about any subject I want that affects and interests me. It’s my view … It’s the way I see things. (But that’s another story for another time…)

“Just A Fan’s View” will soon be on its own site at, “www.justafansview.com” and I can’t wait until it is. Now don’t go looking for it because it’s not quite there yet, but trust me, I intend for it to be up and running all on its own on or before December 2nd. In the mean time, (and I know I’m being a little repetitive here), you can listen or read “Just A Fan’s View” at my other site :

www.rustynormanblog.com

What I want to do today is include the podcast in this post/blogcast and give you a taste of what it is like.

Go ahead … Click this link or Press the Play button below and listen to it right here.

Check it out … you never know, you may find you like it.

See ya next time …

Rusty

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Beginner Podcasters – The Next Three Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Starting A Podcast

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Wouldn’t it be great if there were just three “magic” questions you could ask yourself and then immediately progress to producing your first podcast?

Well … yes … in a way that would be nice, but, it seems as though there are many questions on getting started and then you work through to the normal nuts and bolts questions so you can make your podcast as good as it can be technically.

Why can’t you just sit down and start talking into your microphone or recording device?

Well … the truth is … you can, but, I personally believe, if you are really serious about being a podcaster and turning out a podcast with regularity, you need to consider several things before you jump in with both feet. You need to fully consider what I call ‘the broader picture’ in this adventure called podcasting. Before you go to the all the trouble and possible expense, why not think about your full, long range, plan and intentions.

Does that mean you can’t have any fun and that everything has to be set in stone, serious and perfect from the beginning?? Of course not, it merely means that you should think further down the road than next week, (unless one more week is all you intend your podcast to be around for.)

A couple of weeks ago, I presented you with three questions you needed to ask yourself before starting a podcast. Now that you’ve had a chance to think about your real reasons for producing a podcast, here are the next three questions that would be good to consider before you actually invest your time and hard earned cash in equipment or software to make it happen.

Question one – Uniqueness

  • What makes your podcast unique?  Just what is it that separates yours from others and what is it that will keep you and your listeners coming back over and over again? Is it your personality? Is it the subject matter? or is it just because it is so much fun?

Question two – Niche Knowledge

  • How well do you know your chosen niche subject or subjects? This goes back to the question of, “just because you know a lot doesn’t mean you  know it all.”  If you are an expert in your field and have lots of shortcuts, tips and general, as well as specific, knowledge then you can probably be the authority on the chosen subject.  If not, you may want to consider …

Question three -Type of format

  • What type of format will your podcast be? Will it be an interview type? Or possibly a monologue type? Perhaps you will just depend on your ability to express yourself with your gift of gab.  Maybe you will choose a disc-jockey style with all the bells and  whistles as well as with playlists. May be you will simply talk about your subject with mood setting musical underlays or adding commercials and any number of technical complexities.

Look, I’m not trying to hold you back by asking a bunch of senseless questions or beat the preparation thing into the ground.  I just want to see you turn out the best podcast you can.  These questions don’t in any way cramp your creativity.  If anything, they will enhance your ability to accomplish your end results.

You see, I want you to accomplish your goals and not be disillusioned by the pressing demands over the long run by your continued involvement in this exciting way of communicating. I hope it is your intention to always be learning and striving for excellence with your production while at the same time having a great time and thoroughly enjoying creatively expressing yourself or your subject.

You can have a lot of fun podcasting and you can teach or inform others about your subject and also learn and hone your craft at the same time.  The sky really is the limit and the only thing that can hold you back is lack of preparation and planning.  Sure, there will be times when it is difficult and there will be times you may be disappointed, but, if you “take the time it takes to think it through” before you run across those times, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

See ya next time …

Rusty