Filming the podcast might be easy, but everything around filming the podcast is definitely really complicated. Podcasting isn’t just what people see on the video; it goes way deeper into the podcaster’s setup, filming style, and even the post-production.
Editing the podcast episodes is extremely time-consuming especially if the podcaster hasn’t yet developed their own way of efficiently doing the final touches. Podcasting in general is a more organic field that relies on creativity and maybe even what the podcaster feels in the moment. However, this isn’t always the case.
Both before and after the podcast are also equally important and can take more time compared to filming the actual podcast itself. The key is to be able to have a set of techniques that would speed up the work process and make everything much easier.
There are a few productivity hacks that can be done in order to not only save time on doing the podcast editing but also save effort. The more complicated the editing process is, the more energy it usually takes. Aside from time, stress can also be a huge factor in the podcast editing process and chances are that the more stressful the process is, the longer it might take and the quality might diminish.
Here are a few podcast productivity hacks to use:
1. Podcast planning
Having a well planned-out outline or even a full script even before starting the recording process can significantly shorten the editing later on. The main reason for this is that during the editing process, the podcaster would be guided as to the structure of the podcast episode and how it was originally planned out. Once this becomes clear, the podcaster should be able to keep in touch with the original idea behind the podcast.
2. Podcast tools
There are obviously two fractions when it comes to podcast tools and this is the hardware and the software. When it comes to the hardware, researching which pieces of equipment within the podcaster’s budget is very important to come up with the best quality affordable at the moment.
When it comes to software, this is where a lot of podcasters fail. They do not do their due research and look for the perfect podcast tools that would help them come up with a better quality podcast. Using the right software could drastically shorten the total podcast editing time required to make the podcast.
Here are a few podcast tools to look out for:
Sound editing tool. It is important that the podcast sound quality be kept in top shape.
Video editing tool (optional). Obviously, this depends on whether or not the podcast is purely audio or also includes a video.
Transcription tool. This tool provides automatic audio-to-text transcription that can be used for subtitles, additional readability, and even SEO.
Uploading tool. This tool allows the podcaster to upload and manage multiple social media accounts. The tool should also include scheduling.
While some people might prefer some tools over others, what’s important is that these tools would contain the right features that would allow the podcaster to come up with high-quality content while requiring the least amount of effort.
3. Make sure the podcast audio is perfect
The most important thing about the podcast is that the audience can understand it. The podcaster should definitely make sure that the podcast audio is on point and that the audience can understand clearly what the people in the podcast are saying.
It is also important to adjust the volumes and make sure that they are well in tune with each other. Going from too soft to too loud is a terrible thing to do and this is why podcasters have to really learn how to smoothen the rough audio parts.
4. Utilize the software
As mentioned earlier, a lot of people overlook the software tools that could be giant assets to the whole podcast in general. Aside from picking the right software, learning how to use it is also very important. While it might require some getting used to at first, the use of these tools will allow the podcaster to come up with better quality podcasts.
The good thing about today is that podcasters won’t need to have a mentor to teach them everything they need to know. They only need to search online and there would probably already be a YouTube video or a tutorial video for the podcast tools themselves.
5. Finalize the podcast template
It is important to have a final podcast template to work with so that the succeeding podcasts won’t take too much effort. For professional podcasters, making consistent podcasts is something very familiar and keeping them consistent in quality is extremely important.
The podcaster needs to have a final podcast template so that they can easily follow it during the next podcast. Having a final podcast template would allow the podcaster to simply go step by step without having to worry about what to do next. After the podcaster is more familiar with the template and the process, they can even focus on how to become more efficient and do more work in less time.
While there might be some people who have all the time in the world to do podcasts, there are other people that really struggle to find the extra time to do the podcast in the first place. Either way, doing the podcast editing more efficiently is beneficial for the podcaster because this would allow them to focus their efforts on other podcast fields like the main content itself.
With the use and mastery of the right software, the podcaster will be able to spend more time writing the organic materials on which a podcast is built instead of having to deal with the technicalities of editing. Although the rough process of editing is important nonetheless, the quality can be improved while the efforts of the podcaster are reduced once they are done properly with the right software.