April 15, 2020

How To Start A Podcast Using iMovie

April 15, 2020

I call this "the lazy girl's way to podcasting"...

...though it has nothing to do with being lazy and everything to do with starting your podcast on a budget, with minimum tech.

This works for video podcasting and audio only podcasts.

In fact, I have a client who is 77 years old and she creates a podcast weekly talking about panic attacks. She records her podcast once a week on her iPad, using nothing more than iMovie, and an inexpensive microphone.

So today I'm giving you no excuses! 😊

And I'm passionate about this subject. Not about podcasting per se - though I enjoy podcasting - but it's the tech stuff. I'm fed up of going onto Facebook forums where beginners are asking genuine questions about getting started with podcasting on a budget, and the audio snobs piping up and suggesting they spend thousands of dollars on equipment.

You don't need it. At least to get started. But just in case you're hoping I'm wrong so you can go purchase that Shure SM7B for $400, let me tell you about a few people earning millions who podcast on their iPhone and they don't even use an external microphone:

  1. Russell Brunson - ClickFunnels CEO
  2. Steve Larsen - previous employee or ClickFunnels
  3. Shane and Jocelyn Sams
  4. Gary Vaynerchuk - well, it's Gary Vaynerchuk 😊

Now I've got that little rant out of the way...

Let's Record Your First Podcast

Step #1: Open iMovie and choose 'Movie'

Step #2: Grab any image and drop it onto the timeline - you need to do this because iMovie is for creating videos and it's looking for a video or image

Step #3: Click the Microphone icon 

Step #4: Hit the voiceover options and choose your particular input source, whether it's a USB microphone or you are using an audio interface like I am

Step #5: Hit the red record button and start recording

Step #6: Stop recording when you're done

Step #7: Edit your audio, export and upload it to the podcast sharing sites such as iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Spotify etc.

That's it. No drama, just a podcast you can now begin to build on. 

What Camera Am I Using For My Video Podcasts?

I'm using the Logitech C930e but this is purely because I'm recording from my desktop. Your iPhone or smartphone should do the job perfectly.

In terms of video quality, the iPhone 8 and subsequent models are going to give you better video quality, but don't let equipment stop you podcasting. 

What About Using Just Your iPhone To Record Your Podcast?

This is perfectly doable and as I explained earlier, even the marketing pros use their phone to record their podcasts. I personally suggest that you purchase an inexpensive external microphone from Amazon. The one I recommend is the Boya BY-M1 Clip-On Microphone, which currently retails for £14 in the UK. 

To edit your video/audio, you can use iMovie on your phone or iPad. I personally don't know how people do it, but they do. I prefer mouse and full featured desktop version iMovie to edit, but if your phone or iPad is all you have, go for it!

Podcast Hosting Sites

Without going into detail, I just recommend you use Buzzsprout!

I've used Libsyn and SoundCloud in the past, but when it comes to ease of use, features and ease of submitting your podcast to the podcast directories, Buzzsprout is hands down the best I've come across. It's the same software Podcaster, Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income now uses, and in fact, he has a nice little Buzzsprout discount for you. Go check it out!

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Trish Jones

Trish Jones is an online marketing coach to content creators, coaches and course creators, specialising in funnel building strategies that get you noticed online so you build an audience of buyers and make more sales.

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