Today on The Rise To The Top: The #1 Show For Mediapreneurs: About 20-25 times a week I get an email asking about what I equipment I use to create The Rise To The Top. Here is the answer in today’s episode, the smarter, faster, cheaper equipment I use that you can use for your web show/podcast and changes I made from 2010 to 2011 and why.
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Here’s what my philosophy has always been when it comes to equipment: Highest in quality, but simplest to use. Nothing would be worse than buying a bunch of stuff and realizing it takes some kind of tech genius to use it. Here is a run down of everything mentioned in this episode (FYI: affiliate links where applicable):
Recording and Editing Equipment:
Skype: Used for video and audio interviews.
Ecamm Call Recorder: Used to record video and audio interviews (MAC only).
Screenflow: Takes video of your screen and also has a cool picture-in-picture feature I use for introductions, ads and the above episode.
Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone: This is the microphone I switched to this year. Plugs right into your computer.
Rode PSM 1 Shockmount For Podcaster: The mount attaches to the microphone and basically keeps it stable and doesn’t ruin the recording if you accidentally bump the mic.
Rode PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm: This is the arm that attaches to my desk and holds both the shockmount and the microphone. Looks super cool and is easy to use and keeps your desk clean.
External Harddrives/Backup: I use a variety of backup including Dropbox, Apple Time Machine and external harddrives. Nothing worse than losing a show.
Video Player, Audio Player, Syndication:
Wistia: On-site video player I use. Works with all devices, looks super sharp, great analytics.
Widget Realm/Devici: On site audio player (and audio download), also syndicator to things like Connected TV, iTunes, Roku, etc.
Feedblitz: This is what I use for email marketing. Feedblitz automatically sends shows to email subscribers and also allows me to send out blasts as well.
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