Information Technology Services
Podcasting at Armstrong
Spring 2014, Armstrong has been included on the University System of Georgia Podcast server. With this addition, Armstrong now offers podcast channels to faculty and staff for educational podcasts.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet (in this case through iTunes U) for downloading to a computer or a portable media player such as an iPod or iPad.
What is a Podcast Channel?
A podcast channel is a dedicated collection of podcasts with a similar topic, subject, or common thread. Users can subscribe to a podcast channel so that when new content is released, it will become available to them.
Podcast File Formats
.acc, .mp3, .m4a, .m4b, .m4v, .mov
Video formats supported: H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec., Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Adobe PDF documents can be podcast but they do not play on the iPod nor do they play in iTunes. They do appear in iTunes but when you double-click on them, the Adobe Reader will be launched and will display the PDF. A PDF can be an excellent way to provide students with instructions on how to set up play lists for class content or how to approach the podcast media (questions to ask, things to look for and so on.).
RTSP: Streaming audio and video:
This option is iTunes-only at this time. Where audio and video files are available on a QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS), it is a simple matter to create a "reference movie" that points to the RTSP stream on the QTSS. This "pointer" movie can then be podcast. Once downloaded, iTunes will play the reference movie which will then play the streaming video or audio file. This is especially appropriate for long-form (greater than 30 minutes) video or audio where bandwidth adequacy is uncertain and for "real time" event broadcasting.
- Podcast server channels are open for Faculty and Staff currently employed at Armstrong State University.
- Each server channel must be accessed and maintained by the faculty/staff member listed as the channel owner.
- For all items being uploaded to the Podcast server, either copyright must be held by the channel owner or expressed written consent for use must be obtained from the copyright owner and in hand before uploading any materials not created by the channel owner.
Materials which are considered to be unlawful may not be uploaded to the podcast server.
Violations will be cause to have the channel and its content removed.
Podcasting file formats information provided by USG.