Aug 28 2007

Can You Hear Me Now?

Categories: Pod Post Dave Rathbun @ 10:25 pm

Initial Podcast Test

This is a test. This is only a test. Please do not adjust your computer. We control the horizontal. We control the vertical. We control the Z axis on your three dimensional column chart. And we would like some testing and feedback on our very brief introductory podcast…

I’m just getting started with this idea. It came about some months back when a co-worker of mine asked for a copy of one of my older conference presentations. After going through the slides, the comment was something like, “Well, it’s just not the same as being there.” That started me thinking… what could I do other than posting my presentations that would make it easier for people to benefit from them? The answer, give them the entire presentation. That means being able to share the speech as well as the slides, and while there are a number of different tools to do that, what I decided to try first was a podcast.

So, there you have it. An idea that may or may not take flight, based on feedback, interest, and solving some technical challenges.

What do you think?

12 Responses to “Can You Hear Me Now?”

  1. Comment by Andreas

    Well, let’s risk a flight I say :-)

  2. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Andreas, how did the audio quality sound to you? I don’t think you’ve ever heard me talk before. :) Some of the visitors to my blog probably have, either from a training class or a conference presentation. It’s going to take practice. I think even for this simple 20 second sample I recorded it several times.

    I have downloaded audacity, which is an open source recording program. It seems to work very well. I just need to get over the learning curve. 8)

  3. Comment by Karen Burton

    The audio quality was great. I like the idea of including your voice with the presentations.

  4. Comment by Andreas

    Yes, Dave the audio quality was just fine, very clear. And yes again, I never had the opportunity to meet you in person at any of the conferences.

  5. Comment by Anita Craig

    Dave, I thought the audio quality was great — but I don’t think it’s quite the right tone that your voice has in person. The pitch seemed a little higher than I remember — but then, my memory could be failing me. ;-) What does your better half think of the sound of your voice on that recording?

  6. Comment by Anita Craig

    … and then it might be my speakers… I tried plugging in my headset and listening again, and that sounded a bit better to me. But — this time, your voice started — and then there was a pause while the player buffered more of the recording. Can you force a delay before the recording starts to play?

  7. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Anita, it sounded fine to me. I will have to ask Ginger. I’ve been working a ton of hours lately and am really quite tired, so perhaps some of that is coming through. As far as the delay, no, I don’t have any control over that. I am going to experiment with hosting my own podcasts and also a hosted service and will see which one works out better in the long run.

    If you get some pauses you can always rewind and restart. It should have plenty of content buffered at that point.

    Thanks for your comments. 8)

  8. Comment by Inge Heijnen

    YEH hearing you loud and clear ;)

  9. Comment by Andreas

    Well, my iPod is so hungry…, so where’s the good stuff ;-)

  10. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    I just got finished with my conference presentations, you think there has been any extra time for podcasts? ;-)

    I have no idea when the first one will be, but most certainly not until after the conference. We’ll see how my schedule looks at that point. But thanks for asking. :)

  11. Comment by Andreas

    There is still space…left on my iPod ;-)

  12. Comment by Dave Rathbun

    Congratulations! :-P

    I’m going to be preparing for the European Insight conference soon, so perhaps I will have a chance to test out another podcast then. For now, no expected release date.

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