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Podcast Producer. Less work, more play.

Podcast Producer is a complete, end-to-end solution for encoding, publishing, and distributing high-quality podcasts. Ideal for employee training, university lectures, presentations — or whatever audio or video podcasts your organization requires — Podcast Producer simplifies the process of recording content, encoding, and publishing podcasts for playback in iTunes and on iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.

Podcast Capture

Start and stop.

A podcast starts with the new Podcast Capture application in Leopard. This innovative tool makes it easy for users to capture high-quality audio and video from local and remote cameras, record screen captures, and upload existing content into Podcast Producer for encoding and distribution. Podcast Capture records audio and video from a wide range of devices, including digital video cameras connected via FireWire, USB microphones, and iSight cameras.

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Recording a podcast is a snap. Simply launch Podcast Capture, log in, and select the type of podcast you would like to record — then click Start. When finished recording, click Stop. Give your podcast a title, add a description, and pick the appropriate workflow. It’s that simple.

H.264

It’s automatic.

Once recording is completed, the file is automatically uploaded to Podcast Producer for processing. Podcast Producer leverages the power of QuickTime to encode content into standard formats such as H.264 and MPEG-4. And with Episode Podcast from Telestream, Podcast Producer can accept and re-encode media from other popular formats including Windows Media, Flash 8, VC-1, and more.

Podcast Producer includes a dozen built-in workflows to automate publishing of podcasts to blogs, iTunes, iTunes U, or even multimedia-enabled cell phones over high-speed wireless networks using QuickTime Streaming Server. Workflows include the ability to archive recordings, apply custom Quartz Composer compositions with titles and watermarks, add opening and closing videos, notify the iTunes Podcast Directory of the new episode, and send out an announcement email.

Podcast Producer uses Xgrid distributed processing technology for large-scale podcast productions — encoding tasks are automatically distributed to other servers. All that is required is another server running Podcast Producer and a shared file system such as Xsan or NFS.