FAQ

Updated: 2013 June 02

This is a list of frequently asked questions about either Podcasting or MTGCast that I receive in Email. If you have any new questions, feel free to email them to me at otwellc@mtgcast.com. If they are good enough, then I’ll update this page with that question and answer for everyone to read.

Question #1 — Remote Recording

Hey Chris,

What kind of recording device do you use when you’re out at a tournament? I’m thinking about doing a show with my playgroup, but that means I’ll need a recorder that I can carry with me to wherever we’re playing, and can still pick up voices from a decent distance. All the segments you’ve done from inside a car make me think you’ve figured out this problem already, so here I am, asking for advice.

-Mike A.

Answer:

Hi Mike,

Yeah, I have a portable “digital voice recorder”. In theory, most of them are alright, but I particularly like the one that I use, since it doubles as a USB Thumb drive and records directly into WMV format, which is a format that iTunes will auto convert over to mp3 for me. It’s about 1 ½ inches wide, 4 ½ inches long, and ½ inch thick. The model that I use is a Olympus WS-311M. I’ve had it for about 2 1/2 years now. I used to use a Panasonic piece of shit that I hated because of its recording format and difficulty to convert to mp3.

http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/15918/digital-voice-recorders/

I never figured out the automated filtering feature, which would theoretically get rid of the background car audio noise in those podcasts, or I forget to activate it prior to getting into the car. When I’m at the house, I also plug in a full headset w/mic into it for recording, so that I can walk around the apartment for those recordings. If you have a portable microphone, that can be used too. I do all of my remote-site recordings with just the internal built-in microphone on it. I’ve been using it on Stereo HQ Mode, but just recently changed it to Stereo XQ Mode, which is supposed to record in higher quality.

I have a 512MB version, but I’ve seen the 1GB versions (WS-321M) for as low as $50 on Ebay. If my DVR broke, I’d order another one of this exact model the next day for sure.

Hope that helps.
Christopher E. Otwell

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Question #2 — Sending in a Podcast:

Hi Chris,

How do I record and send you a Podcast for the website?

Thanks
Anonymous

Answer:

Hi,

The simpliest manner to get a Podcast posted is by following the instructions that I laid out in the following article:
http://mtgcast.com/?page_id=786

The following are just suggested software and/or equipment combinations that can work:
1) A Laptop Computer W/Headset and/or Microphone. Effective for single person commentary Podcasts. If a basic ’2-way or 3-way Y-splitter’ audio connector is used, then this can also work effectively for small multi-person recordings in a single location.
2) Digital Voice Recorder that allows you to send the audio file to a computer and convert it into an MP3 file. This is excellent for mobile and/or remote recordings, as well as providing complete freedom. An additional external microphone would allow for additional flexiability and control over background noises.
3) Skype W/the Pamela Plug-In Add-on for online-only based ‘Group Podcasts’.
4) Ventrillo with an Audio Recorder running on the computer. This is also useful for online-only based ‘Group Podcasts’.
5) A Computer microphone or Digital Voice Recorder near a Telephone WConference Call speaker capabilty.
6) An iPhone and/or Smartphone with the appropiate recording software installed.

How do I edit and/or convert the Audio to MP3?

1) Several free programs exist for either editting and/or converting the audio files if needed. The only necessary editing tools include Audacity or Adobe Audition. I would expect that the most Podcasts are edited with Audacity.

2) There are a number of free converts available via a search on www.Google.com.
However, iTunes if configured to import all music as MP3, instead of the default AAC format,
does the best job of accuracy during the recompression process. All conversion and/or Bit-Reduction recompression that I (Chris Otwell) do to other people’s podcasts is done with iTunes configured for 48-Bit Stereo or 24-Bit Mono in the import functionality.

Hopefully, that helps.

 

Christopher E. Otwell

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Question #3 — Did you receive my Podcast or Description?

Hi Chris,

Did you receive my podcast that I send some time ago?

Thanks
Trevor

Answer:

Hi,

It’s possible that you could trigger the SPAM filter by GMAIL from time to time, and it might cause me to lose one or both parts of the Podcast Submission. If that happens, I’m sorry. I’ll do a better job of checking my spam folder in GMAIL, but at the same time… Don’t be afraid to ask me if I received the information as well, especially if you haven’t seen the Podcast posted within 48 hours.

 

Christopher E. Otwell

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Question #4 — Did you receive my Podcast or Description?

Hi Chris,

My question is concerning length for video podcasts that are hosted by mtgcast.  I have seen very few video podcasts in your archive (predominantly “the proffessors”) and most of these have been relatively short.  Is there a limit or suggestion for length of a video podcast to be submitted to mtgcast?

Thanks
Matthew

Answer:

Hi,

Excellent question and you are right, we never have really had video casts longer than ~10 minutes due to that being the typical limit on YouTube.  If you are doing it directly to iTunes, we should be able to handle a video of pretty much any length for now (30-60 minutes), but we will watch what kind of bandwidth (and thus cost) going into the future.

 

Tom

Question #5 — Podcast Recording

Dustin S.

Hey Chris, I’m interested in starting a podcast, but I just have one question about recording it. You mention that Audacity is a good program for editing the file into the proper size. Is Audactiy also recording software? If not, what is the most common way to record the audio. The cast will not be done with anyone in a different location, so skype is not necessary. Can I just use the voice memo iphone app? Thanks.

Answer:

Audacity can record podcasts. Some people use iPhones or Andriods with an App that records audio for Memos or Podcasts. A lot of people use Skype with the Pamela plug-in. Some people have Digital Voice Recorders that they travel with. I use either Skype W/Pamela or a Digital Audio Recorder, and then edit the recorded product in Audacity.

In reality, any audio recorder installed onto a Laptop or Desktop Computer with a microphone plugged in will also work.

 

Christopher E. Otwell

Question #6 — Moving off of MTGCast — Part 1

Anonymous:

Hey Chris, I’m interested in “How do I migrate my show’s existing iTunes feed from MTGCast to my new home…?  I’m wanting to leave MTGCast and keep any iTunes subscribers that I might have.  Thanks.”

Answer:

Sorry, but you won’t.  MTGCast will maintain the archive and any existing RSS Feeds (full site or individual shows) that has been produced through MTGCast and/or iTunes via my account.  MTGCast maintains the right, through the Terms of Service, to utilize this archive of shows for whatever reason into the future, and provide it to our existing or former listeners as well.   I intend to maintain and keep the archives for any existing or past show active on the website and within iTunes for others to still download and hear.

 

Christopher E. Otwell

 

Question #7 — Moving off of MTGCast — Part 2

Anonymous:

Hey Chris, I’m interested in “Can I get the site to submit a 301 redirect RSS feed message to the feed burners?  Thanks.”

Answer:

No.  The site’s RSS feed generator handles all shows for the network, and was a custom design for us. In order to modify the RSS feed generator to handle redirects, I risk damaging all shoes that the feed manages.  Migration path methods are designed for converting a single show’s source from one place to another, as an all or nothing effort.  It was not meant to selectivity handle a one to many feeds dynamic design, and would risk breaking MTGCast at thus point to try to retrofit that request into the design.  It is technically not feasible with our current dynamic RSS feed design, which was custom programmed for us by a third party, and I’m not wanting to modify it either.

 

Christopher E. Otwell

 

Question #8 — Moving off of MTGCast — Part 3

Anonymous:

…But not modifying the RSS Feed to my new site would cause me to lose my existing group of podcast subscribers.

Answer:

Agreed.  Consider it this way.  If I were a publishing written articles for you on my publication website, and another website comes along and pays you more for exclusivity rights to have you write for them as an Author, then you can’t transfer the writings with you from place to place.  Granted, you have some amount of claim to the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights for your contributed work, but as the editor and publication, I also maintain a claim to the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights as a result of my publishing your work.  MTGCast reserves the IP Rights of anything that is published on our website via our Terms of Service.  See Terms of Service Section #13 for reference.

 

Another way to consider this scenario, if a Podcast decides to leave the Network for any reason, MTGCast reserves the right to keep anything existing in tact that was previously published by that Podcast, including but not limited to:  The published podcast archive for that show, the existing viewer subscription based, etc…

 

Christopher E. Otwell

 

Question #9 — Intellectual Property (IP) Rights to a show

Anonymous:

How does the IP managed by the Podcasters and MTGCast interact?

Answer:

The owners of the shows retains all of the IP rights to that show, including but not limited to what it represents, what it is about, the purpose of the show, etc…  As that owner, they can continue to use it in any means desirable, for any purpose either within or outside of MTGCast.

 

MTGCast retains the IP rights to the components of the broadcast that MTGCast provides, including but not limited to the RSS feed, the FTP Storage archives, the Website broadcasts, Advertising information, etc…

 

Christopher E. Otwell

 

Thanks for the questions, and we’ll update this FAQ as needed to help others better understand the MTGCast Network.

If you have any questions, feel free to send them to both Tom (pitimp@mtgcast.com) and Christopher E. Otwell (otwellc@mtgcast.com) and we’ll address them in a timely manner.