A podcast is a digital media file or files available for streaming or download over the Internet. When someone subscribes to a podcast, the digital files can be automatically downloaded to the users computer for their listening convenience or they can stream the files over the Internet. Podcasts can be weekly sermons, non-copyrighted music, Bible studies, and any other type of recorded audio.
To sign up for the Streaming Media & Podcast service, please email Extend Sales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the examples and steps in this document we are using Apple's iTunes® software for Windows®.
To Do List
Complete the following steps to begin podcasting:
Before you start creating podcasts, you must upload your media file to the ACS FTP server. You must do this every time you make an addition or an update.
To be able to upload media files to the ACS FTP server, you must have FTP client software installed and point it to the correct server. You can use the Windows File Explorer included with Windows software, or alternatively we recommend Filezilla FTP Client. You can download the software for free at http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client.
Two directories display once you successfully log into the server: Streaming and Downloads. Podcasting files are housed in the Downloads folder.
To add your media file to the Downloads directory, drag and drop it from the desktop to Downloads.
You can create sub-folders within the folders in the Downloads directory for organization purposes. For example, you can create a folder titled Bible Study, then have sub-folders for Young Adult bible study and Singles bible study.
Now that you have uploaded your media file to the Media Streaming Server, you can create your podcast in the Media Manager.
Once you enter the general information for your podcast it is time to add episodes. You select episodes for your podcast from the media files you uploaded to the ACS FTP Server.
Your podcast file displays in the Media Manager as an XML file.
Before you publish your podcast, you need to copy the URL link for the XML file.
Now can publish your podcast to iTunes.
To share your podcast files with others through iTunes, you need to publish the files.
You only need to run this setup once, you will not need to run it again. Each time you update the episodes in Media Manager, your podcasts are updated for you.
To Do List
For each new media file you create you will need to follow the steps outlined above.