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Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies® by Terra, Evo, Morris, Tee

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Chapter 42. Posting and Distributing Your Video

In This Practice

  • Working with your RSS feed

  • Uploading to YouTube

  • Posting to Google Video

  • Working with Lulu TV

After you've got your killer video podcast finished and ready to go, the question asked here is usually, “Okay, now what?” It's not a bad question to ask, really — there are a few options you can explore beyond the simple addition of the video to your RSS feed. You can (for example) either post your video content exclusively into your podcast or have another service shoulder the hosting and bandwidth issues that come with hosting a video podcast.

Beginning with the basics, this practice explores the options you have for releasing your video content out into the wild, including YouTube, Google Video, and Lulu TV.

Distribution through Your Feed

If you are working with your own feed, as discussed in Practices 25 and 27, you know that the most important line in your feed is the enclosure. As an example, here's the enclosure line for a video called Man vs. Child:

<enclosure url="http://mywebsite.net/podcast /ManVsChild.m4v" length="121774210" type="video/x‐m4v"/>

Sure, all the other lines of your RSS feed play a part in making your podcast happen, but it's the enclosure that everyone wants — and that everyone plays on their media players of choice. Without the enclosure, no media file is exchanged between the host and the podcatching client, so you will want to be certain that the feed you're managing — whether you're doing it by hand, using ...

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