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Podcast: How Luxegen Got Its Name

February 15, 2010 by  
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Making a Genealogy Podcast

I’ve been at the receiving end of many a fine podcast (radio on the internet) for both Toastmasters and the Genealogy world but I hadn’t ever made a successful one for myself until now!

How did I do it?

Last November I had tried making a podcast using Camtasia, which is a program for creating VIDEO that can be uploaded to places like Youtube.com.  I figured I’d just extract the audio out of it and use it for a podcast.  Despite saving 4 different ways I was never successful at getting one to work.  I’m sure there is a way to do it but I haven’t figured it out yet.

Fast forward 3 months…

I turned to the free audio and sound recording software Audacity. I installed the software on my hard drive (I use a PC with the Windows Vista operating system) and literally had a recording made in minutes.

There was NO learning curve…just push RECORD and go.

This creates an audacity file which I saved to my hard drive.

I now needed to export the audacity file as a mp3 file that can be heard by all of you out there. That required me to download the “lame mp3 encoder“.   The instructions are on the page and you only need to do it once.

After the mp3 encoder is installed I chose my saved audacity file and using the EXPORT AS MP3 feature which saved the mp3 version on my hard drive.

Probably the fastest, easiest way to share my newly recorded mp3 file was to create a profile on Podbean.com.

This I had done on the Luxegen Podbean page last November when I was trying this earlier.  I went into my previous post and uploaded the new mp3 file and Voila! It worked!

Why did I do all of this?

I love hearing the voices and getting to know my fellow geneabloggers and genealogists better. This was reinforced when I met several of them in person at the Mesa Family History Expo.  I’m hoping other genealogists will share their voices too and we can all get to know each other better.

My first podcast for your listening pleasure is “How Luxegen Got Its Name”

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Enjoy!

P.S. I’m sure there are a dozen different ways to make and present a podcast on line. I’d like to hear your experiences AND your voices.  Please comment below.





Comments

9 Responses to “Podcast: How Luxegen Got Its Name”
  1. Thanks, Joan. I’ve been wondering about just this question! Nice job with the podcast debut as well.

  2. Hi Denise,
    It was fun! (once I got the correct software!). Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

    Joan

  3. Jo says:

    Well done, Joan, I might give it a go myself. You’ve given us all the short cuts! Thanks

  4. Wonderful to hear your voice again Joan! Fun, eh?!

  5. Hi Jo,
    I hope you do try it. I’d love to hear your voice. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    Joan

  6. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks! I should have asked the expert! You’ve made many, many podcasts! Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    Joan

  7. Amy Coffin says:

    Well done! I must confess, when I first stumbled upon your blog & website, I thought it had something to do with Luxembourg which is the origin of my maiden name. I was SO excited because I thought I had found another person searching LUX. There aren’t many.

    Since then, I still laugh about my error, but it’s been a pleasure reading your blog (and now meeting you). And I’m glad to know where the name came from. I like it!
    .-= Amy Coffin´s last blog ..The Films are In =-.

  8. Hi Amy,
    Thanks! Re the LUX connection, I get asked that ALL the time. “Do you have relatives in Luxembourg?”. I obviously didn’t think of that when I was creating my domain name Luxegen!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

    Joan

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