Podcast Production Process

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The current publishing process for an episode of devtools.fm using Descript. We should automate more of this (well at least publishing).

Editing

Before you start you should do a few things:

  1. Upload media to Descript app
  2. Rename the files to the first name of the speaker, this will then be used in the transcript
  3. Set the default speaker in the multi-track sequence. Choose the person who talks to most for less work!

Video Cuts

It is crucial if your using a multi-track sequence to organize your podcast and want to make a video that you do this step first. During this pass you want to get the general pacing right and set all the cameras. If you don't set the camara first you will have exponentially more clips to set the speaker for, which can be a super time consuming process. Doing it first makes the problem not exist!

What to look out for:
  • Cut content you don't want in the podcast
  • Remove long gaps between responses
  • Set active camera (!!!)

Audio Cuts

I split editing the audio into two parts. If you have an editing partner this is a good place to share some of the workload.

Filler Word Removal

Descript has a lot of features that make it easy to remove filler words from you podcast. It is amazing how far removing a few "uh"s can go into making people sound better. Desript has the option to remove all filler words at once. I prefer to go 1 by 1 and leave the filler words that make sense in the transcript. Sometimes the person is using those filler words on purpose to give thier speech character, and it would suck to remove that.

Script Audit

This is where all the true editing happen. In this step I will listen to the podcast in full and fix any issues in the automated transcription. This includes correcting the grammer in the automated transcription as well.

Timing style guide:
  • If people take super long pauses shorten it to .6-1s
  • If a sentence starts with a filler word, super repeated word, or a false start I remove it
  • Remove mid sentence filler word if the audio still works

Final Polish

This is where your podcast becomes the final product. Here we are just adding polish to make the podcast shine!

  • Add intro and outro music/animations
  • Add section markers
  • Break sections that are 8+ minutes into clips for secondary YouTube account

Publishing

  1. Upload video to YouTube through Descript
    1. Make YouTube cover image from figma component
    2. Upload subtitles
    3. Add video description with link to devtools.fm/episode/NUMBER
  2. Publish to Buzzsprout from Descript
    1. Add show notes
    2. Add short description
    3. Add tags
    4. Add sections
  3. Create devtools.fm post
    1. Add links to YouTube and Buzzsprout
    2. Add title
    3. Add show notes
    4. Add sections
    5. Add transcript