This summer, we proudly released three important new features:
video support, YouTube export for audio/video and
the SoundCloud integration!
These features make it possible to use Auphonic for the automatic deployment of podcasts, screencasts, recordings, etc. to multiple platforms - see External Services.
The combination of SoundCloud and Auphonic provides a complete package
for podcast post production, hosting, RSS feed generation and more.
Furthermore, the YouTube export function allows you to increase your audience through YouTube's content discovery mechanism, including listeners that you could not reach through a podcast RSS feed.
All file metadata, images and chapter marks are automatically exported to SoundCloud or YouTube. This blog post describes the details of each new feature and suggests some new Auphonic use cases.
Video Input and Output
Auphonic now supports video for both input and output, with all common formats being supported. Simply select Video in the Output Files section:The following combinations are possible:
- Video input and audio output:
Only the audio track is processed by Auphonic, the video track is discarded.
Video input and video output:
The audio track is extracted from your video file, processed by Auphonic and afterwards merged with the original video track. Note that the video track is copied 1:1 rather than being re-encoded, so there is no loss of image quality whatsoever! The new audio track uses the same format, bitrate and sampling rate as the audio in your input file.
Video input with audio and video output:
It's of course also possible to generate a video and audio version of your input video file, so that you can offer a video and audio-only version of your production on your webpage (e.g. for conference and lecture recordings or screencasts).
Now you can upload your production to YouTube - if your production is audio-only, we automatically generate a (still-image) video track from the cover image that you uploaded to Auphonic!
You might wonder why you should upload audio-only content to YouTube,
but this does in fact have a serious advantage for podcast producers:
YouTube has a built-in content discovery mechanism, so you get suggestions about other videos you might like (as Amazon does it with books). If someone is watching a conference recording, for example, and you have produced a podcast about a similar topic, your production might pop up as a suggestion. In this manner, you are able to reach new listeners, which would never find you through other channels such as RSS.
For a discussion about YouTube for podcasters see techzing podcast #134 (from 74min).
- the Title becomes the YouTube Title, the Summary the YouTube Description and Tags are exported to YouTube Keywords
- if you add Chapter Marks, they will be shown in YouTube as Captions at the correct time
- furthermore it's possible to set your video to private or public and to specify a YouTube Category (see picture below)
Attention: for files longer than 15 minutes, YouTube requires your phone number ;) !
SoundCloud is currently running a beta program for
spoken word podcasts (see
The combination of SoundCloud and Auphonic represents a complete package
for podcast post production, file hosting, RSS feed generation, a nice embedable player, etc.
The article SoundCloud expands its effort to become the YouTube of public radio and podcasts discusses some new developments - let's see how their podcasting program evolves!
Our SoundCloud integration enables the export and import of audio files to and from SoundCloud. Auphonic file metadata will be mapped to SoundCloud metadata:
- Title to SoundCloud Title
- Summary to SoundCloud Description
- Cover Image to SoundCloud Image
- Genre to SoundCloud Genre
- Tags to SoundCloud Tags
- License: a Creative Commons License is automatically exported to the correct SoundCloud License
A very nice detail: Chapter Marks become SoundCloud Comments, directly visible in the SoundCloud player :) !
Furthermore, it's possible to make your track private or public, enable or disable direct file download and choose the correct track type (see picture above).
The new features in Auphonic allow for very complex workflows. Here is one example:
- you upload a video recording to Auphonic
- the audio is processed by Auphonic: adaptive level adjustments, noise reduction and loudness normalization
- video and audio versions are encoded in multiple file formats and bitrates by Auphonic
- video is automatically exported to YouTube
- audio is automatically exported to SoundCloud, where a podcast RSS feed is updated at the same time
- video and audio are copied to an additional server per SFTP or FTP, where listeners can download the files
- video and audio are copied to archive.org per FTP and to Dropbox as a backup
And all that with just a single mouse click :) !
If you need to interface other services, we are of course very happy to integrate them!
For now you can register your SoundCloud, YouTube, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, ... accounts here: Auphonic External Services.