The final step you need to take in the recording phase of your first episode is exporting. Exporting is simply converting your raw recording into an audio file format that listeners can easily download and listen to.
By far, the most popular audio file format on the internet is mp3. It is the standard form of audio file distribution on the internet. It was made commercially popular by Apple’s iTunes program, and is now used by Amazon’s MP3 store, and audio-sharing services such as Rhapsody. When downloading or listening to any audio on the internet, 9.5 out of 10 times, you will be dealing with an MP3 file.
So, here’s how to get your podcast file converted to MP3 in Audacity.
- You should still have your podcast audio project open. If not, open it.
- Click File > Export Audio.
- Under ‘Save As Type’, click ‘MP3 Files’.
- Type in an appropriate ‘File name’, such as PodcastTitle-1.
- Click Save.
When you do this for the first time, Audacity may show a message stating that it cannot locate the LAME MP3 encoder. This is something you should have downloaded when you downloaded and installed Audacity. If not, go to this link and download the version for your computer: lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl. Download the ‘recommended installer package’ and install it immediately. Take special note of the directory the program installs into. Ideally, Audacity will automatically find the encoder, but if not, you will have to tell Audacity where the encoder is by
- Go to Edit > Preferences
- Click ‘Libraries’
- Click ‘Locate’ beside ‘MP3 Library’, and put in the location of the encoder.
- Click ‘OK’
Now, go back and select Export Audio again. Depending on how fast your computer is and how long your podcast is, it will take a few minutes to export.
This post is a part of the PODCASTING FOR MINISTRY blog series.