Have you ever listened to a podcast and wish that you were given a visual of whats being described or maybe receive a link to a site that was mentioned during the podcast? I certainly have and now you can. Take a look at DiviCast, a new service made for podcast owners allowing them to enhance their podcasts by splitting them into chapters with images, text, and links. It is very simple to use and makes podcasts even more enjoyable to listen to. For an example, maybe you are describing a product and want your listeners to see what you are talking about. You can easily add an image and a link about the product. Or maybe you went to a TechCrunch meetup, made a podcast, and took a bunch of photos. Why not use DiviCast to let subscribers listen your podcast while looking at photos of the meetup? I am sure you can already see the value in using the service, but to give you a better idea of what is capable, let me give you a quick walk-through of the DiviCast.

DiviCast is not a full podcast solution. It is for users that already have their podcasts online because what it does do is allows podcasters to enhance their podcasts with visuals giving their subscribers a more enjoyable experience. If you have podcast hosting, you are good to go. Otherwise, you will have to find one because DiviCast does not offer podcast hosting. Then, upload your podcast to your host and make sure they are in mp3 format because as of now, that is the only acceptable format during the beta of DiviCast. Once you get a podcast online, signup to DiviCast and add the podcast to your account through your media section. Now this is where things get interesting. Next to each podcast, you will see the option, “Enhance.” Clicking this will bring up a new window for the DiviCast Editor.

The DiviCast Editor (above screenshot) is what you will use to add text, images, and links to your podcasts. It is a fairly straight forward interface using basic drag and drop functionality, image uploading, and a neat slider for narrowing down into areas of a podcast. One the left is your upload folder where all your images that you plan on using for your podcast will be shown, much like how iMovie for Macintosh works for adding images to a movie. The uploading works fine, but there are two drawbacks. One is that the images must be larger then 80×60 pixels. Two, images must be in JPG format. Hopefully there will be more formats soon and I would also like to upload small images, centering them in the workspace. On the right of the editor is your view where you can look at your progress. Lastly, and most importantly, is the timeline located at the bottom. The timeline is where you plot points on your podcast for chapters, images, text, and links. Adding a chapter will allow you to add a name and description to a position of the podcast and add a marker that any listener can simply skip to. Adding a keyframe allows you to add images, text, and links at any point of the podcast. Both work alike using simple drag and drop for positioning in the timeline and adding of images into the view area.

I feel that the DiviCast editor works very well but takes a bit to get used to. I recommend taking a look at the help video to get a better idea of how it works. It is fairly basic though and most of the functionality that I would need does exists. Of course there is always room for more. For example, positioning an image inside of the view, making transition effects between keyframes and chapters, and maybe even auto-saving would be great additions.

(External link: Engadget’s DiviCast Channel)

Once you are done enhancing your podcast using the editor, it is time to share it. You will be given a permanent link for your podcast showing a page much like what you see in the above screenshot of Engadget’s Podcast Channel. Listeners will be shown the latest podcast and can easily navigate through chapters, find out more information, and view past podcasts. I have decided to give Engadet’s channel as an example because they use DiviCast how it should be used. Every new topic that Engadget gets into includes a new image with a text link for more information and as you listen to the podcast and watch the DiviCast, you will find that it really does improve the overall listening experience.

Overall, I love the direction DiviCast is headed. It is great being able to listen to a podcast and easily learn more about the topic with the help of attached images and text. It may mean more work for publishing a podcast, but looking at the end results of a DiviCast, it seems more then worth it. If you do end up giving it a try and like it, please send me your channel. I’m interested in seeing what you have created and how your subscribers take it.

View DiviCast for Adding Visuals to Your Podcasts.

One Comment on “DiviCast for Adding Visuals to Your Podcasts”

  1. Daniel @ SONR says:

    I offer a similar service, though handled a bit differently. In addition to a table of contents and displaying pics/webpages/etc, our player collects statistics about how the listener is interacting with the show, including how much of it they actually listened to. I’d love to hear your opinion on my tool, SONR if you ever have the time to check it out. Thanks!