Is this happening to anyone else? Any suggestions as to how to stop it happening? It's extremely annoying and worrisome!
A couple months ago the Google hosting on that player started to become unstable, causing most of our streams to become broken. Thanks to a fix found by argentumlupine, I was able to upload a copy of the player to my website and offer it to anyone who'd like to use it.
I've also been talking to AO3, and they've done some coding on their end, so now the code will work over there as well.
So, the new streaming code, for anyone interested is:
<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" flashvars="audioUrl=LINKTOMP3HERE" src="http://podfic.com/player/audio-pla
yer.swf" width="400" height="27" allowscriptaccess="never" allownetworking="internal"></embed>
With LINKTOMP3HERE changed to an actual link to the mp3.
Note: you need to have the podfic hosted somewhere that allows for streaming (many of the free upload sites do not allow this), but my offer to host podfics is still open to anyone. :)
I'm relatively new to podfic and joined the community to get some good recommendations and listen to the works of others to improve my own drivel. I've been really happy and impressed with all I've seen (and heard) so far.
As I've been perusing the archives, I got to thinking. Podficing appears to be overwhelmingly female. Could anyone point me in the direction of fellow guys who podfic? ...If there is such a thing?
Ultimately, I suspect this is coming from a place of anxiety on my part. As a not-exactly-young-anymore fellow with a "femmy" voice, I'm waffling over the way I sound. My female impersonation is good. Really good--we're talking "Kurt Hummel from Glee," full-on Lady Voice, often mistaken for a woman over the phone. I've pretty much been recording with a female-style voice and have only just started to practice narrating in a lower register. I'm not happy with the sound. It might be nice to hear how other guys are coping with the enunciation and cadence issues which come with a deeper, less "crisp" speaking voice. If anyone has links or knows of men who podfic, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!
You can hear my female impersonation and character voices HERE, along with my regular speaking voice, downloadable HERE. I feel like a prat, but whatever. I'll get over it in time.
Today is the first day of pod_aware! A full week devoted to spreading awareness about podfic!
Today's theme is Podfic 101/Why We Podfic. To kick things off, there's a podcast on the topic. I've also written a podfic tutorial.
Come check out the comm and see what other treasures have been posted and feel free to join in! (you don't need to have signed up to participate, and you can post anything you'd like to help spread podfic awareness, your work doesn't need to be podfic related).
Podfic: it's an audio recording of a fanfic, like an audiobook, how awesome is that? Fans from all over put their voices out there so you can enjoy fanfic on the go or just in a different way. To find out more about podfic, why we do it and how to get started, check out pod_aware on LJ or DW.
My last mp3 was a Creative Zen: Vision M, bought it for the watching avi videos on the train commute into work, and the mp3 capability was an added bonus. I would still be working with it, except it doesn't work any more.
So. I'm replacing it. This time, podfic is the primary aim (and playing avi/videos would nice but in no way essential).
How I listen to podfic: I listen to podfics as mp3s rather than podbooks (mb4?). I would really like to keep listening that way, as I do a little bit of editing to the files before I listen and I don't think that's feasible for podbooks?
My Killer Feature: The absolute must for me is bookmarking of some sort. And by bookmarking, I mean that it will let me mark the point in the track at which I stopped listening. Handy for when the track is 3 hrs long! The Creative Zen let me mark a bookmark point and stored them in a list. However, I don't mind 'passive' bookmarking (where the player remembers where I last listened to), so long as it doesn't forget as soon as I listen to another track, or when I switch it off, or when the battery runs flat. If it also remembered the playlist, that would be awesome (I've got a few podfics that are multiple track or one of a series) but not quite as essential.
I've done some asking around, both the internet and people I know, but I keep getting funny looks when I talk about bookmarking mp3s; hopefully you guys will know what I mean! And this is primarily why I'm asking here for recs.
Really Nice to have: good volume (to combat noisy environments, and, spoken word is quiet anyway), reasonably compact and I would love battery life > 20hrs.
Other stuff: I'm not too concerned with capacity, probably in the 8GB - 16GB range, but anything over 1GB or 2 GB would be acceptable. Cost is pretty flexible, I'd prefer something on the cheap end (tho, oh god, I will pay for bookmarking if needed). I'd also like something that's going to be pretty reliable, so if you've have good or bad experiences with a brand, feel free to give me that too. Oh, and I'm a Windows user.
In an ideal world: Any associated software will be entirely optional. I should be able to just drag and drop mp3s from my desktop to the mp3 window, to get the basic 'plays mp3s' functionality. Software that provides added extras / cool features, is fine.
My research so far: I'm currently contemplating SanDisc Sansa Fuze 8GB. There is a newer 'plus' version, but it got absolutely slated in the Amazon reviews.
I would really rather avoid ipod/itouch/ipad/istuff, but if you're willing to talk me through why you think i-whatever would work for me, then I will totally have that discussion with you!
So. Any advice, recommendations, opinions etc on mp3 players would be much appreciated.
In GarageBand, when you are ready to export your podfic and you click on Share >> Send Song to iTunes, if you don't edit the tags for Album Artist and Composer to display as you want them (or later check and change these and possibly other tags as well in iTunes before uploading your podfic to the web), GB will automatically insert your computer's user name. If this also happens to be your RL name, that is what shows up in the podfic's tags. Oops, not good!
I know this from opening downloaded podfics into iTunes, where I keep all my usual podbook tags visible. Since I don't actually use GB myself, perhaps others who do can chime in with what they know on this subject. :-)
I'm thinking of making a series of podfic tutorials for garageband users, and I was wondering if there was anything anyone might like to know/learn about specifically? I've gotten some requests for music/sound effects help, but any specific questions will really help me out ♥
EDIT: if there was anything in one of my pods you wanted to learn specifically, please cite it! Here is a list of planned tutes so far.
Pairing: Dean/Lisa, implied Dean/Sam
Rating/Warnings: PG / Spoilers for 6.01
Recorder's note: This is my very very first attempt at recording any sort of fic, so critique is welcomed. Also, what's the best program for recording/editing? I was using Audacity, and every time I messed up I had to re-record the whole thing. Thanks!!
download the mp3 here at megaupload
So here's the ref:
I haven't made one yet, but it looks easy enough and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it's made of pantyhose and an embroidery hoop! Talk about girly DIY. Go, Jake!
This is only helpful for a freestanding mic, not a built-in one. Linked to this, any tips about how to reduce irritating breathy noises in the pauses? I love making podfic but the endless editing does me in.
Crossposted to amplificathon at DW
I recently posted a good omens podfic called 'Only Human' only to have rapidshare die on me. I was wondering if, once i re-upload the fic on another website, can i delete the original post and re-post with a fresh link, so those that tried to download it the first time around but couldn't can do so un hindered. wow takl about a run on sentence!
Thanks so much!
I first discovered this com by accident about a year ago, and did the lurking/secret-sneaky-downloading-of-pod
P.S. - Did I mention my super-newness to all things even slightly technical? I hope I put the right tags on this...
but um my beta says there is like hissing and barking background noise.
i am a complete n00b when it comes to audacity.
so i was hoping one of you awesome kids would explain how to
get rid of said background noise to me.
thanks in advance!!!!
p.s i'm not quite sure what else to tag this.
Am listerning to the awesome "Ramble on" (great work, kudos goes to the reader) My problem is that I listern to it at nite and usually fall asleep during it as it is a hugh 8 odd hours long in 1 file. Is there a free programme I can use to break it down in to individual chapters.
The problem is that I have 4 Mp3s for a podfic, labeled as 1_Hell of a Town, 2, 3 and 4. That part seems okay. For the album I have Hell of a Town_The Sentinel Slash Podfic. And numbers 1 and 2 are together under that album name. 3 and 4, though, I had initially just typed The Sentinel Slash Podfic, and when I realized my mistake I retyped it so I matched number 1 and 2.
However, each time I try and synch it with Windows Media player onto my Mp3 player, 3 and 4 are still coming up with The Sentinel Slash Podfic, not Hell of a Town_The Sentinel Slash Podfic, even though that's what it says on the IDC tags. I've erased that line and retyped it and it still is coming up wrong. So my story is split into two different albums, meaning it won't flow from 2 to 3. Very annoying.
Any theories? It's like Windows remembers the earlier versions and keeps insisting on using them, even though they've been corrected.
ETA: FIXED. But I'm leaving the post up in case anybody else has come across this or will in the future. Remember when I wrote earlier that it was like Windows remembered the earlier versions and insisted on using them instead of the corrected ones? Well, that was it. I checked with search on Windows Media Player, and yes there was the older, incorrect versions, so I deleted them from the Media Player library and dragged the correct ones onto the synch list and behold -- the damn thing worked.
They've revamped their website since I last used it and I fumbled around for a while till I figured it out. But I tried several times to upload and it said it did it 100%, but never displayed the link, which was supposed to be in the middle of the page. The last time I tried I left it alone for a good forty minutes, thinking it would connect and do something, but nah, it didn't do anything. I gave up for the night,in case something is screwed up with the website, and will try again tomorrow.
But I would appreciate knowing if this is a fluke or not.