"a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication. The word usurped webcast in common vernacular, due to rising popularity of the iPod and the innovation of web feeds.
The mode of delivery differentiates podcasting from other means of accessing media files over the Internet, such as direct download, or streamed webcasting. A list of all the audio or video files currently associated with a given series is maintained centrally on the distributor's server as a web feed, and the listener or viewer employs special client application software known as a podcatcher that can access this web feed, check it for updates, and download any new files in the series. This process can be automated so that new files are downloaded automatically. Files are stored locally on the user's computer or other device ready for offline Commonly used audio file formats are Ogg Vorbis and MP3. In many respects, this is closer to traditional publishing models associated with books and magazines (as opposed to radio, which uses a live stream). use, giving simple and convenient access to episodic content.
Academics at the Community, Journalism & Communication Research group at the University of Texas at Austin in the USA are proposing a four-part definition of a podcast: A podcast is a digital audio or video file that is episodic; downloadable; programme-driven, mainly with a host and/or theme; and convenient, usually via an automated feed with computer software."
In our first podcast, Joel and I briefly recapped our first week working on the film opening. We discussed how we had come to form our idea, and where we intend to go with it eventually.
Having gathered our ideas, we began to research the subject area as we want the film to be as realistic as possible. We have also discussed different camera equipment and editing techniques we want to explore; with the possibility of using a fish eye lens.
Our next target is to continue our research by watching more films, such as Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, many different Hitchcock films such as Psycho and The Birds, and also films by Darren Aronofsky.
Podcasts will be an interesting way for us to keep followers up to date with our production. It offers a change to simply reading through text, making it more entertaining for any readers of the blog.