Daily Archives: November 22, 2005

Blogcast: How to create your own blogcast

Well I’ve had quite a few mails asking me how to create blogcasts since the Exchange team published my blogcast series on how to upgrade from Exchnge 5.5 to Exchange 2003. So here’s some infomation covering the various questions I’ve been asked about these recently:

What is a blogcast?

Sometimes there just isn’t time to view a whole Webcast, when all you want to do is learn something specific.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a demo and dialogue covering the exact component that you want to learn about?   Blocasts are mini Webcasts, typically about 5 minutes long, and show a visual demo of the technology.  Audio is embedded along with the  Windows Media (.WME) file and you can view these on demand over and over again.  Blogcasts differ from podcasts in as much as podcasts are audio only, and podcasts have enclosures that means that you can subscribe to a podcast feed to receive updated audio broadcasts when they are available.  Blogcasts (cast out, from a blog, typically) show short, targeted demos and they’re visual.  Some have PowerPoint included, some only show the interface…  They’re short and sweet and show you exactly what you want to know.  But the best thing is… anyone can create them.

How do I create a blogcast?

We’ve published everything so that anyone can get up and running and recording blogcasts really quickly.  We use Windows Media player at: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/encoder/default.aspx and follow John Howards instructions on configuring Windows Media Encoder: http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2005/01/24/359391.aspx.  or watch the blogcast on “how to create a blogcast” a http://web.archive.org/web/20051122214253/http://www.blogcastrespository.com/

Where can I store blogcasts?

You need to host these files somewhere accessible from the Internet, either using hosting space from your ISP, or use the free hosting service for blogcasts at: http://www.blogcastrepoitory.com

Where can I find examples of blogcasts to give me an idea of what they contain?

In addition to http://web.archive.org/web/20051122214253/http://www.blogcastrepository.com/, http://web.archive.org/web/20051122214253/http://sqlserverfaq.com/,