Okay I need your input folks. This site is starting to take off and I need to make some decisions and anchor down with a format that I can deliver easily with as little extra work as possible.
First – I like doing video and want to keep doing it, I also need to be on YouTube for the market reach it offers so no matter what I will keep recording this stuff as video on some level. So video won’t go away.
Second – This show is taking off and I can’t deal with another huge hosting requirement so hosting the videos directly right now is not a great option.
Third – Many of the people who are downloading the files in iTunes are doing so mostly to “listen” more than watch on their ipod, players, iphones, etc. The iphone is gay, you can’t minimize a video and just let it play to listen. Multi tasking on it works with everything it seems except but video.
With that in mind my hope was to do the following, upload the videos to both Youtube and Mevio to make the videos available for download. Also generate an audio file for the show as another download option. My plan was to use a service called TubeMogle to upload the video one time and deliver it to both Youtube and Mevio. Issue is TubeMogal doesn’t support Mevio, so to do this I need to do three uploads and run two podcast feeds (one audio and one video). This would take way more effort and time than I have to give right now.
Hence I have two choices,
1. Keep using mevio and you are sort of on your own if you want an audio version. You can convert it or what ever but it is up to you. This sucks in a way because it doesn’t solve the Youtube issue and I really need the reach of Youtube. That said if it is best for the audience I will deal with it. But with this option there will be no audio. What this option amounts to is doing things EXACTLY the way I am doing them now.
2. I do the videos and upload them to Youtube and embed those videos here at the blog. When I create the video I do the audio as well, upload the audio and set it up so that is what goes in the feed. iTunes will than only pull the audio BUT you can go to Youtube with the iPhone app or on android or what have you as long as you have a connection to watch the video.
Since the shows are short they will download very quickly in the audio format and won’t cause me any issues with bandwidth for a very long time even with low end hosting. With this option each episode will be on youtube as video and via audio by itunes or for download. On the occasion I do a screen cast episode it will not be released as audio only for obvious reasons.
This might all sound a bit confusing but it comes down to are you willing to give up direct download of the videos to have audio only versions of the show that are easier to listen to when away from your computer or is the downloadable video more important to you.
Let me know in the comments below!