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Formatting a Video Podcast for the Video iPod

Video podcasts created using GarageBand are not playable on a video iPod. That said, it is possible to create video podcasts that are encoded and formatted for playback on a video iPod using iLife ’06, thanks to iMovie. iMovie’s Share menu includes an option to send a video project to an iPod. What this command actually does is format the video for iPod playback and store the movie in your iTunes library (the next time you sync a video iPod, it would be copied to the iPod). You can use this feature to create video podcasts formatted for video iPod playback, but the process can be a bit convoluted.

First, as described earlier, prepare your video using iMovie. If you do not need to do further audio editing with GarageBand, simply choose iPod from iMovie’s Share menu to store an iPod-capable version of it in your iTunes library. Then launch iWeb and either create a new Podcast page or select an existing Podcast. Select the Entries page and then click the new entry button (refer to Figure 5), which creates a new blank entry (similar to an entry created when you send a podcast to iWeb from GarageBand) with a placeholder file instead of the actual podcast content.

Click the Media button to display the iLife Media Browser. Choose the Movies tab and then click the disclosure triangle next to iTunes to display the videos stored in your iTunes library. Select the video that you placed into the library using the Share > iPod command in iMovie. Drag and drop the icon for the video onto the placeholder video in the new podcast entry/episode page. Now edit the rest of the page as you normally would. Also be sure to edit the episode information using the iWeb Inspector palette because this information is not automatically imported as it is when sending a podcast from GarageBand. Finally, save and publish your site as your normally would.

If you do want to do further audio work using GarageBand, you need to do so as if you are scoring an iMovie project and then send the project back to iMovie. In this case, you should send the video to GarageBand directly from iMovie, as described earlier. When you finish editing the audio track(s), you should send the project back to iMovie by using the Send Score To iMovie command from the GarageBand Share menu instead of sending it directly to iWeb. Then follow the preceding instructions for storing the finished project in your iTunes library and manually creating the podcast entry/episode.

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