podcast editing tips

podcast editing tips

Podcast Editing Tips:

When it comes to producing podcasts, editing has got to be one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks.

Luckily, there’s a couple things you can do to help speed up the process and free up your time to do more important stuff like promoting your show, serving your clients and even looking for sponsors for your show.

I’m gonna share with you 7 podcast editing tips that can help you cut down the amount of time you spend on editing your podcast.

1. Plan and prepare

So when I started podcasting, I never really prepared for my interviews, I’d just wait for the scheduled time and then jump right into recording.

And what would happen is that, as I recorded my interviews, I would make so many mistakes, stumble a lot and stutter a lot, and this increased the amount of editing that was needed after recording.

However, now I make sure I plan and prepare for each record session, and I tend make little or no mistakes at all, reducing the need to edit afterward.

A great way to help you prepare is to have a checklist of tasks that need to be done before you start recording.

It’s also a good idea to have a good bit of knowledge about your guest so that you can communicate fluently with them during the interview.

2. Quit being a perfectionist

This was another mistake I made when I first started out – being a perfectionist.

As a newbie, you may be tempted to edit out every single umms and Ahhs, and stutters.

Please don’t.

As this is a sure fire way to spend hours of your valuable time editing stuff that would not make any significant difference to the overall quality of the content of your show.

Instead focus your attention on editing out only them ones that actually affect the quality of the conversation, like long pauses, obvious mistakes and maybe too much repetition etc

3. Create and use templates

There’s a good chance that certain aspects of your podcasts remain the same in every episode. Like the position of the intro, sponsor messages etc.

So it’s a good idea to create a project template containing all your show’s elements in their various positions and just reuse this every time you edit.

This podcast editing tip will save you so much time when you edit, as you simply import the raw audio file into that project and you’re good to go.

Also, depending on the software you use to edit, you can save various settings and plugins in channel strips.

Then processing your audio now becomes as simple as recalling that channel strip and boom you’re done.

4. Mark out edit points

Every now and then, as you interview your guests, you’re gonna make a mistake – this is normal.

A cool podcast editing tip is to mark out this point so that when it’s time to edit, you can simply look for it in your editing software and cut it out, without having to listen to the whole thing again.

And there’s a couple ways you can do this.

You could simply note down the time of the mistake on a piece of paper while you record.

Or you could pause and remain silent for like 10 secs once you make a mistake.

This way, it’s easy to spot this edit point during post.

5. Playback at faster speeds

This is a really cool podcast editing tip that can save you time when you’re editing your podcast.

Depending on the software you use, you might be able to speed up playback of your recordings and pick out stuff you’d want to get rid of.

You don’t want to speed it up too much tho as it can result in the chipmunk effect and make it difficult to listen to.

Speeding up things by 40% – 50% is usually a good starting point.

6. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

All editing software have keyboard shortcuts and it is a good idea to learn some of these, especially for the most common tasks.

This will save you a lot of time as it’s quicker to hit CMD-V to paste something than it is to go through the menu options with the mouse.

It also makes you look like a pro when you’re editing. (wink)

7. Hire A Professional Podcast Editor

Finally, if you try all these podcast editing tips and you still find editing your shows challenging, then you might want to consider hiring a professional podcast editor to help you out.

This way you can cut the amount of time you spend editing your shows completely down to zero.

Afterall, editing is just one aspect of having a successful podcast. There’s still other more important tasks to do like promoting your show, serving your clients, looking for sponsors etc

If you’ve never worked with an editor before and would like to see what it’s like working with one, then I’ve got good news for you.

At the moment, we are offering a free trial to new clients.

We’ll completely edit an episode of your show for free, adding in your intros outros, removing any mistakes and long pauses, beef up the sound quality and ID3 tag the audio file.

And if after that, you want to continue using our service, awesome. If not no hard feelings, it’s 100% free.

Simply, click on that link over there, fill out the form on the next page and we can get started working on your show ASAP.

Looking forward to working with you. Speak soon.

About the Author

Xavi is a podcast producer and specialises in producing podcasts for digital agency owners and other b2b companies.

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