How do I publish episodes? What files can I use ? How does archived episodes work?

How do I publish a new episode ?

Visit the page of the channel you wish to publish the episode to and look for the 'Publish Episode' button.

Note that that you will only see this button if you are logged in with a user account that has publishing rights to the channel in question! (see this article)

Clicking the 'Publish Episode' episode button will present an interface where the an audio file can be provided in addition to allowing you setup metadata for your episode.


How do I upload audio ?

Our interface allows you to provide your audio file in various ways:
  • upload a file directly (with drag-and-drop if your browser supports it) 
  • specify a publicly accessible HTTP URL on the web where we can download the file directly 
  • provide a FTP server URL with username and password

    What kind of files can I upload ?


    We accept various file formats as input: 

    WAV, FLAC, MP3, MP2, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Windows Media

    Note that these file types are identified only by their extension and must match the audio codec contained in the file!

    (.wav, .flac, .mp3, .mp2, .ogg, .oga, .mp4, .m4a, .wma respectively) 

         
    So what is the recommended format and contents ?

    Our platform published all episodes in multiple quality levels (see this article), but we will never create quality profiles that are better than the input source.

    Ideally use a high-quality input file but strike a balance between quality and file-size by compressing it first using a (good) compression codec.

    Our ideal recommendation for all mixed and voice content is 44.1kHz (CD quality) audio compressed using Ogg Vorbis at quality level 6 (-q6 parameter). At this compression level the quality is nearly transparent to uncompressed originals, even for music content. 

    MP3 at 320kbps will certainly also be fine for the majority of mixed content but will not be as small.

    We strongly recommend against using WAV as an upload format due to it's massive size. At least use FLAC for uncompressed audio.


    What are archived episodes ?

    Archived episodes are only visible to content administrators and cannot be viewed or played by normal users. These episodes will never show up in a channel list view, either on the website, an RSS feed or an embedded player.

    Content administrators can use this to upload content and only publish it later or to reduce clutter for visitor by hiding older episodes.

    While episodes are in an archived state, administrators can still manage the them in normal ways, including changing it's metadata or deleting it. Existing live episodes can be archived using the "Archive" button on the episode's edit view.

    New episodes can be created directly to an archived state, preventing them from ever becoming visible to end-users. This allows uploading files for later publishing.

    To make archived episodes available to end users again, use the "Publish" button on the episode's edit view. Publishing takes a few moments to complete as new output files are created from the episode's archived original.

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