Royalty Free Podcast Promo Soundpack

I’m always looking for more audio sound effects – especially free ones. has a collection of Royalty Free and free as in no cost audio samples designed specifically for podcasters. Terms of use are simply that you need to credit for providing them. As far as I can tell, the collection is available only on Apple’s download site and the files are listed as requiring Mac OS X, but fear not, the WAV files in the download will work just as easily for Linux and Windows users too.


All of the video apps supporting HDV suffer from the same problem – if the app barfs on your video, you waste a bunch of time recapturing the content. There’s also the issue of having all your files trapped in your video editor’s format, with no easy way to work with clips and segments of the video somewhere else. Enter HDVSplit, a app specifically designed to capture HDV video, split the video based on scenes, and provide custom labeling for the clips. This provides the flexibility to use only the segments you need in your video editing app, while also allowing you to circumvent any of the glitchy sections of your video tape (if any exist). The software only officially claims support for the HDV camcorders from Sony, although it should work with any of the HDV camcorders currently on the market. If you have several m2t files already on your hard drive, HDVSplit will process all of them and do scene detection as a batch. [Windows XP/Vista $0.00]

Split MP3s into Multiple Files

Adam writes, “Is there a way I can manipulate the length of MP3 files, as I’ve been converting videos of live bands into MP3s but I’m getting the whole set as one file and Id rather have individual songs.”
Virtually any audio editing app will allow you to chop up an MP3 file. The problem is, most of them also re-encode the file, which adds additional compression and often makes the file sound worse. There are a number of apps that support trimming MP3 files up into smaller segments. One of my favorites is mpTrim, which allows you to split MP3 files, without needing to re-encode the file. In some cases, you might need the pay version for trimming large files, but the free version works for many applications.

HD-DVD Authoring for Home Movies

How to make an HD-DVD using standard 4.7GB DVD media or 8.5GB dual layer disks.
After shooting numerous hours of high definition video footage, I’ve been itching for a way to create some HD-DVDs. There are no HD-DVD burners on the market at the moment. And media seems to be in scarce supply. Sure, I could shell out $700 for a Blu-ray burner, but then I’d need to spend another $600 for a player that conveniently connects to my television (like a PS3, for instance). At least I can use the Xbox 360 HD-DVD player with Windows Vista or my 360, and there’s now an HP HD-DVD player in the wild as well. When I found out Pinnacle added support for HD-DVD burning to Pinnacle Studio Plus, I was thrilled. Better yet, they do it by burning to standard 4.7GB DVDs or to 8.5GB dual layer disks.

Recording Voice Audio with a M-Audio Microtrack

Beverly writes, I need to record voice to CD, efficiently, and have the cd play in any normal CD player. I have an M-Audio Microtrack recorder with 1gb compact flash, but it seems that I have a high quality recording but it takes up a lot of space. In a work day I need to make 6 recordings. Does it make sense to consider a 30gb iPod to record voice to, and then burn to CD?
You don’t mention how long your six recordings per day are, but if you want good quality sound for recording, don’t use the iPod or any other portable media player. The Microtrack recorder is a good tool for what you are doing. If you want to use less space per file change your record settings. Under the Record Settings on the Menu make the following changes: Set Encoder to WAV. Set Sample Rate to 44.1. Set Bits to 16 (not 24). Using these settings, you will get about 90 minutes on a 1GB Compact Flash card and won’t notice any quality difference. A much cheaper solution than buying an iPod would be to get several 1GB or 2GB compact flash cards and then swapping the card when it gets full. This also gives you the flexibility of using the Microtrack all day long. Keep in mind that an audio CD only holds as much as 74 minutes of audio, so a single 1GB card recording 90 minutes of voice audio is more audio than you can fit on a single audio CD.