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Video Podcasting: Why and How to Launch Your Own Vodcast

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Why do all the top podcasts publish video versions to YouTube? Because YouTube has 2 billion logged-in users (and growing), which makes it a powerful place to grow your audience. 

In fact, 43% of monthly podcast listener say they’ve enjoyed podcast content on YouTube in the last year, which means you probably have potential fans browsing YouTube for content like yours right now. All you have to do is turn your regular podcast into a video podcast.

Fortunately, you are already doing most of the work. With a few small additions to your workflow, you can create engaging video podcast episodes (you may call it a vlog) that appeal to people who prefer video content.

What is a Video Podcast (Vodcast)?

video podcast – sometimes called a vodcast – is simply a traditional audio podcast with a video content element. The video element could be as simple or as complex as you like, but it often consists of a single static image or a video recording of the podcast hosts and guests.

Here’s an example of a Castos original video podcast:

YouTube video

Why You Should Start a Video Podcast 

Before we explain how to create a video podcast, let’s cover the benefits of video podcasting for content creators. This will help you understand why visual content is such a popular option.

People Love Looking at Faces

Humans are visual creatures. 30% of our brain is devoted to our eyes. And we particularly love faces. Infants begin to prefer looking at faces as soon as 24 hours after birth.

That effect gets stronger as we get older because of the wealth of information we get from faces. According to some psychologists, facial features provide more data than spoken language. 

This means you can create more value for your audience and help them make deeper connections with your content by adding faces via video, as well as other visual elements.

Video Opens You to a Wider Audience

As much as we like podcasts, there are plenty of people who prefer to consume video content. This should come as no surprise, YouTube is the second largest social media platform. By adding a video element to your podcast, you gain access to a larger audience of potential fans. 

That’s exactly what happened to Andrea Raquelle, producer and content provider for the “Hey Frase” podcast. “Without video, we hit a plateau; we could not go past 10,000 [downloads],” she said. “When we started doing video recordings, we saw the best growth. It took two months to get to 35,000 [downloads]. We noticed other influencers and podcasters in the space [with big download numbers]. We can’t even compete with that if we don’t have video.”

Video is Far More Social

Ever notice that all the videos on social media are set to autoplay, but without sound? That’s because social media platforms are optimized for video, but not audio content. The audio is mute by default.

video podcast on mute by default

Adding video to your podcast makes it a bit more engaging for social media users when they come across it in their feed. Yes, you can post audio clips to social media, but they aren’t immediately engaging like videos. 

You’re Already Doing Most of the Work

In terms of time and labor for your content strategy, there’s not much difference between creating a podcast and creating a video podcast. You can add a video element to your high-quality audio with just a few extra steps and minor expenses. 


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4 Types of Video Podcasts (Vodcasts)

There are four ways to record a vodcast. Choose the format that’s right for you, your content strategy, your team, and your type of podcast.

1. Static Image Recording

This is the easiest method of recording a video podcast. All you do is convert your podcast audio file to a video file and add a static background image to “play” as the user listens.

Static image used for a video podcast.

Equipment needed: All you need is video editing software to add the static image and audio file together.

Example shows: Stuff You Should Know and Kickass News.

Pros: This method is fast and easy for digital content creators. If you host your podcast with Castos, we offer a free YouTube republishing service that automatically turns each of your episodes into a video with a static image and posts it to YouTube.

Cons: The video created by this method is less engaging than the following methods. It’s basically just a way to publish an audio file to a video platform. 

2. In-Studio Recording

In-studio recording is when you set up video equipment inside your audio recording studio to capture the conversation between the host(s) and guests. 

best video podcast in studio recording

Equipment neededAt least one camera to capture the conversation, but some podcasters like to set up multiple cameras (wide angle of the room and one for each speaker) so they can toggle between angles during editing. You’ll also need video editing software.

Example shows: The Joe Rogan Experience and The Dave Ramsey Show.

Pros: This is another easy straightforward and easy method of making a video podcast. You simply set up your cameras, conduct the podcast as you normally would, and add video file to your audio file during editing.

Cons: You’ll have to buy at least one camera, but maybe more. If you capture multiple angles, you’ll spend a little more time editing the video. 

3. Remote Interview Recording

Remote recordings are when you capture footage of multiple speakers who aren’t in the room together. The video usually shows all speakers at the same time, but some tools let you maximize one at a time.  

Remote interviews for video podcasts.

Equipment needed: You’ll need a software tool that captures multiple webcams at the same time, like RiversideZoom, or Zencastr.

Example shows: Neal Brennan and Agency Mavericks.

Pros: This is the only way to get video footage if the episode participants can’t be in the same room together. It doesn’t require any special equipment. 

Cons: This method relies on the quality and reliability of your recording software and internet connection. If the software fails or your guest has a poor connection, the end product could end up with a crummy episode that requires a lot of editing or no episode at all. Some guests lack the equipment to capture sufficient audio quality.

4. Interview & B-Roll Recording

This is a mixture of archival or b-roll footage with a standard podcast recording. For instance, if a guest references a movie clip, news article, or chart, you might edit that asset into the video for viewers to see.

Equipment needed: Cameras to record the episode participants, archival footage (where you get it will depend on what you need), and video editing software. Depending on your location, you might also need additional equipment, like a mixer or interface, podcasting desk, and acoustic room treatments.

Example shows: H3 Podcast and StoryCorps.

Pros: This format creates highly engaging episodes because the production quality is so high, especially if you premium footage and captivating visuals. 

Cons: This is the most time-consuming and expensive format for video podcasts because it requires a lot of video editing.

Video Podcast Setup

So what do digital content creators need to create a vodcast? For starters, you need the same basic equipment of traditional podcasts:

Then you need some specific video podcast equipment:

For more gear recommendations for your video podcast setup, make sure to check out our podcast equipment guide.

How to Create a Video Podcast

Ready to record a video podcast? Fortunately, it’s easier than you probably think. 

1. Capture the Episode on Video

If you plan to just use a static image for your video, your first step is to create that image (or just use your podcast cover art). Create a simple card with your logo, name, and podcast website URL. If you interview remotely, you just have to hit “record” on your conferencing software during the interview.

If you plan to create an in-studio recording or a recording with b-roll footage, you’ll need to set up your cameras and studio lights to capture video during your podcast recording session. Make sure the quiet recording space is tidy and has plenty of light. Wear presentable clothing and make yourself camera ready.

The Inside of You podcast has a cozy, well-decorated podcast space. They also have three cameras that capture 1) the host, 2) the guest, and 3) a wide shot of both. You don’t need something this elaborate, but it’s something to strive for.

When you record the episode, make sure your face is visible to the camera so viewers can see your expressions. Maintain professional body posture.

The biggest challenge to capturing video is that you don’t have the luxury to slice out errors. In a standard podcast, you can cut out a mistake and no one will know. But on a video podcast, you can’t cut out mistakes without creating an easy-to-see cut on the video. So avoid saying or doing anything you would have to remove. 

2. Edit the Video

While cameras have the ability to record sound, it’s best to record your audio separately using your standard podcast gear. This ensures you’ll get a clean and crisp sound without too much background noise

Once you edit the audio file like you would for a normal podcast, create your vodcast by syncing the audio and video components together in your video editing software. Make sure the sound matches what’s on screen (especially the lips) or your video will seem amateurish. 

This is also the part of the editing process when you’ll add any images, video clips, background music, special effects, or other elements to your episode.

If the video seems dull or washed out, consider adjusting the color grading in your video editing software. This will create a pleasant aesthetic. Stitch in your b-roll footage or graphics if you have any. If you want to be really creative, use cuts, zooming, and transition effects to raise the production value. 

Here are some video editing tools we recommend:

3. Design a Thumbnail Image

Before you can publish your video, you’ll need to create a custom thumbnail. A thumbnail is the graphic people see on video platforms that encourages them to click. They look like this:

Video podcast thumbnail example

By creating your own thumbnail, you can choose what viewers see first, rather than letting the video platform choose a random moment from the digital video file. 90% of the best-performing videos use custom thumbnails.

The best way to create a captivating thumbnail is to grab a screenshot from the video that represented well. Add your logo and some catchy text in a clear, visible font.

4. Upload the Video to Castos

Now that you have your vodcast file, you’ll need to upload it to your podcast host so it appears on your RSS link. This will make it available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts (which is now YouTube Music), SoundCloud, and any other podcast directory or distribution platform that has your link.

Publishing a video podcast to Castos is as simple as publishing an audio-only podcast. Find the podcast that gets the new episode and click + New Episode.

Complete the fields for the episode’s content as you would for any episode. In the Media File section, simply upload your MP4 (a video format) instead of an MP3.

Learn more about publishing to Castos.

5. Share the YouTube Link on Social Media

Once your vodcast is up on YouTube and your podcast host, make the most of your hard work by sharing it across all of your social media profiles. The more eyes on your show, the faster it will grow! 

Get Started with Your Video Podcast!

A video podcast is an opportunity you (and all podcast content creators) can’t ignore. It’s a key way to open yourshow to a wider podcast audience and it doesn’t add a lot of labor or expense to your workflow. You’re already doing the work to create the audio content. You might as well grab some video as well to boost the reach of your show.

Castos’ YouTube Republishing feature is built with video podcasters in mind. Using our Growth or Pro plans, upload video files directly to your Castos dashboard and they’ll automatically sync with your YouTube channel. See exactly how it works.

Vodcast Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about video podcasting:

Are video podcasts worth it?

Yes, video podcasts can enhance engagement and provide a richer experience for audiences, often leading to higher viewer retention and increased brand visibility.

What is a drawback of using a video podcast?

A major drawback is the higher production cost and effort compared to audio-only podcasts, including the need for better equipment, editing, and hosting platforms.

How much do video podcasters make?

Video podcasters’ earnings vary widely, ranging from a few dollars per episode to thousands, depending on factors like audience size, sponsorships, and monetization strategies.

How long should a video podcast be?

A video podcast should ideally be between 20 to 60 minutes to maintain viewer interest and provide substantial content without overwhelming the audience.

What equipment is needed to start a video podcast?

To start a video podcast, you need a good quality camera, microphone, lighting, and video editing software to ensure professional production quality.

How can I promote my video podcast effectively?

Promote your video podcast through social media, collaborations with other creators, SEO optimization, and listing on popular podcast directories to reach a broader audience.

What are the benefits of hosting a video podcast on YouTube?

Hosting a video podcast on YouTube offers the benefits of its massive user base, built-in monetization options, and powerful search and discovery features that can help attract more viewers.

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Dennis is a content marketer and web developer with years of experience helping startups and small businesses build their online platforms. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

5 thoughts on “Video Podcasting: Why and How to Launch Your Own Vodcast”

  1. At what point in your podcasting journey does it make sense to start publishing video as well as audio, i.e. we don’t really want to start publishing video but only get like 50 views.. When do people open up from audio? How big is their audience/episode listens?

    • I ordered a relatively inexpensive one, with a recognizable brand – Logitech, retail is about $70. I wanted a starter to begin and then upgrade as I go along. The camera came as a bundle with a tripod and lens wipe. I haven’t started yet, but trying to collect everything I need before that.


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