How To Use Descript and Squadcast For Video Podcasting

How To Use Descript and Squadcast For Video Podcasting with XayLi Barclay

How To Use Descript and Squadcast For Video Podcasting

We are all aware of the power of video, right? I don’t have to stress the power of using video content in your business as much as I used to years ago, whether it be for YouTube or video podcasting with Descript.

I’ve been preaching about the power of video content for building a personal brand since 2015, and now, in 2023, it’s everywhere! It’s the primary content medium, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! 

Before I jump right in, I want you to think about where you’d like your brand/business to be. What would your future self need to start putting in place today so that you can have maximum impact in the next few years?

I share a full walkthrough of how I’m using these two platforms to create a stellar podcast experience.

If you’re here and you need clarity on creating a foundation for your business with Video, then I have to suggest that you download my free Video Clarity Guide! Hundreds of people have already downloaded it, so don’t miss out on your clarity for your video content.

So, In this post, I’m talking about:

  1. Introduction to the Power of Video Content
  2. The Rise of Video Podcasts
  3. Personal Journey with Podcasting
  4. The Current State of Podcasting
  5. Tools for Successful Podcasting & Recording Techniques with Descript and Squadcast
  6. Introduction to Descript
  7. How Descript Works & Key Features of Descript
  8. Introduction to Squadcast
  9. Streamlining Podcast Production with Squadcast and Descript

Introduction to the Power of Video Content

One of the biggest trends is the rise of “the video podcast.” I’ve been listening to podcasts for a few years, and I feel like the rest of the world is finally catching up to “podcasting.” Whether it’s just the time for podcasts to be even more of a “thing,” or video has entered the podcast game and taken it to a whole new level.

The Rise of Video Podcasts

We even have platforms like YouTube and Spotify pouring millions of dollars into video podcasts. Would I have thought that this is where podcasting would be today?

Maybe not; I always thought that it would remain an audio experience. Do I think it’s going to stay a video experience forever? Well, that is another blog post or video for another day.

You know how we usually listen to podcasts, just like listening to the radio or music? Well, things are changing big time! Video Podcasts are like a mix of watching YouTube and listening to a podcast simultaneously. Big companies like YouTube and Spotify are super interested in this and are spending a lot of money to make video podcasts popular.

In the past, podcasts were all about listening. You could play them in the background while doing homework or cleaning your room. But now, with video podcasts, it’s like watching a show where you can see the people talking. It’s like they’re right there with you, telling you their stories or whatever the audience perceives to be valuable.

YouTube, which is all about videos, is really into this idea. And Spotify, where we usually listen to songs, has also gotten on board. They’re both trying to make video podcasts a big deal by improving their websites and apps to make them work better for these kinds of shows.
So, video podcasts are this new thing changing how we enjoy stories and learn new things. And who knows? Maybe you’ll make your own video podcast one day!

Personal Journey with Podcasting

Let me start by sharing that I first started my first iteration of a podcast in 2015. I began, I tried, and I stopped. I’ve since done this many times, but I’ve learned a great deal from starting and stopping for so many years. I’ve done audio and video podcasts. I also have a secret podcast experience where I share my life and business journey in a format that is essential for any creative business owner who wants to hear honest and raw advice that I wish someone would have shared with me along my journey.

The Current State of Podcasting

If you’ve been looking to start a podcast, I promise you, there is no better time than now. Although there has been a surge in podcasts for the past few years, only 20 percent survive. I don’t know about you, but my brain loves a good challenge! It makes me so excited!

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Tools for Successful Podcasting

If you’re here, you also know that my brain lights up when I have the proper tools to do my work, too! Enter Descript and Squadcast!

Whether I am recording a solo episode for the Secret podcast by myself or doing an episode with a guest for our membership, or leading a marketing podcast, having tools to facilitate that process is a must for me.

If you’d like to know how I record a solo podcast with Descript, watch this video below!. But in this post, I want to focus on using Descript with Squadcast.

What is Descript?

Descript is an all-in-one audio and video editing tool that integrates recording, transcription, editing, and mixing. It’s designed to make editing as easy as working with a document in a word processor. This tool is especially popular among podcasters, video creators, and media professionals because it allows for a very intuitive editing process.

Here’s how Descript works:

Descript is like a magic notebook for your podcast. Imagine you could just type out your podcast like you’re writing an email and edit your audio and video by changing the words on the screen. That’s what Descript lets you do. And that’s not all! It gets even better! We haven’t even touched on the power of AI within Descript yet, but we will get to this later in the post!

Here’s a breakdown of how it helps:

  • Talk to Text: Descript turns everything you say into written words like a script when you record your podcast. This makes it super easy to see what you said and change anything you want.
  • Easy Edits: You don’t have to re-record if you made a mistake while speaking or just want to change something. Just delete the words in the text, and they disappear from the audio, too. It’s like using a backspace key on your keyboard to fix a spoken mistake. There’s also a multi-track timeline editor for more fine-grained edits too!
  • Fixes with a Click: Made a small boo-boo? Descript has a cool feature where it can mimic your voice and fix tiny errors by typing what you meant to say. There’s no need to grab the mic again.
  • Work Together: You can share your Descript project with friends or co-workers, and they can help you make your podcast better. It’s like sharing a Google Doc but for your podcast.
  • Show and Tell: If you want to share something on your computer screen for your podcast, Descript can record it and add it to your episode easily.
  • Ready to Share: When your podcast sounds great and you’re ready for the world to hear it, Descript helps you get it out there in the format you need, or you can send it to others to get their thoughts first.

What I love most is if you’re looking to take your podcast to the next level by using video content, you can record directly into Descript if you are recording a solo podcast. Now, if your podcast has guests and you usually use a tool like Zoom to record, this is where the magic of Squadcast comes in.

Enter Squadcast:

Now, let’s talk about the magic of Squadcast and how it integrates into my workflow with Descript! I’m genuinely excited about this because, as a user of descript, their acquiring Squad cast is a no-brainer.
This makes this whole experience even more powerful, and it makes the need for me to use five different tools to accomplish the outcome of a fantastic podcast episode almost effortlessly. Did I mention no additional cost? I think I did earlier, but I want to remind you that all this magic is happening at no additional cost!

So, if you were using Descript before, there’s no additional cost for using Squadcast in your workflow, and if you’re just looking to sign up for Descript, then you should be excited because all of this comes at no extra cost to you!

Streamlining Podcast Production with Squadcast and Descript

In my recent podcasting adventures, I discovered a fantastic workflow that combines Squadcast and Descript, making podcast creation a breeze. Let me walk you through the process!

Recording with Squadcast

First off, I linked my Squadcast account to Descript. This allowed me to tap into Squadcast’s strengths – exceptional remote recording capabilities and seamless communication. For example, I recently recorded a special episode with Angelina for our members, which I’ll also be sharing publicly. The recording process in Squadcast was straightforward and efficient.

Editing in Descript

Post-recording, the next step is exporting the files (video or audio) to Descript. This is where the real fun begins. Descript’s AI-powered editing tools are game-changers. With features like Multicam and active speaker selection, editing, which used to take hours, is now significantly quicker and more intuitive.

Fine-Tuning Your Content

Editing in Descript goes beyond just cutting and trimming. Say you want to remove a specific part of the conversation; simply select and delete it. Descript also makes it easy to eliminate those pesky filler words that can creep into our speech. This functionality ensures that our final product is polished and professional.

Collaborative Editing

I usually pass the editing baton to my husband, who doubles as our podcast editor. Descript’s collaborative features shine here. We can communicate directly within the platform, leaving comments and notes. This is much more efficient than bouncing back and forth on communication apps like Slack. It’s a feature that can be incredibly useful if you work with an editor or a production team.

Publishing Your Podcast

Once the editing is wrapped up, we typically export the final product to YouTube. But, of course, you can publish it on any platform your podcast hosts. The entire process, from recording with Squadcast to editing in Descript, streamlines podcast production, making it more efficient and enjoyable.

You thought we were done? Well! We aren’t! Let’s quickly cover promotion! Descript can create social clips! We can switch camera angles, add titles, captions, and more. Pull out clips to make audiograms or short, branded content to share on social media!

Listen, if you are looking for a tool to help you get all of this done in one spot, then you’ve found it all right here in this post!!

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