Drop Shadow

Podcasts and large files

We have a podcasting server for faculty and departments at USD to use for distributing audio and video podcasts, as well as large PDFs, to the University community and the world.

Podcast or stream?

We also have a streaming server. A podcast puts the media onto the computer of the person listening to it or viewing it. They can then use that file whenever they want, whether they’re connected to the Internet or not, and even if the file has been removed from the server.

If you don’t want your viewers/listeners to download the file, you’ll want to use the streaming server.

Some podcast files can be viewed before the download completes; others will need to download completely. Streams can always be viewed when the stream starts.

iTunes U

USD also has an iTunes U account. Use that if you want to integrate your media, large or small, with the iPhone ecosystem.


Your area may already have a YouTube account for uploading public videos.

Password-protected class podcasts

Blackboard will let you upload files for podcasting only to your classes.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a collection of media files (usually audio, video, or PDF) listed in an RSS feed. Our podcast server lets you upload media files and will automatically list them in an RSS feed for you. You can advertise this RSS feed on your web site for people to use in web browsers or in programs that understand RSS feeds such as iTunes.

Their RSS reader will automatically notify them when there are new files available to download. Some will also automatically download the files as soon as they’re available.

Get started

To get started, you’ll first need to request access to upload files to the podcast server. Send an e-mail to Jerry Stratton letting him know which account will be used to upload and link to the files and what kind of files you’ll be uploading.

See the “list file types” link after you log in to the podcast server for a list of all of the formats that the podcast server will accept. If you need a file type that isn’t in that list, contact the webmaster with the name of the format, the extension you expect it to use, and a description of some example media you’ll be uploading in that format.

Make media

You’ll then need to make some media to upload (in fact, it might be a good idea to do this first, so that you know what you’re going to be using the server for). When you’re ready to upload a file, go to the podcast server and click on “add new upload”.

The file will be uploaded and automatically added to your account’s podcast feed.

Contact Instructional Media Services for assistance making video and audio media for your podcast.

Manage your media

Each media file has a title, a description, and a link. You can edit these as appropriate; they will appear in your RSS feed and (if you use the web page plugin) your web page. A title and a description are required for all items. The link, if it exists, will provide visitors a link for more information about that particular item.

You can modify any of this information (as well as upload replacement media files) for any item by choosing “Edit” for that item in the list of files. You can also “Delete” any item for good, so that it no longer appears in your RSS feed and no longer exists on the server.

Please remember to backup any files that you delete; once deleted they are gone for good.

Advertise your podcast

The navigation area of each page on the podcast server lists “Your RSS feed”. Copy this link and put it on any page. Anyone coming to that feed will see a list of all of the files you’ve uploaded.

They’ll also be able to use that URL to subscribe to your feed in any podcast client.