Episode Podcast Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Episode Podcast no longer available for purchase?

In Snow Leopard,  Podcast Producer 2 now includes the new Podcast Composer, an easy-to-use application that lets users create their own workflows to automate the completion and publishing of podcasts. It offers an intuitive interface that groups the process of building a workflow into different stages and guides the user through the steps required to create a workflow including details about which titles, transitions, and effects to use or where the podcast is published  and what output format is to be used. Podcast Composer offers a built in choice for Apple's devices and relies exclusively on Compressor for alternate formats. In order to match Apple directions, Telestream recommends all users of Episode Podcast and Episode Podcast Pro to consider moving to Episode Encoder.

As Episode Encoder includes integration with Compressor 3, jobs can be submitted directly from a workflow designed with Podcast Composer. Episode Encoder gives Podcast Producer 2 users access to virtually every video & audio file format available and maximizes user control of the encoding process to optimize output quality.

I want to extend my Podcast Producer workflow to be able to produce content in Flash, Windows Media or any other leading video or audio format - which product should l use?

Episode Encoder provides direct integration with Snow Leopard Podcast Producer 2, extending its formats support to any leading video and audio format. More information is available here.

Will I still get support for my Episode Podcast purchase?

Yes, we will continue to fully support our licensed Episode Podcast customers with a valid support contract (1st year of support is included, thereafter sold separately).

Where do I get more information about Episode Encoder?

More information about Episode Encoder, features, format support and how it integrates with Podcast Producer is available here.

How do I purchase Episode Encoder?

Episode Encoder is available for purchase from telestream.net, or the Apple online store.

I have purchased Episode Podcast and would like to continue use it on my new Snow Leopard system - is there a way for me to do that?

Users who want to keep using Episode Podcast with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6 / Podcast Producer 2 needs to follow these instructions to get their current version to work:

  • Install Episode Podcast (if not on your system yet) as directed in the Episode Podcast installation instructions. 
  • Move the Episode Podcast application to the right folder:
    sudo mv /Library/PodcastProducer/Resources/Tools/EpisodePodcast /Library/PodcastProducer/Shared/Server/Resources/Tools/
  • For each Episode Podcast workflow you previously built for Podcast Producer 1, install them through the command line:
    sudo podcast --installworkflow --path [MyWorkflow.pwf]
  • Double-check that any special resources you require in [MyWorkflow.pwf] are defined in the Settings/Properties tab in Server Admin.
  • Restart Podcast Producer.

My Episode Podcast workflows does not work any longer after I upgraded to OS X 10.5.6

Podcast Producer can record video in three different qualities using different presets. The preset choices can be viewed on an agent by executing the command podcast --presets in the Terminal. This will give you the following options:

Capture preset choices:
'Capture=Screen:Good' => MPEG4 screen capture 50% of main display, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Screen:Better' => MPEG4 screen capture 66% of main display, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Screen:Best' => MPEG4 screen capture 75% of main display, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Audio:Good' => Audio-only, Stereo AAC VBR, 24 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Audio:Better' => Audio-only, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Audio:Best' => Audio-only, Uncompressed Stereo, 48 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Video:Good' => 640x480 MPEG4 Video, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Video:Better' => 640x480 H.264 Video, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
'Capture=Video:Best' => 640x480 Uncompressed Video, Uncompressed Stereo, 48 kHz sample rate

With OS X 10.5.6 Episode Podcast can not recognize the video capture at the good quality preset. A workaround for this is to set the video capture quality on each video recording agent to better or best.

This is achieved by executing the following command in the Terminal:
podcast -setconfig Capture=Video:Better
sudo podcast -setconfig Capture=Video:Better
or
podcast -setconfig Capture=Video:Best
sudo podcast -setconfig Capture=Video:Best

The good quality setting would have resulted in the following file format:
'Capture=Video:Good' => 640x480 MPEG4 Video, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate

The better quality will result in this file format:
640x480 H.264 Video, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate

The best quality will result in this file format:
640x480 Uncompressed Video, Uncompressed Stereo, 48 kHz sample rate

I can export WMV with Episode plugin for Compressor and Podcast Producer 2 on Snow Leopard. Why can't I import WMV?

Flip4Mac version 2.3.5 solves the problem of importing WMV into Podcast Producer 2 on Snow Leopard.

First, you'll need to create a home directory on the OSX server. Please go into the Workgroup Manager (be sure to log in as the Open Directory administrator and use the /LDAPv3/127.0.0.1 directory), go to the Home tab for the specific user, and add a home directory if one doesn't exist. Be sure to click 'Create Home Now' to actually create all the sub-directories for that user. This should add all the sub-directories needed, including the 'Application Support' directory. You'll also need a licensed copy of Flip4Mac Player Pro ($29 US) or the imported WMV will be watermarked.