Product Update: May 2021

Learn how you can publish video podcast episodes and upgrades to our transcription technology.

Noor Hammad • Wed 26 May, 2021

Video Episodes

Did you know that popular podcast apps including Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts and Overcast have the ability to play video? Spotify has also said it will soon make video available to all creators.

From today Whooshkaa allows you to host and publish video episodes which will play in supported podcatchers as well as the Whooshkaa web player.

Why publish video podcast episodes?

Do you already capture video when recording your podcast and upload it to platforms like YouTube or Facebook?

Would you like to offer a special video option for private subscribers.

If you already produce video content and would like to benefit from the distribution advantages of podcasts – push notifications, ease of access for subscribers, dynamic content insertion, advanced analytics – or you would simply like to provide another option for your audience to consume your video content, then “vodcasting” is for you!

Creating video episodes

The first step is to enable video episodes on your show and choose how you would like to prioritise video.

Enable Video Episodes

Not all listening environments support video, so you have a range of options to choose to customise the listener/viewer experience.

You can choose to publish video episodes only to subscribers using apps with video support.

If you would like subscribers using apps that don’t support video to receive an audio version, then you can choose for the audio from your video to be delivered as the episode media.

Creating a video episode will be a familiar experience, you will see an additional “Video” tab when you choose a video file from the media selector.

Whooshkaa Video Podcast Episode Upload

Whooshkaa Video Podcast Episode Uploaded

Watching video episodes

Video and audio episodes are indistinguishable in most popular podcast apps.

For example, in Apple Podcasts the video plays where the episode artwork normally appears when listening to an audio episode.

Videos play natively on the device and can be rotated, full-screened and so on.

The Whooshkaa web player also supports video playback, so that you can embed video episodes on your websites.

Availability

Video episodes are available on Pro and Business plans and existing customers will need to request activation. Please contact support and we’ll get you up and running.

Transcription Updates

Podcast transcripts are a must have for podcasters who want to provide an enhanced experience and accessibility benefits to their audience.

All Whooshkaa plans include transcription and the following updates make creating and publishing transcripts easier.

Subtitle Uploads

You can now upload subtitles created outside of Whooshkaa.

If you use a third party transcription service or your podcast is scripted this can provide an easy way to create your transcript in Whooshkaa.

SRT Support

SubRip (.srt) is an industry standard video captioning format.

If you have a video library that includes captions / translations they will often be in .srt format and many online video platforms allow you to create and download .srt files.

You can now upload .srt files to Whooshkaa to use as transcripts on your episodes.

Performance Improvements

As stated above, creating and publishing transcripts has become a key part of the modern podcaster’s workflow. We’ve beefed up the infrastructure that powers our automated transcription service so your transcripts are created even faster than before.

Get in touch

As always we’d love to hear your feedback on these updates or suggestions for future improvements to the Whooshkaa platform.

Please get in touch if you have thoughts to share.

Until our next update, happy podcasting!

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