Last night's episode of Full Frame was a first, at least for me. Nile Livesey was unavailable to helm the episode, so I volunteered to attempt to record the show with Ren Bostelaar and Mark Shannon.
When Nile has been unavailable in the past, we've simply postponed the episode until the next week. All of the pro audio gear we use to record the show is at the studio, which is in Nile's basement. My philosophy is not recording a show is worse than recording a bad show. There is debate in the podcasting community about the benefits of keeping your show on a consistent schedule and how that affects your audience. I prefer to err on the side of caution and have a consistently scheduled release.
Nile informed us approximately 4 hours ahead of our regular Tuesday night live airing of the show that he might be unavailable. I didn't see this until 2 hours before air time. After a few email exchanges, I offered to attempt a low-tech recording. Ren and Mark were willing to humour me, so we decided to go for it.
I used a program called Audio Hijack Pro, which can record audio directly from most Mac programs. Ren and I did some tests, recording the audio from Skype. It actually sounded quite good, so we added Mark into the mix and went ahead with the show.
Getting ready to record Full Frame
The trickiest element of this episode was helming the show and leading us into each new topic. My first attempt at the show's introduction ended up as a complete blank. ;) After that stumble, I hit record again and we were off!
Nile has rather fat bandwidth tubes, so I had to be careful with how I managed my bandwidth during the recording (to keep the Skype audio as clean as possible). I ran the Skype recording on my MacBook Pro over my home TekSavvy connection. Everything else (show notes & stories) were viewed on my iMac, which was tethered to my iPhone's 3G signal.
After applying some post-processing enhancements with Audacity, I sent the audio file to Nile. He will add the show's intro theme and update the show notes accordingly. Hopefully it will be online tonight!