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One great way of maximising the profile of your podcast is to feature it not only on your website and iTunes, but also on YouTube. However, there is a problem: the world’s 3rd biggest website will not let you upload audio without an accompanying video.

So, how do you get around this? Well, the obvious route (short of reformatting your podcast into a video only affair, perhaps over Google Hangouts This Is How To Run A Live Podcast Or Videocast This Is How To Run A Live Podcast Or Videocast Let me tell you - running a live video stream and podcast every week is tough work indeed. Actually... that's a complete lie - but don't tell my co-hosts that because they think I'm a... Read More if there are co-podcasters, and also stripping the audio to upload to iTunes How Can I Extract Audio From an MP4 or YouTube Video? How Can I Extract Audio From an MP4 or YouTube Video? Do you sometimes just want to listen to a YouTube video? Stripping the audio from a video lets you enjoy the content anywhere. Or you could distribute a Hangouts video podcast as an audio podcast! Read More ) is to add video – or, more precisely, an image – to your audio track, which can then be uploaded to YouTube without any problem.

Windows Movie Maker Or iMovie

You may have tried uploading an audio-only clip to YouTube in the past (possibly as an alternative free podcast host Can't Afford Podcast Hosting? Try These Free Alternatives Can't Afford Podcast Hosting? Try These Free Alternatives If your podcast is outgrowing the space on your blog, the time has probably come to find a new home for it. Give your podcast some room to grow with these free podcast hosts. Read More ) and found yourself looking around for the best way to add images, only to find yourself using Windows Movie Maker (or, if you’re a Mac user, iMovie).

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This is a good solution, although it can be quite slow, and the temptation to turn your podcast into a slideshow can prove too great. If you’re a podcaster you probably don’t want to get bogged down with overdoing the post-producing. You should address this while you’re recording using good quality hardware 4 Tips for Producing a Professional-Sounding Podcast 4 Tips for Producing a Professional-Sounding Podcast They say content reigns king when producing a podcast, but it's not the only thing that matters. Read More .  So choose just a few images, perhaps one every 15 minutes.

These two articles on Movie Maker Make Quick & Professional Looking Videos with Windows Movie Maker (Part 1) Make Quick & Professional Looking Videos with Windows Movie Maker (Part 1) Read More and iMovie How To Create Awesome Slideshow Presentations In iMovie How To Create Awesome Slideshow Presentations In iMovie Want to produce slideshows that go beyond simple cross dissolves and single track background music? Apple's iMovie for Mac OS X can help you create a professional looking slideshow presentations with few prior skills. Read More will show you how to add audio and images to your movie projects. Once you’re done, save the movie in a suitable format and upload to YouTube.

TunesToTube

A very useful online tool is TunesToTube, which can pair your audio with a single image and upload it to YouTube on your behalf. Head to www.tunestotube.com to get started, where you’ll be invited to connect your YouTube account. You can remove this connection once you’ve finished uploading audio.

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The next step is to click Upload Files and browse to the podcast MP3 file to be uploaded. Once this has completed, click the button again to find the image you want to accompany the audio.

While these are uploading, take the time to add a Title, Description, and Tags for YouTube. Once the files are uploaded, enter the Captcha code and click Create Video. The files will be combined and uploaded to YouTube, and a few moments later will be available to view!

Although TunesToTube will put a promotional watermark on your uploaded audio video experience, it is non-intrusive and you can donate to remove it. The only real drawback with TunesToTube is with the file size, which is limited to 25 MB. If your MP3 podcast is larger than this, perhaps the next solution will suit you better…

Forget Limits: Use FFmpeg

That 25 MB limit can be a bit of a killer, especially given how many podcasts these days run to 30-60 minutes. A 25 MB limit can also prove particularly frustrating on a 30 minute podcast as you might find yourself only just over the limit. Do you want to mess around editing your podcast (perhaps with Audacity on Windows or Garageband on Mac OS X), or find a TunesToTube-esque solution without the filesize restriction? FFmpeg is the answer, and best of all it is cross-platform so you can use it on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux!

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Get started by downloading FFmpeg from www.ffmpeg.org/download.html, choosing the version for your OS. Windows users will need 7zip to unpack it after download 7Zip - A Free Program to Unzip Uncommon Archive Formats 7Zip - A Free Program to Unzip Uncommon Archive Formats Read More .

Navigate to the directory and run the ff-prompt.bat file to open the tool in the command prompt, and use the following script, which you can copy from here and paste into the command line:

$ ffmpeg -loop 1 -r 2 -i image.jpg -i input.mp3 -vf scale=-1:380 -c:v libx264 -preset slow -tune stillimage -crf 18 -c:a copy -shortest -pix_fmt yuv420p -threads 0 output.mkv

Whereever you see image.jpg and input.mp3, input the filenames of the MP3 and image files you intend to combine. You’ll need to drop these files into the bin directory within FFmpeg.

You can also change the filename of the created video file from output.mkv to something more descriptive. When you’re happy, enter the command and wait for the file to be created. You change further settings by checking Edd Mann’s website eddmann.com/posts/uploading-podcast-audio-to-youtube.

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All that is left to do now is open your YouTube account and upload the file, adding the usual information and tags.

Three Methods: Do You Have A Fourth?

Using any of these three methods will get you the results you want. They’re all relatively simple, and the Windows Movie Maker option can give you a far more impressive finished product, albeit one that takes longer to produce (and requires careful placement of your images to create the “slow slideshow”).

FFmpeg is probably the most efficient, simply taking the audio and a single image and creating a file that you can upload to YouTube without limits.

But is there another way that we’ve overlooked? Let us know.

  1. Ryan Butt
    March 4, 2016 at 7:05 am

    any such app for Android? to turn my MP3,MP4,WAV,M4A audio files to video with Static Image with info Text written on it?

    • Christian Cawley
      March 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I'm not aware of anything, other than a few slideshow apps that may suit your needs.

      • Ryan Butt
        March 6, 2016 at 5:16 am

        can you plx list those slide show apps? because i am a total nood when searching or a good app on playstore for android. i do not have iPhone by the way.

  2. Nathan
    March 2, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    You can use ez-converter.com to convert your audio file to a video that shows a cover image. It's free and doesn't ask for any information.

  3. Alex
    January 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Hello. It so happens that ffmpeg reduces the quality of the audio. After the conversion, there are glitches in the audio.

  4. alex
    January 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    There seems to be something wrong with the '\' before '-tunes'. the cmd prompt kept giving me errors till I removed it

    • Christian Cawley
      January 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Interesting... thanks Alex, I'll look into what that might be.

      • BladeMcCool
        January 20, 2016 at 3:43 am

        what it might be is you need to remove it. remove the \

        • Christian Cawley
          January 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

          Indeed. But as it works with the '\' present in the screenshot, there's obviously something else going on...

        • BladeMcCool
          January 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

          hrm well it doesnt work for me with the '\' present in it. i have a feeling that '\' is just some artifact from the linebreak in the source article. I also can't find any info on stray backslashes in the ffmpeg documentation which I read over a bit last night while playing with that. So for your readers, if they get an error about a slash (like I did), I would just try getting rid of the slash.

        • Christian Cawley
          January 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

          Fair enough. I don't recall removing the slash, but then it was 18 months ago!

      • BladeMcCool
        January 20, 2016 at 3:44 am

        But also I should add ... THANK YOU for this one liner because with the \ removed it totally worked for me and I uploaded 2 videos now with the results now.

  5. TunesToTube Admin
    June 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hey,

    I have just increased the upload size for all accounts to at least 50MB, which should enable longer podcasts/mixes to be uploaded.

    Users that have donated also have the option to transfer MP3s up to 175MB from Google Drive -> tunestotube, before being created in to a video and sent to YouTube.

    Cheers :)
    tunestotube

  6. S Thomas
    May 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Unable to find ff-prompt.bat file after extracting the downloaded files. Please help i am trying to install it on windows 8.1
    Thank you

  7. Steve Stearns
    April 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Another option is Spreaker. They have a free plan which allows you to upload your audio file and a "publish to youtube" feature as well.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing that Steve. Is it a new feature Spreaker has recently introduced?

  8. Justin
    April 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Another possiblity is to try Firepype.com. It allows you to automatically process files by linking to a Dropbox accound and distribute them to major sites like YouTube and Vimeo. It even sends out tweets with links back to your file when it processes a new episode.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 5, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Justin, I'll check Firepype out.

  9. Ben
    September 16, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Give Auphonic (auphonic.com) a try. It's the best service for audio post production and distribution I came along with so far. Automatic Youtube uploads and different images in the video for chapters in the audio file are also possible.

  10. Mark Mason
    September 16, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Curious if you see much adoption (or discovery maybe) of audio in the video channel?

    Another good approach is to create a PowerPoint of the show notes and flip the show with the audio and make a video of that. Easily outsourced.

    • Sarah
      September 25, 2014 at 4:43 am

      What do you mean "Flip the show"?

    • Mark Mason
      September 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Hey Sarah -- I mean "flip the slides in the slide show at the right time during the audio as if you were giving a PowerPoint presentation to go along with your podcast" -- sorry, the previous comment was not very clear.

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