In this episode Amber talk about how to know if you need editing, and where to go from there!
Should you edit your own podcast? Do you even need editing? In this episode Amber talk about how to know if you need editing, and where to go from there!
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Thinking about editing your own podcast. Or maybe you want to hire someone else to do it. Let's talk about that. You're listening to Practical Podcast Tips. My name is Amber Beels. And today I'm going to cover tip number 26. Edit yourself or hire out. So I know learning a new skill, like editing can be daunting. So should you hire someone else to do it for you. So let's talk about this. Again, learning a new skill can be either exciting, or it can be super scary. It just depends on your personality. I know for me, sometimes I can be stuck in my ways. And, for example, we use this editing software called Final pet Pro. And my husband, Eric wants to start using DaVinci. Davinci is a really great robust program. By Blackmagic. It does editing it's basically like five programs into one and he wants to use it because one, it's free, too. It works on both PC and on Mac. And three, it seems to be the editing software, the future because everyone else is using it, especially new editors, because again, it's free. And it can do so much. It's like an audio software editing all this stuff. And for me, I'm like, I don't want to learn a new software like I know file paths. So well, why do I need to learn something new. So if you're kind of stuck in your ways, I can totally relate. I am one of those people that just want to stick with what I know stick in my genius. And you know what, that's good, too, that's okay to want that. Sometimes people, they just don't have enough time, like if you're a business owner, and you want to start doing this podcast. But now not only do you have to come up with content for your podcast, but now you have to edit it. You may not have time you're running a business, you're trying to scale it up, you're dealing with your clients, and you're trying to improve your own processes. It's not your thing to figure out how to edit and you know, do it for your own episodes, that that's really tough. And that can be daunting to even think about. Not only do you have to know what software to use, but how do I cut things out? What should I cut out? What should I cut out? What should I leave in? I don't know. So there's a lot to think about when editing. One thing that I want you to really think about is do you need editing for your podcast? I mean, a lot of the clients that we have right now, the majority of them don't edit their podcasts, they don't pay us to edit them. And I want you to think about that for one second. Why don't they want editing? Well, one, it's cheaper, because we're not actually going through the whole episode and editing and cutting things out. But to if you think about it, we live in an age where everything can be faked. Everything is produced. There's these deep fakes, sometimes you can't even tell what's real and what isn't. So sometimes raw can be viewed as authentic. People want to hear the arms, they want to hear the the mess ups and, and the blurbs and all these things because they know it's you. It's real. They're they're listening to an actual person that's not being produced, they're listening to the mistakes, they're listening to the actual person. And some people, they really value that I would say a lot of people do. And so if you listen to a lot of podcasts, you'll actually find that a lot of them are a little more raw. And that's okay, that, again, it comes off as authentic and people like that authenticity, people like that they're actually listening to a real human being that's not perfect. Now, if you decide that, you know what, my podcast is a little more professional. So I want it to be a little more produced, if you will. And that's totally okay. It really just depends on what type of podcast you're going for it and what feel you're going for what's your vibe of the podcast, if it is more professional than you probably don't want to be saying all these arms, maybe have a stuttering problem and you want to be able to have your listeners listen to a podcast that's a little more smooth. Some people like to highlight their stutter or to show like this is who I am. And that's okay. So if you want something that's a little more produced, then you have to ask yourself, How much do I want it to be edited? Do I just want to take up arms and a cough or sneeze every now and then or do I want my content to be edited?
Those are two different styles of editing. One is just kind of cleaning it up and the other one is taking. I don't know One hour long episode and condensing it to 45 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on how long you want your episode to be. That editing is a little more involved, I'll say, because you really have to know what's vital to the episode. And what's more filler. And that kind of editing takes a little more expertise. If you want that kind of editing, where if content editing, and you're cutting down your episode, then you might want to consider hiring out because you have your own expertise, and your own genius. So learning that kind of editing is a little bit more overwhelming, I would say, not overwhelming, I would say that it's a little more involved than learning just to clean up something just to take out or not every now and then. So first decide, what do you want editing? Because Raul can be seen as authentic? too, if you do want editing, what kind of editing Do you want? Do you want clean up editing? Or do you want more advanced content editing. And if you want more content editing, I would say maybe look and reach out to some editors, you can find some really good editors. I mean, just to put ourselves out there, my husband and I do do editing. We do do podcasts manage it, this is our expertise. But there's a lot of really good editors out there if you are just looking for someone to edit, and not completely manage your podcast. So if you just want clean up editing, then you may want to learn it yourself. That's something that you can start with. And then as you grow bigger, you may be like, Okay, I have, you know, over 1000 or 2000 5000 downloads a month, I think I should probably start hiring out at this point. And that's totally okay. So I hope that helps. So first, again, decide if you want to edit a podcast to decide if you want it to be content, edited or cleanup edited. And then from there, hire someone that can do a really good job for you, someone that you work well with and someone who understands the goal and the mission of your podcast. All right. Well, I'll talk to you guys next time. Thanks for listening. Hey, thanks for listening. If you liked this episode, please feel free to leave us a review. It really helps out the show. And I'd love to hear how it helped. Also, if you know someone else that could benefit from it, go ahead and share it with them. Thanks again and I'll see you in the next episode.