Zoom has become one of the go-to online interview platforms for podcasting, primarily because of its above-average audio quality and ease-of-use for remote podcast interviews.
Zoom lets you record on separate tracks.
- This is a definite plus for any podcasters since recording in separate tracks eases the editing and mastering process.
- Here’s the setting you need to adjust to make sure Zoom records each speaker in a separate track. First go to Zoom Settings, and click Recording. Then, click “Record a separate audio file for each participant who speaks.”
- Once the call is closed, you’ll be given a folder that contains the 3 standard files: joint audio, video, and chat transcript. Plus, you’ll now get an extra folder, called: Audio record. This contains a .m4a file for each speaker, so you can add them right into your editing package. (source)
Optimize for 3rd Party video editor
- In case you also want to have and edit the video recording of your interview, you can enable optimization for a 3rd party editor directly from Zoom. The only thinking you’ll need to do is go to Settings and check the option “Optimize for 3rd party video editor” under the Recording section.
- With this option checked, once your call/interview is over you’ll receive an MP4 file that will be easy to work with when using an editing software.
- You can either decide to have the recording saved directly on your computer or on the cloud. The downside of having it on the cloud is that it’s just limited to one gigabyte.
Add timestamp for the recording
- To keep better track of your recordings, you can also add a timestamp to your interview. At first sight, the timestamp just provides the exact time when a recording took place, but in case valuable or relevant information was shared during the recording, having a timestamp comes in handy.
Zoom is perfect to record conversations, but it’s important to have an adequate setup from both ends of the call. Remember to have your guest sign a guest release form before booking your recorded conversation. After the release form is signed, make sure to provide your guest(s) a guest guide a couple of days before your call so they are aware of the questions being asked. To learn best practices for your podcast’s post-production, feel free to download our Post-production guide.