15-minute Walkthrough: Riverside.fm (for Beginners) – How to Record High Quality Podcasts Remotely

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Key Notes:

(0:04) What is Riverside.fm?

(0:53) Riverside.fm VS Zencastr.com

(0:4:55) Speaker, Microphone and Camera Setup in riverside.fm

(08:45) Recording in riverside.fm studio

(12:39) Riverside.fm Pricing

Video Walkthrough Transcript:

What is Riverside.fm?

Misbah (00:04):

Hey, it’s Misbah Haque here. Today, I want to take some time to walk you through riverside.fm. It’s an online recording studio that I find to be very professional, very seamless. There’s a lot of benefits, especially when it comes to recording remotely. So if you plan to do that, instead of using a software like zoom, where you don’t have as much control over each of the individual tracks and elements, it just reduces the quality of your show a little bit. Riverside allows you to preserve it by basically recording. What’s actually coming through from your camera and then recording the internet version as well. It does this for both the guest and you. So if you ever lose internet in the middle of your episode, which does happen or not lose it, but it’s disrupted and it becomes very slow and you lose the video.

Riverside.fm VS Zencastr.com

Misbah (00:53):

That part is still captured and of high quality in the post recording. Okay. So you’re not losing out on that. I’ll tell you a little story about Zencastr, which is something I used for a little while. It’s another software that’s very similar to Riverside. There’s a bunch of others as well, but Zencastr was one that I really didn’t like, because if there was something wrong with the internet, if your internet slipped up for even, you know, just one small thing, it would totally affect the tracks that were spit out on the other end. So it became so hard to give you an example. There was me and a guest talking and the tracks would not line up perfectly. They weren’t even recorded perfectly to the degree where the guests would be talking. Then I just start talking and every back and forth in the conversation had to be manually cut out and spaced out to make it a full episode.

Misbah (01:50):

So that was just one experience. I had multiple that made it something for me, where I was like, all right, I don’t like this. Let me find an alternative. Riverside is something that’s held up to this day. So I’m going to show you everything. You kind of need to know inside the software. First things first, you need to open this in Google Chrome. Okay? You can’t use safari for it. And your guest actually is going to need Google Chrome for when they open it up as well. I believe at this point, they do have an app. So if you, if you have the Riverside app for your guests, you or your guests could potentially do it from your phone, but I don’t recommend it. I recommend both of you to find a computer in space where you can set up everything you need to, but basically what you’re going to do.

Misbah (02:32):

You know, you can get a trial here and test it out. But you’re going to go ahead and log in. And once we are logged in, all right, so this shows you kind of the couple different studios that I’ve created. What’s really nice about this is that you can invite people to your studio. So whether it’s your guest, you can send them a link to directly show up to this thing. You can send them reminders. The two options that you’re mainly going to be concerned with is going to be to go to the studio and view all. Okay. So if we go to the studio, let me show you what it looks like. I may not enter because I’m using my camera and whatnot. I may not enter it completely as you can see. Okay. Let’s see if I hit, I’ll see if it allows me to do it. I’m not using headphones. I’m going to hit request camera permissions hit allow.

Misbah (03:20):

Okay, cool. It lets me do it. So as you can see that being on both ends here basically this is really important. We want to put your name here. You are one of the hosts, right? So make sure you put your name there. You are going to select, I am using headphones. Okay. And make sure your headphones are all connected. You and your guests before. If it’s air pods and stuff connected before you actually joined the studio. If it’s after I would X out and I would do it again. Now, the only time where I am not using headphones is going to be appropriate for this as if you’re doing a solo type episode. Like if I was to record this segment right now in Riverside, all I would do is that I am not using headphones. It turns on this echo cancellation type of thing.

Misbah (04:05):

And then you hit the studio right now. One of the things I would say is your guest also has to be using headphones for Riverside. Okay? So they need to have something because this is maybe one of the downsides of using something like Riverside, when you or the guests don’t have headphones on, it will affect your post-production very heavily to the degree where if my guest doesn’t have it, I will probably reschedule. So this is something you want to make sure that you and your guests are prepared for. Before you join the studio, I’m going to go ahead and hit this. You can also have a producer join the show. So if somebody wants to join in, while the recording is going on, you can do that in the software. You can also have a live recording, right? So as you’re recording with the person, if you want to put the link out and have a couple of people join us as viewers or listeners, they can do that.

Speaker, Microphone and Camera Setup in riverside.fm

Misbah (04:55):

I’m gonna explain each of these segments. This is your microphone. Okay? So the microphone that you want to select is obviously the one that’s connected to mine and is showing as the default shure digital. Shure digital, if you have air pods in, it’s going to show AirPods as an option here, make sure that’s not connected. And whatever microphone that you are actually connected to, is selected. Now in the video camera, you’re going to notice you have probably whatever your webcam, your built-in webcam might be. Camo studio is a great software that you can get to basically connect your phone. Your iPhone has an amazing camera, right? I’m going to go up to 4k now. So it’s one of those things you can connect to your phone. And I have it right now where you download the Camo app on the phone and you download the Camo app on your computer.

Misbah (05:45):

And then basically once that’s open, you can select this re-incubation Camo option. Right. And it’s giving you the video from my iPhone camera instead of my actual laptop. Right? So that’s an option. If you want to set that up, you have another camera that you’ve got hooked up. Just make sure that that one is actually selected. Right. And then of course, nothing wrong with using your normal built-in webcam. I do that all the time. Basically just make sure the right one is selected, and then this is your speaker. So this is the noise that you’re going to be hearing for me. If I have a sheer converter here I don’t want to select the noise coming into my shirt, digital, because I don’t have headphones connected to this thing. If, if your microphone has a headphone connection area and you plug it right into that, then you are going to select that as your speaker device.

Misbah (06:33):

Right. But if let’s say you have air pods or something like that, make sure it’s connected. And then we would go ahead and select that you don’t really want to select internal speakers. Because then the noise from the guests is gonna spit out and come into the microphone and just affect things a little bit. So if I wanted to use my phone, I could use my camo microphone if I really want. But I’m going to go ahead and keep it default. Cause I don’t really need to hear myself right now. So hit joined the studio.

Misbah (07:05):

Okay. This is what Your guest is going to see. Basically whether they show up before you or they’re there right then and there, and then you’re going to see some options here. So let me go ahead and explain what you’re seeing. So the screen is basically for screen sharing. If you want to share your screen in the middle of the show you can do that. You can even select, the tab. I think that you, you want open and stuff like that, right? This is the microphone. So you remember, you always want to make sure that your mic and whatnot is good. Don’t change anything in the middle of your recording. You can mute.

Misbah (07:38):

So I could. Hit mute there. Right. And that’s totally fine, but don’t change the actual device that you are recording with now. Same thing for speakers. Remember, make sure that’s all good. Camera can turn your camera off if you hit that and then you can turn it back on. When you hit start recording, it’s going to give you a 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 countdown. I recommend renaming whatever this is. So let’s say it was a human, I don’t know, just write tests, right. As you can see, once I hit my mic back on, you can see the levels kind of hopping up and down here. You’ll be able to see and hear your guests as well. I don’t think they can see that, but you can. And then you have a nice time clock here to make sure that you’re kind of on track with, with your recording. And then you have a little chat area. If you want to go back and forth. Like if I lose video with my guests, sometimes we have a little code that we hit back and forth and we usually keep a stellar face so that you can’t really tell. All right. So let me just show you what it looks like when you hit start recording.

Misbah (08:38):

6 5, 4 3, 2 1.

Recording in riverside.fm studio

Misbah (08:45):

And then, okay. We’re live. You see the recording thing turned on. We’re going to let it go to about, you know, 15 seconds or so, but for solo episodes, this is great. Sometimes if you can get your camera high quality, your mic high quality, the setup is great. It will separate MP3 and MP4 files, which I’ll show you shortly. So I’m going to go ahead and hit stop. It recorded that episode. If I want it to hang up with the guest completely you hit hang up and then you have to hit end call, okay. And meeting for all without that, you’re both going to awkwardly be trying to exit. So make sure you go over here. As soon as your episode is done and you’re ready to sign off. Now, you’re going to see this uploading bar. Okay, that’s here. So whatever we’re talking about and recording is getting it from your computer, right?

Misbah (09:33):

The most original source file. And now it’s uploading to Riverside, right? So this part takes some time, depending on your internet and what you’re doing and for the guest as well. So basically when they hang up, it’s going to say, Hey, leave this tab open. And it’s going to continue to upload as much as it needs to right now. Let’s go ahead and let me show you all the recordings. This is kind of another feature you’re going to be using in meetings. This was the second button I said you would need when you enter Riverside most of the time. So I’m going to hit that and I’m going to exit out of this just so it speeds my computer back up. Okay. As you can see, these are both uploading, right? This is basically what we just kind of recorded. Sometimes it doesn’t save exactly like the name that you put while you’re doing it.

Misbah (10:19):

So I want to make sure that I, as a best practice, rename it, right. That way, anything that’s untitled can get deleted and then anything that is actually useful. There’s a name for it. And my team can kind of identify what it is and what it needs to be used for. Now, you’re going to see this link right here. If this ever happens with your guests, where they cut it out too early, or you cut it out too early, open a new tab and go here. Okay. So when, as you can see, it’s going to find the recording and it’s going to start uploading it basically. If you left earlier, whatever, most of the time it does a great job of doing that. So it basically made sure everything’s up. Okay. It’s doing all of that right now with my recent tracks.

Misbah (11:02):

If I wanted to view the download internet recordings as a setting, to basically just a view, a quick version of what you just recorded. That’s not something you’re actually going to use. What you’re going to use is the wave and MP3 file that you see here. Wave is basically a high quality audio, right? Just like MP3. It takes a little bit more memory, but it’s high quality MP4 is high quality video. Right? So what you’re going to do is download each of these tracks to your computer. Okay. So individually, you’re going to need both of these when you hit click here and you hit click, you’ll see both of them kind of come into your computer, as you can see, I would rename those files. So you know what episode it’s from and, you know, you’ll see the way, you know, if it’s audio or video is dot wave or dot MP4, right?

Misbah (11:51):

So now what you have is your files. If I’m working with. I’ll scroll down, so you can see if I’m working with a guest, right. We each have our individual tracks or for the third episode that we did, for example, Bryce has his MP4. He has his way file. I have mine, right? And there was a point in this episode where the internet was not that great on my end. And you know, it was cutting out or whatever, but at the same time in the final version, you can’t tell at all because we had these high quality recordings. Okay. So you’re mainly going to be using waves and MP4 at the constant frame rate. And before basically locks at, at 24 frame rates per second. It’s the same quality though, as MP4, I would say, unless you have an editor who needs this and they’ll know, and they’ll be able to grab it from here.

Riverside.fm Pricing

Misbah (12:39):

I would just stay concerned with the wave and the MP4 file. And then you’ve got the download MP3 backup track. This is the same thing as the download internet recordings, you get to see basically a, you know, let’s say compose audio backup, and a downloads kind of a rough version that you can see and just hear briefly what it sounds like. So basically that’s going to be mainly what you are using Riverside for is getting all of your episodes in here. So Riverside, as you can see, is a very, very useful tool for remote recordings that makes it very professional. It makes the post-production very smooth and efficient, and it’s a useful tool for both solo episodes and guest episodes that you might be doing. Now, let’s take a quick look at the pricing. I believe if you go with the monthly option, you know, two hours per month, you get it for nine bucks.

Misbah (13:31):

If you do five hours per month, 19, and then pro is 29 per month and you get 15 hours run so clearly pretty affordable for what it can do. And I really think it’s well worth it. So whether you’re using Riverside or you’re using another remote recording software, the inner workings of it are going to be kind of similar to what you saw. So you just want to kind of keep that workflow process in mind, as you are recording and keeping in mind what’s going to make it the easiest for you. What’s going to make it easiest for your editor, and what’s going to make it the highest quality experience for your listener. So if you have any questions, make sure to reach out, to connect@mizhq.com, but thank you so much for watching today and I’ll see you next time.Β 

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