So you’ve recorded your first podcast episode, reviewed the footage (or audio), and are pretty satisfied, minus a few minor tweaks that could be made. Now it’s time to edit your episode before posting for the world to experience, but you’re not quite sure where to begin or what to use. Don’t fret—in this blog post, we will share with you some tools that you can use to edit your podcast.
If you have a video podcast and the idea of video editing software makes you nervous, you need to try Video Editor. This web-based editor is beginner-friendly, allowing you to cut, add transitions, text, etc., at just the click of a button. Most importantly, it’s free to start using (although we recommend trying out Streamlabs Ultra, which gives you access to a suite of premium tools for creators, including Video Editor Pro). Also, because Video Editor is browser-based, it doesn’t eat up a ton of storage on your computer. If you need some help getting started, you can check out this guide for using Video Editor here.
As the newest app to join the Streamlabs family, Podcast Editor is a robust tool designed to help creators like you edit video and audio podcast episodes in just a few simple steps. Podcast Editor auto-generates your video or audio transcript, making it simple to fine-tune your podcast's content by editing via text. You can quickly correct any errors in the transcript and make necessary adjustments, such as deletions which will be reflected in your audio or video file. Additionally, Podcast Editor allows you to easily add subtitles and overlay elements such as images to correspond with the text.
If you have a MacBook, good news! Your device comes equipped with Garageband, a music recording and production app that also works well for other audio projects, such as podcasting. Besides being completely free for Mac users, the great thing about Garageband is that the interface is beginner-friendly.
P.S. If you’re video podcasting, alternatively, you can try iMovie—another tool pre-downloaded on your Macbook— to edit your podcast episodes. Remember that your device needs enough memory to store the content, or you may need to invest in external storage instead.
Audacity is a free, open-source software that allows for multi-track audio editing and recording. This software is available for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems, and the interface is translated into many languages. Additionally, there’s a digital manual for the program that can walk you through everything you may need to know about using Audacity.
Considered the industry standard in audio recording, production, and mixing, Pro Tools comes with a hefty price tag compared to the options on this list but is trusted for a reason. As the name suggests, Pro Tools is packaged with plugins to help enhance your audio and gives unmatched professional-level quality. While you may not be looking to make the jump to this software just yet, this is a tool you should keep in the back of your mind for when you get the basics down and are looking to level up your content.
We hope this blog post helps you find the best audio editor to perfect every episode of your podcast. Happy Creating!