iPod And Podcasting

Learn to make media content on your iPod, including news, TV shows, and Toon Boom Studio animations.

With Toon Boom Studio, you can easily save your animation for podcasting, an emerging technology that allows you to watch and hear media content on your iPod, including news, TV shows, and, of course, Toon Boom Studio animations.

Animation for ipod and podcasting

The iPod is a great vehicle to showcase your animated content anywhere you go and reach an audience of millions. Use this lightweight technology to share your animations with your friends and family.


  • first, you will learn how to create podcast-ready animation. Your animation will be viewable on your iPod.
  • secondly, you will learn how to podcast your animation on the internet, via a podcasting feed in xml format.

The requirements are:

  • Toon Boom Studio or Toon Boom Studio Express
  • Apple iTunes or higher
  • An iPod for portable playback or web server space for podcasting

Step 1: Create podcast-ready animations

The supported iPod video formats as described on Apple's website are:

  • H.264 video
    File formats: .m4v, .mp4 and .mov
    Video: Up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3
    Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio
  • MPEG-4 video
    File formats: .m4v, .mp4 and .mov
    Video: Up to 2.5 Mbps, 480 x 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile
    Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio

You can use these settings directly in Toon Boom Studio to export your animation. If you don't know what this information means, don't worry, iTunes will convert it for you, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Export your animation from Toon Boom Studio as a QuickTime file
    Using the h.264 is recommended but not required. This codec is available in Toon Boom Studio after installing the free QuickTime player 7.
  2. Open iTunes ( or higher).
  3. Click the file menu and select ‘add a file to library'
  4. Browse to the location where you saved your animation and select it to open it.
  5. In iTunes, on the left side select ‘Videos' (you should see your animation there).
  6. Right click on your animation and select ‘Convert Selection for iPod'
    iTunes will duplicate your animation video with the proper settings for podcasting.

You now have a m4v (MPEG-4 Video) file ready for podcasting. Drag your converted animation to your iPod in iTunes to transfer your animation to your iPod. You will use this new video file for podcasting later in this article.

On your iPod select ‘Video => Films => Name of your video' to playback your animation.

That's it!

Step 2: Preparing an xml feed for Podcasting

Now that your animation is podcast-ready, if you want to share it with millions of people online, you can prepare a podcasting feed that anyone can subscribe to using podcasting. This feed is an xml file and is compliant with the RSS 2.0 standard.

Create the RSS 2.0 xml file

You need to create an RSS 2.0 xml file for iTunes users to subscribe to your podcast. Have a look at the Toon Boom's podcast.xml file used to create the feed in this example.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<rss version="2.0">
  <title>Toon Boom Animation</title>
  <description>Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s Website</description>
  <copyright>Toon Boom Animation Inc.</copyright>
      <title>Survivor Ants<</title>
      <pubDate>Fri, 20 Jan 2006 11:36:28 GMT</pubDate>
      <enclosure url="https://www.toonboom.com/podcast/ants.m4v" length="432kb" type="audio/mpeg"/>

You can use this file as an example. Of course you will need to update the file with your own information. Click here to download this sample xml file.

If you would like to add multiple movies to your podcast feed, just duplicate the <item> section like this:

  <title>Survivor Ants</title>
  <description>Survivor Ant by Jean Pilot</description>
  <pubDate>Fri, 20 Jan 2006 11:36:28 GMT</pubDate>
  <enclosure url="https://www.toonboom.com/podcast/ants.m4v" length="432kb" type="audio/mpeg"/>
  <title>2005 Showreel</title>
  <description>Toon Boom Animation’s 2005 Showreel</description>
  <pubDate>Fri, 20 Jan 2006 11:36:28 GMT</pubDate>
  <enclosure url="https://www.toonboom.com/podcast/Showreel.m4v" length="32Mb" type="audio/mpeg"/>

etc . . .

If you subscribe to this xml feed you will see this information in your iTunes application.

To subscribe to Toon Boom’s example feed, open iTunes, click on the advanced menu and select "subscribe to podcast".

Subscribe to podcast

Enter this URL: https://www.toonboom.com/podcast/podcast.xml

The two movies are listed with the title, description, date etc.

iTunes will automatically download the first listed movie in your feed. Click the get button to download the other movies on demand.

Podcast-ready animation

Now you can upload your converted animation (MPEG-4 version) as well as your xml file to any web server space for millions to subscribe to your feed. Advertise your subscription link anywhere on the web including in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

For more information on Podcasting with iTunes (including the xml tags you can use, testing feed, submitting podcast on iTunes directory, etc) visit Apple’s Podcasting and iTunes technical specification