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.
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.
The requirements are:
The supported iPod video formats as described on Apple's website are:
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:
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.
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"> <channel> <title>Toon Boom Animation</title> <link>https://www.toonboom.com</link> <description>Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s Website</description> <language>en-us</language> <copyright>Toon Boom Animation Inc.</copyright> <webMaster>email@example.com</webMaster> <ttl>1</ttl> <item> <title>Survivor Ants<</title> <description></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"/> </item> </channel> </rss>
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:
<item> <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"/> </item> <item> <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"/> </item> 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".
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.
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