RSS.com, a leading podcast hosting company, has unveiled PodViz, an innovative in-house technology that simplifies the process of transforming audio podcast episodes into captivating videos. Notably, RSS.com has integrated this solution into its hosting platform, empowering podcasters to effortlessly convert their episodes and upload them to popular video distribution platforms like YouTube.
Setting itself apart from similar offerings, PodViz goes beyond basic functionality by also supporting Podcasting 2.0 chapters, ensuring the converted audio-to-video files retain elements such as chapter art, title, and metadata.
The development of this new technology reflects the growing trend among podcasters worldwide, who are leveraging video distribution platforms to expand their listener base and enhance the discoverability of their primarily audio-focused shows.
Podcasters from all corners of the globe can take advantage of this revolutionary audio-video conversion toll for free by visiting RSS.com/podviz.
“We are thrilled to offer our podcasters the ability to showcase their Podcasting 2.0 enabled chapters and chapter art in video format, all without additional fees. This exciting audio to video feature bridges a gap between YouTube’s offering and outstanding Podcasting 2.0 enabled apps such as Podverse, Podfriend, and Fountain. By expanding the reach of Podcasting 2.0 features, we’re giving our podcasters the opportunity to reach new audiences. Now any of our podcasters who wish to distribute their podcast to their own YouTube channel can effortlessly do so.” – Ben Richardson, Co-Founder of RSS.com.
In addition to integrating with YouTube, RSS.com plans to expand its support for video content platforms such as Vimeo, PeerTube, and TikTok.
Founded in 2018, RSS.com is a podcasting platform with a global community and strategic investments in audio technology, IP and production of original content.
RSS.com is excited to announce automatic transcripts which are available to all RSS.com podcast creators on free and paid plans.
RSS.com podcasters can generate free transcripts for new and existing episodes. These transcripts will automatically be aded to their public available episode pages on RSS.com to improve consumer accessibility. Transcripts in episode pages also boost discoverability through search engines like Google by allowing audio files to be found not only on their standard metadata such as title and description, but also based on their actual content.
When generated from a creator’s dashboard, transcripts are added to a show’s RSS feed via the new podcasting 2.0 tag for supporting apps to display and also as metadata in the RSS feed.
Initially, free automatic transcripts are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Turkish.
Ben Richardson, co-founder of RSS.com says: “While working in this release we had several factors that could not be compromised. It couldn’t increase the cost to our creators. It had to be multilingual. It needed to be useful in discovery and search. It had to be a part of our own technology stack, and it had to be easy to use. I think our team hit all those marks and more with this release. We encourage all types of podcast player apps to facilitate the use of captions and transcripts our podcasters can provide in order to open up even more podcasting’s potential.”
Alberto Betella, co-founder of RSS.com says: “Offering free transcripts to all our creators required a significant R&D effort on our end to find the sweet spot between accuracy, time and computational efficiency. We systematically compared the most popular open source speech recognition tools available, as well as our proprietary services and chose the solution that best fits our criteria. We then implemented our own podcast transcripts engine in house that merges cutting-edge AI with modern cloud optimization paradigms for maximum control and cost effectiveness. This approach allowed us to offer transcripts to all our users at no extra cost and make it really easy for them to generate accessible audio content.”