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How to make a podcast video with our audio visualizer 

Updated December 22, 2022
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We all love to listen to podcasts. Whether it’s in the car on the commute to work or through headphones at home after a stressful day, podcasts have become our new favorite medium to tell stories and teach lessons.

What you might not know is that podcasts are just as prolific on YouTube as they are in your podcast library. In fact, 43% of monthly podcast listeners head to YouTube to listen to episodes.

Podcasters are quickly discovering the power of YouTube’s algorithm and how it can help their content be seen and heard by a much wider audience. Podcasters can also add another layer to the listening experience with visuals, ranging from live videos to audio visualization.

Ready to create your own podcast video to post on YouTube? Explore podcast videos, inspiring examples, and how to make your own with Clipchamp.

What is a podcast video?

Video podcasts are a combination of podcast audio and visual media. The video element can be as simple as a plain background with a logo or as elaborate as an edited video recording.  Podcasts with video can be made by absolutely anyone, sharing information about many different genres, including sports, crime, technology, comedy, the environment, and more. 

With over 30 million different episodes to date, podcasts have also become a cost-effective marketing tool. As we mentioned earlier, 43% of monthly podcast listeners used YouTube to listen, rather than Apple (34%) and Spotify (23%).

Not only are professional podcasters posting on YouTube, but it’s also likely professional YouTubers will eventually end up creating their own podcasts to accompany their channels and income. Creators have outsmarted YouTube and transformed the video-centric platform to include podcasts. This leverages the algorithm to meet new listeners, therefore generating more revenue and expanding the medium's growing rapidly. 

You may have heard of young Emma Chamberlain. With over 9 million subscribers on YouTube, Chamberlain decided to use her platform and fanbase to popularise her podcasts by posting episodes on her YouTube channel. Talking about advice, gaining confidence, living alone and story times to a younger demographic helps her channel stay relevant and gain more exposure. Chamberlain is one of many clever YouTuber sensations using the video platform to post their video podcasts. 

Podcast video inspiration

Picture podcast videos

A podcast video doesn't always have to include a moving background. Well-known YouTube sensation Lavendaire uses a still image of herself with informative text on the right-hand side.

Audio visualizer podcast videos

If you don’t have an accompanying video you would like to post with your podcast, using an audio visualizer overlay is a great way to keep your episode interesting.

How to make a podcast video with audio visualization

Step 1. Import your audio file

To import your audio file, click on the import media button or upload directly from any of our importing options like OneDrive.

An image of a user importing their podcast audio to Cliphchamp.

Your audio file will now be in the your media tab. Drag and drop your audio file onto the timeline.

An image of a user adding their audio to the timeline.

Step 2. Add a stock video, image, or background

Next, give your podcast video a background. Either select one of our free stock videos or images or choose from a range of unique still backgrounds. For this tutorial, we have selected a background. 

Click on the graphics tab on the left toolbar. Click on the see more arrow to view more options.

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Drag and drop your background onto the timeline above your audio file.

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If your media asset isn’t the same length as your audio file, simply expand the background asset using the green sidebars on the timeline.

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Step 3. Add the audio visualizer overlay

In the graphics tab again, click on the see more button under frames & overlays.

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Scroll down until you find the audio visualizer overlay. Drag and drop the overlay onto the timeline above your video.

An image of a user adding the audio visualizer overlay to the timeline.

Adjust the length of the audio visualizer overlay to match your video and audio file. Expand the overlay using the green sidebars on the timeline.

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Step 4. Edit the audio visualizer overlays appearance

To edit the color, click on the colors tab, then select a color preset or type in a hex color code.

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To edit the size and appearance of your audio visualizer overlay, click on the transform tab. You can edit the position, and size, and change the display from bars to vertical lines.

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You can also add fades and filters and adjust the colors of your audio visualizer in the other tabs on the property panel.

Step 5. Save your podcast video

When you’re ready to save your audio visualizer video podcast, click on the export button and select the video quality. We recommend saving 1080p for the best YouTube video quality.

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You can share your video directly to YouTube using our saving integrations.

An image of a user sharing their podcast video to YouTube from Clipchamp's exporting page.

Edit podcast videos with special effects

Easy add auto-captions to your video

Make your video podcast more accessible with the help of captions. Our auto-captions feature does all the hard work for you by automatically generating captions and a transcript. Just click on the captions tab on the property panel and turn on the auto-captions button. It’s as simple as that.

Take control with our speed selector

Is your video podcast too long? Improve and customize the speed of your audio with our helpful speed selector feature. You can adjust the speed of your video and audio from 0.1x to 16x or even manually edit assets with specific speed numeric values. 

Make your video YouTube-ready

If you’re sharing your video podcast to a social media platform like YouTube, don’t forget to add in one of our subscribe panel stickers. Our design team curated a collection of YouTube subscribe panel animations to boost your subscription numbers. You can also personalize one of our intro and outro templates to add to your video podcast.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between podcast videos and video podcasts?

Usually, video podcasts are recorded podcast sessions, and viewers can watch creators speak. Unlike podcast videos, which usually only contain recorded podcast audio, not live video.

What is the best platform for a video podcast?

YouTube is the top preferred platform for podcasts. Some other popular podcast platforms include Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Audible.

What aspect ratio should my video podcast be in for YouTube?

We recommend creating your video podcast in a widescreen 16:9 video aspect ratio and saving in 1080p video resolution to suit YouTube guidelines.

With the help of our audio visualizer overlay, you can create podcast videos in no time. Learn how to add more elements to your videos like transitions and text.

No matter the genre, create engaging podcast videos today and share them directly on YouTube with Clipchamp.

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