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Video podcasts: What, why, 7 types, and how to start one

A step-by-step guide to creating a video podcast

How to Make a Video Podcast

Updated April 4, 2024 /

Posted July 18, 2019

/ Colby

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One of the biggest benefits of making a video podcast is that you can create clips to share on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Video podcasting has been a massively growing trend over the past few years. In fact, one study showed that 28% of all weekly podcast listening happens on YouTube now! 

YouTube has doubled-down on this trend recently, rolling out a podcasts homepage, adding podcasts to their YouTube Music app to replace Google Podcasts which is being shut down in 2024, and creating new resources for YouTube podcasters.

What is a video podcast?

A video podcast is a visual version of your podcast that can be distributed on YouTube, Vimeo, and your podcast website to reach a larger audience. At this point, very few podcast directories allow video podcasts to be uploaded through their RSS feeds. However, Spotify recently built out video podcasts as a feature on their platform, which is only currently available to a handful of top shows.

Pros of video podcasts

Video podcasts are an amazing way to generate waterfall content for your podcast, because they can easily be chopped up and posted as videograms (short clips) on social media. Video is more intimate because it brings your audience into the studio so it can help build trust with viewers. Plus, posting your podcast on YouTube (in addition to Apple podcasts, Google, Spotify, etc) makes your show available to a brand new audience. 

Cons of video podcasts

While video podcasts have some incredible benefits, there are also some serious downsides to think about before you dive in. 

  • Editing video takes longer and may add production costs. 
  • Recording video adds stress to the hosts and guests, not everyone enjoys this. 
  • It is challenging to keep viewers engaged on video for the full length of a podcast episode, unlike audio podcasts. Pat Flynn makes this point here.  
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Types of video podcasts

There are several different ways to create a video podcast, some easier than others. You can pick and choose the option that works best for you, and you can even mix and match some of the ideas as well. 

Static image (easiest) 

The first and easiest way to make a video podcast is to just create a video with the podcast cover art. We do not recommend this method in most cases, because it is very visually boring and YouTube doesn’t like static content. Because YouTube is a visual-first platform, we recommend creating something that is more dynamic.

If you do follow this route, we recommend at least creating custom artwork for each individual episode of your show. Otherwise your YouTube channel is going to just show a bunch of duplicated copies of your podcast cover art, making it hard to decide which video to click on. 


Visualizer (moderate)

Example from Even the Rich podcast by Wondery

A visualizer is a short looping video (much like a Spotify Canvas) that adds interest to an otherwise static image video. The benefit of this method is that it’s far more visually exciting than a static image, and much less work than being on camera for a full length episode. It works especially well for narrative and storytelling podcasts that are recorded during many different sessions. 


Slides, b-roll, and powerpoint

Example from Pod Save America by Crooked Media

Adding slides, broll, and even a full powerpoint presentation to your podcast is a great way to improve the video podcast experience. You could create a video podcast that focuses exclusively on slides, with no faces shown, or you could add slides on top of the main video footage of yourself recording the podcast. The goal of this method is to make the podcast more interesting and show your audience the content you are talking about (eg screen share your computer while referencing a website or different video). 


Animations & illustrations 

Example from Dissect Podcast

Another way to generate a video podcast is to create an animation to go along with the audio content. Animated podcasts add visual explanation to what is being said to keep the audience engaged on the screen. Typically this animation method is used to create simple podcast video trailers, rather than full-length episodes. It would take far too much work to do a full-blown animation for the full length of an hour-long podcast for most people, but many podcasters use this method to create an animated podcast trailer, or to animate a special clip from their podcast (6-10 mins) so they can optimize it for YouTube.  


Solo storytelling

Solo podcasts can follow a similar setup to the in-person interview recordings. You should create a welcoming studio space for recording, with good sound dampening and a beautiful background. Solo storytelling is not the most common format for podcasts, but some talk shows do follow this. 



Interview-style podcasts are the most common kind of shows to release video podcasts. This makes sense because the conversation naturally works better whenever you can see both guests’ faces, and it works especially well when the guest is well known. In-person video interviews can be recorded in a beautiful studio, on a living room couch, or even in a walk-in closet. They sometimes require more pre-planning and work to make the set look beautiful, but the beauty of creating a high-quality interview video is that you can chop it up and redistribute it across multiple channels (YouTube, Snapchat, IGTV, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok).  


Remote interview

Remote recordings have been a popular part of the podcast culture for a long time. But in 2020 and 2021, the shift to work from home has created a big spike in the number of podcasts recorded on tools like Zoom and Riverside. Typically, for remote interviews, both the host and guest’s full video is recorded and then embedded into a custom-branded background. Sometimes the video will have additional lower-thirds, slides, screen sharing, and other elements to make it more engaging. But at the minimum, a remote video interview is a full recording of your video call that you can upload to YouTube and cut into multiple short clips. 


There are a lot of different methods for creating a video podcast. We recommend either creating a visualizer for your podcast (at the minimum) or recording your interviews to bring your audience behind the scenes as you record and let them see your faces. 

Where to upload your video podcast

Video podcasts can be used in a lot of versatile ways. Here are some of the most popular ways to distribute a video podcast. 


YouTube is the number one platform you need to upload your video podcast. YouTube has over 2 billion monthly users. It is a massive search engine, just like Google so you need to pay attention to SEO to grow your channel. 


Spotify released their video podcasts feature in 2020, in preparation for adding the Joe Rogan Show exclusively to their platform. However, it is currently only available to a select number of podcasts.

Apple Podcasts

Apple podcasts accepts video files when they are attached to an RSS feed. When you submit a vidoe podcast, similarly to Spotify it gives the listener the option to watch the video or listen to the audio only. However, only a small number of hosting platforms support videos on RSS feeds, including Libsyn and PodBean

How to make a video podcast

What does it take to make a video podcast? You need to find your topic, buy the right equipment and software, produce the podcast as you record, edit the video, distribute it, and chop up the content for marketing. Let’s dive in. 

1. Find a topic

The first step to creating a video podcast is to find a topic that you have a deep interest in, and that you can generate topics from. If you are looking for more ideas on how to brainstorm the topic and theme of your podcast, check out our blog on How to start a podcast.

2. Buy the equipment

Here’s a quick list of what equipment we recommend for recording a video podcast. This equipment is great for recording both in-person and remote videos. 

In-Person Recording Setup 

The easiest way to record an in-person video podcast is to capture video through a nice DSLR camera and audio through a separate handheld recorder, and then combine the audio and video in post. 

Remote Recording Setup 

The easiest way to record a remote podcast is to use a tool like Zoom to capture the video, while also recording a backup of your podcast audio locally on Quicktime or Audacity, then combining the audio and video in post. 

3. Produce your podcast

Now let’s dive into the specific steps it takes to create your video podcast. 

Filming in person

Filming a podcast in person, whether you are a solo host or interviewing a guest, will take the most amount of work. Here are the key steps you need to take to produce an in-person video podcast. 

  1. Set up your equipment. Clean up your video set, set up your camera, mic, and equipment. 
  2. Record a test video. Test both the video and audio to prevent any major mistakes from ruining the recording. 
  3. Slate. Record a clap at the start of the video so your editor can align the video and audio easily in post.  
  4. Stop recording. End your recording, organize and rename files for your editor, and upload them. 
  5. Edit the video. Cut out distractions, add intro and outro bumpers, add lower thirds and animations, add b-roll, and sync up the mixed audio to your video.  
  6. Export edited video as audio for mixing. Take the audio from your edited show and export it for mixing and mastering. This mixed audio can be re-synced with the video and published separately as an audio-only podcast on Apple, Spotify, etc. 
  7. Record separate intro and outro for the audio version (Optional). Some shows add in separate intro/outro bumpers to the video and audio versions of their podcast. 
  8. Post on YouTube. Upload your video to YouTube and make sure you optimize it for SEO (scroll down to see YouTube SEO tips). 

Filming remote interviews

Remote interviews are a lot easier to prepare for and record. Unlike in-person recordings, they require much less equipment to manage and can even be done using nothing but your laptop. 

  1. Choose your remote recording software (Zoom or You can read our full list of recommendations on how to record a remote podcast here. 
  2. Send your guest a link. Most recording software like Zoom lets you schedule an event and send your guest to link so they know where to record on the call. 
  3. Set up webcams, USB mics, and headphones. 
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask your guest to improve their setup. Make sure your guest has headphones on, ask them to clean up the video background, and strive to curate the video to best serve your audience. 
  5. Don’t use virtual backgrounds without a green screen. Virtual backgrounds are fun when you are on a conference call, but without a green screen they create very bad cropping around your outline in the video. 
  6. Test everyone’s mic, make sure everyone wears headphones (to avoid recording echo). Always do a quick test recording and set up a backup recorder to avoid losing files. 
  7. Record interview. 
  8. Download video files. 
  9. Embed videos a branded background (picture-in-picture style). 
  10. Export edited video as audio for mixing. Take the audio from your edited show and export it for mixing and mastering. This mixed audio can be re-synced with the video and published separately as an audio-only podcast on Apple, Spotify, etc. 
  11. Record separate intro and outro for the audio version (Optional). Some shows add in separate intro/outro bumpers to the video and audio versions of their podcast. 
  12. Post on YouTube. Upload your video to YouTube and make sure you optimize it for SEO (scroll down to see YouTube SEO tips). 

Making Illustrations, slides, and static images

B-roll and on-screen content can make your video much more engaging. This is crucial because YouTube’s #1 metric for success is engagement: how long are viewers watching your content. Illustrations, slides, and static images can be added to any style of video podcast, whether you record the hosts or not. Here’s how to plan ahead: 

  1. Review your entire episode, making notes anytime you mentioned a resource. 
  2. Collect screenshots, images, b-roll, and illustrations to sprinkle throughout your video.
  3. Use Descript to easily get a transcript of your episode so you can easily see the timestamps of your video and create notes for your video editor.  

4. Edit your video podcast 

Need to outsource your video podcast production? Our team can manage all of the complex work of color grading, adding b-roll and lower thirds, adding custom bumpers, and mixing your video for sharing on YouTube. Learn more about our video production services here. 

5. Create a YouTube channel

Creating a home for your YouTube content is a very simple step-by-step process that the own platform will guide you through, but we will help you by giving you the steps necessary to do so. You can also use this link to have an official step-by-step guide on how to create your own YouTube channel.

  1. Sign in to or create a YouTube account using your Google account.
  2. Under your account settings, select the option “Create a channel”.
  3. Fill out the necessary fields of information.
  4. Done!

Once you have your account created, you are ready to upload your recordings or audio-converted videos. If you are unsure of how to convert audio to video, here is a guide that will help you upload your audio file as a video file on YouTube.

6. Upload videos to YouTube 

Uploading videos is a different process than creating your channel. Once you have your ‘house’ (YouTube channel), you’re going to want to correctly upload your videos to help your channel visitors find their way through browsing your uploads.

  1. Under your account settings, select ‘YouTube Studio’
  2. Arrive at your channel dashboard and click the ‘Create’ button on the upper right-hand corner and select ‘Upload videos’
  3. Upload your video file
  4. Fill out your video details information (title, description, etc)
  5. Add any video elements (subtitles, end screens, etc)
  6. YouTube will check and verify your video
  7. Select to save, publish or schedule your video upload
  8. Done!

You now have a complete YouTube channel with uploaded videos for your audience!

7. Use YouTube SEO to rank your videos and get organic traffic

YouTube SEO is a complex topic that deserves a deeper dive, but here’s a quick checklist to help you get started:

  • Title – Write a gripping title, use at least 1 keyword. VidIQ is a great tool to use. 
  • Description – Video descriptions need an exciting summary of the content, links to resources, and any information that will help your users understand the video’s context. 
  • Tags – Add relevant tags (similar to hashtags) to your video to help YouTube understand what your video is about (eg. Tesla, Elon Musk, Space X). 
  • Thumbnail – Boost the click through rate to your videos with a custom thumbnail with an exciting title that pulls you in. 
  • Engagement – YouTube’s #1 metric for success is engagement. Make your video interesting and high quality to keep your audience’s attention. 
  • Video Chapters, Info Cards, and End Screens – Add timestamps in your video description to automatically add chapter summaries to your video. Add Info Cards to link to other related videos and End Screens to the end of videos. This all helps users find more of your content and over time can lead to YouTube generating a lot more views on your channel. 

8. Market your videos by sharing short clips

One of the biggest benefits of making a video podcast is that you can create repurposed content for social media. To get even more value out of your video podcast, chop it up into 1-3 engaging clips and upload them separately on YouTube and social media with a link back to the full episode. 

This strategy is used by tons of podcasters, including Tim Ferris, Joe Rogan, Pat Flynn, and Naval

How it works 

  • Pull 1-3 short clips from your podcast (7-12 mins) 
  • Upload them in addition to your full-length episode (YouTube, social media) 
  • Add a link to your full-length episode along with each clip you post 

Video Podcast FAQs

Can a podcast be a video? 

There is some debate on this question within the larger ecosystem of podcasting. However, the short answer is yes! Podcasts can be shared as video via RSS feed to Apple Podcasts (though this is only supported by some hosting sites), directly uploaded to Spotify, and uploaded directly to YouTube which has quickly grown to represent a sizable chunk of podcast listenership.

Video is not a requirement for creating a podcast, and the medium is still at it’s root an audio-first medium. Many audio-only podcasts continue to thrive and succeed today. However, this is shifting as more people embrace video podcasting all the time.

Do podcasts have video?

Podcasting is an audio-first medium, built around the RSS feed technology which allows you to upload a file to one RSS feed and syndicate it across many different podcast directories (Apple, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Pocketcasts, etc). But you can optionally add video podcasts to enhance the experience, and this trend has been growing massively over the past few years.

Can you podcast on youtube without video?

Yes! As of the end of 2023, you can now submit your RSS feed directly to YouTube and YouTube will generate a video with a still-image of your podcast cover art and add it to a special playlist marked as a “Podcast.” You can learn how to post a video as audio only or audio and video in this blog from our sister-company Resound.


Video podcasts provide tons of opportunity to reach new listeners and generate additional content for marketing your show. But they also require a lot more hard work and post-production. If you have the budget or capacity, we highly recommend creating a video podcast strategy that suits your podcasts goals. 

Once you start your video podcast and are growing your audience, the next step is to start considering how to monetize your podcast.

Need help finding the right video equipment or editing your video podcast? Book a free discovery call with our team to learn how Resonate’s all-in-one podcast services could help you!

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