Podcast Chapters

HyperCatcher Studio uses Podcasting 2.0 Chapters to add rich content to your podcast episodes. Using podcast chapters you can embed content directly into your podcast episode that your listeners can see at any particular point during your podcast episode. You can include all kinds of content with HyperCatcher Studio:

  1. A donation / tip page
  2. Show videos or images or any kind of web content you discuss during the show
  3. Advertiser pages or merch stores
  4. Social Media profiles for you and your podcast guests
  5. A user poll or feedback questionnaire
  6. Or ...anything you want!

Add A New Podcast

When you open HyperCatcher Studio after signing in for the first time, you'll see an empty dashboard like this.

The first step is to register your podcast's RSS feed with HyperCatcher Studio. You can tap the "Submit Podcast" button to do that! Just paste your Podcast's RSS feed into the text box and hit "Add New Podcast" and we'll take it from there. You won't be able to add chapters to your podcast right away because our team needs to verify your ownership of the podcast. We should get back to you within 24 Hours, but if you want to see what the hold up is feel free to message us on Twitter!

Podcast Setup

After you receive an email that your podcast has been verified you can add some podcast chapters! Now when you log into HyperCatcher Studio you should see a dashboard that includes the name of your podcast.

Next, tap the "Edit" button for your podcast

This is a list of all of your podcast episodes HyperCatcher Studio knows about. If this is your first time loading the next page it might be blank. Tap the "Fetch Episodes" button to pull the latest episodes from your podcast RSS Feed.

Once you can see your expected list of podcast episodes you can tap the "Edit" action button on a podcast episode that you'd like to add Podcast Chapter content to.

Editing / Publishing Podcast Chapters

On the podcast chapters editing page you'll see a list of podcast chapters that have been created for your podcast episode so far. If this is your first time opening this page for a podcast episode then it will not have any chapters. You can add new chapters by tapping the "Add Chapter" button (1). This will create a new row in the table. This new row represents a single Podcast Chapter. You can update the start time for the chapter as well as the Title, URL and Image that you want to show listeners at that time. Next, you can save the chapters you've worked on so far by tapping the "Save Changes" (2) button. This won't make your chapters viewable in the HyperCatcher App yet, but it will allow you to return to edit the chapters later if you'd like.

If you want to make the new Chapters you've created viewable in the HyperCatcher podcast app to your listeners, you can tap the red "Publish Podcast Chapters" button (3). The Podcasting 2.0 Chapters specification also provides a mechanism for you to place chapters directly into your podcast RSS feed. HyperCatcher makes this easy by providing two different ways to export your podcast chapter files. You can download your chapters json file and host it yourself by tapping the "Download JSON" button (4). You can also tap the "Url For JSON" button (5) to copy the url for your podcast chapters direclty to your clipboard. Using the URL to your podcast chapters is the easiest approach because it will allow your podcast episode's chapters to be updated dynamically without needing to download and re-host your chapters file if you want to make changes to your podcast chapters.

Here is an example of a podcast RSS Feed that uses podcast 2.0 chapters: http://mp3s.nashownotes.com/pc20rss.xml

Here is the podcast chapters tag for that podcast:

<podcast:chapters url="https://studio.hypercatcher.com/chapters/podcast/http:mp3s.nashownotes.compc20rss.xml/episode/PC2028" type="application/json"/>

Viewing Podcast Chapters

Most Podcasting 2.0 Podcast Apps support chapters. You can look here for the complete list: http://newpodcastapps.com/

Each app supports podcasting chapters a bit differently. Here are a few examples of how different apps handle podcast chapters:

HyperCatcher

HyperCatcher will display the url link or image in a list of tiles that will automatically move based on the times you specify for the chapter as your podcast plays. You can think of HyperCatcher's approach to podcast chapters like a slide show of images or websites that you can show your listeners while they listen to your podcast.

Podfriend

Podfriend will display your podcast chapters in a list that the user can use to easily jump to any point in your podcast. As the podcast episode plays the chapter art for the podcast will be updated with images from the podcast chapter and any URLs your included will also be displayed and clickable.

Podverse

Podverse will display your podcast chapters in a list that the user can use to easily jump to any point in your podcast. Podverse users will also be able to create shareable clips of your episode easily based on the podcast chapters you specify.

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