Adding Images to a Podcast

Your podcasts can display still images on iTunes and iPod. Using the podcast track together with the Details tab, you can add a single image for an entire podcast or create a slideshow of images that plays in sync with the audio portion of your podcast. If your project has a video track, you can use frames of the video as still images in your podcast. You can also add other still images to your podcast.

Setting an Episode Image for an Entire Podcast

A common podcasting practice is to insert a single, representative image for an audio podcast so that it displays (in iTunes and on iPod) during the entire episode.

To set an episode image for a podcast
  1. In the Project tab, scroll down to the Metadata section.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Drag a still image from the Finder or from iPhoto to the Episode Image image well.

    • Copy an image in an image editing application and paste it into the image well.

    • Click Choose and in the dialog that appears, navigate to the image file you want to add and click Open.

    Note: You can add any of the following image types: PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPG, GIF, PNG, PICT, BMP, ICO, and ICNS.

  3. To display the podcast track, choose Show > Podcast Track from the Show pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Timeline.

  4. Confirm that the podcast track contains the single, default chapter marker region that spans the entire length of the project.

    Figure. Multitrack Timeline.
  5. Click the podcast track to select it.

  6. In the Image Source pop-up menu in the Details tab, select Episode Image.

The image is applied to the entire podcast. If there are no subsequent markers with images, this initial image will be shown for the duration of the podcast.

Note: Once you set the episode image in the Project tab, you can apply the episode image to any podcast marker region using the Image Source pop-up menu in the Details tab.

For more information on the Image Source pop-up menu, see Using the Image Source Pop-Up Menu.

Creating a Slideshow in a Podcast

By adding multiple markers to a podcast and adding an image to each marker, you can create a slideshow that plays in sync with the audio portion of your podcast.

To add a series of images to a podcast
  1. To display the podcast track, choose Show > Podcast Track from the Show pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Timeline.

  2. Using the Blade tool, click the podcast track at each point where you want to add an image.

    For more information about adding markers, see Using Podcast and Chapter Markers.

  3. Select a marker region and use the Image Source pop-up menu to apply an image.

    For more information on the Image Source pop-up menu, see Using the Image Source Pop-Up Menu.

  4. Repeat step 3 for each marker in your slideshow.

Using the Image Source Pop-Up Menu

You can apply images to your podcast in a variety of ways with the Image Source pop-up menu.

To apply an image to a marker region
  1. Select the marker region in the podcast track.

  2. Click the Image Source pop-up menu in the Details tab and choose one of the following methods for adding a still image:

    • Episode Image: Drag a still image from the Finder or from iPhoto to the image well or copy an image in an image editing application and paste it into the image well. Choose Episode Image again to clear the current marker image.
    • Video at Start of Section: If the multitrack project has a video in it, choose this option to have Soundtrack Pro insert the corresponding video frame from the same Timeline location.
    • Video at: Use the value slider to manually choose a video frame from the video track.
    • Other: Click Choose and, in the dialog that appears, navigate to the image file you want to add and click Open.

    Note: You can add any of the following image types using the Image Source pop-up menu: PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPG, GIF, PNG, PICT, BMP, ICO, and ICNS.

    Figure. Podcast Marker area of Details tab.
To remove an image from a podcast
  1. Select the marker region in the podcast track.

  2. Choose Episode Image from the Image Source pop-up menu.

The image is removed and no image is displayed for that marker region.

Figure. Podcast marker region without an image.

Note: Enhanced podcasts (using still images) and video podcasts are mutually exclusive. Information for enhanced and video podcasts can co-exist in your multitrack project, but you must choose one or the other when you export. See Exporting Podcasts for more information.