Anyone who is starting out producing a podcast will come across a list of tools to use for recording interviews online, and Zencastr is always in the top five if it isn’t number one. This was probably true six months ago, but they (Zencastr) seem to have been running a catch-up race, adding video capture in their free service tier and making some changes to the user interface one sees in the web browser.
Making Zencastr a zero-install tool means your show guests can get up and running quickly without needing to install some new application onto their mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not, especially with the changes of late.
Long story short, Zencastr has been causing more headaches than its been alleviating, and so it appears that the Hugo Floss podcast will almost certainly move away from Zencastr, trying out other platforms like Zoom, which can record audio-only multi-track episodes with browser-based tools. There’s also Jitsi, which is an open source tool that does many of the same things but can be self-hosted.
So there it is, the judges have spoken. Zencastr, take your mics and go.