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Video Podcasts & Live Streams

Video Podcasts & Live Streams

The best podcast studio in Toronto, hands down.   Our team handles everything - from editorial to production, so that you can focus on showing up for shoots excited to speak with your guests.

Get in touch for a more custom end-to-end show development package, or simply book recording hours with our in-house producer below.

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Much more than just a podcast studio for rent in downtown Toronto

StartWell has created the easiest way to conceive of, produce and publish video podcasts - with extremely high quality.

Our integrated approach involves dedicated studio space with custom-configured equipment managed by an in-house team of professional filmmakers and broadcast producers.

We can develop and package your show - optionally coaching your host, sourcing guests to interview and more - plus of course, recording episodes at our studios to then handle post production and publishing to all the platforms your audience loves watching content on.

  • Recording-only

    If you have a simple need to record one or just a few films with us, we can simply book you for recording sessions @ $750/hr (including raw files from all cameras and microphones, license-free - transferred on SSDs post-session or uploaded to the cloud.)

  • Custom Packages

    Our full-service offering includes pre-production and creative planning, production and even post-production/editing + publishing (of video and audio files to multiple podcast platforms - including Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon Podcasts and more.)

Our process starts with an initial discovery call to discuss what your aims and resources are, from there we’ll plan creative and schedule recording sessions in person at our professional studio on King Street West in Toronto.

Our podcast studio equipment

From lighting to sound to video capture and display – this studio is fully pre-configured and ready to record in!

  • Lighting

    • Godox fanless + silent spotlights (UL150C ceiling mounted: KEY = Octabox with two diffusion layers with velcro plus optional honeycomb grid, 3x UL60C FILL = Diffusion socks with barn-doors and honeycomb grids for focus.)
    • Aputure RGBw panel for accent lighting effect
    • 4 RGBW tube lights as practicals - for optional background and atmospheric color
  • Sound

    • RØDECaster Pro – four microphone inputs with studio-grade preamps for recording crystal-clear audio, smartphone, USB, and Bluetooth channels for seamlessly integrating remote guests, eight sound pads for triggering music and sound effects, powerful audio processing at the touch of a button and so much more.
    • Shure Professional XLR vocal microphones with table stands & options for wireless lav or boundary mics
    • 2x B&W reference monitor speakers (w/amp for in-room audio playback)
  • Video

    • Multiple Canon 90D DSLR cameras w/HDMI (output to switcher)
    • Wide and telephoto premium Canon lenses (as productions require)
    • Auto slider w/return motion and optional arc – for extending wide angle space on camera and visual dynamism
    • Blackmagic ATEM Extreme Pro ISO switcher (for live camera switching and streaming + ISO recording to SSD via USB-C)
    • Reference monitor/screen (for teleprompting, video conferencing and software walkthroughs)
    • Reference monitor screens, one for on-camera branding/visuals

Conveniently located in downtown Toronto

At StartWell's main campus on the 2nd floor - come in, grab a complimentary cappuccino and head into recording sessions upstairs.

786 King Street West, 2nd Floor

See a sample podcast episode recorded at our studio

A full service podcast studio experience

Our custom built studio environment enables on-demand podcast recording sessions that can be recorded using multiple cameras and mics, with zero setup time and world-class production quality.

In addition to being able record professional sounding and looking content, we offer full-service show production that can include the following:

Foundational Elements (once per show)

  • Show Development (making sure that your show has character and branding whilst appealing to a defined audience)
  • Episode Mapping (creating an action plan to engage listeners - planning out the ideal topic matter per episode so that the audience is excited for each additional episode release)
  • Podcast Artwork (crafting the visual assets which represent the show to use as cover art on websites and through distribution platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and more)
  • Theme Music (sourcing original or stock music for intro/title themes and common moments in episodes)
  • Host Coaching (working with your host to ensure their presence on mic and on camera is natural, easy and fun - in turn to ensure the ease and comfort of guests on the show)
  • Syndication (RSS) Feed Setup (with publishing/distribution channel accounts.)

Pre-Production

  • Sourcing show guests(we can help find great guests that raise the profile of shows and help expand your reach whilst aiding the series' narrative arc.)
  • Pre-interview (preparing guests and hosts for conversations before they are recorded.)
  • Script re-writing for broadcast/'the ear' (our team can edit your introductory remarks per guest to best present them and appeal to audiences.)
  • Develop question lines for host (we can plan for the best things to ask of guests in order to draw out stories on mic)

Production

  • Recording (we record episodes in person in our physical studio on King Street in downtown Toronto - capturing video and audio from multiple camera angles)

Post-production

  • Editing podcast episodes (creating cinematic edits - coloring footage + cutting between camera angles and mixing down the audio tracks.) Note: we usually cut a video recording of the full episode and then an audio version of that - so you can publish your podcast as a video series seperately from an audio show (and reach a larger total podcast audience)
  • Editing clips (we create compelling clips to promote full episodes on social media, and to highlight the best moments of your episodes for you to publish in any way you need to)
  • Upload and publishing (sending video and audio files to various distribution channels - to make sure your podcast makes its way to any channel your audiences enjoys content)
  • Meta-tagging (we craft custom titles, descriptions and excerpt copy to annotate episodes when publishing - for SEO etc)
  • Transcription (our human team can manually transcribe your content to ensure that transcripts are readable for accesibility and SEO)
  • SEO-friendly show notes (custom articles crafted from the transcript of the show to post as independant blog posts or anything else)

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