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Commonly relied on by many professional podcasters, Zencastr is making a colossal leap forward. It’s finally releasing an HD video feature to all of its users.

In total, 6 percent of all podcasts rely on Zencastr, about 800,000 to 1.2 million podcasts. This number continues to grow as the pandemic continues. During the shift towards more online communication, people moving their existing in-person podcasts online. Zencastr, up until this point, just supported audio. As TechCrunch’s Brian Heater points out, most video podcasters use video chat programs like Zoom and Skype. The application either saves the videos both locally and in the cloud.

Zencastr’s video feature leaves beta testing

Video chatting on Zencastr, up until this point, was only available in a closed beta. Lacking the ability to video chat was one of the major cons of the application. Now, the video feature is leaving beta and is available to all users. It’s capable of HD video recording, along with “high-quality” sound, according to Heater.

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A bright future

While it’s big news Zencastr finally offers video recording, Zencastr also announced a $4.6 million seed round. According to TechCrunch, the funding will help the company smooth out any wrinkles and hiring.

“Headcount is one of the primary reasons for raising this round,” co-founder and CPO Adrian Lopez tells TechCrunch. “We were a fully distributed team before COVID existed. We have people in 11 different countries around the world. That was a very conscious choice. We believe that distribution allows us to work with some of the best people, regardless of where they are.”

Zencastr predicts it will experience a dip in usage as the pandemic begins to end and podcasters start doing more in-person interviews. Regardless, they’re optimistic about the future, believing there will still be growing an increased interest in podcasting long after the pandemic ends.

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