Uploading (importing) audio and video files into Anchor

If you have pre-existing audio (like a podcast, interview, voice memo, or video file) or if you prefer to pre-record and edit your audio with advanced software, you can upload your video or audio files directly to your Anchor account.

We recently expanded the files types that Anchor supports to allow for video file uploads on desktop web only. Anchor will now pull audio from your video files and turn them into an audio segment in your episode builder. Learn how to upload audio and video segments into your Anchor account below.

Please note: If you’re uploading your own mp3 files, we recommend keeping embedded artwork, ID3v2 tags, and other metadata to as small a file size as possible.

How to upload video files into Anchor

On desktop web: 

  • Login to your Anchor account and click 'New Episode' on the right-hand side of your screen
  • Locate your episode builder on the right hand side under 'Save Episode'
  • Either drag and drop your file into the episode builder, or click on 'Click to upload or drag files here' to browse for your video file

 

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  • Once you have added your video file to the episode builder, we will begin extracting the audio from your video file

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  • Once extracted, your audio file will appear in your episode builder and will have the label "(Audio only)" next to the file name. This will help you distinguish between your normal audio files and video files where the audio was extracted

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  • From here you can treat this audio as you would a normal audio segment. You can edit it, change the order of where it appears in your episode builder, save your episode, publish your episode, etc. Note: your segment will also save and can be found in your purple library folder. It will again include the label "(Audio only)" followed by the file name as pictured below

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How to upload audio files into Anchor

On mobile: 

  • From the home screen (create screen), tap the '+' sign to access your creation tools, then tap the 'Library' tool
  • Tap the 'Import' button at the top right of the screen
  • Either search or browse for the audio file you're looking to import
  • Select the file you're looking to import and the import process will start

You can also share audio files to Anchor from any app on your phone. Directions can vary for each app.

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On web:

  • Login to your Anchor account and click New Episode on the right-hand side of your screen
  • Locate your episode builder on the right hand side under 'Save Episode'
  • Either drag and drop your file into the episode builder, or click on 'Click to upload or drag files here' to browse for your audio file
  • This will add your audio file to your episode, where you can add other audio segments and create your episode
  • If you upload an mp3 or m4a on the web version of Anchor, and that file is the only segment in an episode, that exact same file will be passed raw to your RSS feed.

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Supported file types

  • mp3
  • m4a
  • wav
  • mpg
  • mp4
  • mov

General limit

Currently, our web uploading is limited to a maximum file size of 250 MB- this includes audio extracted from video files. As a rule of thumb, the limit for videos is up to a 3 hour play length. If you have a file that's larger than 250 MB, it's a good idea to compress it before uploading!

If you're using one of these supported kinds of audio and getting an error during upload, check:

  1. That the audio plays properly on your computer, and
  2. That your browser supports the file type.

Having trouble locating your uploaded audio? Be sure to check your 'Library' section.

Note: It's against Anchor's Terms of Service to upload audio that is copyrighted or belongs to someone else to your podcast.

Additional information

What about YouTube videos?

You cannot upload YouTube links directly to Anchor, but if you own the raw video file you can upload the .MP4 or .MOV and convert it to audio.

How do I record my video chats? 

Depending on your platform of choice, it's generally pretty easy to record your conversations. Just make sure you have permission from all participants before you hit that record button. Here are instructions from different platforms on recording and or exporting video chats.

Need more help? Feel free to reach out to our Support team here.

 

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