Top 5 Best AI Podcast Tools

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Let’s be honest, the number of AI podcast tools getting thrown out into the world right now is overwhelming.

I geek out over this stuff and even I’m overwhelmed by all the different tools being made available on a regular basis. But if you want to take advantage of the incredible power that AI can have in your podcast, you have to draw a line somewhere, right?

In this article, I’m breaking down my top 5 best AI podcast tools, to help answer some common questions like: What is the best AI app for podcasts? Which AI tool is the best for generating podcast show notes? And several others!

You can continue reading down below, but if you prefer to watch rather than read, here’s a video I made breaking down my favorite AI podcast tools:

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ChatGPT for Podcasters

When it comes to generating content ideas, outlines, and even show notes, ChatGPT stands out as one of the best AI podcasting tools available. But what makes it better than the other AI tools out there?

Overview of ChatGPT and How It Can Help Podcasters

ChatGPT is probably the most well-known AI tool available right now so I won’t get into what it is or how it works. If you are new to ChatGPT, we have a ton of other blog posts and YouTube videos discussing various aspects of ChatGPT.

For podcasters, this means a tool that can brainstorm episode topics, draft scripts, and even write podcast show notes or blog posts for you.

  • Generating Ideas and Outlines: ChatGPT can be your brainstorming buddy, helping you come up with fresh episode ideas or flesh out existing ones. Simply feed it a topic, and watch as it provides a plethora of suggestions tailored to your podcast’s theme. ChatGPT’s Custom Instructions can really help you with this when it comes to tailoring your content TO YOUR AUDIENCE AND STYLE.
  • ChatGPT Plus Features: Beyond the basic functionalities, ChatGPT Plus offers plugins and Advanced Data Analysis (formerly known as ‘code interpreter’). These features enhance the model’s capabilities, allowing for more specialized tasks. For instance, if you’re wanting to create content based on the information within a podcast episode, ChatGPT’s Advanced Data Analysis can be programmed to generate detailed show notes based on your own podcast content. Additionally, plugins can help you do things like access the internet, edit images, and even connect directly into programs like Canva to help you come up designs for your promotional content.
  • Using Advanced Data Analysis to Generate Show Notes and Other Content: With the Advanced Data Analysis, podcasters can automate the creation of show notes, episode summaries, and more. By inputting specific commands, ChatGPT can extract specific and key points from an episode, ensuring listeners have a concise reference to the content discussed.

Example of Podcast Show Notes generated with ChatGPT

Not Impressed With ChatGPT? Read This! 👈

If you’ve used ChatGPT and you haven’t been impressed with the kinds of answers you get, I challenge you to give it another try. We’ve spoken with many podcasters and creators who have tried and given up on ChatGPT because they didn’t full understand how to communicate with it.

After sitting in on one of our bi-monthly mastermind sessions, they become instant fans of ChatGPT and immediately start using it to benefit their podcast processes. You can join us on these mastermind calls every month by becoming a member of NextGen Podcaster.

Opus Clip and Munch for Social Media Clips

Promoting podcast episodes on social media often requires short, engaging clips that hook in new potential listeners. Two AI podcast tools that have risen to the challenge are Opus Clip and Munch. But how do they stack up against each other as well as other AI podcasting tools?

How These AI Podcast Tools Create Short Clips from Long Videos

Both Opus Clip and Munch are designed to use AI to extract the most engaging moments from longer videos, making them ideal for podcasters looking to share highlights on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok. By analyzing audio and visual cues, these tools can pinpoint segments that are likely to resonate with audiences.

In some cases, they’ll even tell you which videos are most likely to perform better, based on the content in that clip.

Short-Form Content with Opus Clip

Automatic Captions and Editing Capabilities

One of the standout features of these tools is their ability to automatically generate captions. This not only enhances accessibility but also ensures viewers can follow along even with the sound off (which has become an increasingly popular trend among social media users). Additionally, their editing capabilities allow for fine-tuning, giving you complete control over the finished clip.

Comparing Opus Clip and Munch

1. Keyword Research and Analytics

While both tools offer editing features, Munch takes it a step further with its keyword research and analytics. With each video generated, Munch will give you a keyword analysis and overview of the types of keywords recognized in the video, whether or not they are trending, and the estimated search volume of these keywords.

AI Podcast Tool - Munch for Short-Form Video

This can give you some pretty great insight into the types of additional content you can create.

2. Caption Style Options

Both Opus Clip and Munch offer the ability to customize and adjust your caption styles, but I have to give this win to Munch. Munch offers a wider variety of automated styles that can be applied in one-click.

AI Generated captions and styles for short-form video

Beyond that, both tools give you the ability to adjust fonts, colors, position, and size, so there are plenty of customization options for both.

3. Additional Editing Functionality

Both Opus Clip and Munch give you control after the clip has been generated for you. Whether you want to shorten or extend a clip, or simply want to adjust caption styles, both Opus Clip and Munch offer additional customization options. The biggest thing to note (and probably one of the coolest) is that both tools provide automatic reframing. In other words, AI will decide which portions of the video should be shown based on what’s happening on screen. It doesn’t always get it right, which is why I prefer Munch in this category. Munch seems to give more control on the editing side if you wish to manually adjust your clip’s framing.

4. Quality of Clips

This one is a little tough to find a clear winner. Both platforms generate great clips. In my experience of using both tools, I tend to side with Munch based on the moments it’s been able to pull from my longer-form YouTube videos. That said, I think it will come down to testing it out yourself and your own personal preference.

Opus Clip vs Munch Pricing

The pricing is where the two start to drift apart.

  • Opus Clip starts out at $19 per month for 200 minutes of uploaded content per month or $114 per year (this price is with their current 50% discount for yearly subscription).
  • Munch is quite a bit more expensive at $49 per month or $490 per year for the same 200 minutes of uploaded content per month.

Even if the pricing of Munch scares you, I’d recommend giving both of these tools a try and seeing which one you like best. Both Opus Clip and Munch offer limited trials of their software so you can decide for yourself.

At the time of this writing, Munch has become my main tool for generating clips because of the kind of quality and content that I’m personally looking for in my videos. Opus Clip may very well serve your intended purpose, but the only way to find out is to test it!

Buzzsprout’s Cohost AI

Buzzsprout, a popular podcast hosting platform, has ventured into the realm of AI with its innovative assistant, Cohost AI. Designed to streamline the podcasting process, Cohost AI offers a suite of features that can significantly enhance your podcasting workflows.

Overview of Buzzsprout’s AI Assistant Cohost

Think of Cohost AI like your virtual co-producer. Whether it’s brainstorming episode title ideas, generating automatic chapter markers, or even writing blog posts, Cohost AI is one of the niftier AI podcasting tools. Why use a bunch of different AI podcast tools when you can get them all in one place?

Buzzsprout Cohost AI Podcast Tools

Let’s take a look at some of the key features of Buzzsprout’s Cohost AI:

Key Features of Cohost:

  • Episode Titles: Title suggestions to assist you in crafting the perfect episode title.
  • Show Notes: Cohost analyzes your audio and delivers an accurate episode summary.
  • Chapter Markers: Cohost finds the most suitable positions for episode chapter markers.
  • Transcript: Get a complete transcript of each new episode to include with your podcast.
  • Social Posts: Several short-form summaries to help promote your episode.
  • Blog Posts: An entire blog post ready for copy-and-paste.

The big caveat to tools like Cohost AI is the lack of control you get in the finished project. You essentially upload you episode, and Cohost AI will do it’s own thing. So if you like a little bit more control over the style, format, or tone of the content, Buzzsprout’s Cohost AI might not be what you’re looking for.

Buzzsprout’s Cohost AI does offer a lot, but we understand that it might not be for everyone. That’s why we continue to test new AI podcasting tools in search of the best possible tools for your use-case. We even put together this massive resource with over 100+ AI podcasting tools so you can find the right tool for YOUR specific needs.

Adobe Podcast (beta)

Adobe, a name synonymous with creative software, has entered the podcasting arena with its beta program, Adobe Podcast. This suite of tools only came out within the last few years and has been in beta since it was first announced.

As a fan and user of Adobe’s Creative Suite, this is one podcasting tool that I’m particularly excited about.

What is Adobe Podcast?

Adobe Podcast, currently in its beta phase, aims to provide a comprehensive solution for podcasters. From recording to editing, this tool seeks to simplify the podcast production process, making it accessible to both novices and expert creators. Adobe has only released a few features for it’s own AI podcast tool, and it’s important to note that these features are still in beta and may not be accessible to everyone. That said, you should definitely give these features a look if you have access.

Adobe Podcast Key Features

Adobe Podcast AI Tools

Adobe Mic Check

Although it’s nothing groundbreaking, Mic Check is a cool feature that Adobe included in the AI podcast tool. Mic Check can tell you:

  • If you’re too far or close to the mic
  • If you need more or less gain on your mic
  • How much background noise there is
  • How much echo the mic is picking up

This can be a great place for newbie podcasters to learn and dial in their microphone settings before hitting record.

Adobe Enhanced Speech

One of the more notable and impressive features in Adobe Podcast is it’s Enhanced Speech tool. Enhanced Speech allows you to upload an audio file and the AI will automatically correct the audio for you. Whether you’re recording in a sound-controlled studio or a bedroom with a fan whirling in the background, Adobe does an impressive job of reducing any echo or background noise that exists.

Although it’s not as good as a trained ear of a professional audio engineer, Enhanced Speech is still impressive. More recently they’ve even added a feature that allows you to increase or decrease the amount that Enhanced Speech does to the audio. This gives you just a bit more control over the final listening experience.

Lastly, if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud user, you’ll be pleased to know that Adobe has started packing Adobe Enhance Speech into other programs like Audition and Premiere Pro. Really cool stuff coming from Adobe!

Adobe’s New Podcast Studio

The newest addition to Adobe Podcast is what it’s dubbing Studio. Whether that’s recording, editing, adding in music, or any other elements into your podcast, Studio can handle it all.

Adobe Podcast AI Studio

Studio gives you the ability to record your episodes directly in the platform and you can even invite guests into the studio to record with you. A great feature if you have a cohost or frequently have guests on your podcast.

When it comes to editing, Studio uses text-based editing similar to something you might see in Descript or in Riverside’s new editor. You can easily delete or edit out sections simply be removing the text from the transcribed episode.

Is Adobe Podcast AI Free?

As of now, Adobe Podcast is in its beta phase, and details regarding its pricing are yet to be officially announced. However, given Adobe’s history with other software offerings, it’s likely that there will be both free and premium versions available.

Timebolt for Fast Video Editing

In the world of podcasting, video content often accompanies audio episodes, especially for platforms like YouTube. Timebolt has emerged as a powerful tool designed to expedite the video editing process, making it a valuable asset for podcasters.

Automatic Silence Removal with Timebolt

  • How Timebolt Automates Editing Tasks: Time is of the essence for independent podcasters, and Timebolt recognizes this. By automating repetitive editing tasks, it allows creators to focus on content rather than getting bogged down by the time-consuming pieces of video editing.
  • Removing Silence and Dead Space: One of Timebolt’s standout features is its ability to detect and remove silences and unnecessary gaps in videos. This ensures a smoother viewing experience for the audience and eliminates the need for manual trimming. This feature alone will save you HOURS!
  • Easy Cutting of Sections: Whether it’s an unwanted segment, a mistake, or maybe a re-take, Timebolt makes it easy to cut out sections of a video. With its intuitive interface, podcasters can make precise cuts, ensuring the final video is polished and professional.

Benefits Over Text-Based Editing

Text-based editors are cool and they do offer and introduction into the editing process that is easy to follow for most new editors. However, one major fault of text-based editing platforms is that the cuts in video or audio can never really be that precise. After every word you speak, there’s a gap of silence, and there is really no good way for the text-based editing tools to determine how much of that space should be cut from any given word.

That’s where Timebolt really shines. Rather than making cuts based on the words said, Timebolt cuts based on the audio waveform, making the cuts much more precise and controllable.

In my opinion, this just saves on a lot of unneeded time of goin back and cleaning up section of your episode that you’ve already edited once.

Wrapping Up the Top 5 Best AI Podcast Tools

The podcasting world is evolving rapidly, and with the quick emergence of AI, the possibilities for content creation and promotion are expanding exponentially. From brainstorming episode ideas with ChatGPT to optimizing video content with Timebolt, the best AI podcasting tools are revolutionizing the way independent creators produce and share their work.

For a deeper dive into even more powerful AI podcast tools, check out our last blog post. In that post, Marc shares several podcasting tools (tools we didn’t discuss here) for a variety of use cases from using AI for episode planning to AI audio editing and production tools.

And if you’d like to surround yourself with other creators and podcasters navigating this new world with AI, consider joining the NextGen Podcaster Community. It’s a place to learn and share new ideas and tools that can not only make your life easier, but an overall better creator. Hope to see you inside!


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