Importing Media Files
Downcast offers the ability to import audio and video files that may exist outside of any podcast feed. There are three ways to import these files:
- iTunes File Sharing: Using Apple's file sharing instructions you can sync media files to your iOS device. Then navigate to the "More" view (tap the gear icon in the upper-right if using an iPad), choose "Tools" and finally, "Import Media Files". You can then choose to import any of the synced media files into a new "podcast" or select an existing one.
- URL: You can import a media file into Downcast via URL by navigating to the "Import" view (Tap the "More" tab (the gear icon in the upper-right on the iPad), choose "Tools" and finally, "Import Media Files") and selecting "URL" at the top of the screen. Then paste or type the URL to the media file and tap the "Import" button. The file at the specified URL will be added to the selected podcast as a new episode and immediately queued for download.
- iOS Media Library: Navigate to the "More" view (tap the gear icon in the upper-right on the iPad), choose "Tools", "Import Media Files" and then tap "Extract from Media Library" in the bottom toolbar. Choose the media items you'd like to extract and tap the "Done" button. After the items are extracted (which can take some time since some items may need to be converted to a supported file type), the items will show up in the import list. You can then choose to import any of them into a new "podcast" or select an existing one.
- "Open With" from another iOS App: Many iOS apps offer the ability to share files with other apps. If the app supports it, when viewing a file it will display a "share" icon that, when tapped, will present a list of installed apps that can open the file in question. Downcast will be included in this list if the file is an audio or video file. When you tap Downcast in the list, you will be taken to an import view where you can select to import the file into a new "podcast" or add it to an existing one.
Note: Downcast cannot play media files protected by DRM