LPing Setup

A brief listing of the hardware and software I use in my various Lets Play series.

Peripherals:
Added by request since a few people have asked what kind of basic peripherals I use.
Headphones: A pair of Sennheisers because screw overpaying for gaming headphones.
Keyboard: A Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire because I like pretty lights.
Mouse: A cheap $10 Etekcity mouse that I’m pretty sure I could use for home defense.
Mic: A Blue Yeti USB mic that’s been listening to me whine for years now.

The Rig:
CPU: Core i7-7820X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor – Overclocked to 4.2ghz.
RAM: 16 gigs DDR4-3000 G.Skill Ripjaws V Series
GPU: Geforce GTX 980ti

The Software:
Editing
Audio Editing: I pass all my voice audio through Reaper and handle all editing in Premiere Pro. I use Reaper for noise cancellation and volume leveling in my LP voice overs as well as during streams. I used to use Adobe Audition, but Reaper does the same thing and doesn’t cost a monthly fee.

Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro via Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Excellent software. I can’t put into words how much better my videos have gotten since I started using this. It’s the only piece of software in my arsenal that I’ve not found single-payment alternative for.

Miscellaneous
Avidemux is what I use for splitting my stream VODs before uploading them to YouTube. I used to use SolveigMM Video Splitter, but it’s so crash prone that it’s not worth the extra features that it has over Avidemux.

Handbrake is an awesome program if you’re worried about filesizes. Re-encoding a video through Handbrake after rendering will, generally, reduce its filesize immensely (a ~4 gigabyte video was reduced to 750 megabytes after being run through Handbrake) and result in minimal visual difference.

Affinity Photo and Paint.net are primarily what I use for putting together video thumbnails. Once a thumbnail is finished to my liking, I then import it into Photoshop CS2 where I run a bit of javascript to automatically generate numbered images for use.

Recording
OBS Studio is probably the most well-rounded of them and is also free. I highly recommend OBS Studio to those getting started as well as those looking into streaming. You can even record your voice over audio to a separate track for easy editing! Unlike Dxtory or Fraps, there’s a bit of a learning curve to getting OBS Studio recording exactly how you want it to. OBS Studio has replaced both FRAPS and Dxtory for almost all of my recording needs.