A brief listing of the hardware and software I use in my various Lets Play series.
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.
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
Audio Editing: Audacity and recently Adobe Audition via Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Audacity is free and very powerful, but Adobe Audition is much easier to work with. I use Audition for volume control for my voice overs when I’m streaming. While I’d say Premiere Pro is necessary for me, Audition is mostly just a nice convenience to have. I use Audacity to duck audio for every LP video I upload.
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. Worth every penny of the monthly fee!
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.
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.