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: My headphones are Sennheisers. Specifically not gaming headphones because you pay more and get less.
   Keyboard: SteelSeries all the way.
   Mouse: A cheap $10 Etekcity mouse that has outlasted any other name brand gaming mouse I’ve ever owned.

The Hardware:
   CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K
   Mic: Blue Yeti USB mic. Do yourself a favor if you buy this mic: buy a pop filter! Also, don’t talk into the tip of the mic — it’s a side-address mic which means that you want the front of the mic (where the Blue logo is) facing you, not the tip.
   RAM: 16 gigs DDR3-1600 G.Skill RipjawsZ.
   Video: Geforce GTX 980ti. The only reason I got this model over a GTX970 is due to superior CUDA performance when rendering video.

The Software:
   Editing
      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 also use Audition for volume control for my voice overs when I’m streaming. I’d say Premiere Pro is necessary for me, Audition is nice but Audacity can cover it if need be. Both programs can be used to record voice overs as well.
      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!

   Miscallaneous
      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.

   Recording
      Which of these I use is largely based on the game I’m playing. Some video recording software plays nicer with some games than others.

      Dxtory is the most consistent video recording software I’ve ever used. It does tend to have outrageously large files, though, due to the uncompressed format it records to. Expect 30 minutes of gameplay at 1080p resolution to weighs in at something between 150 and 200 gigabytes. Fraps is easier to use, but I’d recommend this due to continued support and tweak-ability.

      Fraps has smaller files (typically around a gig or two per minute of footage at 1080p) but hasn’t seen a software update since 2013. Doesn’t allow you to record your voice over to a separate track so you’ll have to run other software if you want to do voice editing.

      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.

      RecordPad is my old standby for voice overs. I’ve had it for years and, generally speaking, it works very well. Has support for global hotkeys which makes audio syncing much easier. Doesn’t see much use anymore since both Dxtory and OBS Studio record my voice overs perfectly in sync with the gameplay. I do still run it when recording voice overs because it works as both a handy timer as well as a backup should my other software elect to not record my mic for whatever reason.