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
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.