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Old 06-24-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default (free) Audio/Video recording software suggestions?

I have a few friends who wanna get into the let's play scene, and I figured some of you guys might have insight on particular softwares!

Basically the plan is that some games will be played over Skype or Google Hangouts, some will be just recorded from PC, etc, but also with 2-4 people talking over it (likely through Skype/Hangouts again). I know there's a ton of stuff out there for this sort of thing but I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN LOOKING. Fraps is free technically but it adds a watermark... and while they're not opposed to spending money, cheap is also a good thing.

One guy wants the option of recording just voices separately or something but idk if that's 100% necessary (especially with the extra difficulty of making sure everything is and stays synced). ?!?

Anywho, suggestions or whatevvies would be grand.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:27 PM   #2
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Try OBS.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:44 AM   #3
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Audacity is always great for audio.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:13 AM   #4
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OBS was what I was going to use to record any computer games. It takes a little bit of fiddling to get it set up properly, but it works just fine. I haven't tested it yet, but if their computer can run OBS, 2 Audacities, and the game without slowing down, they should be fine.

And yeah I use Audacity to record my audio. It's solid and easy to use. The only thing is that you need to rig it a bit to record system sounds, and I don't know if it'd record the game as well.

Also for syncing, what I do is open up the menu in game, and go "1, 2, 3, sync" and press down when I say sync. If recording skype, they're need to get someone in the skype call to do it too. And then once those are synced up, you just edit that part out.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:13 AM   #5
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THANK U GUYS that's perfect

and now one more thing: this guy has a webcam and he wants to be able to record that too, will OBS take care of it or does he need to have another recording going?
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
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With OBS you can set it up so multiple video sources appear on the screen.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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Yeah, OBS is pretty cool.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:05 AM   #8
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What's the best approach to recording Skype calls? Or audio coming from your desktop?
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If you have Audacity open, set your Audio Host to "Windows WASAP" and then set your microphone to "Speakers" or whatever Audacity registers for playback. That'll record your system sounds, which includes skype calls, but also the audio for any games or stuff you're playing. I'm not sure how to record only separate programs.

You'll have to run a second Audacity for your own mic. Or at least this is the easiest way I've found it. There may be a way to record multiple sources on Audacity, but I haven't looked into it.
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Awesome, thanks for the feedback, Deej!
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:43 AM   #11
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Thanks a bunch for the input! I managed to install OBS myself to test it out but lmao, I can't actually do anything with it because my graphics card is too old. BUMMER.

but that's okay I still have Livestream Procaster.

Friend super appreciates all the advice, too!
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:00 PM   #12
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sometimes the audio from my mic would get really loud when I listened to that recording. Only when I yelled or laughed loud tho
he asked how to fix this and idk what software he's using other than OBS


JK HE'S A DUMMY AND HAS NO VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE, WHAT IS FREE AND READILY AVAILABLE
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:15 PM   #13
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I dunno about free video editing software, but for audio you should be able get into the settings and set a maximum volume.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:21 PM   #14
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Audacity is the best bet for any audio recording for lets plays..free, and easy to set your marks with.

For video..Honestly, just pirate a copy of fraps..I mean...

Also, if you can, record your video to a different hard drive than the one playing on..It REALLY helps with the lag created by playing and recording
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:59 PM   #15
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is there a good free video editing software? not just streaming but like for my home movies and stuff.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:31 PM   #16
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sony vegas pro is you can pirate it really
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:48 AM   #17
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cool, thanks!
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