What Programs Do I Use For Recording/Editing?

So now that you’ve got all your equipment together, it’s time to talk a bit about programs. For any type of video, you’ll need some video editing software. I use a Macbook Pro, which has iMovie, and I recommend watching the video below for a quick look at how to use this program. I personally edit my videos with Premiere Pro, so I can’t speak to the editing features of iMovie. I do highly recommend Premiere Pro if you’re able to get it (though it is expensive) because it’s intuitive and easy to use.

If you don’t have a Mac and don’t have the budget for paid editing software, there are a number of free editing programs you can try, and you should easily find a YouTube video that can teach you how to use the program you choose.

I also want to mention OBS, which is a free program that you can use to record your face. If, like me, you’re recording video games from your computer, OBS is an easy-to-use program that can record your face and game at the same time, and it also records the audio from your mic automatically. I found this video very helpful for learning how to setup and use OBS:

Because I’m making videos about video games, I purchased the Elgato Game Capture HD, which comes with its own program for recording game footage and there are some editing features in that program. I definitely recommend purchasing a game capture card if you want to record footage from a console (like a PS4 or Xbox One—I chose to buy the older capture card to record from older consoles too).

When I’m recording videos, I typically have OBS running to record my face, the Elgato Game Capture program recording my game footage, and I also run Adobe Audition for my audio recording just in case something happens to the OBS audio (though I haven’t had any problems yet). Once I’ve finished recording, I import my two video files (face, game footage) and my audio file into Premiere Pro and I edit it all together.

If you have any questions about something specific from these programs, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you out!

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