For my youtube recordings I have been successfully using a rather unusual kit software. I went for less popular solutions because they were not only cheaper than the popular Adobe application but my choices do not require any form of subscription. On the hardware side of things I have a casual core setup. Not too fancy but also not too shabby.

Youtube channel software

For screen recordings I use PlayClaw. It is a light-weight recording software that offers many different overlays while recording and saves directly into mp4 using nvidia drivers. Works like charm even for streaming and it is very reasonable priced. Get PlayClaw.

For video editing and all the highlighting magic I use Camtasia. It is made for desktop tutorials. I occasionally push it to the limit with 10+ videos tracks each containing a long 60fps clip. Camtasia is not only cheaper than the Adobe stuff, it is also idiot-proof and has very good support. Get Camtasia.

For my basic image editing and even some advanced stuff I use the free Paint.NET graphic software. It offers just the basic stuff but I never find myself in need of something that goes beyond layers, 30+ filters and all web-relevant formats. It is fast and it is free. Get Paint.NET.

For Youtube thumbnails I moved to canva.com. It is an online graphics editor that can do all the things Paint.NET can do. But it has one huge advantage: hundreds of fonts to choose from without installing them on my gaming rig. It is a nice cloud editor that runs very smooth even on my dated Chromebook. Get canva.com.

Youtube channel hardware

I do all my recording on a Rode Podcaster microphone with a Rode SM6 Microphone Shock Mount with Integrated Pop Shield. Everyhing has been put on a Rode PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm that is fixed on my desk. The quality is good enough if you consider I record in a small room without any special sound absorbing panels.

For input I use a Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse that perfectly fits into my hand and has adjustable weights. The weights is something I really like since I came across it in the 90s. I also have a Logitech G910 Orion Spark mechanical keyboard but that is more to a good promotional offering and not because an expensive keyboard makes me a better gamer.

Many people seem to nerd out when it comes to PC specs. Here are my specs for the PC I assembled and build in 2017:

  • Case: be quiet! Silent Base 800 Orange
  • CPU & Ram: Intel i7 7700, 16GB 2400Mhz
  • SSD: 1000GB Samsung 960 Evo M2,
  • Graphic: MSI Gaming X Geforce 1080
  • PSU: Seasonic Platinum 520 Fanless

For additional storage I run a cheap Yottamaster USB-C external Raid 1 case with two 3TB WD Red. The Yottamaster is straight from aliexpress and both hard drives are used drives from ebay. My final layer of backup is AWS Glacier (tape library service) where I backup all my video files to in regular intervals.