Dear Giantbomb community,
My object in this post is to solicit the advice of anyone with experience making a "Let's Play"-type video.
We all enjoy Giantbomb's "Endurance Run" series. However, whereas longsome intervals separate the different ER series, a friend and I have resolved to attempt producing an "Let's Play" series similar in format and spirit. Although we feel confident in our joke-writing and improvisational skills, we have little experience in video production. Do any of you have such experience?
We expect to spend about two to three hundred dollars on materials including:
(1) microphones and pop filters - any recommendations? We are currently considering the "snowball" from Blue Microphones.
(2) a video capture device - Elgato makes two capture devices, an expensive one that hooks directly into the system and captures in HD, and a cheaper one that captures from any source with RCA output. Tested.com also recommends the Hauppauge HD-PVR, and a commenter mentions the BlackMagic Intensity, but these are even more expensive. Which of these would make for the most enjoyable video?
(3) a video-editing program - any recommendations on something inexpensive and, preferrably, simple? We have both OS10 (on my Powerbook G4) and Windows, but would like to keep all the video matter on the windows machines. I have some understanding of the basics of two-screen editing, but have not so much as thought about it since highschool.
(4) audio-editing program - We figure that the free version of Audacity will suffice to edit the voice tracks (cut out bad takes, adjust levels, etc.), but this assumption is unfounded. Is there anything we don't know we don't know about this process?
(5) I have a copy of Adobe Media Encoder, which came with Adobe suite. I have never used it and have a dim conception of its function. Is this program useful toward the end of producing a simple youtube video?
We would also accept with alacrity any suggestions on games to constitute the subject-matter of the video.
Thank you for your kind input!