Cal's PC is housed in a Fractal Focus G Gaming Case. His current setup is:
CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, 6-core, 12-thread
RAM - Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4
GPU - ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1060 OC edition 6GB
It's not the most powerful, but it performs great!
Cal uses a duel screen setup, with his primary being an AOC 27" IPS Monitor, and his second being a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which not only gets used as a display, but also for all artwork that he creates.
Cal's Audio set up is geared more towards broadcast, rather than plug and play. He uses a Behringer UMC204HD Audio Interface, x2 Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser XLR Microphones and a set of Samson SR850 Semi-Open Studio Headphones.
Both AT2020 microphones have a Zacro Double Layer Windscreen Pop Filter, and they connect to the UMC204HD via Stagg XLR cables. Each microphone is positioned on HAUEA Suspension Booms.
For on-screen recording, Cal uses a Sony a5100 Mirrorless camera with 16-50mm lens, which is great for 'clean HDMI' recording with a good wide-angle, and also close ups. An AC-PW20 DC Coupler is connected to this to give unlimited power (a dummy battery). The a5100 is then connected to an Elgato HD60S (which can also capture other HDMI enabled devices).
The a5100 is mounted on a Tacklife MLT01 tripod, which is a great sturdy tripod, although a little short if you're using it on the floor!
For lighting, he uses x2 Neewer 5600K LED Studio Lights and x2 Expower B22 Smart WiFi Lights.
Cal uses the tremendous Corsair K55 RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard. The K55 has 6 dedicated macro keys, and the iCUE software allows you to create your own RGB set ups, including ones that change when you launch certain programs.
He also uses the Enhance Infiltrate gaming mouse (which we reviewed here), whilst we were sent the Infiltrate to review, Cal still uses it as his daily driver - it's a great mouse!
For editing, Cal uses quite a mixture of programmes. He uses the Adobe Creative Cloud suite for Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects and Audition. The full suite he uses is incredibly expensive at £599.88 per year, but there is cheaper bundles available on the Adobe website.
Sony/Magix Vegas 17 is a mixed bag. On one hand, the Vegas line is something Podcast vs Player has used since Vegas 12, and whilst it's not as robust as Premiere, it's still a great (and far cheaper) editing programme.
For capturing gameplay, Cal uses OBS for pretty much everything, occasionally using Bandicam, and anything going into the Elgato HD60S is captured on Game Capture HD.
For audio capture, Cal primarily uses Adobe Audition, but occasionally dips into Audacity, which is an easy to use and pretty damn-good free DAW.
The big screen you see in the back of some of the videos is a Hisense H65B7100UK - 65" LED Smart TV - 4K UltraHD, a terrific 4K TV at a really good price!
Gaming wise, Cal uses an Xbox One X, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and for PC he has another Xbox One controller.
So, why the information? Well, we was asked by 'adequatedean' over on The Wall (you can leave your own comments/questions on there too!) about what we use to create our content.
It got us thinking - we use ALOT of things, so we though we'd break it down a little. But more shockingly, is how much money has been put into this. We are not professionals, but the above set-up is also way too much for an average person to invest in.
So where do we sit? Where do you sit?
We would put ourselves somewhere in the middle. Cal has done courses in Audio Engineering, Audio Production, Creative Video Editing, Radio Promotion, Video Marketing Scholars (VMS), VFX and Motion GFX and loads more. Is he a pro? Hell no! But he has an understanding of editing and production that someone might not, the same as someone who is really into football will know more about that than he does.
Cal's whole set-up comes in at just under £6K. Is that alot? Yes. But it's also a pretty modest set-up for an editor. You can add an extra couple of £K for the second PC set-up that is on the way, but even then, it's alot for an average person who is playing the odd game, browsing the web, but for a content creator, that's a decent set up.
Not the best, far from the worse.