So, I recently decided that I’d like to try my hand at maybe doing a video show on MMOs. After all, I’d been successful at a podcast and was good at writing, so maybe this could work.
After two weeks of trying, messing and fiddling, I’ve come to one conclusion: No.
It started simple enough - I’d arranged a space in my living room as a small set, with shelves of interesting MMO stuff and so on. I had a lamp to ensure adequate lighting, and moved the furniture around to suit. Now all I needed was the technology, and the scene would be set.
I was planning on using a spare iMac that had been given to me a while back, and bought a Logitech c920 webcam. Unfortunately the mac wasn’t powerful enough to record in HD from the camera, and I wasn’t about to spend money on possibly-maybe software fixes.
So I hauled my own PC out of my study - it’s a huge thing - to get a better result. After spending an age setting things up and tinkering, I got better results. I just needed to sort the audio - my G930 headset was fine for livestreams, but not so good for video.
I remembered that I had a Behringer C-1u condenser mic from my podcasting days, and gave it another go. Bang - huge amounts of interference from the PC. Not fan noise, but actual electrical interference. I tried using a powered hub to fix the problem, with no change in result.
I could use my headset mic, but the audio isn’t great. I could use the webcam mic, but the audio is even worse. The only thing that worked was to plug the USB condenser mic into a laptop and run it from a battery, but it hasn’t got sufficient processing grunt to handle a HD webcam at 30fps as well.
So now, I’m stuck. I’ve lugged my PC back into the study so I can get some actual work done, and I’ve got no way of making use of the mac or the laptop. At present, my video project is dead in the water.