Which program do you guys run to take videos. I have a beast machine that could handle just about anything.
I have a very modern PC and SSD harddrive which definitely helps recording in Fraps while still running GW2 at max settings.
I record at full resolution with Fraps and encode to XVID using Virtualdub, I am very new to this so I'm sure there are better options/codecs out there I haven't played with yet.
Ribbons' setup sounds great!
I *believe* the preferred codec for YouTube-aimed vids is still H.264
...that being stated I much prefer .MKV
codecs. (Also note that Apple's version of H.264 is known to frequently have out of sync issues.)
Always start with the highest quality source file you can: .AVI
, with a high resolution/sampling rate, so long as your system can support/store it; that way you're starting with a non-compressed, high quality base to convert over. Then use a video editor to encode your source to something YouTube will like.
Ex. Source Sampling: 1080p/i
etc. @ 48KHz
(stereo), skip 96KHz
unless you are really expecting audiophiles to be listening to your tracks.
I haven't converted anything specifically for YouTube use in a while, so feel free to browse their recommendations first: YouTube - Encoding Tips YouTube - Encoding: Advanced Specifications
As for Encoders
...once again, my favs are: Matroska (.MKV) DivX (.DIVX) Xvid (.XVID)
I generally use either Sony Vegas, or Adobe Premiere Pro, but there are some great free editors out there.
Some great, Free Video Editors/Encoders
: VirtualDub NCH - VideoPad Avidemux AVI-Trimmer + MKV2
More advanced (due to primarily for 3D rendering) but also has great video editing = Blender
Hope this helps, or at least provides you with more options than you ever wanted to ponder. ;D