How to Record Video Games! (Elgato Gamecapture HD)

How to Record Video Games


PlayStation 4

  1. Start playing the game you want to record.The PlayStation 4 is constantly recording your game play in the background. It will begin recording as soon as you start your game, and the last 15 minutes of footage will always be available. The PlayStation 4 will not record system menus or video files.
    • Some games do not allow recording during certain segments, such as important story scenes. This varies from game to game.
  2. Record and save a video clip.There are two main ways that you can do this on a PS4:
    • Press the Share button while playing to save your last 15 minutes of gameplay.This will open the Share menu. Tapto save the video clip. Your last 15 minutes of gameplay will be saved to your PS4's hard drive. You'll be able to edit and share it later. Pressing the Options button in the Share menu will allow you to change how much is automatically recorded (15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, etc.).
    • Double-tap the Share button while playing to start a new recording.At any time, you can tap the Share button twice to start a new recording. This will discard any unsaved footage that may have already been recording. Tap the Share button once to end the recording. The recording will end automatically after 15 minutes. The clip will be saved to your hard drive.
  3. Include your microphone audio with the clip (optional).You can have the PS4 save your microphone's input along with the video clip. This is especially good for multiplayer footage or a "Let's Play."
  4. Open the Capture Gallery to find your saved clips.The Capture Gallery app organizes your saved clips and screenshots. You'll be able to find it in the main row of icons on your PS4, or in the Library if you haven't used it recently.
    • Capture Gallery organizes your media by game title. Browse through the titles until you find the game you saved the clip from. All of the clips and screenshots that you've recorded in the game will be displayed.
  5. Select the "Trim" option to cut out extra footage from the beginning and end of the clip.This can cut down on your upload time and keep your video focused.
  6. Save your footage to a USB drive.If you want to transfer the video clip to your computer for advanced editing or for sharing with other services, you'll need a USB drive. You'll get the best performance by formatting the drive in exFAT format. See How to Format a Flash Drive for instructions.
  7. Broadcast your gameplay live to an audience.Besides recording video, your PS4 can broadcast your gameplay live to streaming sites like Twitch, UStream, and YouTube. Make sure you have the latest system updates installed. Start the game you want to broadcast and hit the Share button. Select "Broadcast Gameplay" from the Share menu.
    • Select the streaming service that you want to use. If you haven't broadcasted before, you'll be prompted to link your account. If you don't have an account with that service, you can create one for free.
    • Select your audio and video options. You can use your PlayStation camera if you have one to record yourself playing so other people can see your reactions. You can also enable your microphone so that spectators can hear what you're saying.
    • Click "Start Broadcasting" to begin the show. You can send the link out to others so that they can easily join. You'll also appear in streaming listings for the service you chose.

Xbox One

  1. Double-tap the Xbox button and press to save a 30-second clip.This will save a clip of the last 30 seconds of gameplay. You can also say "Xbox, record that!" if you are using a Kinect.
  2. Open the Game DVR to create a longer clip.You can use the Game DVR app to save up to five minutes of your previous gameplay, or start a new recording. Double-tap the Xbox button, select "Snap an app," then select "Game DVR." You can also say "Xbox, snap Game DVR" if you're using a Kinect.
    • Select "End clip now" and select how far back you want to go for the start of the recording. You can start as far back as 5 minutes.
    • Select "Start recording" to begin a new recording that can last for up to 5 minutes.
  3. Browse your Game DVR clips to see what you want to save.Recorded clips in your Game DVR are only stored temporarily unless you choose to save them. You'll want to go through your DVR on a regular basis and check for clips that need to be saved.
    • You can view all of your clips by selecting "Show my clips" in the Game DVR app.
  4. Save a clip to your Xbox One's hard drive.Once you've found a clip that you want to keep, highlight it and press the Menu button on your Controller. Select "Save" from the menu that appears. You can then edit the clips in Game DVR and choose to upload it to your OneDrive account.

PC Games

  1. Download Open Broadcaster Software.If you want to record your gameplay on PC, you'll need to use a screen capture program. One of the most popular free options is Open Broadcast Software (OBS). This program is completely free and open source, and can record as well as most commercial programs. You can download OBS Multiplatform for Windows, Mac, and Linux
  2. Run the installer.The installer is very basic, and you can leave all of the settings at their defaults. As long as you downloaded the program, you shouldn't have to worry about adware.
  3. Launch OBS and open the Settings menu.You can find this by clicking the "File" menu and selecting "Settings," or by clicking the "Settings" button in the main window.
  4. Click the "Output" tab in the Settings menu.This will allow you to adjust your basic video settings for your recordings. There are a few options that you'll want to take a look at:
    • Video Bitrate - This is the quality of the video. A higher bitrate will lead to a higher-quality image but lead to a larger file.
    • Recording Path - This is the location that recorded videos will be saved on your computer.
    • Recording Format - By default, this will be set to "flv." You may want to select "mp4" for maximum compatibility.
  5. Click the "Hotkeys" tab in the Settings menu.This will allow you to assign specific keys to starting and stopping your recording. This will allow you to start recording while in the middle of a game.
  6. Create shortcuts for "Start Record" and"Stop Recording."You can use single keys or combinations. Try to use a key that you won't be using in the game, such as one of the Function keys or a combination of and another key.
  7. Click the "Video" tab in the Settings menu to set your recording options.There are several things you might want to change before starting to record:
    • Output (Scaled) Resolution - This is the resolution that your recorded video will be displayed in. A lower resolution will lead to a smaller file, but the quality will suffer. If you want the output to be the same as you see, set it to the same value as the Base (Canvas) Resolution.
    • Common FPS Values - This will lock the framerate of the video to the number you set (as long as your game can perform at that framerate). YouTube now supports 60 FPS video, so you may want to change this setting.
  8. Click the "Audio" tab to set your microphone settings.If you want to record your voice along with the gameplay, you can check and enable your microphone on this tab. You can also enable push-to-talk for your microphone so that you can record your voice when the key is held.
    • Close the Settings menu after checking your audio settings.
  9. Click the "+" in the "Sources" frame and select"Game Capture."This will create a new Game Capture entry in the Sources list.
  10. Start your game.Once you've got OBS configured, you can start playing your game. You can play any game on your computer from any source, including Steam, Origin, or games installed on their own.
  11. Press your recording hotkey to begin recording.You won't receive any indication that recording has begun, but OBS will be recording in the background.
  12. Press the Stop hotkey to end your recording.Again, you won't receive a notification that recording has stopped. The video file will be created, and you'll be able to find it at the location you set earlier.

Any Console (Using a Computer)

  1. Purchase a capture device for your computer.If you want to create high-quality recordings of your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, or any other game console, you'll want to use a capture device that records video to your computer. These consoles don't have built-in recording options, and a capture device will result in a perfect recording. Some of the more popular capture devices include:
    • Hauppauge HD PVR 2
    • Elgato Game Capture HD
    • Blackmagic Intensity
    • AVerMedia Live Gamer Extreme
  2. Install the capture device software on your computer.The process for this varies depending on the capture device you are using. Typically the software will come on a disc with the capture device. If you don't have the disc, you can download the software from the manufacturer's support site.
  3. Connect the capture device to your computer via USB.Most capture devices will connect to your computer via USB. Try to use a USB 3.0 port if you have one for the best performance. Do not plug it into a USB hub, as this will usually slow things down too much.
  4. Connect the game console to the capture device.Plug the game console's video and audio cables into the capture device instead of your TV, using the IN ports.
  5. Connect the capture device to your TV.Use the OUT ports on the capture device to connect it to the TV. This will pass the signal from your console through the capture box back to the TV, allowing the capture box to record the signal in between.
  6. Start the recording program on your computer.After everything is hooked up properly, start the recording software that came with your capture device. The interface will vary depending on the capture device you are using.
  7. Play and record your game.Start playing your game on the console. You should see a small version of your TV's display in the recording program on the computer. Once you're at a spot that you want to start recording, click the Record button in the capture program. Depending on your settings, the video may be saved to your Videos folder or another location on your computer.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I record on an iPad?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Look up Airshou on Safari (or Google) and install. It will say "untrusted developer" so you will have to go into General>Device management and accept.
  • Question
    I have a PS4 and I can't record more than 15 minutes. How do YouTubers record more than 15 minutes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Most YouTubers don't use the standard PS4 recording software. They tend to use an Elgato Game Capture Card or Black Magic Intensity -- something along those lines. They are very good for recording but are also pretty expensive.
  • Question
    How do I record on a Windows phone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try using Miracast or Smart View, and record your TV with a capture card from your computer.
  • Question
    How do I record games that I buy strictly through the PSN store?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    As long as you play on one of the consoles above, all listed methods should work.
  • Question
    Can I get my PS4 to save all of my recordings automatically?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, just go to "settings," "screen output," "recording settings" and turn on "auto recording."
  • Question
    How can I record a mobile video game?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Look up Screen Recorder on the app store and use whatever works for your device.
  • Question
    How do I record my PS2, Wii or Xbox 360 without a capture card?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You would have to physically record with a phone or video camera.
  • Question
    Is it possible to record audio from the game and my microphone at the same time on a PC?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but you need to set up two different audio sources in OBS. Under the Audio tab in Settings, you can toggle different audio input and output sources on and off, and change sources until you find a system that works for you.
  • Question
    How can I record footage on a Nintendo 3DS?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    There is a way for people to install a capture device onto your Nintendo 3DS, but it is very expensive and you have to post your 3DS to them. Instead, I recommend using a camera pointing towards the screen.
  • Question
    How can I do this for free?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Record with a phone close up to your TV screen.
Unanswered Questions
  • With a capture card, let's say you're not using a TV, lets say you're using a monitor. How would you record your console then?
  • What do I do if Airshou isn't working?
  • I'm setting a video capture board to my 3ds but after it's done, how do I record my videos with it?
  • I don't get where you plug the USB into?
  • How do I get a free recording games app on a iPad?
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