How To Record Gameplay

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Recording gameplay used to take complex hardware, syncing and editing. But now that it's become so popular, companies have made it as easy as pressing a button (and... a couple of other things). Let the games begin!

Key Points

  • If you are gaming on a PC, then download OBS for free and try that out
  • If you're on console, get yourself a capture card (I recommend Elgato capture cards)
  • Go to your console's settings and turn HDCP off (can interfere with the recording)
  • Turn everything off
  • Unplug the HDMI cable from your TV and plug it into the input port of the capture card
  • Now get another HDMI cable and plug each end into the output of the capture card, and the HDMI input of your TV
  • Connect the capture card to your computer via USB
  • Turn everything on and open the software that came with the capture card
  • Hopefully everything shows up properly
  • If it doesn't, contact the support section of the capture card manufacturer
  • Optimise your recording settings
  • I recommend recording to an external drive for storage (if it's fast enough)
  • Connect a USB mic into your computer for voiceover
  • Plug your headphones into the TV so you don't get distracted by your own voice
  • Hit record!

Game Capture Set Up Diagram

Sam's Secret

I use and recommend Elgato capture cards for consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. Because they are specifically designed for it and have nice, user-friendly software.

More universal HDMI capture cards (like those from BlackMagic) can do more, but tend to be a lot trickier to set up properly.

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