How to Record Gameplay on PS4

Recording and sharing games on a PlayStation 4 is much easier than you think. Sure, capture cards are the best way to record and stream your game, but you can also capture your PS4 game directly from the console, with no additional hardware required.

Even better, you don’t have to activate recording beforehand on your favorite PS4 games, so it doesn’t matter if you get a win on War zone or stumble upon one of the many twists and turns in The Last of Us Part II, you can put it in the registry.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to record and share games on PlayStation 4, from adjusting video settings to saving the final product. We’ll also show you how to edit and upload your clip directly to social media or, if you’re looking for slightly higher production quality, how to export the file to your computer.

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Adjust your video settings

First, press and hold the Share on your PlayStation 4 controller to open the Share menu (here’s how to sync a PS4 controller).

Step 1: From here, you’ll be able to change a bunch of different settings on how you share the content you create on your PS4, including video. You’ll need to use these settings later to upload your video, but for now, you want to prepare the PS4 to record the exact length of your clips.

Step 2: To do this, go to Set the video duration menu.

Here, you can determine how long the PlayStation 4 will record when you hit the share button. The PS4 can automatically record for up to an hour or as little as 30 seconds, but the default time is 15 minutes.

Turn on your game

The actual recording part is very simple. Start playing a game and you will have two options. First, you can start a new recording using the Share button, which will record for the period you specified in the settings, or until you press the Share button again.

The second option is to capture a video of something that just happened. Your PlayStation 4 automatically saves the last 15 minutes of play from your current gaming session. If you find an amazing gaming moment that you didn’t see coming, you can still capture it on video even if you didn’t think about hitting the Share button. We will explain how to do both types of recording: the controls are similar but vary slightly in each case.

Start a new recording

Step 1: If you want to record a video basically by pressing Record on your PS4 before starting to play, press the Share twice, as if you were double-clicking the mouse, to start rolling.

Step 2: The PS4 will record for the time you have set starting when you press the button twice Share and you can stop recording at any time by pressing the button twice Share button again.

Step 3: When recording is complete, your clip will be saved to the Capture Gallery folder on your PlayStation 4 home screen.

Make sure the game you are recording does not automatically disable the recording functions. Certain titles – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an infamous example as well as the Ratchet & Clank reboot – it will temporarily stop the capture feature to preserve story spoilers. To avoid this, you’ll have to use a capture card instead of the console’s built-in sharing features, but very few games use it more than a few times.

Save the last 15 minutes of video

When something great happens in a game and you want to record it, but you didn’t press the button Share to start a video, you are out of luck. Your PS4 is always recording video, it just doesn’t save that video unless you tell it to. The last 15 minutes of your game session are always stored in the PS4 video cache. So if you just got through a tough boss fight or landed a sweet headshot, you can still cache the video.

Here’s the thing: if you want to save the last 15 minutes of your game, don’t double-click the button Share button! That will start a new video recording from the moment you press the button onwards. Starting a new recording will delete the cached video.

Step 1: To save the last 15 minutes of game footage, simply press the Share once to access the Share menu.

Step 2: From there, select Save video clip, or press the Square button. That will save the video to the Capture Gallery, where you can play with it at your leisure or share it.

Step 3: You can also use the Share menu to immediately share the video clip on social networks, which will also save it to the Capture gallery, but it will take you to the social media interface below.

Trim your clip

Now you are ready to edit your video clip and get it in shape for sharing. In most cases, you will want to trim your video so that it is ready for public consumption. Some social platforms require that the videos be short; Twitter clips, for example, should be less than two minutes long. Even if you don’t need to shorten your clip, you may want to cut out the boring stuff at the beginning and / or end of your video and get to the good part.

Step 1: The Prune The option is available in two places. At Capture Gallery, highlight your video and press the Options in your controller to open a menu that includes the Prune option.

Step 2: You can also choose Share video clip from the Share menu and you will access a screen with a list of social networks and video services.

Step 3: Choose the one you want to use to share your video with and you will be directed to the Share screen, where you can write a Facebook update or Tweet, add a description of your video, etc. You will find the Prune at the top of the screen.

Stage 4: To select Prune allows you to remove part of the footage from your video file to make it shorter.

Step 5: First, find the place in the video where you want it to start by using the directional pad on your controller to scroll through a macro view of the video’s timeline.

The timeline shows screenshots representing small fragments of the video: you can increase or decrease the size of these fragments, changing the part of the video that you skip each time you press the D-Pad.

Step 6: To change the length of the timeline, select the drop-down menu that says “10-second intervals.” As you may have guessed, the default timeline will cause each press of the D-Pad to skip 10 seconds of video, but you can increase it to 60 seconds or reduce it to one second to be more precise.

Step 7: When you find the place where you want your new shortened video to start, press L2 to set the starting point.

Step 8: From there, scroll forward along the timeline to find your end point and press R2. An orange box will highlight the part of the timeline that will become your new video. The other sections will be removed when editing is complete.

Step 9: For more precise edits, you can watch the video to find the right place to start or stop by pressing the Advance button below the video timeline. As the video plays, you will see a timer on the right side of the screen and a cursor moving over the timeline, both of which can help you determine when to start and stop your clip.

Step 10: Complete the cropping and your video will be saved to the Capture Gallery with the rest of your videos.

Share your video

Once your video is trimmed to the correct length, it is time to post it on the internet. You will need to connect your PlayStation 4 to your social media accounts to do so.

Step 1: Select a social network from the Share video clip The menu will give you on-screen instructions to log in. Once you’ve set up your social media, it’s just a matter of choosing your video and writing your tweet, status update, description, etc.

Step 2: Some social platforms offer additional controls to customize your video privacy settings. When uploading to Facebook or YouTube, for example, you can use the controls to set who can see the video. On YouTube, you can also post your videos as “unlisted” so that they are not private, but do not appear in searches. You can also configure privacy controls for who can view the video in social activity on your PlayStation Network account.

Get your video on your computer

If you don’t want to share your video online yet, you can also transfer the video from your PS4 to an external hard drive or flash drive and then upload it to a computer.

Step 1: Plug your drive into one of the USB ports on the front of your PlayStation and navigate to the Capture Gallery.

Step 2: Select the video you want to transfer, then press the Options button.

Step 3: Using the menu that appears on the right side of the screen, select Copy to USB storage device.

Stage 4: You will return to the grid view of the Capture Gallery. You can select which items you want to copy to your USB drive by pressing X. The images and videos you select will be marked with a large check mark in a check box above each item.

Step 5: Once you have selected everything you want to transfer, go to the menu on the right side and select Copy.

Step 6: Paste okay on the next screen and everything you have selected will be transferred to your external drive.

Step 7: Once you successfully transfer your videos to external drive, take out the USB drive from your PS4. You can exchange your video recording files to your computer simply by connecting your external drive to the USB port. You will see a folder called PS4 pop up on your My computer folder if you are using a Windows device. And if you are using a Mac, you will see it in Discoverer.

Step 8: If you need something in your PS4 folder, you can access it by simply clicking on it. Note that you may need to go through some folders to find it. While looking for it, be sure to look for the Share folder as it contains the Video clips file.

Step 9: If you want to view old game recordings, select the Video clips folder and browse through the different footage folders. You will notice that each file will be formatted in .mp4. All you need to do is find and click the video you want and download it to your computer.

Once you are done with all these steps, you will have the opportunity to share the recordings with others and edit them if necessary. Because they are in a simple .mp4 file format, you can edit them using standard video editing software.

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