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How to Record Gameplay on PS4

How to Record Gameplay on PS4

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What to Know

  • Double-tap the Share button on your controller. By default, your PS4 will record for 15 minutes—Double-tap Share to stop.
  • If something cool happens while you’re playing and you’re not already recording, tap the Share button and select Save Video Clip.
  • Go to the Capture Gallery on your console to edit and share clips.

This article explains how to record, edit, and share gameplay on a PS4 console.

Way 1. How to Record on PS4 with Built-in Tool

The easiest way on how to record gameplay on PS4 is by using its default recording tool. However, there are certain limitations that you should be aware of. The default PS4 recording time is 15 minutes, and you can adjust the duration up to 60 minutes only. This means you cannot record a gameplay beyond 60 minutes. If you are good with the limitations, you can follow the simple steps on how to record PS4 gameplay for YouTube and Twitch below.

Step 1: Turn on your PS4 and press Share button. Go to Sharing and Broadcasts option.

Step 2: Under Sharing and Broadcasts, go to Length of Video Clip option. Here you are set the recording duration up to 60 minutes.

Step 3: If you want to record your gameplay with your voice, go to Audio Sharing Settings option. Turn on “Include Mic in Video Clip” option.

Step 4: Start your game and whenever you feel like you need to start recording, press the Share button two times on PS4. The recording will start automatically in the background and as soon as the set duration limit is reached, the recording will stop. However, you can also stop the recording by pressing on Share button twice again.

Step 5: You can go to the main menu and under Capture Gallery, you will find the recorded video.

Use OBS Recording Software to Record Game on PS4

Don’t want to dive into the hassle of recording your PS4 gameplay by using a capture card? No problem because there’s an alternative for that. That alternative is named “Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). While many people have claimed that the software in question is a bit difficult to get used to, it’s worth it in the end. The fact that one can download, install, and use it for free, has resulted in many aspiring streamers opting for OBS.

It is necessary to use Stream Key in order to obtain OBS. You can do so after installing the application on your PC.

Heading over to the recording part, here are the steps to smoothly record PS4 gameplay on PC without capture card using OBS:

1- First and foremost, you have to install the PS4 Remote Play. Once it is installed, you will have to connect it to your PS4 as well. But before that, you are recommended to access “Settings” and set the resolution to high. After that, simply sign in to your PS4 account and once you have done that, you can connect PS4 Remote Play to your PS4.

2- Launch the OBS application and add “Window Capture”. Switch the “Window” to PS4 Remote Play.

3- Now, you are ready to start recording your PS4 Gameplay on PC. OBS also allows you to record the gameplay in fullscreen, add overlays, plugins, edit scenes. In short, it gives you tons of options to enhance your streaming experience.

As mentioned above, using OBS is not a walk in the park. The software comes with its fair share of complications. However, if you are adamant about learning how to use it to enhance your screen recording experience, you can get used to it in no time. It is used by both aspiring as well as established streamers.

Another major benefit of OBS is that it’s code is open-source. This has given rise to many ‘forks’ of OBS such as StreamLabs OBS, which is a much more feature-rich version of the software. You can use the standard OBS studio to start and then switch to the StreamLabs OBS for a more comprehensive feature set.

The major reason why OBS is popular among the masses is that it’s free to use. Additionally, it offers a tons of options to the user so they can not only record their PS4 gameplay but also edit it in a way that the resulting video turns out to be highly interactive and captivating.

OBS is supported by Windows, Linux, and macOS (10.13+). Its premiere sponsors include Twitch and Facebook, adding to its credibility as a reliable screen recording tool. Some of its main features are:

-Real-time Video/Audio Capture + Mixing

-Generate scenes by obtaining them from numerous sources including but not limited to browser windows, webcams, images, window captures etc.

-Organize and switch between multiple scenes, thanks to custom transitions

-Utilize the configuration options to add new Sources, replace the ones already running, and work on their properties without any hassle

Moreover, OBS is pretty flexible. There is a wide variety of plugins available across the internet that can work with OBS for an enhanced recording and editing experience. While these plugins are easy to incorporate, it’s important to mention that before you get to the recording part, you will need to adjust some settings on the OBS window. The important settings will be highlighted in red.

As stated above, it is important for you to use Stream Key if you are planning on recording your PS4 gameplay using OBS. Stream Key is essential to kickstart the recording and it is required every time you launch OBS to capture your gameplay. The Stream Key updates regularly and this causes the need for verifying the connectivity every single time by obtaining the latest available version of the Stream Key.

So, once you are aware of the basics, it will become quite easy for you to record your gameplay with audio and share it with others. If you are using PS5, you can check how to record game on PS5.

Your PlayStation 4 automatically records the last 15 minutes of gameplay and saves it in your device’s video cache.

1. Press the Share button on your PS4 controller. Only press the Share button once. Pressing it twice will start a new recording and wipe the cache.

2. Select Save Video Clip or hit the Square button on your controller.

Quick tip: In the Share menu under Sharing and Broadcast Settings, you can change the length of the recording your PS4 saves by changing Length of Video Clip. The options include: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes.

How to Record PS4 Gameplay FAQs

How to Record PS4 Gameplay Without Capture Card?

The easiest route to record PS4 gameplay without capture cards is to use the PS4 built-in capture features. Of course, you can bank on PS Remote Play and stream your PS4 console to other devices over the local internet.

Does PS4 Record Gameplay Automatically?

PS4 will auto-save the gameplay to video. What you need to do is to tap the Share button on the controller > Select Video Clip, and you will get the last 15 minutes of a gameplay clip from PS4’s video cache by default.

How Do You Record and Edit Gameplay on PS4?

It depends. You can make simple edits in PS4 Capture Gallery or using Share Factory on PS4. If you need more editing features, you should transfer the clips to your computer and do editing with video editing software like VideoProc Converter, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, etc.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

VideoProc is a primary branch of Digiarty Software that is a leading multimedia software company founded in 2006. It endeavors to provide easier hardware-accelerated video audio editing and conversion solutions. The installed base of the VideoProc product has reached 4.6 million units from 180 countries since its release 3 years ago.

Capture gameplay and screenshots on PS4™ consoles

Save the memorable moments in your games on PS4™ consoles by taking screenshots and recording video clips.

How to capture screenshots on PS4 consoles

You can save a screenshot of your gameplay in one of the following ways.

  • Press and hold the SHARE button on your controller.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then press the triangle button.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Screenshot.

How to capture video clips on PS4 consoles

Video of the most recent 15 minutes of gameplay is continuously and automatically recorded. You can save a video clip of your gameplay in the following ways.

  • Press the SHARE button twice to start recording, and then press the SHARE button twice to stop recording.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Video Clip.

How to view your saved video clips and screenshots

  1. Select Capture Gallery from the content area.
  2. Press the OPTIONS button on your controller to sort your media by name or date, and delete video clips or screenshots. You can also copy video clips and screenshots to a USB storage device.

How to change PS4 SHARE button settings

Go to Settings > Sharing and Broadcasts and select one of the following settings.

Choose from two SHARE button control types: Standard or Easy Screenshots.

This setting is available only on some PS4 consoles.

Length of Video Clip
Set the maximum length of video clips you save.

Dimensions
Set the default screen size of the video clips you save.

Take Screenshot Automatically When You Earn Trophy
Tick the box to automatically save a screenshot whenever you earn a trophy.

Image Format
Select the file format for your screenshots.

Dimensions
Select the size of your screenshots. This setting is available only on some PS4 consoles.

Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips
Tick the box to include microphone audio from the headset or PlayStation®Camera during a video clip recording.

When you tick the box for Settings > Devices > PlayStation Camera > Mute Microphone, that setting is prioritised.

Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts
Tick the box to include microphone audio from the headset or PlayStation®Camera during a broadcast.

When you tick the box for Settings > Devices > PlayStation Camera > Mute Microphone, that setting is prioritised.

Share Party Audio
Tick the box to include your voice and other players’ voices in video clips and broadcasts.

This includes only the voices of players who have allowed their voices to be shared from the party screen, using Party Settings > Allow Your Voice to Be Shared.

This setting is prioritised over the Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips and Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts settings.

Capture gameplay and screenshots on PS4™ consoles

Save the memorable moments in your games on PS4™ consoles by taking screenshots and recording video clips.

How to capture screenshots on PS4 consoles

You can save a screenshot of your gameplay in one of the following ways.

  • Press and hold the SHARE button on your controller.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then press the triangle button.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Screenshot.

How to capture video clips on PS4 consoles

Video of the most recent 15 minutes of gameplay is continuously and automatically recorded. You can save a video clip of your gameplay in the following ways.

  • Press the SHARE button twice to start recording, and then press the SHARE button twice to stop recording.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Video Clip.

How to view your saved video clips and screenshots

  1. Select Capture Gallery from the content area.
  2. Press the OPTIONS button on your controller to sort your media by name or date, and delete video clips or screenshots. You can also copy video clips and screenshots to a USB storage device.

How to change PS4 SHARE button settings

Go to Settings > Sharing and Broadcasts and select one of the following settings.

Choose from two SHARE button control types: Standard or Easy Screenshots.

This setting is available only on some PS4 consoles.

Length of Video Clip
Set the maximum length of video clips you save.

Dimensions
Set the default screen size of the video clips you save.

Take Screenshot Automatically When You Earn Trophy
Tick the box to automatically save a screenshot whenever you earn a trophy.

Image Format
Select the file format for your screenshots.

Dimensions
Select the size of your screenshots. This setting is available only on some PS4 consoles.

Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips
Tick the box to include microphone audio from the headset or PlayStation®Camera during a video clip recording.

When you tick the box for Settings > Devices > PlayStation Camera > Mute Microphone, that setting is prioritised.

Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts
Tick the box to include microphone audio from the headset or PlayStation®Camera during a broadcast.

When you tick the box for Settings > Devices > PlayStation Camera > Mute Microphone, that setting is prioritised.

Share Party Audio
Tick the box to include your voice and other players’ voices in video clips and broadcasts.

This includes only the voices of players who have allowed their voices to be shared from the party screen, using Party Settings > Allow Your Voice to Be Shared.

This setting is prioritised over the Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips and Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts settings.

Your PlayStation 4 automatically records the last 15 minutes of gameplay and saves it in your device’s video cache.

1. Press the Share button on your PS4 controller. Only press the Share button once. Pressing it twice will start a new recording and wipe the cache.

2. Select Save Video Clip or hit the Square button on your controller.

Quick tip: In the Share menu under Sharing and Broadcast Settings, you can change the length of the recording your PS4 saves by changing Length of Video Clip. The options include: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes.

Capture gameplay and screenshots on PS4™ consoles

Save the memorable moments in your games on PS4™ consoles by taking screenshots and recording video clips.

How to capture screenshots on PS4 consoles

You can save a screenshot of your gameplay in one of the following ways.

  • Press and hold the SHARE button on your controller.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then press the triangle button.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Screenshot.

How to capture video clips on PS4 consoles

Video of the most recent 15 minutes of gameplay is continuously and automatically recorded. You can save a video clip of your gameplay in the following ways.

  • Press the SHARE button twice to start recording, and then press the SHARE button twice to stop recording.
  • Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Video Clip.

How to view your saved video clips and screenshots

  1. Select Capture Gallery from the content area.
  2. Press the OPTIONS button on your controller to sort your media by name or date, and delete video clips or screenshots. You can also copy video clips and screenshots to a USB storage device.

How to change PS4 SHARE button settings

Go to Settings > Sharing and Broadcasts and select one of the following settings.

Choose from two SHARE button control types: Standard or Easy Screenshots.

This setting is available only on some PS4 consoles.

Length of Video Clip
Set the maximum length of video clips you save.

Dimensions
Set the default screen size of the video clips you save.

Take Screenshot Automatically When You Earn Trophy
Tick the box to automatically save a screenshot whenever you earn a trophy.

Image Format
Select the file format for your screenshots.

Dimensions
Select the size of your screenshots. This setting is available only on some PS4 consoles.

Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips
Tick the box to include microphone audio from the headset or PlayStation®Camera during a video clip recording.

When you tick the box for Settings > Devices > PlayStation Camera > Mute Microphone, that setting is prioritised.

Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts
Tick the box to include microphone audio from the headset or PlayStation®Camera during a broadcast.

When you tick the box for Settings > Devices > PlayStation Camera > Mute Microphone, that setting is prioritised.

Share Party Audio
Tick the box to include your voice and other players’ voices in video clips and broadcasts.

This includes only the voices of players who have allowed their voices to be shared from the party screen, using Party Settings > Allow Your Voice to Be Shared.

This setting is prioritised over the Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips and Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts settings.

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