Since its inception, gaming had a social aspect to it. Video games are much more fun when you are playing together with your friends, and when you can show off your skills. Unlike computers, the PlayStation 4 has a built-in record feature.
There is no need to use third-party software; you can record clips on your PS4 in-game. Some people might find the process complicated, especially if they are new to the platform. This guide will give you step-by-step instructions and advice on how to record clips on the PS4 properly.
You will soon be able to share clips with your friends and save them for later viewing.
People who don’t know their way around a PS4 might make a mistake and record video over a previous save. If you don’t know all the PS4 controls, you will get all the necessary info here.
Before you begin recording, you need to adjust your PS4 video settings. You can do that by pressing the Share button on your console controller. For now, you will only use this Share button for video setup, but you will need it again later on.
Access the Length of Video Clip option from the dropdown menu. The default time of recording on PS4 is 15 minutes, but you can change it to last anywhere between 30 seconds and one hour. Think about the desired length of your clip, select it, and confirm the change.
Now you are ready to record. Let’s proceed to the next step.
How to Record a Clip on PS4
Recording clips is not that difficult. You need to launch your game, and when you start playing, you will be able to start recording. Simply press the Share button two times, and it will record until the timer you’ve set up before doesn’t run out.
Also, you can press the Share button two times again if you want to stop recording the clip right away, instead of waiting for the timer to go off. Once you finish recording your clip, it will be saved in the Capture Gallery folder by default.
This folder is located on the Home screen of your PS4. If everything goes well, it should be easy to record and view the clip later. However, some games are tricky because they block the capture options at certain times.
Games like Metal Gear Solid V are designed like this to prevent spoilers to their story. You can circumvent this restriction if instead of using the PlayStation share feature you use a capture card. A capture card is a piece of hardware you can buy at most tech stores and use it to record game clips.
Don’t worry, most games on PlayStation aren’t like that, and even this game only has these restrictions in a few places. You can still buy a capture card if you like, but it is not mandatory.
Save a Recent Video Clip on PS4
Most people aren’t aware that the PS4 is constantly recording video. In case you forgot to double-tap the Share button, have no worries. Your PS4 has got you covered. It is always recording your gameplay, but the files are not saved unless you want to save them.
You can save the last 15 minutes of the PS4’s automated recording. All you need to do is press the Share button and hold it. This will bring up the Share menu, where you can choose Save Video Clip, or press the Square button on your controller.
After that, the video will be saved in the Capture Gallery folder on the PS4 Home screen. You can then do whatever you want with the clip – trim it, share it, view it, etc. You will soon learn how to do all that.
A word of caution: you mustn’t double-press the Share button if you want to save the automated 15-minute clips. This will override the clip, and start recording a new clip from the moment you double-press.
How to Trim a Clip on PS4
People who want to share their clips should trim them prior to sharing. Most platforms won’t allow you to upload overly long clips. Also, you don’t want to share boring parts of the clip anyway.
You can trim a PS4 clip from the Capture Gallery. Highlight the clip and press your controller’s Options button. Select the Trim option from the dropdown menu. It will give you the ability to cut some of the footage from the clip.
Use your controller’s Directional Pad to mark the beginning of the clip. You will see the timeline of your entire clip, which is divided into snippets. You can change the size of the snippets. This will affect the time skipped with every Directional Pad hit, which is set to default intervals of 10 seconds.
Once you have removed the unnecessary parts, press L2 to choose the beginning of the shorter version of the clip. Move through the timeline and press R2 on the spot where you want it to end. Your new clip will be highlighted in orange.
When you are done trimming, the rest of the video will be deleted. Your new, trimmed clip will land in the Capture Gallery with the rest of the clips.
How to Share a PS4 Clip
After all that trouble with recording and trimming, it would be a waste not to share your clip on social media. Make sure your PS4 is linked to your social media networks. You will get instructions for signup on your screen.
Press the Share button on your controller and then select Share Video Clip. All that is left is to name your clip and add a witty comment explaining the situation. This part is yours: you will have to use your imagination.
Choose the social media where you want to share the clip – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You can also select the audience that can view your clip, both on PSN and your social media account.
Good Game Well Played
Now you know all about recording, trimming, and sharing your gameplay clips on PS4. You can make some nice frag movies, funny clips, gameplay commentary, and video tutorials. The options are endless as long as you are creative enough.
Do you record clips on PS4 for your own viewing pleasure or do you share them? Let us know in the comments below and leave a link to one of your own gameplay videos.