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How To Record Fortnite on the PC

Posted by Jamie on January 11, 2019

Fortnite gameplay is fast and frenetic and the action can be over in the blink of an eye. If you want to show off or see what happened while you were trying to survive, recording what goes on is essential. This tutorial will show you two ways to record Fortnite on the PC with Nvidia Shadowplay and Epic’s own replay feature.

Fortnite is a Battle Royale game that has taken the world by storm. Along with PUBG, the game began as an underdog but once released became a monumental success spawning professional teams, an e-sports league and entertaining many millions of players. The cartoon style and wacky gameplay won’t be for everyone but it is one of the most popular games in existence right now.

Record Fortnite gameplay with Nvidia Shadowplay Highlights

If you use a recent Nvidia graphics card in your PC and use Nvidia GeForce Experience, you have access to a built-in game recording feature called Nvidia Shadowplay Highlights. It can record any game but Epic and Nvidia did some work together to ensure Fortnite is most definitely one of them.

If you have an Nvidia GTX670 or newer, you should be able to use Nvidia Shadowplay Highlights. You will need to have the Nvidia GeForce Experience installed and not just Nvidia drivers. It needs a login now for some strange reason but you will need it to record your games.

Then:

  1. Open the Nvidia GeForce Experience on your PC.
  2. Select Settings and toggle on In-Game Overlay in the center pane.
  3. Select the Settings box that appears within the In-Game Overlay section.
  4. Select Highlights and choose a location for your saves and the amount of disk space you want to allocate to them.
  5. Select Games from the right menu of the Nvidia GeForce Experience window.
  6. Select Fortnite from the games list and select Highlights in the top right of the window.
  7. Select the type of recording you want to make, Wins, Deaths and so on.
  8. Select Done and close Nvidia GeForce Experience.

Now it has been configured, Nvidia Shadowplay Highlights will record all gameplay that matches what you specified in Step 7. Go to the save location you set in Step 4 to watch them.

Record Fortnite gameplay with Epic’s replay mode

If you don’t use an Nvidia graphics card or don’t want to use Nvidia Shadowplay Highlights, there is another way to record Fortnite on the PC. Not that long ago, Epic added a replay feature to the game that automatically records your games.

This feature doesn’t store the replay on your PC, it adds a link like a URL to the server record of the gameplay and allows you to access it. That means you don’t start losing huge amounts of disk space every time you play.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open Fortnite and access Career.
  2. Select Replays and select a match you would like to watch.
  3. Select the camera icon at the bottom of the screen to control playback.

There are a bunch of tools within that camera icon that control playback speed, camera view and angle and all manner of good stuff. There are some surprising options too like focal length, aperture, focus and all kinds of tools. Apparently, these were imported from another Epic game, Paragon and are still being developed.

The upside of replay mode is that all of this is stored on Epic servers so has no overhead for you whatsoever. Replays are automatically recorded so you literally have to do nothing. The downside is that the videos are deleted as you create new ones and you will need a third party tool to save them for uploading to YouTube.

Epic said they are working on download tools but for now you will have to use OBS or other screen recording tool to save them. Of course, if you have OBS anyway, you may as well use it to record gameplay if you’re planning to upload it.

There are other ways to record Fortnite on the PC but these two are pretty straightforward. If you have an Nvidia card and use the GeForce Experience, you already have the tools to record the game. If you have OBS for Twitch or other screen recorder, you can do the same with Fortnite’s built-in tools. Just remember, if something epic happened, you need to record it quickly before it is overwritten by the server!

From even the briefest look on YouTube, it seems thousands of you already record Fortnite on the PC or console. How do you do it? Do you use either of these methods or something else? Tell us about it below!

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