How to record Xbox One gameplay footage

We walk you through the process of capturing, editing, and sharing video content through Upload Studio on Microsoft's new home console.

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The Xbox One lets you capture, edit, and share video content through its new Upload Studio, ensuring that the cross-map no-scope you landed in Call of Duty: Ghosts or the brutal combination you pulled off in Killer Instinct will live on in history, if you so choose.

But how does the process work? Is it challenging? GameSpot editor Chris Watters walks you through the process in a video you'll find below. Be sure to check out the full video to get up to speed, but here are some notes to guide you on your way.

There are two ways to record video on Xbox One. First, you can say "Xbox, record that," and the system will automatically isolate the last 30 seconds for faster editing later on. You can also launch GameDVR and select the interval of time you want to save from choices of 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes.

No matter what, the Xbox One automatically records the past 5 minutes of gameplay.

After you've recorded a clip, a notification will pop up on screen indicating you've been successful. Next you can head to Upload Studio (a free 1GB download; no Xbox Live Gold subscription required) to begin editing your video.

From here, you can edit your video in four ways: simply trim the clip to the duration you want; record a second video with Kinect through the picture-in-picture option; bookend your video by putting Kinect videos before and after your gameplay clip; or create a montage or highlight reel with up to five clips via the multi-clip option.

You're almost there. Next, you can preview your clip to ensure it looks and sounds the way you want it to. Finally, you can share your video on Xbox Live for your friends and followers to see, or upload it to your SkyDrive account accessible on PC and do want you want with it.

Uploading directly to Facebook and YouTube from Xbox One is planned for sometime in the future, though Microsoft has not yet given any indication as to when this may be.

Discussion

40 comments
Armchairplum
Armchairplum

hmm, the problem I've had is that (with the region set to Australia for enabling voice commands) xbox record that works and I get a notification saying that it saved the clip. HOWEVER when I then go to upload studio or game dvr there exist no clips of which two should exist.

Flatline304
Flatline304

My xbox one tends to record without me even asking it. Anyone else have this problem?


dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

For the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would want to ever record thier gameplay .... I don't get it. 

Why not record yourself watching your favorite TV shows as well? Or drinking your favorite beverage... it's that silly, and shouldn't be done. Just give me open DVR ability. Now that's usefull.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Does the Xbone censor profanity recorded in your videos or does it just completely reformat your HDD as punishment?

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

lol imagine playing any competitive game and you lose, then you hear, "Xbox record that"

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

What if I want to record a video for more than five minutes?

uncha1n3d
uncha1n3d

I just dont get why Youtube is a "later" option for both the Xbox one and PS4. That would be my primary upload source. I also couldnt see these one-stop-shop recording jobs to be anywhere near as high quality as with my 1080p capture card. I guess its good for short videos but im not sure it would ever take front seat against external capture devices

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Step 1: Put the X1 back in the box.

Step 2: Take it back to your retailer for full refund and buy a PS4.

Step 3: Hit the "Share" button on your controller.


That's how you record game footage.

Armchairplum
Armchairplum

Okay heh, after watching the video (man its informative!) I realize that the clips were in fact deleted since I never "saved" them after "recording" - I only assumed that like the PS4 when you told the Xbox to record that - that it would and also save the clip not temporarily store it.
On my PS4 I know I have to hit the share button twice to activate the 15 minute recording of which is saved no matter what. I assumed that the trigger phrase for Xbox one would do the same except with 30 seconds. 

How wrong was I!!! :-)

wb650
wb650

@Flatline304 It's not a problem, you just need to turn off Automatic DVR in the Game DVR settings

quidditch3
quidditch3

@Flatline304 It records anytime you get an achievement and for me it records every BF4 Promotion

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

@Flatline304 Certain points in games record automatically. This is set by the developer. They are usually epic moments in the game. 

themc_7
themc_7

@Flatline304 mines records without me asking to all the time. Certain games (like Battlefield 4) auto record when you rank up online, or get an achievement. 

gnookergi
gnookergi

@dynomitemasta  

You're pretty disconnected from the younger generations if you don't understand at least that much. Are you a boomer?

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@dynomitemasta You just compared watching TV to playing video games.

I take it you purchased an Xbone solely for the TV features?

CheyneStokes
CheyneStokes

There are a lot of reasons to want to record your game play. You're telling me you've never done something cool in a game where you wished someone could have seen it? Or had some crazy glitch happen that you wanted a friend to laugh at like you did? Or you can record yourself doing in, say a campaign mission that's difficult, so you record yourself completing it for others to see how it's done.

themc_7
themc_7

@dynomitemasta people are making millions annually off of recorded gameplay (including this website). People want to watch good people playing. If you aren't very good at games, and no one is watching your stuff....then yeah recording gameplay is dumb. But if you have a circle of friends or follows watching your gameplay footage, it's pretty awesome.

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

You can save multiple videos in sequence and use Upload Studio for that. But the problem is that longer videos are difficult to upload. Take a look at usual use of Youtube.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@Dannystaples14 "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to record more than 5 minutes of gameplay, its called PlayStation 4"

- Don Mattrick

Zloth2
Zloth2

@uncha1n3d They've got to work out interfaces.  Normally you just type in key words and such.  What do you do when there's no keyboard?

hadlee73
hadlee73

@uncha1n3d Its for the average gamer who wants to share gameplay moments, not really for people who want to record detailed gameplay sequences. I think its a good thing that its not as good as those people who've spent good money on a setup that allows them to record high detail videos. I agree with your comment regarding Youtube too. An odd decision not to have that immediately.

sf49erssf
sf49erssf

But if I did that, I would just be recording crappy exclusive launch games.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@diabolik_023 Yeah if you want to play the games on PC. I have nothing against PC per say except maybe god awful controls on keyboard and everyone's stupid obsession with graphics despite the fact the games that look the best or require a beast of a PC to run are normally pretty shit to play.

Well Witcher 2 is an exception to that but Witcher 2 could have looked like a tramps ass hole and it would still have been awesome. Geralt is just bad ass no matter where he is.

The only reason I touch PC at all is because the games are dirt cheap.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Zicoroen Well yeah but I'm sure if you are a keen youtube video maker that will have been factored in anyway. Like look at the internet connection they were using when they did the Xbox One upload thing, was like 5MB/s or something. I only have 2MB broadband and the very most I've ever seen it reach is 1MB/s and that was like the absolute maximum so it didn't stay there long. If I wanted to upload I would have to factor that in anyway, but five minutes worth of video for the agonising wait of uploading it?

I'd rather leave it on overnight and upload 30 minutes - 1 hour of decent footage than 5 minutes of basically uneditable, clips. People who do game walkthroughs on youtube tend to have video 23 of 45 videos all an hour long or something.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@HowlPendragon What so you can trade 5 minutes for 15 minutes?

That might be useful if you are making highlight reels like Gamespot do but if you want to make anything of any reasonable length like gameplay videos or something then you need to have an external capture card anyway. Which kind of renders the entire thing a bit pointless doesn't it? 

Outside of filling youtube with stupid clips that all look the same and are exactly the same length that is.

wgerardi
wgerardi

@sf49erssf Daaaaamnnn! This would be a great burn if Xbone had any good games.

Armchairplum
Armchairplum

@Dannystaples14 @diabolik_023  I usually use a controller in addition for games - yes even in some shooters. Since I find the mapping easier (and more recently due to switching from pc - console - pc and forgetting the pc controls) 
Xbox 360 or PS3 controllers can be used... the latter with bluetooth/usb and motioninjoy

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@themc_7 Yeah, because the Xbone isn't expensive enough, so why not add another $50 to $100 to the price just because its less capable. That makes sense.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@themc_7 @HowlPendragon I agree but capture cards have always been more expensive than I would like. Especially the HD ones. If Sony and Microsoft cared even a little about this video capture stuff a standard definition capture card substitute should have been the minimum they would go. Now it just looks like a gimmick. 

What good can five minutes or even fifteen minutes really do? I'd be happy with half an hour but anything less than that is really limited for the majority of things I would even want to do with it. How long is a single game in Battlefield for example?

It would be awesome if they did something similar to what Halo did with the theatre but instead of just having it in your theatre and sharing it on there you could save it to the hard drive and do whatever you wanted with it. Yet they went with this instead.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@HowlPendragon Yeah except when you only have five minutes to play with anyway chances are that won't happen. And since most people probably can't be bothered they will just upload whatever it is they happened to record.

That means most of the videos we see on youtube will be of little clippings of games randomly named in people's video libraries.

If anyone else is that bothered about making videos like I said they probably already own a capture card or have some system set up with their PC to do it, which means they will just keep doing whatever it is they have always been doing.

This entire DVR stuff just feels like a gimmick to me.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@Dannystaples14 Yes, not to mention trading it for an extra $100 in your pocket.

Exactly the same length? You do realize that they both let you trim your videos right?