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How to capture and stream video from a PS4

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by , 01-02-2015 at 03:29 AM (1479 Views)

Showing off exactly how you play is a huge part of the modern gaming experience. Live streams and Let’s Play videos are increasingly common, and barriers to entry are lowering every year. Capturing and streaming gameplay from the PS4 can now be accomplished from the device itself, and a small hardware investment nets some incredibly high-end results. With a little bit of effort, anyone can stream and capture console video without an elaborate or expensive set-up.
Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of capturing and streaming PS4 gameplay on the device itself and using the excellent Game Capture HD60 from Elgato. Cameras and microphones are an optional addition, but you won’t need any other specialty gear to get up and running.

On the DualShock 4 itself, you’ll find a dedicated “Share” button. Give it a tap, and you’ll be shown all of your sharing options from screenshots to video clips to Share Play. Press the “Options” button, and then select “Share Settings.”

From this menu, you can drill down, and configure your settings as you see fit. The first option let’s you change how the “Share” button behaves. The second option let’s you change clip length, and toggle the mic on and off. Number three lets you customize what shows up in your broadcasts, and the final option lets you enter all of your account info. If you’re just recording video clips locally, you can leave all of the settings to default, but feel free to tweak these settings to fit your needs. Once you’re done, exit out.

Whenever you’re playing a game on the PS4, the last 15 minutes are always being recorded in the background. If you’d like to save and upload any portion of your gameplay, simply press the “Share” button. Pressing “Square” will save the most recent footage, and selecting “Upload Video Clip” will allow you to pick which clip you’d like to use.

Once you’ve selected your clip, you can choose to upload it to either Facebook or YouTube. Make sure you’re logged in, fill out all of the forms, trim your clip to taste, and post away. It’s a very simple process , but don’t be surprised if the final result is heavily compressed.

Copy to USB

Alternately, you can simply move your video clips to a USB drive. Plug in your drive, and launch the “Capture Gallery” application from the PS4’s main menu. Navigate to the video you’d like to save, and then press the “Options” button. Select “Copy to USB Storage Device,” wait for it to transfer, and then you can use the video on your PC however you’d like.


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