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PS4 Gameplay Video Guide: How to Make a Gaming Video

Last Updated: Jul. 03, 2020

Summary: A detailed tutorial that shows you how to make a gaming video on PS4. Keep on reading and learning how to make a let's play gaming video now!

Do you enjoy playing video gamers on PlayStation 4?

You are not alone.

Video gaming is a popular type of entertainment today, and millions of people play video games across the globe with various devices, PlayStation 4 is one of them, and it is viral among gamers.

Are you play a game on PlayStation S4? Have you ever want to share your gameplay with the world, get feedback on your skills, or trade video game stories with others? Just make a gameplay video on your PS4 and upload your gaming video to online services, like YouTube and Facebook.

If you search online, you'll find thousands of gameplay videos, and some of these "let's play videos", receive millions of views. Besides, making a gaming video can also be lucrative. For example, Pewdiepie, the most popular gamer on YouTube, and the highest earning YouTuber, reportedly makes 12 million dollars each year, just via his video gaming YouTube channel alone.

Depict video: A Let's Play Video on YouTube

Then how to make a let's play video like the one above? It may be a little overwhelming for a beginner. Don't worry! Our guide on how to make a gaming video on PS4 will help you figure out the basics before you jump in.

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Part 1 How to Make Gaming Videos on PS4

The PlayStation 4 can allow you to make constantly recording, and will always save up to the last 15 minutes of gameplay for you. Besides, it also includes some handy tools for trimming and uploading gameplay clips online.

Here's a detailed tutorial of how to record, save, and share a video on your PS4.

Step 1 Adjust Your Video Settings

First, you need to adjust your video settings on your PS4. Open up the Share menu with the Share button on your PlayStation 4 controller. From here, you can change a bunch of settings, but now, we'll focus on the exact length of the video you’ll record.

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Go to the Set Video Length menu, and determine how long the PlayStation 4 will record when you press the share button. The PlayStation 4 can automatically record for as long as an hour or as short as 30 seconds, but the default video length is 15 minutes.

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Step 2 Fire up Your Game and Get a Recording

Now it's time to fire up your game and start a recording. Here are 2 options for you to start a record.

  • You can start a new recording by using the Share button, which will record for the period you specified in the settings, or until you hit the Share button again.
  • You can capture a video of something that just happened with its automatically recording feature. Your PS4 is always recording video, and it just doesn't save that video unless you tell it to.

Start a New Recording

When you're ready to begin recording, double-press the Share button on the controller. The PS4 will immediately start recording with a small flag briefly appear on the left side of the screen to let you know. It will continue to record for the length of time you’ve set starting, or you can stop the recording manually by double-pressing the Share button again.

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Save the Last 15 Minutes of Video

When something significant happens in your game and you want to record it, but you didn't previously hit the Share button to start recording a video. How can you capture something that just happened in the game?

Your PS4 is always capturing the last 15 minutes of your gameplay session, and you can save the last 15 minutes of video easily by pressing the Share button. In the Share menu, select "Save Video Clip".

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Note:Starting a new recording with the Share button will delete the cached video. So if you want to save the last 15 minutes of your gameplay, do not double-press the Share button! That’ll start a new video recording from the moment you push the button onward.

Step 3 Edit Your Gameplay Video

Once you’ve captured your video, you can trim it down to the best part, and post it to social media. PS4 automatically asks users about video trimming before posting.

Now let’s see how to trim your gameplay video with PS4 built-in editing function.

1. Go to the PS4’s Home screen, select the Capture Gallery. Then find and highlight the video you want to share.

2. Push the Options button on your controller to pull up a menu that includes the "Trim" option.

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3. Now, you can change the start and stop part go the gameplay video, by default, you can only trim in 10-second intervals. But you can increase that to 60 seconds, or bring it down to one second to be more precise.

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4. Use the D-pad on the controller to scroll to where you want your gameplay video to start and end, then select that point with “Start Here” or “End Here” from the menu.

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5. When you finish your trim, just select the "OK" button, and your video will be saved to the Capture Gallery with the rest of your videos.

Step 4 Share your video

After you have trimmed your gameplay in the right length, you can upload your video to online service directly on your PS4.

Just back in the Capture Gallery, press the Share button on the controller, choose which social media service to post the video to, and follow the instructions.

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But PlayStation 4 built-in editing function does not allow users to cut multiple clips at the same time or to add titles or background music etc. You need an advanced solution to achieve this. (And we’ll share a great video editor for advanced editing for your let's play video in part 2.)

Step 5 Getting Your Video on Your Computer

If you don't want to share your video online just yet or want to give it some more advanced edits, you can also transfer the gameplay video from your PS4 to an external hard drive or flash drive, then upload it to a computer.

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The PlayStation 4 saves your gameplay video clips as .mp4 files so that you can view them with your computer's video software, and they'll be compatible with standard video-editing software.

Part 2 Best Way to Edit PS4 Gameplay Videos

Although PS4 can assist users with basic editing functions, it can not allow you to make more advanced edits to achieve a stunning gameplay video that stands out in the crowd. So you will need a great video editor to level up your gaming videos.

One of the most useful software tools for editing PS4 gameplay videos is FlexClip.

PS4 Gameplay Video Editor

  • Easy to use. No video editing experience required!
  • No download! Do not need to download or install any app.
  • Incredible features, like add text, music, record voice-over, etc.
  • Numerous free resources. You can furnish your video with them.
Edit Your Video Now

Here's the video on how to edit PS4 videos using FlexClip Video Editor:

Depict video: FlexClip Tutorial

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