In the year 2016, game streaming is a main-stay in video game culture. Microsoft, Sony, and other manufacturers have started to offer more features and functionality out of the box to help record and stream gameplay. But with different options available, what’s the best method to record gameplay footage on your Xbox One? XboxDIY takes a look at 2 different methods for recording, editing, and publishing gameplay footage on your Xbox One.

Method 1: Record Using Built in Features with your Xbox One

One of the most simple and straight-forward methods for recording gameplay footage with your Xbox One is the out-of-the-box features that Microsoft has made available most recently with the Xbox One. The Xbox DVR and Microsoft Upload application allows gamers to record gameplay footage directly to the Xbox One hard drive, as well as edit (including trimming, voice-overs, and titles), and share (Upload or One Drive) all from one interface. Capturing gameplay footage on your Xbox use to be a hassle, but now Microsoft has built these features in to the Xbox One so you can enjoy the ability to capture, edit, and share gameplay right out of the box.

Capturing gameplay footage on your Xbox One using this method is pretty straightforward. There are three different ways you capture:

  • Say “Xbox Record That” – Your Xbox One (Kinect Required) will record and save a 30 second gameplay clip
  • Double Tap the Sandwich (Old Start) Button, Press Y to Record 30 seconds of Gameplay. Press X to record a screenshot
  • Navigate to Upload Studio and select ‘End Game Clip’ – You can select various different lengths of gameplay footage to record (up to 5 minutes)

Once you have recorded gameplay on your Xbox One using one of the methods above, there are a few different options you have for editing, and publishing:

  • Microsoft Upload Studio – In Upload Studio you can perform various basic editing techniques such as trimming your clip, adding effects to the video, or add voice overs using your Xbox One headset or Kinect. You also then have the ability to upload and share your content either via Upload Studio, or on Microsoft One Drive if you would like to download and manipulate the files at a later time.
  • Microsoft One Drive – One Drive offers the ability for you to download, share, or store your files for use at another time. Once your files are on One Drive, you can download these files and manipulate them with any type of 3rd party editing software such as Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Sony Vegas, or Adobe Premier Pro.

As you can see, using the Xbox One’s out-of-the-box features to record gameplay footage is useful, but also very limited. Next, we will explore another method for recording Xbox One gameplay footage.

Method 2: Using a Capture Card or Device to Record Gameplay with your Xbox One

If you’re serious about recording, editing, and publishing gameplay footage with your Xbox One (or any console for that matter), there is a much more tried and trued method for capturing gameplay footage that most professional gamers, YouTubers, or video producer uses to get their content out to the masses. This method is using a capture card.

A capture card is an external device that operates by sitting in between your Xbox and TV. A capture card captures the video output of your Xbox and records it to your laptops hard drive . or internal hard drive, depending on the model). There are quite a few reasons why professionals and amateurs alike decide to buy a capture card to showcase their work:

  • Record Longer – Capture cards allow you to record as much video as your hard drive can handle
  • Quality – Capture cards capture video in full resolution, without quality loss (you can adjust this if necessary)
  • Ease of Use – Capture cards give you raw video files as an output which makes post-production editing via a movie editor simple, hassle-free.

These are just a few reasons why a capture card is better than using any out-of-the-box option for recording gameplay footage on your Xbox One. Most capture cards also come with third-party software that enable additional functionality such as: streaming/publishing directly to YouTube, scheduling captures (recording a TV show, for example), or changing the output settings of your captures. The benefits far outweigh the $100-$250 price tag that you may pay for a capture card.

My own experience has been with the Hauppauge HDPVR 2 (YouTube Review | XboxDIY.com Article) There are numerous versions of game capture cards and a majority of them are high quality, and will deliver a lot of the same features and functionality.

Capturing game footage on your Xbox One using out of the box features, or a 3rd party capture card, is one way to break into the world of game recording and sharing. With a growth rate of 51% and revenues in the year of 2016 topping $493 million, getting involved in the E-Sports circuit in any way shape or form can be a worthwhile adventure. Whether your goal is to become a video game professional, or a YouTube Gamer, you’ll need to know the in’s and out’s of recording video games and video editing.