How to Record Gameplay Footage On Your Xbox One

Learn about the different ways to record gameplay footage using your Xbox One with XboxDIY's easy to follow guide.
Written By: Colin @XboxDIY
Published: January 23, 2016
Updated: December 24, 2023
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If you’re interested in sharing your gameplay footage with others, you’ll have to know how to record it using your Xbox One.

In the year 2020, 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 gamers record and stream gameplay.

But with so many different options available, what’s the best method to record gameplay footage on your Xbox One? And what’s best for your specific needs?

Whether you’re a casual or someone looking to get into serious online streaming, XboxDIY takes a look at 2 different methods for capturing, editing, and publishing gameplay footage using your Xbox One.

Method 1: Record Using Built-In Feature with Your Xbox One

Xbox One Updates are making the console more useful

One of the easiest methods for recording gameplay footage with your Xbox One is utilizing the out-of-the-box features that Microsoft has made available via recent operating system updates, most notably the Windows 10 Anniversary update.

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 used to be a hassle, but now Microsoft has built these features into the Xbox One so you can enjoy the ability to capture, edit, and share gameplay right out of the box.

How to Record Gameplay Footage Using the Built-In Features on Your Xbox One:

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

  • Say “Xbox Record That” – If you have a Kinect, your Xbox One will record and save a 30-second gameplay clip.
  • Double Tap the Menu Button, and Press Y to Record 30 seconds of Gameplay. Press X to record a screenshot. There are also options to record longer gameplay clips with more recent updates.
  • Navigate to Upload Studio and select ‘End Game Clip’ – You can select various lengths of gameplay footage to record (up to 5 minutes).

How to Edit and Publish Gameplay Footage Using Built-In Features on Your Xbox One:

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: Use a Capture Card or Device to Record Gameplay with your Xbox One

How to Record Gameplay Footage on Xbox One - Get a Game Capture Card Device

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 use to get their content out to the masses. This method is using a capture card.

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 laptop’s 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, and 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 enables 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.

Most of my own experience has been with the Hauppauge HDPVR 2 (YouTube Review)

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.

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Whether your goal is to become a video game professional or a YouTube streamer, you’ll need to know the ins and out’s of how to record video games for your Xbox One and other gaming consoles.

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