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Record PS4 Gameplay by Using the Best Tools

featured image record ps4PS4 (PlayStation 4) has gained so much popularity since it's published and brings lots of joy to gamers worldwide. Being a PlayStation gamer, you must want to record the gameplay video to capture your favorite plot, share your tips and tricks, or show your fans, family members, or friends' achievements. Besides, if you want to share your gameplay into other social media sites, you can! There are different ways to post your gameplay. One of the best solutions is to use a third-party app. Meanwhile, if you're looking for ways to record PS4 gameplay, look no further! Here the two most feasible and efficient ways to capture PS4 gameplay video are introduced. Have a look at the brief guide on how to perform game recording easily and effectively.

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Record PS4 Gameplay with Screen Grabber Premium

Aside from clicking the "Share" button on your DS4 to record video gameplay, it is required that you cast your PS4 first to your PC. Once you do that, you can then use the AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium to record your computer screen while mirroring your PS4. This software can record in 720p, 1080p, and even 4K resolution, which is advisable if you want to stream or upload your game video online. Another good thing about this tool is it can also include a microphone when recording for narration. Besides, you can put annotations like shapes, lines, arrows, and texts while recording and share it on several social media sites. You can save the recorded video in MP4, and convert it to MKV, FLV, AVI, MOV, and more with its built-in converter. Of course, you have to make sure that you have to get familiarized with this tool before using it properly. So with that, we provided you the best methods below for you to use this tool perfectly.

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Step 1 Configure your PS4 settings

To begin, cast your device clips to your PC first. First, you need to go to your PS4 console settings, then select the Remote Play Connection Settings option. From there, make sure that the Enable Remote Playbox is checking. Also, make sure that your PlayStation account has been activated as your Primary PS4. To do that, go to the PlayStation Network/Account Management, then go to Activate as your Primary account.

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Step 2 Start casting your PS4 to your PC

Once done, go to this link and download the Remote Play. Once downloaded, launch the software, connect your PlayStation 4 controller to your PC, then click Start. Another tab will appear asking your PlayStation Account. Log in to your Primary account to start mirroring your device to your computer.

ps4 remote play

Step 3 Install the Screen Grabber Premium and configure the settings

Next, download the AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium by clicking one of the Download buttons below the description. Then, launch it, and follow the steps on installing the tool to your computer. Once done, open the app, choose Video Recorder, and click the Gear icon at the toolbar's upper right side. You can change the output folder, video format and quality, hotkeys, and more. Then, press OK to apply the settings.

ps4 sgpremium settings

Step 4 Start recording PS4 gameplay

After that, choose if you will record in full-screen or in region mode by clicking the video output at the leftmost part of the recording toolbar. Then, click the REC button at the rightmost part of the tool to start recording. While recording, you can click the Pen icon at the toolbar's right side to put shapes, lines, arrows, and texts on the video.

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Step 5 Watch the recorded video

When done, click the Stop button at the floating toolbar's left side to end the recording process. A video playback player appears to show the recorded video you made. You can watch the video from there, save the video to your computer, and redo the recording if you are not satisfied with the output.

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Record Gameplay on PS4 with the Built-in DVR

Thankfully PlayStation 4 has many qualities, and it is very beloved for all users, now it has come with built-in DVR (digital video recorder) that lets you record and share your videos game play footage directly from the console. This feature allows users to record the screen while playing any game. Also, you can share the recorded gameplay on different social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and many famous streaming sites. Here is how to record gameplay on PS4 without a capture card - just within the tool.

Step 1 Customize the video settings

To start, press the "Share" button of your DualShock 4 to go to its Share menu. Then, go to the "Set Video Length" menu. From there, you can choose if you want to record in 30 seconds, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes. The settings will automatically save once you exit the settings.

ps4 recording video

Step 2 Start playing games

Next, always records your game while playing, depending on the time length you have set. Take note that every time you go to the "Share" menu, the recording ends automatically. You can save it by clicking the "Square" button on your DualShock 4. After saving, a new recording starts when you continue playing the game. You can repeat this method to collect the video clips you want to share and edit afterward.

ps4 save recording

Step 3 Edit the recorded video

You can trim the records from the "Capture Gallery" and "Share Video Clip" on the Share menu. To edit on Capture Gallery, press the "Options" button on your DualShock 4 to see the "Trim" menu list. From there, you can remove the unwanted part of the video or adjust the interval seconds of the video, depending on your liking.

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Step 4 Copy the video to your PC

Once done, you can save the video to your PC. To do that, plug your USB to your device and go to the "Capture Gallery." From there, select the video and press the "Option" button on your DualShock 4, and select "Copy to USB Storage Device." It brings you to the Capture Gallery's grid view, where you can select the videos you want to copy. You can select one by one or click the "Select All" to include all the videos from your gallery. Then, hit the "Copy" button and press "OK" to start transferring the video to your flash drive.

ps4 save recording video

Another Way to Record 1080p Footage without PS4 Pro

As we know, recording gameplay on PS4 is more accessible rather than using other generations of the PlayStation consoles. All you need to do is press a button from the controller to start recording your desired games. Meanwhile, not all the game lets you capture on PS4 citing spoilers. Some of them can only record up to 720p, unlike using the PS4 pro to capture gameplay for up to 1080p resolution. You can also use other way which is by using the AverMedia Live Gamer Portable. This tool can be used to capture PS4 gameplay for up to 1080p resolution. Here are the simple steps on how to use it.

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  • First thing to do is to acquire and set up the hardware then visit the Capture's card site and choose your Capture Card model to download the software. Besides, you can check the model number at the back of the device.
  • Once done selecting model, you have to install the Download Manager to your PC by clicking its link. The importance of installing the Download Manager is that it will install the drivers and all the important applications that can be used for recording the PS4 gameplay.
  • Once installed, run the RECentral and connect the Capture Card on your PC. From here, you can start recording your gameplay by clicking the "Red" button located in the middle of the window. (Make sure that you adjusted the quality settings into 1080p.)
  • Lastly, stop your recording by clicking the "Stop" button provided from the floating toolbar.


The above two ways are both workable for gameplay on ps4 recording. If you want to instantly record a short gameplay video, you can just use the default built-in video recorder. However, if you want to skip the 15-minutes limitation and record in higher quality with more features, it's better to capture gameplay video on PC with a desktop recorder. Just choose the one you prefer to record and upload your best moments with no fuss if you also want to know how to record gameplay videos for YouTube! Furthermore, we suggest using all the given tools above and choosing the best to suit your needs.

If you have got any idea on how to record PlayStation 4 gameplay, you can share your solution in the comment. Any suggestions will be highly appreciated. Don't hesitate to write your suggestions below. We are open to answer your questions. Thank you! All rights reserved!

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Posted by Trafalgar Law on January 10, 2019 to Screen Grabber Pro

Last updated on September 8, 2020

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