PlayStation 4 consoles: Capture video and Screenshots gameplay

PlayStation 4 consoles: Capture video and Screenshots gameplay

By julianapardogonzalez

Probably if you are a simple fan of video game, it is possible that you really do not understand why you will need to know how to capture video or make screenshots to a gameplay, but if we think on the gamers that see this as a business it is something essential.  

So, if you are a fan of video game that it is planning to be a gamer and convert this hobby to a business, keep reading to learn how to do capture video and screenshot gameplay on PlayStation 4. And, for the fanatics of video game that want to know at least the terms, stay here! 

What is a video capture device? 

A video capture device is a device that receives information from a source outside our PC or laptop and encodes it as a digital signal before it is retransmitted or recorded on the latter. Technically, they are considered an input peripheral and can receive both analog and digital signals, depending on the capture device model. 

  • Typical functions 

A video capture device has two essential parts: a connection from the device to be recorded (analog or digital) to the capture device and another from the capture device itself to the PC. The type of cable used usually varies depending on the peripherals, since those that we consider “analog” often do not have USB or HDMI ports, using instead a variant such as RCA. At that moment, our computer decodes the signal, and it is either recorded or sent through the streaming platform we are using. In general, we can distinguish four functions: 

  • Capture: we extract both audio and video in S-Video, RF, either with analog cable or digital video, HDMI or HD-SDI. 
  • Record: we save sample activity in digital format compatible with any computer.  
  • Transmit/streaming: we share our activity live with an audience thanks to a specific platform. 
  • Encode: take our recording and convert it to a different format, such as the highly compressed H.264 video codec. 

What is a screenshot? 

A screenshot is a digital photo of the content that is visibly displayed on the screen and, by default, saved as a file on the clipboard or in the screenshots’ folder. 

They are also a convenient way to save processes, errors or system messages on the computer or game consoles, document them and share them with other users. A screenshot is a snapshot of the entire screen or a part of it. 

After this brief explanation, let us continue with the step by step. 

How to capture screenshots on PS4 consoles? 

  1. Press and hold the SHARE button on your controller.  
  2. Press the SHARE button, and then press the triangle button. 
  3. Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Screenshot. 

How to capture video clips on PS4 consoles? 

  1. Press the SHARE button twice to start recording. 
  2. Then press the SHARE button twice to stop recording.  
  3. Press the SHARE button, and then select Save Video Clip

Remember: The video of the most recent 15 minutes of gameplay is continuously and automatically recorded. 

How to view your saved video clips and screenshots? 

  1. Select Capture Gallery from the content area.  
  2. Press the OPTIONS button on your controller to sort your media by name or date. 
  3. Delete video clips or screenshots. You can also copy video clips and screenshots to a USB storage device. 
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