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How to record Xbox One gameplay videos and share them on Youtube

Gameplay videos are really popular on YouTube especially the ones with commentary. It's a fact that many people love watching them. For example, you might have heard of PewDiePie who makes $4 million a year sharing gameplay videos on YouTube with his 27 million subscribers. Want to start sharing your own Xbox One gameplay videos on Youtube? We'll show you how to do it without buying additional hardware or accessories.

Head past the break to watch the tutorial!

A really quick way to record a clip is to simply say out loud, "Xbox, record that!" Whatever happened in the last 30 seconds gets recorded. You get a confirmation at the bottom of the screen.

Sometimes, 30 seconds is not long enough. You can record up to 5 minutes of gameplay using another option called Game DVR. You can bring it up by saying out loud, "Xbox, snap Game DVR." You can then select 'End clip now' or 'Start new clip.' Selecting 'End clip now' records gameplay up to 5 minutes in the past. 'Start new clip' will record up to 5 minutes of footage starting now.

Xbox One Game DVR

You can view all your recorded clips on Game DVR. There's a simple built-in video editor if you want to trim, add voiceovers, picture-in-picture commentary, and templates. Select a video, click the menu button, and then Edit. This opens up the Xbox One's Upload Studio for your editing needs. There are plenty of options here, and the simplest one is to just trim clips. You can select the starting and end points of to take out the boring parts.

Xbox One Upload Studio

To make your videos more personal, try out the Picture-in-Picture option. The camera in the Kinect can be used to record yourself while giving commentary for your clips.

Xbox One PIP

Once you're happy with your video, click Finish. You'll then need to add a title and an optional tag before clicking the upload button. You're not done yet. This appears to upload the video to Microsoft's servers. Continue reading to send over the finished video to YouTube.

Xbox One YouTube

Open the YouTube application if you already have it installed or say out loud, "Xbox, go to YouTube." Inside the app, push your left stick on your controller until you see the 'My Uploads' option. Select the Upload option and choose the clip you'd like to upload.

Add a title, set the privacy setting, and then click the upload button. That's it! Watch a sample gameplay below:

While we're glad that we can upload Xbox One gameplay videos to YouTube, we believe the number of steps can be decreased. It would be better if Microsoft adds a YouTube option directly from Upload Studio instead of users having to open the YouTube app separately. Another issue is the 5-minute limit.

If you want to record gameplay that's longer than 5 minutes, you'll need a totally different solution that requires buying additional accessories. Let us know in the comments if you're interested in learning more about that.

Will you be sharing your Xbox One gameplay videos on YouTube? Are you planning to be the next PewDiePie? Sound off in the comments!


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How to record Xbox One gameplay videos and share them on Youtube


it's soccer or football or both, so stop being be ridiculous like if you knew everything.
I am not even from US and my country's first sport it is SOCCER and yeah I call it soccer when I say it in English, sometimes I call it "Football soccer" and that's still correct. why? because it's the same.
Only because YOU call it football it doesn't mean you are right. so again, stop being ridiculous and stop telling someone something like if he/she was wrong and like if you knew everything.

"Xbox Snap Game DVR". *facepalm* They could have just made it "Xbox record last 30" or "Xbox record last 15". Microsoft NEVER gets it right!

Or since its annoying to yell at my Kinect when people are sleeping in the house, and there are xboxes without Kinects now, a way of doing this from the controller.

The recording feature of the Xbox One is super handy, use it all the time for all the great goals I score on FIFA. ;)

Yes, I've recorded a few clips, but I'm disappointed how it works. The way I understood it when first announced was the console was always recording, and over writing in the process older game play. So when you say xbox record that, I thought that it would save the last 5 minutes of game play instead of the next 30 seconds. Guess it makes sense since a constant recording would introduce significant wear and tear to the hard drive. But still, it's a bit disappointing. But anyway, thanks for the info on how the game dvr ap really works, I'll have to try that now.

When you say "Xbox, record that" it saves the LAST thirty seconds of gameplay. So you usually say that after an epic moment or epic fail. The DVR function in Upload Studio is capable of 5 minutes of recording.

Recording should really be longer. I've just started using my twitch archived broadcast to upload to YouTube. Xbox really needs to improve on this area.

Another option is to stream to Twitch. Just have Twitch archive the streams and then you can record for as long as you want.

Just make long Lets Play videos of popular games and scream the entire time, don't forget to talk about rape as well. A lot.

it never worked with me.... i must have contacted ms support more than 10 times

but maybe its xbox fitness thingy ?

So when I hop in a time machine to visit my 2004 self, it'll go like this:

2004 zhris: Wow, what's the future like in 10 years? Do we have flying cars and no disease?

2014 zhris: No, but some guy on the internet is a millionaire from recording himself playing video games.

2004 zhris: : |

They really want OneDrive to succeed with this, you can't fault them for making that the only default option. However, to expand the Xbox brand, they unfortunately need to open it up to competitors. Opening the Xbox brand opens the Microsoft brand, opens the OneDrive brand. Same story why iPhone gets Microsoft apps ahead of us. YouTube, along with other providers, will come in time.

You can upload to YouTube from Xbox One console as well. OneDrive is perfect because you can upload the file wherever you want from there. Having other options is a bit redundant. Everybody that has Xbox account have Onedrive as well.

If you want to record longer than 5 minutes, make a Twitch account, and change the settings so that broadcasts are saved. After you are done streaming, you can edit clips at Twitch's website, and finally upload those clips straight to YouTube.

I should also mention that YouTube had a 10 minute limit for new accounts last time I checked. Might still be there.

Can you just have picture in picture available while you play without recording? I have an Elgato and would rather just record my gameplay/sound through that. I just hate synching up PiP and don't necessarily have the RAM at this time for a flawless recording to have them both going on at once. Argh ><