Bragging has always been a core part of playing video games. There’s nothing better than sharing your exploits with other users and comparing each other’s skills. Thankfully, Microsoft took that mentality into account when it designed the Xbox One, its all-in-one entertainment console. Here’s how to record game clips on the Xbox One and share them to YouTube.
Before attempting this you’ll need the latest version of the YouTube app for the Xbox One. Your Xbox One console should have installed it automatically once you attempt to open the app. It’s also not a bad idea to have your console’s Kinect 2 sensor plugged in either. It makes this process go somewhat faster thanks to voice commands. You’ll still want to keep your controller nearby too.
Recording and Editing a Video Clip
Load up the game you’d like to record from by selecting it from your pins, recently used apps or from the Games and Apps menu.
Once you’ve done something you’d like to share say “Xbox, record that.” By default, the Xbox One will record a bit before you gave the command.
Wait until the Xbox One tells you that it’s recorded a game clip at the bottom of your screen. Then say “Xbox, Snap.” Select GameDVR from the menu by saying “Game DVR” or by using your controller to select it on the list.
Select Show My Clips with your controller or say, “Show My Clips”
User your controller to select the recorded game clip you’d like to share. Watch it first to make sure it includes what you wanted to showcase.
Press the menu button on your controller for a drop download list of options. Select Edit if you’d like to reduce the length of the clip. You’ll need to download Upload Studio before editing any clips. It’s a free separate app that’s available in the Xbox Store.
You can turn multiple clips into a single upload, add voice overs or video of yourself providing commentary in Upload Studio.
Uploading a Video Clip
Now that you’ve created and edited a video clip, getting it loaded onto YouTube is relatively simple. Despite what would make sense, Microsoft doesn’t actually enable this functionality through the Upload or Upload Studio apps. Instead, you have to head directly to YouTube. Here’s how to share that Xbox One game clip you just recorded on YouTube. You can jump forward if you have Kinect plugged in by just saying “Xbox, Go to YouTube” if you already have the app installed.
If you don’t have it installed already, here’s a tutorial on how to find and install apps in the Xbox Store.
Go back to the Home Screen on your Xbox One by pressing the Guide button on your controller or by saying “Xbox, Go Home.” The Guide button is the glowing Xbox logo on your controller.
Select or My Games & Apps with your controller or say, “Xbox, go to my games and apps.”
Select Apps from the menu on the left side of your screen or say “Xbox, apps.”
Inside the menu, use your Xbox One controller to find the YouTube app in the app list.
Inside the YouTube for Xbox app, push your left stick on your controller down until you see the Uploads option. You can navigate to Uploads using your voice or gestures, but save yourself some time and just use your controller. Be sure to sign into your YouTube account when prompted.
Select the Upload option.
Select the clip you’d like to upload from the one’s you’ve already recorded.
Add a title and set your privacy settings for the video you’re planning to upload. Wait for the clip to finish uploading.
That’s it. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t added a way to have clips automatically be shared. As such if you’re trying to share a recorded clip, you’ll always need to head here to manually upload it for others to watch on YouTube. Clips recorded with the Record That command do automatically upload themselves to Xbox Live. Those clips are visible to all other Xbox Live users given the proper privacy settings.
Remember to edit your clips, there’s some real professional video game sharing going on. Adding commentary, and transition can make an Xbox video clip that much more personal. Tell people how you pulled off the trick and they’ll likely subscribe to your channel to see more tips and tricks.
For right now, I’d hold off on monetizing any videos uploaded to YouTube. Whether users are allowed to make money off of video game clips uploaded to YouTube has been something of a debate for months, and some developers are keen on flagging YouTube accounts who they feel are infringing and making money on their intellectual property. Think of posting video game footage like posting music to YouTube, be careful and remember that too many dings for copyright infringement on your account could get you into trouble with Google.