3:26 PM on 04.21.2015
Capturing and sharing gameplay videos has been popular for years, but until recently it's required specialized hardware and software. With the latest generation of consoles, capturing your gameplay is easier than ever. Today we'll look at Sony's approach.
Sony opted to include a gameplay capture feature in the PlayStation 4, conveniently accessible through the Share button on your controller. Recently, the company also released an update to their video editing software, Movie Studio Platinum 13. Here's how to capture video on your PS4 and use Movie Studio to make it shine.
The onboard video capture feature on the PS4 is really easy to use. By pressing the "Share" button on the controller, you get access to a menu of social network sharing options that include uploading a video, uploading a screenshot, and live broadcasting gameplay on one of several video services. The first option, Upload a Video Clip, lets you capture up to 15 minutes of gameplay, or as little as 1 minute. You can either grab footage of gameplay that has already happened by pressing Share once or you can record the upcoming 15 minutes of play by pressing Share twice. To save the video, you only need to press Share again and then press the Square button.
The Share features allow you to do some basic editing right on the PS4, mostly just trimming the video length and integrating some social media functions, but if you want to edit video of your gameplay more extensively, you'll need a USB stick and software like Movie Studio.
With the USB stick in your PS4, go to the capture gallery, click the options button on your controller, then choose 'Copy to USB Storage'. With USB stick in hand, head to your PC. You'll want to copy the files to your hard drive for the most responsive editing experience in whichever video editing software you choose.
Now you're ready for the post-production process. You can get a free trial of Movie Studio Platinum 13 at Sony Creative Software's website, and they recently released a version on Steam. It's great for dealing with PS4 footage, but you might like it even if you're on XBOX One or PC. It supports a wide array of formats, and works well with footage from pretty much any device that has the ability to export video files.
One great thing about Movie Studio Platinum is that is has two editing modes.
Once you're ready to reveal your masterpiece, you can post right to your YouTube account without even leaving the Movie Studio interface. If you're interested in posting the video to a different platform, make sure you choose a format that the site you're uploading to supports. Movie Studio Platinum lets you save videos to WMV, MOV, MPEG-2, MP4, AVCHD, and a dizzying array of other options, so you should be covered.
Sony has taken an upgrade path toward touch-friendly designs. The icons are large - designed for sweeping motions - and the navigation is very touch control friendly. As with most high-end video editing software, Movie Studio is loaded with features. There are plenty of tutorials available to help with the finer points, so the complexity of the software is not insurmountable.
There are also plugins to enhance Movie Studio Platinum's functionality. The initial download comes with a host of free plugins for things like white balance and some fun but not exactly essential effects. Be careful with third party plugins, though. Make sure to check out reviews to see if any plugins impact the software's performance.
The PS4's onboard video capture and sharing system is a big step forward. Pairing it with good video editing software opens up the world of gameplay sharing to those who have been intimidated by capture cards in the past, while still offering full functionality to experienced gameplay video makers.
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10:19 AM on 04.02.2015
It's no secret that video games and the consoles themselves don't have the greatest effect on the environment, nor is it shocking that different groups worry about the impact video games have on the minds of the children and adults who play them. However, there are games that can teach both kids and grown-up gamers how to take better care of the environment, how to appreciate it, and how to understand it. It's hard to believe that these games and the games that come after them could actually help save the environment.
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It's almost unbelievable that video games might save the future, but gamers of all ages praise this Star Wars game for introducing players to principles of ecology. One of the premises of the game involves creating an ecosystem and keeping it balanced on a moon that makes the task increasingly difficult. The game teaches lessons such as the life cycles of flora and fauna, how ecosystems work, why homeostasis is important, and why our own environment is so precious.
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This is a simple name for a complex game. Flower is a PlayStation game that focuses solely on nature. The player character itself is simply the wind. Though the game doesn't pay much mind to scoring points or winning trophies, it showcases different landscapes and creates a connection to nature that's rather deep, considering that it's just a video game. It's also incredibly calming, plus it's a wonderful way for people who live in congested areas to experience nature, even if it's on-screen.
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Created by National Geographic, this game involves turning a modern city into an eco-friendly, environmentally conscious community that thrives. The idea is to improve the environment and life in general for the people, animals, and plants that exist in the gaming world. This is the sort of game that inspires players, so that a nine-year-old or an adult might feel inspired to go after their environmental law degree, just to make the tranquility they experience in pixels exist in real life.
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It's funny to think that the Sims might inspire video game enthusiasts to go green, but SimAnimals certainly manages. It taps into a universal love for animals and takes place in forests, where players have total control over not just the resident animals, but also the plants and flowers that grow there. The seasons change, there are areas of pollution, and there is indigenous food. The result is that players learn about cleaning up pollution, different growing seasons, and even the phases of the moon.
While everyone should spend some time outdoors, communing with nature in real life, you can also use your gaming hobby to educate yourself about the environment and to learn ways to improve it for everyone. It helps to know that there are environmentally conscious video games that seek to educate and inspire — not just entertain.read
12:14 PM on 02.28.2014