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How to Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay [With/ Without Capture Card]

By Iris Holmes

October 07, 2019

Nintendo Switch Gameplay Console is a popular game console for gameplayers or family members to gather together and enjoy the incredible playing game experience with merely 2 handles. However, with such a marvelous gameplay console, it is better for you to record Nintendo Switch Gameplay and keep it on your computer for reviewing and memory. 

If you don't know how to make it, here is a how-to tutorial for you with 2 ways provided. The first way is to record Nintendo switch gameplay by pressing the Nintendo's Capture button(without capture card) and the other is to record Nintendo switch gameplay with a capture card. Now, let's take a look at the first way, record Nintendo Switch gameplay without a capture card.


Part 1. Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay without Capture Card

If you want to record Nintendo Switch Gameplay without Capture Card, you'd better take full advantage of the Capture Button on your Nintendo Switch Gameplay. To long-press the Capture Button on your left gameplay handle, then you can capture up to 30 seconds of Gameplay and then you can view the captured videos on the Albums on your Nintendo Switch.

Record Nintendo Switch without Capture Card

If you want to capture Nintendo Switch gameplay more than 30 seconds, then you need to make use of another way to make it. That is record Nintendo Switch Gameplay with Capture Card. Now let's move onto the next part to learn how to make it.

Part 2. Capture Nintendo Switch Gameplay with Capture Card

Section 1: Required Tool to Capture Nintendo Switch Gameplay with Capture Card

#1 Capture Card: Elgato HD60 S is one of the best Capture Card for gameplayer to take into consideration for recording gameplay, which is required $179.99 on Amazon.

#2 Your Nintendo Switch: Please prep the Nintendo switch and its auxiliary equipment for recording Nintendo switch gameplay. Besides, you need to get it fully charged so that you can free from the problem of the interrupt of recording gameplay.

#3 Your Computer with Best Screen Recorder: To get ready to record Nintendo switch gameplay, your computer must have more than 1 GB free and with the best screen recorder. For Screen Recorder, we highly recommend TuneFab Screen Recorder.

TuneFab Screen Recorder, an all-round recording tool covers the basic functions of recording activities, like recording, editing, and sharing, allows users to record gameplay, make a video tutorial, record webcam, record audio and more. Music file formats and video file formats are multifarious for option, such as MP4, MP3, WMA, WMV, AVI, AAC, GIF and more. What's more, you can record the Nintendo gameplay with high quality. Lots of functions are available for you to give it a shot.

Section 2: Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay with Capture Card to High Quality

Step 1. Connect Nintendo Switch to Computer and Capture Card

First, use HDMI cable to connect your Nintendo Switch and then plug into the In-side of the Elgato HD60 S. And then use another HDMI cable to connect to the computer on the Out-side of the Elgato HD60 S.

Second, use USB to USB-C Cable to connect the Elgato HD60 S to the computer. Please make sure to plug in the USB cable to the In side of the Elgato HD60 S. To make it clear, please take a look at the picture below.

Record Nintendo Switch without Capture Card

Step 2. Run TuneFab Screen Recorder

Click to the Download button on the previous section to download and install TuneFab Screen Recorder. When it is over, please run it on your Windows or Mac system. Then you can see the main interface of TuneFab Screen Recorder.

Step 3. Adjust Recording Area for Recording Nintendo Switch Gameplay

On the main interface, choose "Video Recorder" to enter the video recording setting part. In the beginning, we need to select recording area for recording Nintendo Switch Gameplay. To make it, as you can see under the Video Recorder, there are 2 buttons for customizing recording area, one is Full button, and the other is Custom.

Here, you need to click to Custom and then draw the region by yourself to make the recording area for Nintendo Switch Gameplay.

Select Video Recorder

Step 4. Choose MP4 as the Video Recording Format

After setting the recording area, now it is time for you to choose your video recording format. Click to the Gear button on the main interface of the video recorder, then you can catch sight of the preference page.

On the preference page, you can choose the output settings like Folder and format. Now pick up the Output button, you can see lots of output settings are available for options. Here, just choose MP4 as video format from WMV, MP4, MOV, AVI and more and then click to "OK" to save your output settings.

Set Video Settings

Step 5. Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay to MP4

Now, just click to "REC" to record Nintendo Switch gameplay to MP4. In order to fully evaluate the gameplay recording, you can give it a shot for 5 minutes to check out the quality of gameplay recording. When it is over, just click to "Save" for saving the video on your computer.

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Editor's Note:

What's your idea on recording Nintendo Switch Gameplay compared with these 2 ways to record Nintendo Switch Gameplay? As far as I am concerned, it is better to record Nintendo Switch Gameplay to MP4 with a capture card. The reason is simple that you can record the gameplay to more than 30 seconds length MP4 video with high quality, and that the supported video file formats are various. What's more, it can save your storage on Switch Gameplay for getting more game to play with your friends or family members. Now, it is time for you to make up your mind to pick up your own way to record the Nintendo Switch Gameplay. Hope you can enjoy your gameplay tour right here.

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