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How to Record PC Gameplay with Elgato

By Tony Moton

August 18, 2018

When it comes to recording gameplay videos, one of the famous tool is Elgato. But since it needs so many components and plenty of settings to finish the recording process, most of the gamers don't know how to succeed in recording PC gameplays with it. So, to help you learn how to use Elgato, we wrote this post.

And after reading this post, you must know how to record PC gameplay with Elgato. And then, you can record your own gameplay to show off your personal game skills online, or just keep the moment of victory. Let's go straight to the detailed guide.


Method 1. How to Record PC Games of 1080P

Elgato Game Capture HD is a hardware helping you to record PC gameplay to share with your friends and fans all across the board. It is characterized by built-in live streaming for YouTube, Twitch, and Upstream. It carries USB 2.0, HDMI output and Unencrypted HDMI input, supporting output quality up to 1080P.

General Connection

Step 1. Things Needed Beforehand

Before you can record PC gameplays with 1080P quality, there are a few things you need to prepare first.


One USB cable

Two HDMI cables

Your PC with HDMI output

A monitor with HDMI Input

Elgato game capture HD device


Download and install the general software for Elgato to work on your PC.

Step 2. Hardware and Software Settings

1. Connect Elgato device to your computer with the USB cable.

2. Go to the software and click "Settings" to select input device and choose "other".

3. You will see the input reading "HDMI" then click "Without Analog Audio".

4. Select "Expanded" as your HDMI color range and "1080P" as output quality.

5. Pull the HDMI cable out of the monitor and insert it into Elgato s HDMI input.

6. Insert another HDMI cable into the Elgato s HDMI output, and the other end into the monitor.

7. Turn the monitor on.

Step 3. Recording the Game

Press the big red button at the bottom of the software to start recording your game. Keep it minimized while you are playing because this will make it easier. You are allowed to preview any of your precious playtimes by scrolling back. When you finish your game, you will be able to find that your 1080p gameplay video had been recorded.

From what I have written above, you can see that though Elgato Game Capture HD enables you to record gameplay of 1080P, there are a few hardware and software needed to be prepared and set. It is not quite easy for some users who would like to record gameplay videos more easily, fastly and conveniently. Some users once asked, "Can I just use one software without any hardware needed to record my PC gameplay videos still with high output quality?" I can say: "Absolutely, there is." You can make it by means of TuneFab Screen Recorder.

Method 2. Recommend - Another Way to Capture PC Games Easily

TuneFab Screen Recorder is a powerful, functional software for Windows users and Mac users that helps you to record videos, including gameplay videos, online TV shows, webcam chatting and tutorial videos, etc. You don't have to buy any hardware or anything. One software can help you record PC gameplay of high definition directly to share with your friends. It is stable enough to support you in recording long-time gameplays. Besides, the interface is clear, making it easy to capture gameplay videos. What's more, TuneFab Screen Recorder allows you editing video when recording.

Follow the steps below, you will succeed in recording your favorite PC gameplay of high definition.

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab Screen Recorder

This recorder offers you a free trial version of 30 days to experience first along with 3 minutes long record service. If you want to still use it when the validity period ends, you need to purchase and register it.

Step 2. Sound Recording Settings

Check the system sound if it is on first. Press "System sound" to turn it on if you want to record game sounds. Turning "Microphone" on or off depends on whether you would like your voice of actions to be recorded. If not, please turn it off. Otherwise, noises will be captured, too.

Select Video Recorder

Step 3. Select Recording Area

"Full screen" is surely allowed. Click the "V" button you can choose a fixed screen size or select one area that you need.

Screen Display Settings

Step 4. Output Settings.

Click "More Settings", you can choose the format for saving files. You can still switch quality from"Lowest", "Low", "High", "Highest" to "Lossless". Click "Output" to choose a folder to save your files.

Choose Output Video Format

Step 5. Record and Preview the Video

Click the "REC" button to start recording your PC gameplay. It will start recording after a 3-second-countdown end. When you gain victory, you can preview the recorded video before you clicking "Save" to store it.

Preview Recorded Video

Isn't it easy to capture a PC gameplay video of high definition? You just need to focus on how to win, no need to worry about if the recorder crashes suddenly.

Though Elgato Game Capture HD can help you record gameplay videos up to 1080P, you have to prepare much external hardware and set plenty of settings. Some users stated that when they start the preview recorded by Elgato, the video lags really slow and frame skips. As for TuneFab Screen Recorder, it leads you to a smooth gameplay video of high definition void of lags. You don't need to buy any hardware to make things complicated. Besides, the price of this program is much cheaper than Elgato Game Capture HD. Of course, both of them have their own features and limitations, you can decide on any one of them to have a try according to your actual demands.

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