How to Clip on a PC: 5 Easy Ways
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How to clip the last 30 seconds on a PC with Game Bar
Step 1. Adjust the settings
First, make sure that the game you want to record is up and running. Additionally, ensure that Game Bar is enabled. Press Windows + I to open Settings. Then go to Gaming. Click on Game Bar. Ensure that Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game Bar is toggled on.
Note that the quality, length, and other settings related to your recording can be adjusted in the Gaming settings under the Captures tab. If you find that Game Bar isn't recording or performing as expected, double-check these settings and ensure your PC meets the requirements for game recording.
Step 2. Capture the screen
To open Game Bar, press Windows + G simultaneously. This will bring up the Game Bar overlay on your screen.
In the Game Bar overlay, you'll see a series of icons. One of these will look like a circular camera. Click on this icon to start recording. Alternatively, you can press Windows + Alt + R to start and stop recording.
Step 3. Stop recording and access your video
After 30 seconds (or your desired recording length), click the same recording button again in the Game Bar overlay to stop the recording. Alternatively, you can use the Windows + Alt + R shortcut again.
Once you've stopped recording, a notification will pop up, letting you know where the clip has been saved (typically in the Videos > Captures folder on your PC). Click on the notification to directly view the clip or navigate to the folder to access all your recorded videos. Now you know how to record clips on your PC using Game Bar!
How to record clips on a PC using Movavi Screen Recorder
Step 1. Install Movavi Screen Recorder
Download the installation file and follow the installation instructions. After the process is finished, open Movavi Screen Recorder by clicking its icon on your desktop.
Step 2. Adjust the recording settings
Click the Screen recording icon. Drag this crosshair over the area you want to record. For gameplay, this will likely be the full screen, but you can also select a custom area.
If you want to record system or microphone audio, make sure the respective icons on the control panel are highlighted.
Step 3. Clip videos on your PC
Click the REC button on the control panel or press F10 to begin recording. If you want to stop the recording, click the Stop button on the control panel or press F10 again.
After you finish the recording, Movavi Screen Recorder will allow you to preview your clip.
If satisfied, click the Export button, choose the desired format and location, and hit Save.
How to clip gameplay on a PC with Gecata by Movavi
Step 1. Download and install the program
Download the installation file and follow the on-screen installation instructions. Open the program by clicking its icon on your desktop.
Step 2. Adjust the settings
Set the Capture mode to Game. In the Devices tab, you can choose to record game audio, microphone audio, or both. Ensure the correct icons are toggled on if you want to record them. In the Video tab, you can also adjust the video quality, frame rate, and other recording parameters as per your preference.
Step 3. Start recording
Launch the game you want to record. It’s usually best to have the game running in the full-screen mode for the best recording quality. To start recording, use the F10 hotkey.
Step 4. Access the clip
After recording, navigate back to the program interface. Click the Open the output folder button to view your recorded clips. This will direct you to the folder where your recordings are saved.
How to clip on Windows with OBS Studio
Step 1. Install OBS Studio
Step 2. Set up the sources
Under the Sources box in the bottom center of the main interface, click the + icon. Select Game Capture to capture gameplay. Name this source if you want and click OK.
In the Properties window, you can choose to capture any full-screen application or specify a particular game/window. Make your choice and click OK.
Step 3. Configure the recording settings
Click File in the top-left corner, then select Settings. Navigate to the Output tab on the left pane. Under Recording, set the video path (where your video files will be saved), quality, and other preferences.
In the same Settings window, go to the Video tab to set your base (canvas) resolution and output (scaled) resolution, as well as the frame rate. Click OK to save your settings.
Step 4. Start recording
Launch the game you want to record. Ideally, run the game in the full-screen mode for the best recording quality.
Switch back to OBS Studio. To start recording, click the Start Recording button in the bottom-right corner of the OBS interface. To finish recording, click the Stop Recording button in the same location.
Step 5. Access the clip
To view your recorded clip, navigate to the file path you set up earlier in the recording settings or click File > Show Recordings from the top menu of OBS Studio. This will directly open the folder containing your recordings.
How to clip videos on a PC with NVIDIA GeForce
Step 1. Start the software and log in to your account
Launch the GeForce Experience application. Log in using your NVIDIA account. If you don't have one, you'll need to create it.
Step 2. Enable the in-game overlay
On the GeForce Experience main interface, click on the Gear icon. Look for the In-Game Overlay toggle and make sure it is turned on. Press Alt + Z to open the in-game overlay.
Click on the Gear icon within the overlay.
Step 3. Adjust the settings
Navigate to the Video capture option. Here, you can set the quality, resolution, and frame rate of your recordings.
Note: while you can set various recording lengths for the Instant Replay feature, for a manual recording, you'll have to manually start and stop the recording. That’s how to clip something on your PC of a specific length, like 30 seconds.
Step 4. Record the screen
Launch the game, program, or stream you want to record. Once in-game, press Alt + F9 to clip things on your PC.
By default, recordings are saved in the Videos folder in your user directory, under a sub-folder named Desktop (or the name of the game you recorded). You can also change the save location from the In-Game Overlay settings.
Hotkeys for clipping on a PC
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Frequently asked questions
How do you take clips on a PC?
If you’re interested in learning how to clip on a PC, there are several programs that can help:
Movavi Screen Recorder
Gecata by Movavi
NVIDIA GeForce Experience
How do you clip on Windows?
To learn how to clip on a PC, follow these steps:
Select the capture area and adjust the recording settings.
Press F10 to start your recording.
Once you have your clip, press F10 again to stop the recording.
A preview window will open where you can view and optionally edit or export your finished product.
How do you clip the last 30 seconds on a PC?
Here’s how to clip something on a PC using Game Bar. Open the Game Bar by pressing Windows + G. When you find a moment you want to capture, press Windows + Alt + G to record the last 30 seconds of it.
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