EaseUS RecExperts

An easy-to-use screen recording utility to record and capture everything for any occasion.

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How to Record and Edit Your Switch Gameplay on PC

Melissa posted on Aug 11, 2020 to Screen Recording Tips | How-to Articles

Nintendo Switch is an amazing piece of device that helps you to play your favorite games no matter where you are. By recording your Nintendo Switch gameplay, you can show your friends how you play your games. You can also share with your friends the new findings that you have made in your games. These recorded gameplays then can be uploaded to video sites like YouTube. The following are some of the ways for you to record the gameplays on your Nintendo Switch.

What You Will Learn from This Page


Part 1. How to Record Switch Gameplay with Capture Card

When it comes to recording the gameplay on your Nintendo Switch, you have multiple ways to do that. Your Switch has a built-in way for you to record your gameplay. You can use the "Capture" button on your joypad and it will capture your gaming movements. You can only record up to 30 seconds of your gameplay, and if you are a seasonal gamer, this should probably not be sufficient for you.

Another method for how to record Switch gameplay on a PC is to use a capture card. A capture card plugs into your gaming console and helps you make recordings of whatever that appears on your screen. This way, you can even record gameplay of the games that have recording restrictions. Your games will not be able to detect that you have plugged-in a capture card to your Switch.

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You are going to need the following items before you can use a capture card to record your Switch gameplay.

  • A Nintendo Switch device
  • A Nintendo Switch Dock
  • A desktop computer
  • HDMI cables to connect the capture card

Once you have grabbed the required items, you are ready to plug them into your devices and start recording your gameplay. The following are step by step instructions on how you can perform this procedure.

Step 1. Connect the Required Cables to Your Capture Card

Plug one end of your first HDMI cable into the "HDMI OUT" port on your Nintendo Switch Dock and plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the "HDMI IN" port on your capture card. Then, plug the first end of the HDMI cable into the "HDMI OUT" port on your capture card and plug the other end of this cable into your monitor's "HDMI IN" port.

Step 2. Connect the Nintendo Switch

Connect your Nintendo Switch to the Nintendo Switch Dock so that it becomes part of the package.

Step 3. Record Your Nintendo Switch Gameplay with a Capture Card

Connect your capture card to your desktop computer using a USB cable. Your computer should be able to recognize the device. Then, launch the capture card software on your computer. This software will help you record your gameplay. Click on the "Record" option in the software to record your gameplay. Click on the "Stop" button when you have finished recording your gameplay.

Part 2. How to Record Switch Gameplay without Capture Card

If you don't want to invest in a high-end capture card but still want to record the gameplay, there is a method to do that. This method requires you to connect your Switch to your computer. Once you have made this connection, you can then use a software tool to record your screen. One of the tools you can use is EaseUS RecExperts and it allows you to easily and quickly record everything that appears on your screen.

Before recording, you need to plug one end of the HDMI cable into the "HDMI OUT" port on your Switch and plug the other end of your HDMI cable into the "HDMI IN" port on your PC. Then, head into the "Settings" for your screen and choose the "HDMI IN" port as the source. After finishing all the settings, you can start recording Switch gameplay by following the steps below.

Step 1. Launch the game you're about to record and then the downloaded EaseUS RecExperts.

Step 2. Once you begin playing the game, click the "Record Game" button to get in the game recording.


Step 3. Select the region and click the "REC" button to start recording. And then you can choose to pause or stop the recording during the course of the gameplay.

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Step 4. After saving the recorded gameplay video, you can directly save the video to a local disk or upload it to cloud storage, YouTube, Vimeo, and many other platforms.

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Part 3. How to Edit the Recorded Videos

If you have recorded your Nintendo Switch gameplay or any other gameplay for that matter, you need to edit your video so that it is refined and has all the items that you want it to have. Therefore, you should learn to edit your videos and only publish them when they are ready to go live. If you are not sure how to go about editing your videos, you can use a video editing tool like EaseUS Video Editor.

This software brings with it a ton of features to help you edit your videos exactly the way you want. This way, you can load your videos, edit them, add and remove content from them, and finish editing them without any hassle at all. The following are the steps on how you can use this video editor on your Windows PC.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Video Editor

You'll see there are 4:3 and 16:9 modes for your choice. Select the correct mode based on your original video aspect ratio or the websites that your video will be uploaded to.

select your mode

Step 2. Import Videos

You can import the media that you are going to edit, apply texts/filters/overlays/transitions to the video clips. If you install and run the program for the first time, you can learn how to use the basic editing functions step by step via the prompts.

import video files

Step 3. Add to Project

Add video clips to the timeline panel by dragging and dropping from the Media Library. You can also right-click the clips in the "Media" and choose "Add to Project" to load them to the timeline.

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Step 4. Edit Videos

Right-click the video and select "Edit".

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Then, you can split, trim, speed, rotate, add watermark or enhance video clips.

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Step 5. Export Projects

Click "Export" in the Toolbar to export the project. There are four available ways to save the project.

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The Nintendo Switch might not be as popular as PlayStation or Xbox, however, that does not mean you cannot record gameplays on it. As shown in the above guide, you can record gameplays on your Switch using various ways. In case you do not wish to spend on a capture card, you can use a software tool like EaseUS RecExperts to record your gameplays.

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