How to Record Switch Gameplay on PC with Capture Card?

Nintendo Switch is a popular video game console worldwide that enables you to play various games. It has a built-in recording feature, which allows you to record Switch ongoing interaction for 30 seconds. If you want to record without time limits, you can mirror and record the Switch game on your PC. The following post illustrates how to record Switch gameplay on PC. Please install the necessary recording software to get ready:

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How to Record Switch Gameplay on PC

#1. Connect Switch to PC with Capture Card

#2. Record Switch Gameplay on PC

FAQs about How to Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay

How to Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay on PC?

To record Switch gameplay on a PC, you need to mirror the game on the PC with a capture card. There are kinds of capture cards for Switch on the market. Each of them has its own characteristics and different properties for recording. In this article, we select an ordinary capture card to show you how to capture Switch gameplay on PC.

What do you need to record switch gameplay?

• A Nintendo Switch device

• A Nintendo Switch Dock

• A capture card for Switch

• HDMI cables to connect the capture card

• A desktop computer

#1. Connect Switch to Your PC with Capture Card

Step 1. Plug an HDMI cable into the HDMI Out port on the Switch, and insert the other end of the cable into the HDMI In port of the capture card.

Step 2. Interface the Out end into the capture card and plug the In port into your PC.

Step 3. Insert your Nintendo Switch into the Nintendo Switch Dock. Then plug the capture card into your PC using a USB cable.

How to Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay on PC

Then it will be automatically detected, and the pop-up will appear in the bottom right corner of your computer. Now, you can use a PC screen recorder to record your Switch games. Here, we recommend the simple yet practical game recording software – WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro.

Switch Screen Recorder on PC

1. Record anything on the screen without lag;
2. Capture audio from the desktop or microphone;
3. Record as a high-quality MP4 video file;
4. No watermark, no time limit, and easy to use.

#2. Record Switch Gameplay on PC

Wonderfox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a functional screen recorder for Windows PCs. It allows you to record anything on your screen, including the mirroring Switch games, streaming TV shows and movies, video chat, online meetings, courses, and other activities. It will export the recordings as high-quality MP4, MKV, AVI, or MOV files. If you want other video formats, the in-built Converter can change the format without effort. Moreover, it can help you edit the recordings by cutting/trimming, cropping, merging, compressing, etc.

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Tutorial: How to Record Switch Gameplay on PC with Capture Card

Step 1. Select Recording Area

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and click Recorder to open the Screen Recorder. Then select the game recording mode and click custom or full-screen to choose the recording region. Once done, press the OK button to confirm it.

Select Recording Region

Step 2. Adjust Recording Settings

Select a recording format from the drop-down list (MP4/AVI/MOV/MKV).
Choose Low/High Quality or leave it as default.
The frame rate for recording gameplay is 60FPS by default.
Check the audio source from the Desktop, Microphone, or both to record Switch gameplay with sound.
Hit the bottom triangle button to specify an output path.

Customize Related Settings

Step 3. Record Switch Game on PC

When all is ok, the last step is to press the red REC icon. The recording will start after five seconds. During this time, you should be ready to play your Switch game. When you finish, click the stop button or press Ctrl + F1 on your board to end the recording. Then a new window will prompt you to check the recorded video file in your local folder.

How to Capture Switch Gameplay on PC

That is how to record Switch gameplay on PC with a capture card. In this way, you can record and export HD video files (1080P 60FPS). And the desktop screen recorder enables you to record gameplay without a time limit, while Nintendo only allows 30-second recording on the device. Furthermore, Switch only records the latest version of some games, while the screen recorder on PC can capture any game. Get the recommended software to record your Switch games on the PC hassle-free!

More than a Screen Recorder...

Besides being an excellent Switch screen recorder, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can convert video/audio files to 500+ presets, download videos online, reduce video file size, remove watermarks, add and extract subtitles, make GIFs, and plenty more. It’s worth a try!

FAQs about How to Record Nintendo Switch Gameplay on PC

The above illustrates how to capture Nintendo Switch gameplay on PC with a capture card and PC screen recorder. Here are some of the frequently asked questions. Let’s check them out.

1. Can you record gameplay on Switch?

Yes, you can. At the end of 2017, Nintendo Switch incorporated the capacity to record 30-second interactive clips of specific game to share via web-based media. However, you can only record specific games with the built-in recording feature on the device. Or you can utilize an external capture card to record full gameplay on Nintendo Switch.
e.g. Elgato Game Capture HD60 S, which can record PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U gameplay to a Windows PC via an HDMI pass-through.

2. How to record Nintendo Switch gameplay without capture card?

Step 1. Start your gameplay on Switch.
Step 2. Long-press the “capture button” on the left side of the Joy-Con. Afterward, it will record a video of 30 seconds.
Step 3. Check the recorded video in the Album. And you can share it to your social media.

Record Gameplay on Nintendo Switch

3. How to record more than 30 seconds on Nintendo Switch?

To record Switch games for more than 30 seconds, external hardware is needed, that is, a capture card or a third-party screen recorder.
Recommendation: WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, which can record any gameplay on a Windows PC or laptop with no time limit, watermark, or frame drop.

4. How to transfer videos from Nintendo Switch to computer/phone?

Preparation: a microSD card that can contain the videos you’ve recorded on Switch;
an SD card reader that can read and transfer videos to your PC or phone.

Step 1. Go to the Switch home screen and click the white gear button to open the “System Settings” menu.

Open System Settings

Step 2. Navigate to the “Data Management” tab, select “Manage Screenshots and Videos”, and press the button “A”.

Manage Videos

Step 3. Choose “Copy All Screenshots and Videos to microSD Card”.

Copy Videos to SD Card

Step 4. Go to Album and highlight the screenshots & videos. Press “A” for “Editing and Posting”. Then tap the “Copy” option to copy the contents to the SD card. After that, you can transfer the recorded videos to your PC or phone through the SD card.

At Last

That is all I want to share about how to record Switch gameplay on PC. I hope I’ve made things clear and this article could be helpful to you. If you encounter any problem using the desktop screen recorder, you’re welcome to contact us for solutions. Thanks for reading till the end! Wish you every success!

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