Minecraft has focused on global collaboration and sharing since its early online servers in the Alpha days. Nowadays, especially for creative and story-mode gameplay, recording and streaming Minecraft is more popular than ever, whether for optimizing speedruns or showing off creative masterpieces.
But if you’re not a top streamer or YouTuber, you might not know the best way to record Minecraft for your purposes, and depending on what you want to do with your footage, you might not need to use the most robust, difficult tools. In this article, I’ll show you a couple simple ways to record Minecraft gameplay on any computer, using either a desktop app or an online video production studio. Here’s what you should know:
- Recording with OBS
- Recording online with Kapwing
- Editing and sharing your videos
1. Recording with OBS
OBS is the most popular streaming software out there, and it’s not too hard for beginners to use, if you’re not trying to do anything particularly complicated. Download and install it for free from the OBS website and open it up from your apps. In the app, you can record as many different inputs as you need – just add inputs in the lower left “Sources” list.
A window capture for Minecraft is probably your best option, plus an audio input capture for your voiceover. If you want to record in-game audio, I recommend downloading a small app called iShowU. Go to the iShowU download page and install the app on your computer. When you add an Audio Output source in OBS, you’ll see iShowU as an option, which you can add in addition to a microphone audio input.
When all your sources are set up, hit the Start Recording button in the lower right. When your recording is done, click the Stop Recording button, and your video will automatically be saved to your computer. Select File, then Show Recordings to find them in your file browser. They’re saved as .MKV files, which may be hard to play and upload in various locations, but can be uploaded to Kapwing where you can edit and convert them to MP4 files.
2. Recording Online with Kapwing
If you don’t want to take up gigabytes of storage space on your computer with the OBS app and recording files, you can actually use an online tool to record your Minecraft gameplay. Head over to Kapwing.com in your browser and select Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, choose Record from the upper toolbar and select Record Screen.
In this menu, you can choose your recording options, depending on the type of content you want to create. Just like in OBS, you can use iShowU to record your in-game audio as you play. Activate the “Include Microphone” toggle in Kapwing’s Screen Record menu and select iShowU as your audio input source.
If you want to record both in-game and external audio, play your audio through your computer’s speakers and make sure you choose your preferred external microphone input in the recording settings. This is also perfect for recording gameplay commentary and voiceovers. When you’re done recording, return to the Studio and select Stop Recording. Your video and audio files will immediately upload to the Studio canvas.
3. Editing and Sharing Your Videos
Recording your Minecraft gameplay is only one part of the process – you still need to edit, save, and share your recordings. Since OBS doesn’t provide any video editing tools, I recommend using Kapwing to edit your Minecraft videos, regardless of where you recorded them. Go to Kapwing.com in your browser and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, drag and drop your .MKV recording file directly into the Studio window. If you recorded your video using Kapwing, your video and audio layers will already be on the canvas and timeline.
With your files uploaded, you can make any edits your Minecraft recording needs. Most likely, you’ll want to trim it, grab just the best clips, or add extra features like text and music. To trim your video and audio layers, drag and drop the ends of the layers in the timeline at the bottom of the Studio. You can also place the tracker anywhere on a video or audio layer and use the Split button to split it into two clips.
To add text with custom font, color, style, outline, background, animation, or shadow, select Text from the top toolbar and enter what you want your text to say. For greater accessibility, use the Subtitles tool to auto-transcribe your video with hundreds of customization options for your captions, including language. To add music to your Minecraft video, select Audio and upload any file you have on your computer or paste a link to online locations like YouTube, TikTok, or SoundCloud. Any layer you add in the Studio can be trimmed, moved, duplicated, and edited in the Timeline.
When you’re done adding all the edits you need, click the red Export Video button in the top right corner of the Studio. Kapwing will start processing your video – for longer Minecraft recordings, this can take several minutes. When it's ready, click the Download button on the right and your video will be saved to your computer.
I hope this article helps you share your Minecraft gameplay with the world however you want! For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or take a look at some related articles on gaming and streaming: