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How to Record Switch Gameplay on PC Using Capture Card

How to Record Switch Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gameplay on PC

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are just a few days away from launch. Most of us like to record the videos we play on Switch to share with friends or on Reddit, but the Switch allows a max of 30 seconds when you press the capture button, which is not enough when you want to stream or share gameplay on YouTube. Fortunately, there is an easy way to record Switch Pokemon Scarlet and Violet gameplay on PC. We tried it firsthand, and you don’t need $100 plus equipment to do the job. A card costing $20 to $30 will do just fine. Here are the prerequisites and how to set it up.

How to Record or Stream Nintendo Switch Gameplay on PC

Besides the Switch and the accessories that come with it, you require certain things to begin recording. You need to buy a capture card. Any capture card with HDMI In, HDMI Out, and USB out should do the job. Here is everything you need.

  1. Nintendo Switch and Dock
  2. Capture Card
  3. A Laptop or Computer
  4. A second Monitor or TV
  5. OBS Studio Software (Free)

Once you have these things, you can easily set up the record feature. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to record Switch gameplay on PC.

Step 1: Set up the Dock

Set up the Dock

You should first bring out the Switch Dock and connect the HDMI and power cable at the back. Connect the power adapter to a power source.

Step 2: Connect the HDMI Cable from the Switch to Capture Card

The next thing you should do is connect the other end of the HDMI cable coming out of the Switch Dock to the Capture card HDMI-IN slot, as shown in the image below.

Step 3: Connect the TV or Monitor to Capture Card

Connect TV or Monitor to Capture Card

Now, take the HDMI cable coming out of your TV or monitor and insert it into the Capture card HDMI-Out slot. If you use this monitor with your PC and a Display Port, you may need to go to the monitor settings using the button on the monitor and set the monitor to HDMI mode. You will also need an HDMI cable to connect your monitor and Capture card.

Step 4: Connect the USB from Capture Card to the PC

Connect the USB from Capture Card to the PC

You are almost done with connecting cords. Your Capture card should have come along with a USB cable. Connect the USB cable to the capture card and the other end to your PC.

Step 5. Connect the Switch to the Dock

Remove the controller from the Switch and Dock it. Once you dock the Switch, press the wake-up or menu button on the Switch, and you should be able to see the switch feed on your monitor or TV.

Step 6. Download and Install the OBS

At this point, download and install the OBS studio software. You can follow the link to download and install the software. We have made a video showing the setup for recording video and connecting the USB feed from the Capture card to the OBS software.

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That’s it. The entire process of setting up the recorded video from the switch to the PC is quite simple if the guide helped, please like the video and sub the channel.  

Harsh Clif
He is caught in a loop between writing about games and playing them. It's a vicious cycle. Although he's biased towards PC, you can occasionally find him on the PS5. He does not own an Xbox Consoles but plans on getting one soon.

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