The SHARE button () is a new feature on PlayStation®4 that allows you to capture and save videos and screenshots of your games directly on the console, and then upload them to your favorite online service, or Copy to USB. Here you'll find a detailed explanation of the SHARE button, where we'll cover it's functions, uses, behaviors and restrictions so you'll have a complete understanding on how to best capture content on PlayStation®4.
When is pressed, the SHARE Menu overlay will display with a variety of options, including saving videos and screenshots, starting livestream Broadcasts, launching Share Play sessions, or settings menus for the SHARE button. Below we'll cover these functions.
Saving Video Clips and Screenshots have some basic behaviors that Users should keep in mind when using and better understand how video clips and screenshots are captured on PS4.
Selecting opens the Share Menu. This allows the Player to select:
to Save Video Clip
to Save Screenshot
Other options include:
Upload Video Clip or Screenshot
Start Share Play
Sharing & Broadcast Settings
Holding takes a quick screenshot of the active screen. This can also be used in the Dynamic Menu or Web Browser, allowing the User to capture most images into the Capture Gallery. This function is not permitted with video clips. App-specific restrictions also apply, such as Netflix.
Double-tappng creates a starting point for recording video. This allows Users to define exactly where they want the PS4 to begin recording the captured video clip before saving.
NOTE:In PS4 System Software Update 3.50, Players can now double-tap a second time to automatically save the selected area into a video clip, without entering the Share Menu.
Starting & Stopping Points for Video Clips are generally defined by when the Player LAST OPENED the Share Menu. The PS4 automatically begins recording video when a game is launched, and pauses when the Player opens the Dynamic Menu with the button.
Once the User returns to the app, the recording resumes and will omit the time the user was in the Dynamic Menu. In cases where the user opens the Share Menu or closes the application, all previous video data is lost and a new recording is started..
NOTE: The exception to this rule is in cases where the PS4 displays the message "Gameplay recording paused because you entered a blocked scene." This creates a "cut" in any created video clip saved with and removes this portion from the clip without stopping the overall system recording.
EXAMPLES: - Recording Video *Commentary in SHAREfactory - Export in SHAREfactory - Online EULAs/Logins with personal information
SHARE Button Control Type allows players to choose between the default behaviors of the button listed above in Basic Functionality & Tips, or Easy Screenshots mode, which changes the controls to the following:
Select > Take Screenshot
Hold > Display Share Menu
Double-tap > Set Start Point/End Point of Recording
Audio Sharing Settings allows you to add additional audio inputs into your Video Clips when saved.
NOTE: Once enabled, any audio from these settings becomes permanently embedding in the video clips and CANNOT be removed. Furthermore, gameplay audio is automatically reduced in volume to account for the input of microphone audio.
Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips embeds audio from the PlayStation Camera or a connected microphone into your saved video clips.
Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts outputs the audio from you active microphone into livestreams.
Share Party Audio enables users to record Party Chat audio into their video clips. This option overrides the previous two options when you to share video clips and livestream to their respective services.
NOTE:Each user of a Party must allow their voice to be recorded for this option to function as intended.
To allow your voice to be recorded into other users' videos:
System Storage Management's Capture Gallery displays all captured clips and screenshots from all Users on the PS4. When in this menu, Users can view the content created by other Users on the console, provided they meet any age restrictions applied to the content. Content can be deleted across all Users, however users cannot rename, trim or share content from this gallery.
Renaming & Information
Players can rename their video clips and screenshots in Capture Gallery. This can help Players better manage large collections of clips and screenshots.
By default, Capture Gallery assets are named "APPNAME™_YYYYMMDDHHMMSS". These files should be found in a folder of the created app in the Capture Gallery.
To Rename or View Information about a Captured Video Clip or Screenshot:
Highlight any clip/screenshot in the Capture Gallery
Select > Information.
Open the text field for the content's name to Rename
This menu also displays file meta-data that contains extra information:
Dimensions states the saved resolution of the video or screenshot.
Parental Controls prevent Sub-Accounts from viewing content that exceed restrictions set by Master Accounts, based on the Rating of the game captured These videos are blocked both in the Capture Gallery and SHAREfactory when active.
Created With displays players who created the video and can edit in SHAREfactory
Additional Information shows extra details about the content, such as upload dates, Trophy info, PSVR, Events and more.
"Created With" Tagging in Capture Gallery
When any content is created with , all players actively logged onto the PS4 are "tagged" with ownership of that video or screenshot, up to 4. This functionality is NOT limited to DUALSHOCK®4 Controllers and can tag Players actively logged onto the console using any of the following devices:
Connected Mobile Device
"Created With" Tags can be viewed by highlighting any video clip or screenshot in the Capture Gallery, then selecting > Information, in the "Created With" field. It is also can be noted when viewed in System Storage Management's Capture Gallery by the User Account's Avatar or Profile Picture.