How to Capture and Edit Gameplay Video

Applies to: Nintendo Switch


  • Instructions about how to capture and trim video game footage from select software on Nintendo Switch.
  • Steps to save a screenshot from a saved video.

Additional Information:

  • Up to thirty seconds of gameplay video can be captured on Nintendo Switch.
  • Captured videos can be trimmed and posted online.
  • Video capture is available for consoles with system menu version 4.0.0 or higher, and is compatible with the following software titles:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • ARMS
    • Splatoon 2
    • And more

Complete These Steps:

To capture video gameplay footage:

While in a compatible game, press and hold down the Capture Button on the left Joy-Con.

  • Up to thirty seconds of gameplay prior to pressing the Capture Button will be saved.

To edit or trim a saved gameplay video:

  1. Within the HOME Menu, select "Album" > "All Screenshots and Videos."
  2. Select a video to edit, then select "Editing and Posting" > "Trim."
  3. Slide the left marker to adjust the start of the video. Then press "Next" and slide the right marker to adjust where the video ends.
  4. When you are done, select "Save." The edited video will be saved as a new video.

To save a screenshot from a saved gameplay video:

  1. Within the HOME Menu, select "Album" > "All Screenshots and Videos."
  2. Select a video to edit. The video playback will begin.
    • You can pause the video by pressing "Y."
  3. Select "Editing and Posting" > "Save as Screenshot."


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