People love to film themselves playing games, and whether it is for personal use or distribution purposes, getting good video from the Gear VR has been an elusive subject for many people. Ever since I started my popular series, “Lunchtime with my Gear VR” the one question that I am constantly asked is, “How did you do that?”. So I thought it was high time for a tutorial on just what I use to get good quality recordings!
|Image taken from http://recordable.mobi/|
Recordable Pro is my preferred method for screen capturing the Gear VR. I first discovered this app after finding an archived post over on Reddit that Youtube personality eVRydayVR had shared when the Gear VR Innovator Edition first surfaced. After trying almost every screen capture app on the Google Play store I thought could this finally the one! So I immediately purchased it and to my dismay I couldn’t get it to work. So I kept trying, changing settings and tweaking things in my phone without success. Then it hit me… I was still running Android 4.4.4. and this turned out to be the problem. After updating to Android 5.0.1 finally I was capturing video and not just a black screen. Most people will no longer have this problem as all new phones including older ones like my Note 4 should have been updated by now.
- Download Recordable Pro from the
- Google Play Store
- Activate the app from your PC using the Recordable activator ( You will need to do this after each time you restart your phone)
- Once the app has been activated start it on the phone.
- Make sure you holding are in landscape. This is important because if you don’t, your video will not be oriented correctly to fill the screen!
- Go to your settings and make sure they are set just like this: –>
- Once you have verified your settings are correct return to the main screen and hit record. (Again, make sure your phone is in the landscape orientation)
- Place your phone into the Gear VR and you are now recording your screen!
The one drawback to this method and that is that all audio is captured directly from the phones internal microphones, so this unfortunately will not give you the ability to use a headset with a mic and prohibits capturing conversations in apps like V-Time, Altspace or Oculus social. There are ways to do this by recording the audio separately using a jack splitter and external audio recording device and then merging the audio and video tracks using an editor, but I have not yet tried to do this so I am not including instructions on how to do it in this tutorial.
|Image from Samsung.com|
Sidesync requires an app to be installed on both the phone and PC side. Once these apps are installed and running you will be able to share your phones screen and all the functions of it with your PC.
After the connection is established all that is left to do is to set up presentation mode on the on the PC side of the Sidesync app so that you can see both the phone screen and the mirrored image simultaneously. Once the phone screen is showing on your PC you will want to click the at the top and set screen mirroring to be on. This will allow you to see the image on both the PC and phone screen simultaneously. Now that you have a good connection and both screens are turned on the last step is to start OBS and set up game capture mode to hook into the Sidesync app.