How To Make A Minecraft YouTube Video

My kids and I love watching Minecraft YouTube videos.

Recently while watching a video on the Diamond Minecart YouTube channel, they turned to me and asked “Dad how can we make YouTube Minecraft videos? We have been practicing while playing and are almost as good as Diamond Minecart.”

That’s some confidence I thought. The Diamond Minecart has over 25 million subscribers and 18 billion views.

Excited, however, about their interest in creating Minecraft YouTube videos, I quickly showed them how to do it on their Xbox Series X.

When I was done it hit me they’re probably thousands of dads and mums out there who have been asked the same question but have no clue how to make Minecraft YouTube videos on consoles or PC.

I, therefore, decided to write this post which will cover:

  • How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the PS4.
  • How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the PS5.
  • How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the Xbox One.
  • How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the Xbox Series X or S.
  • How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the Nintendo Switch.
  • How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on a Windows PC or Mac.

This post is not only for parents who want to help their kids start a YouTube Minecraft channel.

It is for anyone looking to provide the massive Minecraft fanbase, that has contributed to over one trillion Minecraft YouTube views, fresh YouTube content but doesn’t know how to start.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

How to make a Minecraft YouTube video on the PS4

The PS4 has an in-built video recorder that makes capturing and sharing game videos on the console a breeze.

Here is how to use the PS4 recording feature to create and share Minecraft videos.

  1. Adjust your video settings. The PlayStation 4 by default captures 15-minute videos, but you can make your videos up to one hour long or 30 seconds short.

To select the length of your videos, press and hold the Share button on your PS4 controller. Doing this will open the Share Menu.

Scroll to Sharing and Broadcast Settings click on that, then select Length of Video Clip, to choose your preferred Minecraft video duration.

  1. Start recording. When you begin playing Minecraft you’ll have two recording options.

You can live record your gameplay or capture something that just happened from the PS4 last 15 minutes automatic recording of your current gameplay. The latter allows you to record those magical moments you didn’t see coming.

To record your Minecraft videos in advance, press the Share button on your PS4 controller twice. Your console will start recording your gameplay for the duration you set for your PS4 videos.

You can stop the Minecraft video capture at any time by pressing the Share button twice again.

All Minecraft gameplay videos recorded are saved in the PS4 Capture Gallery folder from where you can access them to edit and share on YouTube.

If you kill the Ender Dragon, which is one of the most challenging things to do in Minecraft, but weren’t recording because you didn’t expect you would do it in your first attempt, don’t worry that moment is not lost.

As I said, the PS4 is always recording. So, you can record the action leading to your defeat of the Ender Dragon from the last 15 minutes of gameplay saved on your PS4.

To do that press the Share button once to open the Share menu

Be careful not to press it twice as this will start a new live recording and delete the previous 15 minutes of gameplay saved on your console.

From the Share menu, select Save Video Clip, or press the Square button on your PS4 controller and a video of your previous Minecraft gameplay will be saved to the Capture Gallery.

  1. Share your video on YouTube. To be able to upload your Minecraft videos on YouTube you have to link your PlayStation 4 to your YouTube account.

Once you connect the accounts, from your PS4 Home screen select Capture Gallery.

In the gallery, select the Minecraft video you want to share on YouTube, then press the Share button on your controller.  A menu with the social media networks you can share your video will pop up on your screen, choose YouTube

On the YouTube Share menu, give your Minecraft video a title, add some comments, trim it, etc., before clicking on Upload at the bottom of the menu to share your video on YouTube.

How fast your Minecraft video uploads will depend on factors such as your bandwidth and internet speeds.

The method I just described is the quickest way to record and share PS4 Minecraft videos for YouTube. 

If you would prefer a video to take you through the method, below is a YouTube video.

Recording YouTube Minecraft videos on your PS4, however, is not the best method because it limits you to recording up to one-hour videos at 720p30 on the PS4 and 1080p30 on PS4 Pro.

If you would like to know how to capture longer and higher resolution PS4 Minecraft videos here is an article we did about recording quality PS4 gameplay for YouTube with a capture card.

The simplest way to record YouTube Minecraft videos on the PS5

Just like with the PS4, you don’t need any extra hardware to capture and share PS5 Minecraft gameplay on YouTube.

I’ll quickly take you through the process.

  1. Instead of a Share button, the PS5 DualSense Controller has a Create button, which allows you to record game videos, grab screenshots and start live streaming instantly.

The Create button is located on the top-left side of your gamepad and is designated by a three-lined icon.

To start recording your Minecraft videos press the Create button when you get to the part of the game you would like to capture.

This will pause the game and open a menu at the bottom of the screen that gives you the option to Start New Recording or Save Recent Gameplay. By default, the PS5 captures up to an hour of your most recent gameplay in 1080p at 60fps.

  1. Select Save Recent Gameplay on the left if you want to save the last one hour or 15 to 30 seconds of your gameplay. Choose Start New Recording on the right to capture your upcoming gameplay.

Before you begin a new recording you can adjust your recording settings by clicking on Capture Options at the far right of the menu. From the menu that pops up you can choose whether to record your Minecraft videos in 4k or 1080p, include your mics audio, and much more.

Once you click on the Start New Recording button, you’ll see a recording icon and timer at the top of your screen indicating how long you have been recording your Minecraft video.

  1. To stop recording press the Create button again and hit the Stop button. Your Minecraft video will automatically be saved in the PS5 Media Gallery.
  1. To upload your Minecraft video on YouTube from your PS5 Home screen go to your Media Gallery and select the video you want to share.
  1. Press the Options button on your PS5 DualSense controller, it is the button directly opposite the Create button, then select Share and you’ll see the social media platforms where you can post the video. Select YouTube. If your YouTube Account is not linked to your PS5 you’ll be taken through the process to do so.
  1. On the YouTube menu, you can give your video a title, add tags, and choose your privacy settings. Once you fill out the video options click on the Upload button.

Again, below is a video that shows you how to create and share Minecraft YouTube Videos on the PS5.

If you would like to customize your PS5 Minecraft videos to include a video of you gaming, high-quality commentary, emojis, etc., or record unlimited gameplay learn how to do that in this how to record PS5 gameplay for YouTube article we also did a while back.

How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox One also has a built-in recording feature that lets you capture short gameplay videos before or after they happen.

How short the videos are depends on the video resolution you choose for your videos.

For example, you can only record 5 minute Minecraft videos in 720p and 2-minutes in 4K on the Xbox One.

The console by default records 30-second 4K videos.

If you would like to make the videos longers do the following:

  1. On your Xbox One controller press the Xbox button while on the Xbox One Home screen to open the Guide Menu.
  1. Press A on your gamepad to select Settings, then scroll to Preferences and click on  Broadcast & Capture.
  1. On the resulting menu, select the resolution and duration you would like for your YouTube Minecraft videos.
  1. Once done, return to the Xbox One Home screen and start your Minecraft game so you can begin recording.

Here is the fastest way to record gameplay on the Xbox One.

  1. If you want to record something that just happened press the Xbox button on your Xbox One controller.
  1. Choose Record What Happened from the menu that pops up on your screen, and a video of your most recent Minecraft gameplay will be recorded and saved on your console.
  1. To record upcoming gameplay, also press the Xbox button as you play your game to open the Xbox Guide Menu.
  1. Next, press the View button, located under the Xbox button on the left, a Submenu will pop up.
  1. Choose Record From Now and a recording of your Minecraft video will begin. The Xbox One can only record 10 minutes of continuous gameplay. To end your recording before the 10 minutes are up, press the Xbox button and then X on your controller.

There are several ways you can share your Minecraft videos on YouTube. The easiest is using the YouTube app on your Xbox One. Follow these steps to use this method.

  1. Open the YouTube app on the Xbox One. You can download it from the Xbox Store if you don’t already have it on your consoles.
  1. On the YouTube interface click on the Create tab, this has an icon of a camera with a plus sign.
  1. Select Upload Video and this should bring up all your Xbox One Minecraft videos.
  1. Click on the video you want to share and proceed to give it a name, description, tags, etc., then click Upload. Give it a few minutes, and you’ll successfully created and shared your Minecraft video on Youtube.

If you would like to record up to one hour or more of Minecraft YouTube videos here is an article that shows you advanced methods to capture Xbox One gameplay to help you do that.

How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the Xbox Series X or S

Capturing those unbelievable Xbox Series X or S Minecraft moments for YouTube on Microsoft’s next-gen consoles is not that much different from how you do it on the Xbox One.

To record your videos:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your Xbox Series X/S Wireless controller to open the Guide menu.
  1. Go to Capture & share and choose between Start recording or Record what happened. By default, the Xbox Series X or S records 30-second video clips.

You can change this by going to Capture settings in the Capture & share menu, then selecting Preferences Capture & share

In the Record what Happened and Game clip resolution tabs select your preferred Minecraft video duration and resolution. The Xbox Series X and S restrict game video recordings to 3 minutes. 

You can learn other ways to record longer videos in this detailed how-to record Xbox Series X and S gameplay article.

Be sure to Allow game captures in the Preferences Capture & share menu, otherwise your Xbox Series X and S won’t allow you to record your gameplay.

  1. If you’re doing a live recording of your Minecraft gameplay, press the Xbox button to go to the Capture & share menu then click on the Stop recording button to end a recording.

All recorded videos can be viewed in the Recent captures folder which can be accessed from the Capture & share menu.

Unfortunately, you can’t upload your Minecraft videos to YouTube directly from the Xbox Series X or S.

The console, however, uploads all gameplay videos to your Xbox Live account from where you can access them on your mobile phone or computer and share them on YouTube.

Below is a short video that shows you how to upload your Minecraft videos on YouTube.

How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on the Nintendo Switch

Between the different consoles, the Nintendo Switch records the shortest game clips.

The Switch and Switch Lite only allow you to record 30 second 720p at 30 fps videos. 

To record longer and higher resolution videos you’ll have to use a capture card with your Nintendo Switch.

To record the last 30 seconds of your Minecraft gameplay, press and hold the square Capture button, below the directional pad on your left Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite Joy-Con.

Your recordings will be saved on the Switch Micro SD card.

The Nintendo Switch only allows you to share recorded videos on your album to Facebook or Twitter.

So, to share the Minecraft videos on YouTube you have two options:

  1. Select Album from your Switch Home screen, then choose the video you want to share and press A on your JoyCon to open it.
  1. While the video is playing press A again to open the Sharing and Editing options.
  1. From the sharing options, you can share the video on Facebook then download it to your phone or computer from the platform to upload on YouTube or choose the Send to Smartphone option to send the video to your phone from where you can upload it on YouTube.
  1. Alternatively, you could transfer the Nintendo Switch Micro SD card to your phone or computer, sign in to your YouTube account and upload your Minecraft video.

How to make Minecraft YouTube videos on a Windows PC or Mac

To record Minecraft videos on your Windows PC or Mac you will need screen recording software.

Luckily both computers come with this software.

Recording Minecraft videos for YouTube on your Windows PC

  1. On your Windows taskbar click on Start, then choose Settings.
  1. Next, select Gaming, then Xbox Game Bar. On the resulting menu, turn on Xbox Game Bar to be able to record your computer screen.
  1. Go back to your desktop and start Minecraft. To start a game recording press the Windows + G keys on your keyboard simultaneously to launch Xbox Game Bar. 
  1. From the Xbox Game Bar controls that pop up on your screen, click on the Start Recording button or press Win + Alt + R on your keyboard to start capturing your Minecraft game.
  1. To stop your recording click on the Stop Recording button on the Xbox Game Bar small control bar, located on the top right corner of your desktop.
  1. Your Minecraft videos will be saved by default in C:\Users\[username]\Videos\Captures as MP4 files. To share a video, open YouTube on your computer browser, then click on the Create tab and select Upload Video. 
  1. Click on Select Files to choose the Minecraft video you want to share, then give it a name, tags, and much more details before clicking Upload to share it on YouTube.

Recording gameplay for YouTube on your Mac

If you’re using macOS Mojave operating system or higher follow these steps to record your Minecraft videos.

  1. While playing your game on your keyboard press Shift + Command + 5 to open the Mac screen recorder.
  1. From the recorder’s controls, select Record Entire Screen, then press the Record button to begin capturing your Minecraft game.
  1. To stop recording click the Stop button on your screen’s top right corner or press Shift + Command + 5, then the Stop button on the screen recorder menu.

Videos recorded are automatically saved on your Mac desktop.

If you have an old Mac you’ll use QuickTime Player to record Minecraft YouTube Videos.

Here’s how to do that.

  1. Launch QuickTime Player, then from its menu bar click on File, then New Screen Recording.
  2. A Recording Window will appear on your screen. Click the Red Record button to start capturing your Minecraft game. To stop recording, click on the Stop button on the Mac menu bar. 
  1. QuickTime Player will open the video. To save the video, select File then Save to name your clip and choose where to store it. When done click the Blue Save button at the bottom of the save window.

Note, QuickTime Player videos are recorded in 30fps, which makes the videos low quality. 

To get around this problem you can use OBS studio to capture Mac Minecraft videos at up to 120 fps. 

Read more on that in this how-to record quality gaming videos for YouTube on PC, Mac, and Linux article.

The process of sharing your Mac Minecraft videos on YouTube is similar to that on a Windows PC.

  1. On your web browser open YouTube, click on the Create tab and select Upload Video.
  1. Next, click on Select Files to select a Minecraft video from your Mac, then follow the onscreen prompts to upload your video on YouTube.

Nick Sinclair

Nick Sinclair, a gaming aficionado since the Commodore 64 era, studied Creative Computer Games Design in university before founding his own gaming company. Discovering a passion for content creation, Nick now helps gamers squeeze every drop of fun out of their favorite gaming hardware

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