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Capturing game clips to external storage

Looking to capture longer game clips that you can edit on your PC? Capture to external storage. While this is a convenient way to port your clips and screenshots to a PC, saving captures externally means you can’t edit them in Upload Studio or share them on Xbox Live, like clips captured directly to your Xbox.

To capture game clips and screenshots externally, connect a storage device and change your capture location.

  1. Plug an external storage device (USB 3.0, NTFS-formatted) into your Xbox.

    Note that storage formatted for Xbox games won't work for captures. If you have games installed on the same device, do one of the following:

    • Plug a second storage device into your Xbox. Use this for your captures so you can keep using the other one for games and apps.
    • Repurpose your storage device for captures, but move your stuff first. While the device is connected—but before you format it for captures—go to your games and apps and move your games from external to internal storage. Next, unplug the storage from your Xbox, plug it into a PC, reformat to NTFS, safely remove it from your PC, then reconnect it to your Xbox.
  2. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide, then select System > Settings > Preferences > Broadcast & capture.
  3. Select Capture location, then choose a destination for your game clips and screenshots.

When you're done recording, unplug your designated storage device, plug it into your PC, and start making video magic using your favorite PC editing tools.

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