Since the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift first launched earlier this year, one of its most frustrating aspects has been the inability to record and share videos with ease. While traditional desktop gaming has established recording solutions, recording desktop VR gameplay has proven to be much more challenging.

We've found a simple but useful tool known as VRCapture, which has become a much more feasible recording solution for daily use. With an intuitive interface and simple setup, here's what the program offers!

What is VRCapture?

VRCapture is a free video capture program available for SteamVR, which allows users to easily record their VR experiences in any VR titles. Unlike traditional capture software which creates a rectangular video, VRCapture outputs recordings in a side-by-side format. While clips can still be viewed on-screen, the most immersive experience can be had with a VR headset. Keeping accurate to the original gameplay, captures are fixed to the viewpoint of the original user.

VRCapture's greatest strengths come in its simplicity, with a clean user interface designed to be easy and fast to use. Aside from a large record button some minor settings, VRCapture eliminates many of the complexities of game capture in virtual reality.

The playback and sharing of clips have also been made simple, with an inbuilt video player and share function. Made easy by native YouTube integration, clips can be easily shared online and viewed across mobile-based virtual reality headsets.

Here's a look at VRCapture's potential while cooking up some meatballs in the IKEA VR Experience!

How can I get started with VRCapture?

VRCapture is available as a free download via Steam, under the platform's software category. With support for most headsets and games within SteamVR, the program is a worthy addition for any VR user on the desktop.

To get started with the program, follow the steps below!

  1. Before you get started with the software, you'll have to download VRCapture from the Steam store. A free download for the software can be found here.
  2. Once installed, start VRCapture. During our time, we discovered VRCapture must be opened before any games, otherwise, your titles will be automatically closed when the capture software is opened.
  3. To start recording, hit the large record icon in the top right of the screen. This will initiate the countdown timer ahead of recording.
  4. To stop the recording, click the icon again. Alternatively, recordings can be initiated and stopped using Ctrl + F12.

Note: To change the location where your captures are saved, navigate to the Settings icon in the top right.

Have any amazing VR gameplay you've recorded using the program? Make sure to share it with us in the comments!