If you’ve played games on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you might have dabbled with gameplay capture. Both consoles have the feature baked-in, meaning you don’t need an external capture device to share your best (or worst) moments.
Today, there’s a solution that works similarly on PC. Forge is a free app (now in beta) that runs in the background while you play.
It captures games from a variety of services, stores your footage, and allows you to make short, looping clips. The process is fast, with sharing to both Forge and Twitter instantaneous.
I spent a bit of time with the app while I was playing Diablo III. The hour of footage it captured while I was completing season bounties was waiting for me when I left the game.
In total, it took me about two minutes to create each of the clips you see on this page. Had I used the bookmarking feature (a single button press while playing), I could have reduced that even more by knowing exactly where these two clips were in the 67-minute video.
Forge is still in beta, and there are features I’d like to see added. Chief among them is a one-button screenshot feature. If you’re using Steam, you already have that across the service. However, if you drift over to Battle.net, GOG, Origin, or Uplay, you might suddenly find yourself without your trusty F12 button at the ready.
At this time there also is no support for camera or custom overlays. That means that you won’t be able to include reaction shots as they occurred in real-time or personal branding. However, both are mentioned in the Forge FAQ, so there’s hope.
In my brief time with the service, I was impressed by what Forge (official website) has to offer. It’s still clearly a work in progress, but the groundwork is there to give PC users the ease of use of Xbox One’s “Record That” or the PS4’s Share button.
the author Mike Futter