Earlier this month I tried to answer the question “how to record Black Ops 2 gameplay” and, despite the fact I did so 11 days before the game was released, came pretty close to the mark.
In short, I concluded that you are going to need a capture card if you want to record Black Ops 2 commentaries (live or otherwise). If you don’t have the option of hooking up your console to a computer then the AVerMedia Game Capture HD is the one you need; otherwise you should take a look at the Hauppauge, Elgato or Roxio HD devices.
My comments were based on the assumption that Black Ops II would only allow you to upload 30 second clips from Theatre Mode to YouTube, however it turns out you can upload up to two minutes. OK so this doesn’t actually change the fact you will need a capture card to upload gameplay commentaries but the alternative is much better than it was before.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Theatre Mode – A look at the Highlight Reel
Credit goes to my fiend Brian (SneakyMcDucky) for the Highlight Reel tutorial. If you can’t afford a capture card this Theatre Mode feature will provide a nice way to get started on YouTube. On that note, I plan to give away my AVerMedia Game Capture HD around Christmas time. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to be in with a chance of winning!
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Live Streaming?!
All of the pre-launch material suggested that Black Ops 2 shipped with built in live streaming functionality. If true, this would allow budding YouTubers to put out great content without the need for a capture card as you would be able to stream live gameplay via YouTube, along with voice chat and video from a webcam.
To date I have been unable to find the feature so I can only assume it hasn’t been switched on yet. As Call of Duty games go, rumours tend to be based on leaked information so I would be surprised if the feature doesn’t exist.
One thing you can be sure of: as soon as I work it out I will share with you guys!