Why this matters: While most game-streaming services and recording tools—Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Nvidia’s Shadowplay, OBS, etc.—focus on capturing longer, more complete gameplay sessions, Play.tv ruthlessly focuses on faster, more immediately interesting clips. That makes the service inherently more “snackable” than its competitors, and that focus is just as clear in the Plays.tv video capture client. If finding and sharing your game highlights doesn’t involve hunting down specific moments in an hour-long match, then editing them together with expensive video-editing software, you’re much more likely to spread them far and wide. Enter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s new Highlights and Stitch support.
Ready, set, CS:GO
The updated Plays.tv client will scour the live game data to automatically identify and flag your CS:GO kills, deaths, multi-kills, killstreaks, bomb plants, bomb defuses, hostage rescues, and more. In other words, every key Counter-Strike: GO event you’d care about. Beyond that, your CS:GO video clips will automatically be tagged with match info, and you’ll be able to link your Steam friends to your Plays.tv account to see when they post a clip of their own.
“We know down to the second when you start doing damage to somebody,” Dennis Fong, the CEO of Raptr, said in a phone interview when the Highlights and Stitch feature launched for League of Legends.
“If you kill somebody… we know when you started attacking somebody and when you actually killed them, so we can then pre-edit the clip from the beginning of that moment to the end of that moment. That eliminates the need to edit at all,” Fong continued. “When you exit the game, you see that timeline of your entire game session, with all the key sections already bookmarked and edited. You can go from exiting the game, to finding that clip, to sharing it in less than 10 seconds…The key is to try to eliminate the hassle of having to dig through a 60-minute video to go find a really cool moment.”
Raptr plans to add Plays.tv’s Highlights and Stitch functionality to Dota 2 in the coming weeks as well, at which point the service would automatically flag highlights in the top three competitive multiplayer games in the world. You can use a hotkey to manually flag Highlights in non-supported games, then Stitch them together the same way you would with LoL or CS:GO.
Changing the way you see the game
Today’s software update adds some bells and whistles for all Plays.tv users, as well. You’ll be able to optionally show the mouse cursor and its movements in your recordings and add bookmarks to a clip at any point post-game. The clip timeline’s also been revamped, both aesthetically and functionally—you’ll find fast forward and rewind features now.
That mouse cursor addition could prove interesting to padawans looking to learn from e-sports Jedis. Plays.tv has been aggressive in pursuing partnerships in the burgeoning realm of e-sports, recently inking agreements to have its software installed on competitors’ PCs during the Intel Extreme Masters event as well as Wargaming’s e-sports matches (a.k.a. World of Tanks, World of Warships, etc.). That integration gives Plays.tv users a player’s-eye view of the action at some of the biggest e-sports events in the world, rather than the usual omnipotent spectator’s view. Nifty!
Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He specializes in graphics cards and gaming, but covers everything from security to Windows tips and all manner of PC hardware.