Raptr’s Plays.tv service, an addicting video-centric Instagram for gamers , is all about giving you the tools to easily record and share your epic gaming wins, then getting the hell out of the way. The service’s powerful, yet user-friendly video capture client makes it simple to quickly edit your gameplay clips and share them to the Plays.tv website; a September update enabled the client to automatically identify and flag your key League of Legends moments, then stitch them together into an exciting highlight reel in mere moments.
On Wednesday, that “Highlight” and “Stitch” functionality’s being extended to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a.k.a. the most popular competitive multiplayer shooter in the world.
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.”
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