GTA 5 PC guide: how to use the Rockstar Editor & Director Mode

By Staff
14 April 2015 12:18 GMT

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GTA 5 on PC comes with an exclusive editing suite – here’s a detailed overview of how to use it to create custom movies and soundtracks using all in-game assets.

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Want to make movies as cool as this one by 8 Bit Bastard? Of course you do. Which is why you’re going to need to get to grips with the Rockstar Editor, which comes as part of GTA 5 on PC.


Initially it can seem overwhelming with such a large amount of options, but be aware that content unlocks as you play through the single-player game. With that in mind, let’s start with the basics of the Rockstar Editor, and how to manipulate the tools to your advantage.

There are two distinct modes here; Rockstar Editor and Director Mode. Rockstar Editor is your basic mode for capturing and editing gameplay footage, which you can then manipulate.

Director Mode is for creating more elaborate scenes. With this mode you can manipulate characters, weather, animals, dialogue, gestures and real-time effects.

We’ve split this guide into pages, so you can jump forward to specific tasks should you need to.



First up, you need to capture some gameplay. There are two ways of doing this: Manual Recording and Action Replay.

Once you’ve recorded footage you will then have access to different camera angles while editing. There may be some restrictions to camera angles, but if so you’ll see an icon on screen.

Manual Recording – Hold ALT and press F1

This is a simple button press to record footage. Hold ALT and press F1 for Manual Recording, and let the camera roll. Gameplay will be recorded in the background until you press LEFT ALT and choose ‘Save Recording’ [F1] or ‘Cancel Recording’ [F3].

Action Replay – F2

This option records gameplay footage after the fact. Hit F2 to buffer recorded data in the background, but note it will not record anything until you hit ALT and F1 to ‘Save Action Replay’.

Recorded clips will be between 30 and 90s seconds in length, depending on how busy your action is. You will be notified if you are running out of space on your hard drive and you can define the amount of hard drive space you use for the Rockstar Editor by going to Pause Menu > Settings > Rockstar Editor.

Next page – using the menu to begin editing your saved clips together.

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