This procedure assumes that you are using Nvidia’s Shadowplay feature on Windows to record video. We will use simple tools that come with Windows, but you can always get more advanced editing tools on your own (for example, Camtasia or Final Cut Pro).

Schedule yourself off that day

Do not attempt to shoot while on stage. You will fuck up. Trust me on this.

Prepare Windows

Turn off all notifications on your computer. This includes Skype, Email, and other applications.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click System
  4. Click Notifications & actions
  5. Change Notifications to Off.

If you need email and messages, use your phone. But don’t clutter your recording computer with anything that might interfere with the capture.

Set up the Firestorm interface

Then you need to go Fullscreen Mode in Firestorm to get rid of the Windows title bar and bottom tool bar:

  1. Open Preferences (Control-P)
  2. Click the Graphics tab.
  3. Select the Fullscreen Mode checkbox.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart Firestorm.

This will remove the close box in the upper-right corner of Firestorm. You will need to use the menu option or Control-Q to quit Firestorm.

I also recommend turning off interface sounds so you don’t get group and IM notification tones. (You can also turn off gesture and other sounds if you don’t want applause and other baby talk getting in the video.)

Use the shortcut Control-Alt-F1 to hide the Firestorm user interface. And use the shortcut Alt-Shift-H to hide all HUDs.

Configure Shadowplay

The Alt-F9 shortcut in Shadowplay may trigger some gestures. If you need to, you can change the shortcut or kill whatever gesture is triggered by Alt-F9. Heck, you can disable all of the shortcuts except for Alt-Z and Alt-F9 if you want to.

How to change the shortcut to Alt-Shift-F9:

  1. Open Shadowplay with Alt-Z.
  2. Click the gear icon in the far right to open Settings.
  3. Click Keyboard Shortcuts.
  4. Scroll down to Record >> Toggle manual recording on/off and save.
  5. Click the shortcut so it turns green.
  6. Hit Alt-Shift-F9. The shortcut in the box should change.
    • (I recommend that you disable all other shortcuts that you don’t need. Click each box and hit the Delete key.)
  7. Click Back.

Let’s turn off all annoying Shadowplay notifications.

  1. Open Shadowplay with Alt-Z.
  2. Click the gear icon in the far right to open Settings.
  3. Click Notifications.
  4. Toggle off Notifications on top. All toggles will turn off.
  5. Toggle on Recording has been saved to Gallery.
  6. Toggle on Recording has started.


Now you can use Alt-Shift-F9 to record video, and hit it again to save it.

Simple recording technique

  1. Set Fullscreen Mode.
  2. Fire up WinAmp for sound, because Firestorm will resync the music stream every 30 minutes to get buffers right
  3. Cam around to cache textures.
  4. Set your Windlight properly (usually Midnight).
  5. Line up the screen so it’s level and catches full stage.
  6. Hide the mouse pointer in the corner of the screen.
  7. When everyone’s ready, hide the Firestorm interface and hide all HUDs.
    • (I recommend that you do this before Geordie introduces the next act. You can edit out the slop before then.)
  9. Do any camera moves you want to.
  10. Wait for the curtain to close and for Geordie to close out the act.
  11. Stop recording.

Shadowplay will save the recordings in Desktop >> Libraries >> Videos >> Firestorm


This thing makes shooting a lot easier. Put it on your Amazon Wish List and ping R.

Practice zooming in and out.
Practice panning left to right across a line of dancers.
Practice putting the camera full stage and parking it there.
Practice following a diva walking in and out.
Make all your mistakes into moves… when you have a smooth technique, everything flows like water.

Simple Editing

  1. Open the file with the Photos application.
  2. Click Edit & Create.
  3. Click Trim.
  4. Use the blue ball to shuttle the video forward and backward.
  5. Locate a good starting point and drag the left white ball to that time.
  6. Locate a good ending point and drag the right white ball to that time.
  7. Click Save a copy.

Advanced Editing

Some people like to capture a silent video and then add the audio track themselves.
Also, some people like to add a title card.
To do advanced editing, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Open the file with the Photos application.
  2. Click Edit & Create.
  3. Click Create a video with text.
  4. Give the file a name.

To use a custom audio track:

  1. Click Custom Audio.
  2. Click Add audio file.
  3. Select file.
  4. Slide file to right start point.
  5. Click Done.

To set a title card:

  1. Click Add title card.
  2. Give the video a title and click OK.
  3. Right click the title card and click Edit, then click Text.
  4. Enter a title for the video.
  5. Select a style.
  6. Click Background.
  7. Select a background color.
  8. Click Done.

And now let’s finish the video:

  1. Click Finish Video.
  2. Click Export.


If you add a video to YouTube, ask R. to add it to the playlist.