How to Use Powder: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide

How to Use Powder: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide

Recording your gaming sessions is a great way to share your skills, connect with other gamers, and build an online following. However, sifting through hours of footage to find the best moments can be a daunting task. This is where Powder steps in to help

Powder is an AI-driven software designed to help gamers automatically capture their best gaming moments, saving time and effort. With the new features of Powder, content creation has become easier and more effective than ever.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to effectively use the latest version of Powder to transform your gameplay recordings and streams into engaging highlights ready to share with your friends and followers.

Getting Started with Powder

Sources: The Powder Home Page

The Powder Home Page

When you first open the Powder app, you'll land on the ‘Sources’ page. Designed with simplicity and usability in mind, this section allows you to start a screen recording or upload your streams for processing.

Screen Recording
To start screen recording, click the “Start Recording” button as shown in the picture above and effortlessly capture all your gaming moments in up to 4K UHD resolution.

Uploading Streams & Recordings
To upload a stream to Powder for analysis, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click the “Import a video” button.

Step 2: You can choose from 3 options to upload your stream to Powder. You can connect your Twitch or YouTube account, drag and drop your MP4 file directly into Powder, or copy and paste the stream link.

Connect Your YouTube and Twitch Accounts to Powder

Step 3: Click on the “Next” button.

Import Stream URLs to Powder

Capturing Clips with Powder

Powder's AI is trained to capture and clip the most impactful moments in your gameplay sessions and streams, such as emotionally charged moments, thought-provoking conversations, clutch plays, amazing kills, awe-inspiring wins, and everything in between.

Step 4: Choose the game you were playing from the list. If your game is not on the list choose “ My game is not listed” and choose the language. Then click on “Analyze”.

Analyze Video Content with Powder

Step 5: Wait a few minutes as Powder downloads and analyzes your gameplay recording or streaming session, detecting your best in-game and emotion-based highlights automatically, creating multiple clips for you to choose from.  This is a great time to browse Reddit or make a sandwich.

Download Stream URLs with Powder
Analyze Stream with Powder

Step 6: After the analysis, you can select the clips you like. In the “Events” box under “Suggested clips,” you can update the clips that are being presented to you in real-time by selecting from the options that are listed in the “Video”, “Audio”, or “Other” dropdown menu. You can also use the smart keyword search feature to instantly locate every specific word or catchphrase you said across your gameplay session or stream.

Events in Powder
Keyword Search Your Video Content with Powder

Step 7: Adding the clips to “Selected clips”. After choosing the clips you like, click on the “+ Add” button in front of each clip you want to add to the “Selected clips” section.

Choose Your Favourite Clips with Powder

Step 8: Change the length of the selected clips. In the “Selected clips” tab, you can easily cut out unwanted parts of your clips, or add back in crucial context with intuitive trim and extend sliders in the picture below.

Trim or Extend your Favourite Clips with Powder

Step 9: Saving the selected clips. Once you have finalized your clip's length, you can save them by clicking on the “Save selected clips” button and moving them to the “Clips” section of the app for further editing.

Save Your Selected Clips with Powder

Editing Your Clips

The Clips Section: Prepping Clips for Sharing
The clips section in the NAV bar is where you can find all your selected clips and edit them further.

Edit Your Clips with Powder

Step 10: Change the clip from horizontal to vertical. Automatically transform your clips from 16:9 to 9:16 aspect ratios with one click, and share your best gaming moments with friends or on platforms like TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts. To do this simply choose a clip and click on the “9:16” or "16:9" button on the right. You can further add layers to your clip by clicking on the “Edit layout” button.

Change Your Video's Aspect Ratio with Powder

Step 11: Adding layers. After clicking on “Edit layout” as shown in the previous image a new screen would open as shown in the image below. Here you can capture content from the horizontal view and layer it in a new vertical view of the clip. This can include key elements such as the main gameplay, face cam, health bar, mini-map, and more. Save your layout as a template for future use.

Use the Powder Vertical Layering System to Create Viral Clips

Step 12: Using the video editor. Powder offers a powerful, in-built video editor for effortless editing. To use the video editor, simply select the clips you want to work with by clicking the small grey box at the top right of each clip, which will add a number that assigns the sequence in which they will be exported for editing, and then click on the “Create new project” button.

Create Video Montages with Powder

After you are inside the video editor you can do & use the following:

  • Clipping Tool: Use the clipping tool to rearrange or delete parts of your clips. Drag the timeline indicator to the desired point, click the scissors icon, and make your adjustments.
  • Manual Montage Maker: Create dynamic video montages of your best gaming moments by stitching together several clips. Add your creative touch, edit parts of the clips using the clipping tool, set the sequence they should play in, and click "Generate Montage".
  • Editing Captions: Add and edit captions to your clips in two easy steps. Click the “captions” button, add Powder’s auto-generated captions, and edit them as needed.
Edit Video Montages with Powder

Step 13: Automated Montages. For even quicker results, use Powder's automated montage feature. Select two or more clips, click “Create an Automated Montage,” choose between vertical and horizontal formats, and your montage will be ready in seconds.

Saving & Sharing Your Best Montages

Editor: The Home of Your Best Gaming Moments
The “Ediotr” section in Powder houses all the manual and automated montages you generate, whether through the video editor or the automated montage function.

Edit Your Best Gaming Montages with Powder

Seamlessly find, manage, and store all your best gaming highlights in one centralized hub - perfect for gamers and creators alike.

Using Powder, you can easily turn your recorded gaming sessions and streams into captivating highlights. Whether it's epic wins, funny moments, or professional montages, Powder's AI tools help you shine.

Start using Powder today to save time and elevate your gaming content, making it simple to share your best moments with friends and on social media with minimal effort.

💡If you're a gamer, content creator, or video editor looking to save time and money clipping short, shareable highlights and creating montages from your latest gameplay sessions or long streams, get access to Powder for PC (Windows) now. Powered by AI.💡Learn more about Powder at our website or join our Discord, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn communities!