This is the sister post to my guide to creating Anki cards playing PS VITA games.

Most of this is copy-pasta'd from that post, with some additional precursor steps for PC gaming setup.

Recording PC gameplay

While these methods will differ depending on your hardware, I will try to provide some widely accessible options.

Option #1: OBS Studio

Open Broadcaster Software is a free and open-source program that can do screen recording, game streaming, etc. You will have to use your Google-fu or DuckDuck-fu and look up configuration for this one. There is just too much to cover for right now. Maybe in the future I will append some setup steps to this guide right here, but for now, you will have to look elsewhere.

Option #2: ShadowPlay (NVIDIA owners only)

Why do I suggest this? Because it's proprietary. I am not a fan of the GeForce'd experience bloatware suite, but ShadowPlay is so simple and you can trust it to work when it is backed by the company making the GPUs. You just jump into your game and hit Alt+Z to start recording. Hit Alt+Z again to stop the video and it exports to your default save folder (most likely the Videos folder for your user account).

How to extract audio and screenshots from recorded PC gameplay videos

So here you sit at your desk. You just got done an intense, sweaty gaming session. You're armed with a folder full of MP4 files displaying your hand-eye coordination prowess. And you are ready to grab some sentences to throw into Anki and make some i+1 gains.

I use two tools to create audio clips using my recorded gaming video files. Both are free and widely known. In fact, you may already have them installed.

  • VLC Media Player
  • Audacity (or alternatively, your DAW of choice*)
    * NOTE: The following steps in this guide assume you will be using Audacity to record the audio. I won't be providing instructions for other DAWs, but chances are you don't need my help if you know and use your preferred DAW application.

After a gaming session,

  • connect the USB drive to PC and start playing a video file in VLC
  • when I see an i+1 sentence, I screenshot the subtitle text with VLC (using shortcut Shift + S)
  • make sure you have completed configuration setup for ffmpeg and LAME MP3 encoder in Audacity
  • drag video file into Audacity
  • in Audacity, select the audio where the dialogue is spoken
  • go to File > Export Selected Audio...
  • type in a name for the audio file and export it to either an *.m4a or *.mp3 file somewhere you can find it on your PC
  • Anki allows audio to be added for playback on your SRS cards; create a card in your SRS with the i+1 sentence, the screenshot image file, and the audio
  • reps on reps on reps
  • WIN