So, I was wondering if it is possible to record Wii U footage without using an elgato, or capture card. I don't need it in HD, but I just need the footage on my computer.

  • You can take screenshots. There is no video recording functionality built-in, however.
    – Nolonar
    Apr 18, 2016 at 19:08
  • Would you mind telling me how to take screenshots?
    – LionGame
    Apr 18, 2016 at 21:00
  • I think you need to launch the Miiverse. Once it's running, you can post messages. Before you post the message, you can attach a screenshot of either the TV's content, or the gamepad's. I know it's not very practical, but that's the current situation with the Wii U. Maybe the NX will do it better? Or maybe not.
    – Nolonar
    Apr 18, 2016 at 22:50
  • @Nolonar yeah but miiverse takes 2 mins to load Apr 19, 2016 at 2:56
  • @Nolonar Thanks for the help, but I had already known how to do that. Thank you for helping, but I don't think that you can save the images posted to Miiverse.
    – LionGame
    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:32

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There's no native support for video recording on the Wii U. You can get fairly cheap ($10) composite only video capture adapters, but just know that the quality on them can be quite poor.

  • Thanks! I had also watched a few videos about people connecting their cameras to their television out ports, and the out ports go into the camera. Is that possible?
    – LionGame
    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:35
  • @LionScratch, Some cameras can accept video in directly, but it depends on the camera. I don't think I've owned a TV that had video out, at least not in recent history.
    – agent86
    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:43
  • Ok. Thanks. In the video I saw, the TV screen was quite old, and was not a flatscreen.
    – LionGame
    Apr 20, 2016 at 13:46

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