Rockstar Editor – A New Form of Video Game Media?


It’s easy to say that Grand Theft Auto is one of the most successful video games series to date, especially with the latest installment Grand Theft Auto V being one of the best-selling video games of all time. But want makes it so successful? The fact that there are three protagonists instead of one? The fact that the first-person point of view was added to the next-generation platforms? The fact that GTA Online allowed you to create your own character to roam around in Los Santos? The fact that updates are frequently added, meaning the player has access to new guns, vehicles and adversary modes? These could all be contributing factors, along with the fact that players can create tracks for themselves and the community and the Rockstar Editor.

But what is the Rockstar Editor? It’s a feature available for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One ports of GTA V. It means that clips of gameplay can be recorded for a certain amount of time and then edited in a certain way. And with any editing software, filters, camera placement and even music can be added. Here’s some of the features:

  • Ambient Audio and Sound Effects Library: A collection of sound effects and atmospheric sound design that can be added with the footage. With Halloween Update from last year, sound effects such as screams, creaks, groans and animal noises are also at the player’s disposal.
  • Snapmatic Integration: Player’s can integrate a still frame from the Snapmatic, including all those selfies you took of your character.
  • Director Mode: Here, you can highlight present locations with blips, freeze the time of day and have the ability to spawn vehicles. With the Lowriders Update, players could place props and save  the layouts that they’re created. Also, you have the option of playing as one of 276 characters on the Free Mode Map – some of these characters have different abilities too.
  • Copy and Paste Marker Properties: Hardly surprising – the ability to copy and paste audio settings from one marker to another.
  • Fonts: Style options for opening titles and ending credits.

So, what does this mean for GTA V and the Rockstar Editor? Easy – players can now make short videos/films with the footage they have captured. Sadly, you are not able to capture footage from first person mode, but that seems to be the only limit. So far, with the Rockstar Editor, people have been really showing their creativity.

For example, YouTuber Merfish has created many parody videos in GTA V via the Rockstar Editor – most notably the Teletubbies intro. Yes, it’s true – you can see Trevor dressed up as Tinkie-Winkie.


British YouTuber trio Hat Films have also made use of the Rockstar Editor by creating their daredevil styled parody TV show Stunt Lads. This series only has three episodes so far but they consist of a parody song of ‘Danger Zone’ and the three of them participating in a dangerous stunt that they must all complete. They may be short, but a lot of effort goes into production and execution.

So, could we expect similar concepts? I hope so – it’s awesome that players can create cool videos with game footage and a video editor such as this.


  • Check out Merfish’s Teletubbies Parody Intro video here
  • Here is the playlist for Hat Film’s Stunt Lads Show

Thanks for reading – hope you enjoyed! See you next week.


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