This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
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Rockstar editor logo

Rockstar Editor logo.

The Rockstar Editor is a feature in Grand Theft Auto V|. It is only available in the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One versions of the game.


The Rockstar Editor is a successor to the Replay feature seen previously in Grand Theft Auto IV's PC version. The Rockstar Editor was available from launch on the PC version of the game, and was later added to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on 15 September 2015, as part of the Freemode Events Update.

The Rockstar Editor gives the player the ability to create, edit and share videos of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. There are various editing tools at the player's disposal, including camera filters, custom camera placement, and music to complement the recording.

The player can use the various available recording tools to create their own videos, which can be uploaded to YouTube and the Rockstar Games Social Club.

Gameplay in first-person perspective cannot have camera edits made in the editor, nor can certain Story Mode missions and Random Events.


The player can record gameplay footage from GTA V or GTAO, by accessing the HUD via the "down" button on the controller. From here, two options are available to record; start recording manually, or action replay, an option that allows for clips to be recorded in the last few seconds of gameplay. 

After clips are recorded, they can be edited by accesing the Rockstar Editor tab of the Pause Menu. From the main page of the Rockstar Editor tab, several options are available, which include; creating a new project, continuing work on a project, director mode (unavailable if wanted in-game, or has been away from gameplay for a certain period of time), clip management, or quitting. 

In the project menu itself, there are various options, including; adding a clip, radio track, ambient sound effects or music, and text. There are also various options available to save, edit the title, or upload to the video gallery, where you can officially publish to the Social Club or Youtube.  

On the project timeline, clips, music, sound effects and text can be added, relocated, and trimmed. Music, sound effects, and text, are all mostly edited on this, while clips are more expansive and in-depth in their editing capabilities. 

Director Mode

Main article: Director Mode

Included in the editor is a Director Mode which allows the player to play as any one of 277 character models in a Free Mode map that can have many settings customised. These character models vary in their capabilities, with some being unable to enter vehicles or use weapons.

Features added in the Freemode Events Update

For the Xbox One and PS4 release of the feature, new features were introduced, the listed features were also added to the PC version.

  • Ambient Audio and Sound Effects Library: Ambient and atmospheric sound design with a library of audio tracks, or add sound effects from a collection of Foley and other SFX.
  • Snapmatic Integration: The player can export any still frame at a marker point straight to Snapmatic.
  • Director Mode Updates: An enlarged minimap with location blips to highlight preset locations, the power to freeze chosen time of day settings and the ability to spawn air and water vehicles.
  • Copy and Paste Marker Properties: Copy and paste audio settings from any marker to another marker in the clip.
  • New Fonts: There are more style options than ever for titles and credits, tripling the number of fonts available before. 

Features added in the GTA Online: Lowriders update

  • A scene creator for Director Mode, allowing players to place props, and save the designs and layouts created by them.

Features added in the Halloween Surprise

  • Ambient music and sound effects, including screams, creaks, groans, and animal sounds.


  • When editing a clip, if a breakable item (such as a window) is broken, it will not undo itself when rewinding a clip after the glass has been damaged.
    • Similarly, explosions from sticky bombs, tire blow-outs, car backfiring's, and helicopter tail-rotor blow-outs won't show when rewinding clips or shifting along clips while editing. They will only show when playing the clip.



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Grand Theft Auto V - Introducing the Rockstar Editor


  • Likely due to licensing issues, a large portion of radio tracks cannot be used in the editor.
    • The Soulwax FM radio track "Palmbomen - Stock (Soulwax Remix)" available in the editor is not the stated remix, but rather the original version of the song.
    • The Self Radio station is completely missing from the editor list.
  • When saving a replay while in a moving vehicle, a message will pop up above the radar stating that the replay is still saving and that it may affect the starting point of the next recording. Keep the vehicle stationary until it goes away.