How to import music to SHAREfactory

You saw that your favorite youtuber was able to make a good video editing directly from his PlayStation 4 and, curious to find out how he managed it, you did some research on Google. You have thus discovered the existence of SHAREfactory: a video editor designed for the Sony console that allows you to edit and edit videos without going through the PC or smartphone.

After making this discovery, you started using SHAREfactory yourself but you got stuck when you tried to import music into the application, because you didn’t find the right option to do it. Things are exactly like that, aren’t they? Then know that, if you want, I’m here to help you dispel this doubt.

In today’s guide, in fact, I’ll explain in detail how to import music to SHAREfactory and how to take advantage of other features of this application to make your gameplay videos more beautiful to watch. I can assure you that once you have finished driving, you will be able to reach your goal and make videos of excellent quality. That said, there is nothing left for me to do, other than to wish you good reading and, above all, have fun!

Before going into the details of how to import music on SHAREfactory, I think you might be interested in learning more about this application.

Well, SHAREfactory is Sony’s official video editing tool. It has been implemented for a long time directly within the memory of the PlayStation 4, but was later made available for free download via the PlayStation Store: this is the only software that allows you to edit your gameplay videos directly from the Sony console , using the official DualShock 4 controller.

The tools to customize multimedia content are many: from themes to stickers, via webcam and music. There is also the possibility of sharing videos made on social networks.

In short, anyone who plans to record video from the PS4 via the console’s native functionality can benefit from using SHAREfactory, and today I will prove it to you.

After explaining to you what SHAREfactory is, I’d say you’re ready to take action and learn how to use your music for gameplay videos.

The first thing you need to do is, of course, install the application on your PlayStation 4. Probably, if you have had your console for a long time, you can already find the SHAREfactory icon on the PS4 main screen. In this case, you just need to press on it to start the application.

If the icon is not present, all you need to do to get it is to open PlayStation Store (the shopping bag icon on the main screen), click on Search and type “sharefactory” in the search bar. After that, all you have to do is select the SHAREfactory icon from the list that appears on the right and press the X button on the controller above the Download button.

The application download will start and the PlayStation 4 will install it on its own. I remind you that to download the application you must have a console connected to the Internet and a PlayStation Network account: for all the relevant information, I invite you to take a look at my tutorial on how to access PlayStation Network. If, instead, you need more details on how to download games and applications on PS4, I invite you to read my guide dedicated to the topic.

Now you have to take care of transferring to an external drive the music you want to use for your montages with SHAREfactory. To correctly configure the external storage device from which to take the music, insert a flash drive or an external disk in the computer’s USB port and create a folder called SHAREfactory first, then a sub-folder called MUSIC and put all of it inside. the songs of your interest. The supported formats are FLAC, MP3 and AAC (M4A). To work properly with the PlayStation 4, the USB storage device must be formatted in FAT32 or exFAT.

To give a practical example, I will examine the procedure to follow on Windows. Once you have taken your external device and connected it to the computer’s USB port, open Windows Explorer (the icon of the yellow folder on the taskbar), select the icon This PC from the left sidebar and open your external hard drive or your key, by double-clicking on its icon.

At this point, right-click in an empty space of the folder and first select the entry New and then that Folder from the contextual menu. Assign, therefore, the name SHAREfactory to the newly created folder and confirm it by pressing Enter. In case of problems or doubts, I invite you to take a look at my tutorial on how to create a folder.

Now, open the SHAREfactory folder, press the right mouse button and select the entries New> Folder from the menu that opens. Give the folder MUSIC name and press Enter to confirm.

Once this is done, take the music you want to import into SHAREfactory and copy it to the MUSIC folder on your external device: for more details on this procedure, take a look at my guide on how to transfer files from a PC to a USB stick. If you don’t know where to find songs to include in your gameplay videos, I suggest you consult my guides on how to download music for free in MP3 and how to download music from the Internet. I remind you that, in case you want to upload your video on social media, you will have to use music that is not protected by copyright.

At this point, insert the external device into one of the USB ports of the PlayStation 4 and start SHAREfactory, pressing the X button of the controller on its icon on the main screen of the console.

Next, select the IMPORT CONTENTS item first and then the IMPORT MUSIC item; presses on the word IMPORT FROM USB, press the X button of the pad on the songs you want to import and press the square button on the controller. At the end of the import, the system will show you a special notice.

I’ll give you a practical example of how to use the songs. To proceed, go back to the SHAREfactory home screen and first select the VIDEO item and then the NEW PROJECT.

Now, choose a theme from those available (or download one from PlayStation Store, using the NEW THEMES item) and press the X button on the pad above the icon of the video you want to edit. Then press the square button on the controller and give your project a name, so you can access the editor.

Once this is done, press the X button on the pad and select the ADD MUSIC item. Then choose the song you want to use and press the X button of the controller on it, in order to position it at the chosen minute.

You can use the controller touchpad to scroll through the video. To change the audio volume, instead, just press the square pad button and select the EDIT MUSIC item.

Once the project is finished, all you have to do is press the Options button on the controller and choose one of the items that appear on the screen. My advice is to press EXPORT TO GALLERY, in order to have the final result directly on the console.

While you’re inside the project, you can also upload your video to social networks, by pressing the triangle button on the pad and following the instructions that appear on the screen.

Instead, to save the final video inside a USB storage device, just go to Settings> Storage Memory> System Storage Memory, press the controller X button on the Capture Gallery item and select the folder where the video is included.

Finally, all you have to do is press the Options button on the pad above the video and select the items Copy to USB storage device, Copy and OK in succession. Great, now the video is saved on your USB stick, ready to be copied to your PC and shared on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook or other social networks.

Other features

How do you say? Are you passionate about SHAREfactory and would you like to learn more about all its features? No problem, I’m here to help you and I’ll explain how to do it right away.

Starting from the main application menu, you will have noticed that five tabs are available: VIDEO, PHOTO, ANIMATED GIF, SOCIAL and IMPORT CONTENTS. In addition to creating videos, the first one allows you to view the last project you have created, manage all the projects and take a look at the gallery. The same happens for the PHOTO and GIF ANIMATE cards which, however, as can be guessed from the name, allow the creation of other types of multimedia content.

As for the SOCIAL card, instead, from here you can start a live streaming. For all the details of the case, I advise you to consult my guide on how to do live on PS4. Finally, the IMPORT CONTENTS tab allows you to use music, videos and images from a USB storage device. There is also the possibility to download themes from PlayStation Store.

As for the editor that appears after starting a project, there are plenty of options available. In fact, SHAREfactory allows you to do everything the user needs to make good content, from cutting clips to overlay editing, passing through filters and zooming.

There is also the possibility of using the PlayStation Camera as a webcam. These features are very simple to use and can ensure that by following the on-screen instructions you will be able to master them in a few minutes. On the other hand, SHAREfactory is designed to be immediate and intuitive!

While you are inside the editor, you just need to press the Options button in the pad to view a complete Italian user manual that explains how to use all the features of the case.

In short, you shouldn’t have any problems with this application: just a little goodwill is enough and the results are guaranteed!


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