Sharing highlight moments with your fellow Fortnite fans (or whatever your game of choice) is fun, but also a hassle. I don't know about you, but I'm usually too busy trying not to die to remember to record what I'm doing, and even if I do manage to come up with something watchable, uploading it to be seen by three people who are probably just going to tell me how much I suck anyway is an aggravation I can do without.
Athenascope is a new system that aims to get around all of that by using "computer vision," similar to the tech used in self-driving cars, to automate the process. Players of Fortnite, Rocket League, and PUBG can stream gameplay sessions directly to the service or link their Twitch accounts to it, after which Athenascope will analyze the incoming video and automatically create highlight videos featuring "wins, kills, goals, blocks, and other noteworthy moments."
Athenascope is now live: AI-powered highlights for everyone.Automatically immortalize your top gaming 🤯🤬💀 moments like these!Free and available now for #FortniteBR, #RocketLeague, and #PUBGhttps://t.co/89br7D741g pic.twitter.com/loFEMMwHRUFebruary 5, 2019
Athenascope was founded by Chris Kirmse, who previously co-created the Discord and Twitch precursor Xfire, and the early MMO Meridian 59. “Like a lot of gamers today, I love tuning into my favorite Twitch streamers and watching crazy gameplay edits on YouTube," Kirmse said. “But not everyone can be a professional streamer or content creator. Athenascope opens the door for every gamer in the world to share evidence of their epicness."
The developers are working on a standalone app, but for now it operates entirely online. You'll need to install and configure the OBS Studio software, and then enter the URL and stream key to upload your gameplay. A "Squad Mode" option enables team-based video creation that mixes different player perspectives, and Discord sharing is built in.
Supporting just three games is obviously a limiting factor, but it's still early in the process—an Athenascope rep said the launch of the service "is just the first step"—and it's free to use, which is tough to beat. Check out a couple more clips of Athenascope in action below, then find out more and try it out for yourself at athenascope.com.
Is @Jazzzy saying "free" or "greed" in this effortless #Fortnite kill? 😂 🤣Get your highlights today 👉 https://t.co/1lvlYclCJC pic.twitter.com/0sgmZ657uhFebruary 15, 2019
A stylish save towards the beginning of this @Metsanauris highlight.Full highlights: https://t.co/UPeOtfNxBNWe make automatic highlight reels and just added Rocket League support. We'd love to feature this on our homepage - let us know if that'd be cool by you! pic.twitter.com/D0gc0WyXXIJanuary 25, 2019