Grand Theft Auto V’s Rockstar Editor getting a big update next month


I know your secret, that you desperately need to direct computer men around GTA 5’s simulated world to create great works of hilarity, violence and often both. We didn’t create that best GTA videos post for nothing, you know? It was inspiration for your own masterpieces. In the coming months Rockstar will be doing their part to improve your tools. Along with porting the Rockstar Editor to console, they’re upgrading it with a host of new features to make creating interesting videos easier.

Here’s the full list of upcoming changes:

  • Ambient Audio and Sound Effects Library: Add ambient and atmospheric sound design with a library of audio tracks to help bring your scenes to life or add sound effects from a collection of Foley and other sfx.
  • Snapmatic Integration: Now you can export any still frame at a marker point straight to Snapmatic, giving you ultimate freedom when searching for that perfect camera angle.
  • 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: Easily copy and paste your audio settings from any marker to another marker in the clip – adding invaluable efficiency to your go-to editing techniques.
  • New Fonts: You’ll now have more style options than ever for your titles and credits — we’re tripling the library of available fonts with new styles.

Of these, the Director Mode Updates seem the most significant. They’re things mods have been able to do for a while, but official versions that are guaranteed to work together forever and are integrated with the tools themselves are definitely an upgrade. It reduces the set up time for anyone wanting to get into making GTA videos and brings some vital functionality to the console versions.

I’m not sure if we’ll ever see Source Film Maker level stuff in the Rockstar Editor – it’s just a less powerful tool – but I’m interested in what might develop due to those restrictions. As Rockstar makes it easier to use it also attracts a less technically minded crowd who may have new ideas. Anyone out there seen a GTA video they particularly enjoyed? Post it in the comments.