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The Theater Mode,[1] also known as simply Theater, is a feature introduced in Call of Duty: Black Ops and was also included in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It allows the player to record clips, piece them together and then upload them to their in-game file share and to the web.[2] In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, players are able to watch their Zombies matches in Theater mode.[3]


The theater allows users to save gameplay, take screenshots and fast forward, pause, slow down, or rewind the videos. It also allows playback of the game from any perspective of the map, similar to how the Spectator Mode works. It is not on the Wii version of the game, due to technical limitations. It allows the player to upload their clip to YouTube and However, they must link their account on to do so.[4]

Theater Mode can be a useful tool for Competitive Clans. After a match, the clan can re-watch the video and see how the fight went from all angles, and see where they did well and where they need improvement. They will be able to scan the map and see where snipers are hiding, where the majority of the action takes place, and even study the starting routes that the enemy players most often take after spawning, allowing them to plan ambushes and create more effective strategies.

Upload processEdit

To upload a video, one must go to and select Theater.

Theater 1

2. Next, (if the player doesn't already have an account on they must log in or create an account.

Theater 2

3. After the player has logged in he/she will need to link their account.

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4. To do this the player must either click the Xbox LIVE logo or PSN logo and they should be linked up to their Online account.

Theater 4

5. If the player wants his/her rendered videos to upload automatically to his/her YouTube account he/she must click "Link your Youtube Account".

Theater 5

6. The player will then be led to a page on YouTube asking them to "Allow Access" for

Theater 6

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  • In order to render a clip to, the clip published must be 29 seconds or less.
  • Sometimes on maps like WMD, the train cars will go into each other when rewinding a clip.
  • On certain occasions when rewinding a clip, the helicopters' rotor blades will not appear.
  • Viewing a clip in theater mode with a friend in Call of Duty: Black Ops unlocks the Date Night Achievement/Trophy.
  • When rendering a clip, it may appear different from the original gameplay (i.e. sniper scope will not appear when you recently reloaded).
  • In Modern Warfare 3, killcams can be viewed in theater mode. However, this is not the case in Black Ops and Black Ops II.
  • Modern Warfare 3 removes several theater mode's options from Black Ops. The player cannot use dolly cameras, cannot disable HUD features, cannot view other players in first-person, the player is forced to view the recorder's killcam, regardless of whether or not the player is viewing that player, and the player can't view or rate community films, clips, screenshots, and custom games.
  • No matter if you've linked your accounts, you must link them again to share Modern Warfare 3 clips.
  • In Theater Mode, if the player has prestiged at least once, a level-up will show the standard rank icon instead of the Prestige.
  • One cannot rewind while recording a clip.
  • In Modern Warfare 3, deactivating Theater Mode increases the latency when playing online (Confirmed on PC).



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