How to Save Streams on Twitch
Being a live streaming site, Twitch is of course its main purpose and main feature, but the “instant” nature of the platform can also have its downsides. For example, what if you want to access your content live after it ends so you can use it on other platforms?
Luckily, there are several ways to save your Twitch stream after it ends. This means that both you and your fans can access your content even after you are no longer live.
Which method is the easiest, and which method is best for your specific needs? Learn how to save your Twitch streams in today’s article!
Saving your Twitch stream with VOD
The VOD of your Twitch stream stands for Video on Demand. VOD is a recording of your entire stream, including live chat, as it was. These VODs can be stored on your channel for up to 14 days (or up to 60 days if you are a Twitch Partner or subscribed to Twitch Turbo and/or Amazon Prime).
To save your streams as VOD, you must enable this option before starting the stream. To enable saving your streams in VOD format, the first thing you need to do is make sure you’re logged into your account on the Twitch website. Then click on your profile icon in the top right corner; this will bring up a drop down menu. Select “Creator Dashboard” from this dropdown menu.
Once you’ve entered the creator’s dashboard, you need to click “Settings” in the sidebar on the left side of the screen. This will present dropdown options from the settings category. Select the “Stream” option from the settings drop-down list.
Once you’ve selected “Steam”, scroll down until you see “VOD Settings”. In the VOD Settings section, turn on the Save Past Broadcasts option.
Enabling this option will bring up new settings options. The main thing to look out for is “Always Publish VOD”, which will be enabled by default. If you want your on-demand videos to be automatically public, leave this setting enabled. Otherwise, you can turn it off, which will still automatically save your on-demand videos, but will allow you to choose which ones can be viewed publicly rather than posting all of the on-demand videos right away.
Saving your Twitch stream with Highlights
If you want to keep your broadcasts longer than the 14 days (or 60 days for Twitch Partners or Twitch Turbo/Amazon Prime subscribers) of allowed VODs, you can convert VODs to Best Moments that never expire. they can be saved.
In order to convert VODs to Highlight, you first need to save them as VODs by following the process outlined above in Saving Twitch Streams with VODs. Once you have successfully allowed your streams to be saved in VOD format and then actually created the VOD, you can start the process of converting it to the highlight.
Once you’ve saved your stream as a VOD, go to your Twitch creator’s dashboard. On the left sidebar, click “Content” and then in the drop-down list “Video Producer”.
This will present you with a screen with all the streams you have saved as VOD. Find the stream you want to convert and select Highlight on the right side of that particular VOD.
From there, an edit menu will appear that will allow you to choose which part of your VOD you want to convert to Highlight. You can use the yellow bar at the bottom of the edit menu to trim the VOD to the parts you want to convert, or stretch the bar for the duration of the video to convert the entire VOD.
When you’re done trimming the VOD to your liking, simply select “Publish Highlight” to convert the selected portions of the VOD to Highlight for your channel.
Saving your Twitch stream to your computer
The last way to save your Twitch streams is to download the VOD to a video file on your computer. To do this, just like when saving a video as a highlight, you first need to enable VOD saving and also complete the process of saving one of your streams as a VOD by following the instructions in the Save your Twitch broadcasts with Video on Demand section of this articles.
Once you do that, you can convert on-demand video to video file on your computer. The first step, just like converting VOD to Highlight, is to click “Content” on the left sidebar of the Creator panel, and then select “Video Producer” from the drop-down list.
This will present you with a screen with all the streams you have saved as VOD. On this screen, find the VOD you want to download to your computer. Once you’ve found the on-demand video you want to download, click the three dots to the right of that particular on-demand video. This will cause a drop down menu to appear. From this drop-down menu, select Upload. From there, Twitch will prepare the video and download it as an .mp4 file to your computer.
It’s worth noting that if the video is large, it can take a long time for Twitch to complete the download process, so it’s worth making sure you have time for Twitch to complete the process if necessary.
There are many reasons why you might want to keep your streams after they’ve been live. Maybe you want to use the clips to promote on other platforms, or you just want your fans to be able to watch the content at their convenience.
Whatever your reasoning, there are several ways to save your Twitch streams, from saving them publicly on your channel as a VOD to simply downloading them as a video file to your computer, as shown in today’s article.
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How to Save Streams on Twitch