Many streamers want to save their streams so that their viewers can get back any time they want and re-view the streams. Not just this, it also happens to be a great option for those that might have missed your stream and want to watch it later. This article takes you through How to save streams on Twitch so that your viewers can watch it later.
How to save streams on Twitch using VODs and Highlights
Now, there are a couple of ways in which you can your Twitch streams but it is important to enable them before your stream starts.
VODs refer to Videos on Demand and they are recordings of the stream and the best part is that they are inclusive of all the chat messages.
Being a Twitch Partner or an Amazon Prime Partner can help you in a big way in saving your streams. This is because you are allowed to keep your VODs up on your channel for as long as 60 days after which Twitch deletes them. This option is also available to you if you are a Twitch Turbo subscriber. For everyone else, the maximum number of days that these recordings are kept on their channel is 14 days maximum.
How to keep VODs permanently?
In order to keep your VODs permanently what you can do is convert them into highlights so that they do not ever expire.
You have another option too. If you do not want to keep your past broadcasts on your Twitch Channel you can download your VODs or highlights to your computer. After doing so, you can also upload them to your YouTube Channel.
Let’s delve a bit deeper into how to enable VODS, change VODs into highlights, and also save streams to your computer…
However, before doing so I must clarify that these steps are only to save your own Twitch streams and that there’s no official way that you can record someone else’s Twitch streams. Furthermore, you can also use a 3rd part app like Twitch Leecher to record your screen.
How to enable Twitch VODs
Before you can actually save your stream as a VOD, you have to enable it in your Twitch account.
- First of all, you need to log in to your Twitch account.
- Go to the profile icon in the top right corner and click on it. Now, go to Creator Dashboard in the drop-down menu.
- Now, go to the left sidebar and click on Settings. Now select stream.
- The next step is to scroll down to VOD settings and then toggle on Store past broadcasts. You also have the option of toggling Always Publish VODs so that your VODs can go public as soon as your stream ends. On the other hand, if you don’t do so you will have to publish them manually.
After setting it up as in the steps mentioned above, once your stream ends, you should be able to find a recording in the Content section of the Creator Dashboard. All that you have to do is just click on Content in the sidebar and then select Video Producer.
How to turn Twitch VODs into permanent Highlights
As mentioned above, once your broadcast is saved as VOD, it will be on your channel either for 60 days or 14 days depending upon your membership and in order to save it forever, you have to turn it into a highlight.
Here’s how you can do so:
- Go to the Creator Dashboard and click on Content on the left sidebar. Then choose Video Producer.
- Now, you need to choose the stream that you want to save and then click Highlight on the right side.
- Now, you will need to open the editing menu so that you choose which part of the VOD you want to save. In order to save the entire VOD as a highlight, you need to stretch the yellow bar at the bottom so that the entire timeline is covered. It is important to mention here that with Start and End options you can easily pick the Highlight boundaries.
- Once your highlights are ready click Publish Highlights near the middle of the page.
How to save Twitch streams to your computer
As mentioned above, you can also save your stream to your computer as soon as it ends. Most streaming platforms such as Twitch Studio or OBS actually allow this. The main benefit of this is that you can upload these recordings then to sites such as YoutTube or even Reddit.
You can download your VODs and highlights from the Creator Dashboard. Here are the steps to do so:
- Go to Creator Dashboard and click Content in the left sidebar. Now, select Video Producer.
- Browse through your VODs or Highlights to choose one that you want to download. After you have done so, click on the three stacked dots on the right side.
- The next step is to click on Download in the drop-down menu. As you do so, Twitch might take a moment to prepare the file. If it is long then time might take some time. Once done, you can save the videos to your computer in a .MP4 file.
I have listed some of the best ways through which you can save your streams on Twitch or on your computer. If you follow the steps above, you should be able to do si easily.