Making video highlights from your Twitch stream can be a great way to gain extra viewers and followers. Video highlights are online 24 hours per day. When you are sleeping in your bed there is a chance someone, somewhere could be watching a video highlight from one of your streams. They may instantly fall in love with your charisma, wit and wonderful charm, then they can visit your channel and follow you, eager for your next stream!
Making Twitch video highlights is like putting money in the bank and leaving it there, Twitch video highlights are a solid investment.
Activating past broadcasts videos on Twitch
First things first! How ever you choose to make your video highlights you should edit the settings on your Twitch account to automatically archive your past broadcasts. This requires zero work and automatically creates content for potential followers to view. It also makes creating highlights easier.
By always recording your stream it will be easy to make a highlight when cool things happen on stream. Plus your regular viewers can re-watch your previous streams when they miss a broadcast and your offline.
How to activate automatic recording of past broadcasts
There is a great tutorial on the Twitch support site, rather than re-invent the wheel I will just link to that article.
Users can not upload videos to their channel, it is for previously streamed content only.
1. Create video highlights using Twitch
Past broadcasts can be found on your Twitch Profile.
Select a video from the list and then under the video player there will be a small gear icon which will allow you to “highlight” a clip from that stream.
Use the yellow sliders to locate the clip then fill in the form and click “Create Highlight”.
2. Create video highlights using YouTube
This way works in a similar way to the above method. You will use a previous broadcast or a video highlight and export it to YouTube. Once you have exported the video to YouTube you can edit it there using the YouTube video editor.
First you will need to connect your YouTube account to Twitch.
You can do that here: http://www.twitch.tv/settings/connections
After you stream you can visit your past broadcasts or video highlights and in the same way locate the gear icon but this time you should choose “export”.
After you have finished exporting the video it will take sometime before the video is uploaded to YouTube. You will get an email when the export is ready to be viewed. I recommend setting the video to “Private” when creating an export and then manually activating it on YouTube when your ready for it to be live and seen by your channels subscribers.
3. Create video highlights using OBS and video editing software
For the highest quality videos and for those of us with a lot of time you can record your streams using your video streaming software. If you stream with OBS you can easily record your streams and use them to make highlights on video sharing websites.
Just do the following in OBS:
Click “Settings > Broadcast Settings”
Check “Automatically save stream to file”
Set the file path to somewhere you can locate the file later. The video file can easily be imported into a video editor like Adobe Premier, edited and uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or any other video sharing site you use.
The Final Word!
Video highlights are like money in the bank, you need to create them to grow your following!
I recommend that you use both Twitch and YouTube. There is no harm in having similar content on both sites and there is also no harm in having different content on both sites.
There more clips you can create the better.