Becoming a renowned streamer on Twitch takes much more than just playing video games and broadcasting them on the world's largest streaming platform. Streams often last for hours, which can result in a huge amount of content that can be difficult to organize.
Fortunately, Twitch has a built-in Highlights feature that lets you create short clips from your streams and in this article we are going to show you how you can make highlights in just a few simple steps.
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Imagine you're browsing through Twitch and you find a channel you like. Naturally, you'll click on a stream you'd like to watch, only to realize that it lasts for a couple of hours. Wouldn't it be better if you could just look at the most epic moments from each stream?
Well, actually you can, because the Twitch's Highlights option lets you create short previews of each video. Besides enabling you to make the best moments from your streams easily accessible to all visitors of your Twitch channel, the Highlights feature also makes sharing short gaming clips on other social media platforms much easier.
The people who are already following your streams on Twitch may not be online at the same time as you are and by making a highlight of your latest stream you can summarize the best moments for them, and show appreciation for their support. Here's how you can make your first highlight.
Making Twitch Highlights
In order to produce Twitch Highlights, you must first have your own channel. The sign-up process is easy enough and it won't take you more than a couple of minutes. Before your first stream, you'll have to enable the 'Automatically archive my broadcasts' option, that can be found in the Twitch Settings menu, in the Channel&Video tab, because if you don't, the platform will delete all your videos after each broadcasting session. This step is necessary so you can work with the footage you've broadcasted directly from your Twitch account.
Once you've finished streaming, you should head over to the Video Manager window, where you'll be able to see all the videos you broadcasted. Select a video you'd like to edit, then click on the three-dot icon and choose the Highlight option from the drop-down list.
A new page will open and you'll be able to see your video and two markers that can be used to designate the part of your video you'd like to include in the highlight. Alternatively, you can insert the specific start and end times in the text boxes located on the right side of the video.
Describe Highlight button will enable you to choose the title of the clip you're creating, describe the game that is being played in the video or choose the language. Clicking on the Create Highlight button after you've added all the necessary information will enable you to see two text boxes, one that contains the highlight's URL and one that features embed snippet so you can embed the clip on your website.
Uploading Twitch Highlights to YouTube
All your highlights will be available in the Video Manager panel, so you just have to click on the Download button located directly below your freshly created highlight if you want to save the clip to your computer before uploading it to YouTube.
Twitch also offers a much faster way of sharing highlights to YouTube, although you first need to go over to Twitch Settings and locate the Connections option. Afterward, just click on YouTube and your Twitch and YouTube channels are going to be connected.
Head back to the Video Manager, click on the Export button and proceed to insert the title, description, and tags. Make sure that you are signed in to your YouTube account, before clicking on the Export button so you don't have to go through the entire process twice.
Tips for Making Twitch Highlights
As you can see there is nothing complicated about the process of creating Twitch Highlights. The following tips will help you understand the process better and explain why you should produce highlights for each new stream you share on your channel.
1. Twitch Highlight is a Promotional Tool
Building a sizeable audience isn't easy and you should use every available resource to increase the number of your subscribers. Highlights of the best gaming moments from your broadcasts are an excellent way to summarize what your channel is about and to impress the visitors of your channel.
2. Keep It Short and Creative
Although there are no strict rules regarding the length of a Twitch highlight, you should try to stay well within the two-minute mark. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from making highlights of any duration, just keep in mind that viewers don't always have the time to watch ten or fifteen-minute video. If you choose to go for a longer highlight format, try to be as inventive and creative as you can.
3. Share Twitch Highlights on Other Social Media Channels
YouTube is the largest video sharing platform on the Internet that hosts an incredible amount of content related to gaming. That's why sharing high-quality videos on YouTube can help you get more followers on your Twitch account. Although sharing Twitch highlights on other social media networks can't hurt your chances of gaining more fans on Twitch it will hardly have the same impact as sharing the best moments of your broadcasts to YouTube.
Promoting your live streams is as important as being a great gamer or having a radiant personality. Producing a short highlight on Twitch doesn't require you to spend much time editing the video since you can just find the best moments in any of your streams and turn them into short clips that are fun to watch and easy to share.
Do you like creating highlights on Twitch? Leave a comment and let us know what is your favorite highlight on Twitch.
Richard Bennett is a writer and a lover of all things video.