Over the course of the last decade, Twitch has become one of the most popular destinations on the Internet for gamers who like broadcasting their videos live. However, playing in real time while at the same time commentating on the gameplay has its challenges. Mistakes occur easily, and they are impossible to remove until after the broadcast.
Earlier this year Twitch has stopped being an exclusive live streaming platform because they introduced a new Twitch Video Producer feature that enables the platform's users to upload videos that were recorded and edited earlier. Read on if you would like to learn how to upload pre-recorded videos to your Twitch channel.
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Until recently, uploading videos to Twitch wasn't on the long list of options this platform offers. Twitch Video Producer has changed all that because it introduced a series of tools that were designed to make uploading pre-made videos much easier.
Now you can schedule Premieres of your pre-recorded videos, which is a great way to build up anticipation before you release new material. A premiere can take place just half an hour after you upload a video or a few weeks after the upload. Once you schedule a premiere a timer will appear on your page so the visitors of your channel can always know how much time they have before the video starts. All videos uploaded through Video Producer remain stored on Twitch indefinitely, and occasionally you can use them to remind your fans of great gaming adventures you've had together.
Besides the addition of the Premieres feature, the Vodcast option has been replaced by Reruns that enable you to rebroadcast streams. The Reruns tool lets you include chat in the rebroadcast so the viewers can comment on the video.
Twitch Video Producer contains the Collections tool that lets you upload videos and organize them in different collections. The option is particularly useful for gamers who play more than just one game because it enables them to create a new collection for each new game they decide to play.
How to Upload Pre-Recorded Videos to Twitch?
There are a few things you have to pay attention to while preparing the next pre-recorded video you'd like to upload to your Twitch channel. The size of the file cannot exceed 20 GB, because the platform won't let you upload such a large video file. Keep in mind that Twitch only supports MP4, AVI, MOV, and FLV files so make sure that your files aren't saved in a file format that is incompatible with the platform. What's more, the encoding of the files you upload must be H.264, since all other video codecs may cause needless complications.
When your video is ready to be uploaded, you should go to your Twitch channel and click on the Videos option that is located in the Video Producer menu. A new window will appear on the screen and you should simply click on the Drag and drop or select files to upload icon and choose a video you'd like to upload.
The upload process will start immediately, but if you are uploading a file larger than 3 or 4 GB the upload may take a while. While the upload is in progress you can click on the file that is being uploaded if you want to add details about the new event you're creating. You can upload an event image or insert an event title to make it more attractive to your followers.
The Start Date and Start Time boxes allow you to choose the date and time of the premiere of your video. Each video you upload can become available to viewers on the same day, although scheduling a premiere a few days after you upload a video will give you time to promote your upcoming event. The Event Description, as well as Event Category boxes, allow you to add more information about your video. When you are all done, click on the Save button in the upper right corner of the Event Details window. After adding all of the information about your new event you just have to wait for the video to be uploaded.
So far YouTube was the only online destination where you could both share live streams and upload pre-recorded videos, but this is no longer the case. The Twitch Video Producer tools have brought some significant changes to this already amazing platform and made it a strong competition to YouTube.
Some would even say that these changes are going to increase Twitch's popularity and establish it as a number one video sharing platform for gamers. What do you think? Do you like sharing your live streams and pre-recorded videos to YouTube or Twitch. Leave a comment and let us know.
Richard Bennett is a writer and a lover of all things video.