Exciting moments happen frequently during Twitch Livestreams. Sometimes those moments are so special that viewers can’t resist clipping the action to preserve it.
Since Twitch introduced Clips as an official platform feature, it has become one of the most widely used and popular aspects of the site.
To clip on Twitch, you need to know the relevant commands. If you aren’t sure what those are, this guide contains all the answers you need.
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Understanding Twitch Clips
Twitch is a platform where the community creates its own terms, memes, trends, and traditions.
Twitch Clips are a way to preserve the most unforgettable moments that happen during a Livestream. These moments could be funny, sad, or heartwarming, but they are a significant part of Twitch and Clips mean they can be returned to in the future.
Before you learn how to clip on Twitch, it’s important to understand the purpose of this feature and why viewers use it.
If you are already familiar with the concept and just want to know the relevant commands, skip the following section.
Twitch Clips Can Make Your Channel Popular
Some of the most legendary clips on Twitch have achieved millions of views. The amount of potential publicity and extra traffic this can drive to a channel is off the charts!
If the clip is funny, fans will share it with their friends and family, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with the website or streamer in question.
However, this doesn’t only benefit the streamer.
When something is clipped on Twitch, the name of the person who captured the moment will be displayed under the name of the clip.
If your clip “blows up” in terms of popularity, you could drive some new traffic to your channel just because you captured something funny.
Clips often get reposted on other popular platforms, such as Reddit’s LivestreamFail, where people who aren’t necessarily regular Twitch viewers can share and enjoy the highlights. As mentioned earlier, this provides free advertising for broadcasters.
Having Clips Means Having Channel History
Not every stream will have unforgettable moments. That’s every broadcaster’s dream, but sometimes nothing of note happens for an entire day. You can’t force a special moment.
If a viewer wants to see the pinnacle of your channel’s entertainment, they will usually look at your clips. They might start with the most popular clips and go from there.
If you don’t have any Twitch Clips on your channel, it can appear as though your channel doesn’t have any history. Clips are more than simply a way to advertise; they also add a sense of history and legitimacy to your channel. Twitch Clips of historical moments bring great value to the platform.
The time has come to learn how to clip.
Creating A Twitch Clip
There are numerous ways to do it, but creating a Twitch clip is easy. Follow the steps below:
- Log into your Twitch account and open a stream of your choice
- Press Ctrl + X or click the Clapperboard icon as shown in the image below.
- The “Create” section will open. Choose the preferred length of your clip.
- Add a relevant title to your clip and click “Publish” when ready.
You have successfully created a Twitch Clip! How will you know whether people like it or not? The easiest way is to track the views by following the simple steps below:
- Log into your Twitch account if you haven’t already.
- Click your avatar in the top right corner, then select Creator Dashboard.
- In the Dashboard, select “Content” and then “Clips.”
- Here, you can sort clips by views, date of creation, category, and lots more. You can also choose whether you want to view the clips you created or clips that other people made of your channel.
If you want to delete any clips, “tick” the empty box. An option to delete the selected clip(s) will appear. This is useful if you accidentally clipped something.
Be careful when using this function or you might end up deleting a popular clip of your channel. This would be a big mistake unless you have a specific reason for deleting that particular video.
If you want to delete every clip you’ve created or all clips created of your channel, you can do so by selecting either “Clips I’ve Created” or “Clips of My Channel.” Then click the three vertical dots as shown in the image below.
That’s everything you need to know about creating or deleting a Twitch clip on a PC. What about doing it on a mobile phone?
The process is almost identical, except you’ll likely need to “tap” the screen to make the menu appear.
This official article from Twitch addresses everything a user needs to know about the platform’s Clips feature.
Sharing Your Twitch Clips On Social Media
Sharing exciting moments with your friends and family is probably the most rewarding aspect of Twitch Clips. Luckily, Twitch makes this easy to achieve via the preview page. Here’s how that looks.
If you want to share your clip on a social media platform that isn’t part of the socials section, you can simply copy the link and use it anywhere you want.
Making A Twitch Clip Into A “Loopable” GIF
Sometimes the moment you captured in a Twitch Clip is a lightning-fast, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scenario. These moments can be easily turned into a fun loopable GIF.
Many users on social sites such as Reddit post GIF versions of their Twitch Clips.
The below steps show how to create a loopable GIF using a Twitch clip. This method uses gfycat.com.
- Open gfycat.com and navigate to the “Create” section.
- Paste the URL of your Twitch Clip into the empty box. If it doesn’t work, and you receive the “Unable to retrieve Media” error, download your Clip and upload it as a file instead.
- Edit your GIF and share it on any social media or sharing platform you want.
Remember, the views of your GIF won’t count toward the view count of the official Twitch Clip. With this in mind, it might be better to share the official link to your clip, rather than a GIF.
That’s everything you need to know about creating, deleting, or managing Twitch Clips.
Use this knowledge to grow your channel or become the creator of some of the most legendary clips known among the Twitch community and beyond.