Exciting moments happen almost all the time during Twitch Livestreams. Sometimes those moments are so legendary that viewers can’t help themselves but clip the action.
Ever since Twitch introduced Clips as an official feature of the platform, it became one of the most used and popular ones.
To clip on Twitch, you should know the proper commands. Not sure what those are? This guide has all the answers you need.
Understanding Twitch Clips
Twitch.tv is a platform where the community creates their terms, memes, trends, and “traditions.”
Twitch Clips are a way to capture once-in-a-lifetime legendary moments that happen during a Livestream. Sometimes they’re funny, sad, or heartwarming, but they are a significant part of Twitch and here to stay.
Before you learn how to clip on Twitch, it’s important to understand the meaning behind this feature and why viewers use it.
If you are already familiar with the concept and just looking for the commands, skip the next section.
Twitch Clips Can Make Your Channel Popular
Some of the most legendary clips on Twitch have multiple millions of views. Can you imagine the amount of publicity and traffic this drives to a channel?
If the clip is funny, fans will share it with their friends and family, even if they are not familiar with the website or never heard of the streamer in question before.
But that’s not the only thing.
When you clip something on Twitch, the name of the person who captured the moment will be displayed right under the name of the clip.
So, if your creation ends up “blowing up” in terms of popularity, you might drive some new traffic towards your channel just because you captured something funny. Sounds pretty good already.
In general, clips get reposted on many other platforms, such as Reddit’s LivestreamFail, where people who don’t even watch Twitch gather up to see the highlights. As mentioned earlier, this is extra advertising for the broadcasters, made by the users.
Having Your Clips Means Having Channel History
Not every stream can have unforgettable moments. Of course, that’s every broadcaster’s dream, but unfortunately, sometimes nothing happens for an entire day.
However, when somebody wants to see the “peak” of your entertainment, they’ll start browsing for clips on your channel. Usually, what a user does is sort by most popular and go from there.
If you don’t have any Twitch Clips on your channel, it’s like your channel doesn’t have any history. So, now you know that these are more than just a way to advertise or for entertainment. Twitch Clips with historical moments have a great value on the platform.
Now the time has come to learn how to clip.
Creating A Twitch Clip
Although there are numerous ways to do it, creating a Twitch clip is easy. Follow the steps below:
- Log into your Twitch account and open up a stream of your choice.
- Press Ctrl + X or click on the Clapperboard icon like in the image below.
- The “Create” section will open. Choose the length of your clip.
- Add an attractive title to your clip and click “Publish” when done.
Now you’ve successfully created a Twitch Clip. But how do you know whether people like it or not? Well, you can track the views by following the steps below:
- Log into your Twitch.tv account if you are not already.
- Click on your Avatar icon in the top right corner, then select Creator Dashboard.
- Once you’re 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 for your channel.
If you want to delete clips, “tick” the empty box, and an option to delete the selected clip(s) will appear. Useful if you accidentally clipped something you didn’t want to.
Be careful when using this function since you might end up deleting a well-known clip of your channel, which isn’t optimal unless you want specifically to get rid of that one.
If you want to delete all clips that 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” and then clicking on the three vertical dots just like the image below suggests.
So this covers everything you need to know about creating or deleting a Twitch clip on PC. But what about mobile phones?
Well, the process is almost identical, except you’ll probably have to “tap” the screen so that the menu appears.
Ultimately, this official article from Twitch covers everything a user needs to know about the Clip feature on the platform.
Sharing Your Twitch Clips On Social Media
Sharing the exciting moments with your friends and family is probably the most entertaining aspect of Twitch Clips. Thankfully, Twitch makes this easy to do on the preview page. Here’s how that looks.
If you want to share your clip on a social media platform that isn’t a part of the socials section, you can copy the clip’s link and use it anywhere you want.
Making A Twitch Clip Into A “Loopable” GIF
Sometimes the action you captured into a Twitch Clip happens way too fast, and it’s more convenient for users to re-watch the moment in the form of a loopable GIF.
You’ll also notice that most users on Reddit, for example, post GIF versions of their Twitch Clips.
There’s a good reason to do this, and the steps below will show you how to create a loopable GIF out of a Twitch clip. This method uses gfycat.com.
- Open gfycat.com and navigate to the “Create” section.
- Paste the URL of your Twitch Clip in the empty box. If that doesn’t work, and you get the “Unable to retrieve Media” error, download your Clip and upload it as a file instead.
- Edit your GIF and publish it on any social media or sharing platform you want.
Note that the views your GIF “earns” won’t be counted towards the view count of the official Twitch Clip. Maybe it’s sometimes a better idea to share the official link to your clip solely because of this.
So that’s it for Twitch clips and everything you should know about creating, deleting, or managing them properly
Use this knowledge to grow your channel or be the creator of some of the most legendary clips known amongst the Twitch community.