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 definitely 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 achieved millions of views. The amount of amazing publicity and traffic this drives to a channel is off the charts!
If the clip is funny, fans will share it with their friends and family, regardless of whether they are familiar with the website or streamer in question.
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 aren’t even regular Twitch viewers love to gather to see the highlights. Of course, 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 of note 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, a user will 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.
So, 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.
- Then, 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 will you know whether people like it or not? Well, you can track the views by following the simple steps below:
- Log into your Twitch.tv account if you haven’t 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’d like to delete any clips, “tick” the empty box. Then, an option to delete the selected clip(s) will appear. It’s handy if you accidentally clipped something you didn’t mean 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 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 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 on 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 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 in a Twitch Clip happens lightning-fast, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scenario. However, those moments can easily be turned into a convenient and fun 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. So maybe it’s sometimes a better idea to share the official link to your clip solely because of this.
That’s it for Twitch clips and everything you need to know about creating, deleting, or managing them properly.
So, use this knowledge to grow your channel or be the creator of some of the most legendary clips known amongst the Twitch community and beyond.