The VOD (Video on Demand) feature on Twitch is certainly one of the most important ones on the platform.
The reason for this is quite simple. Some viewers are unable to tune into a scheduled live stream but want to keep in touch with all that happened during the broadcast. VODs make that possible.
Although saving your streams on Twitch in the form of VODs is easy, newer users seem to struggle to find the right way to do it.
Luckily, this guide has all the answers, so if this has been troubling lately feel free to read on.
The Importance Of Saving And Using VODs
As a Twitch streamer, your goal is to build an audience of supportive fans. But, to do that, you need to make your content as accessible as possible.
If a fan wasn’t able to watch your broadcast in real-time, they shouldn’t feel “punished” for it. Instead, you should grant them the ability to watch it later on in the form of a VOD.
This is even more important if you are a streamer who mostly plays story-based games and puts out the type of content which needs to be watched in sequential order.
And, if you have a YouTube channel like all popular Twitch streamers do, you can upload the VODs there in an edited format, making it a lot easier and more fun for those who missed your broadcast to catch up with the content.
Needless to say, the possibilities with Twitch VODs are endless, and you should not disregard the importance of enabling this feature by any means.
Now with that out of the way let’s take a look at how you can save your streams easily.
How To Save Your Streams On Twitch
Twitch automatically saves your past broadcasts, but only if you manually enable the option in your VOD Settings panel.
To do so, follow the steps below:
- Open Twitch.tv on your browser and sign in to your account.
- Click on your avatar icon, which is located in the top-right corner of your screen. Then, from the menu that shows, select Creator Dashboard.
- Now, you’ll see the main panel with all sorts of settings related to your Twitch account. On the left side, select Settings and then Stream from the dropdown menu.
- Under the “VOD Settings” section, activate the Store past broadcasts option by “toggling” the switch on.
Now, upon completing each live stream, Twitch will automatically store it in the form of a VOD. However, these VODs are not stored on their servers permanently.
In case you do have a Twitch Turbo or Prime Gaming subscription, the storage time increases for up to two months.
How To Find Your Saved VODs On Twitch
Now, upon enabling the “Store your past broadcasts” option in your Creator Dashboard, you’re probably wondering where to find the VODs.
Follow the steps below to locate your Twitch Past Broadcast Videos. If you wish to edit and re-upload the content, you can also download them on your system following the steps below.
- Click on your avatar icon in the top-right corner of your screen, then select Channel.
- Now, select Videos from the horizontal menu on your channel. See the image below.
- Here, you can see all the videos on your channel. Click on Edit Videos to access the Video Producer panel.
- Select the video(s) you want to download, if you wish to store them locally, and click on the three vertical dots right next to the “Watch” option. From the dropdown menu, select Download.
- The video will take a few seconds to process and prepare, and then the download will begin.
If you are not re-uploading these videos on other platforms and they have a special meaning to you, store them somewhere safe. If possible, create a backup of the content too.
Now you know how to enable automatic VOD saving on your channel, as well as download your videos locally for further use.
Use this content to build your channel, post highlights on social media, and a lot more.