The VOD (Video on Demand) feature on Twitch is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of the platform.
VODs play a crucial role in helping users see streams that they might otherwise miss.
If somebody is unable to watch a scheduled live stream as it happens but still wants to see what occurred during the broadcast, VODs make that possible.
Saving your streams as VODs on Twitch is easy, but less experienced users might be unsure how to do it.
This guide has the perfect solution to this. If you want to know how to save and download VODs, read on.
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The Importance Of Saving And Using VODs
As a Twitch streamer, your goal is to gradually build an audience of followers. To accomplish this, you need to make your content as accessible as possible.
If a fan is unable to watch your broadcast as it happens, they shouldn’t be made to feel left out. Instead, you can grant them the ability to watch it later in the form of a VOD.
This becomes even more important if you are a streamer who primarily plays story-based games, producing content that needs to be viewed in sequential order.
If you have a YouTube channel, as almost all popular Twitch streamers do, you can upload the VODs there in an edited format, making it easier and more enjoyable for anyone who missed your broadcast to catch up with your content.
The possibilities with Twitch VODs are endless, and you should not underestimate the importance of enabling this feature.
With that said, let us take a look at how you can save your streams very easily.
How To Save Your Streams On Twitch
Twitch can automatically save your broadcasts, but only if you manually enable the option in your VOD Settings panel.
To do that, follow these steps:
- Open Twitch in your browser and sign in to your account.
- Click your avatar, which is located in the top-right corner of your screen. In the menu that appears, select Creator Dashboard.
- You should now see the main panel with various settings related to your Twitch account. On the left side, select Settings and then Stream from the dropdown menu.
- In the “VOD Settings” section, activate the Store past broadcasts option by turning the switch on.
Now, when you end each live stream, Twitch will automatically store it in the form of a VOD. However, these VODs are not permanently stored on their servers.
If you do have a Twitch Turbo or Prime Gaming subscription, this amount of time is extended to two months.
How To Find Your Saved VODs On Twitch
After enabling the “Store your past broadcasts” option in your Creator Dashboard, you’re probably wondering where to find the actual VODs.
Follow the steps below to find your Twitch Past Broadcast Videos. If you want to archive (or edit and re-upload) the content, you can also download the video files to your system by following the steps below.
- Click your avatar in the top-right corner of your screen, then select Channel.
- Select Videos from the horizontal menu on your channel, as indicated in the image below.
- Here, you can see all the videos on your channel. Click Edit Videos to access the Video Producer panel.
- Select the video(s) you want to download, if you intend to store them locally, then click on the three vertical dots next to the “Watch” option. In the dropdown menu, select Download.
- The video will take a few seconds to process and prepare, then the download will begin.
If you don’t want to re-upload these videos on other platforms and only want to archive them because they have special meaning to you, be sure to store them somewhere secure. Ideally, you should also create a backup of the content.
Now you know how to enable automatic VODs on your channel, as well as how to download your videos for archiving and further use.
You can use these videos to develop your channel, post highlights on social media, and much more.