Something amazing just happened on Twitch, and you want to share it with everyone you know. You have to learn how to clip on Twitch.
Clips let you capture a little bit of the action, and once you make them, you can share them.
Here’s how to save Twitch clips.
Start Your Twitch Clip
Just as there are several ways to watch streams on Twitch, there are several methods you can use to clip.
Make a clip on Twitch via:
- A desktop computer with a mouse. Look in the bottom-right corner of the player. You’ll see something that looks like a clapperboard. Click on that.
- A desktop computer with a keyboard. Hit Control + X on a PC, or Alt + X on a Mac.
- On an Apple phone. Tap the screen while your stream is playing. Tap the “Share” icon. Tap on “Create Clip.”
- On an Android phone. Tap the screen while your stream is playing. Tap on “Create Clip.”
Use any of these options, and your clip starts automatically. Your completed piece will contain about 25 seconds of footage before you hit the command and about 5 seconds after.
Once your clip is made, you have a few extra steps to complete:
- Name it. The snippet comes with the title from the broadcast. You can use that name if you’re in a hurry. But consider giving your clip a snappy title that describes the action inside the vid. It’s worth the bit of extra effort to come up with a good title.
- Trim it. Use Clips Trimming to shave off 10 seconds, or add seconds into it.
- Save your work. Clips don’t come with a “save” button, but don’t be confused. To save something on Twitch, use the “publish” button.
When you’re done, you’ll be taken to a clips viewing page. You can share from there, but if you have more edits to make, don’t worry. We’ll show you how next.
How to Edit a Twitch Clip
If you didn’t make all of the right edits before you saved your Twitch clip, you’re in luck. You can still make tweaks before you share your work with the world.
Head to the Video Manager within Twitch. (If you can’t remember where it is, go to your dashboard. You’ll find it there.) You’ll see a big table that has all of the clips you’ve ever created. They’ll be sorted by date, so the last one you made should show up at the top of the list.
Click on that clip, and you have all sorts of options. You can:
- Edit the title. It will default to the name the streamer used while recording that day. You can give it a better heading to showcase what is highlighted in the video.
- Delete. If you made multiple clips all at once, get rid of the others you dislike.
- Watch. If you’re not sure you caught the exact moment that inspired you, click a button and watch the snip on the clips page.
Download your clips to another platform (like Clutch, for example), and you’ll have many more editing options. You can trim out the bits you don’t like, add a card at the beginning of the video, and more.
How to Share a Clip
Twitch wants you to share the amazing moments you capture on the platform. Developers make that easy with plenty of sharing options that sit within Twitch.
We recommend checking out your clips before you share them, so we suggest sharing from the Video Manager page. To do that:
- Find the Clip you want. Again, the recent videos will float to the top of the page.
- Check it for quality. Make sure it has the proper description and that it captures the moment you want to share.
- Hit the share button. You’ll get asked what channel you’d like to share to. Hit your channel of choice, and you’re ready to go.
Some gamers choose another method to share on social channels, including right here on Clutch. They want more control over how the clips look, and they want to give more information when they post.
These gamers find the clip they like, and then they click the “download” button. That allows the clip to sit on your desktop, not on Twitch. Then, you can log into your social media channels and upload it as an image.
Know that Instagram requires another step before you can share. Instagram is an app, and it won’t work on your computer. If you download your clip to your computer, you’ll then need to:
- Email the clip to yourself. That moves it from computer to phone.
- Open the email attachment and save it. That pushes the clip onto your phone, and it will save in your images folder.
- Open Instagram. The program will look into your images for something to post. Your clip should be here and ready for you.
This difficulty working with other social media platforms is one of the main reasons we started Clutch. We make it easy to upload clips directly to the app, right from your computer, so you can start sharing it with other gamers right away.
How to Get More Clips
Let’s imagine that you’re not just a Twitch watcher. You’re also a streamer. Twitch clips help you spread the word about your channel and why people should watch you (and support you).
During your next stream, ask your followers to clip some of your best moments. Give them specific cues (“Wasn’t that amazing! I hope someone caught that!”). After your broadcast, head to your Video Manager, find the best one, and share it.
This gets more eyes on your action and builds your community at the same time.
Announcing Clips. (May 2016). Twitch.
How to Use Clips. Twitch.
Clip the Best Moments from Any Channel. (July 2016). Twitch.