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Videos On Demand

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2018 12:44PM PDT
With Twitch you can have content you stream recorded and archived for later use, find out how it all works and what you need to do to get started!

Videos On Demand

With Twitch you can have content you stream recorded and archived for later use, find out how it all works and what you need to do to get started!

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A VOD (video on demand) on Twitch is past streamed content on Twitch. Utilizing VODs can help grow your channel and also allow your fans to watch content they may have missed otherwise. By default the saving of VODs is disabled, however following this guide will show you how to get started.

Premieres are also a part of the VOD system, as well as Clips.

Enabling VOD Saving

​First, you will need to go to your Dashboard in order to enable VOD saving. Once you are on your Dashboard page, click the "Settings" tab on the left hand navigation.

Once you are on the Dashboard settings, scroll down and tick the checkbox marked "Store Past Broadcasts".

Managing your Videos

Now that you have enabled archiving, Twitch will automatically save your broadcasts. For non-turbo users your videos will be saved for 14 days before being deleted. Twitch Partners and Twitch Turbo users will have their broadcasts saved for 60 days before being deleted.

You can manage your VODs and Highlights using the Video Producer. You will be automatically directed to managing your past broadcasts, however you may also filter between past uploads / premieres, broadcasts and highlights via the filter menu on the right hand side.

Highlighting

Update on June 21, 2018: You can now batch create highlights across multiple VODs in one session.

Highlights allow you to curate your Past Broadcasts into shorter video segments. To highlight a specific part in a VOD you can do so by going to your Video Producer. From there select the VOD you wish to highlight by clicking the three dot menu expansion icon on the right of the VOD listing and clicking the "Highlight" option. Remember, Highlights are saved forever on your channel.

You will be redirected to a page with the VOD loaded and two draggable markers. Drag the left marker to where you want your highlight to start and the right to where you want it to end.

Pro Tip: You can also use the text fields below the timeline to set specific start and end times for your highlight.

If you want to create more highlights from the same VOD, simply click the New Highlight at the top and drag the markers again. You can also choose to create a new highlight from a different VOD by clicking New Highlight from Another Broadcast from the drop-down arrow next to the New Highlight button.

After you have the segment you want to highlight, hit the Describe and Save button. You will be prompted for a title, description, the game being played in the highlight, and the language (the game will default to the game listed on the VOD and the language will default to your selected language on your Twitch settings).

Once you’re finished editing the metadata for the highlight, hit Create Highlights. A modal will appear that displays the new highlights you’ve created with options to share the highlights on social media or copy the video links.

Note: The graph showing chat activity on the Highlighting tool was removed on Dec. 15, 2016.

Deleting a VOD or Highlight

If you wish to delete a VOD for any reason, you can. Head to your Video Producer, find the VOD you wish to delete, click three dot menu expansion icon and then proceeding to the delete option as seen below:

You can also delete your Highlights if you wish to by following the same process. It may be easier to find your Highlights by filtering for them in the filter menu on the right side of the Video Producer.