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Videos On Demand

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018 03:04PM PST
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 Manager. 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

To highlight a specific part in a VOD you can do so by going to your Video Manager. 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. The far left marker indicates the start of the highlight and the far right marker indicates the end of the marker. Alternatively you can use the text fields below the video to set specific start and end times if you know what you are looking for at a specific time.

After you have the segment you wish to highlight selected, hit the Describe Highlight button to the right and 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 your settings are done, hit Create Highlight and you will be given two text boxes, one containing your highlight URL and the other with an embed snippet so you can feature the VOD on your website if you want. This is completely separate from your original VOD.

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 Manager, 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 Manager.